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    The summer of 2007. In the United States, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy topped the pop charts; the final installment in the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history; and the films Oceans 13 and Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still money to be made in Hollywood sequels. Meanwhile in quaint Norfolk Virginia, I was preparing to leave my job at wireless carrier Sprint Nextel, and as such, I was in the market for the biggest, beefiest smartphone I could buy to see me through the next two years. In 2007, that slab of smartphone hot sauce was the HTC ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 3 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We'd like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can't respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we ...

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    Progress has a way of forcing change upon us. Maybe you were an oldschool computer user, accustom to navigating your way around the system using only a keyboard and resistant to the idea of mice when they first sprung up. You could stick to your guns and make do to an extent, but that would be doing yourself a disservice, missing out on all the latest mouse-requiring software. Or maybe you've been stockpiling 100 watt incandescent bulbs since back before the US started phasing them out, but someday even those will burn out, and you'll be forced to go CFL or LED. Trying to fight the passage ...

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    It's been six years since the popularization of the touchscreen keyboard began in earnest, an eternity in the fast-paced world of mobile technology. But in contrast to -and maybe in defiance of- that breakneck pace, many less-cutting-edge consumers still cling to the more tactile artifacts of yesteryear. Even in 2013, these folks will settle for nothing less than a true physical keyboard on their smartphone. And though the options in that space have dwindled dramatically in recent years, some solid contenders remain. The BlackBerry Q10 is one of them. We glimpsed it briefly during our time ...

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    I got my start in the tech industry with BlackBerry. I was a fiend. I've owned dozens of different models, and I knew my way around the software like the back of my hand. I made my own themes in my free time, and was constantly flashing unofficial software and on the prowl for new apps and games. Above all, when BlackBerry failed to innovate and change direction with the rest of the smartphone market, there was one feature that I found unbelievably difficult to give up: the physical keyboards. BlackBerry was – and still is, for that matter – renowned for its second-to-none keyboards. ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    If you've been using a smartphone for long enough, there's a decent chance that you've crossed paths with a handset featuring a hardware QWERTY keyboard at one point or another. Especially back in the early days of tiny, resistive screens, when using a virtual on-screen keyboard meant tapping away with your stylus like a tiny icepick, hardware keyboards seemed like the luxurious alternative. With the advent of larger, more sensitive screens and smarter keyboard software, QWERTY keyboards have had their fight cut out for them. Over the past several years it's been getting harder and harder ...

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    It is, as they say, a summer of sequels. The last three smartphones we've reviewed here at Pocketnow have been based on follow-on devices, phones with names ending in suffixes indicating they're not the first to carry their family name. Sometimes they're straightforward, as with the Galaxy S III, and sometimes they're more oblique, as in the case of the Atrix HD. The new Photon falls into the latter category; it's the second in a relatively young line, succeeding last year's WiMAX-packing Photon 4G. And as we discussed on last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, this latest ...

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    Yes, we know that names like Galaxy S Blaze 4G are interesting to say the least, but phone names nowadays are out of control. The Samsung SGH-T699, we caught wind of back in May, surfaced in some real-life pictures mid-June heading T-Mobile's way but now it appears that it will have a name attached (an out of control one). In its weirdness, the name seems logical. After the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, a Samsung phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard can easily be named Galaxy S Blaze Q. The phone is expected to land on August 15 with its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, HD ...

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