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Friday, April 29, 2016

[Op-Ed] What might the 10 mean for HTC?

The most recent smartphones they've produced have not been big successes for HTC.  In the wake of the announcement of their most recent flagship device, the HTC 10, I'm asking myself the question: what could another failure mean for HTC?  But then I thought about it another way - what would a device that is actually a success mean for the Taiwanese company?  I've owned an HTC device in the past, and enjoyed it.  But HTC is a long way from the days of the Incredible.  Let's talk about the 10 and what it might mean for the future of this brand.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

[News] Podcast update

Greetings all - just a quick note that the first episode of the podcast is up and is now also available via Google Play Music (in the podcasts section) as well as iTunes (it should be updated in an hour or so)

You can search for the pod in either of those apps using the string "Silicon Theory" or via iTunes access it at this link once its available.

Thanks again to everyone for listening!  Hope you enjoyed it, and episode 2 is coming soon.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Silicon Theory Podcast

Here it is - as promised, we of Silicon Theory present to you our very first podcast.  In it, we discuss our thoughts on several mobile devices, including (but not limited to):
  • Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
  • LG G5
  • HTC 10
  • iPhone SE
And much more!  We are on SoundCloud currently, and hope to also be on iTunes very soon.  If you enjoyed the pod, feel free to like it on SoundCloud.  If you have topics you'd like to see covered on future episodes, feel free to email us at silicontheory@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening!

**Updated to add the embedded SoundCloud playback**

Thursday, April 21, 2016

[Op-Ed] Do you need a tablet anymore?

Maybe a better question is: did you ever need one?  Don't get me wrong, as some readers will know, I have a tablet myself, the LG GPad, and while I don't use it too often anymore (since my wife has assumed ownership of it) it still does see a lot of use.  So it might seem silly that I would even ask the question of anyone needing a tablet, when I myself still do.  But I think there have been a few changes in the smartphone market (and elsewhere) that have maybe, just maybe, diminished the need for this once thriving tech segment.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Everything changes - and so are we

I'll cut to the chase - while we've been a little spotty with talking tech these last few months (and with good reasons; one of us had twins and the other moved to a new home) its time for things to change around here.  There's loads going on in the world of tech, and we want to share all the things we love with you, the audience of the internets.

So, to that end, the Two Tech Geeks are becoming Silicon Theory.  All devices (mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and everything in between) run on silicon microchips - so Silicon for all the things we know, love, review, and give our opinions on.  Theory for the idea that most of what we do is predicated on us discussing "what if we got this phone?" or "what tablet is right for you?" or...literally, whatever.  So its more or less the theory of all things silicon related.  I hope that makes sense - if not, we've got you.  Our purpose, our very reason for being, is to take things that seem complicated - like what your next cell phone purchase should be - and make it a bit easier.  Hey, we were doing all these things IRL anyway, so why not make it official?  I'm hoping that we can have articles published on a variety of things 2-3x a week, and then have the Silicon Theory Podcast drop every 2 weeks.  Yes, a podcast.  Hopefully since you've enjoyed reading what we write, you'll also enjoy hearing what we have to say.  Look for the podcast to be coming soon...more details when I've got them.  You can email us questions or comments to silicontheory@gmail.com and you can also find Silicon Theory on both Twitter and Instagram now, with @silicontheory our names on both of them.  Feel free to tweet us or comment on 'the Gram when you see us.

For everyone that's been with us on this journey, thanks!  We appreciate you.  We hope you'll like what's next as well.

Monday, April 11, 2016

[Op-Ed] Is virtual reality more than just a fad?

I had a chance recently to experience the Samsung Gear VR (by Oculus) and there were some really cool things about it.  In 15 minutes, I had a chance to view several cities in Jordan and watch the first part of the movie "The Perfect Storm" while in a virtual home theater - while doing all of this, my brain was almost tricked into thinking it was real.  Of course, my first thought went to "is this the first step towards a real life Matrix?"  Probably not...but maybe its time we talk about whether virtual reality (VR) is just a fad of the moment, or if its something that's here to stay.

Monday, April 4, 2016

[Mini-Review] Samsung Galaxy S7

So this here review is gonna be a little different than other reviews...as "technically" I don't own this phone.  But, as I know quite a few people who do, and I was able to bribe/threaten/cajole one of them enough (thanks Steven!) to lay my hands on it for a good little while, I feel confident I can give the 4-1-1 to anyone who is actively considering making this their next daily driver device.  If you've got a Galaxy S5 or even purchased an S6 early on, this could be the one you're waiting for.  Maybe you've used an iPhone for a while and are considering making the switch to Android?  This could be the one you've been waiting for as well.  The Galaxy S7 - here's looking at you, kid!