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For a long time, Google’s Nexus program has been the warrior of “pure Google”. Enthusiasts and power users alike have gravitated towards Google’s often low key, but powerful devices designed and built in cooperation with hardware manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, Huawei and more. For 2016 however, Google has done something many didn’t see coming, and something that many aren’t fond of – they killed the Nexus program. More accurately, Google has replaced the low margin, low volume “pure” experience with something that is higher revenue (for them), has the possibility to be much higher volume relatively speaking, and still…

If you would have asked me about Twitter apps back in 2010-2012, I would have droned on for 13 hours naming off any and every decent (or better) Twitter app for a number of platforms. I would have told you intimate details about every pro, every con, and every thing else in between. But Twitter turned into a giant cesspool, controlled by a three-headed dragon, of which, none of the heads could make good decisions. So here we are in 2016. What does an obsessive person such as myself have to turn to now for a fix? Email apps. But…

There are a multitude of wireless routers, hubs, and switches aimed at the consumer market. And while the higher end may have enough features to please even more picky power users and “techies”, there’s something to be said about choices, particularly prosumer choices. One such company that falls under that category is Ubiquiti. They’ve been around for awhile to be fair. But, over time they’re continued to build upon the previous generation’s successes and keep moving forward. The team over at Ubiquiti was nice enough to send over a nice assortment of goodies including their Gateway/firewall, 8 port switch, Cloud…

Many weeks after its release, the HTC 10 has somewhat faded from the public eye. While the same story rings true for most things in the tech world after awhile — That’s just how tech is! — it seems like the HTC 10 faded faster than others. Is it a bad phone, poor marketing, average specs, or something else? Is the HTC 10 even a good phone? In terms of hardware, the HTC 10 is a more than capable phone. A Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of builtin storage, and 5.2″ 1440 x 2560 display make…

It seems like every year LG ends up getting the short end of the stick in terms of phone hype. The devices they create are often slotted into a category some would call “sleeper hits”. The devices themselves generally aren’t overly flashy, the design isn’t really “wow”, and the specs are in line with other flagship devices. But more often than not we come away impressed and happy to use one of LG’s flagships as the weeks go on and the newness factor wears off on some of its competition. For 2016 however, LG got crazy. That is, they went…

Just about every week we see some new manufacture announcing a smartwatch or three. Everyone from newcomers that are smartwatch-only to old school players in the traditional watch industry are weighing in with their own take on what a proper smartwatch constitutes. And to be honest, something like a smartwatch is more-so an extension of fashion than purely a gadget. In that light, there’s a lot going on outside of the normal technical field we tend to focus on. Can a smartwatch finally be both functional, useful, simple, and fashionable? What about easy to use? The Gear S2 is one…

It’s been just shy of two weeks since we received our Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile U.S. Over the last couple weeks, a couple of the “wait and see” features we talked about in our initial impressions article can now be turned into fully formed thoughts — things that you just can’t get a good grasp of only a few hours or days into a device. The first and probably most important thing to talk about these days is battery life. Throughout the last 3-4 years, every Android device we’ve used has typically lasted between 2.5-4 hours of screen on time.…

We’ve only had the S7 in our hands for a short couple of hours, but already have some solid ideas. That said, we’ll hold off on a full review because let’s be honest, you can’t give a real review after spending an hour with the phone. Such an experience takes many days, if not a week or two for your eager nerd hands to relax and the constant poking and prodding to subside to more “normal” levels. With that said… Hardware The hardware of the S7 while similar to the S6, is different enough to be noticeable. The biggest change…

It’s a common story. “Pretty”/flashy headphones generally sound like garbage. Or, they are priced so high because of the high $$ in design work that purely based on sound, they’re several times too high in terms of competing headphones that put sound first. And therein lies the problem, too many popular, mainstream headphone brands but design first and sound second. Headphones are not and never have been a fashion piece yet companies try to make them be. In the end you get a product that makes you look absolutely stupid worn as a fashion accessory and at the same time,…

The first part of any fast wireless network is of course the router. Without that foundation, every endpoint device is inherently kneecapped. That said, if you’ve already got a solid foundation by way of an 802.11ac router, your focus should then turn to maximizing your investment by making sure you can actually utilize all of that ac speed. Most modern mid-range and flagship mobile devices support 802.11ac now, so that’s not so much an issue. There are even a small but growing number of mobile devices that support multi-band ac (such as the latest iPhones and Galaxy S/Note phones) which…

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