Tag Archive for ‘Ron Amadeo’

ArsTechnica Reviews the Google OnHub ➝

Ron Amadeo, regarding the OnHub’s smartphone app:

If you’re going to leave a comment with the question “Can it do x?” the answer is probably “no.” You can pick the name, password, static IPs, enable UPnP, do port forwarding, and really nothing else. You won’t be installing DD-WRT or doing anything advanced anytime soon—it’s a simple router.

And, as for the OnHub’s Wi-Fi speed when compared to a similarly priced router from Asus:

We also tried a speed test on a Nexus 6 in the yard about 100ft away from the router. Again, the OnHub lost. The Asus router handily beat the OnHub no matter where we were testing, with both increased range and better throughput (and that’s with being bridged to the OnHub, which probably gave the OnHub a small advantage). If you’re looking to spend $200 on just a router, there are better deals out there.

So, it doesn’t pack many features and isn’t even faster than other routers on the market. Why would anyone buy this? Because it’s likely a trojan horse for Google’s smart home initiative.

Personally, I wouldn’t suggest anyone buy the OnHub today. The idea of a smart home is too far off for the majority of people. And I think most would be better off spending the next few years with a great, feature-packed router than spend $200 on one that’s designed for what your home might eventually become.

Ron’s concludes with similar sentiments:

Right now, the router doesn’t seem like anything special. It’s perfectly functional but not much else. No one should buy the OnHub as purely a Wi-Fi router. What will make or break this device is the upcoming smart home functionality, and right now we just don’t know what that entails.

If you’re currently in the market for a router, I’d suggest the TP-Link Archer C7 or Apple’s Time Capsule.

Galaxy Note 5 Design Flaw: A Backwards S-Pen Can Permanently Damage the Device ➝

Who wants a stylus when it can apparently damage your device if you make the honest, and I’d guess common, mistake of putting it away backwards?

Samsung has also issued a response, as reported by The Verge:

We highly recommend our Galaxy Note5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S pen in the other way around.

Translation: we admit no guilt and if your device ends up broken, it’s your fault.

Waiting for Android’s Inevitable Security Armageddon ➝

Ron Amadeo, writing for ArsTechnica:

In the real world, carriers and OEMs want to keep their branding and customization hooks in Android so that they can advertise to customers with their own apps and interfaces. Neither appears to want to take responsibility for the unprofitable post-sale support of the millions of devices they create and sell.

At some point, a huge Blaster worm-style Android security armageddon seems inevitable—and that’s what it’s going to take to bring real, meaningful change. Stagefright is a big deal, and the Android ecosystem’s reaction to it is literally 2.6/100ths of what it needs to be.

Dang.