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    Pry yourself away from all the Android 5.0 update stuff for a moment, and you'll notice quite a bit of additional software news happening today with Google and Android. Some of that involves updates to existing apps – nothing out of the ordinary for one of Google's “update Wednesdays” - but this week the company also sees fit to break ground on a new (or reincarnated old) one, quietly releasing the stand-alone Messenger app. Messenger almost feels like a step backwards from Google's recent push to bring ALL your instant messaging – whether that's straight-up IMs or old text ...

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    I've used Google Voice since the days when it was Grand Central. It's an amazing product and one that I don't know what I'd do without. For those of you who don't know, Google Voice is an interesting combination of telephone services. First, and foremost, Google Voice is to voicemail what Gmail is to email. When someone calls you, if you don't answer (or if you have a rule set up) they go to voicemail. After they leave a message it's transcribed (sometimes with ridiculous results). From there you can peek at what the message was (or what Google thinks it was), and call them back or send ...

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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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    Technology sites like Pocketnow often focus on carrier coverage and wireless technologies made available through the cellular towers that dot our landscape. We are constantly bombarded with acronyms: EDGE, GMRS, HSPA, Wi-Max, LTE, CDMA, GSM, and so on. That's all fine and good, but one technology we often overlook is WiFi. More often that we'd like to admit our "traditional" cellular coverage (voice and text) isn't ideal, but that's something that could be remedied through data networks. Local-area wireless networks have some distinct advantages over their wide-area cousins -- advantages ...

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    There is no shortage of options when it comes to communicating with a modern smartphone. There are literally hundreds – likely even thousands – of different ways to communicate. There's the voice call, which is no longer a staple in mobile communication for many. And there is an endless supply of different IP messengers available, free of charge, depending on what mobile OS you use. There's email, for the more traditional feel of correspondence. And there are several popular social networking sites around the Web that are (generally) easy to access via mobile and, likewise, great for ...

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    At the opening Google I/O 2013 keynote, Google revealed that it would be taking a much different approach to the developer conference than it had in years past. It was less about consumers and consumer products, and more about services and developers – as it should be. Many were upset over the lack of new hardware and the lack of a true point update to the Android operating system. But as I explained in an editorial on Wednesday, there was much more to the keynote than what initially met the eye. It was about updating the OS in a way all existing users (or every user on version 2.2 and ...

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    Last week, I wrote an article laying out my smartphone history, in which I waxed nostalgic about some of the devices and platforms from my past. The idea was to give readers some context for where I'm coming from, device-wise, and it led to a lot of great comments from users who wanted to share their own lists and favorite-device memories. A side-effect of looking backward over the course of my smartphone-owning life, however, has been a renewed fascination with a few apps from my younger days. Topping the list, this week at least, are those apps which functioned as virtual secretaries. ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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