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So… wanna know some of what happened in the gadget world last week? | The Gadget Consultant

Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

So… wanna know some of what happened in the gadget world last week?

Just a couple of things happened the week that ended on February 15th that got my attention, with one getting more of my nerves than my attention …

LG_G_PRO_21LG announced a new phone, the G Pro 2

Mobile World Congress is just a few days away, but LG decided to take the wraps off of its new phone before the show. The G Pro 2 is the latest in a line of phones that I’m not sure will fit all that comfortably in your pocket. You want specs? We got specs:

–          Android 4.4 KitKat
–          4G LTE
–          5.9 inch (!) LCD display
–          A quad-core, 2.3 GHz processor
–          3 GB or RAM
–          13 MP back and 2.1 MP front camera

This phone is obviously taking aim at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Pricing and release dates have not been announced yet, so we’ll see how it fares against the current heavy weight huge phone champion.

Comcast buys Time Warner Cable for $44.2 Billion1392384652000-comcast-merge

Well, at least they’re trying to. There are still a few hurdles that need to be jumped, but the bid is out there, and Time Warner wants to do it. The rest of the planet? Not so much. Why? Comcast and Time Warner are the number one and number two broadband Internet service providers in the US. That merger would give Comcast 40% of the US broadband subscribers. That’s almost HALF. Being the 900 lbs. gorilla in the room gives you a lot of leverage, and leaves consumers with far too few options for broadband service, and with little to no competition, Comcast could control and make decisions on our Internet experience that will leave us a bit pissed off, you know, like setting smaller data caps and raising prices without any improvement to our service. Also, there’s an entirely different issue brewing concerning Net Neutrality (I’ll explain that another time), and this merger isn’t going to help that issue very much.  Personally, I’m rooting against the merger. We’ll see if the FCC sees what we see.

Freddy C.

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