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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    Microsoft Surface Hub promises to be a "powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally" and to "unlock the power of the group". From what we've seen, Microsoft Surface Hub looks a whole lot like the failed Microsoft Surface "table computer" that we say several years ago. (No, you read that correctly, "table computer", not "tablet computer".) The original Microsoft Surface was essentially a relatively high-powered computer built in to a table. The tabletop was the monitor, and several cameras watched the underside of the screen to look for ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may not be enjoying the success its manufacturer would like it to, but it's by no means an inherently bad phone. As we posited in our full review, the phone actually possesses a few neat tricks under the hood, and the specs are in line with some of 2014's most powerful flagships. The items held the phone back included the price tag and the lack of a tried-and-true ecosystem, and one of those things is fixed for today thanks to an Amazon Fire Phone UK deal. As part of a Daily Deal (meaning, you won't be able to get in on this discounted price after today ends in the ...

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    E-Ink. It powers everything from the YotaPhone 2 to the Amazon Kindle. It's simultaneously one of the most understated and futuristic display technologies around. And it's being put to use in devices and venues you've never even thought of. But what exactly is E-Ink, and how does it work? That's a question we had for the folks at E-Ink Corporation, the brains behind the world's leading electrophoretic ink technology, and they were more than happy to answer it. In fact, they invited us to tour their Innovation Center and Headquarters facility in Massachusetts, down the road from their ...

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    There are no two ways about it: Amazon screwed up the Fire Phone's launch. Blame the carrier exclusivity, blame the hardware itself, or blame the higher-than-anticipated price tag – whatever the reason, Amazon took a swing and missed. But in the months since, the company has seems like it might have learned a thing or two from its experience, acknowledging pricing problems, broadening carrier support, and delivering a battery-improving software update. Back around Black Friday we saw Amazon make the Fire Phone available for a steal, slashing pricing to an affordable $200. While that deal ...

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    Does Amazon even have an app store anymore? Clearly, it has an app distribution system, but we're talking more about the “selling” bit. After all, the intent is to make a little money through app sales, right? Well, someone at Amazon clearly hasn't gotten that message because the company seems to keep doing everything it can to give apps away for free. It was just one week ago when we checked out a whole slew of normally-paid apps Amazon was handing out for free, and now we've got another batch to share with you, as $110 worth of software goes free through Friday. What have we got ...

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    In a perfect world, our phones would have all the internal storage they'd ever need. And while capacity options are hitting new highs, far too often we're stuck with less space on these handsets than we'd like. What's a data-hungry user to do? If you're lucky, your smartphone's manufacturer was kind enough to include support for microSD expansion, letting you pop in a memory card to augment that native storage. If you've yet to take advantage of your phone's ability to do so, or if you're just thinking about upgrading to a larger card, we may have just the deal for you, as Amazon offers ...

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    Amazon hasn't had the best year when it comes to its smartphone and tablet offerings. The company's launch of the Fire Phone is probably one of its worse flops in history, and the recent update to its tablet lineup went under the radar. Still, that doesn't mean the company isn't famous for building mindshare through some crazy tactics, and today Amazon is at it again. Amazon is currently giving away 40 Android applications that are worth a crazy $220 combined. Some of these apps are great, others aren't, but the simple idea of being able to get them for free is great no matter how you look ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    Amazon entered the smartphone market earlier this year with some big dreams, giving its inaugural Fire Phone some hardware and software that wasn't quite like anything else out there. Unfortunately, higher-than-expected pricing, combined with carrier exclusivity and some regrettable battery life, ended up souring many potential users to the idea of the phone. Still, Amazon's done what it can to try and breathe a little life into the Fire Phone, like that very attractive Black Friday pricing we saw. That trend continues this month as the manufacturer starts sending out a big update to the ...

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    Back in early September, Amazon rolled-out a big update to its Android app, adding support for Prime Instant Video. But there was also another big change happening behind the scenes, as Amazon quietly rolled the functionality from its previously-separate Amazon Appstore into its primary Android app, letting you purchase and install software independently of the Play Store. Sound to you like something Google might have a strong opinion about? This week the fallout finally lands, as Amazon finds itself forced to pull its old Android app and launch a new one, one that no longer offers apps of ...

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    Amazon finds itself in a complicated relationship between its mobile hardware and the software that runs on it all. On one hand, Amazon would very much like you using its Fire phones, tablets, and maybe even a Kindle on the side, and if it's got some attractive software that helps draw you to these devices, that could be just the carrot on the stick it needs. On the other hand, anything that has you interacting with the company's services only stands to help bring business its way, so it also makes a fair amount of sense to make that software as broadly available as possible. This week, we ...

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    Updated with the HQ audio version of the podcast (download and streaming links) as well as timecodes so you can navigate the whirlwind that is our podcast with ease. As always, thanks for listening, and see you next week! An octagonal Android smartphone, a lawsuit over the term "Milk," and a phone camera that flips up like a deranged pancake. Oh, and luxury smartwatches. (Luxury smartwatch faces, anyway. Illegal ones. Or something.) Companies have waited until the end of the year to spring all the nonsense on us, it seems – and we're lapping it up like the grateful tech hounds we are. ...

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    We knew this day was coming. Ever since we heard of the worrying sales numbers, it was pretty certain to us that a discount was on the way for the phone we called "the right phone at the wrong price" in our full review. That deal is finally now official, the Amazon Fire Phone price cut dropping the device to just $199.99 off contract for the 32GB model. The model at this price has no link to AT&T, not in the branding or anywhere else. It's just a pure, GSM, unlocked smartphone that you can take to almost any carrier in the United States save for Verizon and Sprint. As for whether ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    The OnePlus One: a compelling phone, with attractive hardware, at a hard-to-beat price. Sounds good, right? For many, the biggest problem has been getting your hands on the device, with sales first invite-only, to be later supplanted by a limited pre-order system. Wouldn't it be nice if OnePlus could simply make the phone available at a major retailer? Maybe someone like Amazon? As it turns out, that's just about to happen, thought it's news that's peppered with so many qualifying asterisks that it falls quite a bit short of being the answer we hoped for. For starters, we're talking only ...

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    If you're interested in music on your phone, there are tons of free options out there, all ready to stream high-quality tracks from popular artists, in exchange for you listening to the occasional ad. But start talking about video, and the situation changes: sure, we have the YouTubes out there, with their own free, ad-supported content, but the really good stuff is walled-off behind pay services like Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. The latter made some big inroads on mobile earlier this year as we saw its streaming video come to Amazon's Android app, but it was still a subscription ...

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    If you thought Amazon wasn't trying to make you a compulsive buyer, think again. The company is now famous for launching everything from tablets to smartphone flops, all with the idea of giving you more doors that lead to an Amazon store purchase. That said, wearables are the new thing lately, and even though we haven't heard of the company building a wearable, we do know that they now want to use them for a benefit. Amazon has just updated its base application for Android, and in addition to this app supporting Android 5.0 Lollipop, it also brings an interesting kick for Android Wear ...

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    Last week, Amazon shared its most recent financial data with investors, reporting a sizable quarterly loss that was in no way helped out by disappointing Fire Phone sales. In fact, unsold Fire Phone inventory was practically piling up in the company's warehouses, a situation that cost Amazon to the tune of $170 million. Now Amazon's Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp is speaking up about what went wrong with the Fire Phone, and he's come to the same realization it seems like we've been shouting all along: the Fire Phone was priced way too high. As Limp describes it, “I think ...

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    We just got done looking at Microsoft's latest earnings statement, and while the mobile side of things didn't reveal any game-changing success stories, we did see some quite solid growth. Not everyone's faring quite so well, and earlier today Amazon reported a quarterly loss of $437 million. Now some new details about just where it lost money are coming in, and to the surprise of essentially no one, the Fire Phone is a big part of what's dragging the company's finances down. Amazon reports taking a $170 million write-down on the smartphone; as opposed to a write-off, where something is ...

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    It's been a busy week of high-profile device launches form a couple of the companies behind the biggest platforms in mobile, with both Apple and Google showing off their latest hardware. Besides getting to know these new models themselves, we were also informed about how initial sales for the lot of them would begin. We may still be a couple weeks away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, but the rest of this crew is already lining up to take your money, as pre-orders get underway for the Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Google's set to open Nexus 9 Play Store pre-orders at some ...

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    I'll admit, I wasn't at all interested in the idea of an Amazon-made smartphone from the start. To date, I've owned two Kindle Fire tablets, and 10 times out of 10, I would recommend a Nexus 7 over anything Kindle Fire-branded. No, that's not my affinity for Nexus and stock Android speaking, and I have nothing against Amazon as a company. In fact, before I purchase anything … ever, I check Amazon's price first. I've been a paying Prime subscriber since 2011. And I regularly fire up the Instant Video app on my 360 when looking for something to watch in the evenings. I like Amazon, and its ...

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    In a bit of a surprising move – we can't recall the last time that a tech company's plans legitimately surprised us – Amazon has just unveiled a new set of tablets. These new Amazon tablets include refreshes for the Kindle Fire HDX line and more. Let's start off with the Fire HDX. First off, as you may have noticed, the "Kindle" branding has been dropped from the name. Moving on to the product itself, you'll get a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, an 8.9-inch display with a 339 ppi pixel density, Dolby Atmos audio, and an 8MP rear camera. This ships with the latest version of ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at theories concerning an upcoming smartphone, the rumor narrative sort of falls apart once the handset is finally announced. We may hear a number of competing ideas on what to expect, but at that moment when the one correct version is finally confirmed, what happens to all those now-proven-false rumors? More often than not, they're swiftly forgotten, but that doesn't mean that their mystery is over. Today we check in on one of those old tales, as a new report attempts to shed a little light on Amazon's move into the smartphone game. Long before we had the ...

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    Today may very clearly be Apple's day in the sun, but even as we prepare for the its latest announcements just a few hours from now, there's another A-company catching our attention on the mobile front, with Amazon pushing a pretty sizable update to its Android app. Amazon had already been on our radar this week due to the much-appreciated Fire Phone price cuts we just saw go live, but this time it's Amazon Prime that's our focus, and specifically Amazon Prime Instant Video. Thanks to the latest update to the Amazon Android app, Prime subscribers in the US will now be able to watch free ...

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