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Why California's kill-switch mandate might save your phone

You may not live in California, but should that state's legislature pass a bill mandating kill-switch technology for smartphones and tablets, the implications will be felt far beyond the borders of the Golden State.

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Taking an iPhone to the Sochi opening ceremonies? Think different

Samsung provides the official smartphone of the Winter Olympics, so athletes are reportedly being told to cover up the Apple logo on their phones during Friday's opening festivities.

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Facebook Conceal will protect data on your smartphone's SD card

Your mobile apps cache data on your phone's SD card. But they're often unsecured. Enter Facebook Conceal.

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Samsung plans Unpacked event for MWC, hints at Galaxy S5 launch

The design of Samsung's next flagship phone has to be substantially different from its predecessors, says analyst

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AT&T adds cheaper family plans for full-price phones

Mobile Share Family Value plans now start at $130 per month for two lines and 10GB of data, but you'll have to pay full price for each smartphone upfront or in monthly installments.

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Global smartphone sales passed one billion in 2013

Smartphones priced at less than $150 helped fuel record year, analysts at IDC say.

Big fat zero: BlackBerry U.S. market share hits rock bottom, survey says

BlackBerry may still have a presence in the enterprise, but among consumers it's a non-starter. At least there's nowhere to go but up.

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Lenovo faces rare chance to succeed with PCs and phones

Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility to shield itself from patent lawsuits, according to analyst

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Separate the sound from the fury: 5 in-ear headphones for your smartphone

We found lots of things to like, and some things to dislike in popular new in-ear headphones from Beats, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman/Kardon and Shure.

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With Motorola sale to Lenovo, Google is unloading a headache

Buying a handset maker caused tension with partners and never delivered profits, analysts say

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Android 4.4 OS inbound for HTC One, may follow for Galaxy S4

While there's no word on exact release timing, HTC says certification should be complete this week.

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1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013

That's a whole lot of pocket computers.

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T-Mobile offers G-Flex for no-money down, throws in six months of Netflix

LG's Gumby phones are now available on three major carriers (sorry, Verizon).

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