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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference is one of the company's biggest events of the year. The company is definitely famous for its hardware, but you'll remember the late Steve Jobs claiming that Apple saw itself as a software company primarily, and this is the show floor for us to see what Cupertino plans in that department for the next twelve months. So far we've heard a ton of rumors surrounding iOS 9 and the future of OS X, and some of these point to similar offerings to what Android gives users with Google Now. We've also heard other rumors regarding Apple's plan to revamp its music ...

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    Update: Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Actually, more of these two-person convos would work out well for editing! See you next week! Barring any surprises, the next big smartphone launch of the year will come from Motorola – and right on time, we've got some potential Moto X 2015 leaks to share. Alongside that sits the Galaxy S6 Plus, a (possible) monster of a Samsung handset recently leaked by none other than MKBHD himself. And alongside all this newness we're taking a moment to pour a little out for the oldness, with the sixth anniversary of Palm's landmark launch date, 20090606. All ...

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    This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a handheld computer/communicator/sensor device like the tricorders on Star Trek. And while today's smartphones have done a good job on the computing and communicating ends of that spectrum, they’ve left something to be desired on the “sensor” front. So when we were offered a thermal camera accessory for a SEEK Thermal review video, I didn't even mind that it was last-generation hardware; I jumped at the chance. The Seek Thermal hardware is a tiny peripheral that comes in both Android- and iPhone-compatible ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    At the Google I/O 2015 keynote we were shown pieces of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Android M". While we don't know what the final dessert name will be we were treated to a Developer Preview of Android M (just like last year with Android L). Not everything we saw in the keynote is available in the Developer Preview, but many of the features are. If you want to give the Developer Preview of Android M a try on your supported device, head over to the Android Developer website and flash away. It's buggy, as one might expect, so proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, ...

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    Update: Clocking in at 02:30:34, this is the longest episode of the Weekly to date, thanks in no small part to the addition of the I/O roundtable. Enjoy ALL of it with this distribution and we'll see you next week! The funny thing about the annual Google I/O developer conference is this: the news doesn't stop for it. In fact, the opposite is true; knowing that Google's about to carpet bomb the mobile tech landscape with two days' worth of Android developments, rivals and partners alike kick their PR machines into overdrive, straining to be heard above the din. Add in the lack of our ...

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    Today, Google unveiled the latest iteration to the Android platform, currently dubbed "M," at its I/O 2015 developers' conference. While it's mostly an incremental update, meant to improve stability for users, there are some new features being brought to the table with M that make it stand out on its own. Google spent over two hours talking about the changes and improvements that it made at I/O, and we've already written several posts covering these topics, but now we've narrowed it all down to our top five favorite Android M features. [embed width="820" ...

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    Google I/O has proven to be the company's most epic event of each and every year. Google is definitely a software company at heart, and this is the show floor for the future of Google's software vision. This has also proven to be a key event for product launches, in some cases hardware related, but where software-related launches never miss a spot. As such, Android M is definitely going to be a key product that we're looking forward to, and the amount of rumors surrounding it is substantial. When it comes to hardware, we have seen a couple of Nexus tablets being launched at this event over ...

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    Update: The audio podcast is here! Enjoy it while we get to the next one! As any Neil Simon fan can tell you, rumors are pretty funny things. They often appear when they're least expected and they never come alone; rather, they arrive trailing a half-dozen other rumors that first support, then debunk, then ultimately confirm half of what the original was saying (but usually not the obvious half). Mix in about 500 mobile tech sites covering each and every rumor, and things get interesting mighty quick. This week is absolutely dominated by rumors ... and not much else. Considering the ...

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    For all the excitement on the high end, some of the most surprising developments in today’s smartphone world can be found lurking down in the midrange. We’ve just spent 24 hours with one of the most interesting of those developments: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition, and we've got some thoughts to share. In case you need a refresher: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition is the same model ZE551ML that blew our hats off back at CES 2015, except that it now bears a much more conservative back cover (on our test unit, anyway). Having officially gone on sale in the States earlier this week, the ...

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    Oppo has upped the ante of traditional 10 year celebrations by brining us a couple of new products to the table, and after having a look at the more conventional Oppo R7 in the previous video, it’s time to give its bigger and badder brother a quick look. Even though only a few months have passed from Oppo’s launch of the revolutionary design that made the Oppo R5 possible, the company is out with a new lineup of successors, and where the Oppo R7 Plus follows on the tradition of defining product design, if compared to its more traditional sibling. The new Oppo R7 Plus is significantly ...

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    Oppo is celebrating 10 years since it launched its first MP3 player back in 2005, and the company decided to celebrate with a launch event, and with a couple of new products. Oppo’s R lineup has always been about defying the boundaries of design with examples like last year's Oppo R5, which was crowned the thinnest smartphone in the world for a short period of time. We expected to see some of that with today’s launch of the Oppo R7, but instead we see a company focused on refining what was begun with last years product. Watch our hands-on of the new Oppo R7, and stay tuned, as there is ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Update: The HQ audio podcast has dropped! Thanks for listening! We've talked about it endlessly since its official unveiling last September, and now we've finally got one on our wrist. It's time to share thoughts from our two-week Apple Watch review period, and we've brought the biggest iOS expert we've got onto the airwaves to help us do just that (and talk a little iPhone 6s rumors in the process). Technology is more than Apple, of course, and despite our early broadcast time this week we've got plenty of hypermatter for the news reactor. From "the last version of Windows" to the ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    One of the most frustrating problems about today’s smartwatches is that once their batteries run out, they’re pretty much useless. The biggest challenge that most of these companies face, is being able to give you a smartwatch that lasts for days, or even months. Charging these can also be a challenge, as not all mechanisms are either practical, or durable. All this said, what if a company approached things differently and focused on giving you a smartwatch that you wouldn’t have to recharge? Hong Kong-based Cogito is one of the few companies with a solution to that problem, but you ...

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    When we reviewed it last month, we called the Samsung Galaxy S6 one of the best smartphones you can buy today. Almost a month (to the day) later, we told you the LG G4 was LG's best-made smartphone to date, a "leather looker with a killer camera." And we doubled-down on that assertion just yesterday in a monster two-hour podcast featuring what might be the toughest question of the season: which phone wins out in the LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 comparison? With the video below, we aim to answer that question. Comparing everything from build quality to camera samples to battery life to screen ...

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    Whether you use a tablet, phablet, or phone, and regardless of what OS powers it or which brand is stamped on its backside, we all have one thing in common: our devices all have batteries that always need recharging. Power bricks come in all shapes and sizes. Some may feature a quick-charging standard, others may be the run-of-the mill chargers that simply get the job done. Regardless, they all require a power outlet - and there never seems to be one of those around when we need it. What we need is a compact, portable, charging station that we can take anywhere, uses power from the ...

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    LG unveiled the Watch Urbane before MWC, showing it off on the Barcelona tradeshow floor, making us all drool over it, but it wasn't until recently that the smartwatch became available officially through the Google Store, and other retailer and e-tailer channels. Despite being identical on the inside to its predecessor, the LG G Watch R, the Watch Urbane, LG's third wearable device, is nothing like the one before it. As far as the specs are concerned, they're shared among the two models (G Watch R and Watch Urbane), including the 1.3-inch plastic OLED screen with 320x320 resolution, ...

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    Update: The direct download is available right now, along with additional outtakes from episode 145! Grab both down below and enjoy! For those of you with more refined entertainment tastes, you know what I’m talking about. You go to the theater, the usher shows you your seats, you open your playbill and find a hastily enclosed slip of paper saying “The part of Michael Fisher tonight will be played by understudy, Adam Doud”. You go through a range of emotions – anger, confusion, curiosity??? And then quickly back to anger. Michael will return next week, but seeing as how this is ...

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    For the past two years, we've known Motorola's Moto G as the smartphone to buy for those in search of the best bang for their buck. It's one of the cheaper handsets on the market, and it makes very few compromises in performance and hardware. We've consistently suggested it to readers on a budget ... but another device we've recently tested, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, may be the new top contender. Just like the Moto G, the Idol 3 is fast, solidly built, and affordable. Like its rival, it features front-firing speakers and a microSD card slot, but it also utilizes a larger, sharper ...

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    The Atlantic Ocean is a vast and wide body of water that separates North America and Europe. In the span of a week, both shores played host to wondrous events: a showcase of innovations in the internet of everything and a flagship smartphone christened by one of Korea's envelope pushers. Tack on a couple of device unboxings and we only have just a few of the many reasons why we've pushed TWO podcasts into this wonderful week. We have the LG's launch of the G4 all covered with not one, not two, but three special guests: Dom Esposito of 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, Florence Ion from Greenbot ...

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    The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, we're onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren't quite enough to give you the look you want at the year's next big Android phone, so we've prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City. Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that's oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. ...

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    We've spent a lot of time talking about the G Flex 2 lately, praising it for its design, comfortability, and camera. We've discussed it on the last few episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly, and even the intermittent lag, one of our only complaints about the device, seems to have been fixed in the US version we tested. But while we love the curvy screen and the flashy crimson red casing, there's one part of the phone that we've practically left out of the conversation: its self-healing back. Our own Michael Fisher already tested the durability of the self-healing coating on the original G ...

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