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Samsung Made it Weird, and I Liked it

March 15, 2013 11:52 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The headline adjectives, like “completely weird” and “baffling,” used to describe Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S4 speak to what the company got right. The video of the whole thing, up now on YouTube, features fantastically bad acting, bad jokes, tap dancing, a symphony orchestra, bridesmaids, a sideways car and tons of difficult to explain additions.

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Buyer Beware: Future-proofing Can Save You Some Heartache

March 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

When the stars align for handset and network technology, it must be a thing of beauty. Match an LTE-enabled handset with an LTE network and magic happens. But I wouldn’t know about that because I foolishly bought a 4G phone on a two-year contract five months before LTE was turned on in my market. And it’s killing me inside.

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Firefox OS is Not the Third OS U.S. Operators Are Looking For

February 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The idea that Mozilla's Firefox OS will compete for significant market share on the same court as iOS and Android is laughable but that's exactly what much of the mainstream media seems determined to report. I have read a number of articles desperate to make the case that Firefox OS...

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App Anticipation is New to Me

February 12, 2013 3:49 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

I started at 178,735. Yuck. That’s the huge registration number I pull, my spot in line for Mailbox, a new Gmail app that’s getting all the attention. My initial reaction was, “Barf. I’m not going to sit here and wait for something that performs a function that my native email app, plenty of more readily available OTTs or even my mobile browser can already do well enough.”

FTC Wanders Down the Wrong Path

February 1, 2013 5:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Friday’s announcement of Path’s settlement is illustrative of the way regulation works when you're trying to safeguard consumers from technology that the regulators themselves don't understand. It's also the way regulation works when you're trying to drum...

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Using Mobile Analytics to Monetize Readily-Available Network Data

January 21, 2013 9:10 am | by By Amrish Thakkar, Principal Product Manager, Openwave Mobility | Comments

It is inevitable that when a technology is perceived as being “cool”, a lot of companies start claiming that they can do it. Mobile data analytics is one such market. Over the past couple of years, the waters have become muddied, to the extent that service providers...

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A Disturbance in the Force: The Smartphone Market is Changing

January 18, 2013 5:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Can you hear it? That's the sound of the device market changing. It sounds a little like the whispers that RIM just might have something with BlackBerry 10. It also sounds a little like rumors that Amazon has the right kind of content ecosystem...

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Don’t Let a Kids’ Tablet Take the Parent Out of the Equation

January 4, 2013 4:46 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

It’s already happened so many times that the shock has completely worn off. But that doesn’t mean my jaw didn’t drop the first time I saw my daughter, who’s three now, pushing her finger against a magazine page as if it would interact with her when she did.

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Apple and the Glue That Binds

January 3, 2013 11:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

A report surfaced today that Apple is testing iOS 7, as well as the iPhone 6. I'm amazed that this made headlines. I'm guessing investors would be jumping ship faster than they already are if Apple wasn't in the process of testing the next iterations of its products. 

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Could Auto Correct Jeopardize Public Safety in a Text-to-911 Situation?

December 12, 2012 5:05 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Thus far it appears the feature has only caused minor suffering to those sending the texts and major amusement for everyone reading them. But, in all seriousness, what would happen if Auto Correct turned your extremely urgent and vital emergency text into an incoherent mess?

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Who’s the Next Disruptor?

December 6, 2012 1:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Both AT&T Mobility's CEO Ralph de la Vega, and Verizon's chief executive Lowell McAdam took this week's UBS Investor conference as an opportunity to hammer home their usual talking points. De la Vega talked record Q4 smartphone sales, while McAdam pitched his company's lead in the race to LTE.

Is the Entry-Level Smartphone Doomed?

August 28, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

The entry-level smartphone market is a moving target and one that seems to exist to some degree on perceived simplicity

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NFC: What's the Use?

August 24, 2012 12:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Comments

I tried to find a use for Samsung's TecTiles, I really did.

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Some Thoughts on Shared Data

August 6, 2012 10:31 am | Comments

The impending paradigm shift around data means big changes for carriers and consumers alike.

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U.S. Cellular: Finding Its Place

August 3, 2012 12:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Comments

What is U.S. Cellular's brand identity, and why should customers pick it over a larger provider?

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