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Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Last month, a handset running Firefox OS was launched in Brazil, the LG Fireweb. If you've been holding out hope that one would be hitting shelves in the US sometime soon, you're out of luck -- at least for the foreseeable future. Mozilla has a strong focus on emerging markets with its mobile development, and while developers handsets are excluded from the statement, smartphones running Firefox OS won't be launched in the United States.

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FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

The FCC will be rolling out a new free app for Android next spring that lets users submit speed data to the agency for analysis, the Washington Post reports. The app is part of a broad-based effort to gauge actual download and upload speeds by mobile devices on the four major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association. The data will be collected and collated and measured against advertised speeds. The stated purpose of the project is to make sure consumers are getting what they're paying for.

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Motorola smart tattoos hit throat: lie detector mics abound

Motorola smart tattoos hit throat: lie detector mics abound

A patent application has been made public this week which shows Motorola to be thinking about creating "tattoo stickers" that would be applied to a users throat. These aren't the same sort of temporary tattoos you'd have gotten in 12-packs of Barqs rootbeer in the 90's, but a sort of sticker that'd be just a bit more long-lasting. What Motorola proposes here is that the user would keep this sticker/tattoo on their throat and use it as a microphone for their smartphone - one that could do just a bit more than listen to what you're saying.

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iOS in the Car to be in 50% of infotainment systems by 2018

iOS in the Car to be in 50% of infotainment systems by 2018

Apple has been moving in the automotive industry at a clipped rate, having, for example, just recently launched iTunes Radio in-vehicle via an exclusive with Nissan. ABI Research has published a report showing that this growth within the market is expected to increase at a substantial rate in the coming years, with Apple's iOS in the Car being found in half of all infotainment systems.

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Kazam smartphones ushered in by former HTC heads

Kazam smartphones ushered in by former HTC heads

This week two former HTC executives have launched a smartphone brand called Kazam, complete with a whopping 5 models right out the gate. These smartphones are not aiming to present the sharpest displays, nor the most powerful processors - or the best cameras, for that matter. Instead they aim at a number of pressure points in the Android smartphone universe: replaceable batteries, microSD card slots, dual-SIM card ports, and top-notch tech support.

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NJIT scientists patent flexible carbon nanotube battery

NJIT scientists patent flexible carbon nanotube battery

Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have invented and patented a battery so flexible that it can be rolled up and placed in the trunk of your car to power it, reports Phys.org. The invention's many applications run the gamut from large-scale machinery to flexible smartphones. This could go a long way towards making curved-display phones like the LG G Flex and the Galaxy Round more relevant in years to come.

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T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile increased its customer base in Q3 2013 by more than 1 million, the company announced in its earnings call. This marks the second consecutive quarter in which the mobile carrier has led the industry in customer acquisition. It sold 5.6 million smartphones in the quarter, 15% of which were iPhone sales, and smartphones made up 88% of the company's device sales revenue.

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Small UK city to install 100 self-driving pod cars

Small UK city to install 100 self-driving pod cars

Autonomous vehicles are something that will certainly become common in the future. Many automotive manufacturers are already working on autonomous vehicle technology and some of that technology is in use of vehicles driving the roads today. A small city north of London called Milton Keynes has announced that it plans to make a significant move into autonomous transportation.

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AT&T gives 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 to Galaxy smartphone buyers for Christmas

AT&T gives 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 to Galaxy smartphone buyers for Christmas

AT&T has announced a new special offer for the holiday season for shoppers looking for a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The offers were available starting yesterday and one will see buyers get a free seven-inch Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet with the purchase of a qualifying Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Customers will need to sign up for a new two-year contract for the qualifying smartphones.

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