Michael Simpkins

47 Added | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 2 Followers | @merics | "I'm a retired Naval Officer of 30 years. While having a very successful Naval career, I've always been a geek at heart, always out in front on the latest tech. I recall the days when Palm was a player, I'd attend morning meetings Palm in hand while glares a constant as to what I'm doing. Bought the first iPhone and each upgrade all the way to iPhone 4. I am currently using the Lumia 1520 Window's Phone."

How The U.S. Carriers Are Handling the Samsung Note 7 Recall.

As those of us who are weeks into the continued reveling of the greatness found in Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Note 7, we’re hit with a …

Just a “Note” to All, Pay Attention!

My how fast time flies…Just four (4) years ago, Samsung introduced the world to a large device for making calls, text and more. While few were quick …

Nexus 6P, Solid!

The Google Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, is by far the best Nexus phone to date. Arguably, if you’re first and foremost, an Android fan, one could easily …

If Apple Were A Politician

It’s 2016, nearing the end of March and we’re deep in the process of determining whom will represent their respective parties for the opportunity to …

Review: Amazon Echo, Pleasantly Surprised.

By now, you’ve heard of the Echo, Amazons in-house Siri, Google Now and Cortana like device. Here are my initial thoughts….<p>We received our unit on …

Surprise! Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Battery Is Removable.

Much of the churn over Samsung’s new S6 line has been over the loss of both the Micro-SD Card and ability to remove/replace battery. Well, the latter …

Phones

Virtual Reality and Your Health

Seems of late, every turn of corner reveals a new virtual reality device. A wearable that’s truly indicative of the term “wearable”, headgear. I’ve …

Apple Car, Google Car. No Thank You.

Source: KPMG<p>As a lover of tech from back in Palm Pilot days, like you, new tech excites. The endless possibilities, research and development these …

Samsung Pay, Never Leave Home Without It.

Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2015 has started with a nice bang. New flagship smartphones, total re-designs and status quo with small newness.<p>The …

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, The New Beginning.

Well, it’s 2015 and with each new year comes a new Mobile World Conference (MWC) and the introduction of new flagship devices. Samsung usually gets …

Is Google Fading from Mobile Hardware Development?

The Chromebook Pixel. How vivid the image remains of the day, nearly two years ago when UPS delivered that tech goodness to my door. My oh my, I …

First impressions

Well, after all the hype and hearing of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I finally plopped into an ATT store and did the upgrade from the gNote 1 to the …

Samsung Note 3. Multiple Variants?

With just under two (2) months until the September release of the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3, the rumor mill whether you think it’s …

Google Pixel; What is it?

Chromebooks, introduced in 2011 at Google I/O began life with two (2) companies, Acer Inc and Samsung. For nearly two (2) years, they sat alone until …

Key Lime Pie (KLP) “Yum Yum Gimme Some”

From Android 1.0 to the current 4.X, we’ve seen a steady periodic release of Android OS’s attached with food names that when you say to someone; are …

Tablet Optimized Android Apps. Slow to Grow!

If I were writing this article a year ago today, would you blame me if the first question to ask would be; When will the Play Store have a decent …

Moto X. There you are!

Ok, what’s visible? Camera, flash, speaker grill and the Motorola symbol. I must say, with just that view, looks pretty sharp, if you’re ok to judge …

Browsers: Which one is your daily driver?

Today, there are plenty of browsers available an unlike times past, for the most part, they’re all pretty good. Still, there is enough of a …

Get Ready! Angry Birds Star Wars II Announced.

This release, like a blockbuster movie, will be presented worldwide across app stores. What goodies are locked up inside? Apparently, aplenty. For …

Breakfast w/Google’s Sundar Pichai.

Stores, per the documents, will place the new Nexus 7s on the shelves right next to the original tablet. The documents also speak to a 32GB version, …

To Root or Not To Root? That is the question.

Root: Webster has a few definitions; the usually underground part of a seed plant, the part of a tooth within the socket and the lowest tone of a …

Verizon’s Next Big Thing?

9:06 AM PDT Maxx is 8.5mm and runs for 48 hours.. WOW! All three phones have 24 percent faster CPU, 100 percent faster GPU, twice the RAM<p>9:07 AM PDT …

Hump Day? No, It’s Google Day!

9:07 AM PDT Today’s theme is “Open Everywhere, Just Works”<p>9:10 AM PDT Two devices being introduced, one Android and one Chrome<p>9:12 AM PDT Sundar …

Chromecast! Google’s New Star?

It’s the day after breakfast with Sundar, Nexus 7 an Android made their first appearance. But, there was something else, a small 2″ dongle that …

Android 4.3. “Big Deal” or “No Deal”

OK, it’s now two (2) days since breakfast with Sundar and there’s probably a few of you out there rocking Android 4.3 on your Nexus device (s). Not …

Polls~Polls~Polls. Do they really represent?

Alright, before I get to deep into this article, let me preface with this is in no way intended to pit one brand against another, but simply to take …

Nexus 7~2013. My Four (4) Day Review!

I originally intended to spend a solid week with new N7 before chatting about, but after a solid four (4) days of using, I’m ready.<p>After having used …

Tech: We Buy and Keep Buying. Why?

What a busy last couple of “tech” weeks it’s been, new devices from smartphones to tablets, a Jellybean update and IOS 7 beta 4 release. Thinking …

Motorola Nexus: Identity Crisis?

Motorola as we all know, just released the Droid series of smartphones followed-up closely with the much anticipated Moto X. Soon after, Nexus 5 …

Helpful steps to protect your Android device.

We all love our Android devices, they’re with us 24/7 as we go about our daily activities. That in mind, here’s a few tips to help with keeping the …