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Expect anemic mobile phone growth in U.S. through 2018

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will decline this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth, an IDC analyst said Monday.

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You'll pay a lot more for an unlocked Nexus 6 smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

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How well are Apple's products doing? Here's what we know

Here's what we know about OS upgrades and iPhone and iPad sales based on what we've learned in the last few days. Top line summary? Apple is cooking up a storm.

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Bigger screen size draws Beijing customers to the iPhone 6

After waiting a month for the new iPhones to officially arrive in mainland China, Apple fans in Beijing lined up on Friday to get their hands on the devices.

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Mobile device and data use skyrockets, US says

U.S. mobile phone users are "rapidly embracing" smartphones and tablets, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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Apple's #iPadAir2 event: 3 thoughts

The sub-$500 Mac mini; Apple's line-up grows its reach and company's 5K iMac display means it has a path to disrupt display prices.

Encryption

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should reconsider plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, FBI Director James Comey...

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Apple's Oct.16 event live feed

We'll be covering the new news out of Apple as it happens on October 16.

Microsoft's 'big opportunity' to goose device share stalls before it gets started

Microsoft's push to move its device needle from 14% just got harder. Gartner today forecast that the company's share will be flat this year and climb only slightly in 2015.

Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

With the iPhone 6 Plus now available to iOS fans, can Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 keep its crown as the best-known plus-sized phone on the market? Our reviewer lived with the Note for a week and reports on the results.

Asus' tablet-smartphone combo comes to the U.S. next week

The Padfone X Mini will first ship on Oct. 23 through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract

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How to improve iOS 8 performance on your iPhone or iPad

If you or someone you know seems to have lost some performance since upgrading to iOS8, here's some tips to get your performance mojo back, no anxiety required.

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Sapphire supplier wants to expose details of its deal with Apple

GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was to supply Apple with scratch-resistant sapphire, has asked a federal bankruptcy court to make public confidential information that would describe its partnership with Apple and explain...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Gray market iPhone 6 prices plummet in China, as Apple preps official sales

Gray market dealers in China are slashing iPhone 6 prices as Apple prepares to begin sales of the product in the country.

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Nexus 6 release date -- incept next week? (Time to die)

Big phone Real Soon Now: Here comes the Nexus 6 release date. Rumors are rife that Google is about to launch and ship its new Android L phablet, possibly as soon as next week. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take a Voight-Kampf test. Do you...

Xperia Z3V

Sony's Xperia Z3V to be sold by Verizon in the U.S.

Sony and Verizon Wireless have developed a new smartphone, the Xperia Z3V, which will be sold in the U.S. later this month.

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HTC Desire EYE -- a #selfie phone (SUCH a fake model)

“What should my caption be? I want it to be clever.” HTC unveils its 'selfie' phone: The HTC Desire EYE. It's got two equally-great cameras front and back. And it's got other flagship-like specs, even though it's priced like a...

Google Glass

I understand you now! There's a Glass app for the hard of hearing

Georgia Tech scientists have developed an app that creates captions on Google Glass for users who are hard of hearing.

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