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    by | April 18, 2014 7:17 AM

    Printers from yesteryear used parallel ports. Modems used serials ports -- which were available in either 9- or 25-pin varieties. High-speed devices like scanners and external drives used to connect via any number of SCSI connections. A company I used to work for even made products that let you daisy-chain two together ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 18, 2014 3:45 AM

    Our full Windows Phone 8.1 review -- which, if you haven't read, go ahead and check it out, it's comprehensive -- states: "while the People hub remains, it serves principally as a feed aggregator: Twitter and Facebook posts still show up within, but tapping on them takes you not to a custom People page but to the post ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 17, 2014 8:06 PM

    Last fall, Nokia released its first Windows 8 tablet, the Lumia 2520. After using Nokia phones for years, we were right curious to see what sort of tablet effort the company could put together, and we came away very pleased with what we saw. And if the 2520 wasn't impressive enough on its own, 2014 brought with it the ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 17, 2014 7:00 AM

    The big news dropped at Build two weeks ago. Cortana is coming to Windows Phone. This personal digital assistant (see what I did there) would bring a top-notch voice control system to Windows Phone to compete with other platforms (read: Siri and Google Now). Is it possible we see Cortana catching up to, or even ...

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    by | April 16, 2014 11:49 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the progress of the Smartphone Kill Switch, and which companies will be supporting it. Google is next as we get details and probable pricing points for Project Ara. Windows Phone 8.1 follows the news as we talk about how it now supports Passbook files from Apple's protocol. ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 16, 2014 9:54 AM

    A few of our readers out there have asked me how I got the WiFi to turn on when arriving at certain locations in the new Windows Phone 8.1. We heard a while back that Windows Phone 8.1 would have the ability to turn WiFi on automatically after a certain amount of time, but the geolocation-based WiFi power-on option is a ...

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    by | April 16, 2014 7:20 AM

    If you've never used wireless charging, you're missing out, and you just can't understand how convenient it is. Every time you need to charge your device, you've got to have a cord plugged into an electrical outlet (or a portable battery). You probably have a few of these "tentacles" positioned in strategic locations ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 16, 2014 7:00 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 dropped earlier this week. We saw it at Build, but now we’re actually using it. And it’s for really real. Sure it’s a “Developer’s Preview” and sure some of the features aren’t quite done cooking, but it’s a pretty impressive upgrade to what Windows Phone users have been using. Plus, ...

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  • Multi-Platform
    by | April 16, 2014 2:46 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is working on making it easier to attach photos on Gmail, through Google+. LG follows the news as some leaked renders of a Japanese phone point to what to expect for the LG G3. We then talk about Apple's CarPlay, and how Pioneer will support it very soon. We then ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 16, 2014 1:43 AM

    Last week we heard about the possible Microsoft post-Windows Phone 8.1 update strategy, namely that three GDR updates might be in the works (GDR1 and GDR2 for this year, and GDR3 for possibly early 2015). While these, at the moment, are just rumors, a new report has surfaced trying to shed more light on GDR2 (as GDR1 is ...

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  • Multi-Platform
    by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network ...

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  • Multi-Platform
    by | April 15, 2014 7:26 PM

    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    While most other platform developers, especially underdogs, might want to build upon their strengths while also strengthening their weaknesses, sometimes some good strengths get totally thrown out for no apparent reason.  We've written about Microsoft's tendency to remove features from their mobile operating system ...

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  • Windows Phone
    by | April 15, 2014 12:49 PM

    Software devs love peppering their releases with a few well-placed Easter eggs, and voice-based virtual assistants on smartphones have been no stranger to this trend: Siri can be goaded into telling knock-knock jokes, and Google Now will engage in some Star Trek dialogue if asked to beam you up. As a result, it ...

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    by | April 15, 2014 1:03 AM

    Back in the day we used to refer to our electronic devices as PDAs -- Personal Digital Assistants. They weren't. In fact, they weren't much more than battery-operated day planners, the paper versions of which were in style around the turn of the century. Today these devices have given way to Internet-connected ...

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