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Nokia’s cheapest phones revealed (but they’re not what you expect)

Nokia’s cheapest phones revealed (but they’re not what you expect)

Nokia may be striking out with some intriguing new Android smartphones, but the company - in its latest stage of reincarnation - hasn't forgotten its roots. The newest two devices come courtesy of HMD Global Oy, the company which now licenses the Nokia brand for phones and tablets across a wide range of price points and abilities. On the one extreme there are handsets like the upcoming Nokia 8, but at the other we have today's new devices.

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Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

For most of us, a battery-free phone would be an unfathomable dream come true. Imagine being able to use your iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8 all day, everyday without worrying about charging it. Well, researchers from the University of Washington have made the first step, albeit a very tiny one, towards making that a reality. They've managed to create a prototype cell phone that operates without the use of a battery.

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The Light Phone does nothing but make and receive calls

The Light Phone does nothing but make and receive calls

It's hard to imagine going back to a time before smartphones were commonplace. Not being able to use the apps we've come to rely on daily, pull up information with a few taps, or even capture photos with our phones seems like it would be a modern-day hell. Even worse, going back to before we could send text messages by typing them out on a numeric keypad. And yet, for some people, that's the kind of experience they want to return to. And it's exactly what The Light Phone offers.

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The Nokia 3310 is back! [Update: Bad news!]

The Nokia 3310 is back! [Update: Bad news!]

For many, a Nokia was their first ever cellphone, and more specifically the Nokia 3310. Now star of many a meme, not to mention looked back upon with rose-tinted reminiscence glasses, the chunky little cellphone with its monochrome display and tough design hardly holds up to today's smartphones. So, Nokia - and brand licensee HMD - is bringing the Nokia 3310 back from the dead.

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Australian study sees no link between cell phones and brain cancer

Australian study sees no link between cell phones and brain cancer

Someone called Derva Davis made waves across Australia earlier this year with an alarmist campaign to convince people that cities where cell phone use was high had greater incidences of disease such as brain cancer. Now a researcher who was at the time working on a research paper specifically looking at the link between mobile phone use in Australia and brain cancer has published his paper and is able to talk about the results.

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DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

There are many features that people look for in a new phone. But perhaps one of the most desired is a screen that won't shatter when you inevitably drop it on the ground. Motorola has heard the cries of the masses, and today they've hoped to silence them with the debut of the Moto Shattershield.

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FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

Few things are more annoying to receive on your smartphone than spam texts or robocalls trying to get you to buy something. The FCC has made a move to stop both of those things from happening with the adoption of a new rule this week. The new rule gives telephone companies more power in preventing robocalls and spam texts from happening to consumers on landlines and wireless phones.

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The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

Many people have a smartphone, but not everyone likes them. The non-smartphones lovers out there are finding that the non-smartphone handset options are decreasing, and so they resign themselves with owning one of the devices. Enter The Light Phone, a cell phone the size of a credit card that only does calls. It works with an existing smartphone, being bid as one’s “phone away from phone” as a prepaid GMS offering that uses an app that forwards calls from your smartphone when they arrive — and the two don’t have to be close to each other, meaning you can leave the smartphone at home.

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Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

It would appear that terrorist use of cell phones to call and light up explosives has finally gotten to the Pakistani government. This week the country has had an order passed down requiring users of cell phones to get their fingerprints registered before they can use - or continue using - phone technology. If a person wants to use a cell phone with a SIM card, they need to register that phone with the government attached to their unique finger print - or they'll receive no service.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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