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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.

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AT&T throttling “unlimited data” users taps $100m FCC fine [UPDATE with statement]

AT&T throttling “unlimited data” users taps $100m FCC fine [UPDATE with statement]

Mobile phone carrier AT&T has been fined $100 million for their slowing of data speeds on users of "unlimited data" plans. At this point in time "unlimited data" is no longer a service you can purchase from AT&T, it's only a grandfathered service. AT&T has been clear about wanting to get rid of it altogether - they've effectively done so save the small number of unlimited data users left grandfathered in today. Today it's become clear that their efforts to cut unlimited data speeds is not going to be taken lightly by the FCC.

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iPhone 6S predicted to feature stronger aluminum, increased thickness for Force Touch

iPhone 6S predicted to feature stronger aluminum, increased thickness for Force Touch

WWDC is now behind us, and September continues to draw closer, meaning new rumors and speculation about what Apple has in store for this year's iPhone, the "6S." Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the well-connected analyst who sports a decent track record when it comes to previews of Apple tech, has come out with a new report that offers a few details about the iPhone 6S and adjustments to its physical design. Namely, a stronger frame due to Apple's Series 7000 aluminum, and a slightly thicker due to accommodating a Force Touch display.

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KT Corp to commercialize GiGA LTE technology

KT Corp to commercialize GiGA LTE technology

The largest telecommunications company in South Korea is KT Corp and the company has announced that it plans to commercialize its new faster LTE service. The new fast LTE network is called GiGA LTE and it combines LTE technology with WiFi connections. The service will provide speeds of up to 1.17 Gbps download, which is 15 times faster than normal LTE connections and four times faster than tri-band LTE-Advanced.

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Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

With Windows 10 for desktops and tablets nearing completion, Microsoft seems to be showering some well-deserved attention to Windows 10 Mobile, which still doesn't have a release date. The latest build, number 10136, brings in some interesting new features and, thankfully, implements some long-standing wishes from Windows Phone insiders. But as interesting and as good at this update might be, it also brings in some headaches for the brave souls who volunteer to take these early versions for a spin for the rest of us.

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Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

The Fairphone 2, the aptly named update to the original Fairphone, was detailed today by the company’s CTO Olivier Hebert. The latest handset is said to be robust, eliminating the “flaw” of vulnerability that many modern phones have by, among other things, including a replaceable outer shell that doubles as a protective case. In addition, the phone has a modular design similar to what we've seen with Project Ara and some competing projects, which will allow users to upgrade components as needed.

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HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC will be injecting adverts into its BlinkFeed Android news reader, part of a pilot program to see if it can squeeze a little extra revenue from users. BlinkFeed, launched on the original HTC One M7, occupies a dedicated homescreen pane and delivers a combination of news headlines and social media updates, but now a select few HTC owners will begin to see promotional content in there too.

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This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.

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Motorola puts a 30-day trial on unlocked Moto X

Motorola puts a 30-day trial on unlocked Moto X

Wireless contracts and subsidies might soon be a thing of the past. At least in a perfect world, perfect except for carriers maybe. The number of people buying devices off-contract, as well as the number of those devices being offered, have increasingly grown. Manufacturers like Huawei are thinking up of ways to encourage buyers to ditch subsidies. Motorola is joining that fray by making a new offer for those buying the Moto X without contracts. Try it out for 30 days and, if you don't like it, return it for free.

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