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MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

You probably do a lot with your phone that extends far beyond merely accepting calls and even sending messages -- there is watching videos, reading passages, monitoring data. Being able to mount a phone somewhere easily so that it is both accessible and hands-free is a common need, and one that is rarely fully satisfied. The folks behind MagBak are hoping to change that, however, with a new case that can stick nearly anywhere in your car, home, or somewhere else.

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Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Everyone uses dry erase boards from schools to business presentations. Whiteboards are too ephemeral as the presenter always seems to be erasing the part we've just started reading. With Equil's smart technology, your whiteboard notes and drawings can last forever. Equil is adding to their line of smart pens with their new Smartmarker. Equil's Smartpen was designed for paper, but their Smartmarker can be used on any surface, especially whiteboards. Simply attach its magnetic base to the surface, and everything you write with the Smartmarker will be saved to its built-in memory.

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AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

It's March now, so the holiday shopping season is long past which also means that the sweet holiday deals by mobile carriers past us as well. According to AT&T's CFO John Stephens, the mobile network market, "seems to have stabilized." This appears to indicate that AT&T and other mobile carriers are back to increasing their fees and scaling back on their promotional offerings. AT&T claimed that right now they aren't particularly seeking out net additions, or more customers joining than leaving their services. This may signify a strategy change for all mobile networks.

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Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Motorola's little budget powerhouse smartphone, the Moto E with 4G LTE, has arrived at the prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. Customers will be able to grab it starting on March 13 for $129.99 USD, using it on the carrier's 4G LTE network sans contracts. Though it's not making any waves, it does give those with small needs or a constrained budget an option for high-speed data and decent enough hardware without shelling out for a higher-end phone or a yearly contract.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Earlier this week, Bluebox, a data security company, released a findings report on their tests of the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone. Unfortunately for Xiaomi, their results were far from stellar. Not only did the security firm find malicious malware installed on the device, but some of it was even disguised to appear as Google apps. Even worse, they believe an unknown third party tampered with the Android-powered smartphone. Read on for more details about what they found, as well as Xiaomi's official response to the report.

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Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

It wasn't too long ago when it felt like all the big smartphone players, like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, were involved in lawsuits and countersuits against each other over patents. Well, a new one is popping up, this time involving Japan's Kyocera. Microsoft filed a lawsuit last week against Kyocera for infringing on several patents with its Android-powered smartphones. Microsoft has mentioned that it's hoping to find an amicable solution, but the suit is seeking financial damages.

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LG G4 may go metal, but cede flagship crown to new device

LG G4 may go metal, but cede flagship crown to new device

Now that we’re through the MWC hump, it’s time to shift focus. We’ve got our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and HTC gave us the One M9 as expected. Motorola let loose a really good mid-range device, the Moto E with LTE, ahead of MWC, so that leaves LG to bring us a new Android handset. We’d previously heard they’d hold off on announcing a G4 until after MWC, but now we’re hearing they may also have a new lineup that’s even better than the G series.

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YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

Remember the YotaPhone 2? It's the sleeker second-generation version of the smartphone with two displays: a regular LCD on the front, and an energy-sipping e-paper display on the back. We got our hands on the phone back in December, but it hasn't thus far been available to consumers in the United States -- something that will be changing this spring when it launches on Indiegogo. Those who jump on the crowdfunding campaign will be given incentives for doing so, but the phone is set to cost about $600 when it arrives.

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Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Need a big, unlocked phone that won’t break the bank? Good news! Alcatel is introducing the Hero 2+, a device with a 6-inch screen that comes unlocked. An android device, this one is a touch different than you might imagine it would be on the software side. Rather than running a home-brewed, modified version of Android, Alcatel is wisely turning to Cyanogen for their software needs. Another disruptive tidbit — the Alcatel Hero 2+ can be yours for $299 beginning in Q2 2015.

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