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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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    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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