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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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Galaxy S6 and Edge feature plums for workers and IT shops

With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung is making a concerted effort to attract workers as potential buyers and to win the hearts of IT managers who have to wrangle with enterprise smartphone security and management.

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Galaxy S6 pricing slips out: $780 unlocked, at least in Spain

More details surfaced today on Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 smartphone, including an unlocked price of about $780 for a 32 GB version, according to Samsung’s website in Spain.

SanDisk pushes MicroSD to 200GB

SanDisk has managed to cram 200GB of memory into a MicroSD card.

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Apple edges out Samsung in Q4 smartphone sales

The popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple sell more smartphones than Samsung in the last quarter of 2014.

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Mobile wallet space heats up as PayPal buys Paydiant

PayPal is purchasing startup Paydiant to strength its mobile wallet offerings as competition in the space grows.

BlackBerry launches all-touch Leap with $275 price tag

BlackBerry isn't giving up on the smartphone market, and now hopes to make a mark with the Leap.

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The data on your new Lollipop device may not be encrypted

Some smartphone makers are not configuring Android devices running Lollipop to automatically encrypt personal data, which Google had said would scramble data by default.

Intel taps ARM graphics in new x86 smartphone chip

Intel is famously self-reliant in developing new chip technologies in-house, but it has picked up a bit of help from rival ARM with its latest x86 Atom X3 smartphone chip.

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No new Lumia flagship? Smart move, Microsoft

Microsoft's decision to wait until Windows 10 arrives to deliver a high-end Lumia smartphone may have irked loyal customers, but it was a smart move, analysts said.

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Android! Android! Android! 7 important things to know from MWC 2015

So much news, so little time. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Samsung's grand obsession with the iPhone

Is Samsung obsessed with outdoing the Apple iPhone? Not exactly, but it's a fair question.

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Singing the No-More-Swappable-Smartphone-Batteries blues

Smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 6 are becoming even lighter and slimmer than before. To accommodate this, some features -- such as removable batteries -- are going the way of the hardware keypad. But is that necessarily a...

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From Microsoft: Two new Lumia smartphones to upgrade later to Windows 10

Microsoft today announced two new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, which will be upgraded to the cross-platform Windows 10 later in the year.

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Qualcomm puts silicon brain in flagship Snapdragon 820 chip

Qualcomm wants to help future mobile devices learn about their users, by putting cognitive computing capabilities into its next mobile microprocessor, the Snapdragon 820.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung hopes better looks, more power make its Galaxy S6 a winner

Samsung has its smartphone mojo back with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. But the new, more premium design, has a few drawbacks.

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The smartphone race is on: HTC's One M9 vs. Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

The first Android smartphones for 2015 are being introduced; HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer better cameras, more features and a great sense of style.

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Acer goes all in with Windows 10 smartphones

While Acer didn't embrace Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 OS for smartphones, it's warming up to Windows 10.

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