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Kill all germs! You can wash this Android smartphone with soap

Aiming to kill the thousands of germs that live on your smartphone and make some money from germophobes, Japan's Kyocera has developed a phone that can be washed with regular hand soap.

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Samsung appoints new mobile boss to replace J.K. Shin

Samsung Electronics has appointed D.J. Koh, head of mobile research and development, as the new chief of the company's mobile business.

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Here's what all those strange emoji on your phone really mean

Few people know that emoji were created by NTT DoCoMo in 1999 for its I-mode service, and many still exist that refer to Japanese food, culture, society and holidays. Here's the story behind some key emoji.

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In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

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The one thing you must do before upgrading to Build 10586 of Windows 10 Mobile

"This is a really great build," says Microsoft's Gabe Aul, but users who already have Build 10581 must proceed with extreme caution.

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Windows Phone's future is grim, says Gartner

Samsung remains the top smartphone vendor worldwide, followed by Apple.

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Qualcomm faces antitrust probe in South Korea

Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday it is under antitrust investigation in South Korea in connection with its licensing practices.

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LG's new Watch Urbane LTE makes calls even if you leave your phone behind

Google has brought cellular connectivity between mobile phones and smartwatches running Android Wear, making it possible to make and pick up calls even when your phone is at home.

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ARM has a new 64-bit chip for the next billion smartphones

ARM released a new chip design this week that should bring a burst of performance to low-cost smartphones aimed at fast-growing markets like China, India and Brazil.

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Artificial intelligence will attempt to persuade thousands of people via smartphone app

Researchers in Singapore began a two-year trial this week of a smartphone app that attempts to use artificial intelligence to influence the real world decisions of users.

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Google tries to woo enterprises with new Android for Work initiatives

Google’s enterprise push rolled on Wednesday with the launch of new programs relating to Android for Work, its group of features and services that help make that mobile operating system easier to manage for businesses.

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How to share your Android or iOS contact card via MMS

There's an easy way to zap your contact info to just about any Android or iOS user, and you don't need any exotic apps or wireless technology to do it.

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Google researchers poke holes in Galaxy S6 Edge, show phone makers add risky code

Google's security researchers found 11 serious vulnerabilities in Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge phone in code that was added by the manufacturer.

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Pew survey shows 68 percent of US adults now own a smartphone

The percent of American adults who own a PC has held steady over the last decade as tablets and smartphones made inroads.

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Harder than herding cats: Networks seek international agreement on new mobile spectrum

Of the three ways carriers might boost the capacity of the mobile networks we increasingly rely on, the one they will try in Geneva next month is probably the hardest.