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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

Yesterday word surfaced that Apple would begin offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today with a SIM-free option, allowing those buying off-contract to get a model without a T-Mobile SIM card included. Fast-forward to this morning, and such an option is indeed now available on Apple's website. This follows a relatively long wait for such an option, and will also be available to those who buy one of the handsets in-store rather than online. The price is the same as the with-SIM version.

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ZTE Grand X Max+ with 4G LTE to hit Cricket on January 9

ZTE Grand X Max+ with 4G LTE to hit Cricket on January 9

Cricket is about to score another ZTE smartphone, this one being the reasonably impressive ZTE Grand X Max+, a selfie-centric smartphone with enough features to satisfy the average user. As its name suggests, this is an improved version of the original ZTE Grand X Max, adding 4G LTE (Cat4) into the mix to meet demanding mobile broadband needs. In addition to the 4G, the new Grand X Max+ will also be bringing a few improvements over the previous version with it when it launches later this month.

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Archos unleashes slew of new 4G devices

Archos unleashes slew of new 4G devices

Archos might not get the amount of love some bigger name companies do, but it has faithfully released products over the years, and this CES 2015 is no exception. The company seems to have concentrated its efforts this year, however, zeroing in on 4G products in particular with several new products including the new Archos Diamond smartphone and 80b Helium Android tablet. All the devices bring with them modest hardware and, more importantly for some, a modest price tag to go with them.

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Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Someone got you that thing you wanted during the holidays, and that’s awesome. Maybe someone got you something you really didn’t want, which is a lot less awesome. Either way, you’ve now got some gifts or devices that need to be dealt with. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, we’ve got a few cool ways to get rid of your extra device, or just cycle it back through the mill to give it a new life. You might even make a few bucks!

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Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly useful in the medical field, something demonstrated by devices like the Peek Retina, which makes eye exams mobile. Oto HOME is similar to Peek Retina, but rather than imaging eyes it is used as an otoscope to get a look at ears. Parents can use the Oto HOME to take videos of their child's inner ear, for example, and then send it off to a physician who will remotely decide whether there is an ear infection.

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Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

A device called Slimger was recently funded on Indiegogo, and it is quite possibly the most convenient portable battery we've seen thus far. Unlike common bulky portable batteries that require a pocket or bag, the Slimger is ultra-thin to the point of being nearly as convenient as a credit card, in that it can fit in your wallet, slip in a shirt pocket, or any other number of handy places. The device's makers are planning to start delivering Slimger next month.

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OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus recently teased on its Google Plus page plans to do something tomorrow -- likely introduce a new device. Ahead of it is a new leak that might clue us in on what to expect: the OnePlus One Mini, or whatever it might be called. Two images have surfaced showing a OnePlus handset with a 5-inch display and white backing, both of them having been posted over on Chinese website Weibo. If this is the device we'll be seeing tomorrow, OnePlus teases: "We've got 10,000".

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PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

Google’s Project Ara is a really interesting concept; a smartphone that never really becomes obsolete. Working on that concept, a new contender has emerged in the form of Circular Devices, a Finnish company readying their own modular smartphone, the PuzzlePhone. Visually, it’s a bit more approachable than Google’s Ara, and a bit simpler overall. Rather than make each component swappable, PuzzlePhone has two major elements you can replace: the brain, and the heart. It’s a neat concept, and may end up the next step in modular smartphones.

 

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South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

Selfie-taking South Koreans have one-upped the rest of the world with the rapid popularity of "selfie-sticks," or low-tech solutions to improving self-portraits taken with our high-tech phones while in public. But now the country is getting ready to crack down on the tools, even making them illegal. For becoming public nuisances? For being used as weapons? No, it's simply because they're unregistered Bluetooth devices.

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