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Samsung Pay's expanding to cheaper phones and online payments in 2016

Samsung's in-house mobile payment option is spreading its wings beyond flagship Galaxy phones in 2016.

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What we learned about 5G in 2015

The much-anticipated 5G mobile standard won't be finished until 2020, but the people who'll make it happen were busy throughout 2015 trying to define it.

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Battle over LTE in Wi-Fi bands may soon be resolved

The fight over LTE networks using the same frequencies as Wi-Fi may be headed toward a peaceful resolution at last.

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Microsoft disables Cortana for Android voice feature after user complaints

"Hey Cortana" voice-activation technology interfered with Android's voice search.

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Microsoft buys Ray Ozzie's Talko to bolster Skype, will shutter service in 2016

The collaboration and voice chat app Talko announced Monday that it has sold to Microsoft, which will be rolling its technology and team members into Skype.

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Report: Facebook, YouTube and Apple Music are the most popular apps of 2015

According to Nielsen, Facebook and Google rule the mobile world, and Apple Music is more popular than we thought.

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Tim Cook: There's no trade-off between security and privacy

In a strong defense of encryption, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that there was no trade-off between privacy and national security when it comes to encryption.

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Future LTE networks could set up shop in your office

This week, Intel, Ericsson and Nokia joined Qualcomm in forming the MulteFire Alliance, an industry group to develop and promote LTE that runs only on the kind of unlicensed frequencies that companies use for Wi-Fi.

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Get an iPhone 6s for $1 at Best Buy this weekend

The retailer is offering an insane discount on Apple's most popular product, but there are a few caveats.

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Microsoft delves deeper into Android with directory app for its own apps

Microsoft delved even deeper into providing software for Android on Thursday with the launch of Microsoft Apps, a new application that gives users of Google's operating system a one-stop shop to find apps like Word, Cortana and Bing.

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Facebook Messenger app can now directly request your Uber or Lyft rides

Facebook partners with ride-sharing services to make its FB Messenger more than just a messaging app.

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IBM-Apple deal reaches key milestone with 100th enterprise app

When IBM and Apple forged their partnership last year to bring new mobile apps to the corporate world, their promise of bringing 100 such apps to market by the end of 2015 was widely considered an ambitious goal. Sure enough, though, it now looks like they've hit their target right on schedule.

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Microsoft pulls Windows 10 Mobile update after users hit snags

Microsoft has pulled an update to Windows 10 after users reported a wide variety of issues with the upgrade process, according to a post on the company's Answers technical support forum.

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Better together: Qualcomm says no to split despite declining profit

After evaluating options to break the company up, Qualcomm has decided not to change its corporate structure despite an ongoing decline in revenue and profit.

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T-Mobile tempts Verizon users to switch with a free one-year Hulu subscription

T-Mobile is going after Verizon customers in its latest deal with a free, one year subscription to Hulu for customers who switch to the "Un-carrier."