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Review: Nokia Icon Manages Smartphone Excellence, Limited Audience

March 18, 2014 4:40 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Nokia Lumia Icon is Verizon's version of the Lumia 1520 Windows Phone. It's a sleek, shiny smartphone with a generous 5-inch display, a more than capable 20-megapixel camera, and a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. In my opinion, the Icon is also one of the best smartphones on the market, if...

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own. 

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Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

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MWC Wrap: Connecting Everything

March 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.

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Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It's not as bulky as some of the other ones, he told me. I agreed with him that the Incipio CashWrap on my iPhone 5 has a nice feel. But beyond being a nice case, it also allows...

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MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S.,  although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.

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MWC: Will Incentives Drive Adoption of Mobile Payments?

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...

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MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

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Review: LG G Flex

February 20, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The endless line of slabs stepping up to the frontlines of the smartphone spec wars has settled like a malaise across the land. The “bigger, faster” mantra of the OEM often brushes aside true innovation in favor of muscle. So when a phone like the LG G Flex came along with its attractive curve and “self-healing” finish, heads really turned. But once the afterglow subsided, what were we really left with?

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Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

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Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

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Review: Mobile App Shows Where to Find Friends

February 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just end up being another creepy example of how digital devices are making it easier for our whereabouts to be tracked by just about anyone, including strangers.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z1S: Great Smartphone, Phenomenal Dinosaur Camera

February 13, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. If the Z1S is the kind of smartphone Sony can make now, it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with now that it’s putting even more focus on mobile.

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Slidejoy Targets Lockscreen in Win-Win for Brands, End Users

February 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

A square inch on a smartphone homescreens is perhaps some of the most valuable advertising real estate available. A company called Slidejoy hopes to make that real estate a little more accessible to brands. Slidejoy, which recently launched on Android, offers users money for allowing brands to advertise on their phone's lock screen. 

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