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frankspin

by frankspin

Does the remote control really need to die?
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A recent post[1] on the website Read Write Web discusses the remote control, and how the author feels it needs to "die." Over the course of the article, there are points made with regards to the current implementations of remote controls and their pitfalls, including:
  • Rather than evolve with televisions, remotes just got bulkier
  • Navigating endless amount of channels is cumbersome due excessive button pressing
The author goes on... Read more →
immatryitout

by immatryitout

wait for iPhone 6 or go with upcoming flagship Android?
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it seems that every year myself and most of the globe gets stuck with the question, "Should I Wait???!". ive had the 1st gen, 3gS, 4, 4s, and now I have iphone 5 and am up to my knees in the apple ecosystem, and its literally no diff except how pretty its looks now with ios7 -_-.... but every time im relaxed listening to pandora and i want to make sure to tweak my station perfectly song 4 song and its like K CAN I PLEASE LIKE A PANDORA SONG WITHOUT UNLOCKING MY PHONE, OPENING THE APP, X-ing OUT... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
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Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
  • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it...
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sen619

by sen619

Audio quality Tests & Comparisons - II !
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I saw an article here @endgadet about the audio quality of different cellphones...it was a great article and I being an audio enthusiast really appreciated that...that test was taken about a year ago...and now, there are many new devices that claim and are worth checking if you're an audiophile so as the audio quality is your only concern nothing else....like for eg. HTC One & One Max, Sony Xperia Z & Z1, Nokia Lumia 1020, 1520 & Lumia 925, Apple iPhone 5S & iphone 5C, Samsung... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Could you live without Google products?
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After Google shutdown reader, and with their bigger push of Google+, I'm noticing blog posts popping up a bit more with people moving away from Google services. Aside from the companies history of just axing products, the issue appears to be users are becoming uncomfortable with Google's changes that affect products across the entire web -- not to mention the sweeping change to Gmail, IMAP, XMPP is leaving some people unhappy.
I was trying to think about how difficult it would be to make this... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How much does audio quality matter when buying music?
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In a recent conversation via Twitter I came across the site mp3ornot.com which uses an A/B test to see if you can find the difference in the files. It's an interesting test to take and see if you can actually notice the difference; mind you it's still not the best since they're not local files and sources may vary.
It did get me to thinking about music quality and perhaps some peoples obsession with having the best quality when they may not even notice. If you're... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Moving from Android to iOS is not as bad as you think
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As a previous Android user I often saw a lot of Android users exclaim about how coming to Android was such a liberating experience from the grasp of Apple's walled garden. For the last few years I believed this, but over time I started to open up to what Apple and iOS have to offer. After moving to the iPhone 5s this past September I can comfortably say making the move is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be, and to be honest it's been nice to not have the freedom that Android provides.
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frankspin

by frankspin

Does a product's repair score really matter to you?
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iFixit has become quite popular, and their teardowns of newly announced products always grab the attention of the tech world. Their most recent teardown of the newest Retina model Macbook Pro unsurprisingly scored a 1, and of course it's causing a bit of a stir. While they are often interesting since they provide a real good look at the product, do these teardowns serve any form of relevance anymore? Especially for products like the... Read more →
iguy

by iguy

Droid Maxx vs HTC One on Verizon?
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I'm moving to the States from Canada and have to switch to #Verizon for the best coverage where I'm moving to. I currently have the #DeveloperEdition #HTCOne which will not working on Verizon. I am trying to decide between getting the Verizon version of the HTC One, sure to have the same amazing build that I'm used to (and horrible #camera) or to go with the #DroidMaxx. Both are just getting released this coming week so no head to head comparisons are available yet...so, I turn to you my gdgt...
peter

by peter

Not the only One!
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Despite the singularity implied by calling your product the "One", there have actually been a bunch of gadgets with that name over the years. Thought I'd put together a list of the ones I could think of off the top of my head, please point any I've missed in the comments!
Xbox One - http://gdgt.com/microsoft/xbox/one/
HTC One - http://gdgt.com/htc/one/2013/
Nexus One - http://gdgt.com/htc/google/nexus-one/
Geeksphone One - http://gdgt.com/geeksphone/one/
Kin One - http://gdgt.com/microsoft/kin/one/... Read more →
timchoi89

by timchoi89

Got a Pebble and an HTC One? I found out why the One unlocks with just a tap.
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I was getting really annoyed recently with the One's lockscreen because it stopped requiring me swipe when unlocking the phone. Instead, it would unlock when I tap anywhere on the lock screen. This can become problematic when you're controlling the music player from the lockscreen since the phone will unlock once you press any of the buttons.
Apparently, the reason why it does that is because a service in the Accessibility menu is on which would include Tasker, Pebble, Pebble Notifier, etc.... Read more →
marc

by marc

When is the "best" smartphone not the best choice?
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We just scored the Samsung Galaxy S4, a smartphone that critics are calling "one of the best phones you can buy," and "the best Android phone on the market right now." And, as befits a phone with such accolades, we gave the S4 a gdgt Score of 92, and awarded it a Must-have badge, as we had done with its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
However, we could have gone the other way, and withheld the Must-have status. The fact is, as many critics... Read more →
mikemj23

by mikemj23

Switched from iPhone to HTC One
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Hi everyone, first post. Felt compelled given how blown away I am at the HTC One. I'm on AT&T.
I've had every iPhone since day 1 and I finally decided to take the plunge on an Android device as the iPhone was getting stale for me. I have to say that the HTC One is absolutely top notch in my opinion. Beautiful build quality, feels great in hand, looks great etc. The sound is amazing on it (I listen to a lot of music through my phone and the two speakers on the front are excellent). Call... Read more →
g011um

by g011um

The problem is not the phone, it's the company.
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2-3 years ago HTC was king of the hill when it came to keeping it's handsets up-to-date with respect to Android versions. They are now one of the worst. They seem to have lost their customer focus during their recent hard times. While Samsung and other are rolling out a steady stream of updates -- much to the enjoyment of customers who have invested a considerable amount of dollars into higher end smartphones -- HTC's recent business practice seem to be to issue NO updates, hoping consumers will... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Facebook goes big with Home and the HTC First
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While it's not a true Facebook phone, HTC and Facebook have partnered together to release the HTC First which is a dual-core phone that is designed around Facebook's new Home software. Straight from the HTC press release, here is what the First and Home have to offer:
Cover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. It lets you stay up-to-date on your friends’ latest activities in real-time, all the time.... Read more →