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iPhone X isn't Worth It

So full disclosure, I haven't held or seen in person an iPhone X yet. But between the glitzy Apple ads, giant billboards, and hands on videos others have published, I know everything I need to know. The iPhone X isn't worth the money, at least not right now.
You may be wondering why I'm so quick to pass judgment on a product I've never used, let alone seen in person. Apple has admitted that the iPhone X was slated for 2018, but they worked really hard and got it out early. I don't buy that for a minute. The iPhone X is a reaction to Samsung, to Google, to LG, and HTC. Worse, it's a first generation reaction, with an unproven design, already admitted supply constraints, and compromises that don't make sense for users.

If you are an iPhone fan, I say buy the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. These are proven designs of a great phone. No, there's no flashy design, but what are you losing from an iPhone X? A screen with a notch in it, Face ID, and Animoji. That's it.…
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Windows 10 S and Microsoft's Future

A few weeks ago, Microsoft held a press event to announce their new Education initiatives. While many focused on the high end hardware that was announced in the Surface Laptop, I am much more interested in the new version of Windows 10 that was announced: Windows 10 S.

Some have called Windows 10 S, "the future of Windows." I tend to agree. But I never think it will be the only version of Windows. Right now, at best, Windows 10 S will be the version of Windows your grandma, your parents, or your kids can use. But the "power users," the core of those who make up the creatives that Microsoft seems to be trying to cater to lately, will find the OS limitations a non-starter.

For those who still aren't aware, Windows 10 S, at it's core is a version of Windows that can only run applications delivered through the Windows 10 Store. The idea behind this is sound. It's the basic principal behind the iPad, iPhone, and Chrome OS (to a lesser extent). With a locked do…

Life, Death and Tech

On April 6th 2013, I lost my sister, Anne Smedinghoff, to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, where she was stationed working as Foreign Service Press Officer for the State Department. She was on a mission to deliver books to a school. Books being so important to help increase the literacy rate in Afghanistan so young people are able to read the Quran and other books for themselves to make informed decisions. The days and months that have followed have been the hardest days on my short life so far, and the struggle to move forward is not over for me. Through it all, I have come to several realizations about the industry I love to cover I want to share with people, especially through the lens of losing a loved one.

The thing that struck me first, is that my sister carried her iPhone 4S in her 'go-to bag' that she was holding at
the time of the attack. The iPhone is one of the most dropped, damaged, broken devices I see in people's hands, screens are cracked and backs are shatt…

How Microsoft Can Save Windows 8

Microsoft is in a tough spot with Windows 8. Sales aren't where Microsoft was hoping they'd be, consumers are frustrated and confused by the changes, the phone hasn't taken off and now Blackberry has a real chance to claim a solid third place spot with their re-launch with Blackberry 10. Microsoft doesn't exactly find themselves on the ropes just yet, but they aren't winning consumers over left and right just yet. So what does Microsoft have to do to win consumers back? Offer something no one else is able to. Lets take a look at what Microsoft's options are.
Surface Tension With the Surface, Microsoft has attempted to build the perfect Windows 8 machine, to show
consumers how great hardware, coupled with Windows 8 makes for a great experience. While reviews of the hardware have been above average for the most part, many people have pointed out the flaw in purchasing something that can be had in a windows laptop for much less., especially with the handicapped …

Windows 8 Review

Before I begin my review on Windows 8, I want to explain how I approached this review. I'm not going to review Windows 8 from the power user's perspective, I'm looking at this from the average, casual computer user. That is the user who is going to be most affected by this change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. To that end, I've been using Windows 8 for the past two months in the most traditional way, on my work PC and on my home PC, with no new touch or gesture enabled hardware, just a keyboard and a mouse.

Windows 8: A Bipolar Operating System Windows 8 represents a monumental shift from Microsoft to combat Apple and Android devices that have been stealing mind and market-share away from Windows based devices. Unlike Google who has Chrome OS and Android or Apple who has OSX and iOS, Microsoft is opting to use Windows 8 across the board for phone, tablet and desktop. While this strategy allows for Microsoft to re-use thousands of lines of code across platforms, it also f…

Android Has Lost its Appeal

Android, currently the world's favorite mobile operating system, is held in high regard by many and high contempt by others, namely Apple fans. Lately for me, Android has become un-inspiring and too tied into this always on, always connected online only world that Google is pushing. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about being connected, but the feeling that I have to be connected for my device to be useful, it sometimes as limiting as it is liberating. I currently own a Galaxy Nexus on Sprint running the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean build. This is supposed to be the premier Android experience, and I will say, it's up there as one of the best, if not the best Android phone's I've owned. But I want more.

I say I want more, but what I really mean is, I want less. I want to spend less time customizing, syncing the right accounts with the right apps, searching for the needle in the haystack of apps for the few good ones that really help me out and make my phone mor…

iPhone 5 Thoughts

Apple announced the iPhone 5 to the world yesterday. In what many see as a response to Android's rise, Apple has changed the screen size to taller 4-inch display, added LTE connectivity and made the phone even thinner and lighter than before. For some the announcement was a let down, mainly because it was a confirmation of the leaks we had all been reading about for the past few months, for others it was because Apple didn't include NFC support or didn't add some new feature with iOS 6 that Apple had kept exclusively for their newest phone. I respect what Apple is doing with their latest device and here's why.

The iPhone 5 represents the culmination of everything Apple has done in the mobile space since 2007. It's the best iPhone to date, and in many ways, one of the best, most polished phones you can own period. Everyone is clamoring for radical changes, amazing new features or crazy new designs. Apple did that once, it was called the iPhone, and it launched in 20…