Weekly output: new iPhones (x3), Kyocera Hydro Edge, Samsung Gravity Q, Motley Fool Money, Tech Night Owl, saved WiFi passwords, Outlook.com IMAP

Apple’s introduction of two new iPhone models (one of which isn’t all that new) had me in front of microphones more often than usual this week. That’s less likely to happen next week, when I’ll be out of town for the Privacy Identity Innovation conference in Seattle and then the XOXO festival in Portland.

9/10/2013: The new iPhone, WTOP

For the first time, I did a WTOP interview not over the phone but in person at its studio–er, glass-enclosed nerve center–in Northwest D.C. Radio is easier when you can see from a host’s facial expressions that it’s your turn to talk.

Fox 5 new-iPhones spot9/10/2013: iPhone 5s And iPhone 5c Revealed, Fox 5 News

Then I drove a little farther north to talk about the new iPhone’s with Fox 5′s Laura Evens Evans on the 5 o’clock evening news. Hopping from one studio to another to talk about the same breaking-news subject was kind of a new thing for me.

9/11/2013: Kyocera Hydro Edge (Boost Mobile), PCMag.com

I first inspected this waterproof phone at the CTIA trade show in May. It seemed more impressive before I’d had a chance to study its slow 3G connection and lack of storage space.

9/11/2013: Samsung Gravity Q (T-Mobile), PCMag.com

My other contribution to PCMag was a review an old-school feature phone–a “cellular coelacanth,” as I put in a lede that the editors were kind enough to keep–that didn’t do much to argue for the relevance of that market segment.

9/11/2013: “Cheap iPhone” Coverage Shows The Pernicious Persistence of Price Shifting, Disruptive Competition Project

I returned to Apple’s news in this post unpacking press coverage that failed to indicate that the iPhone 5c doesn’t actually offer much of a discount from the iPhone 5 or the 5s.

9/13/2013: Apple’s Weak Reception, Motley Fool Money

I talked about Topic A on the Motley Fool’s podcast but also revisited some of the gadgets I saw at IFA.

9/14/2013: September 14, 2014 — Daniel Eran Dilger, Leith Speights, and Rob Pegoraro, Tech Night Owl

Gene Steinberg and I chatted about you-know-what but also Samsung’s recent announcements, the potential for NFC wireless and a few other items.

9/15/2013: How to find a Wi-Fi network password on your device, USA Today

This column started with a question from another reporter in the IFA pressroom. Looking up saved WiFi passwords isn’t quite a new-iPhone story in terms of grabbing readers’ attention, but it’s also the kind of topic that should draw steady search traffic over time.

On Sulia, I recounted my experience using Lufthansa’s satellite-based WiFi over the Arctic Ocean, tried out the “what cheap iPhone?” thesis that became Wednesday’s DisCo column, forecast an unpleasant future for activity-tracking gadgets based on what’s coming in Android and on the iPhone 5c, reported on my initial experiences with Outlook.com’s new IMAP synchronization option and called out author Jonathan Franzen for being a bit of hypocrite about Amazon.

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Weekly output: iPhone electrocution, Ethernet chat, VLC and the DMCA, phone upgrades, disabling Android apps

Getting sick when you work for yourself is no fun: There’s nobody else who can fill in to complete the work you signed up to do, so sometimes you can only write slower than usual and take lots of breaks. That’s how I spent part of Tuesday (when my daughter’s cold caught up with me) and all of Thursday (when I was recovering from some weird digestive discomfort by largely taking a break from food).

WTTG iPhone electrocution7/16/2013: iPhone death allegations, Fox 5 News

WTTG had me on the air to talk about a strange story out of China involving a woman electrocuted when she used an iPhone while charging it. I suggested that a poorly-made knock-off charger might have been at fault, and that now seems to be the case.

7/17/2013: Bandwidth Chat, IDG Enterprise

I’ve signed up with IDG to help host a few Twitter chats it’s running for various clients. This week’s Comcast-sponsored chat focused on “carrier Ethernet”–a dry topic that did not seem to draw much interest. But at least it was a good practice for the slightly more consumer-relevant topics coming up.

7/19/2013: Trying To Ban Links to Software Is The DMCA Joke That Never Gets Old, Disruptive Competition Project

I’d meant to write this reaction to HBO asking Google to remove a search result link pointing to the open-source video app VLC sooner–Friday afternoon is not a good time to get a wonky tech-policy post any extra attention. So I submitted a recap of the story on Slashdot (I know, old school), and the editors there were kind enough to put that on the site’s front page.

7/21/2013: Pegoraro: How often should I upgrade my phone?, USA Today

I was amused to see the headline for this analysis of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s new frequent-upgrade deals start with my name–as if I’m some tech sage whose name alone can be invoked to settle arguments.

On Sulia, I offered a preview of what I’d say on Fox 5, observed how a hack into a Congressional site revealed some Hill staffers’ terrible taste in passwords, teed off on the exploitative pricing of the AT&T and Verizon early-upgrade deals, and confessed how my query about an apparent exemption to MLB.tv’s idiotic regional blackouts might have gotten that magic Zip code fixed.

Weekly output: Microsoft Surface (x2), Kojo Nnamdi Show, soundbars, NFC payments, This Week in Law, HDMI DRM, remote-control apps

Microphones played almost as big of a role in my work this week as keyboards usually do.

6/19/2012: Microsoft’s Tablet: No Depth Below The Surface, Discovery News

I wasn’t invited to Microsoft’s Monday-afternoon event in Los Angeles to unveil its Surface tablets (not that I would have been too keen to fly across the country on four days’ notice), but I didn’t mind that much after learning how attendees didn’t actually get to use the display units in any meaningful way.

6/19/2012: New Microsoft Tablet Is Unveiled, Fox 5 News

The local Fox station’s Will Thomas interviewed me about Surface on its morning-news show. As I did in the Discovery post, I noted what Microsoft left out of its introduction of the two Surface tablets: a price, a ship date and even vague promises about battery life.

(Update, 5:53 p.m. Oh, one other thing… the next guest on the show was rapper Ice-T. That does not make me his opening act, but it did result in a photo of me with the gentleman and his wife.)

6/19/2012: Personal Tech Advice, The Kojo Nnamdi Show

About three hours later and half a mile south on Wisconsin Avenue, I talked about cell-phone pricing, iOS 6′s maps app, password security, car2go, and, yes, Surface with two old friends: veteran tech journalist Wayne Rash and guest host Marc Fisher, who remains one of my favorite people at the Washington Post.

6/22/2022: No Soundbar To Mass Adoption, CEA Digital Dialogue

This week’s CEA post chronicles my evolution from a set of what I’ve called Single Guy Speakers to a far more compact soundbar system and discusses how many other people seem to have decided to trade some sonic fidelity for a less bulky (and more baby-proof) setup.

6/22/2012: The High Cost Of Paying By Phone, Discovery News

My first attempt to buy something with the Google Wallet app on the Evo 4G LTE phone I reviewed last month was a flop. The second one worked–and then the entire Wallet app stopped working. I don’t know if I’ll have a chance for a third try before I have to return this loaner phone.

6/22/2012: Episode 167: Are You Game?, This Week in Law

I talked about politicians on Twitter, privacy rights in an age of ubiquitous cameras, how “quantified self” apps might push us to do dangerous things, and the latest DMCA anti-circumvention debate with host Evan Brown and fellow guests Joseph Gratz (a San Francisco-based lawyer) and Sherwin Siy (a vice president at Public Knowledge). I look forward to my next spot on TWiL–one of a series of podcasts produced by TWiT.TV, a Petaluma, Calif.-based network–and hope that it won’t feature Skype locking up and crashing with about 10 minutes to go.

6/24/2012: TiVo ‘viewing error’ a rights issue, USA Today

You may recall me venting on Twitter two weeks ago about an annoying HDMI failure on a Samsung HDTV; this column is the result of that failed troubleshooting session. It also includes a tip about using smartphone or tablet apps as remote controls that I explored at greater length on CEA’s blog last month.