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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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    Last week, we told tales of wireless audio at wineries, sang the praises of our friends at Sonos, and promised a HiFi system to folks willing to listen to the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Over the past week, we've enjoyed watching the responses come in, and we've been especially heartened to see only a few attempts at "beating the system." Thanks for reinforcing our belief that there really are very few "tools" out there. The logistics are now complete, the numbers have been drawn, and the revels are just beginning for our lucky winner. Please join us in ...

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    This past Black Friday, I wasn't scrambling for deals at a local Best Buy or Wal Mart; I was recovering from too much turkey and taters. I was enjoying my convalescence from overindulgence at a local winery, whose tasting room featured a sound system of impressive bass and volume. That stereo equipment, I was later to learn, was a Sonos wireless HiFi system: a stereo apparatus that allows one to stream music from internet sources like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and a whole host of others to a big 'ole speaker, and control it via an iOS, Android, PC, or Mac device. It's a little slice of the ...

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    Something interesting happened to me early this year: I started hating my iPod. It was a second-generation 16GB iPod Touch, running the most recent version of iOS that was available, and it was a heinous pile of garbage. It crashed constantly, the battery life was sub-par, and its infamous soft-metal casing was scratched beyond belief, despite having lived a relatively sheltered, case-protected life. Plus, I hated carrying around two devices when I didn't have to. Granted, this attitude is somewhat at odds with my Twitter moniker, but "Captain2Phones" does not equal ...

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