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Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8, Windows Phone 8.1 review, & Engadget’s Brad Molen! – Pocketnow Weekly 092

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Skipping listener mail for two weeks in a row? We know, we know … unconscionable. But we also know you’ll forgive us in exchange for two things: a packed review schedule, and an awesome podcast guest.

We’re bringing you both of those as the week winds down to a close. In addition to the usual news segment narrated by the soothing voice of Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, we’ve got additional insights on Samsung’s new Galaxy S5: how it compares to its forebears, how well it fares against competition like the HTC One M8, and a debate on the merits of standout features like the fingerprint scanner and immersion resistance — all of it flavored with the unique perspective only Engadget’s Brad Molen can provide.

We also talk a lot about Windows Phone 8.1 and its place in the season’s smartphone landscape, before briefly touching on the Oppo Find 7a — the only real reason Taylor Martin has for being on this particular episode. In retrospect, maybe we should have left him alone to finish his comparison. Sorry, T.

All this, plus some of the weirdest outtakes ever to spill from our word-holes, on episode 092 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So fire up your favorite podcast app and get to downloading: Mister Phone Wisdom is here, and he doesn’t like to be kept waiting.

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Pocketnow Weekly episode 092

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Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Taylor Martin


Brad Molen (Engadget)

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Samsung teases new form factor for next Galaxy Note

Galaxy S5 Zoom teased to launch April 29 as Galaxy K

One PlusOne sales to be invite only

Phillips W6618: the smartphone with the tablet battery

Google to let you unlock your laptop with your smartphone

The new Google Camera app: finally, stock Android’s shooter stops sucking

Facebook introduces nearby-friends alerts

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Crave – Snoop Dogg soon to be all up in your Call of Duty game, Ep. 156

Link to all the links – Dogg will be lending his golden voice to a downloadable Voice Pack set to debut on Xbox Live.

CNET Top 5 – Tech gifts for grads sending them out into the cold, cruel world, why not give your grad the gift of tech?

Heartbleed continues: Tech News Today 989

The Heartbleed flaw is fixed on a lot of web sites, but not all, according to a report by Arik Hesseldahl on Recode. For the full episode, go to

CNET Update – Hide from, seek out nearby friends on Facebook social network is making it easy to locate your friends on a map, and it’s adding event alerts into the Paper app. Meanwhile, Samsung is about to push out a paid version of Milk Music.

CNET How To – Transfer data from an iPhone to a Galaxy S5’s Dan Graziano shows you how to restore your data from an iCloud or iTunes backup to Samsung’s latest flagship device.

Aereo’s PR push: Tech News Today 988

Aereo takes its case to the Supreme Court next week, but first the company is throwing itself on the mercy of the public. A new web site called is part of that company’s PR push to convince the world that it’s merely renting antennas, not stealing content. For the full episode, go to

CNET Top 5 – Products we wish Amazon would make products we hope to see Amazon make in the future.

PCMagLive 04/18/14: CarPlay at New York Auto Show & Why Kids Can’t Use Cortana

Today’s PCMag Live is hosted by Dan Costa and Sascha Segan

The New York Auto Show is in town this week and PCMag was on the show floor Thursday for press day. As usual, there are a ton of new cars, but it is also the first time that Apple’s CarPlay — Cupertino’s in-car control systems for iOS devices — is being shown in public. It won’t be built into new car models until next year at the earliest, but Volvo showed it running in a 2016 XC90. On today’s show, Sascha explains where the real battle for the connected car is taking place.

Meanwhile, cell phone theft doubled last year, going from 1.4 million in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013, according to Consumer Reports’ annual State of the Net Survey. Just this week the CTIA and major wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, agreed to deploy kill-switch technology in 2015. Is that too little, too late? And why does the phrase “kill switch” irritate Sascha so much?

Plus, why is Microsoft keeping kids from using its Siri-like personal digital assistant, Cortana? Turns out this an unfortunate by-product of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Dan and Sascha clear up some reader confusion about the difference between Phonebloks and Project Ara. (Hint: they are the same thing.) Finally, we take a closer look at the excellent BenQ XL2720Z Gaming Monitor, our new Editors’ Choice.

Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8 (One)

Looking for more Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8 insights? We talk at length about this particular comparison in the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, available here:

See our HTC One M8 review here:

See our Galaxy S5 unboxing here:

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“One device is a product of an Android juggernaut, a fourth-generation powerhouse from a take-no-prisoners Goliath that essentially owns the Google-powered smartphone space. The other is a last-ditch effort to save its creator from certain destruction, a product forged from that peculiar mixture of desperation and determination that sometimes begets pure art.”

That’s a pretty pretentious way of putting a smartphone comparison, but it’s how we kicked off last year’s HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S 4 comparison video. The interesting thing is, if you change “fourth-generation” to “fifth-generation” and tone down the HTC FUD a tad, that paragraph applies just as much to the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S 5 — the top two contenders for Android superphone of the season here in the States.

We’ve already reviewed the HTC One M8 and given it one of the highest review scores we’ve ever bestowed on a smartphone. Next week, we’ll be following that up with a full review of the AT&T Galaxy S5 we unboxed a few days ago. Until then, we’re doing our best to answer this month’s hottest-burning question in mobile tech: HTC One or Galaxy S5? Watch our comparison to find out what the answer is for you, then let us know which one you’re going for in the comments below.


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LG G Pro 2 Unboxing & Vergleich DEUTSCH

LG G Pro 2 Unboxing – – LG hat mit dem G Pro 2 sein neues Flaggschiff-Phablet auf den Markt gebraucht, das mit den gleichen Tasten auf der Rückseite daherkommt, wie sie auch beim LG G2 zu finden sind. Das G2 ist weiterhin einer unserer persönlichen Favoriten. Sascha holt das neue LG G Pro 2 in diesem Video aus seiner Box und vergleicht es mit dem Nexus 5, G Pro und G2 – allesamt ebenfalls Top-Smartphones aus der Produktion von LG.

TriggerTrap Takes A Scream of a Photo at Shenzhen Maker Faire

TriggerTrap is a scream of a good time, just engage your vocals to snap a shot! We checked out this little piece of hardware at the Shenzhen Maker Faire from a few British lads.

LG G Pro 2 Unboxing & Comparison

LG G Pro 2 Unboxing LG has released the G Pro 2 their new flagship Phablet device sporting the same rear facing button found on the LG G2 which is a personal favorite over here at Mobile Geeks. Sascha takes it out of the box and compares it to the Nexus 5, G Pro & the G2 which are all top smartphones made by LG.

CNET News – Tech Minute: Easter ideas: Virtual egg hunts and last-minute cards a little tech to your Easter celebration this year. In this Tech Minute, CNET’s Kara Tsubio recommends apps to send last-minute cards, keep kids guessing on a virtual egg hunt, and learn creative egg dyeing techniques.

HTC ONE M8 Gaming Demo

HTC One M8 Gaming Test The HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5 is a gaming machine, we check out several games such as Dead On Arrival 2, Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8, Anomoly 2 and NBA 2K 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Gaming Demo

Samsung Galaxy S5 Gaming The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a power house for gaming, we check out several games such as Dead On Arrival 2, Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas, Anomoly 2 and NBA 2K 2013.

Ultimate Overclocked Hackintosh Workstation Build Guide

I’d like to begin by thanking the folks in the Hackintosh community who made this possible

Rampage Dev – x79 DevelopmentConti – myHackSlice – Bootloader and other development Netkas – FakeSMC

Rampage Dev in particular was amazing throughout the process and very helpful in setting us on the right path in terms of component selection and installation of the necessary software. It’s my understanding that he does consulting work on projects like this, and you can reach him at his blog:

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Galaxy Note 4 rumors, iOS 7.1.1 leaks, Google camera & more – Pocketnow Daily

Stories:- The new Google Camera app: finally, Android’s stock shooter stops sucking (Video) HTC releases Dual Lens SDK for the One M8; let’s see what devs can do Android 4.4.3 spotted for Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition? Apple preparing iOS 7.1.1 to deal with some bugs before iOS 8 Samsung teases “new form factor” for next Galaxy Note

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google’s launch of the Google Camera app for all Android smartphones. HTC follows the news as the company as launched the Dual Lens SDK to developers to support the HTC One M8. Google follows the news as we get leaked details of Android 4.4.3 on the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. Apple follows rumors as we get testing details for iOS 7.1.1. We end today’s show talking about Samsung’s rumored “new form factor” for the Galaxy Note 4.

All this and more after the break.


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Fr. Robert Ballecer checks out the RED Epic Dragon.

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