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In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

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Microsoft Lumia 950: The first Windows 10 smartphone tries hard -- but can it succeed?

Microsoft's Lumia 950, the first Windows 10 phone, has all the right specs, but we've yet to see if it's got what it take to become a preferred corporate device.


Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday decried efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones, even though some officials in Washington favor doing so.

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Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat

Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, Gartner said today.

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Sprint looks to spur growth with new half-off-rivals' rates plan

Sprint today unveiled a new simplified wireless plan offering 50% off competitors' rates -- part of an effort to lure consumers to try its faster LTE Plus network.

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Feds fund encryption apps that could cloak terrorists

U.S. government funds have recently been used to support the creation and maintenance of commercially available smartphone encryption apps -- the same kinds of apps thought to be used by terrorists.

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7 must-have wireless charging gadgets

These seven wireless charging devices can make powering up much less painful. Most are relatively affordable and they're great gifts for your loved ones — or for you.

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Cool Yule Tools for Work

We offer up our humble list of products and technologies that may impress someone on your holiday gift list.

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LG Android Wear smartwatch makes calls even if users leave their phones behind

Google has brought cellular connectivity between mobile phones and smartwatches running the Android Wear operating system, thus making it possible for people to make and pick up calls at say a shopping mall even when the phone is at...

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How T-Mobile's video streaming works

How can T-Mobile afford to offer its Binge On streaming video service at no extra cost to its customers? T-Mobile officials offered a few technical details to shed light on how it will make video streaming from 24 content providers...

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Why I'm finally giving in to the big phone craze

After years of resisting, this writer gives up the fight and gets on the big phone bandwagon -- for one very specific reason.

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ARM has a new 64-bit chip for the next billion smartphones

ARM released a new chip design this week that should bring a burst of performance to low-cost smartphones aimed at fast-growing markets like China, India and Brazil.

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Price and features: The latest Android smartphones compared

If you're wondering which of the newest Android phones to choose, we've created a chart comparing features and prices that might help.

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Going mobile with Apple's CarPlay (and a VW)

It's no secret that when you buy a car, you get whatever already-out-of-date technology is built in. That's what makes Apple's CarPlay so useful (and exciting).


4 old-school BlackBerry features in Android-powered Priv’s Al Sacco demonstrates four distinctly BlackBerry features in the new Priv, BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone.

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Google could enrich VR experience on handsets with custom chips

Google appears to be striving for richer augmented and virtual reality experiences on Android mobile devices with an effort to internally develop chip designs for hardware partners.

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BlackBerry Priv sales begin, but will they be enough?

AT&T started selling BlackBerry's first Android-powered smartphone, a slider called the Priv, for $250 with a two-year contract, a price that could entice buyers who are reluctant to pay BlackBerry's own $699 off-contract price.

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BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone maybe not John Chen’s last stand (but still lousy value)

The BlackBerry Priv reviews are in. Some are qualified raves, but many are harsh rants. It’s worrying for the future of BlackBerry, if the Android-based Priv is the business’s last chance to survive...

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