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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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Google wants Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a copyright infringement case that some developers think could affect their ability to innovate in software.

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I understand you now! There's a Glass app for the hard of hearing

Georgia Tech scientists have developed an app that creates captions on Google Glass for users who are hard of hearing.

45% of Android devices still have a vulnerable browser installed

Almost half of all Android devices have a browser that is vulnerable to two serious security issues, according to data from mobile security firm Lookout.

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Android upgrades simplified: Which manufacturers can you trust?

A new Android release is right around the corner -- so which manufacturers can you count on to get the upgrade delivered?

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Samsung forecasts bleak Q3 as smartphone sales suffer

Samsung Electronics expects its Q3 operating profit to fall by almost 60% on sluggish sales of mobile devices as Chinese companies eat into its market share with cheaper smartphones.

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