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BlackBerry Priv's February security patch is now rolling out

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Update: AT&T's update is now pushing out as well.

The BlackBerry Priv is now receiving its February security patch. At this time, it is not clear exactly what has been patched or changed with this build, though we expect Google to reveal details about the update shortly. BlackBerry has done an excellent job so far in pushing timely security patches to the Priv.

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1 week ago

Samsung testing Marshmallow beta with select Galaxy Note 5 owners in the U.S.

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Samsung has apparently started testing a beta of Android Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5 with a small set of users in the U.S. The update appears to currently be targeting some Note 5 owners on AT&T, with testing pool said to be as small as 200 people.

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1 week ago

Alta is Fitbit's sleekest fitness tracker yet; pre-orders now open for $129

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Fitbit has announced its latest fitness tracker, the Alta, which is one of the nicest-looking offerings from the company. Pre-orders are now open for the tracker, with shipments beginning in March 2016. Realizing that people don't always want their fitness tracker to look like one, Fitbit is offering a number of band options for the Alta, like a metal bracelet, leather band and a classic band.

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1 week ago

Virgin Mobile introduces new 'unlimited' plans starting at $30 per month

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Virgin Mobile has announced a new set of plans, each of which offer unlimited talk and text, with up to 6GB of high-speed data. All of Virigin's new plans also come with the prepaid carrier's data-free music streaming, which allows you to stream music from select services with no impact to your data allotment.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile offers unlimited data four lines for $150/month, 10GB/line for $120

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T-Mobile has brought back its popular "fourth line free promotion" with Family Match, and this time around the carrier is offering customers the choice between 10GB per line or unlimited data. Previously, the carrier ran a limited-time promotion that scored you four lines with 10GB each for $120, and more recently had only been offering family plans with 6GB of data each. Now, the carrier has brought back the 10GB option, as well as introduced a new unlimited offering for the promotion.

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1 week ago

You'll soon be able to register for Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo

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Nintendo will be launching its first ever smartphone app this year called Miitomo. Arriving in March, this title will be available in the U.S. on Android (as well as iOS-powered hardware). The company will open up pre-registration on February 17, meaning you'll have ample time to sign-up for a Nintendo Account to stay in the loop. Once registered with Nintendo, the company will notify you about availability come March.

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1 week ago

Opera Max gets faster and more secure in latest update

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Opera Max, an android app that can help you reduce your data usage across different apps and services on your phone, has received an update meant to make using apps and browsing the web when connected to public Wi-Fi faster and more secure.

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1 week ago

HTC's financial situation continues to drag the company through the red

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It's common knowledge that HTC is in trouble. The manufacturer is struggling against competition and falling smartphone sales, but the company is set to endure many more months of hardship if today's financial report is anything to go by. HTC managed to wrap up Q4 2015 with a net loss of NT$3.4 billion ($101 million). It's better than both Q2 ($252 million loss) and Q3 ($139 million loss), but the company still has another $100 million to get through before HTC hits the black.

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1 week ago

Amazon Now makes its debut in India, two-hour deliveries available in Bengaluru

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Amazon has launched its two-hour delivery service in India, dubbing it Amazon Now. Live in Bengaluru, the service provides essential household items in under two hours, with the ability to choose products from nearby Big Bazaar, Food World, Nature's Basket and other retail chains also available.

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1 week ago

Lenovo's profits rise 19 percent even as smartphone sales decline

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Lenovo has posted its earnings for the quarter ending December 2015, recording an overall revenue of $12.9 billion with a net profit of $300 million. The Chinese manufacturer's mobile division posted $3.2 billion in revenue, down 4 percent from the same period a year ago.

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1 week ago

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey, pledges continued development of Android app

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SwiftKey has confirmed the acquisition, stating:

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. We think these are a perfect match, and we believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey.

Microsoft has mentioned that it will continue to offer the SwiftKey apps for Android and iOS:

In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey's technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time.

We'll continue to develop SwiftKey's market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio. Moreover, SwiftKey's predictive technology aligns with Microsoft's investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user's behalf and under their control.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update breaks Wi-Fi, OTA on hold

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NVIDIA has paused the Marshmallow update for the Shield Tablet after several users reported losing Wi-Fi connectivity after installing the update.

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1 week ago

India overtakes the U.S. to become the world's second-largest smartphone market

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With over 220 million active users in 2015, India has surpassed the U.S. to become the world's second-largest smartphone market. Smartphone shipments saw a YoY increase of 15 percent during Q4 2015, with an overall growth for the year at 23 percent, crossing 100 million units.

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1 week ago

Weekly Poll: How do you monitor the battery life on your phone?

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Our phones have in many ways become an extension of ourselves, and we've all felt the ominous shivers when we're about to run out of battery when there is no charge cord to be found. There are plenty of ways to keep an eye on your battery life, whether it's limiting the apps you use, or keeping a tighter eye on your power usage.

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1 week ago

Smartphone accessory maker Zagg buys battery case builder Mophie for $100 million

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The number of players in the phone accessory market just got a little smaller, as Zagg has announced that it has acquired Mophie.

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