Xperia exasperation

November 11th, 2014

THREE months ago, I shopped around for an Android smart phone to replace my aging Samsung handset. Drawn by the good reviews and the phone’s sleek design, I settled on the Xperia Z1 Compact. In my case, one “feature” that tipped the scales in favor of buying this brand and ...

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Simplenote screen

Note taking made simple

September 9th, 2014

SOMETIMES, simple is just better. For me, this is certainly the case for note taking applications, where I value three features most of all: 1) The ability to take and save text-based notes easily; 2) The ability to instantaneously locate and recall the ones I need from hundreds of saved notes; ...

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Replace your stock Android apps

August 26th, 2014

MOST Android users are quick to install their favorite games but more likely than not to stick to the stock applications that came with their smart phone. For example, text messaging is usually seen as an integral feature of a phone, and not as a separate application that can be ...

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Evernote elephant

A place for all your notes

February 18th, 2014

ON the cork board in front of me, I pin all sorts of notes, reminders, receipts, photos and calling cards. While this analog system has a certain chaotic élan to it, it isn’t all that efficient, especially when the board gets filled up and notes start to cover each other. I ...

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Hero to zero

September 10th, 2013

I'VE got an old gag T-shirt that reads “Bokia – Disconnecting People.” I guess you have to be Filipino to get the joke (“bokya is slang for zero or failure), but the font used would probably be recognized almost anywhere in the world—especially in Finland, where the company Nokia grew from ...

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Nokia burning

Nokia’s burning platform

May 21st, 2013

YOU can’t get fired for buying IBM. Those who are old enough remember this piece of advice back in the day when IBM dominated the world of large, mainframe computers, and its competitors were referred to derogatorily as the seven dwarfs. Back then, buying IBM was the safe choice. Personal computers changed ...

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Surfing Android

Android browsing

April 23rd, 2013

IF I can help it, I don’t do a lot of browsing on my Android phone. Because of the small form factor and my rather large fingers, I’ve never found browsing on the phone to be particularly compelling or rewarding, and have resorted to it only for emergencies (What time is ...

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Troubling numbers for Microsoft

April 9th, 2013

IS Microsoft doomed to become a bit player in the next five years? The latest research from Gartner suggests this might be the case, as more and more consumers shift away from personal computers where Windows dominates, to tablets and smart phones, where Microsoft is still struggling to catch up with ...

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