Microsoft Surface 3

by David Loft posted March 31st 2015

File Under Mobile

At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2

The Surface 3's 10.8" 3:2 aspect ratio display is a great size. By comparison, I've always found the Pro 3 to be too big to make a great tablet and too small to make a great laptop. The Surface 3 looks like a great tablet, and unfortunately a not so good laptop. So as long as you're buying the Surface 3 for a tablet, it looks to be a good choice.

At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and just $100 more than the Nexus 9. This makes it a very compelling option in the premium tablet space. Unfortunately for us Canadians, it's $639. I get that going by exchange rate, that's what it should be. But when the iPad Air 2 is $90 cheaper in Canada, the Nexus 9 is $210 cheaper & the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is $120 cheaper, it's an issue, that will hurt sales...

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Android Wear vs Apple Watch

by David Loft posted March 14th 2015

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I'm not sure where IGN is getting the idea that apps on Android Wear smartwatches are simple and Apple Watch apps are more advanced. Especially as the Apple Watch isn't even available yet. They're both simple if you compare them to smartphone apps and yet, they both have the same capability for great things. It's all up to developers.

They both have a different philosophy on how a watch should work.

Android Wear and the Apple Watch differ greatly in what content is pushed to forefront. On Android Wear, notifications and Google Now are up front, apps are there, but their not the first thing you see. The Apple Watch is mostly about apps, notifications are secondary and while they have voice input with Siri they have nothing like Google Now cards.

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Best Comics of 2014

by David Loft posted January 7th 2015

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Best New Series

- Ms. Marvel
- Gotham Academy
- The Wicked + The Divine
- Southern Bastards

Best Ongoing Series

- Batman
- East of West
- Saga

Best Story Arc

- No Normal (Ms. Marvel)
- Zero Year (Batman)
- There is No Us (East of West)
- The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine)

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Best Games of 2014

by David Loft posted January 4th 2015

File Under Gaming

Previously I would make a best PC games list and a best Android games list. This is the year they're combined.

Best Games of 2014

15. 80 Days
14. Monument Valley
13. Hitman Go
12. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
11. Dragon Age Inquisition
10. Grid Autosport
09. Transistor
08. Shadown of Mordor
07. Titanfall
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Comixology Now Offers DRM Free Downloads

by David Loft posted July 24th 2014

File Under Comics

But does it matter?

First and foremost good on Comixology and Amazon for this move. This will likely bring in a whole slew of readers who hate DRM and who would prefer to download and manage their comics themselves. And just five years ago I would have thought this was the best thing in the world. But at this point, I no longer want to have to store, organize and manually transfer comics to and from devices. But does it matter?

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EU Courts Right To Be Forgotten Policy Is Baffling

by David Loft posted May 30th 2014

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Shouldn't the EU courts be making the decisions on what can stay and what should go?

My first question is, should they not go after the sites actually hosting the unwanted content? Of course not, that would to difficult. Especially as much of that content may come from outside of EU's rule...

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(Update: Not So Much) YouTube may buy Twitch for $1 Billion

by David Loft posted May 18th 2014

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Update August 25th 2014: It looks like talks fell through between YouTube and Twitch as it was announced today that Amazon will buy Twitch for $1 Billion.

Everyone thinks Google is going to 'fuck up Twitch like they did with YouTube'

So the internet is going crazy over this. Everyone thinks Google is going to 'fuck up Twitch like they did with YouTube'. Which honestly, is way overblown. Before Google, YouTube was a money pit circled by ravenous lawyers. Google was the only company who could take that service and keep it alive long enough to shape it into the profitable business it is today...

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Best Comics of 2013

by David Loft posted January 5th 2014

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Best New Series

- Sex Criminals
- East of West
- The Private Eye

Best Ongoing Series

- Saga
- Batman
- Thor: God of Thunder

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Goodbye Google Reader, It's Been Swell

by David Loft posted March 14th 2013

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My initial reaction to Google's news was bad, I was angry. But after some thought I realized it may actually be a good thing.

I've used several different podcast apps which synced with Google Reader including Google Listen, Dogcatcher and BeyondPod. But now I use Pocket Casts and it dropped Google Reader support in the latest version. Instead they built their own back end and it works even better than Google Reader...

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My Full Review of Pocket Casts 4

by David Loft posted March 10th 2013

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Pocket Casts was recently updated to version 4, and it's an awesome update, to a great app.

For the average user or anyone new to podcasts, this app will do everything you need and more. The killer feature this app has is the custom built syncing engine that backs up your list of podcasts, listened podcasts and your current position within podcasts. If you listen to podcasts on more than one device, like a phone and a tablet, this is the only app worth considering...

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