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India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

Apple wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the nation isn’t interested in letting that happen. According to an official with India’s telecommunications ministry, India has denied Apple’s request over fears that an influx of used iPhones will undermine the nation’s own Make-in-India program and local manufacturers who may not be able to compete with Apple otherwise.

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Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

If someone from Dish Network shows up at your house, it's probably because you're getting your satellite TV service hooked up or repaired. Or maybe they're just trying to sell you service. But soon, they might be showing up to your house because you need your cell phone repaired.

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Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

There are times when you're using your phone, and you just don't have two free hands to operate everything. If you need to occasionally use your Android phone with just one hand, you'll be happy to know that Google has recently released a huge update to their keyboard. And it's going to make your one-handed life a lot easier.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

When smartphone apps were first introduced, you were never very sure of what you were getting. This was especially true of apps that claimed to be "free". Usually these apps didn't have any up-front cost, but once you opened them up, you quickly found out that there were in-app purchases that you could spend quite a lot of money on. Eventually, all of the major app stores started warning users that there were in-app purchases, but what about ads?

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Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A parent lets their child play with a phone or tablet, only to find that their little darling managed to spend a large chunk of money on in-app purchases. Depending on just how much money was spent, this can be a pretty big problem. But the real question is who is to blame for this happening? A judge today ruled that when it comes to Amazon’s apps, they’re the ones at fault.

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German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

Texting or otherwise using your smartphone while walking can be hazardous to your health — more than a few people have accidentally fallen down holes, stepped in front of cars, and more, all while staring down at the small screen in their hand while walking. The German city of Augsburg is looking to change that by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk, hoping to catch the eye of someone who is staring down at their phone while walking.

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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

I spend a majority of my day sitting in front of a computer for work. I tend to get pretty focused, but multitasking is a natural part of my job. As long as everything I'm doing is on the computer, I can keep going pretty steadily, without skipping a beat. However, every time I get a text message that I need to respond to, it stops me dead in my tracks. One solution is to just keep my phone on silent, but Microsoft has another idea that they're wanting to implement into Windows 10.

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Huawei announces VR headset to rival Gear VR

Huawei announces VR headset to rival Gear VR

When you think about VR headsets, there are three names that probably come to mind: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR. Aside from the likes of Google Cardboard, which is hardly a competitor, there aren't many other competitors in the VR headset space. Well today Gear VR is getting a little bit of competition from Huawei.

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Boost Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy J7, LG and Kyocera phones

Boost Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy J7, LG and Kyocera phones

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are adding a trio of new smartphones, giving prepaid customers more options for no-contract plans. Chief among the new models is the Samsung Galaxy J7, a phone that resembles the other Galaxy devices Samsung has released. Joining it is the LG G Stylo 2, an update to the original phone by the same name. Lowest (and cheapest) on the list is the new Kyocera Hydro REACH, a waterproof smartphone that can be used while wet.

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Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

With the vast amount of cases out there, it's not too hard to differentiate your phone from most other people. But what if you're really into personalizing your stuff? Well, if you've been wanting to design your own custom case for your Google Nexus 5X or 6/6P, then I've got some good news for you.

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