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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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    There's no denying that smartphone technology has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than a decade. Back when we were reviewing the HTC Touch Pro2 almost five years ago, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would've been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect smartphone, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today's Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the reasons why these technologies are crucial ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    The Windows Phone situation is improving, yet to take from the likes of Android and iOS, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Global smartphone market share in Q3 2013 breaks down predictably: Android holds 81.9 percent, iOS holds 12.1 percent, and Windows Phone hangs on to a mere 3.6 percent. BlackBerry, Bada, Symbian, and the ominous Other categories split the remaining 2.5 percent. Microsoft, at long last, is actually making headway. Globally, it's up from 2.3 in the same quarter last year. This is due in large part to the mini successes of Nokia – its incredibly affordable Lumia ...

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    Notifications are one of my favorite features on Android. The ability to peek at incoming notifications and handle business without ever leaving an application is great. Expanding notifications for additional information without having to open the respective app is often quite useful. And now that stock Android has quick settings toggles integrated into the shade, I honestly couldn't ask for much more. However, my notification shade is out of control, and it's only getting worse. What you see above are four notifications that are always present on my Moto X's notification shade. Always. ...

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    Few will dispute that HTC makes great hardware – or even great devices. In fact, over the last five years, HTC has managed to make some of the most compelling mobile handsets the market has ever seen, with a handful of firsts to boot. It made the first consumer Android smartphone, the first WiMAX and LTE smartphones, the first phone with a 3D camera, the first 4.3-inch smartphone, and even the first ever Google Nexus device, the famed Nexus One. HTC has had its moments over the years, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. While many have defected, there are still hordes of die-hard HTC fans out ...

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    Let's face it, smartphones aren't perfect. We've had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don't think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don't. There are companies that'll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, smartphones aren't new. We've used them for over a decade, and it's interesting to note that there are ...

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    Windows Phone is finally filling the gap and stepping into the role as the third ecosystem. For those not wooed by the vast app and digital content selection in Apple's App Store or Google's broad range of web services, Microsoft is a viable alternative. Windows Phone is maturing (albeit slowly) and Microsoft's ecosystem is growing at a similar pace. Still, it's impossible to overlook the attention the platform has garnered in just the last six months. This is likely thanks to new, innovative hardware, a big purchase from Microsoft, and the recent firmware update, which brought support for ...

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    For the last week, I've been driving around Charlotte listening to my car lambaste me for stomping the throttle too hard or slamming on the brakes. I've also had the unique ability to look back through all my driving history, in borderline-creepy detail. I posted my review of Automatic, a smartphone app with an accompanying module which plugs into the OBD-II port on your car and tracks your every last move while driving, yesterday morning. For $100, the device isn't exactly cheap, but what it offers is pretty compelling. If you speed (drive over 70mph), brake too hard, or accelerate too ...

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    If you made it to the outtakes section of my recent video comparing the HTC One max and Galaxy Note 3, you'll know I currently have a head cold. That's no fun, but it beats some of the more potent biological hazards out there, like coliform contamination, or the horrifyingly-named Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, I'm still exposed to pathogens like these every single day, and so are you. And one of the leading nesting grounds of these bacteriological nightmares is -you guessed it- your trusty smartphone. Phone germs be nasty, people. This unfortunate truth ...

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    The fine line between modern smartphones and tablets is increasingly difficult to discern. Smartphones continue to grow in size while tablets continue to offer very little additional functionality. The average smartphone size is approaching 5-inches, but the market's largest smartphones exceed even the 6-inch threshold; the Galaxy Mega 6.3 offers a 6.3-inch display and Sony's enormous Xperia Z Ultra measures 6.4-inches, diagonally. Meanwhile, the lower threshold of small tablets is around 7-inches. Meaning only 0.6-diagonal inches separates the largest smartphone and smallest tablet in ...

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    Android and iOS, the two most popular and successful mobile operating systems in the world, have dominated the mobile industry for over two years now. Android, specifically, nearly quadrupled its global marketshare between Q1 2010 and the same quarter the following year. And it has more than doubled since, capturing a total of 79.3 percent as of Q2 this year. Apple's iOS has also held a significant chunk of market share for the better part of three years, as well. Ever since the second half of 2008, iOS has held between 10 and 20 percent market share, globally. And since the unfortunate ...

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    I am … a connected man. At any given time, I have two smartphones in my pockets, and many more in my "nerd bag", along with a couple tablets, MacBook Pro, and a host of related devices. (Currently a Moga Pro controller, NEX-5N camera, UE Boom speaker, UE earbuds, Bluebuds X, etc.) In other words, I'm always connected – some way, somehow – to the Internet. I tweet dozens of times every day, I post to Google+ regularly, and I creep on Facebook for a collective hour throughout the day. I send tens of thousands of messages on Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Google Voice every week. I ...

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    The title of this editorial is, in itself, contradicting. The cellphone alone is a revolution, and we've seen that through the course of humanity in the last three decades. Even though it took the world more than a decade to actually make the cellphone both portable and affordable, it was clear that the invention would change the way we handle communications. Revolutionary according to the dictionary refers to something that has a major, sudden impact on society or on some aspect of human endeavor. The cellphone, along with the television, the automobile, the airplane, and even its older ...

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