Brian's Brain

- March 21, 2012

EDN contributor Brian Dipert exposes, analyzes and opines on diverse topics in technology.


Hacking a tablet to force an Android update

  • 08.08.2017

When a tablet gets stuck on archaic Android 4.4.2, a little hacking is required to get the device over the OTA-update hump to Android 6.0.1. Read More...

Set-top box replacement options

  • 08.04.2017

Microsoft has dropped the ball on its Media Center feature, but other set-top box replacement options are emerging. Read More...


Samsung recall analysis: form factors and battery reliability

  • 07.12.2017

Customer requests coupled with competitive pressures are remarkably effective in producing engineering breakthroughs, but at the end of the day, you ignore the fundamental laws of physics at your peril. Read More...


Electronics interference: LG displays and routers

  • 06.26.2017

LG's recently discovered interference issue with its displays and close-proximity routers is the tip of an iceberg, this engineer suspects. Read More...


WWDC 2017: Apple still short on breakthroughs

  • 06.07.2017

Despite iPad, iMac, SoC, and Siri updates, the key themes from WWDC 2017 were incremental half-steps, prematurely unveiled me-toos, and hardware obsolescence by design. Read More...

Microsoft’s hardware support burden

  • 05.26.2017

Unlike Apple, Microsoft is not mercenary in culling old hardware from the new operating system support list, and has inherited a substantial burden in the process. Some amount of "glitching" is inevitable, but Microsoft can't even cleanly handle its own branded hardware. Read More...


Apple’s forced O/S migration causes Thunderbolt failure

  • 05.18.2017

Apple is a dominant user of Thunderbolt, but operating system "advancements" result in functional regression to the point of flat-out failure. Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: shortcomings

  • 05.09.2017

Pebble near-singlehandedly created the smartwatch product category, but the company was unable to continue to "raise the bar" as competitors entered the market space, and one of its last products, the Pebble Time Round has its fair share of "warts." Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: user experience

  • 05.04.2017

In the second part of this series, we explore touchscreen- and button-based user interfaces, which have both strengths and shortcomings. Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: face off

  • 05.02.2017

Compromise is at the core of engineering, and the tradeoff decisions Pebble made versus smartwatch and other wearable competitors is fascinating. Read More...


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