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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

We're moving...sort of

So - for a variety of reasons, Silicon Theory is going to be moving to a new hosting platform; Wordpress.  This should make it easier for us to publish articles quicker, move those articles along to all our social media extensions easier, as well as make things look and feel a little bit better.  Same great content, but a bit more new and improved lets say.

I'm making arrangements for the silicontheory.com domain to point the way to our new home, and we'll have some new content there this week.  In the meantime, if you want to check us out now, you can follow this link:  

Thanks for reading...all the changes should be in effect over the course of the next few days.  Feel free to comment or give us feedback via email to silicontheory@gmail.com


Saturday, April 1, 2017

[News] The Samsung Galaxy S8 (and S8 Plus) are here

So the moment we've all been waiting for has come - the newest flagships from Samsung have been announced, and are available for pre-order on all carriers as of now.  Let's dive into the nuts and bolts, and then we'll have a few other resources for you to check out if you are considering making a Galaxy your next mobile device.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

[Feature] Silicon Theories - March Edition

This was a busy week in the tech world...and I've got a few thoughts to share with you on all of it. There's something new from Google, something(s) new from Apple, and some old thoughts on what Android tablets mean to the world of mobile computing. Ready to dive in? Let's get to it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Google Pixel XL - 6 months later

Here we are 6 months now since the release of a new paradigm for Google - a phone designed by and sold under Google’s own branding.  The Pixel isn’t your father’s Nexus device; and boy, does it show.  Starting with the pricetag on down, the Pixel and Pixel XL are premium devices that are different than anything that Google has done before.  Literally, as they’ve never really done a phone by themselves before.  Knowing that, it’s 6 months later - how is the Pixel doing today?  Let’s find out.

Friday, March 17, 2017

[Podcast] Episode 21 - March Rumor Roundup

Hey everyone - just in time for the weekend, we here at Silicon Theory have an exciting new episode of the podcast to get you thru the doldrums Saturday and Sunday.  Sean P. and I go over the rumor roundup from March, and talk about a bunch of stuff, including offerings from Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, and HTC.

Download or stream from iTunes, Google Play Music, or Soundcloud.  If you leave us a 5 star review on your favorite podcast platform, we will love you forever!  And we'll even read your review on our next podcast.  Thanks for listening!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Podcast] Our 20th episode! MWC 2017 look back

The Silicon Theory Podcast has reached our 20th episode!  And this milestone episode is a doozy, since we cover all of the major announcements from the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show.  We talk all about the big boy players, including Huawei, LG, Motorola, as well as Sony and Nokia.  Discussion is highlighted by the outstanding LG G6, so definitely be sure to check it out.  As always, you can find us on iTunes, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud.  

Got any questions about what we've discussed?  Hit us up at silicontheory@gmail.com and we'll be sure to answer, or leave a reply on this post.  Thanks for listening!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

[News] Mobile World Congress - All of the Things

Mobile World Congress is underway in Spain, and the news and announcements are in full swing.  We will be covering all the major events with both links the official highlights here, and we'll have a podcast that touches on the things we liked and thought were flops in a day or two.

For now, check out all the official stuff after the jump for new devices from the likes of Huawei, LG, and even Samsung!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

[Podcast] Episode 19 - Let's talk about smart watches

With the release of Android Wear 2.0 and two new smart watches from LG, I thought it was time to talk about these things and the fate and future of smart wearables in general.  There are many of them out there...do you own one?  Want to own one?  I take a short look at the new devices from LG, talk a few of what's new in Android Wear 2.0, and give some thoughts on what the heck we can (or should) be doing with more technology, this time, on our wrists.

Find the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundCloud - download, subscribe, and tell a friend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

[Feature] I love tech: Pocketcasts

I spend a lot of time in my car.  And I need something to take my thoughts off the mind numbingly boring drive I have to make every day...so naturally, I turned to podcasts.  Not only do I host and produce a podcast for Silicon Theory, but I do enjoy and listen to others as well.  I originally got into the format using my loaner iPhone and though the podcasts app for iOS is fine, its not nearly as robust and fully featured as you might expect in a product from Apple.  So I went on the search for something that would 1) work on the Android platform 2) have a few more perks than what I'd been using.  And after a bit of searching (and lurking on message boards in various places) I came across the app Pocketcasts.  And I couldn't be happier I did.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

[News] Verizon brings back unlimited data plans

Yes, you read the headline correctly and yes, you are seeing this logo correctly.  As most readers of our site will know, both Sean P. and I both have a well earned disdain for the largest mobile carrier in the U.S. and aren't afraid to let it show.  One of our biggest criticisms was their forced migration of customers off of old school unlimited data plans.  As of Monday, things done changed.

[Podcast] Episode 18 is live - February's Rumor Roundup!

The newest edition of the Silicon Theory podcast is here, and its February and the rumors are flying fast and furious!  We take some time to discuss the newest phone from Huawei, rumors about phones from LG and Samsung, and give our takes on what we expect to see from MWC in a few weeks.  Download or stream it today, and be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to make sure you get all the newest episodes as they go live.  While you're doing that, be sure to leave us a 5 star review as well.

Thanks for listening!  Find the Silicon Theory podcast on - iTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundCloud

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

[Special Feature] Silicon Theories - February Edition

At long last, here is this month's edition of some of my tech thoughts served up as the Silicon Theories...

*What is net neutrality and why should it be important to everyone

Most people will never know who the chairman of the Federal Communications Committee is, or even what the FCC actually does.  But something that has come up with the recent changeover in administration is the subject of net neutrality, and what it's impact on consumer choice in wired and wireless services is.  First, to see what the whole deal is about, check out this Daily Dot article describing what Title II is and how it was interpreted by the previous chairman of the FCC to apply to broadband wireless companies, and this ArsTechnica article about the discussion in court which Tom Wheeler fought over and won.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

We're not gone...promise

I know we've been away a while, and while this lull just before Mobile World Congress is a bit of a bore, there is still some news.  But - some real world stuff has gotten in the way of our production lately, but rest assured Silicon Theory in all its forms is coming back to the internet near you soon.

We have another podcast coming soon, as well as new and original written content surrounding the devices you are likely to see at MWC, something to say about Google Home, Nextbit's Robin phone, and a few other goodies.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Review] Daydream View VR

So...I've been slacking a little on the Daydream View VR review.  When I received it, I was super excited...and I used it.  A little.  And then a little more.  And then I ultimately realized that this isn't a product for me.  I simply don't have the time to make proper use of VR, or any VR product for that matter.  My actual reality is too demanding for virtual reality.  But I want to be fair to those who are interested in the product, so check out the short video below for my impressions of this fancy piece of tech, and check out Google's own website if (after watching) you think it's for you.

Silicon Theory's Video Review - Daydream View VR Headset

As always, thanks for reading/listening/watching - we are going to be doing more of these style video pieces to mix things up and to try something different, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel (Silicon Theory) to get updates as they get published.  Cheers!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

[Opinion] The best phone you've never heard of: the OnePlus 3T

I'll start this article by saying there probably aren't too many of you interested in buying a new smartphone right now.  And there are a bunch of new phones coming in the first half of 2017 - offerings are likely from LG, Samsung, and even HTC.  So for most people, playing the waiting game makes a lot of sense.

Having said that, if you are (or at the very least might be considering a purchase in the next 2/3 months) there's a phone you probably haven't heard of but should make your list.  If you listened to the Best of Tech 2016 Silicon Theory podcast (and you really should), you probably know where I'm going.  Let's talk a little bit about the OnePlus 3T.

Monday, January 9, 2017

[Podcast] Episode 17 - January Rumor Roundup

Yes - another episode of the Silicon Theory Podcast is uploaded and this time, its all about the rumors surrounding the new phones for 2017.  We talk offerings from Samsung, Apple, and others.  There is a lot going on, and the leaks are coming fast and furious but we take a look at everything that's relevant for those of you who are looking for new devices this year.  And man...there could be a great selection to choose from.

We explore all of that and more in the latest episode.  Be sure to subscribe on Google Play, iTunes, or SoundCloud to get all the newest episodes!

[Podcast] 2017's first episode is here! Best of Tech 2016

2017 is here, but we wanted to take a bit of time to look back at some of the rich achievements in the word of technology in 2016.  It was a great year, and so we celebrate some of those companies that produced superior quality products in the last 365.  Be sure to download/stream and subscribe to make sure you get notifications for all the latest episodes.  We are back on the grind after the holidays so more good stuff is headed in the direction of your ears!

Find us on Soundcloud, iTunes, and Google Play!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mobile phone cases 101

Again, since its a new year, I thought I might try something new and go with a basic review of some things that we get a lot of questions about: mobile phone cases.  There is a lot of confusion about the style of cases and the materials that are used, so I shot a quick video now published on our YouTube channel (be kind, as I'm pretty sure I hadn't showered and my hair is a wreck); its about a 6 minute discussion around a few different styles of cases, what they are made of, and the one I'm using right now and why.

Check the link, and hopefully we'll be doing more of these...so feel free to click the subscribe button to subscribe to the Silicon Theory channel on YouTube.

Feel free to leave comments and if you have anything else you'd like to see us review, hit us up here, on Twitter (@silicontheory) or at our inbox at silicontheory@gmail.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

[Special Feature] I love tech: Google Photos

One of the most underrated ideas that Google has tossed out in the last few years has been that cloud storage for photos can be easy, fast, and better than local storage for most practical purposes.  Things like internal memory on your phone can crap out, and external media like and SD card can fail or be lost.  And (lets be honest) most people are either too busy/lazy or not technically savvy enough to use an external hard drive for backing up the precious memories we capture every day in photos and videos.  Enter Google Photos, which (while in its infancy) was still a nice app to use, but in its present form may be the most powerful and useful way to save and organize your photos.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

[Special Feature] Silicon Theories - January Edition

The holiday season is over, and the new year is upon us!  And 2016 was a great year for technology and tech enthusiasts.  We will be having a look back at last year soon, and recap some of the best and worst of the last year, but even though its only January, there is still a lot going on for 2017 too - so let's take a peek behind the veil, and hit quickly a few things that are kicking off 2017.