Tag Archive: Because……


TicWatch Pro vs. Apple Watch: Features or polish, because I can’t have both

There are a lot of things here Apple should pay attention to.

I’ve been an active Apple Watch user for 260 days. Not a lot compared to some of the other smartwatch folks around me, but enough for me to know a fair bit about the strengths and weaknesses of the platform through my daily use. I’m largely a fan of the way Apple does things on the Watch, but like most smartwatch owners I find myself  [Read More…]

Of course Facebook ‘shared’ data with phone makers — but only because you let it happen

It’s not surprising that data was ‘shared,’ but it’s surprising that people didn’t realize what was going on.

Fresh Facebook news broke on Tuesday that the company has built decade-long partnerships with a handful of phone makers and other technology companies to more deeply integrate Facebook services and data into phones and websites. The deals offered phone makers the opportunity to integrate Facebook services directly into the contacts, dialer and launcher apps, among others — and of  [Read More…]

Android Things has a chance because it’s not very open

Android Things could never work if every company did it their own way.

Google makes a handful of mostly well-received hardware products, but is much better known as a software company. There’s plenty of room to argue that they are really an advertising company, and I couldn’t disagree, but the things it does that we love are mostly software products.

Around here, we think Android is one of Google’s greatest achievements and there are plenty of other  [Read More…]

T-Mobile fined $40 million because it played fake ringtones and lies to rural users about call quality

Unlike the Uncarrier.

The FCC has fined T-Mobile $ 40 million for faking connections to rural customers in Wisconsin, according to a release. It also inserted fake ring tones into those calls to make it seem like they were connecting and failing, even though no one was on the other end of the call to pick up.

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau opened an investigation following rural carrier and consumer complaints that T-Mobile callers were unable to reach  [Read More…]

ZTE’s apparently making a phone with two notches because of course they are

Ladies and gents, meet the ZTE Iceberg.

The notch has been a controversial subject in the smartphone industry ever since the Essential Phone was announced almost a year ago, and the past few months have seen more and more OEMs adopt this design trend. WinFuture recently shared exclusive renders of a concept device ZTE’s working on, and it features not one, but two notches in its display.

The phone in question is currently referred to as the  [Read More…]

OnePlus succeeds because of its desire to copy Apple

Why do you think OnePlus succeeded where other startups have failed?

OnePlus is gearing up to launch a new phone soon, and as the case has been for the past couple of devices the company’s released, the leaks and rumors we’ve seen have caused a lot of people to voice their many complaints. Whether it be due to rising prices, new gesture systems, or its notch, the OnePlus 6 has already gotten a lot of folks flustered even before  [Read More…]

I enjoy the Galaxy S9+ despite its software, not because of it — and that’s a problem for Samsung

Samsung needs a true re-thinking of its software strategy.

I’ve been using a Galaxy S9+ since the end of February, going through a full review process and lengthy set of comparisons to really put it through its paces. A month in, I’m still using it every day. I continue to use the phone because I like it overall, not because of some work obligation. The hardware is good (though it benefits from a case), the performance has been solid,  [Read More…]

The Galaxy S9 looks identical to the S8 because we’ve reached peak smartphone design

Flat, buttonless, and glass. Is this what we have asked for or the best Samsung can do?

We’ll soon be seeing the Galaxy S9 on a stage in Spain, surrounded by words like “thin” and “stylish” or “ergonomic” and “organic” or any of a long list of the regular buzzwords we always hear. And if the early looks we’ve seen from leaked press materials are correct (and come on, they are) those words are true. But we  [Read More…]

Stories are now part of Google Search because you can’t escape them

Welcome to the future of mobile storytelling.

Ever since Snapchat first introduced its Stories feature in late 2013, we’ve seen countless companies try and mimic the same formula with their own services. Following in the footsteps of Instagram, Facebook, and more, Google is the latest company to dip its toes in these waters.

Before you grab your torches and pitchforks, this doesn’t mean that Google is trying to launch its own social network where you share stories  [Read More…]

Chrome browser will soon mark all HTTP pages as ‘Not secure’, because they aren’t

Google wants you to know which websites are safe and which aren’t.

Google wants to rid the web of sites not protected by HTTPS encryption, and it has told us how it is going to do its part to let everyone know that “regular” HTTP sites are “Not secure” in Chrome version 68.

Coming in July 2018, whenever a user navigates to an HTTP site in Chrome the Omnibox will spell it all out.

It’s important to  [Read More…]