The iPhone 7’s jack problem: Proof Apple cares more about their walled garden than their customers

Look, the obvious problem with the iPhone 7 is the missing headphone jack.  The industry simply isn’t ready to ditch it as there isn’t a good replacement for it yet.  But that’s not the only thing that ticks me off about the new iPhone. Here’s a list: No fast charging What appears to be a only modest boost in battery life …

Privacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

Fair warning, this will most likely be a controversial post.  While I’m generally in favor of a citizen’s right to privacy, and I support companies that actually go to bat for our civil liberties, I’ve gotta side with law enforcement on this one–well, sorta.  Let me be absolutely clear, this isn’t a question of where my political loyalties lie, but …

Smartwatches: Are they worth your time?

So, I got a smart watch a few weeks ago after much debate with myself over what to buy, and whether or not I actually needed the thing to be “smart.”  I ended up with a Pebble, and so far, it’s pretty freaking awesome.  If you’re looking for a bulleted summary of this review (and don’t feel like reading about how I …

Update on the Net Neutrality debate

Huzzah!  Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner of the FCC is asking to delay the vote due to public outcry over Tom Wheeler’s new proposal.  To recap, this new proposal would allow companies like AT&T and Comcast to charge extra money to companies like Netflix and Amazon just to get adequate bandwidth. This would inevitably prevent start-ups with bandwidth-heavy services from competing because they likely …

Fight for net neutrality (important stuff)

If you’re not entirely sure what net neutrality is, I’ll give you a few minutes to check out this article on Wikipedia (you only really need the definition). The FCC wants to let Internet Service Providers (ISPs) charge premiums to content providers like Google, Netflix, Apple, Hulu, and more.  These premiums would consist of extra fees to ensure that the content from a …

Geeky holiday tablet advice

Recently, I wrote two blog posts for OverDrive (where I work) about which tablets I’d recommend for the holidays.  Instead of re-hashing it all here, I’ll just post up some links. But first, I want to give you some general advice that I didn’t put in either of the OverDrive posts. If the tablet costs less than $100, you probably …

Upgradable smart phones? Sign me up!

No, I’m not talking about your yearly or every-other-year upgrade plan.  I’m talking about upgrading the camera or processor on your existing phone!  You wouldn’t get new-phone-envy halfway through your contract, because you could just upgrade the one you have. Want a better camera? Sure, no problem. Faster processor? More RAM? More powerful battery? Go for it! Motorola just announced …