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Republic Wireless upsets subscribers with new data plans

Republic Wireless upsets subscribers with new data plans

Republic Wireless has decided it was time to do away with unlimited data, and instead go with a new refund-based data setup where users buy the amount of data they think they need and then either pay more if they go over or get a refund for unused data at the end of the month. The new arrangement hurts for those who took full advantage of the unlimited data arrangement, but for users with more modest data demands it will still prove more budget-friendly than alternatives on some of the bigger name wireless carriers.

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Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Microsoft has another announcement for its Skype for Business users -- it has finally rolled out a Windows Phone app, one that is a rebrand of the Lync 2013 app, and users on both services are able to use it. All the Skype for Business features are there, such as the calling features coupled with instant messaging, control over meetings, phone controls like transferring, and more. It also has some security features like passive authentication and a Skype for Business certificate.

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Xiaomi leak hints at smartphone with rear dual cameras

Xiaomi leak hints at smartphone with rear dual cameras

Rumor has had it for a while that Apple is looking to introduce a dual camera setup with an upcoming iPhone model, and according to a source Xiaomi might be planning the same. An image has cropped up showing a Mi handset with two cameras on the rear, each near the other and positioned in the upper right corner. The idea behind dual-camera tech is that with it a smartphone's photography capabilities increases, producing photos that have a quality eclipsing present-day mobile photos.

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Neoring is a magnetic phone mount…for your hand

Neoring is a magnetic phone mount…for your hand

Smartphone stands and mounts come in all forms: round balls that rest on a table top, tripods for almost-anything positioning, magnets that slide over your car's ventilation grilles. The Neoring is not like those things. It is, it seems, a substitution for using your fingers to hold your phone by, you know, using your fingers but in a different way. With a big magnetic ring. Slide the ring on your finger, attach the phone to the ring, and you can now hold your phone without actually having to hold it.

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Moto G 3rd gen surfaces in retail shots

Moto G 3rd gen surfaces in retail shots

We've seen shots of the upcoming third generation of the Moto G a few times now, but this latest leak -- assuming the shots are legit -- gives us our best look at them thus far. They are press images, likely the same shots we'll be seeing show up on retailers' websites in the near future. The same oblong rear camera design is present as well as the familiar Moto G dimple. The handset hasn't yet been announced, but the increasing leaks and sightings hint at an upcoming launch.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.

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BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

If you have a smartphone, the odds are high it is running Android or iOS. There are the BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone users out there, but their numbers are (relatively speaking) few, and in the absence of some of its biggest former customers BlackBerry in particular is feeling the crunch. Thusly enters a new rumor, one that pegs the Canadian company as planning to offer a future smartphone that runs Android rather than its BlackBerry 10 platform. This would be a first for the company.

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Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Photos of the incoming Blackberry Oslo have made their way onto the internet thanks to a possible demo model leak. The Oslo is Blackberry's successor to the Passport. This phone, or phablet, could have very well come out as the Passport 2, but Blackberry chose to give the phone a more Scandinavian moniker. The Oslo keeps the Passport's odd, wide shape (It's basically the same dimensions as an actual passport.) The device still has a physical QWERTY keyboard at the base, keeping typing an activity mostly for thumbs.

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Samsung patent details voice controlled auto-ejecting stylus

Samsung patent details voice controlled auto-ejecting stylus

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has just published a patent application from Samsung which specifies an "automatically ejectable input touch pen system" which can be controlled by voice commands or gestures. The new built-in stylus design is rumored to be for the Samsung Galaxy Note, but it could be incorporated into any mobile device with a stylus. This patent application was filed at the end of 2014, and the patent has not been officially granted yet, just published. Therefore, it's still undergoing the examination process.

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