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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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    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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