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Fone Free Feb suggests smartphone users power off

The nonprofit organization Fone Free Feb is aiming to untether people from their smartphones for at least a short time during the month.

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Mobile devices will mob the Internet, researchers forecast

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 61 percent annually into 2018, and wearables will increasingly play a role, Cisco researchers estimate.

California bill proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets

The bill comes in answer to rising smartphone and tablet theft across the U.S. and could usher in the technology on phones sold nationwide

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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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Mobile purchases reportedly hit 20% of all transactions

Payments made with smartphones and tablets rose 55 percent over last year, and Android activity is gaining, say processors of the transactions.

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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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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.