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T-Mobile looks to keep customers satisfied with test drives, free music streaming

The latest moves in T-Mobile's Uncarrier campaign include letting would-be customers test drive an iPhone 5s for a week and allowing subscribers to stream music from more than half-a-dozen services without it counting against their data plan.

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Do your homework before buying a new smartphone this Black Friday

A new report from FixYa reveals the most common issues reported for four leading models.

How to switch from iPhone to Android in 4 easy steps, courtesy of Google's chairman

"Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android," says Eric Schmidt, so he wrote a guide explaining how to migrate from Apple to the Android Army.

Apple's rumored PrimeSense buy may open Siri's eyes

If Apple absorbs perceptual computing pioneer PrimeSense, it could mean intriguing possibilities for future Apple products, including iPhones with computer vision and even wearable computing.

Apple iPhone 5s battery issue could result in reduced battery life

Apple is reaching out to owners of the iPhone 5s because of a manufacturing issue that could result in reduced battery life.

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Olloclip's 4-in-1 lens gives you new angles on iPhone photography

Pack a wide-angle, fisheye, and two macro lenses in your pocket.

Six iPhones tested, and they can't agree on magnetic north

Readings that vary by 20-plus degrees make the iPhone less useful than a $15 compass.

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Some iPhone 5s users sing the blues over iWork bug

An apparent bug causes the screens on some iPhone 5s models to briefly flash to blue when you try to switch apps from iWork and then the phone restarts.

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Qualcomm backtracks from Apple A7 marketing gimmick comments

Qualcomm has backtracked from an earlier statement in which a company executive said Apple's A7 64-bit chip in the iPhone 5s is a marketing gimmick, and that the technical advance had limited benefits in mobile devices.

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Qualcomm exec: Apple's 64-bit A7 chip a 'marketing gimmick'

Apple's 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is more a marketing stunt than a technical enhancement and though it will not deliver any immediate benefits to smartphone users, there are other reasons to move to 64-bit, a Qualcomm executive said on Tuesday.

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Hack of iPhone 5s fingerprint authentication is irrelevant

Touch ID is still the best thing to happen to iPhone security. Here's why.