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iPad mini Retina: Four Months On

iPad mini Retina: Four Months On

The iPad mini with Retina display addressed a lot of the complaints iOS tablet users had of its first-gen predecessor. No longer did a smaller tablet mean lesser screen resolution or a weaker processor, two of the key criticisms, and while the iPad Air undoubtedly improved Apple's full-sized slate, many suggested that the still-more-affordable mini version had become the obvious choice for new tableteers. Four months in, though, has the shine of the Retina iPad mini faded?

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I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I had some free time over the weekend last week, and decided that rather than read that book I've been trying to finish or go out for a walk, I'd sit down on my couch, put up my feet, and play some games.

As I've said here before, I'm a long-time gamer with a true love for all types of video games. That's probably why I've kept all the old consoles I owned – even the 3DO! – and all the titles that went with them. You never know when the urge might strike you to play some old games.

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That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

"What's that you've got there?" the barista asks, tapping his chest. I don't need to look down to know what he means. "It's a lifelogger, it takes a picture every thirty seconds, every day" I tell him; I've got my reply down-pat by now, have explained dozens of times over the past few weeks. "At the end of the day it shows me the best ones." I half-tense myself for a frown, or a "you can't wear that in here," but he just smiles, tells me it's "cool" and makes me a latte. Not exactly another convert to the wearable cause, but another in a series of unprompted interactions that started when I fastened Narrative's Clip to my lapel.

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Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Late last year, I reported on these pages that I was offered by Google to become a Google Glass Explorer. I had signed up to be notified when it was "opening its books" and Google offered me beta access to the program. Like everyone else, I was asked to pay $1,500 to become an Explorer and get my Google Glass headwear. I would then become the Explorer I thought I wanted to be.

When the notice came that I could join the program, my first reaction was to sign up. But then I took a step back, came to these pages to find out what the world thought, and make a decision from there. I decided against the move, realizing that right now might not be the best time to be an Explorer.

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The CarPlay Compromise

The CarPlay Compromise

Apple has finally played its first hand in automotive, and while it's not a car with an Apple logo on its hood, CarPlay could eventually be an even bigger deal. That's not the case today, however. CarPlay still feels like a beta, perhaps more so than Siri ever was at launch, and if Apple is to take it from there to establishing the sort of ubiquity of the iPhone, it has a significant challenge ahead.

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Should I Wait for the iPhone 6?

Should I Wait for the iPhone 6?

I've been a longtime iPhone owner. I bought the first-generation iPhone, followed by the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 5. I entered this year with a cracked screen on my iPhone 5, fully expecting to take the plunge again this year and pick up an iPhone 6.

The rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 are nothing short of lustworthy for an old-time iPhone owner like me. The device will come with a higher-end processor, the rumor mill says, and could very well have a much larger screen.

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Has Casual Gaming Killed the AAA Blockbuster Console Game?

Has Casual Gaming Killed the AAA Blockbuster Console Game?

The sheer amount of excitement surrounding Titanfall is enough to annoy any old-school, crotchety gamer like me who has watched the mighty fall and the seemingly insignificant rise. Titanfall supporters would have us believe that it's the next big franchise that will change the way we game for the next decade. And without a doubt, it'll perform well on store shelves at first. But whether the game will have the longevity to be a top-end title and franchise for the foreseeable future remains in doubt.

I don't say all of this because I don't think Titanfall could be a great game or that I have something against blockbuster titles. I've just come to realize over the last couple of years that the days of AAA blockbuster console games truly revolutionizing the way we play games might be dead.

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Let’s be realistic about Nokia’s Android plans

Let’s be realistic about Nokia’s Android plans

It's easy to get excited about the idea of Nokia adopting Android. Ever since the company first announced plans to shift from Symbian to Windows Phone in early 2011, many have questioned the wisdom of throwing in with Microsoft and its distant-third-place platform rather than Google's OS. Without fail, with each new Lumia - whether it be the 41-megapixel 1020 or the phablet-scale 1520 - there's a small but vocal crowd who'll say "I'd buy it, if it ran Android." Now, with a Nokia-badged Android device believed to be imminent, it's easy to get excited about the company's near-legendary build quality and the flexibility of the widespread software, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Here's a question for you: will Satya Nadella, Microsoft's newly appointed chief executive, sell the Xbox division?

There have been some rumblings in the past that Microsoft could sell the Xbox division, but it's not been clear which companies would actually want to own the business. It also might make it a harder sell, since the company recently acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and has continued to say that the Halo franchise will be an important part of its gaming strategy over the next several years.

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