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    Last week the Internet exploded with people complaining about the security permissions required by the latest update to the Facebook Messenger app for Android. Now that some of the initial knee-jerk reaction has passed, is there anything you need to be worried about? And if so, how worried should you be? Let's dig into some background before we dive into that. Facebook is huge. It's been just more than a decade since being founded, employs more than 7,000 people, and has over 1.28 billion active users. Add to the fact that we recently learned that Facebook has been "experimenting with the ...

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    In my time with the Surface Pro 3, I was (and still am) really focused on putting that bad boy through its paces. I tested it backward and forward, forsaking all others and devoting myself solely to the tablet/laptop/hybrid/thing. It's a great time and it's a quality tablet, as I have described. Naturally while working with the tablet I came across some really fun things you can do with it. Since yesterday, we talked about fun things to do with Windows Phone 8.1, we're continuing our week of levity with some fun things you can do with Microsoft's best piece of hardware to date. So pop open ...

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    Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for its decision to spin-off its chat and messaging features as their own app. The Facebook Messenger app has actually been around for a long time, but just recently Facebook has decided to force it on its users and remove the private messaging capability from the primary Facebook app. Previously, we figured it was just a waste of time, especially on Windows Phone where Facebook chat was both integrated with the Messaging hub and it could be pinned as its own live tile from the Windows Phone Facebook app. Back in 2011, I actually hailed Facebook ...

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    This week as I've been going hands-on with the ultra-secure Blackphone, there's one thing that's really stuck out in my mind: passwords, and if there is such thing as a "perfect password". We use passwords for a lot more than most think. Every day I wake up and check my email. Doing so requires that I enter a password. I head over to Pocketnow and login with another password to publish my daily article. I then share that article with various social media networks, each with a different password. When I check my phone I have to input a PIN (which is another kind of password). When I head ...

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    A lot has changed in Windows Phone land over the past few months. So much so that Windows Phone is starting to be viewed by much of the tech community as just as good as Android and iOS with respect to OS function. Apps and ecosystem may be another conversation, but for now Windows Phone is putting on the big boy pants and declaring, "We've got fun things to do on Windows Phone 8.1! So lets give them a look. We’ve come a long way baby. A lot has been rolled out to the public of late from the halls of Redmund, so we thought it might be a nice time to show you some of the new toys at your ...

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    We've got Android Wear. We've got Samsung's proprietary Gear line-up. We've got Pebble. Even Sony has some skin in the game. You probably won't find anyone who would argue with you that those are all "smartwatches". But they're all so different from one another! That got us scratching our heads: what is a smartwatch? According to Wikipedia: "A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, ...

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    Some have referred to Blackphone as a smartphone for people who are "paranoid", I don't see it that way. Blackphone offers something that, as a society, we give away too freely: our privacy. Many will say "if you don't have anything to hide, you don't have anything to worry about", yet these people still close the door on the stall when using the restroom, and have curtains over their windows to keep people from snooping. That's what Blackphone does, only for your personal communications. How it does that is a little complicated, so let's walk through what kinds of security Blackphone ...

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    Ever since Google announced Android Wear in March, wearable fans around the web have been drooling over renders, pictures, and videos of Motorola's upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360. Unlike its Android Wear counterparts, the Moto 360 has a circular display, sleek and classic design, and actually looks premium. The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, on the other hand, more closely resemble reference hardware with very little attention to style. Michael parallels the G Watch from LG to its barebones hardware for Google's Nexus smartphones, calling it "a combination of glossy and matte ...

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    We all want fast devices, but RAM, CPU, and GPU are all just lines on a spec sheet. That's where benchmarking comes in, but they can be gamed, and even cheated. Today we're going hands on with GameBench, a new app that aims to change that and give us information that's useful and accurate. With so many components inside our devices, and complex interrelations between them, it's all but impossible for us to gauge "how fast" something is just by looking at its specifications. Additional cores have an impact. How fast those cores are clocked play into the equation as well. Why type of ...

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    What's on your phone? Perceived as excessive mobile users, we here at Pocketnow get asked this question more than just about any other question. The thing is, not all of us are heavy users. And even those of us who are don't necessarily rely on a bevy of applications to get us through the day. On the flip side, some of us hoard applications and never use them. Some of us install upwards of 100 applications and use most of them on a regular basis. Most of us, however, reside somewhere in the middle. So what do the Pocketnow editors have on their phones? Which applications do they deem ...

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    As studious subscribers of our YouTube Channel already know, we just unboxed a brand-new Blackphone courtesy of the good people at GSM Nation. After breaking cover at MWC in February, the security-centric smartphone is finally hitting US store shelves over the next few weeks, and we'll be giving it the full review treatment –as well as a slot in the Pocketnow Summer of Giveaways– in the next week or so. While Blackphone is already well-known in tech circles as the world's only consumer smartphone focused primarily on privacy, there are precious few photos out there to show ...

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    Samsung has long been the king of Android. Its Galaxy S smartphone has far outsold any of its competitors' Android handsets by the millions, quarter after quarter, year after year. It's aided in pushing mobile hardware and Android as a platform forward, and has even attempted to fork the Android ecosystem by instilling its own ecosystem within Android, selling movies, music, and other digital content through its own store. Samsung has, for the better part of its smartphone career, largely steered the direction of smartphones and led the industry. That is, until recently. Over the last two ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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    For many of us who have gotten a taste of wireless charging, there's no possible way we can picture ourselves going back to old-fashioned wired charging. Sure, I still plug my phone in while I'm in the car, but that's simply because I haven't found a wireless charger that satisfies my needs (not yet, anyway). Wireless charging is tremendously convenient. In the wireless charging world, we don't see charging as a distinct act. It's not something we physically do. Instead, charging simply "happens" when we set our phones or tablets on our desk or nightstand. It's automatic. It's casual. ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we're not so certain that just one review is enough. After all, different reviewers have different perspectives. One editor loved this device so much, I'm surprised it didn't have a ring on it when I got it. I was equally surprised when I found no red pentagram from another editor. That being the case, after our Surface Pro 3 review dropped a couple months back, I knew I needed to get my hands on this bad boy to give it the full experience and try to come at this from a little more in the middle. Ever since the webOS days, I have dreamed about a unified ecosystem that ...

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