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    If you're an Android power user you're probably familiar with the name Francisco Franco. The franco.Kernel updater app (and associated Franco kernels) have long been a favorite among rooted users - myself included. But what happens when a developer turns their attention and talents away from kernels and governors and optimizing for thermal thresholds? In this case, they turn their attention to your pictures. Not long ago Google updated (or "replaced", depending on who you ask) its Gallery app with "Photos". Don't get me wrong, Photos is an awesome app with cloud integration, zooming, and ...

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    There was a time (not too long ago) when Samsung reigned supreme in the fuzzy space that existed somewhere between a smartphone and tablet. We dubbed these devices "phablets", and although that sounded pretty funny, the term sort of stuck. These devices bridged the gap between the previously distinctly different device types. Screens were bigger, that was the first thing you'd notice when comparing devices, but those weren't the only things that were different. Phablets generally had bigger, removable batteries, not just to power their larger screens, but to extend the usable time we ...

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    Update: After updated coverage from ePrice, we are now able to dispel claims that dual-SIM models of the Galaxy Note 5 have microSD expansion. They do not. Check out source link 2. The original story is below. So, does this mean that we throw out all the editorials that we've just written? Does it mean that everyone can stop complaining? Does it mean that Samsung has listened to the thronging internet masses like it says it has? Only if you live in a territory where you can pull up a dual-SIM Galaxy Note 5. And since we know that most of Europe is not going to see the Note 5 anyhow (or ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is official and you'll be able to get one on August 21st. But is it still going to appeal to power users? Here's what Samsung took out of the Galaxy Note 5, and what was left in. Earlier today we talked about rumors which indicated that Samsung would be using a non-removable battery in the Note 5, and wouldn't be including a microsd slot. So far, those rumors seem to hold true - however, it might not be as bad as it seems. Removable Battery Unlike other Notes before it, the Note 5 will not be coming with a user replaceable battery. This means users will have to ...

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    Remember when the first Galaxy Note was announced to the world? Samsung took to the stage at its annual Unpacked event back in 2011, and showed off a big honking device with a 5.2" display and a stylus, and it was one of the most bizarre smartphones we'd ever seen. Hell, it even created a new category of smartphone altogether — the phablet was born! The Galaxy Note launched with top-of-the-line specs, matching Samsung's tablets of the time, and though I didn't buy one at launch, I traded my Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a white model (in retrospect, I may have overpaid in that ...

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    You've read the headlines and heard the rhetoric: 97% of mobile malware is on Android, Android malware threat rears its head again, Android malware spies on you even after phone is shut down, and more. Based on those headlines, you'd think that Android is a cesspool of filth and simply having a phone powered by the OS opens you to a host of problems - problems that might be solved by switching to another platform from another company. Unfortunately, the headlines are fantastical, and the "problem" with Android malware doesn't really exist - and never has. "But Joe, Google says it just cut ...

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    One of the things we all like about Android is the ability to customize our smartphones and tablets to suit our personalities and the way we each use our devices. Out of the box, stock and unrooted, Android is a very powerful operating system. With just a couple taps you can enable sideloading of apps, and you can even install any of several app stores. However, if you're brave enough and with a little technical know-how, you can OEM unlock and root your device. From there, the sky is the limit! In the past we've talked about various hacks, apps that require root, custom ROMs, and more. ...

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    We all have the ability to send text messages to one another, but today the manner in which we do so varies greatly. What methods are available, and what are the benefits of going back to "the oldest in the book"? SMS in its current form was born back in 1985 with the GSM series of standards. Essentially, the SMS standard enabled GSM customers to send messages of up to 160 characters to each other via the wireless network. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User we'll find out if SMS is still relevant. Why 160 characters? GSM was designed for voice communications, and routing those ...

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    Anyone who has ever rooted their Android-powered device should be familiar with two things: superuser and BusyBox. The former is a permissions management tool that lets you, the user, decide which apps get issued superuser permissions (and for how long), and which ones get rejected. BusyBox is something different, and it may be slated for replacement. What is BusyBox, and what do we know about the "new BusyBox" that may be replacing it? I'm glad you asked! What is BusyBox? BusyBox was originally written by Bruce Perens and "finished" in 1996. It originally was aimed at putting a complete ...

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