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Apple and AT&T sued for infringement over iPhone haptic patents

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches

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Let the smartphone carnival barking begin

"Hey, you! Have you seen what we've got over here? You won't believe your eyes..."

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Qualcomm's new chips target low-cost smartphones with premium features

Low-cost smartphones could be packed with premium features thanks to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 mobile chips.

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House bill would prevent patchwork of state laws banning smartphone encryption

Four bipartisan members of Congress introduced legislation this week to preempt a potential patchwork of state and local government laws banning encryption on smartphones.

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Encryption boost from U.S. House bill: Stop States’ smartphone stupidity

Amazingly, some Hill dwellers are pro-encryption, and are starting to fight for citizens’ privacy rights. The first step seems to be to stop individual States from enacting their own crazy anti-crypto laws...

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12 steps to getting more from Apple’s Maps

Apple continues to improve its Maps app, so I’ve put together this short guide to help you get more from it.

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LG's G5 smartphone to have 'always on' ability

LG's next flagship Android smartphone, the G5, will come with an "always on" display, according to a teaser posted on the company's Facebook page. The full reveal of the G5 is expected Feb 21, just prior to the Mobile World Congress. ...

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LG G5 gets Quick Cover to match rumored always-on display

LG Electronics keeps dribbling G5 info -- news about its new flagship Android phone. It’ll have a Quick Cover case that highlights its rumored always-on display. And the case will also allow you to interact with the phone while...

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Law firm searches for plaintiffs for class action suit against Apple over 'Error 53'

A Seattle law firm considering a class action suit against Apple wants iPhone users whose devices have been crippled by "Error 53" to contact their office.

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Error 53 is Apple's way of saying 'You're fixing it wrong'

But customers weren’t made aware of it when they purchased their iPhones.

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Google virtual reality -- Cardboard recycled into something you actually want

Google working on a new virtual-reality addon, which will replace the “Cardboard” silliness, say deep-throat sources. The journalistic gobbledygook of “people familiar with its plans” popped up to leak Google’s VR future...

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Modular cellphone kit can be used for IoT and wearables

You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cellphone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.

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Review: The Huawei Honor 5X -- a lot for a low price

This plus-sized phone is does not rate as premium and its Android overlay will annoy some users, but the Honor 5X is a solid low-cost device.

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Firefox OS for smartphones has ceased to be, says Mozilla (and Tardigrade)

Mozilla Firefox OS has expired: Bereft of life, it rests in peas—we think that’s how Mozilla Corp’s “Global Marketing Director” for Firefox OS sees it it. John Bernard (Marketer of the Year, 2013) and sidekick George Roter tell us...

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Microsoft at MWC: Will anyone care?

Will Microsoft be making any major mobile device announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress that will make any difference to its position in the market?

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7 smartphone trends to watch for this year

Smartphones this year are poised to become more interactive, more fun and maybe a little bit smarter than you’d like them to be.

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Mingis on Tech: Mac guy gaga over a Dell; wireless charging for the iPhone

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop impresses Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie with its 4K screen connectivity options. And recent reports indicate that Apple's iPhone might finally get wireless charging this year.

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Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude; wireless charging and the iPhone

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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