Pocketnow Smart Home Series

Pocketnow Smart Home: it starts with the hub

Your smartphone is becoming less “phone” and more “universal remote” for your smart home. Here’s how you can get started.
hidden risks of wifi

WiFi is evolving: What you need to know about 802.11 ad, ah, and HaLow af

As if WiFi wasn’t confusing enough already, soon we’ll have 802.11ad, 802.11af, and 802.11ah to figure out.
bluetooth

How many Bluetooth devices do you have paired to your smartphone?

The Bluetooth PAN was supposed to eliminate all the wires that were holding us back. That was years ago. Have we realized Bluetooth’s potential yet?
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Adoptable Storage: Android Marshmallow’s hidden feature that your phone probably can’t use

Adoptable Storage is a feature in Android Marshmallow that replaces your internal storage with an sdcard. The question is, why would you want to do that?
OK Google Answering Machine

Google Now just got answering machine-like functionality – here’s how to use it

Keep your hands on the wheel! Thanks to the new Google Now Answering Machine feature, your Android can read your texts to you – and let you reply, too!
Bluetooth 4.1

The future of Bluetooth: what to expect and why you should care

Connected devices and the Internet of Things are the future of Bluetooth. Here’s how all that will apply to you.
Factory Reset Protection

What is Factory Reset Protection and why is Android Marshmallow forcing OEMs to include it in their devices

A new feature is starting to cause headaches for people buying used Android phones: Factory Reset Protection. What is it and what can you do about it?

The Pros and Cons of 5GHz WiFi 802.11ac

802.11ac 5GHz WiFi has a lot of advantages over traditional 2.4GHz WiFi, but will it work for you? Here are the pros and cons of 802.11ac 5GHz WiFi.
Android Google Chrome Exploit

Android Google Chrome exploit: what to do about it

There’s an Android Google Chrome Exploit out there, here’s what you need to know about it.
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The next version of Qualcomm’s charging standard – Quick Charge 3.0 – has been announced. Here’s what you need to know about it.
cellular data usage

Five ways to keep your cellular data usage under control

There are lots of reasons why you’d want to minimize your cellular use. Here are 5 data-saving methods to help keep your cellular data usage to a minimum?
worst phone

What’s the most disappointing smartphone you’ve owned?

Some phones are awesome, some aren’t. While we look at all the glitz out of IFA, we want to know, what’s the most disappointing smartphone you’ve owned?
android malware

Malware on Android isn’t a problem, and it never was

According to the latest report, Android malware isn’t a problem – and it never has been either.
root Nexus 6

Here’s why I rooted my Nexus 6

For an increasing number of us Power Users, “stock plus root” is the way to go. Here’s why I went with a Nexus 6 root, but kept the stock ROM.
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Seven things you still need root to do, and two things that don’t

Some things that used to require you to root your Android are built-in features now. Here are a few that still need root access, that probably shouldn’t.
Android System Battery Use

What are “Android OS” and “Android System” in my battery report?

Your battery is never going to give you as much runtime as you’d like, but your battery stats should show you your Android OS battery usage, shouldn’t it?
Pocketnow Power User

Why some phone chargers are faster than others (video)

Whether you’re using Android, iOS, or Windows phone, there’s one thing that unites us all: phone chargers. Why do some charge faster than others?
Pocketnow Power User

Is SMS still relevant? (video)

We have so many ways to communicate with each other today, many with voice, video, and attachments, we have to wonder: is SMS still relevant?
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What’s a Hardware Abstraction Layer and why should you care? (Video)

We’ve talked primarily about hardware so far this season, now we’re going to bridge the gap. What is the hardware abstraction layer and why should you care?
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What you need to know about smartphone screens, part 2 (video)

Today we’re diving into the types of displays under the glass, pros and cons of both types, and what you’ll want in your next smartphone screen.
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Pocketnow Power User: What you need to know about screens, part 1 (video)

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. What about people with glass phones? Let’s talk about the glass that covers your screens.
Android root headaches

The next versions of Android will have even more Root headaches

Root lets us do some great things, it also allows malicious code to run unchecked. To counter, the next versions of Android will have more Root headaches.
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Pocketnow Power User: 32-bit versus 64-bit (video)

32-bit versus 64-bit: What’s the difference? What are the advantages to both? That’s what we’re going to talk about on this episode of Pocketnow Power User.
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Pocketnow Power User: All about RAM (video)

On this episode of Pocketnow Power User it’s all about RAM, another important component in our mobile devices, and how much RAM is really “enough”.
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Pocketnow Power User: Everything you need to know about the CPU (video)

The faster a CPU is, the quicker you can get things done, but fast is a relative term. To find out what it really means we need to learn all about the CPU.