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swappa-ing things around

So Better Half and I are looking into possibly changing our cell phone service provider, as well as upgrading our phones.  The former is actually the easy part these days… the latter is a bit more complicated. 

Since we are looking at pre-paid plans, we generally cannot get subsidized phones, which leaves us with the “unlocked” phone market.  Amazon carries more than a few of those, of course, but you will end up paying […]

what he said

Make it a phone and I’ll buy one.

No, really:

Smartphones are constantly getting better at imitating compact cameras, but so far we haven’t seen many cameras that attempt to mimic smartphones. That changes today with the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera, a 16-megapixel compact camera unveiled at CES. It’s a point-and-shoot camera that’s pretty much a smartphone without the phone. Powered by Android, the camera features a 3x (36-108mmm) optical zoom lens, a […]

tanstaafl

Earlier this month, I wrote up a post on some essential (as I see them) Android applications, and from comments and online reactions, it appears to have been one of my more popular and helpful posts of late.

Well, today I bring you the seamier side of smartphone applications, complete with a helpful, and all too disturbing, graphic.

There are two short takeaways from that surprisingly in-depth article: 1. Most applications will tell […]

the times are a-changing

There is something definitely strange about being in an almost-48-hour power outage, and being able to keep up with, and update, the internet on our phones. Connectivity has been rough at times, and we have had to rely on the generator to keep the phones charged, but we have been watching the weather, checking the news, and poking Facebook the whole time.

Bit better than huddling around a hearth, this…

this ain’t star trek

As I write, and post, this entry, I am about 32,000 feet over Kansas City, Missouri, hurtling along at around 500 miles per hour in a very large metal tube packed with people. The device I am using to do the writing was all but unimaginable within my grandparents’ lifetimes (in fact, just one of these would have turned the tide of any of the wars they witnessed or were involved in), and when I […]