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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    The same lawmaker that had the state of Utah recognize that pornography is a public health crisis is back at it. This time, Senator Todd Weiler is working on three bills that would force Utahns to opt-in to access X-rated materials online. Some of them would require filters be installed onto smartphones and tablets. // 0&&(d-=1)}),s.on("internal-error",function(t){i("ierr",[t,(new Date).getTime(),!0])})},{}],3:[function(t,e,n){t("loader").features.ins=!0},{}],4:[function(t,e,n){function r(t){}if(window.performance&&window.performance.timing&&window.performance.getEntriesByType){var ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    Update: Well, it wouldn't be an update without something breaking in the process. In this case, the iOS 9.3.2 seems to have screwed up some iPad Pro 9.7 tablets. Users report seeing an "Error 56" are instructed to connect to their computers and get on iTunes. An "Unknown Error 56" plagued several iPhone 6 devices back in 2014. iClarified suggests to boot your iPad Pro 9.7 to Device Firmware Upgrade Mode for a temporary fix. Our original story is below. Apple's computing platforms are getting their tweaks and optimizations on with OSX 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.1.1, tvOS 9.2.1 and iTunes ...

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    Smartphones are mission critical communications devices for many people, and we're increasingly relying on them to get work done. However there are times where we just need to sit in front of a larger screen and a proper keyboard to accomplish certain tasks. Maybe that more traditional laptop or desktop experience isn't even necessary, it's just more comfortable. What is Continuum? In an attempt to address this disparity, Microsoft introduced Continuum with the release of Windows 10 for Mobile. Plugging a Lumia 950 or 950XL into a dock doesn't just share the screen with a larger monitor, ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in time and thus, failed to fully mass-produce its crowdfunded tablet. It is in the midst of a massive refund process, the first round of which should go on through this month. Jolla is adamant to sticking with its timeline, one that sees the remaining backers getting their ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Force Touch, right? We've gone and genericized Apple's "3D Touch" to the point where we've forgotten it's been around for a while. But let's not lose sight of the features package 3D Touch brings us — added functionality. The second iteration of the Developer Preview has code to support something called "Launcher Shortcuts" and the folks at Phandroid, in association with Nova Launcher's developer, have gotten together a working demo of how an app might take advantage of it. Since the Android ecosystem has yet to develop an app with the new ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    When we reviewed the ASUS ZenFone 2 — or, at least one of them — this year we noted that for an unlocked phone, this thing sure had quite the bloatware. The company sure loves packing on those feel-good additions where possible but this one might just take the cake, especially when we're talking about the fuss iOS is going through with its apps. AdBlock Plus has signed on with ASUS to get its services pre-loaded and activated on the manufacturer's in-house internet browser for Android starting early next year. There are only 15 million users reportedly using that browser. But whatever ...

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    Update: We're currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We'll update this post if we're able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out. We've been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft's said "see you latah." If you've listened in to our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you can ...

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    When you go to a dorm or off-campus party these days, you'll likely hear jams being piped out from a laptop or a TV connected to a laptop. And can it ever be more crud — too much bass to be a nuisance to your neighbors or maxing out treble to the tips of tinniness. It's ugly stuff. Sonos hopes you buy one of its Bluetooth speakers and use an iPhone (liberal arts students, you're in luck) because it's here to perform some sonic calibration to your partay muzak with its Trueplay software. Currently, Sonos's Play 1, Play 3 and Play 5 speakers have the software and, again, only iOS currently ...

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    A portion of the Cyanogenmod community thought of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. as a departure of what they stood for. Others saw commercialization of a great Android ROM as progress. After some time technically apart, they're apparently coming back together (well, one is coming to the other) in a very, very small way. The C-Apps suite has been made available to Cyanogenmod users. It contains six apps: AudioFX enables 24-bit Lossless Audio listening and is an effects module Theme Chooser & Themes Store Dialer with Truecaller with "robust caller ID included" a Gallery app that ...

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    The general attitude towards software updates has been perceived as a negative one. The reality is that if the contents of that update feature significant changes and improvements, users will probably jump on the ball to do an OTA pull. It was the case with iOS 7. Not so much with iOS 8 and the 8.0.1 debacle didn't really help the case. This time around with iOS 9, we're looking at an 24-hour adoption rate somewhere between the two. Analytics firm Mixpanel has made available a tracking chart of all the active iPhones so far which have updated to iOS 9. You can pore over the data as it ...

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    Innovate. Catch up. Innovate. Catch up. Google. Apple. Apple. Google. Rinse and repeat. There are definitely reasons why Android has the world on its platform and why iOS is the only feasible contender in the US. That's for another article. Meantime, Windows has been struggling, struggling and struggling with the slow waddle towards feature-packed Windows 10 for mobile. Blackberry's been comfortable serving its corporate and security niches in the market with its own software and hardware, though they might succumb in the mobile platform race soon. webOS is off of smartphones and onto ...

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    We recently had the opportunity to review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, an experience we enjoyed primarily because of the device's innovative hardware: a 6.9mm-thick, 495g chassis that manages to squeeze water- and dust-resistance onto its list of features. Pocketnow is currently in the midst of reviewing the BlackBerry Q10, a peculiar blend of yesterday's design cues with a modern OS - and we're enjoying the feeling of real physical keys under our thumbs again. The third-generation Apple iPad and Microsoft's Surface RT also share space in our office, and we love the sturdy (if heavy) hardware ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 comes packing a wide array of features. Some, like its flip-to-mute functionality, are minor but useful. Others, like the Smart Pause function that promises to interrupt playback when you look away from a playing video, are great ideas sullied by lackluster execution. And between those two extremes lies a dense field of additional functions. We tried to squeeze as much feature coverage as we could into our full review of the Galaxy S 4, but there's only so much room in even the densest Pocketnow review articles. Here, then, is a video walkthrough of the Galaxy S 4's unique ...

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    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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