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    They say that insanity, by definition, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Dictionary.com defines stagnancy as a “lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement.” But do these words define HTC? I like to think not, but a lot of people would argue otherwise, and while I may not agree with it, it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from. HTC is hurting right now, and a lot of that has to do with its product lineup. Over the past few years, HTC has seen reasonable success with its One smartphone series, but it always falls behind the ...

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    The original title of this post included the words "kill it with fire." I don't think we should be taking the flaming pitchforks to anything OnePlus is doing here, including what the OnePlus Two has in store for us. And it has a lot in store for us. But as we've discussed many times before on the Pocketnow Weekly (with major credit to a certain modder), the concept of passing out invites for prospective customers to get in line for your new product is smart and sound. From covering up inventory shortages to shrouding the mystery product with hype, there are some pretty good pros going on ...

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    It's tough to get excited about tablets nowadays. With the rise of ever-more-capable large format smartphones like the Galaxy Note 4 and Google Nexus 6, the "large" screens of tablets are no longer as alluring – and their higher price tags not quite as easy to justify. To really stand out, a modern tablet needs an element of novelty (like the innovative Sailfish OS on the Jolla Tablet), a rare hardware feature (like the water-resistance of Sony's Xperia line) or a compelling productivity enhancement (like the S Pen stylus on Samsung's larger Galaxy Note tablets). The Galaxy Tab S2, ...

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    Back when Google first introduced its Play Music All Access service, with unlimited "radio stations", I signed up, eager to try it out. After taxes the service cost me US$8.51/month - the same as my Netflix subscription. I quickly found that I didn't listen to music as much as I thought I did, and cancelled the service, pocketing the money to spend on other things. Friends and co-workers swore by various streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Songr, Rdio, SoundCloud, and others, but I didn't like gobbling up my data to play my music (even though T-Mobile later made all that free). ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    Across these United States we use an Emergency Services System that we refer to simply as "9-1-1". Those are the digits that you press on any phone when you need to save a life, stop a crime, or report a fire. For all other purposes, callers should contact non-emergency services - at least that's the message from the Utah Department of Public Safety. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot out. For example, the other day while driving to our property to check on the construction progress of our new house I noticed a semi in front of me cutting cars off and weaving in his lane. As I fell in behind ...

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    If reports are to be believed it seems like BlackBerry may soon opt for the Android OS to power its devices. While the BlackBerry OS is not a terrible one in and of itself, the lack of developer support and the ever widening app gap mean that they might have to embrace the more popular platform in order to stay alive and relevant in this cutthroat smartphone landscape. However, there’s a difference between  jumping on a bandwagon and doing it right. It would be awfully simple to go for a stock version of android with some added software, and a lot of Android enthusiasts would be happy ...

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    We have smart phones. We have smart cars. Some of us even have smart homes - but the smart homes of yesterday usually have to be professionally wired and programmed. Thanks to modern technology, the capabilities of smart homes are changing, and the interoperability of devices with each other, and controllability from our smartphones and tablets is finally within reach of the average person. Unfortunately, all these different components that go into a smart home are fairly disconnected from each other. We rely on services like IF (formerly IFTTT) and apps like Tasker to build recipes and ...

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    Anyone accusing modern smartphones of being dull probably needs his eyes examined. With phones like the extravagant Galaxy S6 edge, the curvaceous LG G4 and the precision-machined HTC One M9 on store shelves, we seem in the midst of a golden age of Android smartphone design. But here's the thing: all of those are mainstream smartphones. Big-name manufacturers on big-deal wireless carriers, covered to death by big-time publications. You see these phones on the street, on the bus, and dangling from your friends' pockets and purses. They're great, sure, but they're so damn commonplace. ...

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    The movie Terminator Genisys is in theaters now, and is warning us away from computers that think for themselves (remember, Genisys is Skynet!). No, Pocketnow didn't turn into a movie reviews website while you weren't looking, but the movie does draw some parallels with the topic, so we'll run with it. Just in case you didn't know (SPOILER ALERT!), in the Terminator stories, Skynet becomes self-aware and all but destroys humanity. The way it does this is through a computer technology called "machine learning", and Google has just deployed it to fight spam in your inbox. Machine learning ...

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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    It’s been about two weeks since Apple Music made its debut on iOS. We’ve already given our first impressions, and highlighted some of its best features, but after having used it on an almost-daily basis, what’s the takeaway? Is Apple Music worth your time, or is it just another “me too” streaming service further condensing the market? My experience with Apple Music so far has been almost overwhelmingly positive. From the moment I first launched the app, and selected some of my favorite genres and artists, it’s felt like a personalized music experience made just for me. The ...

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    Why do so many corporations support BlackBerry and iOS, but not Android? That's a question I get asked quite often, and one that I find myself in the middle of with my own employer. I don't work for Pocketnow full-time. I've got a day job with a manufacturing company right here in Northern Utah. While this takes time away from reviewing awesome new hardware and hacking custom ROMs and Kernels on my platform of choice, it gives me a unique perspective. I carry an Android that I bought with my own money even though my day job offered to buy an iPhone for me. That choice came with some ...

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    Consider for a moment that you hate how your phone looks. Or consider the very opposite – you love how it looks and you want it to look pristine until all the sands of time have fallen. Or consider you have a coupon. For whatever reason, you have disregarded all the designers and builders at your OEM of choice and you have decided to cover up your new beauty with..something. Well, let’s talk about those somethings. The case for the case Cases are one of the first things people think of when considering how to best protect their investment. Make no mistake; a phone is an investment. ...

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    By now you've seen the stories coming out of San Diego Comic Con featuring the new top contender for nerdiest phone gadget of 2015, the Wand Company's Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Some folks close to the manufacturer have known about the project for months, while others attending SDCC are going hands-on with the prototype even as I type these words. Because I'm in neither of those groups, I've spent the afternoon sitting in a New York sidewalk cafe fruitlessly throwing money at my computer screen and waiting for it to cough up a communicator of my own. I'm taking a break from that ...

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    We've all experienced it, as time passes our smartphones and tablets seem to get slower and slower. We've told ourselves that it's just all the crap valuable software that we have installed. We've told ourselves that applications keep getting bigger and more complex (and ultimately slower). We aren't wrong. All those things contribute to both actual and perceived slowdowns, but there may be one other contributing factor that is not only slowing us down, but hurting battery life in the process. How much? According to one study, smartphones could be 20 times faster and battery life could be ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    Reading the articles on Pocketnow, you might think that everything is always perfect and that we never have problems with our tech. That couldn't be further from the truth! Here are just a few tech failures that I've had to deal with this week. Do you have the time? I love my Moto 360 smartwatch - despite the fact that changing the band on it literally drew blood. It gives me the information I need right when I need it, thanks to its always-on, battery munching Ambient Display. Earlier this week right around noon, I noticed a low-battery card pop up on the round display strapped to my ...

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    It's getting to be that time of year again. As IFA 2015 edges just mere months away, and the rumor machine keeps churning out new evidence of a Galaxy Note 5, we're starting to get antsy over what Samsung's next phablet might hold in store. Of course, it's all anyone's guess at this point, but the Pocketnow team has quite a lot on its Galaxy Note 5 wishlist. Adam Doud Take a look at my review rebuttal of the S6 Edge, which is a great phone. Add a stylus to that, and fix battery issues and this is going to be another great phone. However, the Note series is for the productive types, so ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    So, let me channelize my inner Seinfeld as I ask the question, “What’s the deal with designer made smartphones?” I mean, over the years we’ve seen fashion labels and automobile companies work with phone manufacturers to come up with some branded devices. And let’s face it, more often than not they end up being quite tacky and ridiculous. They would like us to believe that they’re some kind of exclusive, limited edition works of craftsmanship, but the results are almost always a tacky mash up of uncomfortable and gaudy hardware bits and baubles coupled with mediocre half baked ...

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    BlackBerry isn’t a name you hear mentioned in the mobile space anymore. It’s strange, since they used to be one of the biggest names in the smartphone industry, but like Kodak’s reign over photography, stagnancy deprecates relevance, and BlackBerry quickly fell by the wayside with the rise in popularity of the iPhone and similar products. Sure, they’ve picked back up a bit with BlackBerry 10, but with less than 1% market share, the company’s certainly fallen from its former dominance. Lately we’ve been seeing rumors going around that BlackBerry may be considering making an ...

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    Ever since junior high school I've worn a smartwatch - whatever the definition of "smartwatch" was at the time. Whether it was a calculator watch with a calendar and contacts storage, or a watch with an altimeter, barometer, and moon phases, I tried to wear the latest tech on my wrist. Yeah, I'm a geek, but you already knew that. Most of those watches had plastic bands, but as I've gotten older I've gravitated to metal or leather bands. One of the first upgrades I performed on my LG G Watch was the installation of a black metal band. My Moto 360 came with an elegant leather band, but I ...

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    When I got my current daily driver, the Xperia Z3 Compact - it was one of the very limited options there were, if you were looking for a phone with flagship level specifications in a smaller form factor. If you're looking for a device in the same category today, almost a year later, your options will still be very limited. In a mobile technology space that's becoming increasingly competitive, it's surprising how so many OEMs have a formulaic way of managing their smartphone portfolios. As a result of this approach, almost all of the flagship level devices that we see today have gigantic ...

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    Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has made the processors that enable our mobile devices since it started making CDMA base stations in 1990. Since then the company has focused its attention on SoCs - systems on a chip - that are at the core of today's smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is even taking aim at the processors that run in servers and datacenters and Snapdragon processors have even found their way into our smartwatches. Then the Snapdragon 810 was announced, and things started to go downhill - quickly. Snapdragon 810 To bring you up to speed on the Snapdragon 810 debacle, the chip ...

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