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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 640: The $35 Firefox Phone

How can any tech douchebag in the first world properly review a phone meant for developing countries? Ars Technica tried but they used first world use cases to do it.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 639: Tiiny

Yes, I've played with Kevin Rose's new hotness Tiiny and while it looks like Instagram and Snapchat had a baby, I find it oddly compelling. For the moment anyway.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 638: ClipSee

The folks from Acoustic Gadgets sent me a ClipSee to review. It's a handfree speakerphone for the iPhone that clips onto your seat belt and you slide your iPhone 4 or 5--with case--into. It makes your iPhone sound louder in the car by directing the sound from the phone up towards your ear. It also makes you, when using your phone to make calls, sound better positioning the iPhone in an optimal position so you can easily be heard.

I like the principle on which this device operates and the fact it works without you having to take your phone out of its case. I like that it's easy to get your phone in and out, yet it remains reasonably secure in the ClipSee. The one downside, which is noted in the provided documentation: you can't charge your phone at the same time.

Other than that, it does exactly what it says on the tin and is excellently priced (about $20 on Amazon).

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 637: No Home Internet

While most people in the US can get home, wired Internet access, some like Daryl Myers cannot, at least not without paying Comcast a ridiculous amount of money just to run a line. These companies won't provide service and yet want to ban muni broadband?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 636: More Cloud Storage For Your Buck

It's not so much that prices have come down on cloud storage, but you get more for your money now, thanks to both Apple and Dropbox giving you more for your money.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 635: Unlawful Vs. Illegal

What is the difference between unlawful and illegal and how does that relate to Net Neutrality? Quite a lot, actually. While I briefly cover it here, No Agenda Episode 651 covers this topic in more detail.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 634: Get Ready for iOS 8

Ahead of the official "public" release of iOS 8, I've already upgraded my iPhone and iPad. Here's what you should do to prepare: make backups and make space.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 633: Rotten Apple Live Streaming

I watched Apple's big announcement yesterday via their live stream. The experience was very un-Apple like.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 632: More Battery Life, Please!

While there are a lot of things rumored to me announced today by Apple, the one thing I wish they'd announce: more battery life. As in a lot more!

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 631: The Fish Bowl

Last Friday night, Gig Harbor's two high schools (Peninsula and Gig Harbor) had their annual football game against each other, known locally as The Fish Bowl. It's the biggest sporting event of the year in Gig Harbor. I lived tweeted the thing and Seattle-based King 5 TV even covered it as the Game of the Week. It was an amazing game!

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.