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    HTC is out to show the world that it can make one helluva shooter. Gone are the "ultra-pixels" that we became so familiar with in the One M8, in are the industry-standard megapixels - in this case thirteen of them! And it's not just the main camera either, HTC put 13 megapixels in the selfie camera on the front, too! While they've got the right numbers, how do they perform in real life? We took our AT&T-branded HTC Desire EYE for a spin. It took a little while to get used to the main camera's position in the very upper corner of the device. We found a finger blocking the viewfinder on ...

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    Now we have wearables from all three major platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows. Or at least we’ve seen announcements for all three. Apple is a little on the slow side coming to market but for the purposes of this article we’re going to assume what we saw in the demos is actually what people will be wearing. What we’re looking at here is not the aesthetics of each brand – so Microsoft Band haters can just move all those thoughts to the recycle bin for now. Rather, what we’ll be examining is the philosophy behind the wearable, because we have three distinct platforms here all ...

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    See what I did there? When Tim Cook announced Apple pay just a few weeks ago, it was a pretty exciting time. NFC payments were coming to Apple, marking a huge opportunity for Apple and its customers. It’s true, Google users were already on the NFC payment train with Google Wallet, but Apple stood to legitimize the mobile payment industry simply by adopting it. I wrote as much just after the product launch. Then, my theories were proven true – kinda – by the Merchant Customer Exchange who suddenly doused its drawers at the thought of Apple Pay trouncing it’s here-but-not-really, ...

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    HTC is out to prove it can do cameras just as good - if not better - than everyone else. It recently announced the HTC RE Camera, and the HTC Desire EYE: a smartphone that has a front-facing selfie-shooter that's almost as good as the primary camera on the back. About a month ago HTC invited us out to New York City to show off it's new "camera-centric" lineup, and Michael Fisher brought us an early hands-on with the Desire EYE. It's a stout device, about the same size as the Nexus 5 that I pack with me every day, though a little taller. It's powered by a 2.3 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 ...

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    We work with so much technology every day that sometimes it’s mind-boggling. At times you don’t even know how to feel about a product coming out. The Amazon Echo is one example – how am I supposed to feel about this thing. It sure looks cool but is it? Sometimes you have expectations about something. That was the case with me with smartwatches. I really, really wanted a smartwatch. And then I got one. I’ve been using the Moto 360 now for a couple of months. It’s really great tech, but as my rebuttal review headline read, it’s “flawed beauty”. There’s a lot that the Moto ...

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    Thanks to innovations like the GoPro, people are taking cameras into circumstances and situations that they've rarely gone before. As a result we're getting to live life through they eyes of someone else. Now one of our favorite smartphone manufacturers has gotten into the game with the HTC RE. Last month HTC invited us to New York to get a first-hand look at the HTC RE and Pocketnow's Michael Fisher headed to the Big Apple.  As noted in his hands-on video, the firmware powering the RE was pre-production, and the companion software which runs on your Android- or iOS-powered smartphone or ...

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    Yesterday, we took a look at why the Microsoft Band is good for the Windows Phone platform, but we never really examined why the Microsoft band was good in and of itself. We touched on a few points that will be reiterated here, but now we’re going to focus on those positives, and maybe a minor negative here and there. The Microsoft Band is a 1.0 product. Let’s just go ahead and get that out of the way right now. It’s not really finished and I don’t think it’s the destination of this journey. It’s maybe a point of interest or tourist trap that you encounter on your way to the ...

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    Cloud storage has gained a significant level of popularity lately, and that’s mainly because technology is helping it become seamless. Surely it would’ve been easier if US Carriers wouldn’t have dropped their unlimited data plans, but it’s hard to deny that things “just work” in most of the cloud storage services we see in the market. One of the pioneers of the cloud mentality was Apple with its MobileMe services, though that particular story was so full of horror that the company ended up fixing it and rebranding it to iCloud. Steve Jobs envisioned a service that would ...

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    Most of you already know that I buy my own phones. Every daily driver I've used long-term was purchased with hard-earned money out of my own pocket.  Sure, I review phones that carriers, friends, manufacturers, marketers, and Pocketnow sends my way, but daily drivers, those are special. One of my deciding factors is how much bloat comes pre-loaded on a device. Most carrier labeled phones are ripe with bloat, carrier customizations, and cut corners. The DROID Turbo, on the other hand, is a great example of carrier customization done the right way! On a phone that's already got limited ...

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    Last week, Microsoft quietly released a new wearable into the space – the Microsoft Band. What’s remarkable about this device was how quietly it was released considering it is the first wearable to be fully compatible with Windows Phone. Ok, Pebble fans, I know you have an app. I’m very happy for you. But this Microsoft Band is something else because it is designed to work with Windows Phone. Oh, and it works with Android and iOS too. LOLWUT? Yessir, that’s the case. The Microsoft Band is cross-platform hardware, something which I mentioned would be a fabulous idea a few months ago ...

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    It feels like Samsung started the trend - phones that were half-tablet with large screens that barely fit in our pockets. Now it seems like everyone is trying to jump onboard the phablet train! Over the last few weeks I've been looking at the ZMAX from ZTE, which proves that even affordable phones have "big phone" fever! To start with, the ZTE ZMAX is big. With its 5.7-inch screen it's right up there with the big guys like the Note 4 and the Nexus 6. It feels significantly larger than my daily driver, the Nexus 5, even though it only stands about 1-inch taller and a quarter of an inch ...

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    The state of wearables is clearly going through experimentation, up to the point where even dictionaries struggle with the word “wearable.” Try a web search of any smartphone from back in 2006, and you’ll notice the same thing happened with smartphones, even up to the name “smart phone.” Today they’re almost entirely a slate of touch-sensitive glass, but eight years ago, you could see the oddest of form factors, from dual-sliding keyboards, to the unpopular backflip. What’s interesting is that the simplest of form factors became the predominant design, and the rest has become ...

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    Last week Microsoft released a new health service along with a fitness tracker called the Microsoft Band. Microsoft Health is the name of the service that goes along with it, and that's meant as a new platform for centralizing all of your health and fitness related information. Currently the software runs on Windows Phone 8.1, Google's Android, and Apple's iOS so that consumers can enjoy the benefits of platform agnosticism. The new platform is also meant to be very open to both app developers and device manufacturers so that anyone can really tap into it and create products that ...

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    As is the case for most smartphones these days, the One M8's time in the spotlight was very limited. Unlike the One M7, which won awards for all of 2013 (and even some in 2014), the One M8 is quickly fading into the background as competitors pile dozens of overpowered, chiseled pieces of art on shelves. Just look at the Oppo N3, LG G3, Note 4, Nexus 6, Moto X (2nd Gen), and the Droid Turbo. On paper, these phones make the One M8 look old and dated. Many newer phones come with innovative features I only wish I could have on the M8. And some even rival the look of the M8 – something I ...

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    I walked into my local T-Mobile store in little Syracuse, Utah, USA and set a nondescript smartphone down on the counter. "I need a SIM for this, please." The clerk picked it up, observing how light and thin it was, rolling it slowly in his hands, looking for the SIM tray. Then his eyes fixed on the bottom of the screen. "Acer makes smartphones?! Where did you get this?!" Before long the store manager was over looking at the little black slab. He, too, had never seen an Acer smartphone and took a good long time taking it all in. As far as the phone itself goes, it's light (110g) and fairly ...

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