Could the Windows Tablet Ads Be Any More Lame?

This whole series of ads for Surface tablets and Windows tablets and phones in general seem incredibly lame to me. All the actors are way over the top and obviously fake. The lines they have to speak are even worse. My quick reaction on all of them is Who talks like that? Oh, and who’s spotted anyone with one of these Windows tablets? I see tons of iPads all around. And plenty of Android smartphones and tablets too. Windows mobile devices – I can;t even remember the last time I saw one ‘in the wild’.


New Phone, LG G2 – First Impressions


Over the weekend I picked up a new phone – an LG G2 – at my local AT&T store. I’ve been itching for a new phone for a while now. My last 3 phones had all been Android (Galaxy Note 2, HTC One Google Play Edition, and a Nexus 5) and I have no desire to switch at the moment.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is the phone I’ve been most tempted by over recent months, but there seem to be a number of issues with its rollout and it seems like it may be a long time before its available in the US. I thought about getting the new HTC One M8, but in the end I chose the LG G2 because I really enjoyed the Nexus 5 which was made by LG and because it has a slightly bigger screen.

And after 4 days I couldn’t be any happier with the choice. I like just about everything about the LG G2 so far – and I thought I’d share some quick early impressions of it. Here they are in fairly random order:

Look & Feel

The LG G2 is a heck of a handsome phone. It looks a lot like the Nexus 5, though just a bit taller and a smidgen wider. Of course it’s got LG logos on its front and back. These are rendered at reasonable sizes and don’t detract from the clean look of the device. It’s extremely light but also feels very solid and nicely built – more solid than the Nexus 5 even I’d say.

It’s a phone that looks and feels so good you really don’t want to put a case on it, though I probably will eventually just out of fear of an untimely drop.

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No Sound in Chrome: The Easy Fix

Chrome No Sound Fix

Chrome has ben my favorite, and by far most used, browser for years now. So suddenly being without sound within Chrome is no fun at all. Sound stopped working for me on videos in Chrome several days ago, and I’d tried a few basic things to resolve it and had no luck.

After a period of being lazy and super busy and Insert More Excuses Here I finally got round to searching for a solution this morning. And I found a very simple and effective one – hurray.The video is by ProductionByNz.

The fix is easy and quick and involves disabling one Flash plugin and enabling another. If you’ve lost sound on videos in Chrome go watch this 1.5 minute video and you’ll be enjoying all those sweet video sounds again right away.

Check the video out below:


Chromecast Wins a 2013 Engadget Editors’ Choice Award

Google Chromecast

Google’s excellent Chromecast device has won one of the major awards in the 2013 Engadget Editors’ Choice Awards. It was chosen as Home Theater Product of the Year, and here’s a slice of the reasons why offered by Engadget’s Timothy J. Seppala:

Perhaps what stands out most, though, is its versatility. Beaming HBO Go, YouTube, Google Music and tabs from Chrome to your home theater is effortless.

I’ve been a big fan of Chromecast since it launched – in fact I bought three of them within about a month after its release. It’s nice to see it get this recognition from Engadget.

Other notable Engadget Award winners included the Sony PlayStation 4, the Nike FuelBand SE, and the iPad mini with Retina display as Best Tablet of the Year. I think the Retina iPad mini is a great and worthy choice, but I also believe the 2013 Nexus 7 should have been picked as a co-winner alongside the iPad.

The award for Worst Product of the Year went to the Samsung Galaxy Gear. So maybe The Next Big Thing hasn’t arrived just yet.


Best Android Password Manager Apps

A good password manager app is pretty much an essential these days. We just have so many passwords to keep track of – work email, personal email, shopping sites like Amazon, cellular carrier and other sites where you can pay online, banking sites, and on and on. And we need somewhere secure to store these. […]

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Kickstarter Passes 1 Billion in Pledges

Well this is some impressive news announced by Kickstarter today. The popular crowd-funding platform has surpassed $1 billion in pledges. Not too shabby at all for just under 5 years since it launched. Here are a couple of more impressive numbers Kickstarter shared today: – The $ 1 billion was pledged by more than 5.5 […]

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