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Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

There are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is that the fingerprint isn't knowledge like a password, but is instead a physical object of sorts, like a key or a DNA sample.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Rumors can be put to rest, with Samsung introducing the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets tonight. The phones come in a rainbow of colors, each sporting a full metal unibody and the design we saw leak earlier this month. The two handsets are largely the same, differing the most with their displays (5-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively) and their cameras, though the A5 does pack an additional gig of RAM. Selfies have been given some special attention by Samsung, as well, which packed the handsets with several features aiding in snapping the best shots of yourself.

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Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

There are plenty of reasons to want (or need) a new smartphone or tablet. Sometimes you just want it, and other times it’s based on need. Maybe you dropped your device, or junior dunked it in the sink. No matter what the reason, there’s a new way to get a replacement device. Gazelle, a leader in the mobile device re-sale space, is introducing a Certified Pre-Owned program. Just like buying a car under the same pre-owned guise, these go through a detailed check-up before being offered to you.

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Huawei’s 4-month old Ascend Mate2 is done with Android updates

Huawei’s 4-month old Ascend Mate2 is done with Android updates

This week Huawei appears pumped up to announce that one of their newest devices on the market, the Huawei Ascend Mate2, will not be getting any more Android updates. This is the device we reviewed in June of this year - it was released that same month - but now there'll be no more updates to its software. Here's the kicker: Huawei WILL be updating the device in every region outside the United States. It's just its 4G USA-centric release that they've essentially abandoned.

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Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Lenovo is now the proud owner of Motorola Mobility, the ink finally dry on the acquisition of the smartphone company. Brought out from under Google's umbrella - or, as some might argue, from beneath its shadow - the deal will see Motorola continue to operate its own brand, as well as further develop the Moto and DROID franchises that have included recent releases like the Moto X and the DROID Turbo. It also means a return to the Chinese market, something Motorola has been absent from for some years.

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Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Earlier this month T-Mobile revealed that the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone would be arriving on its shelves October 29, and as promised the handset went live on the carrier's site yesterday. As with most phones, subscribers have the option to buy it outright from the carrier or shell out in piecemeal fashion via monthly payments (for those who qualify). In case you missed it, we got our hands on Sony's sleek smartphone back in September, detailing all it has to offer alongside a large gallery of the device.

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CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the larger 4.7-inch S50, to the US though the price tags on these might be a bit discouraging for everyday consumers. But then again, these aren't your everyday smartphones anyway.

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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Android Lollipop and the automatic Carrier app updates

Android Lollipop and the automatic Carrier app updates

If you'd not heard already, Google is bringing on Android 5.0 Lollipop sooner than later. Maybe not to your smartphone if it's not new enough, but for those of you that just purchased a Nexus 6 earlier today - you're in luck. Sort of. Today's revelation is that with this update, carriers will be able to have Google Play install their apps automatically - without your consent, that is to say. But no more than they've ever been there without your consent - so we can all just chill out. There's actually a really great thing happening, too.

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HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

We've had our first afternoon's outing with the HTC Desire 820 and we've come away impressed. While we did have some hands-on time earlier this year with this mid-range hero, we've been itching to get some camera time. That time is now, and the selfies are here. This is the device you'll remember as the first to roll out with a 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood and an eventual update to Android 5.0 Lollipop - but for now, it's all about the camera.

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