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Smarter Algorithms Will Power Our Future Digital Lives

Researchers are working on deep-learning algorithms that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.

FBI director concerned about encryption on smartphones

The agency has talked to Apple and Google about concerns that new security will help criminals, the director says

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Oh, the Irony! iPhone 6 Copies the Nexus 4

Could the famously litigious Apple get a taste of its own medicine? Maybe it’s time to stop excessive patent litigation.

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Hands On With the New BlackBerry Passport Smartphone

CIO.com's Al Sacco spent a week with the new BlackBerry Passport before its official release. Here are five things you'll likely love about the unique and innovative device, along with four more things you very likely won't.

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Ray Ozzie’s Talko App Stores Calls in Cloud, Lets You Search Them

So far it’s just for iPhone, but the goal is support for corporate work groups.

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How Haptics Will Transform Your Gadgets

The era of ubiquitous haptic user interfaces has been predicted for two decades. Now it's finally here. Can you feel it?

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How Phones and Computers Can Talk via Sight

Just send an email to yourself. Few moves in today's world of digital interconnection feel sillier. You need to get the file from this machine to that machine but for whatever reason, the only way to bridge the gap is via a...

Startup develops optical zoom lens for smartphones

The company has already had interest from Apple, Samsung, Sony and others

The Crazy Cellphone Ideas of 2004

Take a look back at the futuristic cellphone ideas of a decade ago.

Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October

The sandwich chain will roll out contactless payments at 26,000 restaurants

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'Phablet,' the Word We Love to Hate

"Phablet" is a word that people love to hate but continue to use. With Apple's late arrival to the category with the iPhone 6 Plus, it's sure to skyrocket in usage, if not in popularity, even though Apple, shuns the word.

10 years in tech: The crazy cellphone ideas of 2004

We take a look back at the futuristic cellphone ideas of a decade ago

Microsoft urges African authorities to combat counterfeit phone imports

Fake handsets have a significant impact on legitimate manufacturers, official says

iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus

How to Tell If the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus Is Right For You

Apple's new iPhones are similar in many ways, but if you're considering an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus purchase you should consider these five key differences — especially if you plan to preorder a device without actually handling it.

Amazon's Fire Phone won't have an easier time in Europe

The smartphone will struggle to compete with other new devices from Apple and Samsung

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Microsoft is Killing the Nokia and Windows Phone Names, Reports Say

In the future, Lumias will just run plain old Windows, according to multiple reports.

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iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch May Make These 5 Things Irrelevant

Are the iPad mini's days numbered? CIO.com reviewer James A. Martin thinks so, and he put the small tablet on a list of five endangered things, based on Apple's Tuesday announcements.

Smartphones under $100 with Intel chip could ship next year

Intel plans to put its low-cost Sofia chip with integrated 3G in smartphones that could can "clearly go below $100"

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