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BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry has revealed that it will be acquiring WatchDox, a California company offering enterprise users a secure file-sync and sharing solution, also known as EFSS. With this, users are able to work on and share documents across all of their devices securely. BlackBerry’s acquisition of the company is a bid to draw back in the government and similar customers that it enjoyed for so long, and, according to the Wall Street Journal at least, will also give it another way to expand its R&D efforts into Israel, where WatchDox has its own operations.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an integrated battery, but it can be replaced (not without some difficulty, however). Some have questioned how much that replacement battery will cost, and now Samsung has confirmed the pricing: a replacement S6 battery will cost $45 USD, and the replacement of said battery can be done in a single business day, meaning users won't have to be separated from their smartphone for too long. In certain circumstances in particular, though, the replacement battery will be free.

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Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics is a mobile game allowing those on Android and iOS to play as Decepticons and Autobots, and earlier this week both apps received an update. Most notable with the update came support for Live Events, and so it makes sense that this would be the time for its maker, DeNA, to launch its first in-game event for the title. The in-game event kicked off today and will run to next week, bringing an assortment of goodies with it.

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HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC has introduced the HTC One M8s, a new mobile offering with a 5-inch FHD display and all the fine trimmings you'd expect: a higher-end camera, high-quality audio, HTC's own software, and a design that's the same as the already available HTC One M8 (the latter of which we've fully reviewed). The maker is planning to launch the handset in three different colors -- Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, and Gunmetal Gray -- in different markets. We've all the details after the break!

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Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket Wireless partners with Amazon for BYOD kit

Cricket has announced a new partnership with Amazon that will open up the carrier to those who prefer to bring their own device. Under the partnership, Cricket Wireless has introduced a Bring Your Own Device Universal SIM Card Activation Kit; it is being offered through Amazon which, presumably, is hoping consumers will pick up a new tablet or smartphone while on the retailer's site. As you'd expect, the SIM activation kit includes all the things one needs to activate a smartphone on the carrier's network, including adapters to make sure the SIM card fits any particular phone.

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Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Though data caps can still be an issue for many, mobile Internet speeds are on the upswing and tethering options abound...even among many prepaid smartphone plans. Most people have a home Internet connection that meets most of their needs, however, leaving the smartphone as a supplement to be used while away from home. For 7-percent of Americans, however, that's not the case, with them relying entirely on their smartphone as their primary/only Internet connection. Not surprisingly, specific groups tend to rely primarily on their phones for Internet access, including young people.

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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights illuminate the road ahead of you

Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights illuminate the road ahead of you

Those who want their shoes to be smarter, but only a little smarter, have a new option in the form of miniature headlights: the Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights. These shoe lights feature LED bulbs that are just bright enough to light up the road ahead of you, whether it's asphalt or a hiking path or something else entirely, allowing you to walk without worry and without flashing around a pen light. The lights also include rear tail lights and can be attached to your existing pair of shoes.

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Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

We saw a lot of new devices at the Mobile World Conference 2015, but we were disappointed when Sony didn't unveil a new flagship. Sony gave us glimpses of their Xperia tablets, but we saw nothing about a flagship phone. Maybe it's part of a strategy by Sony. As Sony continues to hold back information about its latest developments, it seems to just make me want it more. We got our hands on the newest leaked 3D renderings of the not-yet-released Sony Xperia Z4. Let's take a look at what we can expect from the next Sony flagship.

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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