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55% off Rugged Geek Portable Power Supply and Vehicle Jump Starter - Deal Alert

Father's day alert? This gadget has enough power to boost most passenger vehicles on the road today, as well as mobile devices and laptops.

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Now Huawei sues Samsung on patents -- break out the popcorn

Huawei alleges Samsung has used its patented technology without licensing it. Huawei asks Courts in the USA and China to decide the rights and wrongs. But Samsung denies it, threatening retaliation...

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Instagram's redesign: Why do we hate it?

From Uber to Instagram, the surprising reason why we freak out every time an app gets a new redesign.

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New iPhone 7 rumors say Apple to go 'quadraphonic'

iPhone 7 rumors of 4-speaker design from Apple emerge. But will improved speakers make up for removing the headphone jack?

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Google's modular smartphone project sacrificed its original vision to move forward

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone is coming to developers at the end of this year, but it's lost a key part of its vision along the way -- total customizability.

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Apple sets up development center in India for its Maps product

Continuing his bid to woo Indian customers and developers, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India.

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Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.

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Android N hits beta, boasts VR and more

Google’s been hard at work under the hood of its Android operating system, announcing performance, security and productivity updates in the new Android N alongside a swanky new suite of VR capabilities called Daydream and version 2.0...

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Microsoft's sale of feature phone biz erodes smartphone commitment

Microsoft today continued to undo its disastrous 2014 acquisition of Nokia's phone business, announcing that it is exiting the feature phone market.

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Microsoft leaves feature-phone business as Nokia moves back in, sort of

Finnish startup HMD Global has snapped up the rights to sell Nokia phones, which Foxconn will manufacture in a former Microsoft factory

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Microsoft quits Nokia phone line -- the next step is here (and Linux)

Microsoft is giving up on Nokia feature phones, selling the business to FIH Mobile, a Foxconn company. Here we see the next step on the road to Microsoft exiting the phone business completely...

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Why Google’s Waze Rider app will usher in the ‘friend economy’

Forget the gig economy a la Uber and countless others. Google is ushering in the friend economy, and it might have more potential.

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Google's next major Android hurdle

Google's going to tell us all about Android's latest and greatest features during this week's I/O developers' conference -- but the platform's most pressing challenge is one we're not likely to hear discussed.

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Does the iPhone need a ‘panic button’?

A new ‘panic mode’ for your iPhone might help keep your data more secure. And with the current legal decisions regarding Touch ID, this iOS feature is now vital.

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What to do when your iPhone won't start up

Is your iPhone dead? Find out with these few steps.

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8 Apple TV tips you need today

You’ll be getting even more from your Apple TV with these tips

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Eric Schmidt plays defense at the Oracle-Google trial

Eric Schmidt took the witness stand Tuesday in Oracle’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, and he gave little ground during some tense exchanges with Oracle’s attorney.

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The Oracle-Google jury includes at least one person with an aversion to tech

A lawyer, an accountant and a retired CFO are among the eight women and two men selected Monday to decide Oracle’s huge copyright infringement case against Google.

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