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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    One of our biggest surprises back at MWC 2014, was the Blackphone. It's not until you see a booth packed with people willing to learn more about this product that you get to understand just how important security is to the world today. The Blackphone is already in the market, and after some negative criticism that it received from BlackBerry a couple of days ago, Blackphone's CEO Toby Weir-Jones decided to fight back with a statement. In his statement, Weir-Jones discusses how BlackBerry talks about the company's peer-to-peer encrypted voice calling, and how BlackBerry's current ...

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    Each year, dozens of new phones are introduced to the market. One has a marginally faster processor than last year's model; another has a larger display with nearly double the resolution; some other phone gets twice the RAM while this one gets more storage space; and all of them get the latest upgrade to expandable storage support. Most would agree that, on a yearly basis, upgrading your phone is a waste of money – that the gains of spending several hundred dollars to get a slight improvement over the phone you currently have isn't worth it. Frankly, the majority would be right. If I ...

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    By their very nature, smartphones have always been fairly private devices. The conversations we have, the pictures we take, and the other various types of data we store on our smartphones are likely very private and often very sensitive. While I don't personally keep anything compromising – pictures, text, or otherwise – on my smartphone, private conversations I wouldn't want other people to read abound. My smartphone also has access to my bank account, my LastPass account, which holds the passwords to all my online accounts, and cloud access to all my photos, documents, and other ...

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    Lately, it's felt hard to find a way to justify spending a lot of time talking about BlackBerry. While the company appears to have staved off its demise, it's not making a lot of forward progress, either, and even what little news we've brought you (like yesterday's deal with Amazon to feature the company's Appstore) often  to just assert that the old glory days of a self-sufficient BlackBerry are gone for good. But for all the hardships BlackBerry has faced, the company's still managing to keep its head above water, as evidenced by today's publication of its Q1 financial figures. Bottom ...

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    BlackBerry 10 already has a lot going for it with its Android app compatibility layer, allowing devs to package Android apps for BB10 without having to recode them for the platform. At least, it's a fine idea, if not slightly hampered by hit-and-miss interest on the part of developers. But today we learn of a new arrangement that should bring a ton of new Android apps to BlackBerry en masse, connecting the platform with the growing selection of software available through the Amazon Appstore. Remember earlier this week when Amazon was bragging about just how big its Appstore was getting? ...

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    As a long-time proponent of BlackBerrys, I was particularly adverse to the idea of soft keyboards back in 2009. I had gotten so used to the renowned BlackBerry keyboard that I was skeptical I – or anyone else, for that matter – would ever be able to type as efficiently as one could on a pocket-sized physical keyboard, especially those on BlackBerry handsets. I'm not sure I'm getting my point across. I really liked BlackBerrys, its physical keyboards, and hated practically everything else. Obviously, things have changed. I tried the BlackBerry Q10 a few months back and could hardly make ...

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    It's been a while since we last had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry at any length, checking in with CEO John Chen to hear about the company's current efforts in Indonesia with the new Z3. While phones will continue to be BlackBerry's core business (at least when it comes to hardware), we know that it's been at least keeping an open mind when it comes to other form factors; we're not expecting to see another PlayBook anytime soon, but we've heard execs say that the idea isn't completely unpalatable. Today we're setting our sights on something a little more compact (though just a ...

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    Rumors of a possible acquisition of T-Mobile US by Sprint aren't about to fade soon, it seems. A new report out of The Wall Street Journal tells us that the two companies may be nearing a deal, where Sprint would purchase the "Uncarrier" early this summer. Pricing details from the WSJ haven't been too conclusive -- the report initially stated the sale price as $50 billion, but an apparently revised version lists it as $32 billion in one spot and $50 billion in another. We are not certain what to expect in terms of the total price, as a result, but the one thing the source has been ...

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    T-Mobile has recently made bold moves in the wireless industry with its "Uncarrier" changes to the norm -- it has picked apart consumer pain points and tried to address them, in hopes of gaining customers. Their latest moves are set to be unveiled at an event in June, and though we haven't a clue as to what to expect from the event, we are looking forward to it. Previous invites to T-Mobile events have hinted at what would be unveiled, but "We don't play it safe and sound" doesn't quite hit us immediately. Of course, we can spin it in many directions; sound could refer to call quality, or ...

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    Being the CEO of a smartphone company may sound like a dream job to many of us, but there's a big difference between running a firm seeing record sales or even a startup chock full of potential, and heading-up a company with sales that are in decline. Last fall, BlackBerry shuffled its leadership amidst talk of a possible buyout, bringing on John Chen to take reins. As BlackBerry introduced its new Z3 to Indonesia last week (above: shoppers line up to buy the Z3), Chen sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk a little about being a “turnaround CEO,” budget-priced smartphones, and ...

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    Last Tuesday, we picked up on the first whispers about Verizon XLTE, the carrier's formal branding for its ongoing efforts to add LTE coverage in the AWS spectrum, beyond the 700MHz band it already used. All signs pointed to Verizon announcing the service today, and sure enough it's done just that, explaining what XLTE is, where it will be available, and what phones will support it. As we saw in those earlier leaks, XLTE is all about doubling the available bandwidth to Verizon subscribers by having phones take advantage of spectrum in both these 700MHz and AWS bands. Phones that are ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Moto E, LTE Moto G and even Motorola's Alert services. Samsung is next as we talk about the rumors of the Galaxy S5 Active, and what to expect. LG follows the news as we talk about the LG G3 teaser and the LG Uni8 rumors. iOS 8 follows as it's rumored that it'll include HD Audio Playback. We end today's show talking about another iOS 8 feature, split-screen multitasking, but not for every iOS device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Motorola Moto E now official at $129.00, pre-orders open - LTE-capable Moto G ...

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    If you are prone to losing things, and own a Bluetooth 4.0 device you keep with you at all times, listen up. Nokia's Treasure Tag is finally available, the little gadget that you can place on any items to let you know if you are moving away from them. The device will emit an audio signal if you are moving away from your tagged item, and so will your Lumia, and the app will let you know where exactly you lost connection with your tagged item on a map. You can have up to four Treasure Tags connected to your Lumia at once. Treasure Tags will come in four colors -- cyan, yellow, white and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play Services 4.4 update, and what it means to Android. Samsung is next as we talk about Swarovski for Samsung, and what both companies plan to serve. LG is next as the company has just announced a 5.5-inch QHD display. Motorola follows as it keeps teasing the Moto X+1. We end today's show talking about Apple and it's possible "super-resolution" photos on the iPhone 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play services 4.4 incoming: activity detection, Street View, and more - Samsung’s online store now houses ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are constantly attacking each other in the courtrooms, both companies do have two things in common. On one hand, both companies build smartphones with parts made by Samsung, and in the other, both companies own the smartphone markets at the moment. What's interesting is when you have a look at exactly how much of the market these companies own, which according to a recent study, even exceeds the amount of profit available, once you consider that there's no such thing as profits above 100%, right? A new report by Canaccord Genuity claims that between Apple and ...

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    A new report from ABI Research suggests that almost 430 million mobile devices shipped in the first quarter of the year, with a strong showing for almost all of the major mobile platforms. iOS, Windows Phone, and Android (including AOSP) all saw year-on-year growth, but it looks like BlackBerry's decline is not about to slow anytime soon. Android (not AOSP) experienced saw year-on-year growth of around 24%, with 187,027,721 devices shipped in the first quarter. Though this number is less than the one for the fourth quarter of 2014, there is no sign that Android's growth will be curbed ...

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    During Mobile World Congress this year, BlackBerry made a pair of announcements, but both were quite a bit lacking when it came to details. The company announced its Q20 and Z3, but didn't have so much as a picture of the Q20 to share with us, and precious little to divulge about the Z3's hardware. We were told the Z3 was supposed to go up for sale in Indonesia in March, but that didn't quite happen. Instead, today we learn of the start of pre-orders for the Z3, while also getting those details we've been waiting for about the smartphone's specs. Unlike the Z10 and Z30 with their 1280 x ...

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    There’s something ineffable about using a BlackBerry in 2014. Some of it is pure nostalgia, the kind of unavoidable reminiscence that comes with using a device bearing a 15-year-old brand. But the bigger part is the software: BlackBerry 10 is a blend of old and new, a kind of hodgepodge of traditional successes alongside more exotic ideas that couldn’t flourish elsewhere. And while the company continues to suffer from carrier woes and a steady loss of market share, it’s by no means taking these punishments sitting down: its latest operating system update just recently cleared US ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's decision to take legal action against certain publications due to the review of the Galaxy S5. Apple follows the news as we learn that VP of iOS software Greg Christie departs Apple over issues with Jony Ive. Nokia is next as we learn what the company is doing to keep the deal with Microsoft going with government agencies. We then talk about Apple's iPhone 6 and the release plan for the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. We end today's show talking about the cool new changes that may come to Google Now very soon. All this and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent recruitment of an Amazon A9 Search guru with the idea to improve Apple Maps. LG follows the news as we get more details of the LG G Watch that's in the works. Then we talk about the rumors of a Sony Windows Phone 8.1 device, aside from the complaints of the Sony Xperia Z2 already. HTC is next as we talk about a new M8 "Ace" device that was recently leaked. We end today's show talking about the iWatch and some rumors of the device including a UV light exposure sensor. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon’s A9 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales, even though the phone isn't officially out yet. BlackBerry and T-Mobile are next as its official that both companies hate each-other. Apple vs. Samsung follows as Phil Schiller takes the booth to defend his company. Rumors of a reversible USB connector reach rumor mill. We end today's show talking about Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, the new Nokia Lumia 930, and all the rest of the things that got announced. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Initial Samsung Galaxy S 5 sales are solid, ...

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    BlackBerry hasn't been a true favorite in any market lately, and proof of it are its terrible device sales in the last couple of years. As a result, and due to the tremendous disappointment that customers experienced with devices like the BlackBerry Z10, carriers like T-Mobile decided to allow customers to return their BlackBerry devices in exchange for anything else, and obviously that didn't leave the relationship in positive terms between both companies. Today BlackBerry's CEO John Chen released a statement confirming that his company will no longer renew its sales agreement contract ...

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