May 30, 2012 by

Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs

[Steve Jobs] is an extremely complicated guy, I know that for sure. Mark Zuckerberg is as well. I know this for sure: I can’t judge the character. He has to, for me, be a hero. I have to find the parts of him that are like me. I have to be able to defend this character. With someone like Steve Jobs, to put it as simply as possible, you want to write the character as if they are writing their letter to God on why they should be allowed into heaven. Engadget

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May 10, 2012 by

My humble thoughts on NC’s Amendment 1

I’ve had an exceptionally heavy heart since seeing the unfortunate results from North Carolina’s vote on Amendment 1. I usually steer clear of all things politics. I loathe politics. I’ve never gone to a ballot box trusting that any of the candidates I was voting for would have my interests – and the interests of those around me – in mind. Not once. When I vote for President in November, I can absolutely assure you that neither Obama nor Romney will get my vote with any sort of zeal. They’ll both fail me in a plethora of ways. It’s just how…

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March 19, 2012 by

I wrote a book: iPad Secrets

“Going to print” Three little words, but to me, they mean so much. In a matter of weeks, I’ll be a published author. The book is titled “iPad Secrets,” a guide to everything possible on your iPad that you may not have ever known was actually possible. It’ll ship to a slew of e-tailers (including Amazon outlets around the globe), and a bunch of well-known brick-and-mortar outlets as well. The publisher is John Wiley & Sons, also known as the company that publishes the famed ‘For Dummies’ line (including a pair of spectacular reads from a dear friend of mine, Chris…

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January 30, 2012 by

press pause

2011 was bananas. A roller coaster to end all coasters. 2012 is going to be equally wild, but I’m pressing pause on life for a month to go far, far away with my wife and enjoy a number of precious moments that aren’t promised to any of us. Even in all of my jaunting, I haven’t taken more than 24 straight hours off of the internet since I got into this industry over five years ago. Hopefully I can now. If I don’t respond immediately to your tweet, poke, email or call in the next few weeks, I assure you I’m…

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October 6, 2011 by

Let’s keep innovating

On October 3rd, 2011, I boarded a plane from Tokyo to San Francisco. The reason? A week earlier, Apple had invited me to its headquarters in Cupertino for a press event, an event that would undoubtedly lead to the unveiling of its next iPhone. Around 12 hours after I arrived, I co-liveblogged the unveiling of the iPhone 4S with Tim Stevens. It was Tim Cook’s first solo press event as Apple CEO, and it never occurred to me that anything was different. Cook pulled off an Apple event in spectacular fashion. The cadence was correct. The adjectives were correct. The flow…

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August 10, 2011 by

What is wrong with people?

Today I received the following statement in an email: “you’re one of the worst looking people i’ve ever seen. ever, dude.” This was presumably in connection with an Engadget Show video that I was in, which was published today as a standalone post. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a trained actor. I also didn’t have the luxury of seeing a makeup artist prior to filming. I write about gadgets. I strive to be a good husband. I play with my dog. That’s about it. I do not act. But I’m fairly certain the video published today isn’t…

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May 6, 2011 by

Cancelled my cable TV today

I’ve turned on my cable box about four days in 2011. Now I no longer have one. For me, it’s not about being able to watch stuff on Hulu or elsewhere – I literally have no time to watch television (online or off), and won’t miss that dinky Scientific Atlanta box one bit. That’s my feel-good moment for the day.

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April 25, 2011 by

One day we got to see the west coast.

Just found time to listen to Emery’s latest album today, titled ‘We Do What We Want.’ Not only is it an amazing listen from top to bottom (the production is truly laudable), but the next-to-last track is a serious gem. If you aren’t familiar with me as a human, I’m a travel addict. I’ve been on around 35 flights so far in 2011, and will make two more tomorrow en route to PHX. But this trip is different. I’ll be taking my bro-in-law along with my lovely wife, and it’ll be the former’s first trip on an airplane, and his first…

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April 21, 2011 by

Myself talking Apple on Nightly Business Report

Myself talking Apple on Nightly Business Report

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April 5, 2011 by

A few thoughts on stepping up, and the State of Engadget

Man. What a crazy day this has been. It started in the heart of North Carolina, and ended in New York City with a dinner shared by my new boss, Tim Stevens. It’s a little crazy – nah, insanely crazy – to think about this. Right around five years ago, I was hustling out of NC State and taking a job I knew I’d hate. Nine months transpired between my original application to my original Engadget hire date, and the next six months were pure torture. Ryan Block edited me almost exclusively, and given that Engadget was his baby, he wasn’t…

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