Why I Think Microsoft Killed Project Astoria

Why I Think Microsoft Killed Project Astoria

It’s the normal news cycle. On Friday, we found out that Microsoft might be killing the Project Astoria bridge. On Monday, everyone writes about why they think it happened. I felt like I should throw my hat into the ring, as I have a theory that no one seems to be voicing. First, a little backstory. Microsoft announced four “bridges” to help close the so-called “app gap” and bring more apps to the Universal Windows…

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LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus Comparison: The Best of the Best

LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus Comparison: The Best of the Best

I’ve been using the LG V10 for about a week now. It’s a fantastic phone. It’s very practical and intuitive. It’s always the simple things that make a phone worth owning, such as after taking a picture, a Facebook icon drops down the screen to allow you to quickly share the photo. Drag it down and you have the option to share to Instagram, Twitter, and more. The ability to create a practical and intuitive…

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Project Astoria Might Not be a Thing Anymore

Project Astoria Might Not be a Thing Anymore

Microsoft has an app problem. A big one. If you’re a Windows Phone user, you’re all too familiar with it. With Windows 10 on the way (well, mostly already here), Microsoft has a number of strategies in place to close the so-called “app gap”. Just to get it out of the way, let’s talk about the universal app strategy. The universal app strategy is the idea that a developer can create one app that works…

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Microsoft on Android: Arrow Launcher

Microsoft on Android: Arrow Launcher

More and more people are speculating that Android is Microsoft’s plan B. Whether or not this is true, and we can talk until we’re blue in the face about how bad it would be for Microsoft’s ecosystem, but the evidence is clearly there. Of course, Microsoft supports their own apps in Android, such as OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Office, and so on, but they’ve also put quite a lot of effort into a few Android projects…

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iPhone 6S Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Comparison

iPhone 6S Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Comparison

This is a comparison that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. Unfortunately, as the comparisons I write become more and more extensive, they take longer and longer to write. I compared the iPhone 6S to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Unfortunately, the iPhone 6S failed me. I found that the battery life was terrible. I also found that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 had a better camera than the iPhone 6S for a number…

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Google Confirms that Chrome OS is Not Going Away

Google Confirms that Chrome OS is Not Going Away

Over the last week or so, many people have come to me asking about what the fate of their Chromebooks would be. Thousands of blogs were copying a single source, who’s source was “people familiar with the matter”. I didn’t believe it. I still don’t. That’s why I never wrote about the rumor. In fact, the headlines read “Google to Fold Chrome OS into Android”, rather than “Google Might Fold Chrome OS into Android”.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the 2013 Nexus 7

Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the 2013 Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is a bit of a cult classic. There’s always a rumor floating around that Google is going to make another one, despite the fact that they now make a 6″ Nexus phone. Even iOS fans love the Nexus 7. It was the $200 alternative to buying a $500 iPad. There were plenty of iPhone/Nexus 7 users. But the Nexus 7’s day has come and gone. Many are saying that Android 6.0 Marshmallow…

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Seriously HTC? WTF?

Seriously HTC? WTF?

The world of smart phones around us is rapidly changing. You might not see it, but it really is. It was only three years ago that Phonebloks was first heard of. Everyone was super excited at the concept of a modular smart phone. Why? Because all of the phones at the time left something to be desired, whether it be the display or the camera or the processor or the battery life. There was just…

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Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Coming on October 29. Here’s What You Need to Know

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Coming on October 29. Here’s What You Need to Know

Last year, Motorola released the first Droid Turbo. It was a beast. It was one of the first (and only) phones to be released with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor (one of the last good Snapdragon processors). It had a QHD AMOLED display. It had a 20 MP camera. It was a Moto X on steroids. Any non-Verizon user was jealous. Today, not so much. Motorola announced the Droid Turbo 2 today and to be…

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