Sunday, December 24, 2017

Find out if you liked any Russian propaganda links on Facebook


Want to know if you liked or followed any Russian propaganda that influenced the 2016 presidential election?  Facebook created a tool to help you find out if you fell for the okie doke on Facebook or Instagram.  If you were a victim, you don't have to tell anyone.  It can be our little secret.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The best and worst of technology in 2017



As the 2017 year comes to an end, I wanted to summarize what I thought was the best and worst in mobile technology this year.  This was the year of the edge to edge screen from almost every phone manufacturer and honestly, they all look pretty good with the Samsung S8 being the best looking in my opinion.  You can get your edge to edge fix on a $500 OnePlus 5T all the way up to a $1150 iPhone X.

2017 also brought in a wave of TV streaming services to market with Sling, PSVue, Hulu, Youtube TV, DirecTV Now, and FuboTV allowing cord cutters to access network TV and sports with DVR on mobile devices and set top boxes.

Set top boxes also became a major thing in the mobile technology world over the past year.  Go back 5 years and the only devices available were Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.  Now in 2017, even the smallest streaming sticks are less than $50 and support 4k if you have a compatible TV.  Roku is probably the best overall with over 1,000 channels and 4K support, Apple TV is the most polished with 4k, but also the most expensive.  Amazon Fire sticks can run almost any Android app so if you have a streaming service where you get free movies, it’ll probably work on a Fire stick.

Lots of great technologies came to market in 2017, but none of the ones I mentioned made my list of best or worst.  Want to find out what did? Read on…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Net Neutrality: What it is and what it means to you if it goes away


On 14 December, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will formally vote to remove Net Neutrality from the internet by removing Title II restrictions from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  Title II classifies ISPs as a utility and thereby restricts them from price gouging the same as your water or electric company is regulated.  Removing Title II restrictions will allow ISPs to create paid pipelines to and from the internet both for the end user (you) and media providers (Netflix, Hulu, Sling, etc).


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Google Pixelbook 72 hour review


I recently received the Google Pixelbook to review and here’s my impressions after using it for 72 hours.

Packaging

I have the base model Pixelbook which comes with a Core i5 processor, 128GB of storage and 8GB of memory.  The i5 processor is definitely overkill for a Chromebook, but it makes this computer fast.  When I say fast, it‘s faster than my Surface Pro 3 computer that has a Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM as well.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apple acknowledges Apple Watch Series 3 has some bugs


Apple’s newest toy, Apple Watch Series 3 is set to be released Friday, 22 September, but those with review units noticed some bugs with the new watch. Lauren Goode from the Verge has one of those review units, and already had the watch replaced due to connectivity issues with LTE.  The replacement unit is still experiencing the same connectivity issues.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Are you ready for Beast Mobile?


Marshawn Lynch (yes, BeastMode himself) is jumping into the MVNO market with Beast Mobile starting at $24/month with unlimited talk/text, and 1GB of data.

Confirmed: T-Mobile unlimited threshold raised to 50GB starting 20 September



After what I would call a fumble last week by T-Mobile with their “Free Netflix” deal not being as sweet as implied, T-Mobile rebounds this week with a sweet move that benefits heavy data users.  T-Mobile has always been the most lenient with their “unlimited” plans in the past and announced they will continue to be that way in the future. 

Free Netflix deal with T-Mobile isn’t quite a great deal after all





On 6 September, T-Mobile announced they would be offering free Netflix to customers with T-Mobile One unlimited plans that would go live on 12 September.  On the surface this looks like an amazing deal worth about $120/year for those currently paying $9.99/month for the basic Netflix plan.  But if you’re on a $100/2 line One unlimited plan, this deal isn’t for you.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Apple now has 8 phones for sale at once


Apple, the company that told you that you only needed one phone, with one button now has 8 different phones for sale at once. Way back in 2007 Apple came to market with the first 3.5” glass touchscreen phone that changed the mobile device market forever. They did it with one phone that came in one size, with one button for the next 5 years and balked at Google and Android phones that were produced in all shapes and sizes and even the extremely large for the time original 5.3” Samsung Note.

Fast forward to 2017 and oh how times have changed…..