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    Not all of us have read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so not all of us were exactly qualified to make the lame joke that kicks off this week's podcast. But we made it, and we stand behind it. Because as hundreds of fifth-rate "manufacturers" well know, sometimes you just have to fake it. But we're not talking about secondhand knockoff products in this episode of the Weekly. Rather, we get serious about octa-core comparisons, the till-recently-mythical HTC M4, the insanely cheap new Lumia out of Finland, and just how tired we are or aren't of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. In between, we ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T's current trade-in program to make your 2013-smartphone purchase more compelling. We later go through BlackBerry's CEO statement regarding tablets, and why this is both ironic and revealing at the same time. Later it's Nokia's turn as we discuss their probable plans to bring Lytro-Camera technology to future smartphones. Microsoft is next as we go through their new Windows Phone Facebook app in beta. We end today's show talking about iOS 7 and all the rumors regarding Jony Ive's influence over it. All this and more after the break. ...

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    We just got done telling you about the new Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 that Microsoft is trying to get some users interested in beta testing. That's great news on its own, but in revealing the new version of the app, did Microsoft just show its cards regarding the rumored new resolution support for the platform? The screenshots of the Facebook beta Microsoft provided sure look nice, but they don't seem to accurately reflect how the app appears on currently-available Windows Phone handsets. Check out the comparison above, with one of Microsoft's pics on the left, and a shot of the ...

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    As Windows Phone users are no doubt aware, unlike the Facebook apps on iOS or Android that are developed and published by Facebook itself, it's Microsoft behind the Windows Phone version of the app, instead. That's meant that it's always been a bit "off" from the experience you'd get on those other platforms. Microsoft is apparently getting tired of its version playing second (or third) fiddle, so it's started a project to speed up the app's development and get new features to users faster than ever before. In order to meet that goal, it needs your help, and has set up a public beta ...

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    Almost every mobile platform today comes pre-packaged with some sort of app store. For Android that's Google's Play Store, Windows Phone and iOS both have their own app stores, too. All of these marketplaces allow you to browse, search, find, and download apps for your mobile device. They each also let you update the apps that you've already installed on your device, whenever an update is published. Facebook recently started updating their app -- from within their app. If that sounds strange to you, it is. The usual manner of updating would be by pushing a new version of the .apk to the ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    A couple days back, we learned of the release of Facebook 6.0 for iOS, bringing Apple users the new Chat Heads feature which debuted with Facebook Home for Android. The Android implementation was especially cool because the Heads would follow you from app to app, letting you continue conversations as you continued to use your phone, outside of any Facebook apps. On iOS, however, the Chat Heads are confined to the Facebook app itself. Not content to let this injustice stand, at least one iOS developer has been hacking away at the new Facebook app, determined to bring iOS users (or at least ...

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    This past Friday, Facebook pushed out the new Facebook Home application to a select few Samsung and HTC Android devices. The HTC First officially launched, and the Facebook Messenger application was also updated. In all of this, the public finally got their hands on easily the best service – period – that Facebook has managed to produce. Chat Heads. To be fair, Chat Heads is not the first free-floating application on Android. In fact, it's not even the first free-floating messenger for Android. Last year, I wrote a piece about an application for Android called LilyPad HD, a floating ...

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    Yesterday saw the release of Facebook 6.0 for iOS devices, introducing the Chat Heads feature previously launched with the Android release of Facebook Home and the latest Facebook Messenger. The iOS implementation doesn't sound quite so compelling as the Android Chat Heads, but it's still something we know a lot of you are interested in checking out. While Facebook said that the feature would slowly be rolled-out to users over the next couple weeks, there's a way to jump to the head of the line and start using Chat Heads today. First, you'll need a way to access your iOS device's file ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's press invites for an event on May 1st, and what we expect to be released. Then we talk about the iPhone 5S and its possible 12-megapixel camera and HDR video recording capabilities. Facebook is next as chat heads reach iOS on the iPhone and iPad, even though they aren't as great as on Android. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders and where to begin. We end today's show talking about how the government of Taiwan is now investigating Samsung over their assumed practices to stir attention away from the HTC One. All this and ...

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    Facebook's Chat Heads have emerged as one of the most interesting aspects of Facebook Home, and when we saw them hit the recent Android update to Facebook Messenger, it became clear that these were going to be a much larger component of Facebook's chat experience than a mere component of Facebook Home. Today, Facebook 6.0 arrives for the iPhone an iPad, and along with a new look for its News Feed, the app brings those same Chat Heads to iOS – sort of. While the basic idea behind Chat Heads – little icons that let you jump from conversation to conversation with your friends – makes ...

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    When Facebook came out with their Facebook Home announcement, I was intrigued. I am a pretty active Facebook user, so I figured this was an update/app/whatever I could get behind. Since then, we've waxed poetic about Facebook Home on many occasions. We've even demonstrated how to install in on non-approved devices worldwide. Now, I've had some quality snuggle time with Facebook Home on my Galaxy S III. I installed in on Friday, just before the Pocketnow Live and used it up to, and including the time I'm writing this. And then I planned to remove it and never look back. Facebook Home brings ...

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    Facebook Home has been released yesterday and initial reactions are mixed, depending on how you use your phone, how social you are, and how interesting the content your friends are posting. Regardless of what you hear online, this is as subjective as it gets, so we strongly encourage you to try it out yourself before making a judgement and drawing a conclusion. Sadly, Facebook Home is limited to both some regions and some devices. We'll show you how to make it work in any region, regardless of where you are located, and on any device (hopefully). We got it working on a Google Nexus 7 and a ...

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    A couple hours back, we told you about the Chat Heads from Facebook Home showing up in the new update for Facebook Messenger for Android. That was a pretty nice feature to see arrive in this manner, but as we poked around the Play Store getting the details on the update, we couldn't help but notice that Facebook Home itself was still nowhere to be found – despite this being April 12, the date when the app was to become available for installation on a select handful of existing Android phones. Well, it turns out all we needed was a little patience, and now Facebook Home has finally ...

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    I've been using Facebook's new Chat Heads feature on my HTC One for a grand total of two hours. In that time, I've become convinced that the concept behind it is bigger than Facebook Home, Facebook Messenger, and could become bigger than even Facebook itself - at least insofar as it relates to smartphone UI design. The quick rundown for those not yet indoctrinated into the new club of bubble-tappers: Chat Heads are floating overlays on your smartphone's home screen. They're circular icons containing avatars of friends you're currently talking to via Facebook Messenger, and they can be ...

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