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    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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    Last week, when Facebook announced Facebook Home, they went out of their way to address two rumors that have been floating in the Facebook soup for some years now: Facebook is going to make a phone. Facebook is going to make a fork of Android Instead, they basically created their own skin of Android, running on top of whatever flavor of Android happens to be running on your GSIV, One, or what-have-you. Mark Zuckerberg’s reasoning for this was as follows: We want to bring this experience of having a home, of always knowing what's going on around you, right to your phone. And we want to ...

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    Facebook bored shocked the world by announcing their new app experience for Android phones last week. Speculation abounded that Facebook would announce a new phone, a fork of Android's operating system (think Amazon Kindle, but with a "like" button) or less impressively, an updated app. What we got was a little bit of all three. Putting aside the HTC First, which is by the way what most customers should do, Facebook made a pretty ambitious announcement. Instead of an Android fork, and instead of an updated Facebook app, we got something that lies in the middle. Facebook Home is a new Lock ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Facebook Home got leaked, tested and shown-off. Then we go through two Nokia Lumia 928 rumors, which sadly don't match the Catwalk project. Later we talk about the Samsung S Orb Camera software project, which doesn't seem that groundbreaking now that we get some leaks. Later it's Google Play Store leaks and Babel Chat services for Google in the near future. We end today's show talking about the possibility of Google buying the Whatsapp messenger service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Leaks, Allows An Early ...

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    Facebook's most valuable resource is your information. The data it gathers on you as you check out your friends' walls or post photos ultimately allows it to create a highly detailed demographic profile and serve you the most relevant ads. That already had some users a little on-edge about the social network, but with Home really stepping-up the sort of exposure you could have to Facebook, some of you have become a bit more trepidatious. In order to address some of your concerns, Facebook has put together a little FAQ about Home and its privacy implications. The short story is that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is ditching Webkit for their own Blink in the Chrome browser, and even Samsung is doing something similar by partnering with Mozilla. Then we talk Samsung again as their new US retail experience begins this month on Best Buy. We later talk some Nokia and the possibility of the Catwalk being launched on May 15th. Later we find some leaked images of a possible iPhone prototype with a curved display and curved back. We end today's show talking about the Facebook Home Android Launcher, and also about the new HTC First which will be the ...

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    All week, we've been wondering about Facebook's Android event today. Would it just be about software? Would we see the rumored Facebook phone? Leaks over the past few days have suggested a mix of both, revealing the HTC First and some glimpses at Facebook Home software. Today Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to set the record straight, formally announcing Facebook Home for Android. Zuckerberg makes it clear that this isn't about new hardware, or new operating systems, but also "building something that’s a whole lot deeper than just an app." Facebook Home will sit between the OS and the ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    What, oh what, is this weird-looking smartphone? The image above, identified as the HTC First, leaked on Twitter this afternoon. Right away, our eyes are drawn to the unusual assortment of capacitive buttons, which neither appear to match known Android nor Windows Phone designs. So, what platform does the HTC First run? Some speculation is already pointing to the possibility that this could be the name by which the HTC Myst – the purported new Facebook phone – arrives. A tale of a leaked Myst ROM has revealed that Facebook has some grand schemes for its integration withing Android, ...

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    Rumors of the Facebook phone have been circling off and on for years now. A new rumor would surface and Facebook would publicly shoot the rumor down. Rinse. Recycle. Repeat. Then along came the HTC Salsa and ChaCha with Facebook share buttons in tow, yet Facebook never publicly declared the Salsa or ChaCha official Facebook phones. Last week, following an unexpected invitation to a Facebook event where the company invited us to see its "New Home on Android", the rumors picked back up. "Could this finally be the Facebook phone?" It crossed everyone's mind. Alas, as the information ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the Facebook Android rumors, since we no longer know if it should be called a phone. Then we go through the leaked BlackBerry roadmap, and some really interesting strategies coming in the future. Microsoft is next as we talk about Windows RT and its merger with Windows 8. Then it's Windows Phone news as it has gained some positive market share in the last couple of months. We end today's show talking about the AT&T HTC One, which sadly will retain exclusivity over the 64GB model in the US. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    There were numerous rumors in the past putting HTC and Facebook together on the same team again for a future possible "Facebook phone". These rumors were revived yesterday with a press invite sent out by Facebook to an event where the social network will show off its "new home on Android". However, the tagline, "new home on Android", could exactly be just that, a home screen. According to the latest coming from unnamed sources, Facebook is planning to bring a home screen to Android phones -- the first screen one sees after turning the phone on -- which will feature content from your ...

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    Some things never die. Like Symbian, or webOS. (Not that we want them to die, of course.) But some rumors are simply resilient, immune to resistance and debunking. Take the elusive Facebook phone, for example. The first rumor of a Facebook phone surfaced in September 2010. Mere moments later, Facebook spokesperson Jaime Schopflin told CNET that TechCrunch's Michael Arrington got the story wrong. No less, the rumors carried on. And just a short time later, Mark Zuckerberg himself shot the rumors down at a Facebook mobile event in November 2010. Zuckerberg said, "Now I want to talk about ...

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    We all remember HTC's 2011 efforts with the F-button on the Salsa and the ChaCha but those phones, while mid-range Android devices back in the day, were mostly disappointing in what they tried to achieve. According to recent rumors HTC and Facebook are at it again, teaming up once more, this time for a "real" Facebook phone. "Come see our new home on Android" says the press invite above and we're pretty certain it will be more than the two aforementioned devices. The event happens next week on April 4 in California and we're pretty excited, not because the world needs another mid-range ...

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    Is HTC really planning to take another stab at crafting a Facebook-themed smartphone? Some specs leaked back in January of an HTC handset codnamed Myst (previously Opera) suggested that HTC was going to take another stab at the idea, following the release of the Status/ChaCha (above). They painted the picture of a mid-range Android with a dedicated Facebook button. Today, we get some updated specs for the phone, which show it to be just a little more powerful than previously suggested. The big difference between those old specs and these new ones is the switch from a 1GHz dual-core ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Ubuntu phones that may be coming as early as October 2013. Then we move to the LG Optimus G Pro, which seems to be LG's next phablet and also Galaxy Note II twin for a possible MWC launch. Then we talk about new Nokia Lumia models that are probably close. Facebook takes the spotlight next because there seems to be another smartphone in the works under the codename of HTC Myst. We end today's show talking about Samsung's possible new endeavor of launching the Galaxy S IV with Floating Gestures. All this and more after the break. Stories - ...

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    Watch todays Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's launch of the Galaxy Note II in more colors. The rumors of the Galaxy Note 8.0 make the scene next as we get some details on specs and a probable release date. Asus may not have been much news lately, but some reports have them working with Microsoft on building a Padfone-like device for Windows Phone 8, and that's hot. The LG Optimus G Pro is next, even though we still think this is just the Optimus G2. We end today's show by talking about the new Facebook Messenger update for iOS which allows calls within the US. All this and more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the new rumors of a Galaxy Note device with a 6.3-inch display. Facebook later makes the news with their new upgrade to their Android app to enhance performance. The mysterious YotaPhone with dual-displays is up next as we see it possibly reaching retailers next year. We then talk about Google Maps on the iPhone and we give you a full hands-on video of the new features and enhancements. We end today's show by talking about the harsh news that Google doesn't plan to build Windows Phone 8 applications. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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    A few months back, iOS users saw the arrival of a newly revamped version of Facebook, with the app ditching its reliance on HTML5 and implementing some native code, resulting in a big speed increase. A little later on, we heard from Zuckerberg himself, talking about how native apps were going to be the future face of the company's mobile presence. Android fans have been waiting patiently for Facebook to deliver the same kind of overhaul to their platform's Facebook app, and today they get their wish. Facebook 2.0 for Android promises some big speed improvements over previous editions. From ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Google's announcement of their I/O event in 2013 and what we might get. Then it's all Nexus talk as we go through the CyanogenMod advances on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, aside from the probability of the Nexus 4 returning to sales in Europe. Then we go through the recent changes in the Facebook Messenger app and how this affects Whatsapp. Then we talk about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades to the Galaxy S III on AT&T and the new Droid HD line-up on Verizon. We end today's show by talking about Nokia's recent decision to sell Nokia House ...

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    It was only yesterday that we were talking about Facebook and instant messaging, after hearing rumors that it might be talking to WhatsApp about plans to acquire the company. We still don't know what will come of that, but today we've got some news that's down a similar alley, with Facebook announcing that it's going to stop requiring a Facebook account in order to use its Facebook Messenger Android app. An update to the Messenger app now lets you create an account, identified by only your name and phone number. You'll be able to enjoy normal features like photo sharing and group ...

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    It's a rumor that trickles out every so often. Like some 21st-century Paul Revere, an analyst or a blogger will ride across the internet brandishing a leak, shouting over and over, "the Facebook phone is coming! The Facebook phone is coming!" Unlike their revolutionary Bostonian predecessors, though, the citizens of the internet don't respond to this call by rising up, or retreating, or advancing, or panicking ... they don't take action of any kind, really. The news gets dutifully reposted, the internet murmurs for a bit, and then everything settles back down to normal before lunchtime. ...

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    Advertising. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We see ads on TV, we see ads in magazines and newspapers, we see ads on our favorite websites. We see billboards. We hear ads on the radio. We can't escape them. This inundation of advertisements, however, is a marketer's nightmare. How can you target your potential customers without wasting money on people who don't care? When advertising your goods or services, you don't want to spend money where it's not going to be effective, but how can you know where it's being effective?  With so many options -- and so many competing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S launch in New York city, along with our hands-on coverage. We later talk about the recently leaked video of the iPad Mini dummy unit being compared with the original iPad. Facebook later made the news with their auto-upload feature for photos going private at the moment. Then we go through the Samsung Galaxy Note II and it's US availability being announced. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's Anti-iPhone ads and some thoughts regarding the practice. All this and more after the break.

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    Instagram was making big headlines a few months back, with news of the app's arrival on Android, as well as Facebook's acquisition of the company behind it. We wondered back then what that purchase might mean for the possibility of seeing Instagram come to some other platforms, besides just Android and iOS. Some new rumors suggest that Windows Phone could soon be the latest kid on the block to join the Instagram club. While these rumors really got started going around thanks to a Nokia promotional video that may or may not be showing-off an Instagram live tile, The Verge has been able to ...

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