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Why Do Cell Phones Still Suck For Calling?

The IEEE Spectrum magazine goes in-depth on the problem


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AmEx Corporate Card Users: No Apple Pay for You

American Express supports Apple Pay for personal and small business customers. Unfortunately, AmEx Corporate Card holders are out of luck, for now.

Alibaba's mobile OS in China boosted by Meizu partnership

Alibaba's YunOS has struggled to attract partners, amid Android's dominance

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

A partnership between Adobe and Nielsen gives broadcasters detailed viewing data

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Expect Anemic Mobile Phone Growth in U.S. Through 2018

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will decline this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth, an IDC analyst said Monday.

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You'll Pay a Lot More for an Unlocked Nexus 6 Smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

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Once the FBI Has a Backdoor Into Your Smartphone, Everyone Does

FBI director James Comey believes tech companies should be forced to insert back doors to bypass encryption on smartphones. But experts say once that happen,s security is moot and anyone can breach your privacy.

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Tesla S Teardown Reveals it's More Like a Smartphone Than a Car

Tesla’s virtual instrument cluster comes from the same company that supplies Apple with display tech for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says

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First Look: The Magnificent New Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Google introduced a wow-provoking new stable of Nexus devices Wednesday.

Samsung claims data speed test 30 times faster than LTE

The company also said it logged 1.2Gbps in vehicle tests for 5G technologies

Asus' dual tablet-smartphone Padfone X Mini comes to the US next week

The Padfone X Mini will first ship on Oct. 23 through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract

Scientists harness smartphones as cosmic ray detectors

University of California researchers aim to build world's largest detector

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Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 Percent in Two Minutes

If the breakthrough battery tech hits mainstream it could revolutionize electric cars—and end the forced obsolescence of smartphones.

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Only 14 U.S. States Have Handheld-While-Driving Bans

Even though use of handheld devices while driving has become a dangerous and growing epidemic in the US, many states still have not enacted nor enforce a usage ban.

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Phablet vs. Mini-Tablet: The Big Choice Between Two Smallish Devices

As phones grow and tablets shrink, they’re merging in form, but not always in function. We size up the key specs and differences you should care about.

Sony's Xperia Z3V to be sold by Verizon in the US

Sony's Xperia Z3V is a variant of the Z3 with longer battery life and wireless charging capabilities

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BlackBerry Passport Productivity Tips, Tricks and Keyboard Shortcuts

BlackBerry's new Passport smartphone is packed with valuable productivity features. Here's a list, directly from BlackBerry, of more than 30 tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts to help you get the most out of your new Passport.

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Samsung Has a Tough Hill to Climb at Differentiating Itself

Samsung's bleak forecast ahead of its quarterly earnings shows that its lack of differentiating in many markets is causing it trouble. But even when the company does differentiate well, as with its KNOX security platform, it has...

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