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    I'm a fan of HTC products. Anyone who's been around very long probably remembers how I recall my days with the HP iPaq with great fondness. That device was well-built, stylish, and rugged! I teamed that little Pocket PC up with an IR keyboard and typed countless pages of notes from my college courses on it. While others with laptops hunted for power outlets, I just sat down and tapped away. Back then HTC built devices that other OEMs sold with their brands stamped all over them. Eventually HTC started making its own products, but the road has been pretty rocky. That seemed to turn around ...

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    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated ..." That's what the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says. Put another way: Privacy is a Civil Right. Other countries have similar laws, some with greater power to protect the people, some with less. That's all been thrown in the rubbish bin -- and your privacy with it -- thanks to the broad and arguably over-reaching eye of the National Security Agency: the NSA. Google is creepy Yesterday I wrote about ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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    We've been on-site for a full day in Barcelona, making preparations to cover one of the year's biggest mobile technology shows. Last night, we let you in on the fun and frustration of our pre-show planning on a special episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Later today, we're hosting a special MWC-focused episode of the Pocketnow Live broadcast. But right now, we'd like briefly to share our predictions, hopes, and dreams for MWC 2013. You know we're serious about this, because we stood out in the rain next to a major Barcelona landmark, and Tony wore his leather jacket. So quit yer ...

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    In the far-off reaches of Barcelona, two men fight for the right to party tell their tale. Battling narrow urban canyons, strange fast-food condiments, kielbasa-selling mobile-phone salesmen, and seagulls with voices only seagull mothers could love, they fight tooth and nail to share their story. The story of the wonders of mobile technology. You won't hear about all of the weird encounters that have greeted Anton D. Nagy and Michael Fisher since their arrival in Spain for the 2013 Mobile World Congress, but you'll definitely get a taste of what it's been like on the first harrowing day ...

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    HTC christened its new series of HTC One Androids today with the announcements of the One X, One S, and One V. While the X and S are arguably the stars of the show, especially with the One X and its quad-core performance, the One V still managed to make a strong showing as the smaller, budget-targeted alternative. The One V is crafted from a block of aluminum, just like the classic HTC Legend with which it shares many design cues. We've got the same large, angled base, only we've lost the Legend's optical mouse, leaving it looking a bit sparse. HTC's also cut back on the number of Android ...

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    Nokia shocked the wireless industry early today by introducing a smartphone whose camera features an unprecedented 41-megapixel sensor. The Nokia 808 PureView, as it's known, is a Symbian Belle-powered handset with four-inch nHD ClearBlack AMOLED display, 16GB of storage, and class 10 pentaband HSDPA broadband data. And while the camera is capabale of capturing humongous images, the purpose of all those pixels is to bring more detail to smaller five- and eight-megapixel shots. The PureVieW sensor is said to pack the equivalent of seven pixels into one, enabling tight digital zooming and ...

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    Virgin Mobile will carry the HTC One V later this year, we've learned. One of three handsets introduced by HTC at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress late last month, the One V is a 1GHz-powered, Android 4.0-based handset sporting a 3.7-inch, WVGA display, 512MB/4GB of RAM/ROM, and skinned with Sense 4.0. The One V will join other Androids on Virgin such as the recently-announced Venture and upcoming Chaser and LG Optimus Elite (also headed to Sprint). Virgin is expected to offer the five-megapixel, Beats Audio-infused One V for under $200 when it arrives in late Spring.

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    If you thought our videos came out right every single time, you're in for a treat. As a matter of fact, certain shows require around 20 minutes of footage out of which only 5 minutes will go live. Covering events on video, as opposed to a show, is a different story. You work long hours, walk long distances just to go from one device to the next, and when you've got manufacturers like LG launching 6 to 7 devices on one show, going from L3 to L7 can become a tongue twister. So here's a little something to add some laughs to your Sunday afternoon. MWC was such a mixed bag of product releases ...

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    With all the handsets that manufacturers have brought together for display at the MWC, we're learning a lot about what the next generations of smartphones and tablets will have to offer. While we'd heard about a lot of this hardware before, the expo is giving us a chance to flesh-out our knowledge with previously-unknown details. Those are great to have, but even when we get the full picture on the hardware, oftentimes critical launch information isn't available. Sometimes that means waiting for a carrier to make an announcement, but today we get some insight into the release plans for a ...

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    It's that time of the year again, when we're both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year's Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year's show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it. It's safe to assume that everyone who was there -- or following our MWC coverage -- understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform -- and its OEM partners -- has flooded the show floors ...

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    The LG Optimus 4X HD is LG's top of the line device and was announced a couple of days ago at Mobile World Congress. It's very much a follow up to last year's Optimus 2X, and ups then umber of CPU cores from 2 to 4 thanks to the Tegra 3 chipset. It has an impressive 4.7" 720p screen and 16GB of inbuilt storage. In this hands-on demo, we get to see a look at how the 4-Plus-1 setup of the Tegra 3 works in action with an on-screen CPU meter that changes based on number of cores used. Obviously, when the phone is idle, only one core is active, but when you launch something like the camera, all ...

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    The new Sony line-up consists of the Sony Xperia S, Xperia U and the Xperia P. We've seen all of them in our respective hands-on videos but this time it's time to get into more details and see how they compare to one another. And because we know you want to see even more comparison videos we threw in the hottest phones on the market at the moment: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy S II as well as the Apple iPhone 4S. Check out the video below and let us know of you poison of choice: Xperia S, P or U?

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    The LG Optimus VU should be a decent competitor to last year's Samsung Galaxy Note even though it does't come with its own stylus. At five inches it falls in the "phablet" category but LG has tried a different approach. The main selling point of the phone is the 4:3 aspect ratio which should allow for better content viewing and note taking. However, you'll have to use finger input to take notes. The device itself is slim and rather fast thought the unit was running Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich should be installed once the phone starts shipping).

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    So, on the original Star Trek series, landing parties exploring alien worlds often carried the "Phaser II," which was essentially just a more-powerful cradle for the diminutive "Phaser I" which plugged into it. Star Trek Enterprise did something similar with their portable universal translator. Since no one watched Enterprise, I'll fill you in: a handheld communicator latched into the top of another device, serving as the "ears" of the translator's processing unit. These sci-fi analogies doing anything for ya? Point is, our society really likes the idea of convergence devices. For years, ...

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    When Samsung released its Galaxy Note, it helped show us how introducing some technology to a plain, old stylus can really make it that much more interesting; adding a side button input to the S Pen opens up a new world of gesture commands. Samsung liked how well that worked so much that it's continuing to offer the S Pen with newer devices. The company's not alone, though, when it comes to finding ways to spruce-up old stylus designs for use with today's smartphones and tablets; Texas Instruments has a technology it's been demoing at the Mobile World Congress that adds a whole new ...

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    After taking a quick look at the Sony Xperia S in our hands-on video we thought you'd like to see the Sony flagship being reviewed so we've got the first video from our series here for your viewing pleasure. The Sony Xperia S comes in white and black, inside a carton box which only features the Sony branding; interestingly, the good old Sony Ericsson logo survived. Besides the phone, the box contains a microHDMI cable (which is always welcome), USB cable for sync and charge, headphones, charger, screen protector and your usual literature. Don't look for a battery inside the box because the ...

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    Last night, we talked about Google's presence at the Mobile World Congress and the large bowl of jelly beans it had out, feeding speculation that Jelly Bean will be the company's next major Android revision. We thought Google was just being playful, and weren't expecting any sort of official comment on the matter, but sure enough one Google exec stopped to say a few words on future plans for Android, possibly giving us some insight into the release of Jelly Bean. One issue we've seen under discussion is how the next big Android release might advance the platform's version number. Early on, ...

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    First there was the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and then came the ZTE Orbit, the Chinese company's second smartphone powered by the Microsoft platform, this time in its Tango iteration. Same as with the Tania, the Orbit is aimed towards those who don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a device. The specs are modest with a four-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage with no front-facing webcam (sorry future possible Skype users). Whether you will want to buy one largely depends on your location and you financial situation but ...

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    Unfortunately the situation with the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 is the same like in the case of the HTC One X. Those of you who will be out buying a 3G or a WiFi-only version will get the nVidia Tegra 3-powered version but those looking for the LTE variant will have to settle for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU clocking at 1.5GHz. Other than that, there's great stuff like full HD resolution screen, Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it, two-megapixel front facing camera, eight-megapixel main shooter as well as a metallic back, opposed to the Pad 300 which has a plastic back cover. Check out more ...

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    Asus has quite a number of tablets already on the market but that doesn't seem to stop the company from announcing and later on releasing even more. At this year's MWC the company introduced the Padfone which we've seen ear lie and now we're taking a look at the Transformer Pad 300. It's a more budget tablet but it still has what it takes in the specs department. nVidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC is powering the device with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen of 10.1 inches in diagonal. There's a 16GB version of the Pad 300 but there will be several colors to choose from. The back is plastic, ...

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    Regardless of whether you love the "PadFone" name or not, chances are you'll love this device. Why? Because it's an awesome concept! You have a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook. Everything you do on the tablet is basically done on the phone because the tablet acts just like a docking station with an external display, speaker and charger. The brains still remain with the enclosed phone and the situation is the same once you dock the keyboard on. The only difference is that both the keyboard and the tablet have huge 6,600mAh batteries which ...

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    Nokia Drive is the Finnish company's take at navigation which is included with all of the phones coming from Espoo, including the recent Windows Phone line-up. However, the initial iteration of the software, while working perfectly, had a couple of missing features. The new version of Nokia drive will support full offline navigation, which means that if you have the proper maps necessary for your trip already downloaded on your phone, you can put the device in Airplane mode of disable data while you'll still be able to take advantage of navigation. Finally! Check out more details below!

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