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Galaxy S6 Edge: Is its distinctive style worth the premium price?

What will customers pay for style? That's the question faced by the marketing teams behind the Apple Watch, whose 18k gold models are priced to start at $10,000. The same issue confronts marketing teams for the new Samsung Galaxy S6...

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Android flaw puts personal data at risk for millions

Nearly half of Android devices are vulnerable to an attack that could replace a legitimate app with malicious software that can collect sensitive data from a phone.

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Despite its design, One M9 unlikely to rescue HTC

The One M9 may be a knockout, but it's not likely to save HTC. The device looks similar to its predecessor at a time when competitors have multiplied and stepped up their game, making it even harder for the struggling company to make...

How Smartphone Reviews Really Work

How smartphone reviews really work

The inside scoop on what happens behind the scenes of a smartphone review, from someone who's written more than a few of 'em.

Android's smart lock detects when you carry your phone

Google is adding a feature to Android's smart lock that could significantly cut down on the number of times users need to enter a passcode to unlock their phones while they are out and about.

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Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new...

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Microsoft to release lowest-priced Lumia smartphone yet

Building on the launch earlier this year of two low-cost Lumia phones, Microsoft has taken the price down even further for its latest smartphone.

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Registration opens for Google I/O, but not for long

Registration is now open for Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference.

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Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to FREAK

Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to a dangerous attack revealed two weeks ago that can compromise encrypted data.


What does Microsoft get out of Cortana on Android, iOS?

Microsoft will reportedly offer its Cortana intelligent assistant as Android and iOS mobile apps, a move that would sync with its strategy to offer its software and services to as many people as possible.

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BlackBerry teams up with Samsung and IBM on the SecuTablet

BlackBerry is returning to the tablet market with the help of Samsung, IBM and Secusmart, a German encryption firm BlackBerry bought last year.

More flagship smartphones on the way with LG, Huawei next in line

The battle over the smartphone high-end market is expected to heat up in April.

Baidu ends support for Android platform

The Baidu Cloud OS represented the company's efforts to integrate more services with Android phones.

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2 terrific tools to enhance your Android Wear experience

If you've got an Android Wear watch on your wrist, you'll want to check out these two outstanding apps.

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Google is developing a virtual reality version of Android

Google is reportedly developing a virtual reality version of Android that will compete with software built by Facebook, Samsung, Microsoft and others.

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Momentum grows around Microsoft's Windows 10 for phones

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS hasn't taken the world by storm, but its successor, Windows 10, is off to an encouraging start even before its release.

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Budget smartphones shine at Mobile World Congress

Budget smartphones from Sony, Microsoft and up-and-comer Alcatel OneTouch have improved to such an extent that the question whether to buy one of the latest high-end smartphones is tougher than ever.

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Google will stop patching Chrome on Android 4.0 next month

Google plans to stop serving updates to Chrome for Android on devices running "Ice Cream Sandwich" in mid-April.

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