Posts tagged with: tldr
  • by | April 1, 2013 6:09 PM

    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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  • by | March 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | March 12, 2013 11:29 AM

    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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  • by | March 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    ...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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  • by | March 6, 2013 4:36 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    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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