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    "Life's good... especially when you've got a flagship smartphone from LG in your pocket." With the LG G5's formal announcement expected to be made at MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month, the rumor-mill is in full force, churning out leaks-a-plenty. Leaks and rumors are one thing, and we could add our voice to an already growing choir of anonymous sources, educated guesses, and outright speculation. Instead, let's take a look at some of LG's past offerings and where other players in the industry are today, then come up with five things LG needs to do to make the G5's launch a success. ...

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    Looking ahead to February, MWC, and beyond, one starts to think about the impending releases of the Samsung GS7 and the HTC M10. Both of these phones had predecessors that were basically one thing short of being perfect phones – if such a thing exists. This is really significant because both of these phones were arguably otherwise really, really great. But HTC’s flagship failed with the camera and the Samsung GS6 and GS6 edge both failed in the battery department. I used to think that the battery was a forgivable failing. But then I actually used the Galaxy S6 Edge for a time and wow ...

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    They say a man's home is his castle, and just like any good castle, a good home has to be secure. The best way to go about securing you home is by using strong, reliable deadbolt locks on your doors. Those deadbolts only work when they're locked, and to unlock them you need a key. These days, technology makes things super-convenient, but that convenience can also open us up to vulnerabilities that we'd never considered before. In days gone, by if a person wanted to make a copy of a key they'd have to either take that key to a locksmith or someplace with equipment to make copies. Now, ...

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    Last week, we took a look at the future of mobile tech. Specifically, we talked about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and how they compared to each other. Now, it’s time to talk about two specific devices that are pioneering those frontiers – Microsoft’s HoloLens and the HTC’s Vive Pre. You may remember our HTC Vive Pre hands-on video from CES. Though I only made a brief appearance in that video, I was wearing a great hat, and I did also have a chance to demo the Vive Pre. I also was fortunate enough to test out the Microsoft HoloLens a few months back. So we decided to pit ...

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    If I had to pick just one company that revolutionized mobile communications, it wouldn't be Apple - it would be Nokia. Back in the 1990's, when cellphones were just starting to rise in popularity, Nokia was the company you wanted to make your phone. They were durable, user-friendly, and who can forget their wonderful battery life? We were just coming down from the popularity of pagers - and two-way pagers (which is where Research in Motion came into popularity), and all of a sudden we had cell phones that could do more than make and receive calls - they could send those two-way messages, ...

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    If you followed Pocketnow's CES 2016 coverage, you'll know that LG didn't follow up last year's G Flex 2 with a third-generation sequel. That's a shame, because it likely would have been the star of the show, at least from a smartphone perspective. For two generations, the G Flex line has brought the most futuristic features LG has to offer, including them not in a reference design or engineering prototype, but in a consumer smartphone available to everyday people. With the LG G5 rumored for MWC 2016 in Barcelona next month, here's a few features I'm hoping make the jump from the ...

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    Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, or HTC? There was a time (not long ago) when those five manufacturers were pretty much all one had to look at to decide which phone to get. Each had several models to choose from, so picking the phone that was right for you was rarely an easy task. Today, however, in addition to the "big five", we've got phones from Sony, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Acer, Archos, Alcatel, Asus, Oppo, OnePlus, Jolla, Blu, Cat, Kyocera, and more. All these added players, some with very enticing options, make figuring out which phone is best for your particular likes (and ...

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    When Huawei announced its new smartphone lineup at CES earlier this month, it followed up the hoopla with its usual generosity. That is: it gave everyone in attendance a review sample of either its new Mate 8 phablet, or a gold-colored refresh of the Nexus 6P. My colleague Jaime Rivera, perhaps anticipating an After The Buzz video in his future, went for the 6P. But despite my deep respect for the newest Nexus, I sprung for the weirder of the cousins for two reasons: I knew Pocketnow would have to post a Mate 8 review, and I wanted to write that review. The last Huawei smartphone I ...

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    CES is one of the largest consumer electronics expos in the world. This thing is huge. I don’t think it really translates how huge it is until you actually go and walk the show floor – for four days – and still don’t cover everything. There are a ton of electronics companies there but not all of them are necessarily in Pocketnow’s wheelhouse. There is a lot going on is the world of robotics, automotive, and appliances. Nothing sexier than that new refrigerator, right? This year, we had a lot of coverage coming out of CES – smart glasses, phone announcements, and quite a few ...

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    There is little doubt that the future of mobile tech, or at least a good part of it, will reside on your face. "All up in your grill," as the millennials say. Actually, no millennials say that. Anyway, looking ahead  (no pun intended) more and more of our mobile tech will come in the form of virtual reality or augmented reality. Just this past week, at CES, I had the opportunity to take the HTC Vive Pre for a test drive, and I was really impressed. Earlier last year, the same opportunity came up for Microsoft HoloLens. So it seemed natural to compare the two. Not so fast And that’s the ...

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    The question comes sharp and laced with an incredulity borne of too much exposure to the power-user tech-news cycle: you actually like the Pixel C? Why? It's a fair question. Our review, while largely positive, called into question the Pixel C's pricing and its apparent identity crisis –is it a tablet or is it a convertible?– while other outlets dove deep to discover its troubled upbringing. With such a damning origin story and an overpriced accessory practically required to make the thing worth using, why would a so-called technology expert like me take a $650 hit to build ...

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    Update 1/25: We have selected a winner for the giveaway, but have not heard back. We will choose another winner tomorrow if we do not hear by 10am EST. Update 1/26: We have chosen a new winner! See below! Traveling as a tech geek has gotten both easier and harder at the same time since we were but wee lads and lasses. Time was we would load up a bag with a few games, a good book or two, perhaps some DVDs for the trip. Now, we simply toss an iPad, Nexus 9, and Kindle Fire into a bag (though really only one of those is strictly necessary) and we can travel the world without ever getting ...

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    When Pocketnow began bringing you news, reviews, and editorials over a decade ago, the industry was pretty limited in its product offerings. PDAs and smartphones, and other gadgets you could fit in your pocket were our primary focus. Since then we've covered accessories and the wireless networks that empower them, and have branched out into wearables and even fitness devices. Over the years, the role smartphones play in our everyday lives has changed - significantly. In fact, studies have shown that we're using our phones less for their intended purposes than we are for the new and varied ...

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    I’m in the cockpit of a spaceplane, a control stick in my right hand and a throttle in my left. All around me, dotting the space between asteroids, are the explosions of my enemies. Their fiery destruction is recorded by the computer screens surrounding me, bathing me in a serene glow that reflects off the canopy over my head. In short, I’m in my own personal, impossible heaven. So why does it feel so … conventional?     The Vive Pre is the updated version of the original HTC Re Vive VR headset I tested nearly a year ago, the device that singlehandedly made me a VR believer by ...

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    There have been a number of attempts at creating a smartwatch for women. At CES last week, Huawei unveiled what I believe is the closest watch yet. Huawei's new watches geared toward women are very much like its unisex offering, but with a band of fancy around the outside. Specially created watch faces to go along with it give the watch some, for lack of a better word, pizzazz. But it’s not without its faults. More of the same The Huawei Elegant and Jewel are both designed to spice up the wrist of a lady, or as Michael Fisher puts it “a dude who likes his gem stones”. These two ...

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    It started out way back in the nineties - Internet without wires. No longer did people have to tie up their phone line while their modem dialed away, beeped, booped, squeaked, squawked, and hissed. Those lucky enough to have an always-on Internet connection could put their laptop anywhere they wanted it - finally free from the limitations and inconveniences of a wired Ethernet cable. Two standards emerged in the beginning: 802.11a in the 5GHz spectrum and 802.11b in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Both had their pros and cons, but it was 2.4GHz that gained in popularity, partly because of its ...

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    Back in the early days of handheld mobile technology we packed around things called "PDAs". Apple made one, which it called "Newton". Palm made one, which it called "Pilot". Microsoft's partners even made them, which went by a few names - Handheld PC, Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC, and so on. Eventually Apple killed Newton. Palm spun off and fizzled, and Microsoft pushed forward (renaming things again and again along the way). Ultimately, our PDAs and cellular phones merged into one device. Microsoft's offering was dubbed "Windows Mobile" (and later "Windows Phone"). Apple got back in (and ...

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    "640K (RAM) ought to be enough for anybody." - attributed to (but denied by) Bill Gates Alrighty, before we talk about how many jigga-bytes we can cram into a smartphone, let's make sure everybody knows what that is - and how it fits in with other components. First up we've got the CPU - the central processing unit - which is the "brain" of your computer, tablet, or smartphone. It crunches all the numbers and runs all the logic. It's connected via the "bus" to the other major components. The CPU's speed is measured in GHz, number of cores, and the type of architecture it's based upon. Next ...

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    It's finally happening: after decades of false starts, and ambitions that ran two steps ahead of available technology, virtual reality is just about to go mainstream - and in a spectacularly commercial, practical, and maybe most importantly, accessible way. Multiple players are vying to be the gamer's choice for the VR headset to get (and let's face it, gaming is going to drive early adoption), and while they'll certainly have their pick of options, one of the most promising headsets comes from what once might have been an unlikely source - HTC. The HTC Vive is a few months away from its ...

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    The future of connected fitness is here, and it comes in a big red box. When HTC and Under Armour invited me to a briefing on their newest “connected products” several weeks back, I felt the same way I always do about athletic technology: optimistic about the potential, but guarded because I’m really out of my depth when it comes to anything concerning fitness. And when the demo videos started rolling, a hard rock anthem playing over jump cuts between pro athletes and impossibly fit gym rats, I tuned out. I’d seen this kind of commercial before, more than once, and I had yet to ...

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    It seems like many of us are replacing our phones every year. If we're living life on the cutting edge we probably replace our handsets sometime in September through November (to coincide with Apple's iPhone launch and Google's Nexus lineup). That's all fine and dandy, but now that New Year's has come and gone, our once pristine devices are now starting to lose their luster. Thankfully, today's phones are are very customizable, and without much effort you can turn your "old" new phone into something a little more fresh! Aside from going out and buying a new one, here are some quick and ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    Oh, sure, everyone's got their personal pick for best smartphone of 2015. Maybe it's for this reason, that reason, all the reasons. As demonstrated with our daily driver editorial last month, however, we all have our personal desires and requirements. To say that we should put down one another's wants and needs would be rude at best. But when we take ourselves out of the equation ... whew. Forums and comment sections become prothletising auction blocks. "Haaaave ...

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    Just imagine how rested you would feel if you had to wake up a hundred times an hour — all night long! One of the most exciting new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow goes by the name of "Doze Mode". In general, Android is really good at multi-tasking. It can run a whole bunch of stuff all at the same time, and as long as your hardware has enough RAM and processing power, you'll probably hardly notice that it's doing a dozen or more things at once. The one area where you will notice this is in the frequency at which you'll need to recharge your battery. The faster your processor cores ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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