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    We've shown off the Paranoid Android Custom ROM before. This is the ROM that enables phone, phablet, and tablet mode regardless of whether you're using a phone, phablet, or tablet -- and you can change the way your device displays any app. Paranoid Android also includes a very functional Pie-shaped control and notification area that we've shown you as well. Recent builds of Paranoid Android include a Halo-styled notification system. When a new notification comes in, it's presented to you in a small circle that floats above whatever app you're in. Once you've seen it, it slides out of the ...

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    It's always fun to discover new music, and one of the best ways to do that is through the people you know, either online or in real life. And since many of us spend a great deal of our online time on social media, various networks have become hotbeds for music discovery. Facebook, for example, teamed-up with Spotify to stream what you're listening to on Spotify to your Facebook News Feed in real time. Today, Twitter officially launched its social music discovery app, #music. (Yes, the name has a hashtag in it.) The service is only currently available on iOS and via desktop browser at ...

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    Kyocera's not a brand that appears often on our front page, but with efforts as unique and beastly as this, we're starting to think that's a shame. The Torque may be a mid-range device with average specs, but those middling attributes are wrapped up in a casing rated to IP67and MIL-SPEC 810G for durability, including exposure to blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, and immersion in water, among others. That durability is further augmented by a duo of cool factors: Sprint's CDMA-based Direct Connect two-way radio feature is on board, as is the rare tissue-conduction earpiece. ...

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    Ubuntu for Tablets and Phones has consumed my life for the past 30 hours. Canonical announced a developer preview would be arriving yesterday, and when it hit, I dropped everything I was doing and flashed it to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. I've been playing with it ever since and have mostly good things to say – keeping in mind it is a developer preview and far from any sort of stable release. In its tablet form, Ubuntu 12.10 Touch isn't all that different from the phone version. The home screen layout is horizontal, versus the vertical layout on smaller tablets and phones. There ...

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    Windows Phone's ecosystem may have grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the year, but we've still been waiting for Microsoft and its partners to fill some gaping holes in the form of big-name titles. Earlier today, we bid farewell to one of the most significant of those gaps by welcoming Spotify to Windows Phone 8. The app has been available on Windows Phone 7, in various forms, for quite some time - but it wasn't until this morning that the Beta version landed for users of Microsoft's more modern mobile platform. Join me for a brief and somewhat breathless tour of the new app's ...

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    We're no stranger to the Lumia 8xx series of Windows Phone 8 devices here at Pocketnow. The Lumia 810 got our full review treatment a little while back, the Lumia 822 helped us launch our new Quick Review format just a couple days ago, and just this afternoon, we received the device that served as the basis for both of those custom variants. Its 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 8MP camera haven't changed, but the radio guts, casing design, look and feel are something else entirely. Behold: the Nokia Lumia 820 for AT&T. Click below for the first of the ...

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    We've already reviewed one variant of Nokia's midrange Lumia 820 -the Luma 810 for T-Mobile USA- but there's enough different on both the inside and the outside of Verizon Wireless' variant that we thought we'd take another dip into the mid-tier Windows Phone 8 pool. The 822 is a curvier, thicker, but lighter take on the Lumia 820, with a design that summons images of a pebble when viewed from behind, and whose front side packs a little more "chin music" than we're used to. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8, projecting it onto a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display. It's powered ...

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    "It is not a phablet." HTC's stern declaration to the assembled press regarding the category of its latest Android smartphone was a little odd when it hit our ears at this morning's announcement, but the reason for the fuss quickly became apparent. Any time a company launches a device that breaks the five-inch-display barrier, there's bound to be speculation about its size -surely mammoth- and its weight -surely massive. In heading off the "phablet" talk right at the top of the announcement, HTC and Verizon let everyone know that despite its massive screen, the new Droid DNA was very ...

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    HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan. The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it's 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III's display; while we didn't have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive. Also a huge ...

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    It's been nearly six months since we last hosted a Windows Phone device in the Boston offices of Pocketnow, but in the past six hours we've welcomed in two of the newest and hottest. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 810 each enjoyed an unboxing in our studio this afternoon. Neither is a light or a small device, but the product we tour in this video is bigger and heavier than both of them combined. Times ten. It must've been all the excitement around the Windows Phone 8 launch, coupled with the irresistible promise of wireless charging mated with loud, bass-y audio. When I reported to ...

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    Last night, Samsung unveiled the US edition of its Galaxy Note II in a New York City event that traded subtlety for scale, a bombastic blowout scaled to fit the larger-than-life smartphone/tablet hybrid. In addition to a phablet-praising video testimonial from LeBron James and a star-studded VIP guest list, the packed house was treated to the musical stylings of Kanye West later in the evening as hundreds of new Galaxy Note IIs rolled video. Thanks to Samsung, we had an opportunity for a few minutes of studio time with one of the new Galaxy Note II units. There's not a lot new here; if ...

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    This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...

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    They're not in the same class of device, and they're not serving the same buyer segments, but that doesn't mean we can't do a comparison video. The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II share a common design lineage and a very similar software load, but there are differences to highlight- differences which provide some small insight into how Jelly Bean might look on the Galaxy S line in the future. In addition, we've got S-pen fun, feature comparisons, and the S Voice testing some of you were clamoring for. Plus, it's more video of the Galaxy Note II. You know you want it. So go get it, down ...

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    This year's IFA offers lots of Windows 8 hardware from a wide array of OEMs, and Acer is no exception to that. The company had two tablets on the floor, one of them being the Iconia W510/W511. It is running Microsoft's next generation Windows 8 platform on an Intel Clover Trail architecture. It has a 10.1-inch HD display of 1366x768 resolution with 350-nit brightness, a battery which can guarantee an up to eight-hour life, eight-megapixel main camera at the back, two-megapixel front webcam, all the usual suspects as well as an optional 3G radio. Check out the video below to see our first ...

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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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