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    Just because it's a new year doesn't mean things are changing with the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. We're still shaking up the host roster on occasion, and we're still squeezing more than 90 minutes of discussion out of the mobile-technology news sector, even in the pit of the post-holiday lull. On our first podcast of 2013, Joe Levi joins us to talk Android amid a sea of pre-CES leaks, but not before we dive into a long and detailed discussion about the new mobile version of Ubuntu - a platform we'll learn how to consistently pronounce someday, but not today. We also touch on Sailfish and ...

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    One of the problems with technology in general its reliance on the widespread adoption of that technology before it's of much value. Take WiFi, for example. Back in 1998 wireless networking was all but was limited to proprietary point-to-point transmission and the GPRS in our phones. WiFi would change all that by extending networks to mobile devices, and to areas that we never would have imagined would have high-speed Internet access. Widespread WiFi adoption didn't happen over night, why? It was expensive and why would we deploy networks that relatively few people were able to use. On the ...

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    Last week, we heard that a couple major car manufacturers will be offering options for some of the models in their 2013 lineups to provide wireless charging for compatible smartphones. It seems that some of these companies have even grander plans for how increasingly-advanced cars will interact with our smartphones, and Hyundai, for one, has its eye on replacing your car keys with your phone. We were just talking about how NFC has yet to really find an application that captures our attention. Well, cars already let us unlock and start them with proximity-based tags, so why not teach them ...

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    You know, the touch screen isn't new. It was actually developed for the first time in 1965, and one of the first companies to ever use the technology on a mobile device was Apple with their first Newton PDAs. Sadly, as you remember, that didn't work so well and Apple killed the project just a couple of years later. Still, even after one company failed in making it a mainstream, along came Palm and Microsoft and completely shaped an industry that now powers the reason for being of this website. Who would've thought that a technology that was so cool even back then would fail until somebody ...

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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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    At a recent AT&T press event in New York City, Brandon Miniman and I had the opportunity to go hands-on with many of the new mobile devices slated to hit the carrier's networks in the next few months. Our gracious hosts also provided us with some complimentary accessories at that event, ranging from protective cases to external chargers to Bluetooth speakers. I'll continue the trend Brandon Miniman kicked off with his peek behind the curtain of the mobile tech industry with this unsurprising morsel: accessories are given away to the press rather frequently at publicity events. ...

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    Ever since Google announced the Nexus S, I've been waiting to see what NFC can do for smartphones. This whole time, it's seemed like an untapped well of potential, just waiting for its moment to hit the big time. After languishing for months, becoming years, this past summer I finally started to feel a change coming in the air, and started to hope that NFC's day in the sun was finally about to arrive. At least a portion of my hope was vested in expectations that Apple would make the iPhone 5 NFC compatible. Now that the phone's been announced with no such feature, will NFC still have the ...

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    It seems like we just got done talking about what a recent spate of success Google Wallet was seeing, now only to be inundated by stories of Verizon users suddenly finding themselves unable to access the service; what's going on? Verizon doesn't officially support Google Wallet on its version of the Galaxy Nexus, and users who sideloaded the app or otherwise modified their phone's software to allow it to be installed recently started running into error messages telling them their device/network was unsupported. You can blame all this on last week's update to Google Wallet. Apparently, ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when we were seriously doubting Google Wallet's long-term chances for success. After all, it seemed like even the limited carrier support it had been seeing might be about to disappear. However, right at the start of August Google announced that it had solved one of the biggest roadblocks towards using Wallet, opening up the service for payment with pretty much any credit card. We can't say for sure if that's responsible, but since then Google has seen a huge increase in Wallet usage. Since that change was announced, Wallet usage is more than double what it had been ...

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    Several months back, when spring was just turning to summer, the rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 made it seem like NFC support would be just as likely as LTE or a bigger display. More recently, though, rumors have been backing away from any outright claims of NFC compatibility; what's really the case? We'll know for sure in just a few hours, but for now one last rumor is on the table, and this one's back to considering NFC to be relatively likely. Will Strafach (aka Chronic) has been tweeting that he's pretty convinced iPhone 5 hardware will support NFC. He's basing this on earlier EVT ...

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    Last week, we talked about a picture of some partially-assembled iPhone 5 components that showed-off an unidentified component, looking like a slightly-rounded-off square. Everyone wondered about what it might be, and the theory that it had to do with the phone's rumored NFC capabilities came up. Cooler minds were quick to dismiss that theory, but it didn't leave us with any better of an idea as to just what that part really was. Some new photos of a disassembly have arrived, along with the new theory that the part is really the iPhone 5's speaker. Granted, the component is still ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through all the details of the recently announced LG Optimus G, which does change the game with it's spec sheet. We later talk about Samsung's recent plot for world domination by launching the Galaxy S III in more colors for your choice. We then go through the recently leaked images of a Nokia device that we're already calling a fake. On a sad note, we talk about Motorola's new strategy to know when you've rooted your device, and we end today's show talking about the possibilities of NFC coming to the iPhone 5. All this and more after the break. Which ...

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    A little earlier today, we mentioned the news that a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile seemed to imply that Isis NFC-based mobile payments would soon be available to the smartphone's users. Now we have a few more details to add, including just when the service will go up, where it will be available, and what other phones will work. Back in February, we heard that the first-wave launch would be in Salt Lake City, UT, and Austin, TX. That was supposed to take place sometime this summer, but we didn't know quite when. It's now been confirmed that those two are still the ...

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    The big NFC question of the day may be whether or not the iPhone 5 will support the feature, but there's also new developments on a couple NFC fronts in Android-land. Slowly but surely, Google continues to flesh-out Wallet with new features and capabilities. In recent weeks, we've seen it greatly expand its credit card compatibility with a bit of a workaround, and learned that Google managed to sway Discover over to supporting the app. Google's Robin Dua recently headed-up a Q&A session regarding Wallet, where he talked a little bit about what direction the app is heading. That ...

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    There's some new imagery going around that purports to show off the NFC chip on the upcoming iPhone 5. Not everyone's so convinced, though, and some theories have emerged as to why this mystery component may be something else entirely. In fact, there's a arguably convincing case to be made for why there may be no NFC on the iPhone 5 at all. That little square guy up top is supposed to be an integrated NFC controller chip and antenna. There are a number of problems with that idea, starting with just how small it is. NFC antennas are much larger than this on other phones, and an antenna this ...

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