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ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE recently launched its ZMAX handset on T-Mobile, and following it up is a smartphone with similar features and design: the ZTE Grand X Max. Unlike the ZMAX, the Grand X Max will be launching at Cricket Wireless rather than T-Mobile (in fact, there's a perk for those who switch from the latter carrier), bringing with it a budget-friendly price, a few notable features like rapid charging, and a display large enough to place the phone solidly in the "phablet" category.

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Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

You can never have too many travel perks, and so the latest announcement from Cadillac and American Airlines is welcomed news: the two companies have partnered to bring perks for travelers who use American Airlines, all of them revolving around Cadillac in some way. The downside is that the program will be limited to four (big) airports, with the exception of one perk, which will give any American Airlines' customers the option to earn frequent flier miles for test driving a Cadillac at their nearest dealership.

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HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

The market is full of budget-centric smartphones that have started bringing with them features you wouldn't have found on such handsets a relatively short while ago. Among this emerging redefinition of lower-end smartphones is the HTC Desire 612, an entry-level Android handset that boasts both XLTE and the maker's BoomSound as its two biggest bragging points, as well as a notable 4.7-inch HD display. Verizon has detailed the phone, announcing that it will begin offering it starting tomorrow for free alongside a two-year contract.

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CoinGuard security system uses quarter-size sensors

CoinGuard security system uses quarter-size sensors

No connected home is complete without a security system of some sort, the likes of which have transformed over the years into something you can monitor from your most convenient mobile device. CoinGuard is one such connected security setup, and though not unique in function, it is notable for the size of its sensors. Staying true to its name, the CoinGuard sensors measure in just a bit bigger than a quarter, making them small enough to tag just about any device in your home, whether it's a door or a cookie jar.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions recently made a surprise announcement: that the video streaming service would partner in creating four new Sandler movies that will launch on Netflix exclusively. This immediately followed a similar announcement that Netflix will be making a second Crouching Tiger movie, launching it online at the same time as in IMAX theaters. Such moves were bound to happen and give consumers more control over their entertainment, but as expected, both have received substantial backlash from industry staples balking at the budding shift in how theatrical entertainment takes place.

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ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

We've seen color-picking styluses, some that are real and some that are not, but Pega D&E has taken the technology in a different direction: a squeeze-able lamp with a color picker on the bottom that changes the color of the light. Called ColorUp, the lamp is the byproduct of years of development, and though it won't be illuminating any rooms in your home, it makes for a unique portable mood light. We've got a video of the ColorUp lamp switching colors available after the jump.

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USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

The BadUSB vulnerability first detailed at Black Hat was just recently released to the public after a couple hackers reverse-engineered it and published on Github. That move was believed to be necessary for prodding manufacturers to come up with a solution, but it had the added effect of leaving USB users vulnerable. A patch will be difficult, it is believed, but until then a "fix" for the issue has been published that doesn't so much solve the vulnerability as it does remove certain avenues for infiltration.

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Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

The battle over movie piracy just became a bit more transparent, with unsealed court documents revealing how Warner Bros. goes about finding infringing content and issuing takedown notices. The information was revealed as part of a lawsuit by file-hosting service Hotfile, which was a counter-suit issued during a legal debacle with the MPAA, something that ultimately resulted in a large settlement. The counter-suit resulted in redacted court filings hiding how Warner Bros. goes about finding pirated content, which attracted the attention of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Upon request by the EFF, the case judge ruled that the records be unsealed.

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