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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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    eBook readers have always been a curiosity to me. I got into the eBook scene way back when I had a Pocket PC. I bought many, many books for Microsoft Reader in its proprietary .LIT format -- only to have the app go away, taking the ability to read my digital library along with it. Eventually dedicated eBook readers surfaced, most of them sported some kind of e-ink or e-paper displays. The screens were sharp, legible even in direct sunlight, and looked like they would be the future of "books". Unfortunately they were monochrome, and page "turning" took a very long time. Then the new version ...

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    Amazon recently announced its latest batch of Kindle Fire tablets, and while it had a nice assortment of new models to show off, tablets were the only thing on the agenda; what about those long-standing rumors of an Amazon smartphone? This past spring, those rumors latched-on to the idea that this Amazon phone could bring back the 3D display, briefly coming in to our lives with models like the HTC Evo 3D before we all lost interest. However, talk about "retina tracking" had us wondering if this wasn't actually real 3D at all, and just an elaborate software trick to create the illusion of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX line-up, and what makes these tablets so hot. We later go through some rumors of Microsoft working on a Surface Mini that may be launched this year. Nokia is next as reports have their Nokia World event bringing a lot more than just one new Lumia. Google follows the news as we talk about the recent software updates they're performing. We end today's show talking about Samsung, beginning with curved displays, later with fingerprint scanners, and ending with a new Galaxy F series of flagship devices. All this and ...

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    The past few months have brought us all sorts of rumors about Amazon's next generation of Kindle Fire tablets, revealing a new design with rear-mounted buttons, as well as offering some pretty detailed hardware specs, suggesting we'd be looking at both resolution and processor improvements. It sure looked like these models – reportedly one new 8.9-inch tablet and two 7-inchers – were nearly ready to launch, but just when would that be? Well, early this morning Amazon went ahead and made an unexpected announcement, revealing two Kindle Fire HDX models and one new Kindle Fire HD. Sure ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Motorola's plans to bring another tablet to the market, aside from Google's new strategy to show you the Moto X assembly plant on Google Street View. Then we talk about the Google Nexus 5, and how apparently that LG device on the FCC is the phone we've been waiting for. HTC is next as the One Max is now rumored to be a Sprint exclusive, and then the blue color of the One will be a Best Buy exclusive. We later go through the leaked photos of Amazon's probable next Kindle Fire. We end today's show talking about Apple, Touch ID and some issues ...

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    For months now, we've been looking forward to the launch of this year's lineup of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and what we've heard about their hardware makes it sound like quite the attractive pack. That would mean Snapdragon 800s in both new HD models, a 1080p display for the seven-incher, and an extremely high-res 2,560 x 1,600 panel on the 8.9-inch model. What we hadn't seen, though, were any images of the hardware itself. Today we seem to be getting our first glimpse, with a new gallery of Fire HD 2 pics revealing some significant design changes. Easily the most visible change, Amazon ...

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