Category Archives: cell/smartphones

SmartTechCheck Podcast: Neil Young vs. Spotify, 5G vs. FAA

Another entertaining podcast with me, and John Quain, and host Mark Vena, in which we discuss the recent removal of Neil Young’s music from Spotify, the Keystone Kops rollout of 5G and Apple’s iCloud sync tribulations. Watch this podcast here … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Hot Tech Holiday Shopping Tips

My December 3, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we discussed hot tech holiday shopping tips. Watch the video of the podcast here, or listen … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: CES 2022 Preview

My December 30, 2021 appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporter John Quain. This week we previewed the upcoming CES 2021 and recapped the top tech trends of the year. Watch the video of … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Windows 11 launch, proprietary chip designs, tech supply chain problems

My October 13, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we discussed the release of Windows 11, smartphone vendors moving to their own proprietary chips/SoC designs, … Continue reading

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The Best New iOS 15 Features

Under normal circumstances, I’d advise waiting before downloading Apple’s latest operating system until after its first update – there’s always something that goes a little bit haywire in the first release that needs patching. But there haven’t been any reports … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Upgrade to iPhone 13 (and 5 Reasons Not to Bother)

Once more, iPhone owners face their annual dilemma: to upgrade or not to upgrade to one of this year’s four new iPhone 13 models – the Pro Max (starting at $1,099), the Pro ($999), the plain iPhone 13 ($799), or the Mini … Continue reading

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Your 2025 Smartphone

With apologies to Zager and Evans (look ’em up), in 2025, I will surely be supremely embarrassed. Someone—maybe even me—will dig up this column, read my fearless predictions of what smartphones will look like and how they will function in that year, … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple/Epic trial, Google I/O, Microsoft cancels Windows 10X

My May 20, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we discuss the Apple/Epic trial, Google I/O, Microsoft’s cancellation of Windows 10X and, other topics. Watch … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple vs. Epic, the new Connectivity Standards Alliance, foldable phones, ransomware

My May 11, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we opine on the Apple vs. Epic court battle, the new Connectivity Standards Alliance – Matter … Continue reading

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9 Features to Try in iOS 14.5

Usually, the significant upgrades to iOS and iPadOS roll out in the fall, like with iOS 14 and iPad OS 14. However, iOS and iPadOS 14.5 became available yesterday and include fixes to some major annoyances. Here are the top 9 features … Continue reading

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