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Let me preface this by saying that this is both a legitimate post and rant about my experience—and that of my wife—with the Motorola Moto X and Motorola’s customer service. First off, Motorola’s customer support is garbage and I mean absolute garbage. Here are some statistics of my experience, 2 Weeks, 3 Representatives, 3 promised RMA’s, and a promised email/phone contact from a senior support staff that never came and a question that blew my mind. So what happened to prompt all this negativity? Before I get there,...

When Apple revealed its update to iOS 7, developers and users alike knew that apps they previously made or used, would have to be updated. When Apple announced the release of iOS 7, the App Store was flooded with “compatible” apps. Some of these apps were merely updated to function properly with the new OS, while other apps were “re-designed”...

When I first saw Apple’s iOS 7, I was excited, finally a new look to a 6-year old OS. But after having the newly skinned redesigned OS on my phone since June, I have to say I’m not overly impressed anymore. The new look is nice, but that’s really all it is, a new look. It’s like a shinny new coat of paint on an old house. It looks great from the street, but once you go inside, you realize it’s still the same old home. iOS 7 is a move in the right direction, but it’s not enough to keep people from trying...

Intel and Toshiba have teamed up to present a new “social” film called, “The Power Inside.” This new action/sci-fi/comedy film follows a group of friends who try to survive an alien invasion. The twist? The aliens use “mustaches” to take over a person’s body. It sounds weird, but after watching the trailer, it’s strangely...

With the vast growing world of technology, our lives are getting busier and more chaotic then ever. We rarely break ourselves away from our smartphones or tablets and take a second to breath, let alone plan for our future. We’re too busy updating Facebook, reading the latest tweets and snapping and uploading pictures to Instagram, when we should take a few moments...

If you didn’t already know, aside from running TechHog.com, I’m also a Semi-Pro Photographer (you can see some of my work at mwewerka.tumblr.com) and I love to share my photos, and in some cases, how I take my photos, with friends and curious like-minded photographers. While I tend to answer most of these questions either in person or via my other site, I thought I’d take to TechHog to answer some more specific—and relevant—questions, like which apps I use. With smartphones now providing some amazing apps and services,...

When Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook show off new ideas and concepts, generally, people get excited at the ideas. Yesterday, Zuckerberg and group introduced the new Android UI/App, Facebook Home. Which is aimed to reinvent how we use our phones, putting people before apps. This is good in theory, I do care about those important people in my life, but what about those people that I’m friends with just because we went to high school together 15 years ago? Do I really need their photos as my wallpaper and on my lockscreen? Better question...

Because of the nature of running a tech news website, I tend to carry multiple phones, sometimes up to three, and until recently I only had one of them with cellular service, while the other two remained strictly as “WiFi-only.” But when I decide to carry the Nexus 4, I knew I wanted it have a permanent connection and not just WiFi or having it tethered to my Verizon phone, there is a data cap after all. I use a lot of data and so I figured if I could find something cheap that was unlimited it may help offset my Verizon account,...

Posted on Mar 22 2013 - 4:24pm by Mike Wewerka
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It never fails, you meet up with a friend, you visit a relative or even at work, someone at one of these locations—and many more—will undoubtedly see you on your smartphone and wonder over and ask what app you’re using or have you tried “so-and-so” app. Because of this site, I’m constantly hounded by people I know, “have you tried this one?” or “Is this app any good?”, or “What are you currently using?” I know it’s natural curiosity, so I don’t let it bother me,...

When it comes to protecting a smartphone, some people will essentially wrap the device in bubble wrap to keep it safe, for others, a simple case or screen protector will suffice. I’m a naturalist, I like my phones to look and feel as they were designed and intended, so no case for me. But even I know that sometimes an accident can occur, so the least I can do is protect my device’s screen, and in the case of the Nexus 4 (and even the iPhone), the back. Sure you can buy cheap, flimsy plastic screen protectors off eBay for about...