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    Among the usual spread of device rumors, such as this year's iPhone handset, there is yet another unusual device frequenting headlines from an unlikely manufacturer: Amazon. We laughed at the thought of an Amazon-made tablet back in 2011, now the company has seven tablets in its arsenal. Now Amazon is rumored to be creating a smartphone. And despite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shooting down the rumors back in 2012, the Amazon phone is looking more and more likely. Two weeks ago, BGR leaked some photos of the alleged smartphone. One week later, it detailed some of the inner workings of the phone ...

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    If 2013 was the year when wearables entered mainstream consciousness, thanks to efforts like Google Glass, or Pebble and Galaxy Gear smartwatches, 2014 could be when they positively blow up, bringing us not just more wearables form Pebble and Samsung, but the debut of Android Wear and the expected launch of Apple's iWatch. With more and more manufacturers warming to the idea of wearables every day, retailers are taking note, and today we see Amazon really embrace the category with the launch of its own wearable technology store. It's not just smartwatches, either: Amazon breaks things down ...

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    Since last fall, the rumors surrounding Amazon's first smartphone have largely concentrated on details about the handset's hardware: stuff like that elaborate array of cameras to support in-air gesture control. But a little bit further back, in the waning days of summer 2013, the Amazon phone story was all about how it might be sold, with rumors about exclusive deals for Amazon Prime users, maybe even making the phone available for free. Well, Amazon denied that “free” business, but could Prime still factor in somehow? That's back on our mind today, with a new rumor that something ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the Samsung Gear Fit is now sold-out, despite its crazy price tag. LG follows the news as we find some official photos of the two variants the company plans to launch. Microsoft follows the news as the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview has exceeded user install-base expectations. Amazon then takes over as we learn more about a new tilting feature in its probable smartphone. We end today's show as we learn why the iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Gear Fit sells out, despite $200 ...

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    Last week marked a major development for the long-rumored idea of an Amazon smartphone, as the first convincing pictures of development hardware leaked. Just as we'd been hearing about for months and months, the handset featured an array of front-facing cameras, fitting with rumors of an elaborate 3D in-air gesture control system. It remains to be seen just how useful or practical that arrangement might be, but it's hard to deny that this could be an eye-catching feature that Amazon may use to set its phone apart from competitors. Today we learn of another unusual idea Amazon may be ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is working on making it easier to attach photos on Gmail, through Google+. LG follows the news as some leaked renders of a Japanese phone point to what to expect for the LG G3. We then talk about Apple's CarPlay, and how Pioneer will support it very soon. We then talk about the first leaked photos of the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the Amazon smartphone, which was leaked recently with its four cameras. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google makes it easier to email photos snapped ...

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    Late last week, we brought you the latest in a long series of rumors about Amazon's efforts towards the release of the company's first smartphone. Over the months, there had been talk of multiple models, possible plans for subsidized sales, and a very unusual eye-tracking system using multiple cameras to allow the phone to create a pseudo-3D effect without the need for a special screen. That recent update attempted to sort things out about a possible release schedule, but did little to further our understanding about any of this hardware itself. Today, however, we're finally ready to get ...

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    Last fall, the long-rumored Amazon smartphone started sounding pretty interesting, as reports distinguished it from run-of-the-mill slates by suggesting that Amazon would give the phone an elaborate series of eye-tracking cameras, capable of producing pseudo-3D parallax effects without the need for a specialized display. That rumor's now back alongside news that Amazon's been showing off the hardware to developers, and some new updates on the company's plans for the phone help us narrow-down when to expect an official announcement. Back in March, we heard that Amazon would launch the phone ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the AT&T announcement of the Galaxy S5 for pre-orders, along with the Samsung Gear line-up as well. Then we talk about HTC and its countdown to the announcement of the All New HTC One. The we go through the rumors of a new build of Android 4.4 KitKat. Amazon follows the news as we go through more rumors of a possible smartphone. We end today's show by going through the rumors of Christian Bale possibly playing Steve Jobs in the Sony biopic. All this and more after the break. Stories: - AT&T announces start to Galaxy S5 pre-orders, ...

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    After dropping off the radar for several months, last week news of Amazon's first smartphone found itself back on our radar, picking up the name “Project Aria” and getting pegged by rumors as being in the works for a release later this year. It was nice to get an update suggesting that the project was still moving forward, but what about the details? Were some of those crazy features like a multi-camera gesture tracking system still in the running? And could we maybe narrow-down that release window a little bit? Today we hear from an industry analyst who believes he has this Amazon ...

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    If it feels like it's been a while since we talked about an Amazon smartphone, that's probably because it has been. Last fall, rumors about one or more Amazon handsets were running rampant, talking about features like an advanced camera system for 3D gesture control or suggesting that HTC might be producing this hardware for Amazon. But then all of a sudden, that news dried up; we hadn't heard a thing since October. Now, four months removed, these Amazon rumors are bubbling back up to the surface, claiming that a launch is due sometime this year. First up, we get that codename, Project ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new trade-in deal where you can get a free Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. Then we talk about Android 4.4 KitKat, and which of the hottest phones of 2013 are already getting it in the US. Amazon follows the news as its new iOS app will help you shop in a much smarter way. HTC follows the news as we talk about its possible Google Nexus tablet plans, along with a smartwatch that's being confirmed in the works. We end today's show talking about Steve Wozniaks latest talk about how the iPhone should run Android. All this and more after the ...

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    Amazon's tactics to win new customers are truly legendary. Years ago, if you wanted to compare the price tag of one product at different stores, you had to either give them a call or go. A couple of years ago, Amazon introduced the option for you to scan the barcode of a product and do this comparison within the store, but now it seems the company is out for more details. Amazon's recent update to its iOS app now includes image detection tools. You'd think that scanning a bar code would be enough, but if there's anything you see at your friend's house that you'd like, it's obvious that the ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the CyanogenMod variant of the Oppo N1, and its official launch today. Amazon follows the news as we talk about their new app store deals and why they exist. Nokia is next as we keep talking about their possible Nokia Android phone, as unbelievable as that may be. Sony is then making headlines with Android 4.3 for existing Xperia smartphones. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans for the display of the Galaxy S 5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition goes up for sale; any takers? - Amazon’s ...

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    Are you a big Amazon Appstore user? The Play Store alternative arrived as a bold challenge to Google's Android dominance, and while it still sees its fair share of users (thanks in no small part to Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablets) it hasn't really risen to the point where it's a threat to Google's position. Still, Amazon would love to see more of you checking out what its storefront has to offer, and in light of the holiday season, it's handing out a free $5 credit for you to spend towards the app of your choice. So what's the catch? OK, fair enough: you need to be in the US (or at least ...

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    We're slowly leaving another year behind us, and what a year 2013 was! We couldn't have asked for more, yet, we're excitedly looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring, and we know it's going to be even better. Smartphones, tablets, phablets, curved screens, convertibles, fingerprint readers, acquisitions, companies rising, falling, and I've just realized I could fill the entire page with keywords descriptive for 2013. It's a Pocketnow tradition to look back, every year end, at what happened, good or bad, and, of course, forward, to what we think we can foresee for the year to come. ...

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    We're typically picky when it comes to tablets. Unlike smartphones, which most people would rather not do without, tablets aren't a necessity for most. For the most part, they're still luxury items, and their hefty price tags often turn potential buyers away. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as budget tablets. Oh, and the occasional killer deal. Black Friday is a great time to buy new tech. Millions of shoppers across the United States will line up with the masses late Thanksgiving evening or early Friday morning to stock up on holiday gifts, new, cheap goods for ...

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    Amazon's first smartphone could be a pretty impressive piece of hardware, if some of the rumors we've been hearing check out. Putting aside the question of what company might actually design and manufacture the hardware for a moment, we've been hearing about a handset with pseudo-3D visual effects and in-air motion tracking. That latter system would supposedly work thanks to an array of cameras around the phone's corners, and today we get a little more detail on the hardware. Sure enough, there should be four little cameras at the corners, each with a VGA resolution. That's rubbish for ...

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    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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    HTC needs help. Despite a restructuring of its smartphone lineup, compelling models like the flagship One, and investing heavily in advertising, it's facing unprecedented losses. We've heard about efforts to shake things up a little in upper management, but even with the progress that may bring, the company still has some tricky times to get through before it might find itself on more solid ground. That means that HTC is open to plenty of unusual ideas, looking for that spark that will really help revitalize things and get the company moving back on track. Maybe that could take the form of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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    A little earlier this week we heard a report claiming that HTC and Amazon had joined forces to work towards producing the retailer's long-rumored smartphone, and suggesting that they'd been developing three separate models. We're still trying to piece together what actually might be going on here, but today we get a little more to go on, with some new details arriving about this supposed partnership. For one, this new info – which Bloomberg attributes to a pair of sources – is more specific than that earlier report that HTC and Amazon may not release a phone at all. Even though they ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's bash on their own Surface RT, and their hope that the Surface 2 can do better. Amazon and HTC are next as both companies are already hard at work at bringing us their first smartphone collaboration. Nokia is next as apparently the company is working on bringing us their first music player, dubbed the Nokia Guru. We then talk about the Nexus 4, which is rumored to stay alive for another year along the Google Nexus 5. We end today's show talking about Apple's October 22nd event, and some of our predictions that involve a lot of iPad. ...

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    Rumors about an Amazon smartphone go back years, and even with the pace picking up in recent months, updates have been few and far between. Earlier this year, some of those rumors looked to the idea of a heavily subsidized, if not free handset, claims Amazon was quick to refute. We also heard about plans for a pair of phones, one a more typical handset, and one possibly featuring an unusual pseudo-3D UI and supporting in-air gesture interactions. Today we're looking into just how this hardware might come to market, with suggestions that HTC might partner with Amazon for this effort. ...

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