Coping with a broken smartphone

  After bitching about OnePlus the other day, Carl Pei got the last laugh when my OnePlus One careened from my hand to the floor. The screen spidered from directly above the camera to the other side of the phone and down to the bottom. The touchscreen was completely unresponsive and my Project Fi Nexus 5X is still a month away from being…

Humble Pleas: How about some common sense?

Welcome to my Monday morning collection of thoughts. Let’s talk about guns I don’t know about you but I am getting to the point where I am desensitized to all of the mass murders that happen in this country and that is a terrifying thing. A term like “campus shooting” has become a part of our lexicon. Multiple lives…

Why I ditched iOS and what I miss

When the Apple Watch was first announced, I defended it from its critics.  Its pricing was not out of line with comparable products or other iOS devices. Even a failure for Apple would still be a success for most other companies. People thought the iPad would fail too. I believed my own hype. That all…

My Day Without An Apple Watch

6:45 am: I wake up and look over at my wrist. There is no Apple Watch on it. The disappointment flows through my body like the Nile River.   7:30 am: I rub my wrist at the phantom feel of the Watch. It need it. I need to feel it tap tap tap me ever…

Cutting the Cord on Cable

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say that you’ve been paying roughly a car payment every month to a giant monopoly for most of your adult life to get internet, cable and phone service. It’s not implausible, right? Many of us have done it. Comcast, for example, currently has 21.7 million video subscribers but that number will rise to 30…

A Novel List of Mobile Apps

Perhaps you’ve read one of the millions of “Essential Apps” stories floating around the web. If so, you have likely noticed how they all seem to mimic each other without ever providing any information that you do not already know. “Did you know that Evernote is great? It’s essential! You need to have it! It will change your life!” Evernote…

Holy Shit, HP, What's Up!

Holy shit, have you seen this fucking thing? It’s the HP Sprout and where the fuck did it come from? It’s a computer with a 3D scanner and no keyboard and some sort of other stuff. Goddamn this thing is crazy. First HP was all like, “Yo, we made a 3D printer” and now this….

Sony's Playstation TV is a Waste of Money

Imagine, if you will, that online gaming existed during the short-lived era of the Sega Dreamcast. What images come to mind? Choppy graphics? Easily dropped connections? Slow speeds? Now combine that with a amateurish, discarded Nintendo Wii-style UI and you have the Sony Playstation TV. This product is in no way ready for primetime. If anything, it…

Crash Test: More Thoughts on the iPhone 6

After nearly a month of owning the iPhone 6, I’ve repeatedly been asked the same two questions: “Is it worth the upgrade?” and “What’s so special about it?” “It’s kind of like a bigger 5s,” I’d respond. Those who asked were typically disappointed and underwhelmed. There are plenty of positives about the 6. The screen, speaker and camera…

Crash Test: 72 Hours with the iPhone 6

Chances are, if you are one of the 10 million+ people — you know, roughly the population of the Dominican Republic — who purchased an iPhone 6 this weekend, you already know what to expect from your phone. The other 7.115 billion people on earth, though, may have some questions about the next generation of Apple’s cash…