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    There was a time (not too long ago) when Samsung reigned supreme in the fuzzy space that existed somewhere between a smartphone and tablet. We dubbed these devices "phablets", and although that sounded pretty funny, the term sort of stuck. These devices bridged the gap between the previously distinctly different device types. Screens were bigger, that was the first thing you'd notice when comparing devices, but those weren't the only things that were different. Phablets generally had bigger, removable batteries, not just to power their larger screens, but to extend the usable time we ...

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    We've all experienced it, as time passes our smartphones and tablets seem to get slower and slower. We've told ourselves that it's just all the crap valuable software that we have installed. We've told ourselves that applications keep getting bigger and more complex (and ultimately slower). We aren't wrong. All those things contribute to both actual and perceived slowdowns, but there may be one other contributing factor that is not only slowing us down, but hurting battery life in the process. How much? According to one study, smartphones could be 20 times faster and battery life could be ...

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    Most of you already know that I began my digital life as a Newton guy. To this day my MessagePad 2000U could do things that even the latest smartphones running the most customized ROM still can't do. When it was later rolled back into Apple then killed off, I switched to Pocket PC. It was hobbled together and didn't come close to how well integrated Newton was. Not until Voice Command came along. Instead of a feature, MS Voice Command was a purchased app that you could install on your PDA. This had advantages and disadvantages, but brought with it a whole new way of interacting with your ...

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    I alluded to a personal story in my last article. It's not a time in my life that I enjoy looking back upon -- nor sharing with others, so I'd ask for your understanding when you comment. My family and close friends know of this experience, but I haven't shared it with many people, not even the Pocketnow staff. Why do I share it now? Simply put, it's how I used technology to assist me during my recovery. Technology has changed since then, but maybe someone out there can gain some insight -- and maybe even some hope -- from reading about what another geek did to overcome challenges during ...

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    I think we can all agree that tablets aren't some passing fad and are here to stay. Would it surprise you to know that we've actually had tablets around us for several years already? Would it also surprise you to know that I've got more history with tablets than I do with smartphones? Yup! We go way back! Newton MessagePad 2000 Although I started with a MessagePad 130, I ended with a 2000U (that's a 2000 that was sent in to get the 2100 upgrade). This was my life line. Literally. After having suffered an acute injury to the brain I was left with an impaired short-term memory and the ...

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