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    Last fall, Google released a surprising new app with the debut of Messenger for Android. At least, it was a very unexpected app to deliver given the effort Google had already taken to revamp how we access text messages on Android and the integration of such functionality into Hangouts. But for whatever reason, Google ...

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    Google loves bringing new video types to YouTube. Problem is – for a lot of us, anyway – is that they can be a real pain to view. Like YouTube supporting 4K-resolution video is a great way to prepare for the rising availability of 4K-class displays, but for the moment not a lot of us can view it in its native res. ...

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    Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds are a lightweight pair of Bluetooth earpieces that employ a noise-cancelling outer shell design, and multiple fitting options for optimum sound enjoyment. With our exclusive deal, Pocketnow readers can take home a pair of Cloud Buds for just $24.99! Optional ...

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    Do you trust the internet connections providing data to your smartphone? Is your carrier sharing info with the feds? Is that public WiFi AP harvesting your account data? Is your employer watching what sites you visit when on the company network? By far, the best thing you can do to keep all this information private is ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio cut below. Enjoy! Getting back on the horse. Getting back into the groove. Getting the warp core back on-line. However you phrase it, getting back on-track is exactly what we're doing on this week's podcast, settling back into the studio chairs after over a week in Barcelona handling the ...

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    The various voice assistants being offered by the major smartphone platforms aren't just incredibly impressive pieces of tech that also happen to be enormously useful for busy users; they're also great ways for the companies behind these services to draw attention to their respective platforms. After all, if you want to ...

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    Android 5.1, just formally released by Google this past Monday, brings with it some pretty exciting changes, as we just discussed when looking at the substantial performance benefits imparted to Google's flagship Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. “Well that's nice,” you respond, “for those users who actually have ...

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    There's a new connector on the block, and his name is USB Type C. Apple's hooking its new MacBook up with a Type-C port, and Google just announced the refreshed Chromebook Pixel with a Type-C connector of its own. There's a good reason manufacturers are showing so much love for this little guy, as besides carrying ...

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    Among the first devices to sport a Tegra K1 chipset, the Xiaomi Mi Pad is old news, as the tablet is almost one year old. Some might have considered it to be an iPad ripoff when it was introduced last May, but then again, the Nokia N1 also looks like it was built using the iPad blueprints. Xiaomi decided to bring the Mi ...

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    Google has been constantly changing how it sells to customers. When it started with its marketplace for only digital goods meant for Android devices, it launched Android Market. Then came along the Play Store, which then merged digital sales with sales of Nexus devices, then Chrome OS, then Android Wear watches. At this ...

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    Want to get a couple people arguing about mobile device interface design? Raise the topic of windowed apps. To some, windowing represents an inevitable step forward for maturing mobile platforms, embracing the aesthetic of the desktop and empowering users to reach new heights of productivity. Others will view it as a ...

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    Our first real sign of Android 5.1 appeared just over a month ago, as the release apparently started showing up on new Android One handsets being sold in India. But when we would see distribution really go wide? And when would Nexus handsets start getting their updates – you know, the ones we expect these new Android ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2015: an iterative flagship smartphone and a reimagined one. A handheld intelligent object and a new midranger from a very old brand. And enough wearable releases to completely cover your forearms in technology. But mainly ... we just talk about the Vive. That’s right: against all odds, a room ...

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    The Star Trek franchise hasn't always been known for its excellent gaming offerings, and the past few years have been especially thin. With the notable exceptions of licensed property Star Trek Online and indie bridge simulator Artemis, Trek fans have largely had to muddle through with the occasional licensed ...

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    Sony's bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to a bunch of its phones. The company confirmed its update intentions for a number of specific models all the way back in October, ranging from the original Xperia Z all the way up to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. In fact, it's said that every single Xperia Z-series models will ...

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    Google's got a new update to Drive for Android out this week, delivering things like a more Lollipop-friendly UI and a neat drag-and-drop file management tool (above). That's well and good, but the more interesting stuff may be taking place behind the scenes, and a new teardown points to work on a couple pretty ...

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    Pay What You Want Front-End Master Bundle Ends Sunday We’ve partnered with some the world’s leading web development instructors to bring you the Front-End Developer Master Bundle at an unbeatable price: whatever you choose to pay!  Packed with tools for aspiring developers, the Front-End Master Bundle offers a set ...

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    You could win one of the hottest Android tablets to ever hit store shelves with The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Giveaway, proudly presented by the Pocketnow Deals Store. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is simply a cut above other Android tablets and offers next-level features. It has a lightning fast 1.9 GHz quad core processor ...

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    With as many products as are on display at MWC 2015, it can be tough to make your accessory stand out. Deliver something nice and functional, but with a cookie-cutter design, and you're liable to find yourself quickly forgotten. But spruce things up with a little sound, a little light, and dare we say a little motion, ...

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    Just a couple days into its run, and Mobile World Congress 2015 is already starting to slow down - way down.  That's largely a consequence of so many manufacturers jockeying to get their big announcements out first, leading to a pre-MWC Sunday that was positively stuffed to the brim with new hardware. Ever since, the ...

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    Late last summer, before Android L was even formally Android Lollipop, we heard from Google about the bold step it was taking in making full-disk encryption the default for pure Lollipop devices. Such encryption had previously been a user-triggered option, but with phones and tablets that would ship with Android ...

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    Microsoft’s MWC 2015 event brought us a couple new smartphones with the launches of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, but it wasn't just new handsets the company brought along to the show. In addition to those new Windows Phone models, we also saw Microsoft announce its latest cross-platform accessory, the aptly-named ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World ...

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    We've spent the last couple days showing you a ton of new devices – and that's not about to stop now. With all this high-end gear bombarding your senses, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed – and if you're anything like us, you're simultaneously wanting to own it all and also wondering how the hell you're going ...

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