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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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    We have begun a new era in connected technology. The era of the smartwatch is here. Ok, so technically it has been around for a couple of years now, since the debut of the Pebble. But now that the accessory is feeling a little more legitimate these days, with the debuts of two of the most anticipated smartwatches in the industry – the Moto 360 and the Apple Watch. So it’s time to start examining these accessories for what they are and start to sort out what these things should be and what they should do and, as is the subject of this weekend’s debate, how they should look. But ...

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