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    Hating the iPhone is the new hating the Super Bowl champions. And if that's not a thing that people do, well, sorry: I don't get sports. Point is, Apple's new flagship just set a bevy of sales records –again– and seems poised to carry Apple through another successful year – again, again. So why do people hate the iPhone so much? We'll touch on that before launching into the far more important discussion of just how these phones actually work in the real world, from our own experiences to the unfortunate souls who got "the bends." All that in the show ahead, plus Android flip-phone ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality, edited version of the podcast. We hope you enjoyed; see you next week! We stayed up all night waiting for an iPhone that (almost) never came. A few days before that, we opined mightily about the smartwatch that's slated to accompany it come early next year – and a day or two before that, we took a quick look at the latest iPhone and Apple Watch competition from the Motorola camp, with the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360. It's smartwatch and smartphone soup over here at Pocketnow and, generous guys that we are, we want to share the experience with ...

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    It's been a long time coming: slowly but surely, Google's been pushing existing messaging services into Hangouts. Already we've seen Hangouts become the new destination for text messaging on our phones, and rumors extending back into last year suggested that the next to make the transition to Hangouts would be Google Voice. Evidence has popped-up time and time again to that effect, and this week we finally learn that the change is in progress, as Android users are prompted to migrate Voice conversations over to Hangouts. Even after all this time waiting, it sounds like there are still some ...

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    Update 2: Thanks to a commenter who pointed out the offensive comment in today's podcast regarding "roofies." This will shortly be excised from the official edited podcast. Until then, please accept this update as a temporary apology while we work to clean up our mess. Thank you for your patience. Updated with high-quality downloads in the Links section for those of you who couldn't catch us live. See you next week! The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. You know it as "the ee-fa." Old-timers might still call it the Berlin Radio Show. Stephen Schenck for some reason refers to it ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    Google's got big plans for Hangouts. We've already seen recent improvements to how it handles text messaging, and word is that major integration with Google Voice is just over the horizon. But what then? How will we see Hangouts mature into an even more well-rounded messaging tool? A new Google acquisition may clue us in to where things are headed next, as it snatches up Tinker Square, developer of messaging app Emu. Emu works like a cross between something like Google Now and a traditional text messaging app. It analyzes your conversation and pops-up relevant content, like your calendar ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    I've used Google Voice since the days when it was Grand Central. It's an amazing product and one that I don't know what I'd do without. For those of you who don't know, Google Voice is an interesting combination of telephone services. First, and foremost, Google Voice is to voicemail what Gmail is to email. When someone calls you, if you don't answer (or if you have a rule set up) they go to voicemail. After they leave a message it's transcribed (sometimes with ridiculous results). From there you can peek at what the message was (or what Google thinks it was), and call them back or send ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    With Google+ Hangouts came the promise of integration with Google Voice down the road -- it was supposed to be Google's unified chat client for all of its communication services. Today, as one member of the internet discovered, this merger looks to be one step closer to completion, as a screen within the app showed off Hangouts Google Voice integration setup. The screenshot was made possible because of a debug menu. This debug menu doesn't come available out of the box, though a recently created app called #DebugAllTheThings made it possible to show it. You can download the debug utility ...

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    Update: We've received your comments on the m4a format (vs mp3) and have added an mp3 version to the available feeds (it's accessible via the direct-download link below). Going forward, episodes will arrive in mp3 format, just like they used to. Thanks for the feedback! After 100 episodes of an award-winning mobile technology podcast done in the tried-and-true audio-only format, we think it's about time to change things up. That's why we're eschewing the beautiful outdoors for sound booths and dark offices this June afternoon: so we can kick off the all-new Pocketnow Weekly in style! ...

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    Today may be June 18, which means we got Amazon's announcement of its Fire phone a little earlier today, and T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5.0 event is coming up a few hours later on, but more than just being the eighteenth, it's also a Wednesday. You smartphone users with blood that runs Android green know what that means, as it's time for Google to make with its latest batch of Android app updates. We haven't spotted a ton of them this week, but at least a few new releases are on their way out to users, with updated versions of Drive and Hangouts arriving, along with some other new editions. ...

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    A Wednesday isn't complete without a couple app updates from Google, right? Today's updated apps from the Mountain View-based company include YouTube and Hangouts, both of which got new and improves features in their latest releases. YouTube's update to version 5.7 brings the ability to manually select the quality of a video that's playing. Android Police reports that users can set the video quality anywhere from 144p to 720p, but readers of ours have noted that 1080p manual options are available on certain devices. There's also an automatic option, which will choose the best resolution ...

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    We often look forward to Wednesdays for Google releasing updates to its library of Android apps, but it seems that this week we're off to an early start. That Android 4.4.3 update may continue to be elusive, but Google's been spotted sending out a new version of Hangouts to Android users, and while there's no official list of new features just yet, hands-on experiences with the updated app have clued us in as to what to expect. First off, it's probably worth noting what's NOT here: the long-rumored integration between Google Voice and Hangouts has still yet to occur. That said, what we do ...

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