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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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FCC labels on phones, tablets will soon vanish

FCC labels on phones, tablets will soon vanish

The back of your smartphone or tablet probably has a series of symbols meant to inform you about what not to do with your device as well as who’s approved it for your pocket. Now, new legislation has been signed into law to move those etched or printed symbols into the software. The E-Label Act, signed into law today by President Obama, was only introduced this Summer. Manufacturers will now have to find a new way to entertain you while you stare at the rear of your device.

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OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus is set to make their first foray into India soon, an emerging market where many an OEM is staking claim. Since launching (slowly) stateside, OnePlus’ One smartphone has enjoyed Cyanogen, an operating system built atop Google’s Android. India, however, won’t have the same courtesy. When OnePlus launches their device for the Indian market, Cyanogen won’t be on it. Cyanogen has instead chosen to go with Micromax, an OEM more familiar to the Indian market. Cyanogen and Micromax also have an exclusive deal.

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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

The second-generation Moto X will be available through Republic Wireless early next month, the carrier has announced. This will give those interested in Motorola's latest handset a no-contract option, rounding out the other Moto devices already offered by Republic Wireless. The phone will be launching amidst the holiday shopping season on December 10th, bring with it a 16GB capacity and a price tag shaved down from the typical off-contract pricing. Buyers will be able to customize the device through the Moto Maker, as well.

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iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

With the Nexus 6, one thing remains clear: a big smartphone screen has value. In just about every review you come across (ours included, of course), the same narrative carried itself; the screen was a bit large for day-to-day use, but everyone saw the value, and could likely get used to it. Smartphone screens are getting larger all over the place, and seem to be causing fits for tablet sales. Now, the IDC says tablet sales growth will slow dramatically, and the iPad may experience its first decline ever.

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Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Smartphones replace a lot of various devices we no longer find a need for. Cameras, home phones, music players, and now — modems? According to research firm Strategy Analytics, smartphones are rapidly taking the place of our modems, too. Shipments of modems are expected to decline 24% by the end of the year, not surprising after a 17% dip in shipments last year. Since 2010, Strategy Analytics says the market cap for modems has been cut in half, but it’s not doomsday just yet.

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Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

This week Sony suggests that they'll be redirecting their concentration away from mobile devices and TVs over the next three years, aiming instead at gaming and image sensors. Given their success in selling the PlayStation 4 and surrounding technologies, Sony is ready to go big with their gaming segment. The same is true of image sensors, readying their technology for the next generation of cameras and smart devices of all kinds. It should come as no surprise that Sony would pull back on their Mobile Communications Segment as forecasts there show the only operating income loss amongst all of Sony's products.

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Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

The Meizu MX4 Pro has made its debut, and with it comes an upgraded version of the company's previously released MX4 flagship. Features abound, some of them a tad odd ("Retina Sound"), but overall the handset looks to pack a punch, bringing with it display resolution a little above 2k, a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, and the mTouch fingerprint reader, among other things. Topping it all off is the Android 4.4.4-based Flyme 4 operating system, something that flies in the face of the occasional speculation that Meizu might be including Ubuntu Touch.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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