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FCC chief pressures carriers on cellphone unlocking

If mobile operators don't ease up on cellphone locking, the FCC's Tom Wheeler says they're running the risk of being forced to do so.

Apple experts seek to justify $380 million damages claim against Samsung

How much do you pay for iPhone and iPad features covered by patents? That's what expert witnesses discussed in the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent infringement hearing.

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Hands On: ISIS tap-and-pay phone tech isn't worth the hassle

Two years ago, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile blocked Google Wallet. But the carriers' answer -- ISIS -- is just a more annoying attempt at pay by phone.

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Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The Motorola message synchronization patent had been forcing Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

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Apple, Samsung spar over money, as iCourt resumes

An eight-member jury will determine how much Samsung should pay to Apple for infringement of five patents in 13 phones.

Motorola turns to the Moto G's price to reserve its smartphone fortunes

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Google-owned Motorola Mobility is setting its sights on worldwide adoption of the Moto G, which has a 4.5-inch screen and is priced from US$179 without a contract.

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Google wants tattoos to act as smartphone microphones

Such a tattoo could include an embedded microphone as well as a transceiver for enabling wireless communications with a nearby smartphone.

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Customers on all major carriers now have the ability to pimp their Moto X

The Moto Maker site is now available to customers of all four major US carriers.

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Two-thirds of the world's population will have LTE coverage by 2019

Smartphone subscriptions will triple and smartphone traffic will increase by a factor of 10.

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Researchers boost wireless range in smartphones

Researchers have found a new way to tune the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that promises to reduce costs and improve performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite, and commercial communications.

Apple's Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform

The engineer who oversaw development of Apple's Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the "Internet of things."

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Orange backs off 2013 plan for Tizen smartphones

Operator Orange no longer wants to predict when the first Tizen phones will arrive, and Samsung Electronics is also mum on its progress.

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Nokia's Lumia 1520, the first 1080p Windows Phone phablet, gets release details

Nokia's king-sized smartphone is coming to AT&T and AT&T alone in the U.S.

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iPhone 5s props up Apple's market share in China, but Samsung still leads

With the arrival of the iPhone 5s, Apple regained its spot among the top five smartphone makers in China during the third quarter.

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Hands On: Comcast's Xfinity TV Go app finally treats Android users like adults again

With the terrific new Comcast app, Android and iPhone users can finally enjoy a mix of live streaming, TV, and movies on their phones and tablets.