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Sprint reportedly preparing 'One Up' early upgrade plan for September 20th debut

Carrier early upgrade programs may generally be a rip-off, but thanks to the domino effect created by T-Mobile's Jump, every major carrier needs one. <i>CNET</i> reports that Sprint will debut One Up on September 20th, a payment plan that lets customers pay for new smartphone or tablet devices using …

Motorola Bashes Apple's iPhone Fingerprint Reader, Forgets It Sold One First

Motorola’s social media team seems awfully concerned about its customers fingers. Maybe they should more concerned about where they’re pointing their own.<p>A tweet posted Tuesday from the account of Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, seemed to take a potshot at Apple‘s newly-released iPhone 5s, …

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T-Mobile US Makes Gains, but Still Seen as Acquisition Target

With the U.S. cellular market nearly saturated, the battle among carriers for existing customers is intensifying. Meanwhile, the middle tier of the …

In Devastating Detail, JPM Economist Explains Why The Growth Potential Of The United States Is Nothing Like It Used To Be

Bad news: owing mostly to demographics trends and slowing technological innovation, America may be facing a long road of low growth ahead.<p>In a new report, JPMorgan economist Michael Feroli explains why the country's future isn't what it used to be by demonstrating that potential GDP growth - a …

Economics

How Android Grew To Be More Popular Than The iPhone

Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.<p>Apple should be freaking out, Jay Yarow says. (So …

Mobile

Des Moines Tops List Of The Best Places For Business And Careers

Last week’s jobs report for July showed unemployment dropping from 7.6% to 7.4%, which marks the lowest rate since December 2008. Good times, right? Not exactly. The rate fell in part because more and more Americans have ceased looking for work. Wage growth has been anemic and the recovery from the …

Intrigue Surrounding The Secret CIA Operation In Benghazi Is Not Going Away

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) agreed, saying: "There are questions that must be asked of the CIA and this must be done in a public way."<p>The Agency, for its part, doesn't want anyone knowing what it was doing in the Libyan port city.<p>On Thursday Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston of CNN reported …

U.S. State Department

U.S. Job Growth Slows A Bit As Wages Shrink

Employers added 162,000 workers in July, and the U.S. unemployment rate slipped to 7.4 percent, the lowest level since December 2008, the Labor Department said Friday.<p>But while the number of jobs did increase, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans …

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

The Gadgets (and Houses and Toilets) Have Eyes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you thought the NSA's somewhat extensive digital surveillance programs were the extent of spying …

Why Your Car Is Now A Giant Smartphone On Wheels

A GM-curated app store? Hackathons? Mary Chan, of GM’s “Global Connected Consumer” unit, on how the auto industry speaks Valley.<p>There was a time when the automotive industry was the pride of America, when consumers eagerly awaited each new model, when Wall Street happily buzzed about each upcoming …

Innovation Agents: How Jack Dorsey Succeeds Through Simplification

“We have everyone you can imagine against us,” says Jack Dorsey, the CEO of mobile credit card pay startup Square and cofounder of Twitter. But he is not cowed by fact that his startup is competing against banks with far more money to spend on pushing their products to market. Because by allowing …

The New Google/Motorola Moto X Smartphone Is A Quiet Delight

The difficulty and virtue of quiet is too often overlooked.<p>The new Moto X smartphone, Motorola's first start-to-finish project after its acquisition by Google last year, is here.<p>"Motorola's Moto X Must Be Game-Changing -- Or Else," writes Tim Stenovec, threateningly, at the Huffington Post. "With …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …

FBI can remotely activate Android and laptop microphones, reports WSJ

Last month, we discussed whether the new Microsoft Kinect could be used as an NSA spying tool. When it comes to the microphones in Android cell phones and laptop computers, though, surveillance might not be a theoretical question. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the FBI can already remotely …

Motorola unveils Moto X with 2,000 variations, including wood cover

After teasing it for weeks, Motorola finally unveiled its American-manufactured, customizable smartphone: the Moto X.<p>The Google-owned company said users will be able to customize a number of the parts on the Moto X, including various colors and materials such as wood. In total, more than 2,000 …

Mobile Technology

Samsung preps Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S4 Mini variants with seamless dual-mode LTE

It hasn't been easy to bridge differing LTE network types in one phone; ZTE's attempt requires a reboot, for example. Samsung claims to have solved that problem with new dual-mode LTE versions of the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy S4 Mini. Both devices can switch between the common FDD-LTE standard and …

The HOT smartwatch turns your palm into a phone

It seems like a smartwatch crowdfunding campaign has kicked off every other week as of late, and today’s latest is the HOT Watch.<p>The name HOT doesn’t sound very cool, but it does stand for Hands On Talk, which refers to maker PHTL’s technology for bouncing sound waves off your palm when making a …

Bagged salad caused parasite outbreak, states say

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday tagged prepackaged salad mix as the source for an outbreak of parasite-borne food poisoning in those states even as federal officials worked to see if the conclusion applies elsewhere as well.<p>Iowa's top food inspector, Steven Mandernach, said that …

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