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    Just imagine how rested you would feel if you had to wake up a hundred times an hour — all night long! One of the most exciting new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow goes by the name of "Doze Mode". In general, Android is really good at multi-tasking. It can run a whole bunch of stuff all at the same time, and as long as your hardware has enough RAM and processing power, you'll probably hardly notice that it's doing a dozen or more things at once. The one area where you will notice this is in the frequency at which you'll need to recharge your battery. The faster your processor cores ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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    Back in the early days of computers (well, the "earlier days"), it wasn't too difficult to determine how fast they were - relatively speaking. Processors and bus speeds were measured in MHz and RAM was measured in MB. An increase to any of those vital components meant your computer got a speed bump over those with smaller numbers. Sometime later, right around the 3GHz mark, we hit a wall. However, RAM and bus speeds kept increasing, and the number of cores inside CPUs started going up. That's when things started getting confusing. We used to be able to say that a system built around a ...

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    Today represents the first working day after Christmas - it's also the first day that we've gotten to take our newly gotten Christmas gifts "into the wild" and show them off to our co-workers. For months Pocketnow has been telling you all about the up-and-coming holiday gifts that the OEMs and retailers have been hoping you'll buy. We've reported on those which we felt were deserving of your dollars and those which were better to be avoided. Now the mad rush is behind us. The wrapping paper has been removed, the packages have been opened, the gadgets have been powered on, and you've had ...

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    When you're just four days out from the new year, you know it's time to whip your head over your shoulder and give a longing look at what you've been through before you close the door. We do it all the time since we're nostalgia freaks, but especially this week. We have today our top three wearable picks of 2015. While all of them are smartwatches (as opposed to, say, VR wear or fitness bracelets), the ones we chose are quite disparate in the look-and-feel department as well as software. And it's not that we're recommending these devices for you to buy right the heck now: it's just these ...

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    Ahh. The holidays are over (for most) and now is the time when we look back on our successes and failures over the past few days and reassess. Was drinking that second rum and coke before dinner a great idea? Probably not. Did you knock it out of the park with that Pandora bracelet charm in her stocking? You betcha. Should I have replaced her Nexus 5 with a 5x  or perhaps a OnePlus X?  Now we get into the meat of the matter. In short, are smartphone gifts a good idea or not? First of all, smartphone gifts are not to be taken lightly. Any smartphone you buy is going to be a pretty decent ...

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    Adam Doud Contributing Editor "Any" and "as often as humanly possible" Mobile payments are one of my latest mobile obsessions. I love buying stuff with my phone. It's cool and it feels like using the future. But it's one of those things that appeals to a pretty specific audience I'm finding out, so I asked my fellow editors here at Pocketnow what mobile payment systems they used and why they did or did not use them. Mobile payments are so much fun to use, and they are more secure than even magnetic stripe transactions. Tokenization makes them safe, and tapping makes them fun. What more ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    "If you don't have anything to hide, why do you have curtains on your bedroom window?" - Anonymous Privacy, in these United States, is a fundamental Civil Right. Specifically, the Fourth Amendment enshrines that no unreasonable searches shall be performed without a warrant. This protects individuals from being targeted because of their beliefs, whether those are religious, political, ethnic, cultural, or anything else. As much as we'd like to deny that sort of targeting exists, history shows us that the British used unlawful searches to single out and victimize Colonists based on their ...

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    Some of you are too young to remember the early days of computing. Back in the 1980's most of us ran MS-DOS. In this environment your user interface was a black screen with a flashing white cursor (or some other color combination). From there you'd type a command to launch whatever program you wanted to run. That program might have been a word processor, a spreadsheet, an encyclopedia, a game, or some other "app". Not only could you only run one program at a time, you had to exit out of it if you wanted to switch to another one. Yeah, try writing a research paper that way. ...

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    Microsoft Continuum is one of Microsoft’s answers to bringing Windows 10 to every screen size. It’s very simple. Plug your phone into a dock, and it fires up a monitor, mouse and keyboard, and you’re suddenly using a full sized computer. This is awesome. Actually, it’s better than awesome, it’s outstanding. Or at least, it will be. Some day. But not today. Tomorrow’s not looking good either. Don’t get me wrong, Continuum is a great concept. It’s one of those things that looks great on paper, not unlike the 2015 White Sox. But as that team taught us – paper is not a ...

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    Bluetooth was invented and initially marketed with the intent to replace our wires with miniature radios. What's more, the technology was touted as a way to create a "personal area network" of your devices. Unlike a Local Area Network (or "LAN"), a PAN was supposed to connect all of the devices you'd normally use, all without wires getting in the way. This Bluetooth PAN was supposed to help you sync your PDA to your computer, let you beam data back and forth with others, print stuff, talk on the phone just like Uhura from Star Trek, and even surf the web using your fancy cellular phone's ...

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    For the past two years, my home-for-the-holidays handheld has been a Windows Phone. My trusty Lumia 1020 saw me through a wild New Years' Eve party and a more sedate Christmas the following year, and on both occasions I cited the camera as the reason for my choice. Indeed, the 1020's 41MP monster was a better and more versatile choice than the iPhone or Android cameras available in 2013 and 2014, and it produced some wonderful photos from my holiday vacations. But now, coming off a double-review of Microsoft's two newest Windows Phones Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, I suspect that ...

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    If it runs on software, no matter how careful the developers were, it's got bugs. - Anonymous A coworker of mine once asked me why developers had to even worry about fixing bugs. "Why don't you just write the stuff 'bug-free' in the first place?" It was a genuine question, without even a hint of sarcasm. He followed up with "I mean, the banks never have to worry about fixing bugs in ATMs, right? Why can't we do the same here?" That's when one of the developers on my team snorted his Rockstar energy drink out of his nose. I don't know which was more painful, the coworker who was searching ...

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    On Thanksgiving, I decided to “invest” in a $35 tablet. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, normally a $50 tablet, dropped to just $35, and it was too cheap not to get. I even chronicled the experience in an editorial the following week. But then I started...you know…using the tablet, as one tends to do. It has largely been a Netflix/Instant Video machine with a game or two thrown in for the train. But here’s the thing. It’s not very good at it. This is exactly $35 worth of tablet. At $35, it barely justifies it's existence. What I mean is, the tablet is thoroughly unimpressive in every way ...

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    “Hey everyone. I lost/broke/replaced my phone and I lost all of my contacts. PM me with your number so I can store it.” If you're like me - or rather your friends are like mine - you see this message every few months on Facebook. To a phone reviewer, this would be an almost weekly occurrence if we weren’t prepared for the possibility (read: certainty) of replacing our phones. The holidays are fast approaching, so maybe that special someone in your life is about to grace you with a little bundle of joy – a Note 5 or an iPhone 6S. So, I decided I should take the opportunity to help ...

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    "Now that microsd cards of 200GB are available, let's make sure our devices don't have slots for them." - Google Despite dropping sdcard slots from its Nexus lineup years ago, Google quietly included a feature in Android Marshmallow 6.0 that makes sdcards infinitely more useful. Most of the time, adding an sdcard simply means you have a bunch of extra room for pictures, videos, and (if you're dedicated enough) a bit more wiggle room into which you can install your apps. The benefits for apps haven't been quite as cool due to some limitations: not all apps support being installed to the ...

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    I’ve talked a lot lately about portability. When it comes to laptops, tablets, keyboards, I’m on the go a lot and I sometimes need to write away from my comfortable little desk at home. So I could carry around a laptop, but there are times when a tablet is more convenient. Beyond that, there are times that a phone is even more convenient. But typing a full editorial or review on a phone isn’t feasible, right? It’s madness! Well, unless that phone happens to be a Lumia 950 that has Continuum capability. One aspect of Continuum that is particularly nice is the extreme portability of ...

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    "'OK Google' is the magical key-phrase that unlocks all the wondrous potential of your Android-powered device - and drives you nuts when someone on a podcast says it and all your Android's wake up and wait for your instructions." Now that my new house is built, my daily commute is over an hour long - each way. That's okay with me. I love to drive, the scenery is beautiful, Waze helps alert me to upcoming hazards, and thanks to Audible I'm "reading" more now than I ever have before. When a phone call comes in, thanks to the Bluetooth hands-free functionality built-in to my Prius, all I have ...

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    I'm a web developer by day and a tech journalist by night. It's not as glamourous as Batman's gig, but it's still pretty awesome. - Joe Levi, Pocketnow What that means for readers of Pocketnow is that I'm acutely aware of the implications and ramifications of "good" web design over mediocre or (heaven forbid) "bad" web design. Keep in mind that when I talk about "web design" I'm only partly referring to the "graphic design" of any given web page - the way a web page looks. The other components of "web design" fit under the umbrella of "web development", but when talking about how to ...

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    Samsung tripped up a few of us last summer when it decided to release the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6+ ahead of IFA. Traditionally, Samsung’s release cycle has been Barcelona/Berlin and why not? The entire mobile news world is already on site – it saves a bundle on catering. But last summer, Samsung released its large flagships a month earlier than usual, and some rumors indicate it may do the same with its plans for the Galaxy S7 release. Just recently, our own Joe Levi asked the question, would Samsung be better off releasing early?  Well, we in the weekend debate club can’t just ...

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    One of the more disappointing aspects of Google’s lineup of devices of late has been the lack of seven inch representation. The Nexus 7 was, at the time, one of the best devices that Google introduced, from screen size to price point to specifications. The Nexus 7 has since grown old, with nary a replacement to be seen. The Nexus 9 came around, which in my experience was just fine until Marshmallow came along and hit it in the face with a frying pan. I suppose individual results will vary, but my Nexus 9 continually disappoints me, and I find myself longing for a replacement. But I ...

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    In the spirit of holiday commercialism, let us remind you of our holiday shopping guide. Okay, also that we've been out two weeks since Black Friday and that we are another two from Christmas. Whether or not you view that glass as half-full or half-empty, if you do have a mobile tech shopping list you feel like riddling with check marks, you still have time to grab a smartphone for one of your best first degrees of separation. Yep, that's what I call friends & family. So, why the Moto X Pure Edition, then? I'm glad you've sought out my opinion. And based off of what we've seen over ...

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    Samsung's flagship smartphone carries the "Galaxy" nametag - the current version being the Galaxy S6. Before that it was the Galaxy S5, preceded by the Galaxy S4, and so on. What's next? It should be obvious: the Samsung Galaxy S7. Phones aren't "born" overnight. Market studies, focus groups, endless committee meetings, initial designs, prototypes, tooling, scheduling, and ultimately full-scale production takes a very long time to implement, and is very challenging to orchestrate across suppliers, distributors, and resellers. Samsung initially launched the Galaxy S lineup in June of 2010. ...

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    @evleaks recently leaked that HTC would finally be joining the smartwatch space with the HTC One watch (or some similar name). The only surprising thing about this is how long it took HTC to join that fray. This is pretty consistent with what we’ve seen of HTC of late. HTC has been looking to expand it repertoire of devices for some time now, such as fitness tracking and VR, so an HTC watch makes sense. The only problem is, HTC is once again late to the party, with a number of already-established smartwatches out there. Like VR and fitness bands, HTC is getting to the smartwatch party ...

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