Micah Singleton

Senior Writer at The Daily Dot. Tech + Culture.

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News

I will be joining The Daily Dot next week as a contributor, where I will cover Internet freedom, culture, and tech. I will continue my now considerable number of other jobs, including running CE, hosting The Segue, and contributing to Techlicious, Time, and Medium.

We have some interesting things happening at The Segue, which will become public in a few weeks time. In all the years I’ve known my partner-in-crime Eric Leamen, we’ve never been able to go long without building something new and innovative, and this will be no different.

Stay tuned.

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Thoughts on the LG G2

I have been using the Verizon-edition of the LG G2 for the past two weeks. Here are my thoughts:

Pros

  • Beautiful edge-to-edge display (5.2" 1080p IPS 16:9 display, 423ppi)
  • Pretty good 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Great hardware design and construction
  • Great double-tap feature to turn on the screen

Cons

  • Horrible, horrible skin
  • Ridiculous button placement (on the rear of the device)
  • Poor design changes from the standard version on the Verizon edition.

The LG G2 is a great piece of hardware with unrealized potential. If LG left the stock UI and had proper button placement, this would have been the best phone on the market at the time of release. But they didn’t, and it wasn’t. This is the best hardware I’ve held all year, but alas, poor UI design has killed another smartphone.

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Episode 3 of The Segue

My good friend and colleague Eric Leamen and I have a weekly podcast called The Segue, in which we discuss the goings on of the tech industry and pop culture as a whole. In the latest episode, we discuss BlackBerry’s fall from grace, Apple selling 9 million iPhones during its opening weekend, and Microsoft announcing its new Surface 2 tablets, along with reports of Ford CEO Allan Mulally being the frontrunner for the CEO post.

Check out the podcast at TheSegue.co, and on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Thoughts on The Motorola Droid Ultra

For the past week, I’ve been using a Motorola Droid Ultra, courtesy of Verizon. Here are the pros and cons:

Pros

  • “Touchless Controls” Always listening mode, same as the Moto X
  • The best lock screen “active notification” system available
  • Decent camera, decent photos

Cons

  • Horrible microphone, affects dictation and call quality
  • Can’t use Touchless Controls with security lock
  • Camera UI is horrific

It’s a good device, but not worth the $199 price tag. Would go with the Moto X (also $199) which has much better hardware with the same software features.

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A Review of Drake’s Nothing Was The Same

Since it leaked about 10 days early, I’ve been able to get my thoughts down on Drake’s newest album earlier than I expected. What I did expect was Nothing Was The Same would be great, and I wasn’t let down. One of the most complete and cohesive albums in the last five years, it has my vote for album of the year.

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