Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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    Do we ever have HTC launches on the mind this evening, or what? We just got done making reference to last month's One M8 for Windows launch in the context of Windows Phone branding-change rumors, and right before that we were checking out what might be new evidence in favor of an HTC Nexus 9. And wouldn't you know it, but a new invitation to an upcoming October 8 HTC gathering just popped-up in our inbox. What could we hope to expect? As you can see below, HTC is billing this one as its “double exposure” event, a pretty direct reference to some sort of photography, and one that may be ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we've talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    With both Apple's iPhone 6 launch and IFA 2014 behind us now, we find ourselves in the middle of somewhat of a new-smartphone lull. Sure, there are a few notable handsets waiting for us just over the horizon, devices like a new Nexus model (at least, we hope so), but the next few months may be a little more low-key than normal. That will all change in early 2015 as we gear-up for CES/MWC, not to mention things like a new Unpacked event from Samsung – in fact, at this point we may be closer to the Galaxy S6 launch than we are to the GS5 launch from earlier this year. This means that it's ...

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    IFA 2014 is over. The Pocketnow team has packed up its bags, hopped on a flight home, and we're already thinking about the next big thing in mobile. But before we completely put IFA behind us, it's worth taking some time to reflect on everything we got to see. We've already presented you with an overview of our coverage from the past week, and now we've got something even better, as our IFA crew of Michael Fisher and Taylor Martin share their own video retrospective of IFA 2014. At least, if you want the best, most insightful look into what IFA had to deliver, who better to turn to than ...

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    Yesterday's Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable's many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn't doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn't look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be ...

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    It's been a long time coming: slowly but surely, Google's been pushing existing messaging services into Hangouts. Already we've seen Hangouts become the new destination for text messaging on our phones, and rumors extending back into last year suggested that the next to make the transition to Hangouts would be Google Voice. Evidence has popped-up time and time again to that effect, and this week we finally learn that the change is in progress, as Android users are prompted to migrate Voice conversations over to Hangouts. Even after all this time waiting, it sounds like there are still some ...

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    Today's Apple event showed the company coming around to certain technologies it had actively avoided in years past: maybe the most notable among those was the inclusion of NFC support in the two new iPhone models, as well as its Apple Watch wearable. Following the big announcements, we have some time to start looking more closely at all this new hardware, and as we do so we're picking up on some other pertinent details. Another tech Apple is finally giving some attention is wireless charging, and we see such support confirmed for the Apple Watch – though not in a way that many fans of ...

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    The new iPhones are here; earlier today, Apple officially launched both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and while we're tempted to start calling these the "big" and "little" new iPhones, that's a bit a misnomer, as compared to previous generations, both new Apple smartphones soundly fall in that same "big" category. Size may be the most obvious factor separating these two iPhones, a consideration that spills over into categories like screen resolution, but that's not the only difference between the two. To help you with an at-a-glance breakdown of some of the key iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ...

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    Apple just got done launching the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and its Apple Pay service – sure, no new tablets, but all things considered, more than enough content from a launch event to keep us happy. Amidst all those announcements of new products and systems came some news that's going to be very relevant for you Apple users who aren't quite ready to shell-out the cash for this new hardware, as Apple shared its plans for the wide release of iOS 8. Beginning a week from tomorrow, September 17, Apple will release iOS 8 for existing iPhone and iPad models. Supported hardware ...

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    "One more thing..." Those words are music to an Apple fan's ears. In years past they've brought us some of our favorite Apple launches and today's no different, as the company introduces us to its brand new wearable, the Apple Watch; no "iWatch" here. The Apple Watch features a flexible Retina-quality glass or sapphire display, sensing not just touch, but force as well. Navigation is also possible by means of the Digital Crown on the side, for convenient scrolling. Tapping in on the crown will bring up your list of apps to launch. Underneath, the Apple Watch features an array of LEDs and ...

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    Apple just announced its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Among the laundry list of hardware features just confirmed for these two phones is NFC support, Apple's first foray into the tech on its smartphones. With its arrival, Apple's finally ready to get into the mobile payment game, launching its Apple Pay system. Apple Pay lets users add payment cards to Passbook with their phones' cameras, securely storing your data. It supports Visa, Master Card, and American Express, and a number of big-name banks are similarly on board. Beyond tap-to-pay at retail locations, ...

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    IFA 2014 has passed its mobile launch baton to Apple, and today in California, with members of the press in attendance at the Flint Center and millions of Apple fans watching at home, it's time to announce the company's latest products and services. With Tim Cook beginning the event with promises of "the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone," our attention is piqued. Wasting little time, we get right to the meat of today's event, as Apple announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. The iPhone 6 is our 4.7-inch model, while the iPhone 6 Plus is the 5.5-inch version. The resolution of ...

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    Yesterday we checked in on the latest Android L rumors, with a claim suggesting that when the software leaves development and goes public this fall, it might do so as Android Lion. But that's not the only candidate that's been put forward so far, and today we check out some possible evidence in favor of another L-name, while also revealing some ongoing changes to the Android L Material Design interface. In a recent Chrome bug report (since taken down), we get to see a Nexus 5 running an Android L dev build. The code suggests a very recent build, coming from earlier this month, and we see ...

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