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    This article is my 628th piece of content (give or take) for Pocketnow. After somewhere over half a million words written (not including video scripts), it's also my last. I have been sitting on my bed every night this week, staring at a blinking cursor and trying to figure out where to even begin. No goodbye is easy. I've been putting this one off, just like I've been avoiding the inevitable for the last three years. Before I get into all that, let me begin by saying thank you. Thank you to Pocketnow – especially Brandon. Michael, and Anton – for believing in me and giving me the ...

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    When it comes to trade shows, we at Pocketnow keep it low-key. As we discussed in detail on a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we don't have all the resources of a major media corporation, so we're often called upon to do a lot with a little. That's been the case with the last few trade shows we attended, and IFA 2014 is no different. Taylor Martin and I will be the guys on the ground for this show, alternating duties as cameraman and host, backed up by the rest of the Pocketnow team who'll be supporting us remotely from five different time zones. The work itself ...

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    "What are your favorite Windows Phone apps?" is a question I never get asked on the internet, mainly because people are too busy asking me what my daily drivers are, despite the fact that it's all there in my Twitter profile. But it's an important question. Because even though I feel that you shouldn't carry a particular device just because I carry it, the question of which apps and services we opt to use is another story. To step back to 2008 for a second: apps are magical things. As we discovered on a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, almost all of us can remember ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we see a lot of phones. Some are terrible, some are "okay", and others are amazing pieces of technology that excel in every way -- except a couple. It seems that even now, do device is perfect. But what is "perfect", anyway? What do we want in our dream phone? That's what we asked the Pocketnow Team, but instead of limiting ourselves to which of today's phones we'd really love to have in our pockets, we asked what tech we want in a phone right now. Is it a curved screen? An even better AMOLED display? Knock to unlock on even more devices? Frickin' lasers? Here's what ...

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    One question I get asked more than all the others is "what do you have on your phone?" Sure, people wonder what phone I have, who my carrier is, how much I pay for my plan every month, what my favorite accessory is, and a whole slew of other things, but eventually it all comes back to that singular question: what does Joe the Android Guy have on his phone? Over the last month I've switched between the Nexus 5, the Asus PadFone X, HTC Desire 816, HTC One mini 2, HTC One M8 harman kardon edition, and even the Moto X - and that doesn't include tablets and wearables! Each of those devices has ...

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    I've tried being a minimalist … more than once. It just doesn't jive with my personality. I like to have all my things within reach at any time. I carry two smartphones – one Android and one iOS – for that very reason. I don't like to be without the things I need; therefore, I need a big bag with lots of organization to keep my daily carry from being a total disaster inside. This year, I've instilled a great deal of organization in my life and, thus, my bag. I've tried to cut down to the things I frequently need, not just the things I want to have near me. I'm really bad at this ...

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    Pebble is pretty limited in functionality … by design. The creators don't want it to become some all-in-one, smartphone replacement, but instead want it to remain a peripheral – a controller and status indicator for the smartphone in your pocket. Pebble is a means of keeping your phone in your pocket more while enjoying the world around you. With the official Pebble 2.0 update, which will ultimately bring Pebble's own appstore, the watch is lined up for some pretty big changes in the near future. But you don't have to wait! You can install the Pebble 2.0 BETA software right now (with a ...

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    CES is just days away. Tony is already on the ground in Las Vegas, and Michael and I will hit the ground running Sunday afternoon. Apart from all the other trade shows each year, CES is a unique beast. This year, there are over 3,200 exhibitors spread out over a 1.9 million square foot show floor. We can't even begin to wrap our heads around how incredibly large the show is, displaying everything from upcoming car technology to smarter toothbrushes and thousands of things you never knew you wanted. We've already covered what to expect for the show. But how in the world do you prepare for ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    The Windows Store, a.k.a. Ground Zero. The flash point for millions of arguments raging across the internet, red-faced defenders squaring off against sneering attackers in the Great Platform Debate of the twenty-teens: are there enough Windows Phone apps to make the platform relevant? Fortunately, thanks to the recent arrival of such long-sought and well-known titles as Instagram, Spotify, and Snapchat (the latter thanks to excellent third-party app 6snap), that debate is growing less and less one-sided. The Windows Phone app situation is improving so steadily, in fact, that Microsoft's ...

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    Both Google Play and Apple's App Store are home to over one million applications each. While that's nothing to complain about, it does make new application discovery tricky, and it makes finding the best applications out there somewhat difficult. Over the years, however, I've managed to hone in on the best applications around, and I've come to rely on many. Each time I setup a new device, there are dozens of applications I feel I must download. But of those dozens, only a handful are applications I can no longer go without. In the below video, I briefly detail my must-have applications. ...

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    Know what I love doing at Pocketnow, more than almost anything else? Reviewing mobile devices. You could feed me a steady stream of smartphones and tablets, one every ten days, month after month, and I'd still love it. Yes, it's exhausting, and sometimes balancing timeliness with thoroughness is an ulcer-inducing tightrope walk, but it's still my absolute favorite part of being a technology writer. Know what my least-favorite part is? Assigning review scores. We've graced this editorial with the Pocketnow Insider tag, so let me be candid for a second: I absolutely cannot stand assigning ...

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    Psst. Want some behind-the-scenes info before you read this behind-the-scenes article? If that's not too meta for you, peep this: we were recently forced to rename an episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, less than an hour after publishing it. The reason? The same reason which drives most action on the internet, of course: "moar clicks." You see, episode 059 of the Weekly was our IFA teaser episode, the podcast where we sat around and talked about what we expected to see at this year's Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, better known as the "Berlin radio show" (and even better known, ...

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    Pocketnow Insider isn't just about video. It's a collection of posts that offers a glimpse behind the scenes of Pocketnow - and a brief look into the lives of the people behind it. This new recurring text series offers you the opportunity to get to know our editors better, outside the scope of their work here on the site. Thus far, we have seen the fly-by-night life of Jaime Rivera, the necessarily high-tech life of Joe Levi, and we learned the background of mystery man Stephen Schenck. Before that we got to know the many faces of Michael Fisher, the busy and exciting life of Adam Z. ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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