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The BlackBerry Classic

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Apple 'offended' by BBC -- 'Panorama' says Cook's co. routinely breaks promises

On prime-time TV, BBC says Apple fails at Chinese worker rights: More bad PR for Cupertino concerning the supply chains for iPhone 6 and other toys. Yes, other vendors use similar supply chains, but it's Apple that crows about how...

Android Holiday Guide

Android power! 2014's top tips, tricks, and buying advice

Whether you're shopping for a new gadget or ready to make your current device do more, this guide has everything you need to make this holiday season count.

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Android 5.0.1 download NOW for Google Nexus 5 -- Lollipop update fixes issues, we hope

Patched Lollipop for your plastic pal squashes Wi-Fi and calling bugs, saves battery. And here it is: Android 5.0.1 for your Nexus 5. Merry Christmas. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fire up adb. [Updated]

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Chinese Android phone maker hides secret backdoor on its devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has built an extensive "backdoor" into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today

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BlackBerry's new Classic smartphone has a physical keyboard, sells for $449

BlackBerry officially launched its Classic smartphone with a qwerty physical keyboard and trackpad on Wednesday for $449, unlocked, in the U.S.


6+ iOS 8 mistakes that make you look dumb

These common iOS mistakes make you look dumb, so here's how to avoid them.

Apple shutters Russian online store as ruble plummets

Apple's online store for Russian customers was offline all day Tuesday after the U.S. company shut down the mart because of the ruble's plunge.

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T-Mobile’s new Data Stash plan doesn’t let workers share data

T-Mobile today unveiled a monthly data rollover plan for consumers and business customers called "Data Stash," but the plan still won't allow workers to share their data with others in a work group.

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Android Power's 3 favorite things for December 2014

From a fresh take on the home screen to an inexpensive accessory that makes your phone more secure, this month's picks are oozing with Android-flavored awesomeness.

Apple, Xiaomi win big as Samsung's smartphone struggles continue

A successful iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. helped Apple increase its share of the smartphone market in the third quarter, but nemesis Samsung Electronics struggled, with upstart Chinese manufacturers nipping at its heels and growing...

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Apple v. Samsung and the road to patent sanity

Apple’s attempt to grab all of Samsung’s profits highlights the need for major reform.

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Patent battles risk disrupting Xiaomi's international growth

Xiaomi has halted product sales in India due to a patent dispute.

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Canada's Competition Bureau probes Apple over iPhone contracts

A Canadian competition authority is probing allegations that Apple tried to stifle competition with its iPhone contracts with wireless carriers.

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The best Android phones you can buy right now

So many Android phones -- so which one should you buy? Some real-world recommendations from someone who's lived with 'em all.

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In gadget we trust

The allegiance that some of us have for certain operating systems, gadgets and programs can seem like religious fervor. There might be a reason this is so.

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Panasonic LED signs beam data to phones 5 meters away

Panasonic has developed LCD signs that can beam ID codes linked to ads and other information to smartphone cameras that are 5 meters or more away.


Sprint pleased by early response to its half-off deal

Six days into its new "Cut Your Bill in Half" offer, Sprint was enthusiastic about the offer's early reaction from new customers, but didn't offer any details.

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I'm a born again fell walker, and Apple is to blame

One day while struggling with deadlines I noticed I'd walked only 2,500 steps. That's when things began to change.

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