I’m due for a new phone, and, like any Apple-head without a contract, I spent a long time traversing the internet in search of an unlocked iPhone 6. I spent a while on Amazon and an inordinate amount of time on eBay. Amazon is a cleaner purchasing process, and eBay, for better or worse, offers a bit … Continue reading Swappa
I recently read an article about bringing one’s iPhone back from the dead, after a nearly-fatal drop into water. As someone who destroyed his fair share of gadgets in water, I took the precaution of purchasing a FRIEQ Waterproof Case for my iPhone 5 in advance of my recent trip to the Caribbean. I had been initially … Continue reading Waterproofing
Last week, NPR released NPR One as the official National Public Radio mobile app (Android and iphone). I’ve become a big fan of theirs (David has too!) as I now spend much more time in a car than I did in Manhattan and don’t always want to hear the same five songs on repeat on the … Continue reading NPR One Review
T-Mobile, in many respects, has its back to the wall. It did not carry the iPhone until this week. Its 4G network still lags behind those of Verizon and AT&T. And one year ago, AT&T dropped its $39 billion acquisition plans, in light of opposition from the Justice department. And its relatively small hold on the US phone market has meant that the T-Mobile still lags among the big four phone carriers.
There is a great metric by which companies’ success can be measured. Effectively, if the name of a corporation’s good or service becomes interchangeable with the product category as a whole, the company’s product – or at least its marketing – is probably pretty successful. Older examples would be the use of the word “Xerox” as a verb, or “Kleenex” as a catchall for tissues. In our generation, the use of “Google” as a verb is likely the best example.
Poor HTC. The Taiwanese smartphone company released its dismal Q4 2012 results this morning, chalking up $34 million in profit, a tiny fraction compared to the $2 Billion in revenue it earned Q4 2011. Mashable reports that HTC’s share of the US smartphone market shrunk from 10.3% at this time last year to 4% today. … Continue reading HTC Could Use a Little TLC