Posts From Mike McCrary

Mike McCrary
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A part time audio engineer and full time gadget lover, Mike McCrary has been interested in mobile technology since acquiring a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition in 2002, and in computer technology in general since first booting up an Apple II GS computer. His first foray into the Android realm was in 2008 with the T-Mobile G1, and he has been involved with the platform ever since. His passion of both music and technology has lead to him pursuing the main goal of combing both into a fun and rewarding career. His other interests include dogs, pro-wrestling, gaming, and Monster Energy Drinks.

CloudPlayer: DIY HiFi Music Streaming Solution

In our Helpful Guide to Music Streaming Services, we mentioned several different services that offer ways to stream catalogs of music directly to your device. While each service has their benefits and drawbacks, the common theme among them is to give you access to a vast library of music without the need to store your...

A Helpful Guide to Music Streaming Services

With the launch of Apple Music, music streaming services have recently gained a lot of consumer interest, and as usual, Apple's foray into the market has caused disruption, as competitors scramble to introduce new features and modify their pricing structures in order to better compete, and as fresh users new to the market continue to evaluate...

Spotify Rolls Out New ‘Discover Weekly’ Playlist

Spotify has announced a new feature to its music streaming service called ‘Discover Weekly’, aimed at helping users quickly and easily find new music. Discover Weekly is a two-hour playlist, which automatically updates every Monday, and is based upon both your listening habits as well as the habits of other users who listen to similar...

PSA: Having cellular connectivity or texting issues tonight?

You're not alone...Tonight, many users are experiencing a myriad of problems related to their wireless carrier, be it with LTE connectivity, text messages not being received, delivered, or coming in late, or times of cellular outage. A look at downdetector.com shows spikes of reported problems at every major US carrier, all starting around the same time...

Sony Xperia Z3+ Now Available in the UK

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has just announced immediate availability of Sony’s newest high-end smartphone, the Xperia Z3+, and it’s throwing in a couple of nice incentives for audio lovers to boot.As noted before, the Xperia Z3+ is essentially an international version of the Xperia Z4, which was announced for the Japanese market back in...

A Look Back at the Ouya: A Tale of Failure

The NVIDIA SHIELD console, Razer Forge TV, and Nexus Player, all running on the Android TV platform, represent the latest efforts by Google and its OEM partners to morph Android into a competent and complete living room entertainment experience. Android TV can be seen as Google's first serious attempt at incorporating console-quality gaming into the idea...

NVIDIA Launches SHIELD Android TV at Google I/O

Since Android TV was announced at Google I/O 2014, there has been very little activity in the way of hardware releases for the platform. Consumers had a very small selection to choose from in the form of the Nexus Player and Razer Forge TV, or they could buy a new Sony or Phillips television with...

I/O 2015: Google Announces App Link Enhancements

During the Google I/O Keynote, VP of Engineering Dave Burke announced that the Android M Developer Preview will include improved application linking features. Under the current system, Android is limited in its intent system when applications link to other applications, displaying the 'App Chooser' dialog box for the user to select how the link is handled. In the M...

Android Auto: A Better Choice

Google’s latest foray into making Android run every facet of our daily lives is their push into the car with the Android Auto initiative. While certainly not a new idea, Android Auto attempts to leave behind the wild west of previous vehicle implementations in favor of a simpler, streamlined approach. Gone are the multitude of...

MorphWiz-Play: Visual Synthesizer for Android

Music Creation apps have always been a sore spot in the Google Play store. Not many truly professional or even useful ones exist, and those that do will offer varying experiences depending upon which Android device you’re using. Device variables, including touch latency, audio path latency, audio DACs, drivers, and Android OS version all affect...

The Nexus Compromise

If you’ve been a fan of Android for any length of time, at some point you’ve likely had to decide between two categories of devices for your next purchase: a Nexus device, and something else. You’ve looked up spec comparison sheets, read professional reviews, and browsed forums for user impressions. There are many positives to...