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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.

Report: Apple planning a move into mobile payments service

The company would compete against Google, PayPal, Square and others if it enters this zone.

Email (and spam) retrieval moves to mobile gadgets

Two-thirds of "brand marketing messages" were opened in Q4 on a smartphone or tablet as another task flees the personal computer.

NFC smartphones: The answer to retail hack attacks?

R'Pin and chip' smartcards may be next, not NFC smartphones, but liability questions remain.

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U.S. Justice Department files lawsuits over counterfeit apps

Four men have been charged with copying Android apps and selling them through online markets.

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Use your smartphone to check your remote control batteries

Are the batteries in that remote really dead? Your smartphone can help you find out.

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Verizon Edge trade-in plan now lets you swap phones every month (with a catch)

Verizon tweaked the trade-in timing of its Edge plan, but the cost is still sky-high.

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