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OnePlus refines its successful formula with new phone

Chinese vendor OnePlus unveiled its newest flagship phone, but existing customers probably won't need to upgrade

Samsung event in August portends new smartphone launch

The company has announced an event on Aug. 13 in New York


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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Solar-powered and worried about looks

Apple might as well just give up on coming out with an iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 after that, uh, devastating quarterly report in which it beat analysts’ estimates, saw earnings rise 38% and boasted of market share gains – only to see its...

Line aims lightweight chat app at developing countries

Line Lite is under 1MB and doesn't have audio and video, but it reflects the company's strategy

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Field Test: Samsung Galaxy S6 active

CIO.com's Al Sacco shows you some durability features (water resistance, drop resistance) of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, and how it differs from the company's two other S6 smartphones (the S6 and S6 Edge).

Higher-end phones help Huawei rake in the cash

Huawei's phone business is focused on making a profit, and not just shipping large volumes

ZTE fights off low-end stereotype with high-end Axon phone

ZTE's new Axon phone will arrive next month in the US

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Thicker and curvier devices, but beware "smartphone elbow"

iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S rumors include the possibility of thicker new smartphones from Apple, more flexible wireless carrier connectivity, plus a warning about the physical dangers of using heavier iPhones.

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Indoor phone positioning might soon be easier, cheaper to deploy

A research institute say they've developed an indoor phone positioning system that can be achieved with $6 chipsets and simple software upgrades of existing access points. And they say it works.

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Microsoft exec: Forget the past

In a revival tent-like speech Wednesday, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner urged the company's partners to forget the past -- an allusion to the failure of its smartphone business to gain meaningful share -- and defended the decision to keep...

Jolla signs up India's Intex as first Sailfish OS licensee

The developer of an Android alternative is targeting a market that is viewed as price-sensitive but growing fast

California fines Uber $7 million for not handing over service data

Regulators seek data including how often Uber complies with requests from people with disabilities

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The bring-your-own-device fad is fading

U.S. companies are moving away from the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend that kicked off in earnest five years ago and had workers using their personal smartphones and tablets for work duties, according to a new study.

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Nadella: Microsoft isn't killing Windows Phone and will go it alone if it has to

To Satya Nadella, Windows Phone has a role to play as the mobile branch of the Windows 10 ecosystem, so it's here to stay. “If there are a lot of OEMs, we’ll have one strategy. If there are no OEMs, we’ll have one strategy.”

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Review: The best browsers for Android smartphones

InfoWorld compares Chrome, CM Browser, Dolphin, Firefox, InBrowser, and UC Browser on speed, features, and HTML5 support

Uber settles suit over girl killed by driver

The terms of the settlement in the 2013 incident are confidential

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14 fascinating facts about Apple's iPhone

Eight years since its debut, Apple's iPhone has changed and conquered the smartphone market. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about the iPhone.

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iPhone accounts for 92% of all smartphone industry profits

Even without the bulk of smartphone market share, Apple's iPhone brings in most of the profits.

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Apple’s going to build a bazillion iPhones, but how many will be bought?

This week, you can almost hear the production lines spinning into action in China, churning out iPhone-related rumors and titillation. Here’s the past few days’ worth of innuendo and intrigue about Apple’s next-generation device.

Belt clips live on in smartphone radiation testing

Most handset makers assume you're using something that separates the phone from your body

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