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Smartphones in 2016: What worked, what didn't

In 2016, we saw some phone manufacturers take big risks, trying to push the boundaries of what a smartphone should do, while other companies played it safe. LG and Lenovo each tried to create a modular ecosystem, while Google walked away from the idea altogether. Apple even got on board ...

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Apple's AirPods are now available for purchase

Apple AirPods (Jason Cipriani/ZDNet) If you’ve been checking Apple’s AirPods store page, waiting and hoping for the “View Pricing” button to magically transform into a “Buy” button, refresh one more time. Apple’s $159 AirPods are currently available, however the shipping date slipped from December 21 to “4 weeks” within an ...

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HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China

 Nokia fans hankering to get their hands on a new smartphone with their beloved brand name — and without Microsoft’s unloved mobile OS — will need to go to China if they want to buy the first Android-powered from the Finnish phone maker that’s now licensing Nokia’s IP for phones. ...

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What if the iPhone had never arrived?

 Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled in and out of tiny sea caves. Blackberries lumbered through the coral like lions on the hunt, eviscerating all “serious” comers with ...

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'Transparent' iPhone, patents, and fake news

Yesterday the internet was awash with claims that as a result of a new patent awarded to Apple, the next iPhone will be transparent. I can only guess that these claims were made by people who just skimmed the patent before writing hyperbolic headlines. I actually took the time to ...

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iOS 10.2: Tips and hidden secrets

Uncover some of the cool new features hidden in iOS 10.2. Here is a quick rundown of some of the new features contained in the latest iOS 10.2 update that you might have missed. While most of these features should be available on all devices that support iOS 10, some ...

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Samsung Gear S, Gear Fit now compatible with iPhone

CNET/CBS Interactive Samsung on Saturday released iOS apps for its Gear S2, Gear S3, and Gear Fit2 for the first time, making the Tizen-based smartwatches compatible with Apple’s mobile platform. When the Gear wearables are paired with iOS using Bluetooth, Samsung’s apps manage and monitor features and applications installed through ...

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