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: Google I/O (x3), buying or renting media, Verizon Share Everything, Google Maps offline

The next time I’m getting ready to head out of town for a few days on business–especially if I’m looking at an 8 a.m. departure–will somebody please smack me in the head if I start to install a preview release of an upcoming Microsoft operating system on my work laptop? Thank you. That would have saved me a lot of Windows-inflicted misery on a night I needed to go to bed early.

6/27/2012: New tablet and video-enabled glasses, WTOP

This week’s travels took me (again) to San Francisco, where Google hosted its I/O 2012 developers conference from Wednesday through Friday. I did a quick interview with Washington’s WTOP news-radio station about the opening-day keynote; a streaming copy of my spot is a little down the page on the above link, or you can download the MP3 directly.

(Pro tip: If a radio station is going to call your phone, make sure you know what direct dial to call back if your phone doesn’t ring or pick up for some reason.)

6/28/2012: The Future of Media: Buyers Or Renters?, CEA Digital Dialogue

The weekly CEA column revisited an old argument in the music business–would you need to actually own music if you had reliable, on-demand access to everything you’d want to listen to? I like how this post turned out, but having it land an hour or two before the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act probably didn’t help it win readers.

6/28/2012: Google Demos ‘Glass’ With Crazy Skydiving Stunt, Discovery News

So about that day-one keynote: I’ve seen some enthusiastic audiences at Apple product launches, but nothing quite like the response to Google having four people jump out of an airship over San Francisco, livestream their descent via Google Glass eyewear, and then land on the roof of the Moscone West convention center. This post provides some details about how Google pulled off this stunt (it’s the first time I’ve  had to quiz a Federal Aviation Administration rep for a story) and the Glasses themselves (Google vice president Vic Gundotra mentioned that his prototype model doesn’t last as long on a charge as his phone).

6/29/2012: Google Launches 5 Major Products, Discovery News

This follow-up post recapped Google’s five major consumer-focused product debuts at I/O 2012: the Jelly Bean version of Android possibly coming, possibly soon, to an Android phone near you; the Nexus 7 tablet; the made-in-the-USA Nexus Q media streamer; Google+ Events; and Google Docs offline editing.

7/1/2012: How Verizon’s service plans stack up, USA Today

The weekly Q&A unpacks Verizon’s new “Share Everything” smartphone plans and offers a first-look review of the offline mode Google added to its Maps program for Android. Note that if you read this story Sunday morning, it’s since been changed to fix two errors that readers e-mailed about: I had AT&T’s $20 data option including 200 megabytes of use, not 300 MB, and I wrote that Google Maps offline availability required Android 3.0 or newer when the far more widely-used 2.3 release will suffice.