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LG G5 to debut on February 21st, going head-to-head with Galaxy S7

Thanks to some wacky invites we know it's going to be a big day for new phones in just a couple of weeks.

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7 smartphone trends to watch 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 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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Here’s how Nintendo will get people to use its smartphone apps

Nintendo's first smartphone app arrives in March with a new rewards scheme to get players hooked.

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Apple hit with $626M damages in case filed by patent licensing firm

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

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The specter of Comcast as a wireless carrier is more than a little frightening

Comcast says it has registered to bid in the upcoming government wireless auction, suggesting that it is indeed considering offering wireless service.

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Why Apple rolls in iPhone profits while Android manufacturers starve for cash

Why is Apple making so much money from its smartphone while so many Android device manufacturers can't make a decent profit?

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Apple, don’t make the smaller iPhone a second-class device

Why not offer a 4-inch iPhone with the latest features?

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Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will continue developing Android and iOS apps

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones -- even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

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How one aging iPhone 4 destroyed a Texas family

A man charged with theft after taking away his daughter's iPhone 4 has been acquitted in Texas. The man still possesses the smartphone, but he no longer has a relationship with his daughter.

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Vaio confirms its Windows Phone will be launched this week

Mere days after Microsoft reported plummeting sales for its own Lumia handsets, Vaio says it will launch its own Windows 10 Mobile phone. Whether third parties like Vaio and Acer can succeed where Microsoft hasn't remains an open...

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Virtual assistants: They're made out of people!

The responses from virtual assistants are far more human than most of us assume. In fact, every response is carefully crafted by a person or a team of people.

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We've officially reached peak smartphone, but real innovation is still within reach

As the pace of hardware innovation slows to a crawl, manufacturers must turn to real-world problem-solving to get consumers excited again.

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Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Control Center

This is Verizon's Super Bowl command room -- a temporary, purpose-built nerve center in the shadow of Levi's Stadium that pulls in data from permanent and temporary base stations to ensure the network keeps running.

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Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Command Center

More than 100 engineers will make sure the tweeting, sharing and streaming works without a hiccup

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LG patches data theft bug affecting millions of Android phones

LG has patched a security flaw in an application preinstalled on millions of its Android G3 smartphones that researchers found could be used to steal a variety of data.

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Verizon to let SMBs buy smartphones on the installment plan

Verizon will let small business customers take advantage of monthly payment plans for new smartphones and other devices, avoiding a big cash outlay upfront.

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Interest in smartphones is flattening

Both Apple and Samsung this week predicted slow growth for smartphone and mobile phone sales in early 2016, making investors queasy.

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