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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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    We've seen some leaks of the new Windows Phone action center that will be coming to Windows Phone 8.1 recently.  It's basically a screen where you can find all of the missed notifications, but also quickly access toggle buttons for things like WiFi power, Driving mode, etc.  The method to access this new action center is exactly the same as Android, which Apple also copied for iOS… swipe down from the top edge of the screen. Now, I am of the opinion that copying bad design is bad. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't make it right.  What's bad about swiping down from the ...

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    Have you ever had that feeling that something is missing? It should be something so obvious, when you walk in the room, that it hits you in the face like a frying pan in a bad marriage. And yet, you just can't put your finger on it. It's that dangerous question that a wife asks her husband - “Notice anything?” - and you know there's something different, but you just don't see it? Microsoft has that feeling right now. Or at least it should. Or else it should be hit in the face with a frying pan. The power of three GDR3. Just think about that for a second. Gee Dee Arr Three. Notice ...

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    Devices powered by Google's Android operating system are fairly well rounded. They're a good phone. They're a decent time keeper and appointment tracker. They go a great job at helping you keep up with your social networks and email. They even help you relax to your favorite music. What do all these have to do with one another? And what do any of them have to do with a duck?! Ever since Google Play Music All Access was announced (and I bought into the monthly subscription) I've been listening to a lot of music -- a LOT of music. Most of the time everything works great. Sure, not all the ...

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