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It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away

Korean engineers have broken a record by transmitting enough power wirelessly over a distance of about 16 feet to charge up to 40 smartphones at the same time. Full Story »
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'Silicon Valley' Nails the Bay Area's Tech Culture

CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige had resisted watching HBO's new comedy about life in the Silicon Valley. After all, he's lived it since the '90s. But a funny thing happened during his week of binge viewing.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 Lineup Goes on Sale May 1 Starting at $199.99

Three versions of the new Galaxy Tab 4 tablet line will go on sale in the U.S. on May 1, with the new 7-in. Wi-Fi model priced at $199.99, the same price as last year's Galaxy Tab 3 of the same size.

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U.S. Smartphone Market Share Numbers for Q1 2014

Nielsen this week released U.S. smartphone market share numbers, based on OS and manufacturer, for the first quarter of 2014. Among the notable findings, Apple gained OS share but lost ground in device-maker share, while HTC dropped two slots in the manufacturer ranking.

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Google had Secret Pact with Samsung Over Some Apple Patent Claims

Google agreed to take over some of Samsung's defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday.

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What Kind of Tablet Does $5,000 Get You?

Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can.

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The 39 Stunningly Obvious Reasons Why Nike is Exiting the Wearables Market

Do we really need to spell this out for you? OK, gather around. We'll make this short.

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The iPad's Expected Ebb, and the Search for Why

Apple is expected Wednesday to confirm Wall Street's fears, that iPad sales growth not only slackened in the March quarter, but reversed course with fewer of the iconic tablets sold than the year before.

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Android, Not iOS, is Tops in Mobile Ad Traffic for First Time

Devices running Google's Android operating system have dethroned Apple's iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.

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Google Glass Dips its Toe Into iOS Pool

As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said the move is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear.

Advice & Opinion

The Imminent Age of Virtual Reality is an Illusion

When faced with technology options, we are choosing the ones that require the least commitment to undivided attention.

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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Though exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal and when is still the subject of debate.

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How to Keep Your Smartphone (and its Data) Secure

These tips and tools can help you keep your smartphone close, and protect your data if it strays.

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LG's G Watch Will Be Water Resistant and Always on

LG is getting ready to enter the increasingly competitive smartwatch market

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Apple Offers Free Recycling of its Products Worldwide

Apple is offering to recycle its products for free worldwide, and has included even third-party products like mobile phones and PCs in the program in some countries.