OEM Stock Watch 2017 – part 2

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This is part 2 of our feature on OEM Stock Watch 2017.  If you haven’t already, make sure you go back and check out part 1 to get our feelings on how the other major OEMs are doing this year.  Once you’ve done that, click on through to read part 2!  Part 2 covers what my (Shawn) thoughts are on the rest of the OEMs; Sean P. will have his parts coming in a special part 3 (as soon as his RL work stuff calms down a bit)

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Video Review

For those who were looking for a bit more detail on the headphones I just reviewed, feel free to check out the video version of the review linked above.  Or, you can click the YouTube link under “Social” – the links to the right of this post – and it will take you to our channel, and you can view all our videos there.

Thanks for watching!

V-Moda M100s Video Review

V-Moda M-100 Review

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I’ve owned more headphones in my time than I care to admit. Right now, I have a few different pairs of headphones in my bag that serve different needs. I have a pair of Earpods from Apple for quick trips, my Beats Studio Wireless (which I talked about here) for when I want to be mobile and avoid the tangle of cords, and then there’s the last pair – my V-Moda M-100s. My favorite pair, I break them out when I really want to crank the music up. There are a lot of reasons I keep them in my bag – below are a few of them.

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[Rewind] How wireless carriers are bringing about the “datapocolypse”

In light of the recent (and on-going) issues surrounding net neutrality and the FCC’s role in our wired and wireless broadband future, I wanted to repost this article from 4 years ago (if you can believe it) – a lot of what I talked about is still in play today.  Please enjoy!  We, as smartphone fans and users, are moving into a very unique time in our history.  Mobile usage of smartphones (and other mobile devices like laptops and tablets) has increased the demand for mobile wireless broadband to astronomical levels.  Mobile carriers are providing this service to consumers, and are seeing profits skyrocket as users are removed from so-called unlimited plans onto more carrier friendly (and profitable) tiered data plans.  No longer do consumers need unlimited calling plans – they need bigger and bigger data packages.  This shift to mobile consumption of data by users on such a large scale and the incredible price gouging of consumers by voice and data providers is moving us towards a state of what I’d refer to as the “datapocolypse” –  where the demand for data is so great and the cost of getting it is so much that (as the saying goes) something’s gotta give.

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I attended one of the (secret) free Apple Workshops – and I really enjoyed it

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There has been some news out of Apple lately about how they are going to be launching a series of instructional courses at their retail store locations called “Today at Apple.” These sessions cover a wide variety of topics, including using software products associated with Macs, iPads, and iPhones, as well as a basic intros on how to take better pictures with your iPhone.  These workshops are going to be leveraged going forward as a key piece of Apple’s retail strategy, but here’s the funny part:  these classes already exist.  And I went to one this week.  Here’s how it went.  Spoiler – if you read the title, you’ll already know a bit about how I felt when I left.

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Google’s VP in charge of the Pixel phones leaves…after just 6 months

David Foster was the Vice President of Hardware Product Development for Google, and oversaw the Google Home and Pixel devices, even though he came on board after the Pixel (phones by Google) were already well into their development.  Apparently it wasn’t the gig he was hoping for, because he has left Google and is moving on to whatever else is next.

He came to Google from Amazon, where he was working with the group that developed the hardware for the Kindle and Echo speakers.  He has also previously held hardware positions at both Microsoft and Apple.  We wish him good luck in his future endeavors – David Foster, as a Google fanboy, I can say “we hardly knew you.”

Source:  Android Authority

New podcast uploading – AR, VR, & the future of our reality

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We have talked before about whether or not virtual reality is more than just a fad, but in this episode of the Silicon Theory podcast, I dive a little deeper into what each of these platforms is, what might they look like, and raise the question of what our future looks like if everyone had access to the sum total of human knowledge instantly.

Check out the podcast in your favorite platform at one of the below links.  Thanks for listening!

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundCloud

 

 

Google confirms 2 and 3 year software support timeline for their Pixel phones

Google has recently updated their “end of life” page, which details how long owners of the specific Google branded or made devices can expect software support.  This is useful for both buyers and current owners, as it gives a good idea of when you might want to consider investing in a new phone if software support and security patches are things that matter to you.

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Monday morning briefing

8026351Here are some of the things that were interesting to me from over the weekend (or very early this morning) – this will be in the spirit of the the Silicon Theories features, where we highlight a few things and then explore them in depth at a later time.  Please enjoy!

  • The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus just came out…and we’re already talking about the next ones:  rumors are starting to surface about the Galaxy S9 and its supposed inclusion of the newest Snapdragon processor (labeled the S845 for now) and while interesting, some of this is just plain bad news.  We’ve talked about how we feel about the Qualcomm/Samsung partnership putting other OEMs in a bad way on the podcast, and I think this could set a very bad precedent.  If other OEMs have to either 1) wait for the latest and greatest chips for their phones until AFTER Samsung gets them or 2) released with last year’s silicon, it puts most at a competitive disadvantage.  See:  LG and HTCs phones from this year.  Good for business – maybe?  Good for the consumer – probably not.

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OEM Stock Watch 2017 – part 1

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As the year is reaching its midway point, we wanted to take a look at how we felt the major mobile device manufacturers were doing, and we thought it would be appropriate to treat them like we would any other big company…by rating their “stock” (according to both Sean P. and myself) We’ll give our thoughts on everyone from Apple to ZTE, and loads more in between. Because the list is so big, we will do it in two parts, with part 1 today and part 2 coming next week.  So without further ado, let’s give you a look into the crystal ball of these two day traders!

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