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    These days mobile internet is pretty great. Mobile data speeds are getting to the point where they’re substitutes for what you’ll get on your home internet connection. Toss in a couple of kids streaming Netflix and maybe you might find yourself better off disconnecting from WiFi and hitting the mobile data for your Facebook posting pleasure. Many households are getting to the point where a phone/tablet combination represents the sum total of their home computing power. Phones and tablets are getting good enough to replace your home computer for things like surfing and gaming. Maybe you ...

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    One of the coolest things our smartphones do today - you know aside from all that computational stuff – is wireless charging. There is nothing so satisfying as setting your phone down at the end of the day and knowing it’ll start charging without fumbling with cables and wondering which way is up. Completely one-handed; you can start charging your phone while holding bags of groceries. It’s pretty great. We had the opportunity to try out a few chargers from our friends at Choetech. On our desk sit the T516, T517, and T518. Just for fun, let’s add the Samsung Fast Charger, Tylt Vu ...

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    2015 has been a very interesting year, mainly because companies have seriously raised the bar for smartphone quality. Today we have great processors, great cameras, great build quality, but is there such a thing as a perfect smartphone for this year? Can we truly narrow down all this goodness and call out a winner? Off the bat let’s be clear, just like there’s nothing perfect in the world, smartphone’s aren’t perfect either. Each year companies push technology further, but there’s always something missing, even from the best flagships. Have you noticed that the Galaxy S6 Edge ...

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    As individual members of the editorial team here at Pocketnow, we often have the luxury of being able to pick up a different phone to use for every day of the week. While realistically it's more hassle than it's worth, theoretically, that would sound pretty cool to all of you. And yet, there comes a time when we'll reach the sunset on the other side of the hills. Giving it all up is not a matter of "if," but "when?" So, what if "when" was now? What would we be toting around as our daily drivers for the next two years? After a particularly strong year of showings from manufacturers large ...

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    Over the years, WiFi has become an integral part of our lives. It saves us from data overages and often provides us with data where cellular signals don't reach. Currently WiFi is fairly limited in its spectrum, utilizing mainly 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Each flavor of WiFi has its own benefits as well as disadvantages, but it's becoming increasingly difficult for WiFi as more devices use the already crowded spectrum. What we need is more spectrum, but that gets into an international quagmire of competing standards and restrictions. What we need is spectrum that's universally unlicensed. That ...

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      Looking at the smartphone landscape, there is a lot to take in. The question of “What phone should I buy” is no longer so easily defined by questions such as “What is your budget?” Time was, if you wanted a phone, you first had to decide in what tier you belonged – the upper, midrange, or lower. From there you could start to define what you’d be looking for in a smartphone such as NFC, camera, front-facing camera, wireless charging, etc. Most importantly, you could start deciding where to cut corners. But the lines between smartphone tiers have started to blur. The high ...

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    The CD player is one of those items that you probably have in your car, and if you’re like us, you don’t use. It just kinda sits there. It’s a slash that cuts right through our dashboard which used to be somewhat useful, but hasn’t been used in who knows how long and hasn’t worked in who cares how long. So now that something has finally come along that makes that feature useful, we’re excited. The Innori CD Slot phone mount does just that. We have been using a similar mechanism in our car for some time now. But this particular version by Innori has us intrigued enough to give ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 950 is the highest-end Windows Phone in years, and we're enjoying test driving it on the way to our full review. But while its Quad HD display, integrated wireless charging, Continuum technology and feature-packed camera are all very impressive, the cladding surrounding those features is ... somewhat less so. In a sea of hefty metal and glass phones, the Lumia 950's lightweight polycarbonate casing seems like a holdover from the Nokia days (which of course it is). But the Lumias of yore shone in playful shades of yellow, green and orange that hinted at something ...

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    The holiday season approaches and along with it come wish lists for every conceivable holiday that falls in December. So, what better time to take stock of all the brand new flagship phones that are coming out just in time for the holidays. Well, ok, that’s not why I’m here. I’m going to take stock of just two of them coming out for the holidays – the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both of these flagships are hitting the streets right as people are gearing up for some hard core holiday shopping. Don your helmets and flak jackets; Black Friday is nearly upon us. Microsoft is right ...

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    Back in 1994, Ericsson (who would later merge with Sony) "invented" Bluetooth. Back then out devices were connected by one of a few technologies: RS-232 "COM Ports", Parallel Ports, and SCSI. USB was still being worked on. Ericsson's vision was to replace the serial RS-232 cables with a new, wireless standard. Bluetooth was born. Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard using the 2.4GHz band (which competes with WiFi and other signals) and is sometimes referred to as 802.15.1. In addition to exchanging data over short distances (typically 30- to 300-feet, though the spec allows for ...

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    There used to be a time when, if you lost your phone, that was it - it was gone. You'd get in touch with your carrier and report it lost or stolen so any calls or texts wouldn't be added to your bill, but your options beyond that were pretty limited. A little later on, recovery options were added to help you find out where you phone was (just in case you lost in the couch or at the restaurant). If it was heading down the interstate at 70MPH, you could probably assume that it had been stolen - and you could remotely wipe it. While these tools can be very helpful, all a thief needs to do is ...

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    If you want to customize the look and feel of your phone or tablet, Android is the platform for you! Since the very early days of the OS, users have been able to replace their launcher - the app that holds the icons, widgets, and wallpaper - with one of their choosing. Back then we started a series called "Launcher Wars" where Brandon Miniman and I would take turns evaluating launchers, sharing our thoughts, and trying to one-up the launcher the other was using. Most of those Android Launchers still exist today, but many are no longer being updated. The Android launcher we're talking ...

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    There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium 4K capabilities; it quickly became a polarising topic, especially because of the fact that it isn't really clear how the Japanese smartphone manufacturer implemented 4K usage on its smartphone. There's no doubt about it, this is the world's first 4K smartphone, but would it have been better to label it "4K ready"? In this video we're explaining how 4K is achieved, and how the Xperia Z5 Premium 4K is behaving, what it is, what it is not, and what you should expect. All of this, in order to both shed light on the matter, ...

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    Back in 1999 we got our first real taste of our wireless future: WiFi. The first variant was called 802.11a and operated in the 5GHz spectrum (later on, 3.7GHz support was added). Back then, 5GHz radios were more expensive than 2.4GHz equipment, and 802.11b quickly surpassed 802.11a in popularity. For years we happily surfed the web, streamed our music, and watched our videos over the 2.4GHz spectrum. But we weren't alone. Another technology started competing for the same wireless spectrum with our WiFi: Bluetooth. It promised to bring "personal area networks" to our mobile devices and ...

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    This isn’t so much of an "Empty Nest" piece as it is a “Why I keep coming back to Android” piece. You see, before these past three weeks, the only real experience I had with iOS was on an iPhone 5C, plus a couple of two-day stints on the iPhone 6 Plus. Well, the 5C is a tiny little baby phone, and two days isn’t enough to really form an opinion on a device, so up until recently, I was missing out. Then I got my hands on an iPhone 6 in order to write my Apple Pay write up, and I decided to try it out for a while. This really freaked out a few friends on mine who remember back to my ...

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    You wear a watch to help you know what time it is. Some watches tell you the day and date in addition to the time. Some display two time zones. Some have altimeters, barometers, stop watches, countdown timers, and more. Your smartphone likely has all of these features and functionalities as well. So why do you still wear a watch? Convenience, of course. It's easier to glance at the watch on your wrist than it is to fish your phone out of your pocket, turn it on, bypass its security mechanisms, find and launch the corresponding app, and finally see the information you're looking for. The ...

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    As I write this, I'm seated at a local cafe with only my smartwatch to keep me connected. And so far, I'm not really sure what to think. I received my LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on Friday night, and since then I've been using it with a BlackBerry Priv. In many ways, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (which I'm just going to start calling the "Urbane 2" because c'mon with these ridiculous brand names) is a typical Android Wear watch on steroids. It's got a big beefy case and a super high-resolution display; it packs 50% more RAM than most of its competition; and it brings a bigger ...

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    Users of mobile, much like all users of technology, are always concerned about getting the latest and greatest. When it comes to Android updates, this is one of the biggest concerns in a potential smartphone purchase. What is the company's track record when it comes to updates? I know I consider those things. But there are two considerations when it comes to updates: what's coming and when is it going to show up? Consider last year, when Lollipop showed up. Some phones got the Lollipop update before the Nexus line of phones picked it up. There was much consternation. It really wasn’t ...

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    Motorola raised the bar for smartphone OEMs when it released the Droid Turbo 2. A shatterproof screen on a smartphone. Sure, that “shatterproof” claim comes with a hefty disclaimer - “normal use” and all that - but still, the concept of a shatterproof screen it an intriguing one. I walk down the aisle of my train every morning, glancing left and right, and the number of shattered phones I come across is enough to make you cry. So, now that Motorola has released its shatterproof screen, it's up to other OEMs to keep up with the trend. Or is it? Because the shatterproofiness (not a ...

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    Android Pay isn't the first time Google has gotten into the mobile payments business. Google demonstrated Google Wallet way back in 2011, and released it in these United States that September. The Google Wallet used NFC and a "secure element" in your smartphone to take advantage of contactless payment terminals which were slated to replace traditional swipe-to-pay card readers. Since then, Apple has gotten into the game with its own product, Apple Pay, and Google has restructured and re-released its service, this time calling it Android Pay. Despite all the technological mumbo jumbo, ...

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    Whether you're a recent transplant from BB10 or a curious convert from another Android phone, odds are you're facing a steep learning curve if you've just bought a BlackBerry Priv. Whether you're bowled-over or underwhelmed by BlackBerry's first Android smartphone, the sliding monster with the full QWERTY keyboard is one of the most feature-laden devices on the market today. With so many facets vying for your attention, its easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on the minutiae that make moving into a new phone so enjoyable. After three days with a review device, here's eight of our ...

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    Every smartphone geek knows about the "honeymoon phase," the epic high immediately following the delivery of a new device, during which it can seemingly do no wrong. This phase has been documented in countless unboxing videos at Pocketnow and elsewhere, and it's what led to my near-manic elation in the BlackBerry Priv first-impressions piece I wrote earlier this week. Novelty junkie that I am, the honeymoon phase represents the absolute zenith of my time with a new device. Usually, it's all downhill from there. Less often talked about is what comes next, the inevitable slump that I'll ...

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    Long ago, when Google was a rising star giving "everything" away for free, Apple was busy revolutionizing the mobile industry with the iPhone. Google fought back, not by creating the "Google Phone", but by acquiring the Android operating system, spinning up a consortium of carriers, OEMs, and technology providers, and rolling out a massive initiative that has finally surpassed Apple in number of handsets in use. That strategy, and the momentum behind it, has one flaw that self-professed pundits continue to proclaim: Android fragmentation. Android Fragmentation There are really two types ...

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    Perhaps one of the more underrated features of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile is the slick looking Windows Hello feature that takes biometric authentication to the next level. Windows Hello is poised to start accepting your face, your fingerprint, or your iris and unlock your phone or computer in a blink - No pun intended. Well, ok maybe it was intended. But there are a couple of outside-the-box considerations to take into account when you think about what this really means. First, let's get some of the negatives out of the way. Not every computer is going to have Windows Hello. As a ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, normally we talk a lot about smart phones and smart watches and smart tablets. Sometimes we talk about smart cars, too, but what about a smart cruise ship? Last week, the Royal Caribbean's new Anthem of the Seas high-tech cruise ship arrived in New Jersey just outside of New York City where it will start offering some awesome cruise vacations for the foreseeable future. It's Royal Caribbean's 2nd Quantum Class ship and it's the 3rd largest cruise ship in the world. It can hold about 5000 people and acts as a giant floating resort in the ocean. Of course there are tons ...

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