Samsung Does it Again with the Note 3, 10.1, and a Watch

By Richard Woods By does it again, I mean create more products that have no real use. The world will mark it as innovative, but it’s not. Let’s start off by defining innovation. To say that a product is innovative it has to solve a problem that we didn’t know we had. That has always been Apple’s job. We didn’t know that we needed a smart phone or a tablet until we had them and…

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How Samsung is Killing Android and Helping Windows Phone

By Richard Woods The revelation came to me at an AT&T store watching a salesman try to sell a brand new Galaxy S4 to a young couple that clearly wasn’t very familiar with the smart phone market. The salesman had clearly made this sales pitch a thousand times before. Scrolling with your eyes, videos pause when you look away, answer your phone without touching it, near field communication. “The iPhone can’t do these things. Maybe…

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Google vs Apple: The New Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini vs iPod Touch

By Richard Woods When Google introduced the all new Nexus 7, it seemed only logical to compare it to its Apple counterpart the iPad Mini because they both have the 7″ screen; however, all of the hardware comparisons that I’ve done in my Microsoft vs. Apple: A User Review series whether it being the Surface Pro and the new MacBook Air, the Surface RT and the iPad, or Windows Phone and the iPhone I’ve always…

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Google vs. Apple: Android 4.3 vs. iOS 7

By Richard Woods With fall 2013 approaching, it would appear that the two main horses in the mobile race are Google and Apple. Google just released Android 4.3 and Apple is planning to release iOS 7 when the new iPhone is announced. The only problem is that unless you have a developer account with Apple or a mobile device with the word “Nexus” somewhere in the name, you haven’t actually had a chance to try…

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First Look at the Google Chromecast

By Richard Woods The Chromecast has finally arrived at my door and I quickly hooked it up to my HDTV. My first impression is that it’s one of the most innovative products I’ve seen in a long time. We have similar products on the market already. These include things like Roku and Apple TV. Roku and Apple TV are essentially boxes that connect to your TV with an HDMI cable and get their signal through…

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How to Child-Proof Your Smart Phone or Tablet on ANY OS

Hundreds (maybe thousands) of times a day my kids ask me if they can play with one of my phones or one of my tablets, but we’ve all seen those nightmare scenarios. You start the kid off playing a game like “DragonBox+” (a really great game that pretty much tricks 8 year old kids into learning Algebra), and the next thing you know that picture of your wife that no one else was supposed to…

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Google Goes All-Out with Chromecast, Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and Play Games

In what was supposed to be a “breakfast with Google” style event this morning, there were all kinds of rumors of what Google was going to announce today and just like everyone’s favorite Christmas memory, we got everything that we wanted and more. The rumors were generally along the lines of Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7, which were both announced today. The Play Games app was announced at Google IO but is now…

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Microscrewed: Is How Microsoft Handles Our Data Any Better Than Google?

By Richard Woods It wasn’t that long ago when we were hearing about how we were getting “Scroogled” because Google was reading our Gmail and using our data to target ads our way. I actually never minded Google reading my email. I’d rather have ads that were relative to me than ads that I’m not interested in at all. Hell, at least they’re not giving our data to some government agency like the NSA, right?…

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