Let's go crazy

We've reached that point of the year at which I'm required once again to remind you of the following: Shit's gonna get crazy.

Let's recap the next couple of weeks: This week we've got the IFA conference in Berlin. I'm sitting it out this year, but Alex and Richard have it covered, with an able hand from the one and only Derek Kessler. They'll be on hand for Samsung's Unpacked event there in Germany, and Andrew and I will be at the New York event. Liveblogging and intravenous caffeine injections start at 9 a.m. EDT.

Then it's off to the airport for Andrew and myself, as we head to Chicago for Motorola's big throwdown on Thursday. New phones, new wearables, and probably a few other things. Then home for the weekend before heading off to Las Vegas for the CTIA Super Mobility Week conference. No rest for the wicked.

And this, again, is the point at which I remind you that the live event coverage is just the start of things to come. As I spelled out in this space some six months ago, the live news coverage is just a small part of what we do. We're going to crawl inside every nook and cranny of these devices. We're going to help everyone learn to use them, whether they're your first devices, or your 200th. Some of these tutorials will be far too elementary for many of you. And that's OK. You have my permission to skip them. And I strongly encourage us all to respect those who are just starting out and need the extra help. We're here for everyone. And we're here to help.

A few other thoughts on the week that was, and the weeks ahead ...

  • Interesting read from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman on Apple's PR machine. Nothing really revealing, though — Apple plays the game better than anyone else. Full stop. And it's a vicious circle. The more you portray something as this magical thing, the more everyone treats at as such. In reality, it's just really, really good PR. Nothing more magical than that.
  • I think most of the companies we interact with here do PR well on a number of levels. But nobody controls the message anywhere near as well as Apple. Full stop.
  • The best thing I've read all week.
  • And this is a close second. (But holy crap we missed an opportunity for some fun Lego imagery there.)
  • Best wishes to Ananad Lal Shimpi and AnandTech at large. If you ever get a chance to sit next to Anand or anyone else at AnandTech, DO IT. You'll learn more in an hour than you will all week. (I still find it incredible that I get to travel in those circles.)
  • I can't say this enough: Thank you to everyone who entered our HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition contest. There were so many great entries there.
  • Football is back. I don't know whether to thank the sports gods, or feel guilty for watching.
  • "Sons of Anarchy" is back for its final season next week. I'll be on the road. No spoilers.
  • If you're not watching "The Leftovers" on HBO, you're missing what "Lost" could have been. So good. So dark.
  • And the #parkingwars saga has come to an end. Probably.
  • Yo.

That's it for this week. Time to pack.


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Still not sure why American football is called football anyway. You play with your hands with an occasional kick?

Football (or soccer) is r original and best football.


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Actually, American football is a hybrid of Rugby and Soccer...And, by the way, the word 'soccer' was originally used in England, but once it started becoming a popular term in the US, the Brits abandoned it!

Ever since the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended, I had a void in my life. The World Cup helped tide me over a lot but that's once every four years. I long for September and the NFL. Forget what Green Day sings: Wake me up when September begins!

Feel no guilt or shame. We all work hard. Time to kick back, relax, eat and drink and watch some football. Whenever, whereever, however.

Which unless I flat out missed it this week amongst my very super mega hectic week, maybe there is a good Android app story idea: How to get your football fixes, NFL, college, fantasy, whatever! Cause lord knows we can't get enough football!

Hi Phil do you know if the Motorola event be live or will the recording be made available for us peasants lol who didn't get a invite? If so can you provide a link?

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Thanks for sharing the link, Phil. I left the gamer circles years ago, largely due to the immaturity, incivility and unnecessary hate directed towards certain classes. I'm glad to see folks are taking a stance.

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Whoa, you didn't like Lost? Or just saying Lost could have done more? If on cable or HBO?

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I am gonna take a crack at Phil's mind and say that it just could have been more. I do not think that being on cable would have really helped it, I think it just ran off the rails in about season 3 and never got back.

The Leftovers is pretty good. I keep forgetting when its on but thankfully the DVR doesn't

Thanks Phil for the note about Anand. I remember following his site from damn near the very beginning, along with Tom's Hardware Guide, when I was very into building my own PCs, mainly to run Flight Simulator! Seventeen years (I turned 30 that year ) , really?! We'll blink our eyes and you'll be saying the same, down the road. Thanks for what you do, Phil.

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I am telling you guys, if the waitress does not have at least 37 pieces of flair on this time, I expect my meal for free....

Joanna: So, where do you work, Peter?
Peter Gibbons: Initech.
Joanna: In... yeah, what do you do there?
Peter Gibbons: I sit in a cubicle and I update bank software for the 2000 switch.
Joanna: What's that?
Peter Gibbons: Well see, they wrote all this bank software, and, uh, to save space, they used two digits for the date instead of four. So, like, 98 instead of 1998? Uh, so I go through these thousands of lines of code and, uh... it doesn't really matter. I uh, I don't like my job, and, uh, I don't think I'm gonna go anymore.
Joanna: You're just not gonna go?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Joanna: Won't you get fired?
Peter Gibbons: I don't know, but I really don't like it, and, uh, I'm not gonna go.
Joanna: So you're gonna quit?
Peter Gibbons: Nuh-uh. Not really. Uh... I'm just gonna stop going.
Joanna: When did you decide all that?
Peter Gibbons: About an hour ago.
Joanna: Oh, really? About an hour ago... so you're gonna get another job?
Peter Gibbons: I don't think I'd like another job.
Joanna: Well, what are you going to do about money and bills and...
Peter Gibbons: You know, I've never really liked paying bills. I don't think I'm gonna do that, either.
Joanna: Well, so what do you wanna do?
Peter Gibbons: I wanna take you out to dinner, and then I wanna go back to my apartment and watch 'Kung Fu'. Do you ever watch 'Kung Fu'?
Joanna: I love 'Kung Fu'.
Peter Gibbons: Channel 39.
Joanna: Totally.
Peter Gibbons: You should come over and watch 'Kung Fu' tonight.
Joanna: Ok.

On the gaming subject. I don't mind more females in games, I just think they should stop trying to change the ones we already love when they could come up with a fresh new idea.

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The Sons of Anarchy ending season isnt this week, but the week after on the 9th...And I am excited as hell, yet sad that it will be all over !!!

But I agree,,,this will be an exciting week!

sad to say this, but all of those evens will pale in comparison
to the Sept 9 eventthat Apple is hosting.

a big new iPhone 6 with BIG screens will probably be the
biggest news of historical proportions from Apple since
the passing of Mr. Jobs.

iPhone 6 will be all over the TV news... followed by Apple
fans camping outside the Apple Stores for days

no worries though... I'm still getting the Galaxy Note 4.
Well... I'm fairly certain anyway... unless Apple's new
big iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch screen makes a compelling
case for me to consider defection

Your right that Apple will have a big day or two that week, but the shear number of devices and endless comparisons (big IP6 vs Note 4, iWatch vs Wear) will actually work against them a bit. They will sell 11 billion of the thing,

Endless comparisons. Hah!
Only in the cloistered world of the Jabberwocky.

The real world will witness endless lines, news reports, commercials, advertisements, and record sales.

In the real world of smartphone in America there is iPhone and Galaxy. There hasn't been nor will there be any comparison.

Although I've never owned an Apple anything, I agree with Carla. Apple will dominate the news followed up with a major and effective marketing offensive.

Yup, it will be trending everywhere and everyone will be talking about it.

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The gamer deal is fuckin crazy. It reminds me of when I was 6 years old, and my friends and I would go out of our way to tell girls they couldn't play with us because they had cooties. Whenever they made suggestions about how they could play with us, we accused them of trying to ruin our games. We'd threaten to make fun of them and humiliate them, if they didn't leave us alone. Fast forward 20 years, and it's extremely sad and embarrassing to see that the behavior of these gamers parallels my behavior in my youth.

To think, that people are willing to inflict bodily harm and ruin people's lives over something as simple as a video game is outrageous. Shit like that makes me lose faith in humanity.

One of the many reasons I am leaving console gaming, I am tired of the fanboy wars along with the entire gaming community, check out IGN comment sections or their forums, awful stuff.

Oh, trust me, I know. I came, I saw, I died a little inside. Ya gotta love the dark side of gaming and the Internet, I'm afraid.

Dammit Phil, your great and often insightful editorials make me want to come to Android! I started blackberry and followed Kevin, then got an iPhone and followed Rene, then now with wp8.1 and following Daniel... But all that time I always had subscribed to the ac podcast and none really compared to the insight you and the team had....

Anyways, just thought id finally drop a note. I'm on other devices but always look forward to your editor desk post. Have fun travelling.

Yo, yo, yo. I got my menagerie of tech items all ready to go. Give me some moto, a little lg, maybe some Asus. But hold the Samsung or do u put it on the side. Last time I had some it left a sour taste in me mouth, kinda touchwhizy taste. Yo!

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In The Next 90 Days...
A LOT of devices are going to be bought... (and older ones sold..)
Nexus 6, X+1, E8, The Prime's.. and the Crown Jewel.. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4..
The plethora of great choices this fall will reward those who resisted devices like the S5,M8 and overheating G3.

Funny you mention that, my wife is still an S3 owner until probably next year, but she's still happy with it.

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Gaming community is awful at large, full stop. There may be some that aren't bad, but a large number of people are vocal and say awful things. One thing about me is no matter how good a product may be, if the community around is not welcoming or helpful, I want nothing to do with the product. BlackBerry communities are very hive mindish, WP communities lash out at anything and are so defensive, Gaming communties get into giant forum wars about products, they will say some of the worst insults.

The only stable community bar none is Android Central, we don't get a bunch of whining or validation in choices or giant flame wars. This is one of the primary reasons I am putting Android and Google everywhere and will be one of the first to get an Android TV to replace my Xbox 360. A good community makes all the difference in my opinion

Even after getting a Lumia 1520, I still won't step foot on WPCentral again. I respect Daniel and Company, and I'll visit to read the articles, but I refuse to leave anymore comments. The amount of vitriol and butthurt that people display, when you don't agree with them, is just indigestible. Ha, they had the nerve to call me a fanboy, because my signature said "Gift from God Note 3." Talk about calling the kettle black.

Crackberry is the same way. Although, I've gotten into some great debates with some of the posters there, despite the presence of fanboys.

Both sites have posters that I get along with, but Android Central has grown on me the most, despite the fact that I don't currently have any Android devices, haha. I love you guys, here.

The article on the chrome extension on WpCentral was horrid, I like the site, but after seeing a man torn apart for saying he'll try it on his Mac... Just dang. He uses Chrome and a Mac? Hang him and burn him he can't be near us. The people there are just terrible. Makes me happy the extremists here are like Yarell and what not. Annoying, but I haven't felt bad about being called a broke chump since 7th grade. It's rough out there.

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But he doesn't try to degrade your while self for phone or Web browser you use. To say that he's better than most of the people on the Web pains me, but it is true.

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Yeah, lol. But, he does have his moments when he actually contributes something meaningful to the conversation. Even when he doesn't, he doesn't condemn everything that he doesn't agree with, and he doesn't viciously attack a person.

Yeah, and don't mention Google there. Google is a swear word, and if you say anything positive about Android, be prepared to burn at the stake haha.

I would visit here more often if the AC mobile site wasn't bad as heck on an already crappy mobile version of Chrome. I bet apple.com runs smooth on ios devices and it's just sad when I go to dedicated Android sites on the "latest and greatest" Android device and their mobile web page is a laggy mess.

*Removes gamer tag and places it under rock* damn. I like my games. My girlfriend thinks I'm a prick for playing some of them (GTA, Saints Row etc) and based off the two listed you can assume why. But the big games now are FPS, and the occasional stealth game. And the gender of your character doesn't affect a damn thing. So if a girl wants to play as a girl have at it. I play as a girl in GoW3 and it's sadly one of the few Fps's that let you. In fact I think only Gears and Halo have that option. I legit hate the gamer community and it's such a bad representation of what it could be. I see guys like FrankieOnPcIn1080 & MrWoofless and wonder why people don't look up to how they game and what not. They're nice. They aren't asshats. They can play with a girl without making sexist comments and feeling inadequate. It's just shameful that guys think feminism is a bad thing. Being equal is what it's about. Is that too much to ask?
-The words of Black Man that deals with racism in 2014 and thinks that our outside shouldn't mean a flying fuck in the grand scheme of how we're treated.

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This is seriously just about the most logical, rational and well written site on the web for tech.

Hope you guys know that. Plus, I've been in the wireless business for years AMD I would know less than half of what I know today if you guys didn't exist.

Keep doing what you're doing. I always refer people here for all their android stuff. Yay advertising dollars!! :-)

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Aaaaaaargh I hate this! I'm back at school on Thursday and all the fun is starting. At least I have computer science where my teacher doesn't give a fuck.

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That time of year when the phone in your pocket officially becomes old and uncool.

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Can't wait for any android wear watch announcements, as this is the only thing I am potentially in the market for.

Have fun AC team on your travels and I look forward to reading all about what's new in the world of tech!

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Phil, what are your "go-to" devices during traveling? (Or can't you say?)

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Travel is fun, coming home to families is better, though. My wife's 7 months pregnant and leaving her to go to IFA is tough.

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"And I strongly encourage us all to respect those who are just starting out and need the extra help". Phil, maybe you've addressed this and I missed it, but I'm constantly puzzled why this is the only comment forum I currently go to where I can't flag posts as inappropriate. Watching most threads descend into insults, flaming, and juvenile cr*p made me stop watching the site daily (I just come in when I see an occasional G+ post I want to see - like your editorials) :)

Poor guy... Has a job a lot of guys would love to have ☺. I do like this time of year. Hope the Note 4 actually gets released sooner than October!

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I gave up on The Leftovers after three pointless episodes. Unlikeable characters + ridiculous premise (no one will miss 2% of the population like this; if it was 98% that had disappeared, you'd have a better idea) + fake mystery (why the chain-smoking?) = boring show not worth the time.

Listen, folks, just because it's on HBO doesn't mean it's automatically good. Look at the suckfest that was True Blood. QED

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The Leftovers gets awesome. I know the first 4 episodes make you want to slit your wrists in awful deep depression, but the second half of the season get real interesting.

Really? Sounds like True Detective which could've collapsed it's first 3 episodes into one show and then jumped to the 4th where it finally gets moving.

Sorry, but it is lazy arrogance to demand that people spend 4 hours waiting for something interesting to happen because you feel it's a slow build. No. It's wasting people's time.

Look at how Lost began: Plane crash, interesting people, monster sounds, polar bear on a tropical island, "Guys, where are we?" Viewers were HOOKED. Meanwhile The Warmed Overs (sp?) apparently needs to make the audience miserable for 4 hours before making it worthwhile? Pass. You don't need to tell me everything in the first episode, but FFS don't just play endless overture.

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Cool. I almost dropped out of it too.
I'd disagree with the "Lazy" claim. It's just a long setup, and the pay off is currently pretty awesome.

This is the time of year that the FEAR sets in. The fear that Apple is going to release something so amazing that Android will be utterly crushed. .... and then the next iPhone comes out, and it's nice, but not world changing.

I'm wondering. When did we last see something really amazing, from anybody? Gradual refinment and cosmetic improvements have dominated the last two years - is that all they have left?

Awesome AC.

I think Apple will have a good strong story this year.
Big phones, a watch, a deal with Mastercard, iOS 8. I think people who get excited by Apple will be successfully frothed up into a lather. But it wont be Apocalyptic for Android.

I'm still looking for an Android tablet without some major stupid flaw, at a sane price, before it snows in London. I also wonder if the Nexus idea simply died! Google need to wake up and drink a river of coffee; they seem to be in a coma these days.

Awesome AC.

While no one should be threatening and harassing people like some morons feel compelled to do, the way so many "men" are making massive spectacles of figuratively chopping off their balls to show their "progressive" and white knights bona fides is appalling. "Look at me! I'm a eunuch for Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn! I'm so much better than evil misogynistic gamers!" Pffft.

Sarkeesian is a charlatan and Quinn is a lying hypocrite. If either of them had penises, no one would give their nonsense the time of day. When Phil Fish was bullied out of the game developing biz, everyone laughed at how thin-skinned he was. But because Sarkeesian and Quinn can play the Damsel In Distress card, they are immune from criticism AND anyone who calls BS on their BS gets clobbered, too.

If there was a guy named ZAK Quinn who cheated on his girlfriend with his married boss and four other women who hyped up his game, he'd be considered a rotter. But because we're talking about an ethically challenged, lying, promiscuous, hypocritical WOMAN, hoo boy, it's time to forbid any negative comments about this helpless little waif. Spare me.

News flash: You can't demand "equality" in the form of double standards, preferences and protections you deny those you wish to cast as oppressors. Period.

Once again, anyone who makes death threats and makes life hell for ANYONE, regardless of whether they're a member of a Designated Victim Group or not, should be drowned in lava. But the solution for Internet punks is not to allow charlatans and hypocrites a free pass and shield of victim hood to lie behind. It's only fair.

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Phil better check again if that's the best article he's read this week. The message may be important yes, but the 2 antagonists it is dealing with, namely Anita Sarkeesian & Zoe Quinn, are professional victims & proven li... Nope I'll stop there. The info is out there for anybody who wants to read it. Good on you for speaking your mind on it. Hopefully it doesn't get you banned.

Great article Phil. And your best read of the week was a great read also. Keep up the good work.

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Really Phil? Is it necessary to curse in the first sentence of your big article? I bet it makes you feel like a BIG man doesn't it? This place gets worse everyday....no wonder your readers are leaving. Sensationalism doesn't make for a good product Phil.