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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    AT&T was kind enough to host us at a hands-on event in NYC last night, and of all the things we came away with, one of the biggest was a renewed appreciation for what a crazy-busy review season it's been. We'd already reviewed almost every single one of the devices AT&T had on display, from wearables like the LG G Watch to affordable smartphones like HTC's Desire 610 to outliers like the not-quite-so-durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Standing apart from these devices, though, was the holy grail of the event: thanks more to its rarity than any one distinctive feature, the ...

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    Amazon's Instant Video service has a fair level of advantages and disadvantages. If you're a Prime customer, you have an incredible amount of titles that are free for you to watch, and you can always pay for the ones that aren't. The biggest disadvantage is that Amazon had locked this service for Smart TVs, Kindle Tablets and iOS. You could get this service working on Android, but the walk around was too frustrating to not prefer a free month of Netflix. Luckily it seems that Amazon has smelled the coffee, and this problem should be fixed soon. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris ...

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    Amazon has proven to be one of the most unpredictable companies in the world lately. From bashing tablets with its e-readers, to launching tablets, to claiming it wouldn't launch a phone, to actually launching one, there seems to be no limit to the scope Amazon plans to reach lately. The only frontier we haven't heard Amazon working on is wearables, but that could change very soon. You may not recognize the name Babak Parviz on the street, but if we told you he's one of the project leaders of Google Glass, then things start to ring a bell. Parviz is also famous for leading another Google X ...

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    In-app payments are a lucrative form of income for developers, not to mention the companies behind the app stores and payment processing platforms that profit from every sale. But more than once we've seen in-app purchases put under scrutiny for the ease at which they can be made – and specifically, problems parents have when children, given unsupervised access to smartphones and tablets, run up unexpected bills. While a fair share of that blame arguably lies on the parents themselves, in the US the FTC has been going after companies it sees as not taking proper steps to prevent such ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone wasn't met with the best reception, even right out of the gate. Even before getting their hands on the device, many have called it "gimmicky," and other words of that nature -- and that may be justified, though we don't know as of this moment. Ratings on Amazon's own store (ironically) are showing that the Amazon Fire Phone sales have likely been anything but impressive so far. Since its debut on the Amazon store, the Fire Phone has tanked to the 77th place. Depending on where it debuted, this may not be a huge issue, but it originally had one of the top five ...

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    You can go back a long way and see that I have been on board the “Amazon making a phone” train from the start. I was an early adopter before there was anything to adopt. I was genuinely excited to see the Amazon event. I was genuinely disappointed when Amazon decided not to stream their event. But that’s not the only thing that genuinely disappointed me, as you’ll soon see. Amazon was making some very interesting strides into the mobile field. Firefly was surely cool – snap a photo of something to buy it. It was very Amazon. Carousel not only apps, but also books and websites. ...

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    For literally years now, rumors of an Amazon-built smartphone have spread around the web, making the occasional headline along the way. No matter how many times Amazon denied the rumors of an in-house smartphone, the rumors continued to surface. And in recent months, word and more specific details picked up. Today, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos took the stage in Seattle, Washington to make the e-commerce site's smartphone official. Dubbed the Fire phone, as rumors suggested, it brings some new innovation to the wireless space in the form of a 3D interface which the company calls ...

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    Zero hour has arrived. After quite literally talking about the idea of Amazon releasing its own smartphone for years, the rumors and guesswork have coalesced into this afternoon's event, where we've been looking forward to the company finally confirming its news. Today in Seattle, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took the stage before a room full of both Amazon fans and representatives from the press to draw the curtain back on his company's first smartphone, the Fire phone. The handset features a 4.7-inch HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and has 2GB of RAM. There's a 13MP main ...

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    BlackBerry 10 already has a lot going for it with its Android app compatibility layer, allowing devs to package Android apps for BB10 without having to recode them for the platform. At least, it's a fine idea, if not slightly hampered by hit-and-miss interest on the part of developers. But today we learn of a new arrangement that should bring a ton of new Android apps to BlackBerry en masse, connecting the platform with the growing selection of software available through the Amazon Appstore. Remember earlier this week when Amazon was bragging about just how big its Appstore was getting? ...

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    Rumors of an Amazon phone have been swirling for years, and it's finally looking like we're close -- tomorrow, the company's executives will take the stage in Seattle, WA, to show off what it's been working on. As per tradition around these parts, it's time to take every noteworthy rumor we have seen crop up the last couple months, and spin them into an Amazon phone rumor roundup. Some of the earliest rumors suggested Amazon would team up with HTC in order to produce a joint-effort smartphone. Allegedly, three different release candidates were being worked on, with one far along in the ...

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    Earlier today we picked up one of the latest rumors to add to the story of Amazon's first smartphone, the device we expect to see the company announce tomorrow. With all the time we had already spent talking about the handset's interesting hardware, and some unique (if not maybe a little gimmicky) software, we switched gears and instead turned our attention to sales. Word was that Amazon had found itself a little carrier interest, and that its phone might arrive as an AT&T exclusive. While that detail has yet to be confirmed (not to mention the phone itself), T-Mobile CEO John Legere ...

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    Tomorrow will either bring us news of Amazon's first smartphone, or spectacular disappointment – but really, considering all we've seen, both by way of leaks and Amazon's not-at-all-hard-to-read teaser video, the odds are massively in favor of the company's first smartphone going public. It will join Amazon's family of Kindle Fire Android-based tablets, as well as the company's previous Kindle line of e-readers and its recent foray into set-top boxes, as the latest component of the retailer's hardware family. But what comes after that? Firm answers are still far away, but today we get a ...

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    There is a special event happening tomorrow, where it is believed that the Amazon smartphone will become official. We've been hearing about the device for years now, and it looks like June 18 will be the date to look out for. The fate of the Amazon smartphone depends on many variables: aside from specs, and price, carrier interest is also crucial for the survival of the device. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T will be the American carrier which will exclusively carry the Amazon smartphone. Another, earlier, WSJ report claims that the selling point of the device will be its ...

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    Just a couple days from now, on June 18, Amazon has an event that will in all likelihood reveal the company's first smartphone, following the success of its Kindle Fire tablets. The question on everyone's mind is whether or not Amazon will be able to recapture that same kind of magic when it comes to smartphones; will little hiccups like Amazon's use of its own app store, as opposed to Google's massive Play Store, make more of a difference when we're talking about a user's primary device, rather than one used alongside their smartphone? We're probably not too far away from finding out, but ...

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    Some people think Amazon is a book reseller, others think the company sells tangible products. Those people are exactly right - and totally wrong. Amazon is in the content delivery business. Sometimes that content is words on a page, other times it may be a disc of your favorite sci-fi series, or some other physical item. The future, however, is digitally delivered content: books, magazines, music, TV, movies, games, apps, and who knows what else. Switching to digital makes things easier all around: there are no warehouses to stock inventory, no need for people to staff those warehouses, ...

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    Streaming music services have found a match made in heaven with smartphones, and over the years we've seen option after option arrive, ready to provide us with our favorite tracks. Despite just how many choices are out there (or perhaps, because of that), we're always seeing new services arrive, like Beats Music earlier this year, or we're hearing about companies trying to enhance their existing offerings, like with Google and those rumors about a Songza acquisition. Today we learn about yet another new player getting involved, as Amazon kicks-off its own streaming music service, Prime ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    Ever since Amazon released its first Kindle Fire tablet, we've been curious to learn if this interest in Android would lead the company along to eventually releasing its own smartphone. Rumors have been insistent that such a device has been in the works for quite a while at this point, and talked about unusual features like a multi-camera gesture-tracking system and a pseudo-3D eye-tracking interface. More recently, we've seen a few images of actual hardware, and heard that a release could be as soon as this quarter. That's now sounding like it could be a strong possibility, as today ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Amazon and its recent deals with free apps and credits for Memorial Day. HTC follows as we get additional leaks of what to expect for the One M8 Ace. Apple follows as we get new information regarding its Liquidmetal plans. iOS 7.1.2 follows, as apparently we'll get this software update soon to fix a plague of bugs. We end today's show talking about Samsung's new project to give us a Virtual Reality headset for Galaxy devices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon is giving away $10 in credits, along with 5 free apps - New leaked ...

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    As Memorial Day weekend gets closer, it's always great to find a deal or two available to sweeten things up, and one of the best sources for that is Amazon. The company has done a great job in giving us some free stuff here and there, and if you're active in their Android App Store, you'll be in for some more starting today. Amazon is giving away five free applications, and each of these is also giving you 200 in Amazon Coins. That amount of coins is valued at $2.00, so you're pretty much getting $10 worth in Amazon Credit, and the only catch is to download these five free applications as ...

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    A product recall is generally no fun for any of the parties involved. The manufacturer has to deal with a huge expense, retailers get frustrated by not having products on their shelves, and end users are left inconvenienced. Last month we told you about a headache Nokia was facing over the chargers used on certain international editions of the Lumia 2520 tablet, after learning that they posed a small but tangible risk of electrocuting the user during operation. From what we heard at the time, it sounded like Nokia was handling things well, halting sales of the tablet and advising owners to ...

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    Free-to-download apps are good, but you know what's even better? Free credit to be used towards any premium app purchase you want. It may take a little bit of doing, but we've just learned of a way to combine a couple offers Amazon has running right now to not just end up with ten free apps, but with over $20 in credit left over to be spent on the apps of your choice. Here's how it works: Amazon's got a one-day promo where it's making available nine photography apps for free. OK, but Amazon has free app offers all the time; what's the big deal? The key here is that for each one of those ...

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    Motorola's selling the Moto X cheap for Mother's Day, and in just a few weeks we're sure we'll see oodles of Memorial Day smartphone sales, but these aren't the only holidays companies are taking advantage of to help promote their wares. This coming Sunday is May 4, and while that might not immediately mean anything to a lot of you, to sci-fi fans May the fourth has entrenched itself in their culture as Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you). Amazingly, someone has noticed the overlap between sci-fi enthusiasts and the tech community, and today we learn about a couple ...

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    Two weeks back, rumors about Amazon's first smartphone made a big leap forward, going from the stuff of analyst speculation and rumor to the leak of pics of a very real physical handset. While a bulky case hid some of the subtleties of the phone's design from us, we could still see enough – specifically, the four front-facing cameras that would equip the phone to track gestures in 3D space – to convince us that this was indeed the Amazon hardware we'd been hearing about for so long. While we still haven't had the opportunity to get a look at this model in the flesh with that case ...

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