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Phone maker Xiaomi moves data outside China over privacy concerns

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is moving customer data and its Internet platforms to servers outside China, only months after the company apologized over privacy concerns.

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Hands on with Inbox, Google's new way to experience Gmail

Google's Inbox is a fresh and modern approach to email -- but does it make managing your messages easier or more complex?

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Android ransomware 'Koler' turns into a worm, spreads via SMS

A malicious Android app that takes over the screen of devices and extorts money from users with fake notifications from law enforcement agencies was recently updated with a component that allows it to spread via text message spam.

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Google uses Songza to update Play Music app

The Google Play Music app is getting an update. Starting today, users can find music to go along with what they're doing, whether it's working, cooking with friends or going to sleep. They also can use Google's app to find music that...

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

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NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use

The certification may help Samsung establish itself as a serious player in secured devices

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You'll pay a lot more for an unlocked Nexus 6 smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

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Android 5.0, Lollipop: The complete FAQ

Google's latest version of Android -- Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop -- is at long last unwrapped and on its way into our lives. 

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Nexus 6 and 9 in depth: A simple guide to Google's new devices

Nexus! Nexus! Nexus! So much information -- where to begin? This easy-to-follow guide has everything you could possibly want to know about Google's latest Android gadgets.

Tablet sales growth slows dramatically

Gartner and IDC have dramatically lowered their tablet shipment and sales estimates for 2014 and coming years.

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Google unveils the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Google is finally bringing its latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system -- code-named Android L -- to mobile devices with a Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet.

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Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

With the iPhone 6 Plus now available to iOS fans, can Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 keep its crown as the best-known plus-sized phone on the market? Our reviewer lived with the Note for a week and reports on the results.

Asus' tablet-smartphone combo comes to the U.S. next week

The Padfone X Mini will first ship on Oct. 23 through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract

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Researcher blames vulnerable code re-use for zero-day in Android's CyanogenMod

At the Ruxcon Security Conference, a researcher claimed Android's CyanogenMod developers failed to respond to ‘responsible disclosure’ about re-used vulnerable code that puts millions of users at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Nexus 6 release date -- incept next week? (Time to die)

Big phone Real Soon Now: Here comes the Nexus 6 release date. Rumors are rife that Google is about to launch and ship its new Android L phablet, possibly as soon as next week. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take a Voight-Kampf test. Do you...

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Android SMS worm Selfmite is back, more aggressive than ever

A new version of the Android worm Selfmite has the potential to ramp up huge SMS charges for victims as it tries to spread to as many devices as possible.

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Living with the Moto Hint: It's Google Now inside your ear

The Moto Hint puts Google's on-demand info system into your ear -- quite literally. So is it the future of computing or just a futuristic-looking novelty?

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HTC Desire EYE -- a #selfie phone (SUCH a fake model)

“What should my caption be? I want it to be clever.” HTC unveils its 'selfie' phone: The HTC Desire EYE. It's got two equally-great cameras front and back. And it's got other flagship-like specs, even though it's priced like a...

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