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Facebook doesn't listen through your phone's mic -- except when it does

Is Facebook listening to every word you say? Zuck’s crew says it won’t use your speech to target advertising or reorder your feed, but it’s still unclear what it does use the microphone for. Aside from the obvious, that is. In IT...

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Xiaomi feeds Microsoft patent troll -- pays patent toll

Xiaomi and Microsoft get cozier. They’re announcing an unusual patent deal, which also sees Xiaomi pre-installing Microsoft Office and Skype onto its Android devices...

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Asus Zenbook 3 is MacBook killer, say wishful thinkers [and dirty jet]

Asus Zenbook 3 launches at Computex -- on paper, the hardware's better than a MacBook. It'll have a faster processor, bigger display, lighter case, more storage, and a lower starting price...

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Google wants all Android phones to be like Nexus

Soon, Google Nexus won't just be a nice idea, it'll be Android law. La GOOG is planning to punish partners that don't push updates quickly. Or so the rumor-mongers say, whispering of a secret list of naughty ODMs, which just might...

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Now Huawei sues Samsung on patents -- break out the popcorn

Huawei alleges Samsung has used its patented technology without licensing it. Huawei asks Courts in the USA and China to decide the rights and wrongs. But Samsung denies it, threatening retaliation...

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New iPhone 7 rumors say Apple to go 'quadraphonic'

iPhone 7 rumors of 4-speaker design from Apple emerge. But will improved speakers make up for removing the headphone jack?

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Microsoft quits Nokia phone line -- the next step is here (and Linux)

Microsoft is giving up on Nokia feature phones, selling the business to FIH Mobile, a Foxconn company. Here we see the next step on the road to Microsoft exiting the phone business completely...

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Obama agencies fight phone firms in vuln fix fails

Federales probing slow security by mobile phone carriers and ODMs. The FCC and FTC are tag-teaming to investigate non-existent or long-delayed OTA updates -- even when it's critical security vulnerabilities they patch...

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iPhone 7 rumors -- Smart Connector shocks Apple fans

iPhone 7 rumors say Apple has dropped plans to include a Smart Connector on the new iPhone 7. Sources say those three little dots are missing in the latest designs...

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FBI uses 5th-Amendment loophole to unlock iPhone of Bkhchadzhyan

iPhone owner ordered by judge to give FBI the finger -- to unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint, that is. The feds think Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan's shiny hides evidence of criminality. But hold on there, buddy -- surely the 5th...

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Next Google Nexus phones are by HTC -- for release in 2016

HTC will make two Google Nexus devices for 2016. Thought to both be smartphones, we're hoping to catch sight of them at Google I/O next month, with a release date in the second half of the year...

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Apple investors panic as iPhone sales tank

Updated: Apple's iPhone shipments fell off a cliff last quarter -- results were worse than the Street expected. And it doesn't look like the mid-priced iPhone SE will help this quarter, either...

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Tim decrees: Apple Watch will cut the cord from iPhone -- app devs must obey

Apple Watch apps must not need an iPhone, dictates Apple. Developers of watchOS apps have until June 1 to give up on those sluggish, trashy, tethered toys -- they give the pomaceous wearable a bad name...

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Microsoft Windows phone biz is dead -- here is clear proof

Microsoft's Windows Phone is clearly dead. Redmond's already-bad Windows Phone sales plummeted over the last year to a mere 26% of what they were -- this is simply, spectacularly execrable...

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BlackBerry bangs final nail in coffin, lets Mounties hack you

BlackBerry gave up its global encryption key to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. That's the conclusion of commentators who've dissected CEO John Chen's vapid statement on the matter...

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iPhone 7 not what you think it is; Release date not when you think, either

This year's iPhone might not be the iPhone 7. That's because next year is the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, so don't expect a huge Apple redesign until 2017...

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Android N dev preview 2 -- N is short for download NOW

Updated: The Android N Developer Preview 2 is here. Google's April update to its Android 7 'beta' shows smooth progress at adding sweet features, and squashing nutty bugs...

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HTC 10 order page live at just $599. Flagship with surprising twist

The HTC 10 is HTC's latest shiny, and you can pre-order it now, at $100 off. With a classy design, the flagship phone brings the ABCs -- awesome audio, big battery, clear cameras -- and, uh, sort-of-stock Android...

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