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Verizon confirms 12-month Device Payment Plan for phones is launching April 21st

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Look: we know many on Verizon aren't happy that the carrier has revealed plans to lengthen its upgrade intervals right as smartphone update season is hitting full stride. However, there may be a consolation prize. As of April 21st, "some devices" in its smartphone range, not just the existing...
Verizon confirms 12-month Device Payment Plan for phones is launching April 21st
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White House Calls for Cellphone 'Unlocking'

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Americans should be able to take their used cellphones and tablets freely from one wireless carrier to another, the White House said after an intense lobbying campaign from Internet activists....
White House Calls for Cellphone 'Unlocking'

Kantar: Windows Phone has overtaken Symbian in UK

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New Kantar Worldpanel data from Tuesday has shown Windows Phone overtaking Symbian in the UK. Although both were now small, Windows Phone was up to 2.5 percent of the British cellphones sold in the three months leading up to mid-February where Symbian had dropped to 2.4 percent. Much of that...
Kantar: Windows Phone has overtaken Symbian in UK

PSA: LG Optimus G Pro now available at AT&T

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American fans of giant smartphones haven't lately had the giant selection of devices to match, but AT&T can at last offer a little diversity: the LG Optimus G Pro is now on sale at the carrier's online and retail stores. For $200 on contract or $550 contract-free, US residents...
PSA: LG Optimus G Pro now available at AT&T

AT&T gives travelers 1GB of not-quite-free WiFi in the UK through The Cloud

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Getting data is still a pain while abroad: it usually involves either popping a local SIM into an unlocked device or simply paying through the nose for roaming rates. AT&T wants to meet visitors to the UK halfway through a new WiFi deal with BSkyB's The Cloud. The pact...
AT&T gives travelers 1GB of not-quite-free WiFi in the UK through The Cloud

The first smartphone with an IGZO display: the 4.9-inch Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E

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Japanese mega-operator NTT DoCoMo has just unveiled a interesting addition to its winter line-up: the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, which is the first production smartphone we've seen with an IGZO display. If you hadn't heard, the indium gallium zinc oxide technology promises higher translucency compared to regular LCDs,...
The first smartphone with an IGZO display: the 4.9-inch Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E

Dead Phone Battery? Just Burn Something

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After Hurricane Sandy knocked out power in the Northeast, a New York start-up called BioLite came up with a good publicity stunt: Light a fire so people could charge their dead cellphones. Read more »...
Dead Phone Battery? Just Burn Something

Nokia Unveils Low-Priced Phones Amid Intensifying Global Competition

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Nokia introduced two low-priced basic cellphones and two lower-priced Lumia Windows smartphones in an effort to regain sales in the low end of the fast-growing phone market....
Nokia Unveils Low-Priced Phones Amid Intensifying Global Competition

AT&T offers personalized 'video bills' to explain and soothe in equal measure

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We don't know if this has customers' interests at heart, or if AT&T's call center staff were just sick to the eyeballs of having to explain people's bills to them, but the end result is the same either way. Folks who join AT&T or switch to a new plan...
AT&T offers personalized 'video bills' to explain and soothe in equal measure

AT&T plans to shut down entire 2G network by 2017

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AT&T has only just begun the transition away from 2G services with its spectrum refarming in New York City, but it now has a target end date to mark on the calendar: January 1st, 2017. Courtesy of an SEC filing, we know that the carrier hopes that both its...
AT&T plans to shut down entire 2G network by 2017

BenQ: We're not going back to cellphones and laptops, but check out our luxury lamps!

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There was a time when the BenQ brand could be seen on laptops and mobile phones, but nowadays you'd have to turn your eyes to projectors, LCD monitors and cameras (in select markets) in order to spot it. If you're in China, you might have even come across the...
BenQ: We're not going back to cellphones and laptops, but check out our luxury lamps!

APPLE vs. SAMSUNG: Who's The King Of Smartphones?

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Apple and Samsung both reported blockbuster first quarters. Apple and Samsung are both now more cellphone companies than anything else (iPhones are more than 50% of Apple's revenue and cellphones are more than 40% of Samsung's revenue). Apple and Samsung together account for a huge share of the global smartphone...
APPLE vs. SAMSUNG: Who's The King Of Smartphones?

Apple’s Spat With Google Is Getting Personal

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Steve Jobs of Apple and Eric Schmidt of Google, once friends and allies, are now engaged in a gritty battle over the future of mobile computing and cellphones....
Apple’s Spat With Google Is Getting Personal

Belkin fills the void with first third-party Lightning accessories for Apple devices

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When Apple dropped the 30-pin connector in favor of Lightning for the iPhone 5, new iPods and new iPads, it also dropped much of the current accessory market: short of an expensive adapter, years of collecting docks and more exotic peripherals were for nought. Belkin is stepping into that...
Belkin fills the void with first third-party Lightning accessories for Apple devices

Distro Issue 43 has arrived with Thomas Dolby: TED talks, cell phone deals and the Floating City

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What's that? You've already worked your requisite 40 hours this week and you're ready to throw in the towel? Well, we've got something far more enjoyable for your Friday afternoon relaxation. Hot off of the e-presses, this week's issue of Distro is packed with a week's worth of leisurely...
Distro Issue 43 has arrived with Thomas Dolby: TED talks, cell phone deals and the Floating City

AT&T LG Optimus G to be available November 2 for $200

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The details have finally come: the LG Optimus G on AT&T will be coming to stores beginning November 2nd, and will go for $199.99 after a two-year commitment. Developing...Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, AT&T, LGAT&T LG Optimus G to be available November 2 for $200 originally appeared on Engadget on...
AT&T LG Optimus G to be available November 2 for $200

Samsung brings out Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon, answers the call for an unlockable bootloader

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We didn't have too many reservations about the Galaxy S III for Verizon in stock form. Anyone who's been eager to load new firmware, however, has been up in arms over the particularly locked down bootloader that Big Red (but no other US carrier so far) demands. Enter the...
Samsung brings out Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon, answers the call for an unlockable bootloader

LG, Pantech, Samsung, Korean carriers fined for price fixing

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South Korea's Fair Trade Commission issued across-the-board fines on Thursday to domestic phone designers and carriers for price fixing. IT ruled that LG, Pantech, and Samsung, as well as three dominant carriers KT, LG Uplus, and SK Telecom, had colluded on the prices of phones. The group was accused of...
LG, Pantech, Samsung, Korean carriers fined for price fixing

Intel Hits Ultra-Low Power Point For Server Chips

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Intel has seemed a little ambivalent about growth prospects for an emerging class of computers dubbed micro servers. If they do take off, though, Intel plans to have just the chips for them. The company, at gathering in Beijing, unveiled plans for a calculating engine for such machines based on...
Intel Hits Ultra-Low Power Point For Server Chips
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Battery Safety Measures Debated

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Debate is escalating over the safest ways to package, label and handle shipment of lithium batteries, used in cellphones and laptops, that can pose a fire hazard on aircraft....
Battery Safety Measures Debated

IK Multimedia's iRig HD adapter for iOS, Mac lets guitars ride the Lightning port

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IK Multimedia spent a lot of time at CES 2013 courting Android musicians, but we neglected to mention equal attention spent on iOS at the show through the iRig HD. The company's new adapter pipes audio from a guitar or other instrument with a quarter-inch plug into Lightning-equipped Apple...
IK Multimedia's iRig HD adapter for iOS, Mac lets guitars ride the Lightning port

Nokia Adds to Its Low-End Lineup of Phones

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As Nokia waits for its high-end business to grow, it made another move to shore up its bread-and-butter market. The company on Wednesday added two touch-screen cellphones to its low-end lineup. The Finnish company generates about 54 percent of its revenue from so-called bulk models....
Nokia Adds to Its Low-End Lineup of Phones

Nokia's colorful DC-18 portable USB charger matches your phone, shoes

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For the most part, battery packs have become what CD cases were in the late 90s -- generic and utilitarian. Nokia's new DC-18 portable chargers dare to be different. The sharp, tile-like designs house a modest 1,720 mAh cell, retractable micro-USB cable (that doubles as a a switch,) plus...
Nokia's colorful DC-18 portable USB charger matches your phone, shoes

Sony Brings NXT Smartphone Series to U.S.

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Following the June release of the Sony Xperia Ion, the electronics giant has brought three smartphones in its NXT series — the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U — to market in the U.S. Sony Xperia S All three phones are “unlocked” — meaning, they’re available without carrier contract...
Sony Brings NXT Smartphone Series to U.S.
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Obama Clamps Down on Tech-Based Humans Rights Abuse By Foreign Nationals

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Today, President Obama is going to issue an executive order which will allow US officials to clamp down on foreign nationals who use new technology—from cellphones through to interent monitoring—to help undertake human rights abuses. More »...
Obama Clamps Down on Tech-Based Humans Rights Abuse By Foreign Nationals
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