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    Back when Google started hinting at what is now known as "Android Wear", Apple fans came out of the woodwork attacking every little thing. Back then we just had rectangular watches which caused an outcry from Apple Fans. "Watches are meant to be round", they said. "Apple would never stoop to making a 'square' watch", they said. "They" were wrong, and it's wonderful news for Google and Android Wear.Wearables powered by Android Wear are already in their second generation. If you want square, you can get square. If you want round, there's more than one choice. If you want a curved screen, ...

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    Long before smartphones became "smart", business users would carry around a phone, perhaps a pager, and a PDA - a Personal Digital Assistant. This PADD-esque device was typically powered by an OS from Palm (Palm OS), Microsoft (Windows CE), or Apple (Newton). They enabled us to carry our contacts, calendars, task-lists, eBooks, email, and select types of documents with us where ever we went. We'd later sync our PDAs with our desktop computers so the data would remain up-to-date at our desk and on the road. As time progressed pagers and cell phones merged with our PDAs and we now call ...

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    If there's one thing technology power users like us hate, it's carrying a bunch of different charging wires around when we travel. Why can't we standardized on one type of connector that works for everything? For a while around the turn of the century, many smartphones standardized on the mini-USB port for charging and syncing data. HTC even extended the port's specifications to include audio input/output. That was pretty fantastic since you could use one port to charge, sync, and play music on speakers at the same time. In some cases it could even output video. (See: Why the 3.5mm headset ...

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    One thing all of us have in common is the fact that all of our devices will eventually run out of power and need to be charged again. Doing so is a relatively simple process: plug your charging cable into a computer, wall wart, or specialty outlet - then wait. Back in the early days we had relatively small battery capacities and charging our phones didn't take too long. Today we have devices with thousands of mAh capacities that take all night to charge, but typically don't last all day! The solution from Apple and Samsung was to provide some "signaling tricks" which enabled their charges ...

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    After being first seen on Google's Android One devices in emerging markets, Android 5.1 Lollipop is finally starting to land on Google's Nexus Devices. I spent the better part of the day yesterday downloading and attempting to install the update, and have about one day of actual use under my belt so far. Your Nexus 6 Android 5.1 update should be arriving any time. Let's jump right into how I got it on my device, and what's new, changed, updated, and what is still missing in the latest version of Lollipop! My upgrade process To begin with, I was running Android 5.0.1, rooted, with a ...

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    As recently as last week, the phrase "virtual reality headset" was, for me, a guaranteed ticket to a midday nap. I'd grown up amid the fizzle of projects like Sega VR and Virtual Boy; I'd seen several variations on more modern smartphone-powered visors; I'd tried out an Oculus headset. While I enjoyed the latter experience, I also forgot about it pretty quickly. With its ungainly hardware, nausea-inducing graphics, and limited mass adoption, VR has never topped my list of fun things in tech. So when HTC brought us to Barcelona for a briefing on its new virtual reality device, I ...

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    I’ve spent the last couple of months debating if I should buy a Moto 360. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful pieces of hardware that I’ve seen over the last couple of months, and even after using the Gear Live for a few weeks, I simply can’t stop drooling over every Moto 360 that I see on the streets. I carry two phones with me all the time, one of these being mostly an iPhone, and the other being mostly an Android phone, so using Android Wear fits perfectly in my life style. The only reason why I didn’t pull the trigger on it in the past, is honestly because of Apple’s ...

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    In January of 2007, I owned a touchscreen smartphone that let me surf the web, navigate the streets of my city, communicate via threaded SMS, and silence my ringer with a single switch. No one really cared. Then Apple announced a smartphone that could do all the same things, and the world went crazy. In January of 2010, tablet computers were a decade-old reality. High-end laptop manufacturers offered convertible variants of their standard notebooks, almost all of which ran modern, powerful operating systems like Windows 7. Then Apple came along with its own take on the tablet: ...

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    MWC has come and gone and we saw a number of really great products coming out of Barcelona. A couple of those products really broke the mold when it comes to “traditional products.” Those products were, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC Vive. Neither of these products are necessarily “new”, per se. Both are iterations of recent innovations. The Note Edge came out last fall. The S6 Edge builds on that theme. It is similar at least so there’s not a whole lot of new ground being broken here. But, it is still relatively new territory. Similarly the HTC Vive isn’t all that new ...

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    Since I’ve been a professional (stop laughing!) writer about mobile technology, I’ve tried to really broaden my horizons with regard to this industry. But one item in particular has been really difficult to cross off of my bucket list – using iOS on a phone as a daily driver. I started off at Pocketnow as a “Windows Phone guy” who dabbled in Android a bit. Since then I’ve shifted more toward the Android side of things, but that’s mainly because there is so much more going on in the Android world, I need to know about it. But I've always had this gaping hole missing form my ...

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    Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Artists with body guards brag about it. Or something like that. But in the world where three major operating systems have reached a level where they’re all perfectly fine, and if the other two disappeared for whatever reason, most people would be able to carry on with the remaining one. But let’s face it, no one platform is really perfect. There are things that other platforms do better than others, and that’s true for all three. So we decided to put our heads together and tinker a little bit with our platforms of choice. So I asked each editor ...

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    It's the battle of the flagships - which translates to a battle for your pocket, not to mention your hard-earned money! At MWC 2015 Pocketnow was able to go hands-on with both the HTC One M9 as well as Samsung's Galaxy S6 - both the crown jewel of their respective companies. The question on everyone's mind: which flagship should you get, the HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6? Let's look at the pros and cons, weigh our options, and see if we can come up with a suitable answer. Construction This year, Samsung stepped up its game, getting rid of the "plastic band-aid" on the back of its phone, ...

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    I love weird phones. This isn’t really a secret. I’ve had a parade of weird phones march across my desk for the past eight months. Now, the Galaxy S6 Edge is official. Another weird phone has come to the masses! The phones themselves were shaped weird, worked in a weird way, or were just weird to use (by societal standards). I’ve become something of a weird aficionado. I love weird phones. But here’s the thing. The very fact that they’re weird begs the question – why make weird phones? From a strictly bottom line standpoint, weird phones are money suckers. They take a ton of ...

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    Barcelona is a tad colder this time around than last year. Maybe it's the weather, or the fact that we can't wait to see all the goodies the companies have in store for us. This year's MWC 2015 team has set a solid foot on the ground, with Michael Fisher, Jaime Rivera, and myself getting ready to bring you our usual coverage from the show floor. That, as always consists of hands-on, comparison, and feature videos, podcasts, bloopers, all the juicy stuff you've grown to love, helped by our news team back at home keeping you up to date with everything that's going on. Alcatel OneTouch, ASUS, ...

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    A couple of weeks ago, I used a BlackBerry phone for the first time as a daily driver. I carried it for a couple of weeks a learned a lot about what it means to be a quintessential BlackBerry user. Today, I have dashed completely to the other side of the market share spectrum and I have entered another culture, which is in some ways more interesting and in other ways a bit scarier. Today, I am an iPhone user. For the first few years of my career in mobile technology, I had in irrational hatred for all things Apple. They were too expensive, too limited, too…Starbucks…for me to take ...

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    Back in my early days of "smartphonery", I went with Android and my brother went with BlackBerry - the one with the rollerball. You know which one I'm talking about. Today, the rollerball is gone and the latest and greatest is the BlackBerry Passport. "Hey Joe, you haven't used a BlackBerry in a long time, let's see how you like this new BlackBerry Passport!" That's how the conversation began. I didn't like BlackBerry very much back then, so I came into this "adventure" more than a little biased. (You've been warned.) Days later a packaged arrived in the Pocketnow Utah office. I opened the ...

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    Funny thing about startups. Sometimes they strike gold, and sometimes they strike fool’s gold. Pebble seems to be the former as it announced its new Time smartwatch that will be available in May. The Time smartwatch will have a color screen, maintain its week-long battery life, and include voice input. Pebble has also recreated its interface on more of a time-based model, rather than app based. Then I saw the money. The moo-lah. The dinero. Pebble asked for $500,000 on Kickstarter and as of this writing, they’ve raised ten million dollars. So, one might say, that Pebble’s got game. ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US for his personal smartphone account. This is the second in a series of posts about the experience. (For those who prefer to start at the beginning, part 1 is here) • It's not T-Mobile's fault that its network failed at precisely the moment the Pocketnow Weekly podcast needed it the most, but it sure didn't help ease my transition to the "Uncarrier" lifestyle. Regular Weekly listeners know what I'm talking about: during the recording of episode 135, a score of technical issues struck our weekly ...

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    MWC is the largest mobile electronics show of the season. From around the globe vendors, OEMs, and carriers unite in Barcelona for a week filled with toys and gadgets that make sites like these downright giddy with excitement. It’s like Christmas and Opening Day rolled into one. There’s hope and anticipation hanging in the air. And right in the middle of it, two Android powerhouses square off and deliver an epic one-two punch to the mobile industry. Samsung stands unrivaled in market share around the world, but has found that stranglehold slipping of late. HTC is the plucky upstart – ...

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    One of the benefits of driving a rental car is you get to taste a little bit of how others live. Unlike smartphones, cars don’t generally get rotate on a two-year cycle. If you buy a car, chances are you have it for at least five years, if not ten or fifteen. So it’s easy to get out of touch with what’s going on in the world of automobiles. But sometimes life affords you the opportunity to explore just a bit, and that’s how I found myself behind the wheel of a Ford Edge recently. Microsoft has partnered with Ford for some time now, powering Ford’s entertainment/environmental ...

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    Do you remember the last time you looked at a phone display and picked up what turned out to be a display unit? Rather than the actual device, merchants often put out fake phones which - from a distance - look real. These often use the same chassis, but contain no components on the inside, so they're super light, and their screens are a glossy picture rather than an actual display. That was our first impression of the BLU Vivo Air, luckily that impression was quickly replaced with respect. The Vivo Air is thin, it's light, and it looks a lot like an iPhone 6. Beyond first impressions, ...

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    Have you ever wondered which is the more "stable" mobile OS, Android or iOS? This sort of question usually starts flame wars, brings out fanboys on both sides of the isle, and ultimately comes down to a matter of perception and opinion. What if there were some hard data to "prove", once and for all, which was more stable? Thanks to a report from Crittercism, we've got just that - but what the data shows isn't what the headlines make it out to be. Let's dig into the claim and see if Android is more stable than iOS. The Report First and foremost, the headlines are absolutely correct - and ...

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    Yes, Windows 10 for phones is a big mess so far, but we were kind of expecting that. The public preview released on February 12, 2015 is the earliest Microsoft has ever released a testing version of their mobile phone operating system.  I've been privately & publicly beta testing software products since the mid 90's, and in using this, it really seems a long way from an official release. Naturally this means there will be plenty of bugs, but what worries us the most is that so much of the new operating system is going in such an odd direction. Our fears were correct, as many Windows ...

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    Samsung is leading the pack of smartphones powered by Android. Arguably the primary competition for Apple, Samsung has made some great hardware over the years. This time around we've been teased with “great vision” and “a unique view” coming in "The Next Galaxy". What does that mean, and what can we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S6? Let’s gather all our intel and see what we can come up with! Construction Not long ago we saw what was reported to be a fairly detailed schematic of the Galaxy S6's dimensions. If that document holds true we could see a phone that's 7.19mm thick, ...

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, HTC makes some dang good hardware - going back all the way to when the company manufactured PDAs running Windows Mobile. These days, HTC is going it on its own, responsible for the design, construction, marketing, deployment, and support of a wide and varied allotment of handsets powered by both Android and Windows Phone. The flagship leading the charge is the HTC One - currently the One (M8). HTC generally announces its next-generation flagship at MWC. With MWC 2015 just around the corner, we all suspect that the One M9 will be announced at the ...

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