Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio
With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is … Continue reading...
Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio
With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is … Continue reading...
Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)
Ask anyone for photo editing software recommendations, and you’re likely to hear “Adobe Lightroom” as the first suggestion. That’s because the app is, by and large, a great piece of software, though it’s not without its downsides. Competing companies have made great strides in developing their own Lightroom alternatives, though, and there are several options on the market that are … Continue reading...
Lenovo Yoga Book a month later: Android at work
At IFA 2016 back in September, Lenovo revealed what is, to date, the most curious Android tablet in existence. Officially marketed as the ultimate productivity device, the Lenovo Yoga Book is often billed as a glimpse of the future. Of course, a tablet of the future would be of little value if it didn’t prove to be of use today. … Continue reading...
Learning to love Apple CarPlay
If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple’s aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you’re driving, it’s taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has … Continue reading...
Learning to love Apple CarPlay
If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple’s aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you’re driving, it’s taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost
Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it. Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly
In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch’s release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I’d been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I’d … Continue reading...
Eight things AI assistants need to improve on
HTC’s announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC’s spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when … Continue reading...
Eight things AI assistants need to improve on
HTC’s announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC’s spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when … Continue reading...
Can my phone be tracked?
Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked – the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we’re going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we’re going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It’s really not too big … Continue reading...
Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Pro 9.7 vs Lenovo Yoga Book Android showdown
If there were a few takeaways at CES 2017 last week, it would be that cars are the new darlings of the tech industry, that Amazon Alexa is taking over the world, and that laptops are becoming tablets or tablets are becoming laptops – laptops and tablets are becoming one. Whichever angle you look at it, the lines separating these … Continue reading...
Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)
Thanks to Siri and, more recently, Amazon Alexa, most people are familiar with AI-powered personal assistants, yet few utilize them. That’s unfortunate, as AI personal assistants can perform many actions that save you time, including getting quotes for rides, sending messages, checking the weather and your email, making lists, and scheduling tasks. If you’d like to experience this yourself but … Continue reading...
The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)
Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND … Continue reading...
The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)
Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch needs retro games to succeed
With the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, many people will tell you that the console needs a strong launch library out of the gate if it wants to succeed. They’re right, of course, but I also think there’s a segment that could have a great effect on whether the Switch sinks or swims: retro games. Nintendo’s Virtual Console has been … Continue reading...
Smartphone trends to watch for in 2017
As we bid 2016 farewell, and the explosive controversies along with it, we naturally have to look forward to the upcoming 12 months. Many analysts have remarked how the smartphone market has seemingly plateaued this year, both in terms of sales as well as innovation. Perhaps with one exception, 2017 might somewhat be the same. It isn’t exactly a bad … Continue reading...
The Best Games of 2016: Forza Horizon 3
After playing games exclusively on PC and Nintendo 3DS for most of this console generation, I made the decision earlier this year to buy an Xbox One S. Somewhat predictably, it doesn’t see a lot of use since PC is still my platform of choice, but if one game was the exception to that trend, it was Forza Horizon 3. … Continue reading...
The Best Games of 2016: Pokemon Sun and Moon
You may not know this about me, but Pokemon and I go way back. From the moment my mom bought me a Game Boy Pocket and a copy of Pokemon Blue at the now-closed KB Toys in my local mall, I’ve been hooked. I wasn’t the only one either, and in the past 20 years, Pokemon has become as much … Continue reading...
Year of the Linux desktop: better luck next time
Every upcoming new year has been predicted, or wished rather, to be the year when the Linux operating system in its desktop form would finally explode into the mainstream. That has actually become a thorny subject among Linux advocates and sometimes even a running joke among both believers and skeptics alike. After so many tries, dating back to even before … Continue reading...