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iPod court case may be tossed due to lack of device

iPod court case may be tossed due to lack of device

When you launch a lawsuit against a device manufacturer like Apple, it's important that you actually own the device you're complaining about. Attorneys for Apple have contended this week that the two women named as plaintiffs in the iPod court case this week did not own iPods in the time frame the case is covering. This case concerns iPods purchased between September of 2006 and March of 2009, while the iPods these plaintiffs owned were purchased after that time - July of 2009, in one case.

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HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that will be updated are the Google Play Editions of both devices, with both the M7 and M8 seeing Over-The-Air updates this morning. The kernel sources for both devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop have both been approved as well, meaning we'll see Lollipop ROMs and unofficial builds aplenty very, very soon - once the hackers and developers get to work.

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Nanoport magnets turn your smartphones into a tablet

Nanoport magnets turn your smartphones into a tablet

The Nanoport magnetic connector is ready to connect your smartphone to another smartphone to make them both into one big tablet. The folks at Nano Magnetics have a patent pending magnetic connector technology - Nanoport - that'll be shown off for the first time with a WORKING MODEL at CES 2015. They brought a mock-up to the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, in 2015 they say they've got the real deal ready to roll for Las Vegas in January. Complete with not only magnetic connections to keep your devices stuck together, but to transfer data back and forth as well.

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Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

As early as January of 2015, Xiaomi may well make its move for the United States mobile market. It's suggested that Xiaomi may do this with the smartphone "Mi5", showing off this Qualcomm Snapdragon-toting device at CES 2015 in their first-ever appearance inside the USA. This device is currently priced at CNY1,999, converted to right around $325 USD off-contract. If this pricing schedule continues through a USA-based released, even the most major smartphone manufactures might be turning an attentive eye toward China.

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HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

The HTC Hima's details have been leaked this morning by a notoriously accurate leakster by the name of "Upleaks", and the device is said to be coming by March of 2015 - and likely introduced either immediately before or during Mobile World Congress 2015. If past events are any indication, we might well see this device introduced in the first couple of months in 2015 then shown off at MWC 2015 while HTC Desire devices are revealed anew. Also, the word "Hima" is a code-name, not a final name.

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Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks has introduced mobile ordering through its app today, launching it in Portland where it'll be available for several months before expanding to other regions. This is a beta offering for now, giving coffee lovers the ability to both order and pay for their items before arriving at the store. According to Starbucks' chief digital officer Adam Brotman in an interview with The Oregonian, Portland was selected as the launch destination due to having "the perfect mix of customers that have great taste".

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Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon CEO Fire Phone Jeff Bezos has indicated that another Fire Phone is on the way. At a Business Insider conference in New York, Bezos spoke with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider. There in reference to what he thought about the state of the Fire Phone, Bezos suggested "ask me in some number of years." He added, "it's going to take several iterations." This after of Amazon via Senior VP of Devices David Limp told Fortune earlier this year: "we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected."

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Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

One of the most-used connections between your smart devices is about to get a whole lot faster and more secure. The folks at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted a new standard of Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth 4.2. Bluetooth is now in nearly every smartphone and tablet on the market, and with this new specification, the technology can expand before devices are even at the point at which developers have found use-cases. The next generation of Bluetooth devices - coming as soon as this Spring, in some cases, will have more secure connections, faster connections, and a more diverse portfolio of connectivity options.

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Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora has released a redesigned version of its mobile apps for Android and iOS, and with them comes new personalization features not previously available. This is a beta release as of now, and gives music lovers more control over their stations, particularly the ability to tweak their preferences for better music selection and, as a result, a more enjoyable listening experience. The music service promises this update serves to "enhance and simplify" the user experience.

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Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

This week the folks at EA Games have decided to release Peggle Blast, the first Peggle game made specifically for mobile devices. This app has been released for Android this afternoon, coming with a bit of gameplay very similar - but not the same as - previous Peggle game releases. This game is portrait-mode only (for now) and has a variety of in-game purchases instead of costing one price upfront. Join in then lose lives then buy more lives so you can keep on playing the game.

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