Category: Mobile Tech

Coffee Talk #556: The Best Value in Mobile Tech

Posted on January 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech. No Comments

With their powers combined (Captain Planet TM), the Google Nexus 4 and T-Mobile’s $30 unlimited data plan are the best value in mobile tech. On the hardware side, you have a high-end phone that’s unlocked, yet sold at a subsidized price ($299 or $349 depending on configuration). On the service side, you have a dirt-cheap plan that gives you unlimited texts and 5GB of high-speed data per month — without a contract! All that said, it’s not a perfect combination for everyone…more


Coffee Talk #555: 2013 Consumer Electronics Wishes

Posted on January 3rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, iPhone, Mobile Tech. 13 comments

Continuing our discussion of nerd hopes and wishes for 2013, I was wondering what you wanted to see in the consumer electronics space. Are you hoping for advancements in PCs, mobile phones, tablets, or software? If so, what specifically are you having gadget dreams about?

As for me, I’m hoping to see Apple take some bold steps with iOS. Don’t get me wrong — it’s a simple and powerful operating system that is the gold standard and has certainly gotten better over the years, but many of the recent changes have been subtle. Meanwhile, the competition has been catching up and, in some cases…more


Warren Ellis, Gun Machine, and the iPad

Posted on December 18th, by raymond padilla in Comics, iPhone, Mobile Tech. No Comments

Renowned comic-book author Warren Ellis wrote a blog post on how he used the Apple iPad to write a large portion of his upcoming novel Gun Machine. The post was a response to another one of my favorite comic-book scribes, Greg Rucka. Ellis used the iPad along with a “Logitech Zagg Keyboard Case for iPad,” PlainText, iA Writer, QuickOffice Pro HD, and the outstanding Dropbox cloud service.

There are a few takeaways here. First, I’m reminded of tech pundits that dismissed the iPad as … continued


Coffee Talk #546: Best Gadget of 2012

Posted on December 12th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, iPhone, Mobile Tech. 11 comments

Out of all the “Best of 2012″ picks, this one required the least amount of thought. The third-generation iPad was easily my favorite gadget of the year. Like my iPad 2, I love it for being an incredibly diverse entertainment device that allows me to read web sites, read comic books, watch movies, play games, and more. The third-generation iPad kicks things up a notch by offering an incredible 2,048 x 1,536 screen that’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s actually hard to look at the iPad 2 after…more


Coffee Talk #542: Your Cyber Monday/Black Friday Loot

Posted on November 29th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech, PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments

For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday has become as much about discount shopping as it is giving thanks. Millions of people love Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. (Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals are still going on this week, btw.) Today’s column is simple: I want to know what you scored on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…more


Kickstarter: Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans

Posted on November 19th, by raymond padilla in Mobile Tech, Sports, Videogames. No Comments

Legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is teaming up with legendary game designer Don Daglow for Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans. The two have collaborated several times in the past on the popular Tony La Russa Baseball games for PC. This time around, the dynamic duo is working on a mobile game with a strategic slant. Here are some details from the game’s Kickstarter page:

  • A new kind of Baseball game that lets you challenge your friends to see who really knows how to handle those tough
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Pokemon Pokedex Hits Japanese iTunes App Store

Posted on November 16th, by raymond padilla in iPhone, Mobile Tech, Videogames. No Comments

Well look at that — an official Nintendo gaming product on a competing platform. I’ll be damned. That’s right boys and girls, The Pokemon Company has launched Pokedex For iOS. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users through the Japanese iTunes App Store. While it’s not exactly a game, it’s certainly a gaming product. And a Nintendo gaming product released for a non-Nintendo platform is a pretty huge deal, don’t you agree?

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Will You Play Google Ingress?

Posted on November 16th, by raymond padilla in Mobile Tech, Videogames. No Comments

Google has launched Ingress, a location-based game that melds aspects of puzzle, strategy, and MMO games. It’s really hard to describe, but hopefully the launch videos below will give you a better idea of what the game has to offer. On paper, it sounds ambitious and intriguing…but many location-based and alternate-reality games sounded ambitious and intriguing, and most of those games weren’t any fun. Before I go on, here’s an excerpt from the game’s description:… continued


Steve Jobs Movie Covers Macintosh, NeXT, iPod Launches

Posted on November 15th, by raymond padilla in Geek Stuff, iPhone, Mobile Tech, Movies. No Comments

Steve Jobs had a colorful life and was responsible for products used by millions of people around the world. With that in mind, there are so many chunks of his time on Earth that could be covered in a movie. Super-scribe Aaron Sorkin revealed that the biopic he’s penning for Sony Pictures will revolve around three product launches: the Macintosh, the NeXT Computer System, and the iPod. Here’s more from The Verge:

Sorkin revealed that the movie will be comprised of three, 30-minute sections that each take place backstage

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Green Throttle Wants Your Phone To Be Your Console

Posted on November 7th, by raymond padilla in Mobile Tech, Videogames. 1 Comment

Bay Area company Green Throttle Games aims to combine the portability and power of mobile phones with a full-on console experience. The company was formed by executives with experience at RedOctane, Nokia, Palm, and more. How Green Throttle works is that you connect your phone to your television and connect a Bluetooth controller — dubbed Atlas — to your phone. It will have first-party games that take full advantage of the setup, while also offering tools to help third-party developers make their games compatible  with the controller. There will also … continued