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DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

There are many features that people look for in a new phone. But perhaps one of the most desired is a screen that won't shatter when you inevitably drop it on the ground. Motorola has heard the cries of the masses, and today they've hoped to silence them with the debut of the Moto Shattershield.

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FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

Few things are more annoying to receive on your smartphone than spam texts or robocalls trying to get you to buy something. The FCC has made a move to stop both of those things from happening with the adoption of a new rule this week. The new rule gives telephone companies more power in preventing robocalls and spam texts from happening to consumers on landlines and wireless phones.

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The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

Many people have a smartphone, but not everyone likes them. The non-smartphones lovers out there are finding that the non-smartphone handset options are decreasing, and so they resign themselves with owning one of the devices. Enter The Light Phone, a cell phone the size of a credit card that only does calls. It works with an existing smartphone, being bid as one’s “phone away from phone” as a prepaid GMS offering that uses an app that forwards calls from your smartphone when they arrive — and the two don’t have to be close to each other, meaning you can leave the smartphone at home.

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Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

It would appear that terrorist use of cell phones to call and light up explosives has finally gotten to the Pakistani government. This week the country has had an order passed down requiring users of cell phones to get their fingerprints registered before they can use - or continue using - phone technology. If a person wants to use a cell phone with a SIM card, they need to register that phone with the government attached to their unique finger print - or they'll receive no service.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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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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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Following its text-and-voice-only promotional plan launched earlier this week, Virgin Mobile is going farther in the no-data direction, launching a cheaper $20 PayLo plan that offers only one thing: texting or voice, depending on which you select.

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OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

Various products have been developed to help the visually impaired have access to technology that is largely visual. The BrailleTouch app is one such offering, but perhaps easier to use is a new cell phone called OwnFone, which uses 3D printing to make personalized braille buttons.

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Micromax X352 cell phone packs tablet-charging battery

Micromax X352 cell phone packs tablet-charging battery

Micromax has introduced an interesting -- and somewhat odd -- portable battery for keeping one's tablet alive on the go: a dumb phone called the X352, which is equipped with a larger-than-necessary battery meant to run the phone and charge a secondary slate.

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PiPhone DIY smartphone uses Raspberry Pi

PiPhone DIY smartphone uses Raspberry Pi

PiPhone, the tongue-in-cheek name given by David Hunt to his newly built DIY smartphone, is based on the Raspberry Pi, of all things. With the homemade handset comes an Adafruit display and a bare-wire design that would send airports into lockdown.

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