Posts tagged with: Video
  • by | March 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    Flappy Bird was around for several months before it grew to its global fame, forcing its creator to take it down for our own sake. Ever since, literally hundreds of Flappy Bird knock-offs and fakes have surfaced, in an attempt to tap into the massive revenue Flappy Bird was pulling in daily – upwards of $50,000 USD. Flappy Bird is hardly the only game which quickly became unbelievably popular in practically no time. Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Candy Crush, Temple Run, and many others rose to fame practically overnight. So what was the magic sauce that made Flappy Bird such an overwhelming ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 7:14 PM

    The Lumia 2520 graced our lives months ago, brightening our unboxing desk and leaving a lasting first impression. Sadly, it didn't stick around long enough for us to give it the full review treatment, disappearing in a shipping accident so mysterious we sometimes still bring it up on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Fortunately, Nokia has sent us a replacement unit, and this time around it's included a bonus: the recently-released Nokia Power Keyboard. The long-awaited accessory brings two USB ports, a 2,027 mAh battery, and one of the most comfortable keyboards ever to Nokia's Windows RT ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 7:01 AM

    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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  • by | March 11, 2014 12:03 PM

    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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  • by | March 11, 2014 7:01 AM

    Apple, whether it admits the iPad is a tablet or not, is the tablet market share leader by a rather wide margin. Samsung currently holds about half the market share Apple does, and it's slowly gaining ground. Its tablets continually get better with each generation, to boot. At CES in January, Samsung announced its latest tablet lineup, the Galaxy Tab Pro line. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a direct competitor to Apple's latest miniature tablet, the iPad mini with Retina display. There are quite a few differences in specifications, design, materials, and software. So which is the better tablet? ...

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  • by | March 8, 2014 1:53 PM

    Update: Our full Throwback Review of the HD2 is now available here! Update 2: Looking for something a little more modern? Check out our full review of HTC's latest flagship, the HTC One M8, here! We're real suckers for nostalgia at Pocketnow, as those who caught this week's HTC Mogul throwback are already aware. As we approach the release of the company's All New HTC One, we thought we'd continue mining the history of HTC for context - and it just so happens that one of the firm's most significant achievements is also one of the most-requested devices for a Pocketnow Throwback. This ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 8:35 PM

    Samsung unveiled a slew of new tablets at CES back in January. Some of them were interesting, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is what truly caught our eye – particularly its super sharp display. At 8.4 diagonal inches, the Super Clear LCD panel has a very impressive QWXGA resolution, or 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. That's a density that rivals many smartphones, let alone competing tablets. And the rest under the hood sounds great, as well: 2GB RAM, 16GB, Snapdragon 800, and a 4,800mAh battery. Is this the small tablet to buy? Is it worth the money? That's what we're here to find out. While we do, ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 8:40 PM

    When we first went hands-on with the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 at CES 2014, it wasn't always easy to tell it apart from its immediate neighbors in the Galaxy Note line. Down to the stitched leatherette and chromed-out accents, the new Tabs were doing their utmost to ape the higher-end Notes, making a meaningful comparison much tougher than in generations past – particularly in the bustling atmosphere of the show floor. Fortunately, Samsung has since graced us with demo copies of both the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The latter has been dispatched to the offices of the ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 8:25 PM

    The summer of 2007. In the United States, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy topped the pop charts; the final installment in the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history; and the films Oceans 13 and Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still money to be made in Hollywood sequels. Meanwhile in quaint Norfolk Virginia, I was preparing to leave my job at wireless carrier Sprint Nextel, and as such, I was in the market for the biggest, beefiest smartphone I could buy to see me through the next two years. In 2007, that slab of smartphone hot sauce was the HTC ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 12:27 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's announcement of CarPlay, which are its plans to take over your car's dashboard. Nokia follows the news as famous tipster Evleaks is claiming that there is a Windows Phone 8.1 Nokia Martini in the works. Windows Phone and Android follow the news as we should get the first legal dual-booting smartphone in the next couple of months. Oppo is next as we go through the rumors of a possible 50 megapixel camera on the future Find 7. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of Samsung Galaxy Gifts, which it plans to use to save ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 11:35 AM

    What do you do when a company offers you a hands-on opportunity with a smartphone running software you're not allowed to access? Well, usually you move on to the next vendor. Things are a little different, though, when the concept behind the device is as intriguing as that underlying Blackphone. We've covered Blackphone a few times over the past several months. In the wake of the NSA domestic-spying scandal in the US, a smartphone that promises privacy through an encrypted OS has become more interesting - and perhaps more feasible as a mass-market idea. But is your privacy worth a $629 ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 12:30 AM

    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 11:31 PM

    The leaks were right on. Samsung's newest Android flagship arrived right on schedule today, bearing the pockmarked skin the photos predicted and nearly all the features the spec sheets promised. The long-lasting AMOLED-equipped device is familiar both in form factor and general capabilities, but it carries an upgraded 16MP camera with special HDR and focus functions, a new emphasis on fitness in both hardware and software, and built-in resistance to dust and water exposure. Oh, and yes: the much-discussed fingerprint scanner is here as well, though it's probably not what (or where) you ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 11:29 PM

    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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