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    In January of 2012 something magical happened: executives from Asus and Google got together and began work on a project that would change the face of mobile computing. Apple had released the first iPad two years earlier and OEMs had followed suit with tablets powered by Android shortly thereafter. All the options - both Apple and Android - were relatively costly. What Asus and Google did changed the industry. Those two powerhouses came together and built a tablet with very respectable specifications and a price that couldn't be matched. This strategy pushed the prices of tablets across the ...

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    Last week at CES, we got some exciting news. Palm is coming back, and this time, it means war! Ok, that’s not the exact message that was being broadcast, but still Palm is coming back. Who, you might wonder, is the patron of our beloved lost OEM? TCL Communications, a Chinese OEM who also holds Alcatel Onetouch, that’s who. Palm, it seems will be the high-end hardware to compliment the mid to low-end phones brought to you by Alcatel Onetouch. So this is great news right? Palm is back! Well… Expectations First of all, if you’re expecting webOS, stop it – it’s not happening. TCL ...

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    Apple controls the entire user experience from hardware to the operating system that runs on its smartphones and tablets. Microsoft controls the operating system that OEMs put on their hardware. With Android, however, the story is a bit different. Google (and others) work on the core operating system, but OEMs are free to modify the experience to suit their branding requirements and make hardware that is more varied than any other mobile platform today. If that sounds like an invitation for chaos, you might be right! To try and rein things in, Google has three programs to help guide OEMs ...

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    For us, every trade show starts with the same goal: we want to cover everything. Whether it's the newest smartphone or the latest Bluetooth accessory, from the thinnest tablet to the chunkiest smartwatch – if it's a piece of mobile gadgetry, we want to see it, film it, and share it with you. But at a show the size of CES 2015 (or "the 2015 International CES" if you want to be prissy about it) that's not possible. Not even with a team of a hundred – and certainly not with a team of three. Hayato, Jaime and I tried to be discerning in our selections for video coverage, so some of our ...

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    I'm a Power User, I always have been. Back in the days of the Apple Newton, the MessagePad 2000 wasn't enough for me. I had to upgrade it to the 2100 (technically the 2000U, but who's counting?). My desktop computer is sporting 8 cores (though it's really only four hyperthreaded cores). Although my Nexus 5 suited me just fine, I had to get the Nexus 6. Generally speaking, whenever you see me I'll be running the latest and greatest tech. I had always imagined that everyone wanted "the best", and didn't consider the possibility that I might be an anomaly. If that's the case, why do so ...

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    We live in a world where everything is available "on the cloud". We have more online storage options that I can count. Streaming radio is not only so widespread, the majority of online radio stations even stream for free on the T-Mobile "uncarrier" network. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others offer streaming video with HD resolutions, even up to 4K. We have LTE that provides data speeds in the dozens of Mbps, HSPA+ picks up the slack when we wander outside of LTE coverage, and we're almost always within range of someone's WiFi bubble. Even with all those streaming options and methods, I ...

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    I've been rather impressed with the SoCs that Qualcomm has been releasing under the "Snapdragon" brand, and really fell in love with the chips with the S4 line up back in the day. The S4 Pro was the sought after processor for smartphones and tablets - back in 2012. As we all know, technology marches ever onward. Phones and tablets powered by the Snapdragon 800 series took center stage in 2014. Now that 2015 is upon is, there's a new generation of SoCs on deck, but the Snapdragon 810 is quite a bit different than any Snapdragon you've seen before. Not Krait Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon ...

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    There are two things in mobile technology that have not gotten much better in the past few years. Specifications are flying through the roof with the average phone (and car) today having as much power as the best supercomputer from just 15 years ago. But despite all those advancements, battery and storage have remained pretty darn consistent. Battery is no surprise. There’s only so much chemical goo you can pack into a shrinking frame. Yes, there are some advancements on the far horizon when it comes to batteries, but these days it’s a pretty straightforward concept. Storage space on ...

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    If you ask "certain" people, they'll tell you that Android is inherently laggy (then again, if you don't ask them, they'll eventually volunteer that opinion anyway). In the past, generally speaking, Android hasn't been "laggy" per se, the operating system just handles processes and priorities differently than others may. Put simply, as soon as you touch the screen of an iPhone or iPad all processing stops while the OS devotes its full attention to your interaction - at the expense of stopping everything else. This gives the impression of fluidity and speed, but in reality, processes take ...

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    Some phone makers have to scramble to combat the wave of people reporting its new models are bending... other manufactures embrace it as a feature! The latter being the case for LG's latest smartphone, announced at CES 2015, the G Flex 2 - and based on its spec sheet and our hands-on experience, it's already the best smartphone of 2015. Will it bend? When shopping for a new phone or tablet, we generally look at build quality as a major deciding factor. Bending is usually an indicator of sub-par workmanship, and whether consciously or not, products that bend quickly earn a "pass". ...

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    I'm a big fan of Qi wireless charging (just in case you didn't know that already). I use an Anker charger on my desk at home. My Moto 360 smartwatch came with its own Qi wireless charging stand (but I can put it on any other charger just in case I need to top it off throughout the day). I have two chargers at work. I even have a wireless charger in my car and a Zens battery with Qi built right in. (And just in case your phone or tablet doesn't come with Qi out of the box, you can add it quickly, easily, and very inexpensively!) It sounds perfect, right? There is, however, a problem with ...

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    One phenomenon that I’ve taken a lot of interest in recently is the concept of the in-app purchase, specifically as it refers to gaming. I’m no stranger to the concept of the in-app purchase. Many games will allow you to play for a certain amount of time and then ask you to purchase the “full version” or purchase the next level, etc. But recently, these in app purchases have taken a twist, and I’m honestly not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. That’s where this week’s debate comes in. For the record, I’m not referring to permanent purchases. In-app purchases that ...

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    As you may recall, ten days ago I returned to my long-neglected Lumia 1020 for the holidays. This overdue reunion of contrarian nerd with fringe platform was meant to answer a question we get quite often in the Pocketnow Weekly mailbag: at the dawn of a new year, is Windows Phone still a world worth moving to (or even visiting)? In an atmosphere of delayed flagship launches and growing skepticism among some smartphone manufacturers, the question is more pertinent than ever. The answer, as it turns out, is yes — but it carries some very important qualifiers, and it's certainly not ...

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    I've been a T-Mobile customer since the company was called Voicestream - yeah, that long. One of the things I always loved about the service was that I could tether a PDA, tablet, or laptop to my phone and be able to get work done anywhere I needed to. I'm not a road warrior, so I don't use a lot of data when tethered, nor do I tether very often, but I need to be able to tether with only a little notice. Regardless of whether I was using Windows Mobile or Android, tethering was never terribly difficult, I just opened the settings, turned it on, and away I went. When Android KitKat came ...

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    We've long been fans of Qi Wireless Charging, but not all devices support the standard. Devices that include Qi can be recharged through electromagnetic induction rather than by directly connecting to a power source via  a charging cable. This requires some additional components inside Qi-compatible devices as well as a "base station" or charging pad, but once you've tried it, you'll very likely be hooked. However, if your phone or tablet didn't come with Qi support built-in, you may have thought you were out of luck. Not so! If your smartphone or tablet has a micro-USB port, it's ...

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    Yesterday I talked about why I rooted my Nexus 6. No, it wasn't to run a custom ROM (though that's a great reason to root your smartphone). No, it wasn't so I could run a custom kernel (although that's another wonderful reason to root as well). My reasons for rooting the Nexus 6 were much more basic: so I can run tools and utilities, and make configuration changes that I wouldn't otherwise be able to do. Many of you mirrored my sentiment, and even listed off a lot of apps and utilities that you use thanks to rooting your own phones (thank you for that, by the way, I've got a whole lot more ...

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    There was a time (not that long ago) when Power Users needed to root their Android-powered smartphones to do anything really powerful with them. Primary among those reason was to flash a custom ROM. These days stock Android includes many of the features and functionality that were previously the exclusive realm of custom ROMs. Sure, there are still ample reasons to flash a custom ROM, but for an increasing number of us Power Users, "stock plus root" is good enough. Here's why I went with a Nexus 6 root, but kept the stock ROM. Tethering I'm one of those people who doesn't tether a lot, ...

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    To give us something to think about over the upcoming holidays and extra days off, we’re going to look at a little more of a complicated issue. It’s complicated because this is not a binary issue – it’s not a 1/0, yes/no type of situation. It, like it’s subject matter, is more in depth than that, so let’s just give it a go. We’re talking about simultasking. First, it’s important to make the distinction between multi-tasking and simultasking. Multi tasking is doing a lot of tasks, one at a time, and switching between tasks quickly. Simultasking is actually doing two (or ...

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    One thing all our portable electronics have in common, whether smartphone, tablet, phablet, or wearable; or Android, Windows Phone, or iOS, is the battery. Unlike desktop computers that get their power through a plug in the wall, all of these devices have to carry their own power source onboard, and battery capacity hasn't really kept up with the rest of the tech inside our devices. To combat this, OEMs have tried to introduce new ways to keep our portables charged. From SoCs that are more energy efficient, more power conscious code, Qi wireless chargers, and now we even have speed ...

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    So, I’ve been walking around on Android for a while now. The reasons for this are many and varied, but I thought maybe it might be time to talk about my introduction to Android. I got my hands on a Samsung GSIII a couple of years back. It was my first introduction to Android on a phone. I had installed CM9 on a TouchPad or two, but this was the first time using it as a phone. So I grew up with Touchwiz. It was the only family I knew. Over the next few months I bounced back and forth between Android and Windows Phone. My Android choice was always the Samsung, so I was still strictly ...

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    For months I've carried on under the guise of a Windows Phone user. My Twitter profile states it outright; longtime readers cite it in my defense whenever commenters call me on the carpet for "anti-Microsoft bias"; and my friends even unwittingly re-verify it when choosing random Facebook photos to tag me in. But as I explained in last week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, my title of Windows Phone user has dwindled to a largely honorary one of late. The neverending stream of review devices from the Android, iOS, and wearable worlds has kept me outside the Microsoft ecosystem ...

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    In this line of work you see a lot of tech: phones of all sizes, tablets from the major vendors, and people you barely know seek you out to get your opinion on whatever is new, or to show off whatever they're packing. Most of the time it's pretty cool. Sometimes it can be creepy. At the end of the day, the positives generally outweigh the negatives, which makes it all worth while. I've been interested in cutting edge tech since I was in high school - maybe even before.  I've seen the evolution from huge "mobile phones" to small and svelte "cellular phones", and I've seen that trend ...

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    We're sure that by now you've noticed that we love comparisons. There's no better way to help you all decide between one product and another, than if we test them side by side on a couple of average days of use. It's always hard for us to determine a winner, since each product was designed with a specific niche in the market in mind, but at least our experience will serve you to get a feel for what device suits your needs. As we wind up our initial coverage of the Oppo R5, one very requested comparison was to put this device to the test against the ultimate aluminum power house from HTC. ...

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    So here we are, a couple of years into the era of smartwatches. Apple, Google and Microsoft all have offerings on the table. We've already taken a look at where the smartwatch is excelling and where it's not.  Smartwatch progress has made these devices attractive, affordable, and very handy, but some things are still holding them back from being a mainstream device. One of the biggest blockers to widespread adoption is indecision. Well, let's take that off the table, shall we? If you’re skeptical of smartwatches, don’t be. If you flat out hate them and refuse to even try, well ...

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    Samsung's flagship smartphone is the Galaxy S line of phones, with the most recent iteration being the Galaxy S5, a 5.1-incher with an HD display. With rumors of an upgrade beginning to circle and speculation running wild, what do I want out of the Galaxy S6 - the logical successor to the Galaxy S throne - and what must Samsung do to secure it's top spot in the upcoming year? 64-bit Apple's already gone 64-bit. Desktop computers and laptops have been 64-bit for years. Servers have been 64-bit for even longer. It's time for the switch to 64-bit in our mobile electronic devices, too. Many ...

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