A hiatus for Gadgetorama

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Mar 182013
 

By now you have likely noticed that the pace at which news is posted here has slowed down substantially (okay, pretty much stopped). As is so often the case, there is good news and bad news to explain this.

Let’s start the bad. After 8 years running Gadgetorama as a one-man show, I have decided to put the site on the backburner. The reality is that one person cannot cover the world of mobile gadgets (even as I tried to narrow the site’s focus over the years) without giving up any semblance of a personal life. I’m not ruling out any new posts but it won’t be the coverage that I strove for in the past.

Now the good news (or at least what I see as good news). I am not hanging up my hat completely, just taking it somewhere else. I recently joined the team over at BriefMobile.com. You’ve probably heard of them, they’re the ones who landed the first pictures and video of the Google Nexus 10.

With a team of writers equally passionate about mobile gadgets bringing you the news, it should be a win for everyone. You get a whole more news for your buck and I don’t have to be in six places at once.

See you over at BriefMobile.com!

Jan 042013
 

Gadgetorama turns 8Is it me or has the last year flown by even faster than normal? Gadgetorama turns 8 today. Since that fateful day back in 2005, we have posted 10287 stories with 1772 in 2012 alone. Check out the archives if you feel like a trip down memory lane.

It feels like 2012 was a year where a lot of things were being set up for 2013: BlackBerry 10, a mobile operating system able to take on Android and iOS (Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10, Tizen?), new form factors (especially in tablets and laptops with Windows 8 and RT and their new touchscreen focus), and smartphone manufacturers looking for the next big trend (will 5-inch and larger displays catch on or fail like 3D did?).

So, what’s in store for 2012 for Gadgetorama? Much like last year, growing the site will be one of the areas of focus. If Gadgetorama has become a regular stop, be sure to let your friends know, retweet the stories you think others would enjoy reading, like us on Facebook or +1 us on Google+. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to leave a comment about anything you see here.

Needless to say, we will continue to bring the most exciting stories about mobile devices whether they be an exciting new rumour, a new product unveiling, or something completely unexpected.

My thanks to everyone who makes Gadgetorama a regular stop. And now let’s get back to the news (although they may be a bit slow today as I will be spending some time with Gadgetorama’s editors-in-training)…

Gadgetorama comments now easier

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Jun 162012
 

Just over a year ago, I moved Gadgetorama over to WordPress from a platform I had developed myself. I made the decision after realizing that I simply did not have the time to manage the site and develop new features at the same time. Since then, I have been able to leverage plugins and new WordPress releases to add features and make it easier to use others.

I’ve just made such a change to how replies work. You will now be able to use your WordPress.com, Twitter or Facebook accounts to log in and post your comments to current Gadgetorama stories.

So, have at it…

News coverage slow down

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Feb 072012
 

I expect that news coverage over the next two weeks will slow down quite a bit. I will be traveling and a pretty heavy schedule means less time for keeping up with all the development that are bound to happen – especially rumours that might shed some light on what we can expect to see at MWC at the end of the month.

I’ll try to post a daily summary of key stories. I’ll also post more coverage directly on Twitter and Google+ to keep everyone up to date. Be sure to follow one or even both not to miss anything.

Regular coverage will resume upon my return.

Birthday time: Gadgetorama turns 7

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Jan 042012
 

Birthday hatIt was 7 years ago today that I launched Gadgetorama. Along the way, we have posted 8509 stories with 1598 in 2011 alone. It is quite amazing how much our mobile gadgets have changed over this time.

The first official Gadgetorama story was about leaked pictures of the still unreleased Windows Mobile 5.0. And now we’re only days away from Nokia’s big CES launch of Windows Phone in North America. Six years ago on this day, Palm launched its Palm Treo 700w powered by Windows Mobile 5.0. Palm is no more and webOS, on which it bet its future, is now headed to the open-source realm where it will hopefully live on.

As for what is in store for Gadgetorama this year, with the site finally off the custom CMS I had built so many years ago, I am now going to focus more on the site’s growth. And that’s where I need your help. If Gadgetorama is a useful and usual stop on your Internet sojourn, please let others know: Subscribe to our Twitter feed, retweet the stories you find interesting, like us on Facebook, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment about anything you see here.

So, welcome to all those who found Gadgetorama this year and decided to make it a regular stop. And a warm thank you to those who have been making the stop for longer than that. Now let’s get back to the news…

Welcome to the new Gadgetorama

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May 132011
 

Welcome to the redesigned Gadgetorama.com. This is the first real overhaul I have done of the site since I launched it over six years ago. I made the decision to move to WordPress from a completely custom CMS that I built myself after realizing that I would never have the time to build all the features that I want for the site.

Forgive the slightly unfinished look as I fix a number of issues and return a few features that I have had to turn off for now. Then it will be on to a more polished look and some overdue enhancements. Using WordPress should make it easier for me to improve the site with new features with significantly more ease. It will also enable a much higher level of interaction, something that I have wanted for the site for a long time (User memberships coming very soon).

So welcome to the new Gadgetorama and my apologies for the work-in-progress feel that it has for now.

Happy birthday: Gadgetorama turns 5

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Jan 042010
 

Gadgetorama turns 5

Time flies when you are having fun. Today, Gadgetorama turns five! Over that time, there have been 5507 posts with 1094 in the last year alone.

It’s quite amazing how far things have come since I started covering mobile gadgets in 2005. The first official story was about leaked pictures of the then unreleased Windows Mobile 5.0. Since then, a year later, Palm unveiled its Palm Treo 700w (with Windows Mobile 5.0). Since then on this day in history, we’ve seen double-sided LCD panels capable of displaying different images, Sony BMG abandoned DRM, and a hybrid SSD/HD netbook from MSI. Check out the archives for more if you feel like a trip down memory lane.

Welcome to all those who found Gadgetorama this year and decided to make it a regular stop. And thank you to those who have been making the stop for longer than that. And now, on to the news…

Gadgetorama turns 6 months old

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Jul 052005
 

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It’s hard to believe but it’s already been six months since I officially launched Gadgetorama. Over 400 news items have been posted and the reviews section is starting to look a little less empty!

So what’s on tap for the next little while? More news and reviews of course but also a nicer logo and a few new site features like RSS.

Many thanks to all of you visitors and stay tuned, this is just the beginning!

Just getting warmed up

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Jan 052005
 

Welcome to Gadgetorama! Gadgetorama will focus on news for PDAs and other cool gadgets. As I continue to set everything up, you will have noticed that I have started posting some news just to slowly get things moving forward.

So why another site about gadgets when there are so many other good ones out there? That’s easy! Working with Marc on iPAQabilities has been a lot of fun but I wanted to cover more products than just iPAQs. Marc and I had talked a lot about expanding the scope of iPAQabilities but with Marc so busy, I decided to fly solo. And here we are!

And with that, I’m off to continue to work on the site! Enjoy your stay!