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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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    If you missed the news, Apple is now the most "valuable" company in history. The numbers don't factor in the relative worth of the dollar today versus when Microsoft was  in their heyday -- but hey, who's counting? Are you familiar with the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Basically, it underscores the concept that two parties with a common foe, could work together to advance common goals. By working together, the two could possibly overpower their mutual enemy. The two underdogs here are Android and Windows Phone -- and they're both in a unique position: Apple doesn't like ...

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    Some holes, like this one in Yellowstone National Park, are beautiful. But take a look at your phone or tablet. How many holes does it have in it? None of them are "pretty". Let's face it,  they're eyesores. Holes seem like they are necessary components, but they do make your phone look ugly. Additionally, they're extra components which just add on to the cost of an already pricey piece of electronics. Let's count them, shall we? Chances are you've got a headphone jack, a microUSB port, and maybe even an MHL/HDMI port. Why? Why do we have so many holes in our devices? Aren't there other ...

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    Near Field Communication is just now starting to become somewhat widespread among smartphones, with support for the feature included on several popular new models. Considering we've been waiting for well over a year to see NFC take off, that sounds like great news. Could ubiquitous NFC support end up being a cures, though, rather than a blessing? One hacker is sounding the alarm that NFC, as currently implemented on many smartphones, is just asking to be exploited to the detriment of phone owners. The problems that lead to these vulnerabilities are due to issues on multiple levels, and the ...

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    Have you ever wondered why it's so difficult to transfer something from one phone or tablet to another using NFC? Isn't NFC supposed to make everything easier? I've got the answer to that question, along with a look back at another "transport mechanism" in this week's episode of the Android Guy Weekly. In the days before NFC we had IrDA Long, long ago (okay, not that long ago) we had something called IrDA that literally let you transfer stuff at the speed of light! Infrared light, to be precise... Who knew the speed of light was so slow! IrDA transfers took a long time, but with them you ...

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    Judging from my editorials this month, you'd think webOS suddenly got exhumed from the grave. I've mentioned Palm's defunct operating system in a piece on new smartphone platforms, on Android multitasking, and in an editorial about what it means to own a unique phone. All in the past two weeks. That's a lot of exposure for an OS that's fallen by the wayside, but it's not just because I'm a former devotee of the platform. It's because that's the natural order of things when an OS is either taking its last few breaths or walking the path to open source (or both). Other OEMs are snapping ...

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