Unboxing the HTC One (M8)

March 30, 2014 4 comments

This is the unboxing of HTC’s newest flagship phone, the HTC One (M8). I received the device on Friday 2014-03-28; and I will be going through a couple week’s review of the device for Soft32.com.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging about my experience with the device as I try to use it on a daily basis. I’ll be posting pictures, screen shots and other goodies along the way, so if you’re interested, you can read all about it on my Soft32 Blog.

If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave them here (related to the unboxing), or on Soft32 under each blog. If you’d like to know something specific about the device, I’d love to look into it for you and report back in a subsequent blog or in the final review of the device.

Well CRAP! BYTE bites the Dust

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Many of you who know me or have been following me over the past few years know that I had the extreme pleasure of being part of the original launch team that helped bring back BYTE.

BYTE is a UBM property and runs off of an InformationWeek URL. Unfortunately, UBM went through a HUGE strategic shift last week. Long story short, BYTE is done. After almost 2 years, the site has seen its last story published.

BYTE will likely still be accessible.  All of the content that was published will likely still be readable for the foreseeable future. However, as Larry Seltzer, our (former) Editorial Director said, “the party is over…”

 

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UPDATE:  It seems that BYTE has been taken off line. if You’re looking for any of my posts, you can search for my author name or simply click this link.

Unboxing–Dell Latitude 10 ST2 Windows 8 Pro Tablet

March 3, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Unboxing the Dell Latitude 10 ST2

 

The Dell Latitude 10 ST2 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet that is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro.  In this unboxing, we take a first look at the hardware, directly from Dell and get ready for the review, yet to come.

Apple & Samsung No Longer BFF’s: My Take on the Trial Results

September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did.  The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.

 

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The Results are in – Samsung: GUILTY as charged

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Apple Releases OS X 10.8.1 Mountain Lion

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment
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Apple has released OS X 10.8.1, the first update for its Mountain Lion operating system, featuring fixes for iMessage, Migration Assistant, and audio on Thunderbolt displays.

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Today is Mountain Lion Day

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

If you’re going to upgrade your Mac to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, then you’re going to want to take a look at this article that will help you get ready for the upgrade…

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Apple’s Mountain Lion OS is now available for puchase for $19.99

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Review – GPS Navigation Apps for iPhone

June 29, 2012 10 comments

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I have the worst sense of direction in the world. I couldn’t find my way out of a wet paper bag with a fork and a flashlight.I’m also the kind of male driver who won’t stop and ask for directions.

I’ve used PNA’s (personal navigation assistants) or PDA’s/smartphones with GPS receivers and apps since about 2004, and have since graduated to both Android phones and the iPhone. On Android, Google Maps with Navigation is an awesome application, and free to boot. No one has yet come up with something to beat it.

On the iPhone 4S, though, I’m at a disadvantage. Google Maps for iOS hasn’t seen any real improvement of note since July of 2008. To fix that, I took a hard look at a number of GPS apps for iPhone.

A couple of important points about GPS apps, first. First, GPS apps are totally map-dependent: outdated, inaccurate, or missing maps makes the navigation app useless. GPS apps also come in two flavors: those with maps on board (storage-based) and those that serve up maps on demand via a cellular data connection (connectivity-based). Both have their pros and cons:

  • Needed Storage
    Navigation apps with maps on board use a lot of storage. Maps and their metadata (points of interest, etc) aren’t small files. If you use this type of application, you may need to limit the amount of other data – photos, music, videos and apps – you keep on your iPhone. The storage-based navigation apps within this roundup consumed approximately 1.25-1.75 GB of space, each.
  • Needed Connectivity
    Navigation apps that download maps on an as-needed basis require a solid 3G/4G/LTE cellular data connection.  Anything slower (GPRS or EDGE) won’t work, as your vehicle is likely going to be moving faster than your device can download data. Please note that in well-covered, metropolitan areas this likely isn’t an issue.  However, I have found that when when I’m driving out in the middle of nowhere, with spotty cell coverage – is when I need the app the most.

A couple of other important points before we get started:

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