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    We've got three weeks and one day to go until HTC's all new One launch event (at least that had better be what it is), and as you've no doubt already seen, the still-unannounced smartphone has been all over the place lately. That video hands-on was truly remarkable for amount of detail it offered, and even HTC itself has been publishing some teaser vids of its own. This evening we switch from video previews to some more traditional advertising, while also checking out the new One's FCC paperwork. HTC's UK account shared the image above, which is promoting some sort of launch event tie-in ...

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    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the regulatory body that oversees the Internet in these United States. Some times it does a good job, and sometimes it doesn't. Most of the time it depends on which side of the debate you're on. Nonetheless, there is a "Right" on the Internet that most tech writers and Internet surfers around the world will probably agree on: Net Neutrality. Around the globe, regardless of what continent you're on, what country you're in, or what language you speak, the Internet is the same. How you get there, how fast your connection speed it, how much it ...

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    Last week, we talked to you about the idea of companies subsidizing your smartphone's wireless connection, inspired by news that T-Mobile and Facebook were making the latter's apps free-to-use for customers who otherwise lacked data service on their accounts. This week, however, AT&T took things one step further and announced a formal “Sponsored Data” program, inviting companies form all over to make their apps more attractive to AT&T users by offering to pay themselves for the data consumed, rather than putting that cost on the user. For instance, maybe Hulu could sponsor Hulu ...

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    Samsung's got a bunch of new tablets coming up in the new year, and only just yesterday we were talking about how we might like to see them arrive. One of the models we've been hearing rumored would represent a new screen size for the Galaxy Tab lineup, the Tab Pro 8.4. While we still don't have a lot of important details about the hardware, today we see some strong signs for its existence, as the tablet gets its FCC certification. Samsung model SM-T320 just dropped off its testing paperwork, showing Bluetooth and WiFi support only. The FCC docs give us the general dimensions of the ...

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    It feels like we've been waiting – well, pretty much forever (or, more accurately, a couple years now) – for Samsung to release a commercial smartphone running the new Tizen OS. Sure, there's been developer hardware, and non-phone devices running Tizen, but we've been craving a proper handset – one people will actually go out and buy. The word's been that MWC might be our chance to see what Samsung has to offer, but until then, at least one Tizen phone appears to have made an early showing at the FCC. The model in question is Samsung's SC-03F, a device identified last month in log ...

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    Six months ago, we saw Sony introduce its aptly-named SmartWatch 2 (above), this year's follow-up to its prior model, featuring a larger, higher-res display. While it boasted specs like an impressive battery life, the lack of really head-turning features (such as the camera on Samsung's Galaxy Gear) may have hurt Sony's sales. Can it do better in 2014? It sure sounds like we'll be finding out one way or the other, with some new FCC docs sure suggesting that Sony's been developing another smartwatch. While that last Sony smartwatch was the SW2, this paperwork describes a Sony model SWR10, ...

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    For months now, we've been waiting to get the full story on Sony's plans for introducing a smartphone like the Xperia Z1f – what's essentially an Xperia Z1 Mini – to markets outside of Japan. What might seem straightforward has led us down a rabbit hole of confusion; first we thought that this handset might arrive as the Z1s, and saw a number of leaks to that effect, but more recently the possibility has emerged that the Z1s is more like a variant of the full-sized Z1, and this international Z1f would be named differently. Today we see the model pass through the FCC, and while it may ...

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    When we first heard that curved-screen smartphones were becoming a reality, we were more than a bit worried we'd get models that were one-trick ponies, meant to show off the new display tech, but with little else going for them. But instead we've gotten devices like the LG G Flex, and even the curved screen and neat self-healing plastic aside, the hardware sounds like it makes for a pretty decent phablet. That's why we were so pleased to hear a rumor earlier this week that the G Flex might be coming to a whole bunch of US carriers. While we haven't been expecting that to go down until next ...

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    Is the FCC finally becoming... cool? It's always put up a bit of a fight with carriers, but recent news has really started making it seem like it's no longer just another cog in an industry-friendly machine, and more an agency that truly has the public's back. A little earlier this month we told you about the arrival of a speed test app that may be used to hold carriers accountable for delivering the performance they advertise, and today we hear the agency's new head making it clear that carriers need to get their acts together when it comes to unlocking our phones. Tom Wheeler only just ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the FCC's new Speed Test application for Android, and the government agency's plans to check if carriers are bringing you the service you pay for. Nokia follows the news as you can now order the Lumia 1520 one more time. Then we go through the reports that Stephen Elop is already discussing his plans as future CEO of Microsoft, and among the changes we see the company bringing Office to more platforms. Then we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Note 12.2 as it goes through the FCC. We end today's show talking about Google Now and some probable ...

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    In the post-apocalyptic every-man-for-himself wasteland that is the wireless industry in the US, the FCC often stands alone as the voice of reason, pulling in the reins and keeping the wild-eyed ravings of the carriers in check. It's the agency that makes sure the networks are playing on the up-and-up, and the decisions it makes help shape where the future of mobile broadband is going. If you care at all about what it does, you might want to check out the upcoming FCC Speed Test app, set to debut next week. The app, which for starters will be Android-only, is meant to let the FCC gather ...

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    How big is too big for a tablet? Samsung is clearly unsatisfied with a Galaxy Note series topping-out at 10.1 inches, and for the past couple months, we've been tracking evidence pointing to the launch of a 12.2-inch Note tablet. With a 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 800 SoC (with the possibility of an Exynos option?), the idea of this Galaxy Note 12.2 was sounding pretty good, and last week we saw an LTE-equipped version of the hardware show up with its paperwork at the FCC. As you might recall, however, we've been aware of work on two more hardware revisions, and it now ...

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    A little earlier this week we brought you our review of the new Galaxy Note 10.1 model, which so far has reigned as the largest member of the Note clan around. That's probably not going to last forever, thoguh, as we've been seeing a number of signs lately pointing to an even larger Galaxy Note tablet, a device that appears to be getting a 12.2-inch display. We've heard a little about the name and some possible model numbers, and later saw what appeared to be the same device get its Bluetooth certification and appear in some benchmark tests. Today, the road towards this model finally going ...

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    When are we finally going to get the skinny on lower-cost version of the Motorola Moto X we've heard rumored for so long, the Motorola DVX? Last time we were talking about the handset, it sounded like a mid-September launch could have been possible, but that clearly hasn't actually happened. Back at the beginning of the month, we saw the FCC publish the test documentation for the XT1032, XT1033, and XT1035 – the three carrier variants of the DVX of which we're aware – but they didn't offer anything too interesting. However, Motorola has submitted some follow-up docs to that initial FCC ...

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    September is just about to leave us behind for October, which means that Nokia's October 22 event is finally in sight. While there's bound to be some lower-end Asha business, we're also expecting to finally see Nokia launch some much more prominent devices, including the Lumia 1520 phablet and maybe even that 2520 tablet. Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to check out just such a Nokia tablet in some FCC paperwork, and today we're in the same boat with the 1520, as its own documentation gets published by the agency. We're looking at two distinct hardware versions here, as the ...

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