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Majority of US users opt to stay with Galaxy Note7 after recall

Samsung Electronics may have some comfort after its debacle with faulty batteries in the Galaxy Note7 smartphone.

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The so-called Universal Stylus Initiative launches without the three biggest players

The Universal Stylus Initiative released its first specification for generic digital styluses, suggesting a future where they'll be as commonplace as the mouse. However, the three biggest players—Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung—have yet...

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Mobile apps still have long way to go in state governments

A new survey released this week reveals that while a little more than half of state CIOs surveyed consider mobile devices and apps an essential or high priority, relatively few state government apps are mobile ready or are being used...

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Samsung has shipped 500,000 replacement Note 7 units to the U.S.

The four major carriers are urging customers to exchange their device while also prepping to resume sales.

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Did Apple make the iPhone 7 just to sell more Beats headphones?

Apple’s jack-less iPhone 7 may help boost sales of Beats, the world's biggest wireless headphone company. But is that the only strategy?

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Google's Pixel phones: 7 essential technical upgrades we want to see

It looks like "Nexus" is out, and "Pixel" is in. This is what we hope to see as Google updates its flagship phones running pure, unadulterated Android.

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iPhone 7 Review: Big steps forward, but little steps back

Apple improved almost everything about the iPhone 7, from the processor to the camera. Then they took away the headphone jack. Do the iPhone 7’s drawbacks ruin the experience?

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Samsung ships 500,000 replacement Note7s for recall exchange

Samsung said that 500,000 new Note7 devices have been shipped to U.S. carriers and retailers to replace the smartphones recalled because of a fire hazard. The devices will be available for exchange starting Wednesday.

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Google ad hints of new smartphones to come on Oct. 4

Google released an intriguing new video on prime time TV Monday that hints of an Oct. 4 announcement of two new smartphones -- the Pixel X and Pixel XL.

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Black Friday 2016 tech ads will be leaking before you know it

Black Friday is still about 2 months away, but the first ad leaks touting bargains on everything from the latest iPhones to tablets, TVs and PCs could surface by the end of next month.

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Verizon customers claim carrier dramatically overcharged for data

More than 4,000 people from across the United States told a Cleveland newspaper that Verizon grossly overcharged them for data use, but the wireless carrier won't fix, or even acknowledge, the problem.

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17% off Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat, Alexa Compatible - Deal Alert

Sensi thermostat makes it easy to remotely control and schedule the comfort of your home using your phone, tablet or PC. Currently discounted 17% on Amazon.

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The iPhone 7's sleeper hit feature is its display

The iPhone 7 still has an LCD display, but it's better than most of the competition by far.

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Got an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Do these 10 things first

After you inhale that new-iPhone smell, follow this setup guide to be up and running faster than you can say A10 Fusion.

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Settings in iOS 10: Every notable change you need to know

Once you upgrade to iOS 10, take some time to peruse the Settings app to tweak your device to your liking.

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How to tell if your Galaxy Note7 is safe to use

Samsung has created specific box markings and an IMEI lookup tool so you can tell if you have a non-explosive model.

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Bigger iPhone 7 Plus outsells smaller sibling

Preliminary data from U.S. sales of Apple's newest iPhones suggested that the larger 7 Plus was outselling the smaller 7, which would be a first, a market research firm said.

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In video, Samsung apologizes for Note7 battery defects

A top Samsung official issued an unusual video apology over Galaxy Note7 battery-related defects linked to fires and assured owners that replacement Note7 units are safe. "With battery cell defects in some of our Note7 phones,...

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