Black Friday 2016 Worst Deal

Samsung has one of the absolute worst Black Friday deals in history

November 21st at 4:18 PM

Samsung has one of the absolute worst Black Friday deals in history

This is probably the worst Black Friday deal in history — at least in Samsung’s history. The company is trying to sell you a Galaxy Note 3 that’s nowhere close to being new and will never run the latest Android OS from Google for $249.

Do. Not. Buy. It.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5 Recap

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 5: The episode where nothing happens

November 21st at 12:31 PM

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 5: The episode where nothing happens

I was annoyed last week because our favorite characters in this world dominated by human flesh-eating species were careless, even stupid, in episode 4. Now that I’ve seen the latest episode “Go Getters,” I’m just bored. We could do without everything that happens in this episode. Instead, one of the characters could simply give us that short recap of off-screen events in an intro for a different episode. Think voice over with walkers dying on screen. That sort of thing. Because in episode 6 nothing really happens. Beware, spoilers follow below… but even if you haven’t seen episode 5 you should just read this recap instead of wasting your time.

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The Walking Dead 7 Episode 703 Recap

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 3: The key to breaking Negan

November 7th at 11:07 AM

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 3: The key to breaking Negan

The third episode of The Walking Dead is over, and it’s finally time to digest it. Just as was hinted at in the official trailers, episode 703 is about Daryl and Dwight. It’s about breaking a highly valued prisoner, it’s about the way Negan’s survival machine works, and it’s about Dwight. Beware, spoilers ahead! More →

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iPhone SE vs. iPhone 8

Forget the iPhone 8, this all-screen iPhone SE is all the smartphone you need

November 4th at 10:38 AM

Forget the iPhone 8, this all-screen iPhone SE is all the smartphone you need

Two years ago, Apple introduced iPhones with larger screens because almost everyone seemed to want one. In the process, it ignored those customers who preferred the smaller iPhone form factor. Then, earlier this year, it fixed that mistake by launching an iPhone SE smartphone that’s as big as the iPhone 5s, but sports iPhone 6s-like hardware.

It’s likely that the 4-inch iPhone will not go away as long as there’s a market for it, and Apple may have to release upgraded versions in the coming years. One of the best things Apple could do with the handset is to increase the size of the display without modifying its dimensions.

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Apple TV

Apple has no idea what it’s doing in the TV space, and it’s embarassing

Apple has no idea what it’s doing in the TV space, and it’s embarassing

November 3rd at 12:08 PM

Aimless. Backwards. Confused. These are just a few adjectives which, to a frustrating extent, seem to perfectly encapsulate Apple’s glaring lack of vision in the TV space. Apple certainly understands that TV (and by extension, the living room) is important, but the more I see what Apple is doing with the Apple TV, and the more I hear Apple executives excitedly drone on about their comically boring TV strategy, the more I become convinced that the company has absolutely no idea what it’s doing.

Broadly speaking, I don’t believe that the higher-ups at Apple grasp, on an even basic level, what makes for a compelling TV viewing experience. And while the company, in my view, wasted its time exploring the feasibility of developing and manufacturing a car, it completely ignored the growing strategic importance of TV in the process.

This oversight — whether the cause be a lack of vision or a lack of execution — is particularly ironic given that it was Apple’s keen appreciation of the strategic importance of music in the early 2000s that led to the iPod, the iTunes Music Store and, in turn, Apple’s ascension back to the top of the tech heap. These days, however, power and leverage within the TV space is quickly being usurped by players like Netflix while Apple remains embarrassingly stuck on the sidelines.

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The Walking Dead 7 Episode 702 Recap

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 2: Time to meet the other Negan

October 31st at 10:51 AM

The Walking Dead season 7, episode 2: Time to meet the other Negan

Negan killed two of our favorite Walking Dead characters last week, so we’re all looking for a little retribution. But we also know that’s not going to happen anytime soon, as there are several loose ends that need to be tied up first. Rick is broken, Daryl is shackled, Maggie is suffering on every level, and Carol isn’t there to help. Things will get a lot worse before they get any better — or at least that appears to be the case in light of all the trailers and clips AMC released so far. But now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: We have a second Negan.

Plenty of spoilers follow below, so stop reading now if you haven’t seen last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. More →

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MacBook Pro 2016 iPhone 7

Apple should kill the iPhone’s Lightning port next

October 29th at 12:00 PM

Apple should kill the iPhone’s Lightning port next

Apple is heading towards a bold wireless future where iPhone and Macs share data wirelessly. And their batteries will probably recharge without any wires as well. But the road to that future is paved with adapters and dongles that complicate the entire user experience. Case in point: Out of the box, the iPhone 7 and the brand new MacBook Pro do not work together. More →

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Tim Cook Vs Steve Ballmer

Is Tim Cook Apple’s version of Steve Ballmer? Not even close

October 28th at 1:41 PM

Is Tim Cook Apple’s version of Steve Ballmer? Not even close

Earlier this week, I came across a widely circulated article from Steve Blank articulating why Tim Cook is effectively Apple’s own version of Steve Ballmer, which is to say that Cook is a non-visionary who is adept at increasing sales but not much else. On a superficial level, the comparison is an easy one to make and, if you’re not one who cares about nuance, it might even seem like a fair analogy.

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The Walking Dead 7: Who Is Negan

How The Walking Dead’s best villain is really a twisted hero

October 26th at 10:03 PM

How The Walking Dead’s best villain is really a twisted hero

Negan made quite an impression on The Walking Dead. Or better said, Jeffrey Dean Morgan made quite an impression playing the best villain in the series so far. But who is Negan? Why did he become a ruthless, funny, and cerebral leader in the zombie-ridden world?

Well, we have an idea of who Negan is. He’s basically a natural evolution of Rick. Rick is Negan, and Negan is Rick. Thankfully, Rick met a Negan before he became one. Confused? I’ll explain. More →

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LeEco Le Pro3

Another cheap, wonderful Android smartphone that nobody will buy

October 19th at 5:24 PM

Another cheap, wonderful Android smartphone that nobody will buy

There’s two separate wars in the smartphone market today. On one side, you have big brand names fighting to sell expensive smartphones to customers, still largely in Verizon stores on two-year financing contracts. On the other, you’ve got no-name Asian firms selling the same phones (or better!) for half the price, but only online and cash up front.

LeEco is the latest entrant to the cheap Android world. It announced two phones today, costing $300 and $150 for phones that can hold their own (or outdo) the very best Android phones on the market today, or at least the ones that don’t explode.

We should be freaking out about devices these good being sold for this little money. But we’re not, because about ten people total are going to order this phone, and that’s a little sad.

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