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Nokia breaks away from Microsoft with new $99 Asha phone

Failing to drive down the price on its Windows Phone devices, Nokia on Thursday announced a refresh of its Asha mobile operating system and the …

New iPhone 5S parts pictured in fresh leak point to upgraded camera

Images of what is claimed to be part of the motherboard from Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S handset leaked on Thursday. The photos were originally …

Samsung will reportedly launch an Android notebook in the coming months

Earlier reports have indicated that Google and its partners are preparing to launch Android-powered notebooks that could debut later this year. …

Living with Windows Phone: Microsoft’s lack of key apps is still a big drag

Microsoft believes it can be a viable competitor with Android and Apple, and is making a strong push with its Windows Phone operating system. The …

Microsoft reveals only 145,000 apps in Windows Phone Store

The lack of applications on the Windows Phone platform is a serious problem Microsoft must fix if it wants to be a viable alternative to Android and …

LG Optimus G Pro for AT&T: what's different?

Two Galaxy Notes and two Optimus Vus later, LG's ready to tackle the giant-sized smartphone niche, this time <i>without</i> the category's defining accessory: a stylus. The Optimus G Pro, part of the company's <i>performance</i> line, was a surprise when we first laid eyes and hands on it: it's a 5.5-inch …

AT&T's Lumia 900 gets a second life through Windows 7.8 update

Plans to update the Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7.8 have been slow-going, to say the least. Today, however, marks the beginning of a new life for the aging handset, as it welcomes a much-anticipated 7.8 refresh. Naturally, this means the former flagship is getting an injection of new …

Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for up to $1 billion

Between buying Instagram and calling Facebook Home the "next version" of his social network, it's fairly clear Mark Zuckerberg's obsessed with the prime real estate on your smartphone. Israeli newspaper <i>Calcalist</i> is reporting that Zuckerberg and Co. are eyeing up crowdsourced GPS app Waze, which …

AT&T-owned Aio Wireless launches prepaid service in Houston, Orlando and Tampa

Aio Wireless, a prepaid subsidiary of AT&T, is launching with a nationwide "unlimited" voice and data service. (As is so often the case, that buzzword comes in quotes because speeds will be throttled once you meet your plan's data cap.) The three plans range from $35 to $70 per month, and 4G …

Facebook Home hits 1 million downloads (update: almost)

While Facebook Home may not be for everyone, it gained some serious traction since its introduction. Today at Facebook HQ, Cory Ondrejka, Director of Mobile Engineering let loose that, in the month since Facebook Home was first released, it's been downloaded over <i>almost</i> 1 million times. And, the …

Facebook Home's immediate future: buddy lists, an app dock, folders and more

Facebook Home and the <i>First</i> phone to ship with it on board were revealed just over a month ago, and in the time since, the Home team has been hard at work improving the platform. Today at Facebook HQ we got to check in with Cory Ondrejka, Director of Mobile Engineering and Adam Mosseri, Director of …

LinkedIn and Twitter updates for BlackBerry 10 focus on search

BlackBerry isn't done with improving the BlackBerry 10 editions of LinkedIn and Twitter -- not by a long shot. The company has once more upgraded the two social apps, this time with an emphasis on search. LinkedIn now lets users import contacts to find people they already know; in Twitter, …

Facebook Home official on the HTC One, unofficial on Galaxy S 4 (but you can use it anyway)

When it first announced Home, Facebook said that it would support the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 as soon as they arrived. But unless you were into sideloading, any attempt to actually run it on either of those two handsets was greeted with a "not supported" message -- at least until now. Though the app …

PSA: LG Optimus G Pro now available at AT&T

American fans of giant smartphones haven't lately had the giant selection of devices to match, but AT&T can at last offer a little diversity: the LG Optimus G Pro is now on sale at the carrier's online and retail stores. For $200 on contract or $550 contract-free, US residents can get a 5.5-inch …

University student crafts app that helps blind smartphone users snap photos

Dustin Adams, a Ph.D student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has teamed up with colleagues at his school in order to craft an app that helps visually impaired users line up the ideal snapshot. The project started out as a quiz, asking 54 people with varying degrees of ocular …

A Waze Buy Would Put Facebook on Yet Another Collision Course With Google — This Time in Mapping

Buying crowdsourced mapping program Waze would do more than just give Facebook another service to offer mobile users of its social network.<p>Adding …

Four Reasons Why Apple Might Not Be Interested in Waze

When rumors circulated earlier this year that Apple was mulling a bid to acquire social navigation app outfit Waze, the company quickly and …

How Is Facebook Home Really Doing?

It has been a month since Facebook released Home, the company’s take on a socialized operating system built atop Android. And at a press event this …

Top 5: Reasons not to buy the Galaxy S4

If you're an Android fan with a short temper, please turn back now. Watching this video will just send you into hysterics.<p>Part of my job here at CNET is to play the devil's advocate, and sometimes that requires me to talk trash about products you love. This time around, I'm going to take a poke at …