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    One time I rented a car to go away for a long weekend and I was happy to see that it had Microsoft's Sync MyFord Touch in-car computer built in.  I thought, "Cool! This should work great with my Windows Phone since it's made by Microsoft!"  Wrong!  It turns out, Microsoft's in-car computer works best with the iPhone according to this compatibility chart (PDF).  You'll notice that only Windows Phone 7 devices are on that list.  Another list shows some Windows Phone 8 devices, but the number of features supported is paltry.  I was using a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8.  It paired with ...

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    Before the iPhone was born, everyone wanted an iPod. Back then you could carry around your entire music collection with you. Today, times have changed. MP3s have gotten larger and higher-quality, and individual songs are now easier to find and much easier to download.  Taken together, the size of our music libraries has increased significantly since the "good ol' days" of the original iPod. Luckily, iPods have improved as well, but now most of us use our smartphones to do that which our iPods used to. Interestingly, a good deal of smartphones still come with only 8GB or 16GB storage. The ...

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    I was given this assignment at the beginning of the week by my colleague Michael Fisher. And I was excited about it.  I totally get it. That would be awesome! My mind instantly started thinking of the possibilities. I thought of the YotaPhone. I thought of low power consumption. I thought of Netflix. All in one device! This is a killer idea. One device to rule them all Imagine hefting your Kindle Fire and firing up Netflix. You watch another episode of House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is killing it. Suddenly you get a notification that you're down to 20% battery life – you forgot to charge! ...

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    Android is often touted as the most flexible mobile platform available. The appearance of the UI is not only in the hands of the OEM that alters the source code, but also in the hands of the user, who can download launcher replacements, themes, widgets, and even flash custom builds of the software to their phone. Since November 2008, Android's official birth, the overall appearance of the platform has changed. It's been improved and unified in almost every way. Gone are the days of multiple, conflicting accent colors, cheesy 3D buttons, and the actual sliding app drawer, which was pulled ...

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    I have two kids. We'll call them Adam Jr. and Adam III. They fight. They fight a lot. As a parent, it is my job to break up these fights and love them unconditionally, even as I put them in time out and count the grey hairs. As mobile technology enthusiasts, dear readers, you also have two children. Let's call them Microsoft and Google. Microsoft and Google are going through a hard time right now. They're step-children whose parents got married and are now Microsoft is forced to live in Google's room. Neither of them like it. And they're fighting...constantly...and all you want to do is ...

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    We try to keep things on the level here folks. Despite what many claim, tech writers in general try to keep bias off the keyboard when writing. Sure we all have our favorite devices, and some devices we'd just as soon feed to an angry squirrel than use as a daily driver. That's because we're passionate about technology. You can't have passion without some amount of preference. But that preference is channeled into useful and constructive criticism and praise which makes us the phone ninjas you read every day. But every now and then, something comes across the feeds that throws off the ...

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    It was just over a year ago, that our fearless leader, Brandon Miniman kicked off what has become a grand tradition of short, gut-reaction editorials – TL;DR. Now, with the release of the new Nexus tablet, Mr. Miniman’s editorial has been thrown asunder, his hopes and dreams dashed against the unyielding stones of progress and consumerism. Ok, so it’s not that tragic, but still. A rear-facing camera, Google? Not cool. It’s bad enough every time you go to a kid’s recital you have to contend with the iPhones and Galaxies hovering just above forehead level, but now we’re going to ...

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    It ain't easy being Captain2Phones. Especially in the summer, pocket space is minimal, and sacrificing two of them for mobile devices leads to a tough key-and-wallet-juggling act ... and no small amount of discomfort if a phone decides to run hot. Even if you're not dual-wielding mobiles like some modern-day gunslinger, you're still probably devoting an entire pants pocket to your smartphone on account of its constantly ballooning proportions. Despite all our advancements, it's pretty inconvenient to carry your smartphone in your pocket now. (See what I did there?) It's times like these I ...

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    While it may not be the most wildly rumored smartphone ever (I'm sure one of the iPhones owns that title), the mystery phone of Motorola's big return has generated a substantial amount of hype. As per usual, when piecing together a few pieces of a rather large puzzle, some of the predictions and rumors have … missed the mark. Rumors of the X Phone (or XFON) began towards the end of 2012, followed by video of a mysterious Motorola-branded handset with no volume rocker. And ever since, it's been a roller coaster of different, conflicting information alluding to some spectacular, ...

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    The other day, I was using Windows Phone's “Baby-Siri” to text a friend of mine after a frustrating experience. “Nevermind”, I said “Turns out the guy is a &^!^^@&”, only I didn't say “&^!^^@&” I said...well, this is a family friendly site. But it sort of drove me nuts. I wasn't just angry, I was …...&^!^^@&.....gar! Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but listen up, phone. Stop &^!^^@& bleeping my &^!^^@& texts. If that &^!^^@& is coming out of of my &^!^^@& mouth, it better &^!^^@& go onto my ...

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    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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    I saw something the other day that made me sad. Very sad. It was a slim, sleek, ultra light Samsung GSIII, with a freaking BMW strapped to it. Ok, so it wasn't a BMW, but it was a case that looked like a snow tire wrapped around the phone. The back of the phone was literally 1 cm off the table top. Dang, it was ugly. And the sheer size of these monstrosities. Manufacturers put so much money into making their phones thin and light, and then we consumers take that design a chuck it right out the window for the cheapest piece of rubber we can pull off a shelf at a mall kiosk. It's a sickness ...

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    A lot of factors play in a decision that ends in you agreeing to keep a service in good standing for upwards of two years. Each and every time I go to upgrade one of my lines, it gives me pause. There's just something daunting about signing a two-year agreement, something that makes you think, "My contract will end soon. Is it time to shop around again?" My first cell phone was a Motorola T720c (dumb phone) through Alltel. It was a hand-me-down that my mother had used for about a year. I was 14 and I was in a band, playing shows almost every weekend and spending a lot of time away from ...

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    I was driving from Canada to Boston several months back, about halfway back from the BlackBerry 10 unveiling in Toronto, when an unfriendly darkness crept up over the horizon ahead. Talking to my father on the phone, I mentioned that I was somewhere in eastern New York State, and he asked if I was driving into any weather; apparently he'd seen mention on TV of a storm in the region. My eyes flashed to my other phone, the BlackBerry Z10 review unit I'd just picked up, which was propped up on the dashboard with its GPS navigation app directing me back home. The display showed nothing ...

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    It's a little early for us to post our full impressions of the HTC First, but while we're waiting to put the device through its paces, let's briefly talk about what the new "Facebook phone" means in terms of screen size. Longtime readers will be familiar with the display-dimensions discussion, which we've had a few times before. Before manufacturers honed the art of slimming bezels and trimming casing fat, smartphones sporting large displays also invariably required large hardware. HTC's HD2 and Evo 4G were early victims of the oversized-panel effect, but the trend continues in more modern ...

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    Oh no! Just how many variations on the same design can the market take? I guess the fair answer to that is different from person to person and there's always the good old saying according to which you shouldn't fix something that is not broken (or, in this case, that still sells). Apple's iPhones look fairly the same; of course there are differences from one major iteration to the other (3, 4, 5) but the design principle is alike. Before Samsung launched its Galaxy S 4 I was praying for a new design because the current pebble-like aspect has been used and abused like a good old... Galaxy S ...

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    I was sitting on my couch the other day, and I had an epiphany. I was watching an epic crime-fighting show, and saw this come across my DVR. It was a video showing off Apple's noise cancelling microphone and about how it makes this mini-orchestra so much quieter so you can talk, as seen below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVs5zFNeTqU Immediately, smart aleck that I am, I shot off this tweet - But then something occurred to me - And then I had this exchange - Seriously. It really is marketing genius. Every smart phone worth talking about in the world has a noise canceling microphone. But ...

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    Android Jelly Bean has been with us a while now, and though its adoption rate is still lagging behind -right around 15% of the installed Android base- those of us at the leading edge of tech have gotten used to its array of awesome features. Recently, our own Adam Doud asked just how necessary the next version of Android, Key Lime Pie, really is to the market. You'll have to hop over to his article to argue your side in the comments, but before you go, let me tell you the one feature Google would have to include in Key Lime Pie to get my flag waving. If the title image hasn't already given ...

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    Most technology demos start off by a well spoken executive talking about how great in general his new device is, because it's going to give him that much bigger boat/jet/whatever. Then, a photogenic engineer comes on and tells you about some stuff, followed by another photogenic engineer, etc. Samsung brought actual actors to the stage to not only tell you what their new phone did, but also to show you what their new phone did. Actors reenacted little scenes on a stage where Samsung's new and innovative software rode in to save the day during a tap dance recital, a backpacking trip to ...

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    Real life teaches us a lot of neat things about people, and technology, and how we choose to use --or how we are capable of using-- it. We can’t go on blaming manufacturers for some people’s incapabilities, but we can pretend to blame them for not “idiot-proofing” their products well enough! Here’s the story: Saturday night is for fun, and friends, and dance, and drinks, and all the cool stuff. Bars are packed with the young and beautiful who most likely carry (and even show off) their smartphones when Shazam-ing for songs, snapping pics, or checking in with their favorite social ...

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    ...and I’ll hate you. Yes, the eternal debate on voice versus text is back, uglier than ever: “I prefer to talk,” “I prefer not to be bothered,” “I’d rather hear your voice,” “I’ll just reject your call and write you a message,” etc. Call me old-fashioned, classic, or blame it on cultural differences but I do like to talk on the phone rather than type. It’s more personal, convenient, faster, and ... human. We can thank smartphones for an endless list of things; among those, unfortunately, for barely using our phones to actually place (or receive) calls. My phone ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    It happened so slowly I didn't even know what ya'll were up to. Editorial after editorial, I lamented the ballooning size of the smartphone screen. I wasn't any sideline observer, either: I'd carried devices in sizes ranging from the Centro and Veer to the Droid DNA and Galaxy Note II. I knew the advantages of large screens; I just didn't think they overcame the absurd feeling of carrying a lunch tray in my pocket. But you jumbophone-buying masses got the better of me. Somewhere along the line, something started surreptitiously scratching away at my "no-superphone" stance. Probably it was ...

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    Something funny happened a few months back. It was June 27, the day of the Nexus 7 announcement, and as usual, we were churning out a boatload of content. In addition to the usual news posts, editorials, and a pretty quick unboxing, something special showed up on the Pocketnow home page. It was a post by our own editor-in-chief, Brandon Miniman, with an unusual headline. Instead of the usual tease, question, or open-ended expression, this headline featured two complete sentences, openly declaring almost the entire contents of the story right on the front page. It read: The Nexus 7 Tablet ...

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