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Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Moto E with 4G LTE arrives at Cricket Wireless

Motorola's little budget powerhouse smartphone, the Moto E with 4G LTE, has arrived at the prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. Customers will be able to grab it starting on March 13 for $129.99 USD, using it on the carrier's 4G LTE network sans contracts. Though it's not making any waves, it does give those with small needs or a constrained budget an option for high-speed data and decent enough hardware without shelling out for a higher-end phone or a yearly contract.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Earlier this week, Bluebox, a data security company, released a findings report on their tests of the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone. Unfortunately for Xiaomi, their results were far from stellar. Not only did the security firm find malicious malware installed on the device, but some of it was even disguised to appear as Google apps. Even worse, they believe an unknown third party tampered with the Android-powered smartphone. Read on for more details about what they found, as well as Xiaomi's official response to the report.

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Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

It wasn't too long ago when it felt like all the big smartphone players, like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, were involved in lawsuits and countersuits against each other over patents. Well, a new one is popping up, this time involving Japan's Kyocera. Microsoft filed a lawsuit last week against Kyocera for infringing on several patents with its Android-powered smartphones. Microsoft has mentioned that it's hoping to find an amicable solution, but the suit is seeking financial damages.

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LG G4 may go metal, but cede flagship crown to new device

LG G4 may go metal, but cede flagship crown to new device

Now that we’re through the MWC hump, it’s time to shift focus. We’ve got our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and HTC gave us the One M9 as expected. Motorola let loose a really good mid-range device, the Moto E with LTE, ahead of MWC, so that leaves LG to bring us a new Android handset. We’d previously heard they’d hold off on announcing a G4 until after MWC, but now we’re hearing they may also have a new lineup that’s even better than the G series.

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YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

YotaPhone 2 to arrive on Indiegogo this spring

Remember the YotaPhone 2? It's the sleeker second-generation version of the smartphone with two displays: a regular LCD on the front, and an energy-sipping e-paper display on the back. We got our hands on the phone back in December, but it hasn't thus far been available to consumers in the United States -- something that will be changing this spring when it launches on Indiegogo. Those who jump on the crowdfunding campaign will be given incentives for doing so, but the phone is set to cost about $600 when it arrives.

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Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Need a big, unlocked phone that won’t break the bank? Good news! Alcatel is introducing the Hero 2+, a device with a 6-inch screen that comes unlocked. An android device, this one is a touch different than you might imagine it would be on the software side. Rather than running a home-brewed, modified version of Android, Alcatel is wisely turning to Cyanogen for their software needs. Another disruptive tidbit — the Alcatel Hero 2+ can be yours for $299 beginning in Q2 2015.

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SanDisk debuts new 200GB microSDXC card

SanDisk debuts new 200GB microSDXC card

It's the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things are already heating up. The latest mobile device manufacturers are showcasing the hottest technology that they've been dreaming up all year. Today, SanDisk unveiled a new microSD memory card. It remarkably holds 200GB on a microSD card. SanDisk also introduced two other products which alternately focused on endurance and convenience.

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Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo has introduced one of its new smartphones, the A7000. It joins the maker's other wares being shown off at Mobile World Congress, and we recently went hands-on with the device, getting all the details ahead of its launch later this month. The A7000 will feel familiar to those who have used other Lenovo smartphones, resembling some of its other mid-tier handsets while still offering features that make it distinctly its own. Read our full hands-on to find out more!

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HTC One M9 vs. One M8 — should you upgrade?

HTC One M9 vs. One M8 — should you upgrade?

Now that the HTC One M9 is official, you might be wondering if it’s time to upgrade. Sporting all the latest specs, like a Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU and 3GB RAM, might make you wonder if it’s that much better than your current phone. A new 20-megapixel rear shooter and Ultrapixel front-facing camera are quite the pair, too. If oyu’ve got a One M8, you’re probably one of the many who love their phone, so rather than keep you guessing about whether an upgrade is worth it, we’ll break it down.

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Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

In all the lead-up to MWC, we’ve come across something from BlackBerry! This alleged device is actually pretty snappy, too. A mid-range device, the handset has reportedly ditched its ‘Rio’ moniker for the ‘Leap’ mid-range brand BlackBerry is believed to be launching. Sporting a composite shell, the handset doesn’t offer up many details, and we even see an OS that might be in early development. But for BlackBerry fans, and those in emerging markets, the handset might prove very useful.

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LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG's curved G Flex2 smartphone is now rolling out across the globe, according to the maker. This roll out comes ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The Flex2 will be available through big-name carriers in markets across the world, including France, Germany, the UK/US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Says LG, "key markets" in those aforementioned regions will be revealing availability during Mobile World Congress, during which we'll be getting all the details as they arrive.

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