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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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    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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