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Chromecast is a viable STB replacement, but not for everyone

Chromecast is a viable STB replacement, but not for everyone

The Chromecast was arguably one of the most talked-about new products that was revealed by Google earlier this week. The new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 were cool and all, but the Chromecast definitely got most of the attention, and it’s easy to see why: it’s a media streaming device the size of a dongle, and it only costs $35 ($11 after the 3-month Netflix discount, which has since been discontinued). However, after playing around with it for a little while, I’ve noticed that it’s an awesome device for some people, and an awful device for others.

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Who Knew? Hardware Is the New Software

Who Knew? Hardware Is the New Software

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft supporters and fans would laugh at Apple and Steve Jobs, saying that as wonderful as he was believed to be, he never had the kind of money that Bill Gates did. At the end of the day, those people would argue, it was software that sold products and actually mattered; not hardware.

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Moto X then wearables: here’s how Motorola gets fashionable

Moto X then wearables: here’s how Motorola gets fashionable

In addition to announcing the Moto X's official unveil date, this week the folks at Motorola Mobility have had a bit of a spill. This spill - if you could call it that - consists of details surrounding their next generation of smart devices, particularly sitting in the "wearables" realm. Could it be time to see what was most recently hoped for in the Motorola MOTOACTV rebooted here in 2013 to mix it up well with the company's newest fully fashionable hero smartphone release?

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Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

When I look around the technology space, I can’t think of any single product that is so poorly associated with another device than Microsoft’s Kinect. The sensor, which is supposedly designed with gamers in mind, actually delivers very little value to gamers nowadays. In fact, the Kinect is designed for computers and entertainment – gaming is an afterthought.

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Hyperloop: great on paper, but is it practical?

Hyperloop: great on paper, but is it practical?

Elon Musk's next big idea has been making the rounds lately. It's actually an idea that's been around for a while, but it's just now gaining some real steam across the internet, mostly thanks to an announcement by Musk that he would be unveiling plans for the Hyperloop system by August 12, leaving us waiting in anticipation. While the idea sounds really cool and it makes sense on paper, is Hyperloop something that can realistically happen?

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Verizon HTC One prepares for civil war: here’s what it’s up against

Verizon HTC One prepares for civil war: here’s what it’s up against

If you're planning on picking up the Verizon iteration of the HTC One, you'll do well to know the battle said phone will be facing when it appears amongst the 4G LTE smartphone ranks of the big red carrier. What we've done here is to run down the rest of the devices that will be carried by Verizon at the time the HTC One will be released (likely August 1st) [UPDATE: Now more likely August 15th], along with reviews if we've got them (if they're on the market already, that is), or connections to information on potential specifications if they're not.

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Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

I know what I’m about to say will annoy millions of Nintendo fans around the globe and maybe even make some of the executives at the company scoff, but the way I see it, there’s no other way out for Nintendo than to end its love affair with consoles and go multiplatform with its hit titles.

I understand that, for years, Nintendo has rebuffed all suggestions that it should bring its titles to other multiple platforms. The company believes that it’s still going to benefit most from offering hardware and software on a single product and can’t fathom the thought of putting Mario or Zelda on an Xbox or PlayStation. First-party titles are the secret to its success, after all.

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Kids and Tech: Is It Going Too Far?

Kids and Tech: Is It Going Too Far?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with technology. Any product I could get my hands on, I would use. And when I had a chance to pick up a game console, you can bet I was rushing to the stores to get one. Technology ruled much of my childhood.

Still, I was able to handle the real world. I could converse with both kids and adults, and I was engaged enough in school to know that there was a time and place for my technology. I also understood that getting too obsessed with tech could make me socially awkward, which prompted me to question how much time I should be spending around it.

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Apple’s “budget” iPhone is about screen control, not cash

Apple’s “budget” iPhone is about screen control, not cash

The "cheap" iPhone isn't actually about being cheap at all: it's about retiring the 3.5-inch screen. Apple has a long-running love of standardization, and with good reason. The company built the iPad mini around a display size, aspect, and most importantly resolution that allowed the greatest parity - and the fewest developer headaches - with the existing, full-sized iPad, after all. It's not just in the name of control-freak tyranny, either: the iPad mini came out the gate with a full catalog of compatible apps, which is more than the Nexus 7 could claim.

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The Zero Page Resume

The Zero Page Resume

I'm in a perpetual argument with more than one person over the appropriate length of a resume. I've always believed in the 1-page resume. Most on the other side see 3-pages as a logical limit. They are wrong, of course. The 1-page resume is the perfect size. You never need more than one page explaining who you are. If you think you do, you are overthinking yourself. The resume is not supposed to be a novel about your life, it's supposed to be a book report about the novel about your life. It gets the reader interested in the story, but it doesn't tell you everything or give away the ending.

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