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    MWC is the largest mobile electronics show of the season. From around the globe vendors, OEMs, and carriers unite in Barcelona for a week filled with toys and gadgets that make sites like these downright giddy with excitement. It’s like Christmas and Opening Day rolled into one. There’s hope and anticipation hanging in the air. And right in the middle of it, two Android powerhouses square off and deliver an epic one-two punch to the mobile industry. Samsung stands unrivaled in market share around the world, but has found that stranglehold slipping of late. HTC is the plucky upstart – ...

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    Microsoft introduced its brand new developer preview of Windows 10 to the eager masses last week. Well, it delivered it to some of the eager masses last week. To the rest of the eager masses, there was a giant shoulder shrug emanating out of Redmond. So it made us wonder – what is with Microsoft and its failure to smoothly launch Windows software? Some have argued that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Preview launch is not going all that well, so far. Stephen Schenck wondered this aloud on his latest “Dial ‘F’ for Fail” segment of the latest Pocketnow Weekly. He laid out some excellent ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    App developers have an important question to ask themselves. That question is simply – for whom do I develop? The answer is not necessarily all that simple. The evidence seems to suggest that you need to develop for iOS first, Android second, and Windows Phone if you have the resources. But is it that cut and dried? I’m not so sure. Let’s take a look at some strategies here and see where we all end up. iOS flavors iOS is not necessarily the easy answer. Why? Well, because you have two very distinct screen sizes to work with – iPhone and iPad. Lately, you even have two sizes of ...

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    This past week, we got to see a bit of what Microsoft was planning for Windows Phone. Microsoft even checked off a few items on our wish list, which we appreciated. One other little nugget that Microsoft dropped on us was that new flagship hardware was coming.  There were few real details about from whom, or when. It was just an “oh by the way” on the way out the door. Perhaps we will see Microsoft focus on flagships for a while. This is great news! One of the reasons tech people (myself included) have been walking away from the platform is because of that very lack of high-end ...

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    A lot needs to go into smartphone design. It frankly takes a lot of design and brainpower to pack all the stuff into a super slim case and still make it beautiful. So when some features like selfie flashes start to become a thing, phone OEMs start needing to make some calls. Of course, selfie flashes are the meat of this article because of Lenovo’s recent CES offering – the Vibe Extension selfie flash. This battery-operated accessory is small, fits in your pocket, and plugs into the headphone jack on your phone. It’s a great solution to a problem many phones have – no flash on the ...

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    Last week at CES, we got some exciting news. Palm is coming back, and this time, it means war! Ok, that’s not the exact message that was being broadcast, but still Palm is coming back. Who, you might wonder, is the patron of our beloved lost OEM? TCL Communications, a Chinese OEM who also holds Alcatel Onetouch, that’s who. Palm, it seems will be the high-end hardware to compliment the mid to low-end phones brought to you by Alcatel Onetouch. So this is great news right? Palm is back! Well… Expectations First of all, if you’re expecting webOS, stop it – it’s not happening. TCL ...

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    There has been a lot of talk of late about phones that can have different operating systems on them. In most cases, these different operating systems are put on by the manufacturer and purchased as a Windows Phone, or an Android Phone, or in some, extremely rare cases, a Firefix Phone. But that has naturally brought up the idea of a user running multiple platforms on a single device. To clarify, this debate is not about whether an OEM should build a phone that could support multiple OS’s, much like some editorials have suggested of HTC. That just makes business sense. If you can have the ...

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    One phenomenon that I’ve taken a lot of interest in recently is the concept of the in-app purchase, specifically as it refers to gaming. I’m no stranger to the concept of the in-app purchase. Many games will allow you to play for a certain amount of time and then ask you to purchase the “full version” or purchase the next level, etc. But recently, these in app purchases have taken a twist, and I’m honestly not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. That’s where this week’s debate comes in. For the record, I’m not referring to permanent purchases. In-app purchases that ...

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    To give us something to think about over the upcoming holidays and extra days off, we’re going to look at a little more of a complicated issue. It’s complicated because this is not a binary issue – it’s not a 1/0, yes/no type of situation. It, like it’s subject matter, is more in depth than that, so let’s just give it a go. We’re talking about simultasking. First, it’s important to make the distinction between multi-tasking and simultasking. Multi tasking is doing a lot of tasks, one at a time, and switching between tasks quickly. Simultasking is actually doing two (or ...

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    When it comes to announcing products, updates, or really just about anything, there are two schools of thought. Some argue to strike while the iron is hot, while others say it’s best to build anticipation. There are good arguments for either side of this philosophy, so let’s take a look at what time is the best time for announcements. Get it over with On the one hand, Apple is famous for making announcements and pushing it out the door, often on the same day, or within 10 days at most. Software typically follows the former model while hardware follows the latter. iOS goes out the door ...

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    “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” So the saying goes, and I have to wonder if we have reached a level of saturation to the point of being redundant. What I’m referring to are phablets and tablets. Specifically, the extremely slight difference between them when it comes to screen size, power etc. Phones are getting bigger and bigger. Tablets are getting smaller. There are actually phones and tablets that are roughly the same size as each other. The Amazon Kindle now comes in a six inch variant much like the Lumia 1520, or the device I recently played with, the Alcatel ...

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    Not too long ago, Nokia found itself on a burning platform. At least, that’s what Stephen Elop said. To fight the fire, Nokia had to go all in, or double down if you will, on a platform that gave it the best chance of survival. Mr. Elop then put on his night cap, and slipped in between the sheets and started spooning Microsoft. Microsoft then became Nokia’s daddy, and the rest is history. Except some Nokia employees were not satisfied with that arrangement. MeeGo, Nokia’s own operating system had a special place in their hearts. The fact that Stephen Elop ceased all development on ...

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    The mobile industry is not exactly known for the longevity of its design elements. After all, new developments and innovations are popping up all the time, making things bigger, faster, smaller, thinner, or whatever happens to be desired by that particular element. Then there’s the home button on iPhones. This represents quite possibly the oldest, most persistent design element in mobile. It’s the grandfather of smartphone controls. While others have tried physical buttons, capacitive buttons, soft keys, you name it, the home button persists. I have to wonder if maybe it’s time to ...

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    Last week, Stephen Schenck’s “Dial F for Fail” segment was an argument against subscription payment systems. A lot of what I write in this article will rehash his comments during that segment, and on the back half will be my rebuttal to that stance. That’s not normally how this column works, but it is this week, so buckle in. #TeamSchenck Stephen made his argument while discussing YouTube’s new music streaming service, YouTube Music Key. This music streaming service allows you to remove ads from YouTube videos, download them for offline viewing, etc for about eight dollars per ...

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    Pebble is one of the founding fathers of the smartwatch world. Virtually any conversation about the industry has to include Pebble in one way or another. Pebble was first to the scene and best to the scene, and both by a wide margin over its nearest competitor. But today, Pebble’s OS and hardware are starting to look very…dated. It’s not Pebble’s fault. It’s just that the features upon which Pebble can hang its hat are becoming more and more scarce. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Indeed that’s where Pebble found itself just a couple of years ago. Android ...

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    Some rumors recently suggested that Apple was planning 12.(something) inch iPad Pro. This would put this iPad directly in line to compete against the Surface, which is a role reversal of sorts and that makes me smile a little bit. Other rumors suggest that the iPad Pro would actually replace the iPad mini in Apple’s lineup as “the second iPad”. Now this rumor was interesting for a few different reasons. But it got me to thinking – is that such a good idea? It’s true the iPad mini has never sold as well as the iPad. The first generation iPad mini didn’t have a retina screen, so ...

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    Normally, on the Weekend Debate, we look at two sides on an issue – is the Nexus 6 price too high or too low or what should the primary function of a smartwatch be? This week, we’re going to take a look at two potential solutions to the same problem. The traditional way just isn't working all that well. The Problem You’ve been there. A kid’s recital, a concert, or some other public display is on and suddenly everyone whips out their cell phones and clamors as close as possible (and probably in your way) to get the best shot. Which is fine except they’re in your way and they’re ...

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    Phablets have come into the mobile space consciousness in a big way (no pun intended) recently with the announcement of two, relatively large (prominent, pun a little intended) devices into the phablet space – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola made Nexus 6. Both of these phones fall into the phablet category, at least by some definitions. So let’s take a look here and see if we can figure out exactly what these definitions are. Some will argue that a phablet needs something more than just a large screen. After all, a phone with a large screen is still a “phone” because it ...

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    The Nexus line saw a refresh in both the phone and tablet department. That’s actually not an accurate statement. It would be more accurate to say the Nexus line saw a refresh in the tablet and phablet department. I’m a little fuzzy on why Google decided it needed to release a phone the size of a small runway, but that’s neither here nor there. The other significant part of the news was the Nexus 6 price - $650 off contract. That’s pretty steep, which is to say it’s right on par with other flagships that are out there now – the iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3. All of ...

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    HTC released two new products this week that frankly have me flummoxed. One moreso than the other, admittedly. In fact, the whole industry makes me just scratch my head just a little bit. Selfies? Are they really a thing? Actually, that’s not the right question. Selfies are definitely a thing. But are they so much a thing that the industry has to respond to them by making products centered solely around them? I’m just not sure. Selfies are everywhere. From the Oscars to Niagra Falls to darkened bars people love to photograph themselves. It’s no longer enough to take a photo of ...

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    As the launch of the next possible Nexus approaches it seems to be more and more clear that the next Nexus device will indeed be a phablet. The 5.9 inch phablet has been rumored and recently possibly spotted in the wild. It looks to be a pretty large phone that handles Facebook quite well, so that’s nice but it makes me wonder if this whole Nexus-as-a-phablet idea is such a good thing. The smartphone industry is trending toward larger screens. Apple notoriously and stubbornly clung to its 4-inch paradigm even when every other flagship worth talking about was at least .7 inches larger. ...

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    Boy you people. You just can’t be satisfied. You want to hold your phone and not have the signal die. You want to navigate from your Malibu home to the nearest Starbucks and not get routed to Cleveland. You want to sit on your phones and have them not bend. There really is no pleasing you. I swear. If you haven’t been paying attention lately, iPhone 6 Plusses are a bit on the bendy side according to some forums and YouTube personality, Unboxed Therapy. It turns out putting the new gigantic phones in your pockets – front or back – and then sitting down is a really bad idea and can ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Microsoft leaked recently that it would be dropping the Nokia branding from its products along with Windows Phone. Instead, we’d be treated with Lumia phones running Windows. This doesn’t really sound like a big deal on the face of it, but it’s worth mentioning that perhaps Microsoft is being a little hasty. Personally, I think both of these moves make perfect sense. Microsoft is not, in fact, Nokia. Nokia as a company still exists. They’re the one’s making Android launchers for…whatever reason. But it’s also the force behind Here Maps, which is pretty darn nice navigation ...

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