Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews: This Buy Is A Smart Buy

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There is no doubt that the Nokia Lumia 900 is a smash hit, but will Microsoft muck it up for the next smartphone Nokia releases?

When the Lumia 900 was released in April of 2012 no one really knew if it was going to be a hit or a miss. Nokia used to be a top player in the phones business, there is no doubt about that, but it kind of dropped off the radar after a while. But the Lumia’s success might be a signal for the beginning of more great products from Nokia.

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Own a BlackBerry? Why RIM Is Doomed

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If you still own and use a BlackBerry, the future is not promising for its parent company, RIM, once a shining star that made mobile email a reality. Once again, it comes down to misjudging what we want.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Goods on June 5, 2012

CNet recently ran a story about the beginning of the end of RIM (Research in Motion), the BlackBerry parent company. Now the New York Times is reporting that RIM is delaying BlackBerry’s next version because the company reported a $518 million loss for the first quarter of the year. While CNet takes the point-of-view that RIM’s hiring of investment bankers is the sign of the apocalypse (which certainly is one indicator), my view is that this tipping point actually happened last year when RIM released its Playbook tablet. In one of the worst product introductions in tech history, RIM shipped the Playbook WITHOUT an e-mail client! That’s right, the company who popularized mobile e-mail shipped a product that COULDN’T do e-mail on its own (you could tether it to a Blackberry but that misses the point).

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Tablet Wars: Apple Mini iPad To Challenge Nexus 7?

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Watch for a September/October launch of an Apple mini tablet probably coupled with the intro of the iPhone 5 (4G LTE capable). But, that gives Google a three-to-four month head start with the Nexus 7, pictured here.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Goods, on July 5, 2012

It’s no surprise that tablet introductions have been prime news in the past month. Between Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, you’d think that the second coming is upon us. But look closer and there’s more to the story. First, there’s a big difference between the Surface and the Nexus 7, and that difference, besides the fact that the Surface DOESN’T have a release date nor price, is size. The Nexus 7 is much smaller, almost three inches smaller. It has received great reviews and PC Mag gave it an “Editor’s Choice Award” along with a 4.5 rating. Not bad. Dave Pogue, The New York Times Tech columnist, also likes the Nexus 7 and gave it a good review. But will the next iPad challenge that?

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Apple’s TV Will Change TV As We Know It And Here’s How

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Apple TV might be changing the game, want to know how?

Editor’s note: Originally posted on The Goods on June 4, 2012

If Steve Jobs was serious in telling author Walter Isaacson that he had “cracked it” –then the TV world is about to be shaken to its core. Once entertainment is available directly to Apple’s TV (or other smart TV), why would you need a content provider like Comcast or DirecTV?

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Online Shopping Scams: Fraudulent Sites are Getting More Sophisticated

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Be wary of online shopping scams while you’re finishing out your holiday shopping. Fraudsters are getting better at their tricks.

I consider myself a pretty savvy online shopper. After all, when I worked for a PC maker in the early 90s, when the web was really pre-historic (no HTML!), my company had a partnership with Prodigy (anyone remember THEM?) and we were the first company to sell computers online.

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Why You Should Wait To Buy a Playstation 4 or Xbox One Until After the Holidays

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Fans scream over the Xbox One at the launch party in November. Will you be buying a Playstation 4 or Xbox One?

If you’re an avid or passive gamer or someone in your family is, then you’ve heard about Sony’s new Playstation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s new Xbox One. Both were just introduced a few weeks ago in November and both come to the market with high expectations. However, with the current pricing and game availability, it might be worth waiting until after Christmas to buy a Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

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No Worries About iPad Availability This Christmas

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Shoppers need not worry about iPad mini or iPad Air availability this holiday season. There’s still plenty of time to order before Christmas.

Since the introduction of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in October, pundits have been predicting that these tablets will be in short supply for Christmas and holiday giving. But there’s no need for worries about iPad availability from what I’ve seen.

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VIDEO: Windows 8 Review — An Unmitigated Disaster

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Windows 8 Review: Our Apple guru had a very difficult time getting started with the Windows 8/8.1 operating system. He found the tiles on a desktop to be almost unusable.

While it’s no surprise that I’m an avid Apple fan and longtime Mac user, I have used every major Windows release with the exception of Vista. All have been “fine” in a corporate setting. That is, I was able to do all of my work, primarily in Office, but also in (UGH!) Lotus Notes and on the Web. In fact, when I recently worked in Windows 7 I was pleasantly surprised at how well Microsoft had integrated communication among its various apps (Outlook, Office, Explorer, Messenger). It really was a seamless process and I was able to have great work experience.

But the latest Windows OS, Windows 8 and 8.1, seems to be a disaster for home PC users.

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Disappointing New iPad Announcement From Apple

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The new iPad announcement introduced the thinner and lighter iPad Air, along with the Retina Display iPad mini.

New iPad Announcement: Apple introduces new iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, new MacBook Pros and OSX Mavericks

The long-awaited Apple event to introduce the new iPads came today and it pretty much matched the rumors that have been published. But there were a few surprises, to me, at least along the way.

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