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    The iPad is one serious multimedia machine. It's great for reading books and magazines, watching videos, listening to music, browsing the Web, and, of course, gaming. The App Store is now home to over 900,000 applications, many of which are optimized for iPad. Of that staggering amount of apps is a large number of games, and while it's not difficult to find great games to play, it is a daunting task to find the absolute best. We sifted through all the top games, installed many, researched, and played until our hearts were content to narrow down the hundreds of thousands of games to just ...

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    Mobile users, in general, are pretty stingy. "$2 for a calendar app? That's crazy! I'll use this free one." There's an argument to be made for free apps, sure. But the pricing scale of mobile applications has largely skewed our views of the value of said apps. The millions of applications which make our mobile devices … useful are typically much cheaper than their desktop counterparts. Where Mac and PC apps may cost anywhere from one to several thousand dollars, the vast majority of the most expensive mobile apps still cost less than $20. Most would assume the average price of mobile ...

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    Mobile gaming … isn't for everyone. But for those who enjoy it, rest assured, Windows Phone is not the ghost town it once was for platformers, puzzle games, and even 3D action games. Although the selection isn't quite as broad as we'd like, some of the most popular titles on Android and iOS have been officially developed for Windows Phone. We did some digging, some research, and lots of playing hard work to find some of the best games Windows Phone has to offer. In this video, we cover the top five Windows Phone games available. Don't agree with our list? Have some favorites of your own? ...

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    Earlier today, I made a video (embedded below) about sharing pictures between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In that video, I noted that although there are ample ways to send a small file from one phone to another in a close vicinity, there really isn't a way that feels … quite up to snuff with all the other capabilities of our powerful pocket computers. Using Bluetooth works between Windows Phone and Android, is simple to setup, and is usually pretty reliable. But it doesn't work (officially) with iOS; the transfer rate is also pretty slow for larger files; and it has a setup process ...

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    Windows Phone is home to some of the best mobile image sensing innovations of late. And while the app situation is improving, there are still many holes in the content selection. Photo editing apps, sadly, is one of those holes. That doesn't meant there aren't any photo editors. There are. And some of them are pretty nice, but they still fall short of the selections on other platforms, such as Android or iOS. Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phones aren't available on Windows Phone, for example. But there are some decent alternatives. Watch this video to learn about the best Windows ...

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    DashClock is easily one of the most popular Android widgets for your home screen. On the surface, it's just your run-of-the-mill clock widget that can be used for a lock or home screen widget, or as a Daydream mode. But once you dig into the settings, it's clear there's a lot more to DashClock than that. With the aid of developer APIs, DashClock is open to third-party extensions that spread far and wide. In Google Play, there are dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of various extensions for your DashClock Widget. Watch this video to our favorite DashClock Widget extensions! And if we ...

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    Jelly Bean has brought many new and very useful features to Android in the last year. One of the most understated, however, is Daydream. Buried in the display settings, Daydream mode is essentially a screensaver that can be triggered when your Android device is docked or sleeping. But with the help of third-party developers, Daydream can be much more useful. It can be used as a bedside clock, a news feed reader on your desk, or a slideshow viewer. Watch this video to see what the best Daydream mode apps are!

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    The news broke last night, and relief crashed over me in an awesome wave. 6tag, the latest and greatest in 2013's "unofficial" lineup of Instagram clients for Windows Phone, isn't just another third-party title. The app (from noted developer Rudy Huyn) fills gaps that the earlier Instance doesn't yet, most notably video-recording functionality and support for original filters and borders. It supports a broader array of Live Tiles and cross-posting ability to more social networks. And, according to WPCentral, it's "the first 100% API compliant Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices." ...

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    We promise beating dead horses is not a hobby of ours. But let's be honest, the app situation on Windows Phone 8 is real. I, personally, have been an avid user of iOS and Android for several years now, and have become accustomed to a specific subset of applications. And nearly three weeks ago, I switched one of my lines over to a Windows Phone device, the Lumia 1020, without hesitation. I knew what I was getting myself into. I knew I would have to sift through the mountain of poorly made third-party clients for all the missing apps on Windows Phone. But I couldn't possibly know what it ...

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    There are a ton of mobile applications. Between Android and iOS, there were nearly 1.8 million applications as of May and June. Of course, that number is somewhat inflated, if you count the number of free and premium versions of the same application, and duplicate applications across both platforms (Evernote, Dropbox, Skype, etc.). Chances are, that number is quickly approaching one million a piece, and that means a couple things. There is an application for virtually everything. Seriously. Take a minute and think of something you wish there were an app for. Take another second to search ...

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    Application support is everything nowadays. It can make or break operating systems or ecosystems, and send entire companies into an eternal abyss, otherwise known as irrelevancy. Without proper support from major services and app developers, users constantly have to search high and low for alternatives, or simply learn to do without. And getting used to a broad application library, such as Google Play or Apple's App Store, making the switch to another platform, is tough. Even supplementing your needs with a secondary operating system (i.e.: a Windows Phone smartphone and an iPad, or any ...

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    When you think of Google Android apps, you generally think of the applications that come pre-packaged on practically every Android device – Gmail, Hangouts (previously Talk), Calendar, Google+, Maps, and the Play media suite. Of course, there are also applications that don't come pre-installed, but pretty much everyone already knows about, such as Drive, Goggles, Keep, etc. But if you dig just beneath the surface, there are several Google-made applications that don't get nearly as much notoriety. Just take a peek at Google's developer page in Google Play. There are dozens of ...

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    At Google I/O 2102, Google announced quite a few new and amazing things. Among the best and most notable was Google Now, an automated pocket assistant service. It's a one-stop shop for stocks, weather, sports info, and local events. But since that day in June 2012, Google has been adding all sorts of new features to Google Now with every update – package tracking, boarding passes, flight information, reminders, public transit, research topics, and many more travel tools. For many of us here at Pocketnow, Google Now has become a go-to tool for all sorts of things, an integral part of the ...

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    Though the Google I/O 2013 opening keynote may not have yielded all the awesome things we wanted, such as new hardware or even a new version of Android, but we walked away with at least one new service worth getting excited over, at least for music fans. Google Play Music All Access. Google Play Music All Access is two things: a name that is entirely too long and an add-on subscription music service to Google's existing Play Music digital catalog. Play Music allows users to upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to an online library for free, and any music purchases from Play are added to ...

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    Despite initial disappointment, we found Samsung's predecessor to the Galaxy S III to be a fair upgrade. The Galaxy S 4 boasts more software features than just about any phone on the market, and its specifications are top notch. Samsung is pressing forward, and the Galaxy S 4 is a perfect testament to that. Just as any other phone, however, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is not perfect. Performance dips can be blamed on the cumbersome and heavily customized software. Even individual features directly impact the responsiveness of the operating system. By disabling some of the stock features and ...

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    Beautiful Android tablet apps were mostly non-existent for quite some time. Applications defaulted to the smartphone interface and were stretched to fit the extra display space. And because of the lack of adequate content, it made it difficult for many to recommend buying an Android tablet over, say, an iPad. Last year, however, Google made a push for better looking Android apps. The company introduced new design guidelines and updated its own apps, as well as the operating system with the Holo theme. Google also encouraged third-party developers to follow its lead. Sure, iOS may still ...

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    Since the iPhone 4, iPhones in general are regarded as having some of the best, if not the best, smartphone cameras around. Sure, the Lumia 920 from Nokia has optical image stabilization, so it performs better in low-light. And some newer phones have 13-megapixel sensors, meaning they produce larger images. But the iPhone has a way of almost always capturing great, balanced photos. But some photos simply need some touching-up, some post-processing to turn an okay photo into something much more dramatic or moving. The built-in Photos application has some lightweight tools for editing ...

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    Just two or three years ago, smartphone cameras were laughable, at best. Sure, there were a few out there worth mentioning, like the iPhone 4 or Nokia N8. But the majority of smartphones just had cameras as a technicality, not because they were terribly impressive or groundbreaking. Fast forward to today, and many manufacturers have fitted their flagships with image sensors that rival most point and shoot cameras – if not entirely in quality, in portability and convenience. The 8- and 13-megapixel cameras of 2012 and 2013 have sparked a revolution in mobile image sensing, and we're bound ...

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    Ask any small child and they'll tell you: all bubbles pop. For many kids, popping bubbles is exciting and entertaining. Whether it's soap bubbles, bubble wrap, or bubble gum -- like it or not, every bubble is going to pop -- eventually. That's not the sort of bubble that we're talking about here. We're talking about "market bubbles" like the dotcom bubble (that burst in the 1990's) or the housing/real-estate bubble (that popped around 2007). The kind of bubble that we're referring to has to do with market saturation, pricing, and many other complex and convoluted factors -- in this case, ...

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    This past Friday, Facebook pushed out the new Facebook Home application to a select few Samsung and HTC Android devices. The HTC First officially launched, and the Facebook Messenger application was also updated. In all of this, the public finally got their hands on easily the best service – period – that Facebook has managed to produce. Chat Heads. To be fair, Chat Heads is not the first free-floating application on Android. In fact, it's not even the first free-floating messenger for Android. Last year, I wrote a piece about an application for Android called LilyPad HD, a floating ...

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    No matter what generation you're from, what year you were born, we all learned to type practically the same way – on some variant of the keyboard that stemmed from the original, spaced keys of the typewriter. Ever since, that original layout has been twisted, turned and conformed but never truly lost. It's the design that inspires the key layout on the software keyboards on practically every smartphone in the world. Modern software keyboards are practically flattened versions of their hardware peripheral counterparts, with the same QWERTY and regional-specific key layouts, give or take a ...

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    We all use our smartphones to snap pictures left and right. Whether we're capturing our family and other sentimental moments, unusual sights or … even what we're about to eat, not every picture turns out the way it should, or how you were expecting. Fortunately, post-processing applications are aplenty. In the Google Play Store, there are literally hundreds of photo editing apps – maybe even thousands. And sifting through them all can be quite difficult, especially if you don't know what you're looking for. Some only offer simply filters, others are rather complex with a significant ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's Cash-For-Apps program and how this is being complained about by the community. Then we turn the page to Amazon, as a $100 tablet seems to be in the works. Later we talk about a new BlackBerry Playbook in the works, even though we doubt it'll be big either. Later it's all about Motorola as Guy Kawasaki begins teasing about the X Phone customization capabilities. We end today's show talking about Nokia's Solar Charging smartphones in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Defends Cash-for-Apps Program - ...

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    Thanks to both hardware and software enhancements, Android performs a lot better than it did just a two, short years ago. Project Butter in Jelly Bean brings on serious improvements to the smoothness of the operating system, and more advanced CPUs and GPUs give the OS the horsepower it needs to work like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes raw performance just doesn't outweigh the navigation of the interface, or the overload of animations and other flashy visuals. Using the methods and applications I note in the video below, not only can you make your Android device feel like it's faster, ...

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    The more integrated smartphones become with our daily lives, the more we tend to store on them. We store everything from pictures, music and movies to documents, PDFs, and a plethora of other content. I often find myself needing a quick way to get a single file – and sometimes everything – stored on my smartphone over to my computer. Generally, it's as simple as plugging up your phone to the computer via USB. But USB cables aren't always handy, and sometimes it just not convenient to have to use one. It's the 21st century – almost everything is wireless, and so shall be your data ...

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