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    Tracking down the best smartphone is like hitting a moving target. Manufacturers are continually trying to unseat their competition with the latest and greatest piece of hardware from their company. Now that announcements from Samsung and Motorola are behind us and IFA is winding down, it's time to look at the playing field and find out which smartphone is on top. Trying to narrow this down to just one may be a bit unrealistic since opinions vary by user. To try and get a better idea, we asked the Pocketnow team what they feel is the best smartphone for fall 2014. Here's what they had to ...

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    The Motorola event did not just feature the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360. There were a couple of more surprises in store. In addition to the triple crown of the Moto event, Motorola also rolled out the Moto Power Pack Micro and the Moto Hint (the latter pictured above encased). Our thoughts on Motorola's new accessories are right below. The Moto Hint was the wearable accessory hinted (no pun intended) in the cover of the invitation. This tiny Bluetooth headset is designed to work in concert with the Moto X as a premium add-on. The Hint fits in your ear very precisely with a number of ...

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    Tweet, text, game, chat, snap, pop, slide, swipe, tilt, tip, stream, play, put down, charge, repeat. Sound like your typical smartphone usage? That’s what we all do with these pocket size computers. Did anyone nod while reading that? Did you notice, before you nodded, that I never wrote, “talk”. We live in a fascinating time. I have written that before and I will probably never stop writing that. Because, let’s face it. We have computers in our freakin’ pockets! We have devices that pack 100 times the power as the computer that flew Tom Hanks to the moon and back in a broken ...

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    First of all, let me clear up that headline right away. Samsung's "new craziness" is meant as a compliment, not an insult. We need some craziness in the mobile technology world. Have you ever looked for a new phone on any of the carrier websites? They all look the same except with different pictures on the screens!  Anyway, Samsung itself recognized the original Note smartphone as a bit crazy. Most reviewers derided it as being way too big and too difficult to use, but customers didn't care what the reviewers thought and they bought it in droves anyway.  Today, Samsung is taking some ...

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    When it comes to desktop and laptop computing, 64-bit is pretty much a given, though many apps are still stuck in 32-bit limbo, running quietly alongside their 64-bit siblings. What's really nice is that you don't even notice the difference whether they're 32-bit or 64-bit, the apps just work. Now, 64-bit Androids are here - sort of. I was first in line back when 64-bit was coming to desktop computers. Jumping to 64-bit meant a new motherboard, new hardware, and most importantly, a new CPU. To take full advantage of all this new hardware, a 64-bit operating system complete with 64-bit ...

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    It's really tough to get me excited about a new smartwatch from Samsung. That's not necessarily because of the company's earlier efforts, : I stood up for the original Galaxy Gear and enjoyed it much more than did most of my fellow tech reviewers, and I even bought and used a Gear Fit for a short time, preferring its futuristic and lightweight build to the clunky first-gen Pebble I'd adopted a year before. Rather, my antipathy to new Samsung smartwatches stems from the fact that the company's first effort landed exactly one year ago, and we're already on iteration five. That's a ...

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    Storing sensitive data in the cloud has always been questionable. Over the weekend we learned just how "sensitive" that data can be. Just in case you were on vacation, unplugged from technology, and haven't heard the news, reportedly dozens of celebrities had their iCloud accounts hacked and nude photos stolen and posted publicly on the Internet. While some may celebrate this as a triumph, it's really a horrifying violation of privacy. How would you feel if the leaked images were of your spouse, your child, or your parent? Basically, what's being reported is that some "celebrities" used ...

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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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    Originally thought to be a niche product line from Samsung, the Galaxy Note brand has grown into a staple amongst its most notable mobile products. It has quickly become the go-to smartphone for power users, gamers, or anyone looking to get a little more out of their smartphone. Each year, rumors about new products soar, and the Galaxy Note, being the extra high-end model from Samsung, tends to be at the end of the most extravagant and lofty rumors. For instance, it's been said to be made of metal – an extension of the Galaxy Alpha we a few weeks ago – and it will allegedly come with a ...

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    Earlier this month I wrote about why I'd use the heck out of multi-user support on my Android phone. That spawned quite a debate among Pocketnow readers as well as those in my social circles. Before we dive too deeply into that, let's look at the history of multi-user support on Android. Back in the early days of Android 4.2 A New Flavor of Jelly Bean, we got our first taste of multi-user support - but it was limited to only tablets. Phones didn't get the same multi-user capabilities. As it turns out, it's built into the operating system and many custom ROMs took advantage of that fact and ...

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    "What are your favorite Windows Phone apps?" is a question I never get asked on the internet, mainly because people are too busy asking me what my daily drivers are, despite the fact that it's all there in my Twitter profile. But it's an important question. Because even though I feel that you shouldn't carry a particular device just because I carry it, the question of which apps and services we opt to use is another story. To step back to 2008 for a second: apps are magical things. As we discovered on a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, almost all of us can remember ...

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    Contrary to what many may think, smartwatches have been around for quite a long time. I'm not talking about the kind of wristwatch that includes barometers and moon phases and whatnot, rather, I'm referring to the kind that can connect to smartphone using Bluetooth (or a similar technology). These modern smartwatches (Pebble, Samsung Gear, and Android Wear) are taking much longer than I'd anticipated to really take off in the mainstream, and be adopted by the watch-wearing public. What we need a smartwatch killer app! When talking about computers and technology, according to Google's ...

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    I've always been the most technologically advanced guy in my family, and even in my group of friends. I've generally got the latest generation smartphone and tablet. I wear a Bluetooth headset for listening to music and making phone calls. I own several smartwatches (even before the LG G Watch and Pebble came on scene). My house, car, and office are peppered with NFC tags. Now we're starting to see what I consider to be a disturbing trend: body-modding for tech. Not long ago we saw a tattoo artist who embedded four high-power magnets into his wrist so he could keep his iPod Nano at the ...

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    The Moto X, as modest and bland as it appeared on paper, was, by and large, one of the most impressive smartphones of 2013. Unlike most new phones, I could recommend it to buyers without a sliver of doubt. While its camera wasn't all that great and the specs were far from the best, it was an incredibly solid, well-rounded smartphone with lots of lightweight value adds in the software. This came as a surprise to most when the Moto X was finally revealed. The months leading up to its announcement, the so-called X Phone (or XFON) was rumored to come with all the best specifications possible ...

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    When it comes to phones, I’m definitely more of an outsides guy than an insides guy. I love look and feel type stuff. The specs are important, but really I’m all about what goes on outside that hard candy shell. Opening a smartphone or tablet is a scary proposition to me, but I recently decided to broaden my horizons and try this whole do it yourself kind of thing. I recently cracked the screen on my 2012 Nexus 7. There was no reason why it cracked. It was just in my backpack and came out in more pieces than it went in. That kinda sucked. This was a Pocketnow unit, so I had to replace ...

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