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Five smartphones to look forward to

The second half of 2015 looks as exciting as the first for smartphone buyers

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Can Windows 10 save Windows Phone?

The release of Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system may be the last roll of the dice for its struggling mobile platform.

Xiaomi faces challenge to reach sales goal, amid slowing smartphone growth

Xiaomi sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015

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Nvidia asks Washington to sledgehammer smartphones

The case before the ITC shows why we shouldn’t have to adjudicate 21st-century smartphone disputes with 1930s legislation.

Xiaomi break outs of Asia, introduces phones to Brazil

Xiaomi is tapping Foxconn to build its phones in a local factory to reduce costs

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Disney gets sick of selfie sticks, bans them from its parks

The ban takes effect at Disneyland and Disney World—and at Disney's Paris and Hong Kong locations—next week.

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The best Ubuntu phone has the most convoluted purchasing scheme

Meizu's MX4 Ubuntu Edition approaches flagship phone status, but makes buyers jump through hoops to get one.

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Wireless charging gets faster thanks to new Qi power spec

A new Qi wireless charging specification will let electronics makers build much faster wireless power options into their products, but how long will you have to wait for compatible devices to become available?

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The Takeaway: BlackBerry looks to software for recovery

BlackBerry may be known for its hardware, but it's finding that revenues from licensing its software and technology are more important to the company's future success.

Fingerprint sensors on their way to more smartphones

Cheaper sensors and broader software support will make fingerprint authentication more accessible to app developers and service providers

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Nokia phones could rise again in 2016, CEO says

Nokia itself would not manufacture the phones, though: "We would only design them and license the brand name," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri told a German magazine.

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It's time to ban phone use while driving (and severely punish violators)

It's perfectly legal to talk on the phone while driving in the majority of U.S. states, as long as you use a hands-free device. Now is the time for the public to change its own perception of the issue and convince lawmakers to do the...

Samsung to plug security hole on Galaxy smartphones

The vulnerability was found in the SwiftKey keyboard, which comes preloaded on the devices

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Microsoft's selfie-obsessed Lumia 735 debuts on Verizon for under $200

We're going to tell you all about the Lumia 735, but first we're going to take a selfie.

Samsung wants court to review damages in patent fight with Apple

The South Korean smartphone company has asked all judges of the appeals court to hear the case

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Smartphone 'kill switch' effectively thwarts thieves

A report suggests that Apple's introduction of a smartphone 'kill switch' resulted in a significant drop in phone thefts across America. That's good news, but the report also shines light on another issue: The tendency to forgo phone...

Want an easily repaired smartphone? Fairphone 2 might be for you

Fairphone's second-generation socially responsible smartphone will start shipping later this year

Facebook releases a separate app for private photo sharing

Called Moments, it will automatically detect people's friends in their smartphone camera roll

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MIT researchers find unemployed workers stay off their phones

The amount of time people in a given area spend using their cell phones shrinks when the job market begins to dry up, according to a study co-authored by researchers at MIT.

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