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New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

For the last several years, it seems like everything in our lives has a cable attached to it. Sure, our phones, laptops, watches, and other devices are wireless for most of the day. But eventually you have to plug them in, and that means getting all of your cables out, and plugging them into their respective ports. Well LG Innotek is working on a new wireless charging system that hopes to cut down on the amount of cords in your house.

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Google’s been hit with All Writs Act phone unlocking orders, too

Google’s been hit with All Writs Act phone unlocking orders, too

The government has been seeking All Writs Act court orders against both Apple and Google for several years, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which discovered 63 legal cases that involved the law. The ACLU doesn’t know the outcome of these cases — whether the companies unlocked the phones or even if the court orders were granted — but present legal actions and past statements from prosecutors hint that such court orders were often granted, and sought to unlock smartphones’ passcodes.

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Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

When you're driving around town, and on familiar roads, you probably don't pay too much attention to the speed limit. That's because you've driven on the road so many times that you already know how fast you should be going. But when you're heading somewhere for the first time, you might not always glance at the speed limit signs when you should, and that can easily lead to you getting a speeding ticket. And now Waze wants to help prevent that.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey is entertaining a new bill that, if passed, will make it illegal to text while walking in the state. The punishment could range from mild (a $50 fine) to relatively severe (15 days in jail), and aims to prevent injuries and mishaps resulting from inattentive pedestrians who fail to be mindful of their surroundings.

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Galaxy S7 edge hack supports microSD and dual SIMs at once

Galaxy S7 edge hack supports microSD and dual SIMs at once

If you are using a dual SIM enabled version of the Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone and lament the fact that you have to choose additional storage and a single SIM card or dual SIMs and no additional storage, there is a way to eliminate that choice. A hacks has surfaced that requires some mods to your SIM card and your microSD card but results in being able to use both SIM slots and a microSD card at the same time. The risk in dong this hack is that you might destroy your SIM card and your microSD. There is also a chance you might damage your new smartphone, so beware.

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Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Microsoft’s sleek budget phone, the Lumia 650, is available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The handset debuted earlier this year, and is the maker’s budget-tier Windows 10 handset. Initial reactions to the smartphone have been mixed, with some praising its design and others criticizing the lack of Continuum, the company’s sleek business feature.

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Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Years ago, you could go more than a day or so without having to plug your phone in to charge. These days as phones get more powerful, and manufacturers choose a slim form over a larger battery, that's just not the case. But there are certain tricks to make sure that your phone lasts through the whole day. Of course, one of the more popular methods simply doesn't work.

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Galaxy S7 for Virgin, Boost Mobile release details confirmed

Galaxy S7 for Virgin, Boost Mobile release details confirmed

Details about the Samsung Galaxy S7 launch on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile have been confirmed. We'd already heard that Samsung's latest smartphone would be arriving at Boost Mobile on March 11, and per Monday's announcement, that it'll be launching at Virgin Mobile USA on March 18. Now pricing has been confirmed, as well: customers will be shelling out $649.99 USD for the Black Onyx Galaxy S7 at either carrier, doing so to use it with no-contract monthly plans.

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ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

Someday, the debit and credit cards that you carry in your wallet will hardly ever need to come out of your pocket. Instead, you'll be able to pay for practically everything using just your phone. And today, you'll have around 6,000 new places to pay with your iPhone.

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Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

In a case unrelated but entirely relevant to the San Bernardino legal battle, a New York judge has just ruled that Apple cannot be forced to unlock an iPhone for the FBI under the All Writs Act, something George Washington himself had signed into law back in 1789. In this case, the matter revolves around an iPhone belonging to Jun Feng of Queens, New York. The DEA seized his phone while executing a search warrant on Feng’s home back in 2014. When it came time to search the phone, though, law enforcement was stopped by an increasingly contentious issue: the phone was, and still is, encrypted.

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Steelie Desk and Dash System Review: This magnet is your phone’s new friend

Steelie Desk and Dash System Review: This magnet is your phone’s new friend

If you've got a phone (and who doesn't, these days?) then you've got access to thousands of different accessories for it. Regardless of the manufacturer, you'll find things to help you do just about anything you want with it. I'm pretty simple, and don't have too many extra gadgets for mine, besides a case. However, I recently had the chance to test out the Nite Ize Steelie Desk and Dash System for mine, and it's been interesting.

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