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    Take a look at that computer in your pocket. Yes, I'm talking about your smartphone - or your tablet. They really are full-featured computers, complete with an always-on, high-speed Internet connection. But today's portables go further than yesterday's computers ever did. These days smartphones and tablets know where you are, what direction you're heading, how fast you're going, what the barometric pressure is, how many steps you've taken, and more. Some know when you're looking at the screen, others can capture your fingerprints. They can even listen to you and record videos of what's ...

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    Chris Lacy, the creator of Action Launcher and Tweet Lanes – a popular third-party launcher and Twitter client, respectively – has taken a crack at the dystopia created by Android web browsers. When you click a link from within just about any application on Android, you're immediately sent to your browser of choice, only to wait for the page to fully load. What if you want to continue reading Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ while that page loads? What if you want the equivalent of the ctrl+click option on your desktop (or command + click on Mac), which launches new tabs in the ...

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    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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    Flappy Bird was around for several months before it grew to its global fame, forcing its creator to take it down for our own sake. Ever since, literally hundreds of Flappy Bird knock-offs and fakes have surfaced, in an attempt to tap into the massive revenue Flappy Bird was pulling in daily – upwards of $50,000 USD. Flappy Bird is hardly the only game which quickly became unbelievably popular in practically no time. Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Candy Crush, Temple Run, and many others rose to fame practically overnight. So what was the magic sauce that made Flappy Bird such an overwhelming ...

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    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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    Yesterday, we covered the top social apps for Android. Naturally, we had to make a video for iOS, too, since many social applications land on iOS first, and some never leave Apple's App Store. As always, downloading all the official applications is a great start. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and practically every other social network has a first-party application, and they all work pretty well. But when you start digging through the App Store, you find third-party applications, which are generally on an entirely different level. Watch this top five social apps list, and ...

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    The brunt of our mobile usage – for most of us, anyway – is social. Yes, there are things like gaming, reading, and other forms of entertainment which are commonly devoured by mobile users. But smartphones are still largely communication devices, even if we're communicating in entirely different ways than we were a decade ago. As such, social apps are some of the most important and interesting. And there is no shortage of social apps in Google Play. So where do you even begin? Well, the native Facebook, Google+, and Twitter clients are a great start. But we've done some of the heavy ...

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    The App Store is renowned for all the great applications and games that call Apple's digital app catalog home. Many new applications are first developed for iOS before being brought to other platforms, and a healthy serving of those applications are gorgeous. All that aside, what are the best applications in the App Store for getting stuff done and taking care of business? We could rattle off dozens of well-know applications we've heard of a million times by now – Evernote, Dropbox, Drive, Quick Office, SkyDrive, Springpad, etc. But what about the lesser-known applications which deserve ...

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    Productivity applications are a dime a dozen, and most of the same productivity apps are available on both iOS and Android, if not Windows Phone and BlackBerry, too. Applications like document editors, cloud storage services, PDF readers, and the like are mostly cross-platform. But what are the best productivity applications for Android, specifically? Android is unique in that it's flexible and, if you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything under the sun. In this video, we detail some of the more unique and advantageous productivity apps around. Watch the top 5 productivity ...

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    There's no denying 2013 was an impressive year on the software side of things. Both Android and iOS underwent major UI overhauls, and both the respective application catalogs broke the 1 million application mark. Back in January, the App Store was growing by approximately 20,000 applications per month. It's reasonable to suggest that number has since doubled, since the App Store was at 900,000 apps in June and hit 1,000,000 by late October. It's also not unlikely that Android's rate of growth is even higher, considering it caught and surpassed the App Store this year alone. Sifting through ...

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    It's that time of year when we all reflect on how this year has been, how we've exceeded (or failed to meet) our goals and expectations, and how we can do better next year. I'm not a huge fan of the resolution rush at the turn of every year. Although I understand the significance and symbolism which appeals to many, I don't need to turn the page of a manmade calendar to force myself to do … better. I'm a firm believer in recognizing problems and implementing a change at that exact moment. That said, when it comes to technology, my life could always use a little more structure and ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    Easily, one of the coolest features brought along with KitKat – or Android 4.4 – on the Nexus 5 is the Phone application. In retrospect, it's something which should have existed since mobile phones married mobile broadband connections. Nearby businesses are discoverable straight from the dialer. Open the Phone application and tap the search bar at the top of the display. Speak or type any general or specific term, such as "coffee." The three nearest results will appear in the Nearby Places section. Tap the thumbnail to open the details, or simply tap the name to call the business. ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    If there is one thing the iPad has on all its tablet competition, it's the sheer amount of development and, more specifically, all the great games developers make for Apple's massively popular tablet. Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Cut The Rope, and countless other titles are immediately recognizable. But what about the classics? There are plenty of those, too. While you're cooped up with your loving (read: loud and likely a little crazy) family over the holidays, check out some of these classic board games for iPad! Oh, and if we miss your favorite board game titles, be sure to share ...

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