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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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    Yesterday, at long last, Microsoft released an application it promised to Windows Phone users months ago: Xbox Video. Xbox Video functionality was present in Windows Phone 7, as a standard feature. But said feature disappeared in Windows Phone 8. Now, aside from the Music + Video Hub, Xbox Video and Xbox Music exist as standalone applications, available only for Windows Phone 8. The application itself is pretty straightforward with a fairly basic set of features. It also has a handful of limitations or … missing features, straight out of the gate. One, it doesn't save your place in video ...

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    Last week, we shot a Pocketnow Insider video called “Michael Fisher’s top five Windows Phone apps,” in which we showcased some of my preferred titles from the Windows 8 Store. At the end of that video (as is customary according to the Laws of the Internet) we asked you to provide some app suggestions of your own. And, ya'll being an overachieving bunch, we got a few more replies than we bargained for. In fact, we got so many excellent responses that it seemed a waste to let them dwindle into obscurity down in the YouTube comment section. So we scoured the submissions for your five ...

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    One of the undisputed best features of Android is its ability to be tweaked, manipulated, and molded into practically whatever the user sees fit. Through custom ROMs and heavy theming, the sky is the limit for what users can do with their Android handset's UI. However, not everyone wants to deal with hacking, modding, and destroying warranties. Likewise, not everyone likes how their phone's UI looks out of the box. Third-party launchers are the middle ground – they allow enough changes and tweaks to get the look and feel you want, without having to deal with terminal, root access, and ...

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    The Windows Store, a.k.a. Ground Zero. The flash point for millions of arguments raging across the internet, red-faced defenders squaring off against sneering attackers in the Great Platform Debate of the twenty-teens: are there enough Windows Phone apps to make the platform relevant? Fortunately, thanks to the recent arrival of such long-sought and well-known titles as Instagram, Spotify, and Snapchat (the latter thanks to excellent third-party app 6snap), that debate is growing less and less one-sided. The Windows Phone app situation is improving so steadily, in fact, that Microsoft's ...

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    Both Google Play and Apple's App Store are home to over one million applications each. While that's nothing to complain about, it does make new application discovery tricky, and it makes finding the best applications out there somewhat difficult. Over the years, however, I've managed to hone in on the best applications around, and I've come to rely on many. Each time I setup a new device, there are dozens of applications I feel I must download. But of those dozens, only a handful are applications I can no longer go without. In the below video, I briefly detail my must-have applications. ...

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    SwiftKey is, undoubtedly, one of the best third-party keyboards for Android around. It's all of the great features you could ask for in a soft keyboard, packed into a single keyboard – gesture typing, word prediction, cloud sync, themes, etc. Today, the company released the SwiftKey 4.3 public beta, called the Layouts for living update. As the nickname suggests, this SwiftKey update comes with various, user-definable layouts, as well as several other helpful features. Watch the video below to see the 4.3 beta in action. And if you'd like to try it out yourself, check out SwiftKey's blog.

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    Since Friday, I have spent a total of six hours and eight minutes driving. I traveled 181.7 miles, averaging 32.7 miles per gallon. And the total amount of money I've spent driving since Friday is $19.10. But I can get even more detailed than that. I spent $0.69 driving to the office yesterday morning – a trip which was 7.3 miles. The trip to IKEA on Saturday cost me $0.99 and was 9.4 miles. I stayed under 70mph, hit the gas a little too hard once, and slammed on the brakes once, too. I know all of this because I plugged a module into the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port in our car on ...

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    Last night, I spent the better part of two hours setting up the Galaxy Note 3 review unit that arrived yesterday morning. During that time, I was downloading all the applications that I typically install on a new or freshly restored device. How many apps, exactly? 71. Yes, there are 71 applications in my must-haves, and many more that I will typically install as I need them. When you have more than 71 applications on your phone, there's something you can count on happening several times each week: a flood of app updates. When it rains, it pours. Our own Stephen Schenck explained last week ...

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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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