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Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

There's an interesting story coming out of the United Kingdom this week about an elderly woman who has paid a substantial amount of money to turn her house into an anti-wireless technology zone. Stefanie Russell, who is 72-years-old and from Steyning, according to The Argus, has spent several thousand dollars to have her home painted in a type of radiation shielding paint that keeps all wireless signals out, making it an Internet and cell phone-free zone. The reason, she says, is concern about her health.

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Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Both the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 have arrived, and they're battling each other for the favor of consumers. Both share similar -- in some cases, identical -- specifications, featuring almost-too-big-for-a-pocket sizes and a whole host of features that plant them solidly in the high-end smartphone range. Given their similarities, each phone's unique attributes become all the more important, and for this reason they're the perfect candidates for a comparison video, which we have for you after the jump.

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OnePlus: “get ready” for pre-order crunch

OnePlus: “get ready” for pre-order crunch

The OnePlus One is one special smartphone, that much is certain. It’s got bold styling, respectable specs, and some rock solid Cyanogen software running the show. What it doesn’t have is a lot of users, and the company’s slow rollout is putting them a bit behind the curve. A new pre-order program starts soon, with orders officially being taken on October 27. If you’re anxious to jump on the OnePlus train, though, you can go to their site and build your cart now.

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FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

James B. Comey, the current director of the FBI, made statements on Thursday calling for America's tech companies to make their consumer devices more wiretap-friendly. He believes that the efforts from giants like Apple and Google to provide users with ways to encrypt data and communications on their mobile devices will lead to a future where those who commit murder or acts of terror could have an easier time escaping law enforcement.

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Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Your everyday devices, particularly smartphones, betray aspects of your privacy in many ways, not the least of which is transmitting location information that law enforcement, among others, has regularly used in the pursuit of suspects. Such activity has caused vast outcries about privacy concerns and rights violations, something Florida has taken to heart. In a recent ruling, the state's Supreme Court has decided that police must get a warrant before using cell tower data to get location information on individuals.

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Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

We've heard a lot about the DROID Turbo in recent times, not the least of which includes leaks that seemingly happened by accident from Verizon itself. Now, ahead of the launch later this month, the full list of specifications have leaked, as well as shots of the phone from the front and back. According to the folks at Droid Life, Motorola's upcoming smartphone will feature a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3, as well as a slew of other details we have for you after the jump.

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Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Virtual reality is upon us, and many companies have been busy at work on their own VR offerings, not to mention Google's interesting Cardboard headset. According to a report from ArcTablet, it looks like Archos is also getting into the market, with the company reportedly being set to launch its own VR headset either next month or in December. Notably, the headset will only be priced at about $38 USD, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to trifle with the technology without significant investments.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE recently launched its ZMAX handset on T-Mobile, and following it up is a smartphone with similar features and design: the ZTE Grand X Max. Unlike the ZMAX, the Grand X Max will be launching at Cricket Wireless rather than T-Mobile (in fact, there's a perk for those who switch from the latter carrier), bringing with it a budget-friendly price, a few notable features like rapid charging, and a display large enough to place the phone solidly in the "phablet" category.

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HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

The market is full of budget-centric smartphones that have started bringing with them features you wouldn't have found on such handsets a relatively short while ago. Among this emerging redefinition of lower-end smartphones is the HTC Desire 612, an entry-level Android handset that boasts both XLTE and the maker's BoomSound as its two biggest bragging points, as well as a notable 4.7-inch HD display. Verizon has detailed the phone, announcing that it will begin offering it starting tomorrow for free alongside a two-year contract.

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