This is the 28th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
Nick Bilton takes a look at how technology companies today are using planned obsolescence just like the auto industry did in the 1950s.
The reality is that your computer, tablet, or smartphone doesn't need to be upgraded everytime a new version comes out. My parents are still using a Mac that is approximately nine years old and they can still surf the web, check email, and edit documents on it.
Harry Marks shares his recent experience at the Microsoft Store. I have had similar experiences at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America. The people are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The Microsoft Store is a great resource for anyone that is a PC user.
At the end of October, Microsoft released Windows 8, which is the successor to Windows 7. It is a radical departure from the traditional Windows interface. The New York Times had five people sit down and play with Windows 8 and the consensus was that it was confusing and difficult to use. Check out the video below to see what the five people had to say.
I bought my wife Britta and iPad mini on Friday. Even though I have only had a few minutes to use the iPad mini this weekend, I can agree with Josh from The Verge that the iPad mini has captured the best small tablet market.
For the past six months, I have used a Samsung Galaxy Tab (provided to me) while doing some contract work and there has not been one moment that I enjoyed the experience.
The iPad mini can do everything the full size iPad can do and it does it more affordably. Britta seems to love the smaller form factor as it is much easier for her to carry it in a bag or purse.
Letterpress is my new favorite game. If you like word games you will love Letterpress! It will take a few games to get use to the strategy, but once you have it figured out you will be hooked!
The game is free to download. If you want to play more than two games at the same time (you will), then you will have to spend $.99 to unlock that feature.
If you download the game and want to play against me, my GameCenter nickname is mikepahl. Find me on GameCenter and ask me to be your friend!