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    By their very nature, smartphones have always been fairly private devices. The conversations we have, the pictures we take, and the other various types of data we store on our smartphones are likely very private and often very sensitive. While I don't personally keep anything compromising – pictures, text, or otherwise – on my smartphone, private conversations I wouldn't want other people to read abound. My smartphone also has access to my bank account, my LastPass account, which holds the passwords to all my online accounts, and cloud access to all my photos, documents, and other ...

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    Remember how excited you were? Think back. Think way back to February in the year two thousand fourteen - seems like ages ago doesn't it - and how exciting it was for Samsung to be launching its newest flagship device, just under a year after the GS4 hit the stage. Are you harkening? Do you feel the thrill? The excitement? You don't? Well good, you shouldn't. Because it all meant absolutely zero, zip, zilch. That's right, it's 'Prime' time people. No, not the time when your favorite show - Dancing with the American Ninja Idol Warriors is on. No, it's time for Samsung to upend the apple ...

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    Microsoft pushed out this nifty little app recently which does what I’ve been wanting to do for years. It’s called ‘Files’ appropriately, because it manages files on your phone. Android’s been doing this for eons via third party apps and Apple will probably never do it. But I had hoped that Microsoft might someday allow users to dig into the file system a bit and get some stuff done. Finally, we can do it. Actually, in all fairness, it looks like there's been at least one third party solution out there for at least a year. But, this official Microsoft  app single-handedly makes ...

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    Buttons on Android-powered devices have long been a source of confusion and frustration. Sometimes they're there, sometimes they're not. Sometimes the back button is on the left, sometimes it's not. They may be physical buttons, capacitive buttons, on-screen buttons, or some combination of two or three. Even the graphics for back, home, and running apps vary between devices made by different OEMs. Apparently, the only thing consistent about these buttons is inconsistency. We've talked about why the hardware home button needs to go away before and the menu button has virtually disappeared. ...

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    After Apple took the stage to announce the iPhone 5s last year, the market was left in a bit of a panic. Its latest A7 chipset, made of a 1.3GHz dual-core Cyclone CPU and quad-core PowerVR G6430 GPU, had something no other smartphone chip came with at the time: 64-bit architecture. Thanks to this 64-bit computing, Apple's iPhone 5s is able to "crunch numbers more efficiently", thanks to extra registers, explains The Verge's Aaron Souppouris. This difference is especially helpful for things like encoding and decoding video, says Souppouris. The true usefulness of 64-bit in smartphones, ...

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    Something has been bothering me in the smartphone world lately. It’s something that started off slowly and enjoyed a little ribbing. Then it got silly. Now it’s just plain old dumb. There are too many “One” smartphones today. Already we see the HTC One, the OnePlus One, and the rumored Moto X plus One. So let’s run through those ones again shall we? Moto X Plus One, One, and OnePlus One. Did I miss anyone? Or should I say, “Did I miss any One?” Confused yet? You should be. I think those three companies should get together and run a promotion – “Say all of these names 5 ...

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    With all of the excitement over the release of Microsoft's Office for iPad, the newly free-to-use versions of Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones, as well as the reveal of a touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8 tablets at Microsoft's Build conference… it got me wondering if Windows Phone would ever see a more comprehensive version of Microsoft Office. Since Windows Phone 7 was released back in 2010, the only real changes to the mobile Office suit was removing OneNote from the Office hub and giving it its own app icon. Microsoft has said that the mobile Office is mainly ...

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    As we've mentioned on countless episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly, the HTC One is one of the most widely-leaked devices in history. Thanks to an explosion of prematurely-released info, including a lengthy and rather strange hands-on video and a photo of the retail packaging, we know many secrets concerning the device that's come to be known, around these parts, as the #ANHO. But with the official announcement still more than a week away, there are a few details surrounding the All New HTC One specs that remain hidden to us. Personally, I'm enjoying being none the wiser (I always prefer to ...

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    Net neutrality. If you've been a responsible Internet user in the last few months, you're familiar with the term and what it means for us, the paying subscribers. For those unaware, it's the movement (or set of rules, rather) that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online activity equally. In other words, you pay your fees, and you have unadulterated access to the Internet, regardless of the sites you visit, the services you use, etc. Last month, a federal appeals court shot down the FCC's net neutrality rules, and that opened the door for a Wild West Internet, where the ...

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    When the Samsung GS5 was announced, it brought some interesting features to the table. The one that made me stand up and take notice was the ultra-power saver mode that according to Samsung could make a phone last for 24 hours receiving phone and SMS on just 10% battery life. That’s just silly good. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about water. Water resistance was also brought to bear in the GS5. Not the GS5 Active, but the GS5 itself. Yes, there is a USB flap/door/thing that needs to be closed, but this phone is water resistant. That’s a pretty big deal. ...

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    The quality of my sleep has drastically declined over the years, as well as the amount I get each night. On a rare great night, I might get six hours of sleep. If it's the weekend, I may get eight. But an average night of sleep is five hours or less. Sometimes much less. It's a safe bet to assume the seemingly harmless smartphone in my pocket or tablet in my bag play a major part in this. Oh, and that incessantly buzzing smartwatch that rattles off the table every night … it plays a part, too. Countless studies have shown and proven the effects of technology on sleep, though, so this ...

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    You may have heard the news recently that LogMeIn's free accounts are being discontinued.  I switched to LogMeIn for remote PC access back when Microsoft discontinued their super-awesome Live Mesh software which did a similar thing and much more.  Basically, you install the software on which ever computers you own and then you can use your single LogMeIn account to access those PCs remotely via the web or any of their mobile apps.  Now that LogMeIn is no longer free, it's time to find something else that will let me access my home personal computer periodically.  Goodbye LogMeIn. Hello ...

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    Like most members of the Pocketnow team, I tote a lot of gadgets. After all, "Captain2Phones" isn't just a Twitter handle - it's a lifestyle. It's also a massive, ridiculous understatement: at any given time, my online persona is logged in to many different mobile devices, all of which titter and chirp incessantly when even the most minor of messages arrives. Couple that with a very busy inbox and a slew of friends for whom the enter key is a form of punctuation all its own, and sometimes I just want out. I want a way to say to everyone, all at once, "I'm gone for a while. Your messages ...

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    Is it just me, or does it seem a tad ironic that this headline exists? I mean seriously; we’re talking about phones here. Of course call quality has to be the most important right? Ehh.. not so much. It’s really funny. I was watching our own Michael Fisher’s review of the LG G Flex. He got to the part talking about call quality, and I found myself thinking to myself, “Who cares about call quality…wait.” But it is true. Call quality and camera quality are both pretty highly subjective fields, but we as a tech community are much more forgiving about call quality than we are about ...

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    The year is quickly coming to a close, and looking back, it's safe to say this has been the year of smartphone cameras. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, and several others have tried their hand at innovating the next breakthrough in camera technology, creating the perfect balance of mobility, pocketability, and image quality. Some, obviously, did better than others. HTC, for one, proved that while the image sensor on the One wasn't the best in the industry, it's meager 4-megapixel sensor packed a serious punch. LG managed to create one of the most balanced mobile cameras to date ...

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