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Brandon Russell

Equipped with a Gameboy and old school skateboard, Brandon grew up watching movies like Back to the Future and The Goonies. Today, you'll find him doing pretty much the same thing—only he's now graduated to a Nintendo Switch and his skateboarding days are long gone. When Brandon isn't watching movies, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors and watching soccer.

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Virgin Mobile: A Collision of Pop Culture and Technology

Virgin Mobile: A Collision of Pop Culture and Technology

Brandon Russell

You’ve probably heard of Virgin Mobile. “That one carrier that’s under Sprint with so-so phones,” you might think of it. In a nutshell, that’s basically how it’s viewed in the industry. But relegating it to such austerity is to ignore the quiet shakedown currently trembling through the company’s ethos. If you’ve never considered Virgin as a viable option before, you will now. In an...

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Gets Official, Comes Equipped With Windows 8, NFC

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Gets Official, Comes Equipped With Windows 8, NFC

Brandon Russell

A week after spilling its guts in a series of leaked slides, Lenovo has officially unveiled its Windows 8-running ThinkPad Tablet 2. The device has quietly been roaming around gadget conferences and far-off Internet channels for a while, but Lenovo is finally ready to unleash the tab in October, when it’ll go head-to-head against Microsoft’s Surface. That’s some tough competition. The...

China Labor Watch Accuses Samsung Factory of Using Child Labor, Physical Abuse

China Labor Watch Accuses Samsung Factory of Using Child Labor, Physical Abuse

Brandon Russell

A new investigative report describes a factory that manufactures Samsung products as a place of squalor, full of abused and underage employees. According to China Labor Watch, student laborers, many drafted from high school, “amount to 80% of the total workforce in the factory.” And we thought Apple’s factory conditions were bad. An exhaustive 31 page report documents a behind the...

Samsung Exec Says Apple Dispute "Unreasonable," Calls for Courts to Fix Broken System

Brandon Russell

In response to the never ending patent saga between Apple and Samsung, Samsung's Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham told Wired how "unreasonable" the whole kerfuffle between the two is. More to the point, Packingham expressed his exasperation that the argument centers around rectangles (the iPad design), saying that what's being considered as infringement defies common sense. "We'...

Skydiver to Freefall From 90 Thousand Feet, Hit speeds of Over 500 MPH (Updated)

Brandon Russell

On Tuesday, July 24, Austria's Felix Baumgartner will embark on a journey that could put him in Man of Steel territory. From 90 thousand feet above the Earth's surface, Baumgartner will willingly heave himself out of a balloon and travel back down to normalcy with the rest of us basement dwellers. If all goes according to plan, he'll reach a maximum speed of 509 mph in 30 seconds — but...