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Samsung REX series aims for Nokia’s pie with “smart feature phones”

Samsung REX series aims for Nokia’s pie with “smart feature phones”

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed the REX series, what they're calling "smart feature phones" working with the company's own "TouchWiz" user interface - but this time without Android underneath. Each Samsung smartphone to have been released over the past several years either works with Samsung's TouchWiz UI or has been a rather unique addition to the family - the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was one of these, working with a Google-only version of Android per the "Nexus" brand's legacy. Now with a series of Java-based OS-running Smart Feature Phones, Samsung is ready to take on the world - and specifically Nokia's Asha lineup.

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EnGenius unveils new 900 MHz FreeStyl 2 extreme range cordless phone

EnGenius unveils new 900 MHz FreeStyl 2 extreme range cordless phone

It has been years since I had a home phone landline. I do have some not so fond memories of cordless phones that wouldn't work upstairs and would get fuzzy if you walked around the corner from the base station. Many business users and a lot of consumers still have landmines in their home making cordless phones still very common. A company called EnGenius has a new cordless phone system that promises incredible range.

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Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Thanks to edits made to DMCA exemptions back in October, it will be illegal for you to unlock your phone without the consent of the carrier starting tomorrow, January 26. From then on, you’ll have to ask your carrier to unlock your phone if you want to use it on another network, which seems a lot like pulling teeth. Even if your contract runs out and you're cut loose, no such luck will be granted.

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Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Texting while driving is obviously really dangerous, and many states have already banned the use of mobile phones altogether while driving, with more and more states moving closer to that goal. However, with voice controls in smartphones becoming more prevalent, drivers are resorting to hands-free texting in the car, but recent studies show that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

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Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

The designer known as Hartmut Esslinger has revealed an amazing treasure trove of never before seen designs from the Apple archives this week in a book by the name of "Design Forward." This book was launched this week at the opening event of an exhibition by the name of "German Design Standards - from Bauhaus to Globalization" and was delivered first to the folks at Design Boom where they've been allowed to display many of the images within. What we're being shown here is a set of Apple products designed - at least in part - by Hartmut Esslinger himself during his time with what would become one of the most iconic hardware companies in history.

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Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

According to research and analyst firm Gartner, the worldwide mobile phone market shrank by 2.3% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Gartner cites the worldwide economy as the reason for the decline, and also points to current smartphone owners holding off on upgrading their handsets as the release of the next iPhone looms large.

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MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek made headlines not too long ago when it promised to bring dual-core processors to phones costing $199 and under. Now the company has announced a partnership with Twitter that will see the social network integrated with devices featuring MediaTek chips so that users in emerging markets can get in on the tweeting action. MediaTek will bundle Twitter into its reference design for phones as a result of the partnership.

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