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FCC formalizes massive fines for selling, using cell-phone jammers

Two years ago the FCC announced its intention to fine a Chinese electronics maker $34.9 million and a Florida man $48,000 for respectively selling and using illegal cell-phone jammers. Today those fines were made official.

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Mobile data use skyrockets

Wireless data delivery in 2015 was more than twice 2014’s figures, a CTIA study has found.

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55% off Rugged Geek Portable Power Supply and Vehicle Jump Starter - Deal Alert

Father's day alert? This gadget has enough power to boost most passenger vehicles on the road today, as well as mobile devices and laptops.

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Microsoft kills off another chunk of its smartphone activities

Down, but not out: Microsoft is laying off another 1,850 staff from its smartphone hardware business, but says it isn't leaving the market completely.

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Instagram's redesign: Why do we hate it?

From Uber to Instagram, the surprising reason why we freak out every time an app gets a new redesign.

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The sad reality about Windows Phones

Windows 10 Mobile is still under active development, but nobody's buying—and Microsoft seems to be okay with that.

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6 ways to add a second line to your smartphone

Whether you're running a small business or just looking to improve your BYOD situation, there's an app that can help.

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iPhone 7 Rumor Rollup: ‘actual’ renders; 3 not 2 versions; 4 never-going-to-happens

No one has ever mistaken me for a gadget guy, but the regular author of our “iPhone 7 Rumor Rollup” is unavailable this week so into the breach I step.

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Google's modular smartphone project sacrificed its original vision to move forward

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone is coming to developers at the end of this year, but it's lost a key part of its vision along the way -- total customizability.

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iPhone 7 may come in three distinct models

Apple may release three iPhone models: an iPhone 7, an iPhone 7 Plus and an iPhone 7 Pro.

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Apple sets up development center in India for its Maps product

Continuing his bid to woo Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Thursday said the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India.

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Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.

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Google I/O 2016: Android N hits beta, boasts VR and more

Google’s been hard at work under the hood of its Android operating system, announcing performance, security and productivity updates in the new Android N alongside a swanky new suite of VR capabilities called Daydream and version 2.0...

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Microsoft's sale of feature phone biz erodes smartphone commitment

Microsoft today continued to undo its disastrous 2014 acquisition of Nokia's phone business, announcing that it is exiting the feature phone market.

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Will programmers in health IT have to take the Hippocratic Oath?

The rise of healthcare IT raises many questions, including the ethical decision making of software makers.

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Nokia-branded Android phones will return to the market

Several former Microsoft execs launched a new company that will use Nokia branding for new smartphones and tablets.

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5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his trip to India

Apple's CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but its market share is still very small because of price-sensitive consumers. Here are 5 things Cook will be aiming for in India,...

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Microsoft leaves feature-phone business as Nokia moves back in, sort of

Finnish startup HMD Global has snapped up the rights to sell Nokia phones, which Foxconn will manufacture in a former Microsoft factory

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