Posts tagged with: Pocketnow Weekly
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    Update: Major update from our pals at SCOTTeVEST.com: they have a 40% off sale going on up until Monday, September 28! Visit http://scottevest.com/pocketnow for the deets and enjoy! Only in the midst of iPhone-and-Nexus season could a week with three reviews, a new smartwatch, and looming launches from huge OEMs be called a "lull." But we'll take the breathers where we can get 'em. On the heels of our Huawei Watch review, a new Pebble joins the fray; on the eve of our OnePlus 2 review, LG teases a weird phone with a weirder video; and as Android Pay finally starts rolling out to US ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    Update: Ruined shoes be damned, it's time to bring on the slop. Enjoy! The muddy morass of tech news is seldom tranquil, even in the wake of a trade show as big as IFA 2015. No sooner had our moon boots touched down on US soil than Apple held a two-hour marathon event to unveil its new iPhones and a giant iPad ... and our keyboards barely had a chance to cool down from that before a Moto X Pure Edition came a'knockin' at our door, just begging to be unboxed. Toss in a hefty helping of backlogged review content (yes, we're still working on that Axon and OnePlus 2 coverage) and we've ...

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    It might as well have been a bar. Or a dance club. Full of EDM, feathers and psychotic playhouses. Really, when you walk into the Messe Berlin around this time of year, you should expect and receive everything. Buzzed-about wearables from Huawei and Samsung made their ways to the fray. Sony wore its Xperia lineage with its sixth coat of paint. ZTE splashed more of its truer colors onto the newest Axon smartphone. And then the trunk of the show irreparably branches into something else. We'll enjoy the climb as we head inside Mobilegeeks.de's tech.lounge at IFA 2015 and join hosts Sascha ...

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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    Update: And the audio-only cut is live at the download link below. Sorry for the audio quality on this one, folks; we'll all be happy when Jules is back on the producer board! "I am preparing to toast a marshmelon." That's a line from the greatest Star Trek movie of all time, and it's also something we hope to avoid when the official review period for the latest version of Android kicks off. Until then, we'll have to content ourselves with discussing Android Marshmallow's funny new name, followed by all the other mobile tech-talk of the week. And if you watch the live edition of ...

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    Update: The YouTube companion video is up, if you prefer listening to your podcasts that way. If you want us to keep on doing these companion videos in lieu of a live Hangouts during busy weeks like these, please give the video a like and subscribe to Pocketnow if you haven't already. It helps us know that our efforts are in the right place. Thanks! Samsung had a few boxes it had to ... unpack on Thursday. One of them contained a device we've really been waiting for. The other held a phone that basically came out this past spring. The compliments and complaints flew, the hands-ons were ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    Update: The podcast has been updated with audio from our Motorola event editorial roundtable. Enjoy! The flagship killer might've just gotten killed by a killer flagship! A new phablet might make former phablets obsolete! Windows Update just updated its last Windows! And your gaming tablet's so hot it's about to catch fire?! You can't get much ... hotter than that. Amirite? The news of the week in mobile technology is up next, from OnePlus to Windows to Motorola and beyond –plus your listener mail– on episode 159 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So say your keyphrase and listen closely, ...

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    Update (July 27, 12:30am): Check out #EditLive on Twitter to see what goes into editing the Pocketnow Weekly. See you next time! True story: as a high schooler spending the night in a new house, I awoke one morning to find my kitchen flooded with water due to a plumbing problem. My parents were out of town and the family friends who were house-sitting were frantically trying to find the shutoff valve ... but due to my terrible academic tardiness record I couldn't stay to help them find it. To ensure I wasn't required to repeat my senior year, I had to leave my family friends ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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    Update (06/28 21:50): Well, Michael and friend Chris did a good job. Fish's back. And the high-quality return is as well. Good luck. Who ever said that summer's a bit of a slow period in mobile tech circles? In the space between WWDC and IFA, nothing much happens, right? Luckily for you smartphone and tablet fans out there, that couldn't be further from the truth, and there's been a busy week chock-full of interesting developments that we're just aching to sift through, chew up, and feed to all of you, momma-bird style, on this week's Pocketnow Weekly. Life used to be so simple. Phones ...

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    Updated 06/21 01:30am Eastern: Hurry hurry! The podcast is out! What does a smartwatch need to succeed in 2015? Is it a color screen? A digital crown? An intuitive UI? Or is it just the right brand name? We're weighing those factors and more today as we take a look at the latest smartwatch from the people who effectively invented the category. Join us as we talk Pebble Time on the Pocketnow Weekly! The news doesn't stop at watches, of course, so we're also covering all the haps from the week in mobile technology. From the iPad Pro to the 3D Nexus to a Samsung BlackBerry, we're hitting all ...

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    Update: Some scheduling and technical difficulties have not only resulted in some portions of variable audio quality, but also a change in our format this episode. We hope that you can bear with them as we talk about the news of the week as well as a full WWDC 2015 editorial roundtable during the last half hour. Enjoy! Is a vegetarian "hamburger" rightfully called as much, or is it just a vegetable patty? Did Scrubs season nine really count, or were we essentially watching a brand-new show? And where are all these seemingly bizarre questions coming from? We're headed into not-so-uncharted ...

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    Update: Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Actually, more of these two-person convos would work out well for editing! See you next week! Barring any surprises, the next big smartphone launch of the year will come from Motorola – and right on time, we've got some potential Moto X 2015 leaks to share. Alongside that sits the Galaxy S6 Plus, a (possible) monster of a Samsung handset recently leaked by none other than MKBHD himself. And alongside all this newness we're taking a moment to pour a little out for the oldness, with the sixth anniversary of Palm's landmark launch date, 20090606. All ...

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    Update: Clocking in at 02:30:34, this is the longest episode of the Weekly to date, thanks in no small part to the addition of the I/O roundtable. Enjoy ALL of it with this distribution and we'll see you next week! The funny thing about the annual Google I/O developer conference is this: the news doesn't stop for it. In fact, the opposite is true; knowing that Google's about to carpet bomb the mobile tech landscape with two days' worth of Android developments, rivals and partners alike kick their PR machines into overdrive, straining to be heard above the din. Add in the lack of our ...

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    Update: The audio podcast is here! Enjoy it while we get to the next one! As any Neil Simon fan can tell you, rumors are pretty funny things. They often appear when they're least expected and they never come alone; rather, they arrive trailing a half-dozen other rumors that first support, then debunk, then ultimately confirm half of what the original was saying (but usually not the obvious half). Mix in about 500 mobile tech sites covering each and every rumor, and things get interesting mighty quick. This week is absolutely dominated by rumors ... and not much else. Considering the ...

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    Update: The HQ audio podcast has dropped! Thanks for listening! We've talked about it endlessly since its official unveiling last September, and now we've finally got one on our wrist. It's time to share thoughts from our two-week Apple Watch review period, and we've brought the biggest iOS expert we've got onto the airwaves to help us do just that (and talk a little iPhone 6s rumors in the process). Technology is more than Apple, of course, and despite our early broadcast time this week we've got plenty of hypermatter for the news reactor. From "the last version of Windows" to the ...

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    Update: Apologies for Phil Nickinson's audio from Hangouts in the first few minutes. But it gets better, so hang on for our first two hour podcast in a long time! And, as you might guess with this update, the HQ audio podcast has been distributed. Our next podcast will likely be on Wednesday, so tune in then! For those of us in the US, the LG G4 is the last big flagship smartphone launch before the fall, so you better believe we're milking it. We talked LG G4 first impressions with Florence Ion, Joshua Vergara and Dom Esposito from a boat last week, and while today's episode of the ...

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    Update: The direct download is available right now, along with additional outtakes from episode 145! Grab both down below and enjoy! For those of you with more refined entertainment tastes, you know what I’m talking about. You go to the theater, the usher shows you your seats, you open your playbill and find a hastily enclosed slip of paper saying “The part of Michael Fisher tonight will be played by understudy, Adam Doud”. You go through a range of emotions – anger, confusion, curiosity??? And then quickly back to anger. Michael will return next week, but seeing as how this is ...

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    The Atlantic Ocean is a vast and wide body of water that separates North America and Europe. In the span of a week, both shores played host to wondrous events: a showcase of innovations in the internet of everything and a flagship smartphone christened by one of Korea's envelope pushers. Tack on a couple of device unboxings and we only have just a few of the many reasons why we've pushed TWO podcasts into this wonderful week. We have the LG's launch of the G4 all covered with not one, not two, but three special guests: Dom Esposito of 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, Florence Ion from Greenbot ...

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    Update: Well, between Hangouts corrupting the video stream and a MacBook malfunctioning, we're able to provide you a fairly rough cut of the high-quality audio podcast. Our apologies for the delay for the Direct Download activation down below, but hey! There's always this week! Enjoy. It's the best rhetorical question we've seen this week: where can you mix 1990s sci-fi references, history lessons about famous steamships, and modern musings on the state of leatherbound smartphones? If you know the answer, congratulations on knowing the time of day and your ear from your elbow. If you ...

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    Update: HQ audio has been distributed and the Direct Download link is in service! Some technicalities made some parts a little wonky, but we thank you for your patience and listening. More next week! Sometimes, 3500 words and a 12-minute video isn't enough. When a smartphone is a truly big deal, sometimes you just need more. And more is exactly what we're bringing you on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, phones destined to change the Android landscape in 2015. We've got an S6 in one hand and an S6 edge brought by the angel of tech herself, and we're taking your questions live on ...

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