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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    The debate over build quality, design, and materials in the smartphone realm will never end. The matter is largely, if not entirely, subjective and typically boils down to preference and personal experiences. No one material is wholly better than another. Plastic bends, scratches, cracks, and it often feels incredibly cheap. Metal typically feels nicer and gives phones some much-needed heft, but scratches and dings even worse than plastic. Unlike easily replaceable plastic battery doors, metal usually is not easily or affordably replaced. And glass is also weighty, but it shatters, ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone is a pretty interesting device, but it comes with the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Play Store. What if you want some other apps? Because the Fire Phone is based on Android, you're in luck! Just like other Android-powered devices, you can sideload applications right onto the device, but the process looks a little different than you may be used to. Here's how you can sideload apps on the Amazon Fire Phone. Enable Sideloading Head into the Settings by pulling down on the top of the screen and tapping the Settings cog. From there, find Applications & Parental ...

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    If there was a unicorn of a device for mobile tech geeks the world over, it was a Lumia device running Android. Well, we finally got one, and it kind of sucked. But if there’s a step below a unicorn, maybe a pegasus, or leprechaun, or even a portly saint in a jolly red suit, it’s probably the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone. Yesterday, we got our Santa Clause. The HTC One M8 for Windows was released yesterday, bringing Microsoft’s operating system onto arguably the most beautiful phone of the year. Of course, Windows Phone is no stranger to high-quality hardware thanks to Nokia’s ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows is official as of this morning, and we're right this very minute getting some video coverage of the device for those of you who value sweaty, jittery hands-on phone footage above all else. But we also managed to snag a few minutes with the device formerly known as the HTC One W8 prior to this morning's festivities, and we've prepared some first impressions for those who prefer the written word to the spoken one. First the basics, in case you missed the official news post in this morning's flurry of releases. The HTC One M8 for Windows is a carbon copy of the ...

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    When we went hands-on, and gave Amazon's Fire Phone the full review treatment earlier this month, we didn't have many nice things to say about its battery life, rating it as "poor to fair". This rating carries with its own measure of irony since Amazon touts "uncompromised battery life" as one of the selling points of its phone. "You'll definitely want to take a charger with you if you're planning on anything close to heavy use. We haven't once reached 4 hours of screen-on time with the Fire Phone's embedded 2600 mAh battery, and charging it every night has been a non-negotiable ...

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    "You know what I hate? Handing my tablet over to one of my kids to keep them entertained 'for a few minutes' only to discover that their 'entertainment' was changing my wallpaper, rearranging my icons, and messing up my tablet!" That's what I said back in 2012 when we started learning about Android 4.2 A New Flavor of Jelly Bean. Since then, two out of the three tablets in my house has multiple logins. My wife shares her original Nexus 7 with our seven year old son, and I have a "guest" account set up on my 2013 Nexus 7. The practicality of multi-user support on a tablet is almost without ...

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    Interesting news hit the feeds last week. HP former smartphone maker and barely-tablet maker wants to make its own smartwatch. Yes. A smartwatch. There have been some rumors and teaser graphics surrounding this device and that’s all fine and good. Some speculation came to our attention regarding this HP smartwatch, and it has some merit, or at the very least should be considered. HP’s smartwatch should run webOS. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Did I leave the oven on when I left the house this morning?” I have good news for you. Probably not. But now ...

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    I’ve been tossing around an idea lately and I think now is the time to talk about it. I’ve also got the perfect OEM to do it, and frankly I’m surprised it hasn’t already. So, here are my thoughts, and of course, you’re free to debate this. It’s a bit of a twist on an old debate, so here goes. Samsung is known for, among other things, making a phone or tablet for just about every form factor on the planet. So if there is an OEM willing to take a flyer on this, it’s Samsung. Phones are becoming bigger and bigger. The Lumia 1520 comes to mind as just a massive device that is ...

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    Each year, the Nexus rumors tend to get the Android community all worked up. There's more to the Nexus mystery than other device rumors. For instance, there is always speculation about which manufacturer will be the chosen partner on a given year. And, right out of the gate, the Nexus smartphone will inevitably have a different course than its competition. It's reference hardware, often with topnotch specifications; it's typically sold at roughly half the cost of a normal smartphone; it gets first dibs on future firmware updates; and it gets tons of attention from development communities. ...

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    Xiaomi is making waves in the smartphone industry. It's ousted LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, sold out of its Mi3 in mere seconds countless times, and created compelling product after compelling product. Still, not everyone is convinced Xiaomi is deserving of all the praise and success it has earned seemingly overnight. The four-year-old company sometimes uses some pretty sheisty tactics. It's accused of ripping off the late Steve Jobs' style – from his wardrobe to his presentation style. The company is said to have been built on similar principles as ...

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    Last week the Internet exploded with people complaining about the security permissions required by the latest update to the Facebook Messenger app for Android. Now that some of the initial knee-jerk reaction has passed, is there anything you need to be worried about? And if so, how worried should you be? Let's dig into some background before we dive into that. Facebook is huge. It's been just more than a decade since being founded, employs more than 7,000 people, and has over 1.28 billion active users. Add to the fact that we recently learned that Facebook has been "experimenting with the ...

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    In my time with the Surface Pro 3, I was (and still am) really focused on putting that bad boy through its paces. I tested it backward and forward, forsaking all others and devoting myself solely to the tablet/laptop/hybrid/thing. It's a great time and it's a quality tablet, as I have described. Naturally while working with the tablet I came across some really fun things you can do with it. Since yesterday, we talked about fun things to do with Windows Phone 8.1, we're continuing our week of levity with some fun things you can do with Microsoft's best piece of hardware to date. So pop open ...

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    Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for its decision to spin-off its chat and messaging features as their own app. The Facebook Messenger app has actually been around for a long time, but just recently Facebook has decided to force it on its users and remove the private messaging capability from the primary Facebook app. Previously, we figured it was just a waste of time, especially on Windows Phone where Facebook chat was both integrated with the Messaging hub and it could be pinned as its own live tile from the Windows Phone Facebook app. Back in 2011, I actually hailed Facebook ...

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    This week as I've been going hands-on with the ultra-secure Blackphone, there's one thing that's really stuck out in my mind: passwords, and if there is such thing as a "perfect password". We use passwords for a lot more than most think. Every day I wake up and check my email. Doing so requires that I enter a password. I head over to Pocketnow and login with another password to publish my daily article. I then share that article with various social media networks, each with a different password. When I check my phone I have to input a PIN (which is another kind of password). When I head ...

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