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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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    The Android interface has drastically changed over the last six years. Few of us care to recall the days of Gingerbread, where the operating system was accented with two contrasting colors – neon orange and green – and an uninspired interface. Dare we think back to FroYo and beyond, where the notification shade was an odd shade of light gray (slightly 0ff-white) and the app drawer was literally a drawer that had to be opened by a upward finger swipe. Matias Duarte, Google's Director of Android User Experience, has worked his magic with Android. Since he joined the ranks, the interface ...

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    Customization is just one of Android's many tricks. If you have an issue with one of the stock features or applications, a simple search in Google Play will likely land you dozens of alternatives. One of the most popular alternative application types is third-party browsers. From popular browsers like Dolphin or Firefox to up-and-coming browsers, such as Boat Browser or Naked Browser, there is no shortage of options. Features like add-ons and plugins, buttery smooth performance and true, full-screen browsing are just the beginning. In the video below, I go over some of the pitfalls of ...

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    There's one thing that's for sure, when it comes to the Pocketnow Crew, no editor is created equal. Some of us live in different countries, and therefore each of us comes from significantly different backgrounds. We all majored in different careers and once you get to know each of us, you'll learn that we all landed in the smartphone or tablet ecosystem to satisfy certain specific and different needs. That's the reason why some of us choose to stick with one platform, others like to switch around every now and then, and some of us are even willing to carry more than one device in order to ...

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    I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...

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    With over 700,000 apps, it should come as no surprise that the Google Play Store has at least a few apps that you've probably never heard of. We all know the more famous apps, but out of the hundreds of thousands of others, there have to be some hidden gems. With that in mind we started asking around and with your help we have put together a short list some of the best Android apps that you've probably never heard of. Travel Hotel Tonight This app comes highly recommended by our own Michael Fisher who uses it every time he goes to New York City. With the app you can book a high-end hotel ...

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    Like any kid who grew up with an abundance of time, books, and VHS movies, I like quoting things. From face-to-face interactions to phone calls to muttering to myself as I do dishes, about 1% to 2% of my daily vocal output is comprised of out-of-context quotes from a brain chock-full of memorable snippets. That ratio expands to about 10% on the internet; half of my time on Twitter is spent sharing senseless quotes, the symptom of a lifetime spent watching too much Star Trek and Growing Pains. Think I'm weird? You're right- but I'm not alone. Surely you've noticed the propensity of your ...

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    Last week, I wrote an article laying out my smartphone history, in which I waxed nostalgic about some of the devices and platforms from my past. The idea was to give readers some context for where I'm coming from, device-wise, and it led to a lot of great comments from users who wanted to share their own lists and favorite-device memories. A side-effect of looking backward over the course of my smartphone-owning life, however, has been a renewed fascination with a few apps from my younger days. Topping the list, this week at least, are those apps which functioned as virtual secretaries. ...

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    What makes a smartphone “smart”? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Sidecar.me – A free app Sidecar.me is an innovative app that lets you share live video, photos, and ...

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    What makes a smartphone “smart”? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.     iPhone Earth Lapse– A paid app that costs $0.99 With Earth Lapse you can explore amazing ...

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    So Facebook just did something funny. No, this has nothing to do with its strangely-fumbled IPO, or yet another revision of its privacy policies. This is about an app called Facebook Camera. Facebook's no stranger to multiple apps -there's a dedicated app for messaging on Android phones, for example- so the fractured approach it's taking to feature offerings isn't what I'm talking about here. Considering the rather cumbersome implementation of photo-sharing features in the Facebook iOS app, it makes perfect sense that the company would release a dedicated application just for image ...

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    What makes a smartphone “smart”? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Tracks – A free app Tracks is a great app for anyone that wants to share their photos with you ...

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    Ever since Windows Phone Mango brought a huge amount of features that many were missing from the original release, the general mantra of those unwilling to switch to Windows Phone full time has been "There Aren't Enough Apps".  Of course, that's a relative term though and compared to the app library on the iPhone and Android Markets the Windows Phone Marketplace certainly doesn't have quite as high of an app count. But how many is enough?  Have you installed and used every single app in the Windows Phone Marketplace?  The count is growing faster than the iOS and Android app libraries ...

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