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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Nokia's services have proven to be one of the biggest ways for the company to differentiate the Lumia brand from competitors. As a result we've seen a ton of "HERE" services, like HERE Maps, that were initially available only to Nokia devices, but that were later ported across the platform. One of the services that wasn't available available for free was HERE Drive+, though that is about to change with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft has just announced that both HERE Drive+ and also HERE Transit will go free for all Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The official statement reads: ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 6:26 PM

    If you haven't been following the developments, today is Apple vs. Samsung, day 2. Apple's first witness for today is non-other than Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. His participation in Apple trials has become quite common, and more specifically, in the previous trials between Apple and Samsung. Today Schiller takes the stage one more time, but oddly didn't surprise anyone with his statement. As it turns out, Schiller simply decided to play it safe and re-hash the same statement he's used in two previous trial testimonies about the reasons why Samsung has infringed in ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 4:32 PM

    BlackBerry hasn't been a true favorite in any market lately, and proof of it are its terrible device sales in the last couple of years. As a result, and due to the tremendous disappointment that customers experienced with devices like the BlackBerry Z10, carriers like T-Mobile decided to allow customers to return their BlackBerry devices in exchange for anything else, and obviously that didn't leave the relationship in positive terms between both companies. Today BlackBerry's CEO John Chen released a statement confirming that his company will no longer renew its sales agreement contract ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 3:39 PM

    Even though most of us were skeptical about the future of the Nokia Lumia line-up, given the lack of Lumia announcements all year, the company did a great job in putting our concerns to rest today with the announcement of the Lumia 930, Lumia 630 and Lumia 635. The good thing is that these aren't the only Nokia Lumia devices that have been rumored in the last couple of weeks, and some new information that leaked today spills the beans on another Lumia flagship. We're talking about the Nokia Lumia 1820 that we heard about just a couple of weeks ago. We were expecting to see something about ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 11:35 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Tab4 line-up. Then we talk about Google's future update to the Nexus 5 camera view finder. We then talk about about the probability of a Google Nexus 10 announcement coming soon. Nokia takes the spotlight next as we talk about the Lumia 930, and the possibility that it won't make tomorrow's event. We end today's show by talking about the Apple vs. Samsung trail, which has just begun. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Galaxy Tab4 lineup goes official: 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 inches - Google Android camera ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 6:52 PM

    With Apple's possible launch of the iPhone 6, we've seen leaked images that show a device with a protruding camera lens, just as we see today with the iPod Touch. We know that Apple has a lot of pressure to innovate in its camera offering, and there have been ongoing leaks about the possibility of optical image stabilization, and even Apple's decision to ditch the idea. It's hard to tell if the next generation iPhone will include any of this, but one of the older patents we saw last month has resurfaced. We saw earlier how Apple is experimenting in using magnetic interchangeable lenses, ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 6:35 PM

    As the trial of Apple vs. Samsung continues today, we've already heard Apple's arguments as to why Samsung has benefited from the whole development process of building phones through Apple's experience with the iPhone. Obviously the next step was for Samsung to defend itself, and you'd think that Samsung would counter Apple's arguments during its opening statement, but the company insists that it's just a victim. As it turns out, Samsung's attorney Bob Quinn decided to pull out an old 2010 email written by Steve Jobs to his staff to address the battle between Apple and Google as the "Holy ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 6:19 PM

    The Apple vs. Samsung trial has officially begun, and if you were tired of all the drama in the previous one, this one is actually interesting and unique on its own. Previously we saw how Apple won the previous patent trial based mostly on software patent infringement, and this time, the lawsuit digs deeper into how Samsung has benefited in copying Apple's smartphone development. Today the trial has begun with Apple's opening statement, where the company specifically asks for over $2 Billion in damages over Samsung's infringement in five different patents. By contrast, even though Samsung ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 6:05 PM

    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s came along with a lot of criticism from industry experts, mainly because of the A7 64-bit processor. There's no denying that this is a 64-bit chip, but until this day, we haven't seen any dramatic improvements in using an iPhone 5s when compared to an iPhone 5 from last year. Many of us felt that the chip was a marketing stunt, but a recent study from AnandTech wants to prove otherwise. The study, as with everything that comes from AnandTech is extremely detailed, but explains the substantial differences between Apple's old A6 chip, and what we find today in ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 4:10 PM

    Even though we do praise the iPhone for its display quality, that doesn't necessarily mean that its the most power-efficient feature that the phone has. As a result we do see how the iPhone's battery drains quickly, mainly because of the IPS display technology that it uses. Given the fact that the iPhone's battery life is its biggest customer complaint, it seems that Apple is up to something interesting for future iPhone models. Apple is reportedly in talks with Japanese chip maker Renesas Electronics over the acquisition of a specific division within the company that builds chips to power ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 11:44 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC One (M8), its sales performance, and what HTC has to say about benchmark manipulation. Then we talk about Apple's App Store, and the recent changes that the company plans due to different exchange rates. Samsung follows the news as apparently the company is asking Google to step-in and defend Android in the trial against Apple. Microsoft is next as we talk about some cool new features that may come on Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about the iPhone 6 and its leaked photos. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 7:05 PM

    Apple's App Store pricing practices are fairly straight forward since its inception. Developers decide the price they want to charge, and then Apple gets a 30% cut of everything the app makes. What's interesting is that Apple has never really explained how it prices apps outside the United States, unless you live in Europe, where everything is the exact amount in Euros. In countries outside the European Union, maintaining a fixed price is difficult due to variable exchange rates, and that's just about to hit customers abroad. Apple has just announced that it'll be changing the prices of ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 5:49 PM

    With the Apple vs Samsung trial gaining more and more heat, the next round of court visits is just a couple of days away. We've been hearing of Apple's master plan in billing Samsung $40 for every device shipped, based on all the patent infringement that has been proven, and we know that what Cupertino wants is for Samsung to no longer make money off-of its mobile division. Whether that happens or not is yet to be seen, but we've just learned what Samsung is planning next as a way to fight back. Today we've learned that Samsung is looking for Google's help, and particularly that of Andy ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 4:58 PM

    For those of you that thought that 1080p video would be dead on high-end smarpthones this year, well that's not entirely the way things went with product launches. One thing that is becoming common is for smartphones to be able to record video in up-to 4K resolution, but that is of course, unless you're using an iPhone. The good thing about the developer community though, is that they always figure out ways to solve the problem, and we might have just found a way to get better quality video on your current iPhone. An app called Ultrakam is able to allow you to record video in up to 2K ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    We're not really fans of posting concept photos, and we're sure you've noticed. Not every concept you'll see is either possible, or worth the time invested if it'll most probably never happen. Still, we ran across some concept designs today that are actually based on some solid Apple data, and which could reveal what to expect for the iPhone 6. These renders were designed based on the recently leaked schematics that we discovered last week for the iPhone 6. We're still not sure if this is they belong to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, or the 5.5-inch model, but given the fact that these resemble ...

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