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LTE smartphones are becoming faster and cheaper

Speedy connections in high-end smartphones won't work without matching network coverage, but cheaper phones may encourage carriers to invest.

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Asus packs 64GB of storage in $299 ZenFone 2

Asus isn't a household name for smartphones in the U.S., but the company is trying to make a strong statement with the Zenfone 2, which packs more storage than similarly priced competitors.

ARM making rapid progress on next high-end chip

ARM is in the advanced stages of development with its next high-end processor, which will succeed the Cortex-A72 and could reach smartphone and tablet makers by the end of next year, a chip said this week.

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Slammed by phone rivals, Sharp looks to in-car displays

Struggling display manufacturer Sharp will push automakers to incorporate vehicle dashboards that use gestural commands, thin bezels and other next-generation features.

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Smartphones from Xiaomi, Micromax pressure established manufacturers

Smartphone manufacturers Micromax in India and Xiaomi in China have given the low-end segment a shake up with their latest products, and even if the devices don't go on sale around the world, their launches will likely be felt...

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MediaTek unveils 10-core chip that promises better battery life

Not satisfied with offering eight-core chips, Taiwan's MediaTek has unveiled a mobile processor with 10 cores.

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Chinese smartphone market shows rare decline

First quarter smartphone shipments in China dropped by 4% year over year, according to research firm IDC.

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Once fighting for the low end, Chinese smartphone vendors focus on pricier products

This week when ZTE launched its latest phone, the Z9, the Chinese company wasn't embarrassed to reveal its high price.

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How good is the LG G4 camera? A real-world evaluation

LG has been making big promises about the camera its new G4 smartphone. We ran it through some tests to see if it delivers.

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Fitbit's IPO pitch shows a strong pulse

Fitbit, the maker of wearable activity trackers, has filed to go public and revealed some strong sales numbers in its filing.

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Lyft teams up with Verizon for an edge against Uber

Lyft hopes to better compete against rival Uber through a partnership with Verizon Wireless.

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ZTE's bezel-less phone tosses away black border for more touchscreen function

China's ZTE unveiled the Nubia brand Z9, a product that comes without the black border found on many smartphone screens.

Bad news for Android

Android cellular voice channel used as new covert channel to leak info, spread malware

Researchers bypass Android security mechanisms and exploit smartphone cellular voice channel to act as a new covert channel which can potentially be used to leak information and to spread malware.


Sound Bite: Kathy Fuertes' go-to gadget for work/life balance

Kathy Fuertes, Principal and Head of Institutional Services at Vanguard, discusses with Computerworld how her smartphone helps her balance work and parenting.

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Apple Watch, Samsung Edge glitches anger users, but no outright revolt

Problems with the new Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone have infuriated some early adopters, but they still stay loyal to their favorite brand.

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Sony's smartphone struggles continue as other areas look up

Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai has some difficult decisions to make as consumers continue to shun the company's smartphones, resulting in continued losses.

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Xiaomi phones still hot in China, but Apple catching up

Xiaomi led China's smartphone market as its biggest vendor for the third straight quarter, but Apple is closing in.

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Will leather and a cool camera win the smartphone war for LG?

The LG G4 Android smartphone has a number of upgrades, but the company is emphasizing both its high-end camera technology and the elegance of a leather case. Is this enough to push LG ahead of competitors such as Samsung?

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