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iPhone 5 devices with sleep button issue may qualify for an extra $80 trade-in credit at Apple Retail locations

Late Friday afternoon Apple issued a press release stating that some iPhone 5 devices manufactured through March 2013 may have a defect that causes the sleep/wake button to fail. At that time, Apple positioned mail-in repairs as the only remedy for this issue, but we have learned today that there …

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FORTUNE — There is little doubt that today’s smartphones offer room for improvement. Ubiquitous and beloved though they may be, the portable devices are fragile, offer limited choice, and generate a growing mass of e-waste that’s been called nothing short of a “global time bomb.”<p>Google’s Project …

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’ Could Bring A Premium Bump To The Android Flagship In June

In a somewhat unusual move, Samsung is rumored to be planning a premium version of their already high-end Galaxy S5 Android smartphone. That device could arrive as early as June, according to a new report from Asia Today (via SamMobile) and might include a 2560×1440 display (better than the full HD …

You can now use the iPhone for free, as long as you don't mind old gear

To date, FreedomPop's no-cost phone service has been attached to older Android phones. That's fine for many, but not exactly diverse. Your choices are a little better now that carrier has added iPhone support to its lineup, though. You can get 200 voice minutes, 500 messages and 500MB of data per …

Mobile apps could hit $70B in revenues by 2017

Mobile apps are on a path to reach $70 billion in annual revenue by 2017. And while games drive the majority of app revenue now, they won’t stay on top of the heap much longer.<p>Digi-Capital, an investment bank for mobile apps and games, said in its first quarter mobile apps study that non-game apps …

LG beats expectations with strong TV sales in Q1

South Korean electronics giant records an operating profit of $487 million, an increase of 44 percent year-over-year.<p>LG Electronics beat analysts' prediction for its first quarter as demand for high-end TVs helped offset losses in its handset division.<p>The South Korean electronics giant posted an …

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LG smartphone shipments up by 19 percent for Q1 2014

LG Electronics Inc. has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Overall the company has seen a 319 percent increase in first-quarter net profits compared with the same period last year, mainly due to strong sales of larger-sized TVs and better cost structure resulting from …

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Massive Firefox update hits refresh on browsing

The Firefox overhaul applies the lessons of mobile design to Mozilla's desktop browser to unify its look across devices, a change more than two years in the making.<p>Mozilla on Tuesday released the first major interface refresh for Firefox since relaunching the browser in 2011, making more than 1,300 …

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Free iPhone use? FreedomPop proves it's possible

FreedomPop will allow customers to use the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 on its network for free.<p>FreedomPop, one of a growing number of mobile service providers that deliver services atop a traditional provider's network, is enabling its customers to use iPhones at no charge.<p>The company is now …

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'Sign in with Google' button could send Google+ to oblivion

The abrupt departure of Google+ creator Vic Gundotra from the beleaguered social network led to immediate speculation that its days as a competitor to Facebook and Twitter are numbered. Indeed, media reports have asserted that Google+ is being chopped up for parts or, at the very least, undergoing …

How to get all notifications from iOS on Google Glass

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: SlashGear<p>For months after Google Glass(s goog) launched, using the wearable computer with an iPhone(s aapl) was less …

Why is Samsung slightly losing global market share?

SAMMobile.com<p>In the first quarter of 2014, Samsung retained its top ranking in smartphone sales but lost global market share for the first time in four years. Data from research firm Strategy Analytics Tuesday showed that Samsung’s first-quarter smartphone market share in terms of units sold …

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Late June set to be best time to get yourself a OnePlus One

Now that the OnePlus One has been revealed in all its glory, the next question people are asking is, “when can I get one?” OnePlus’ original production plan penciled the international availability of the OnePlus One for Q2 2014. Now Q2 is a three month period and could mean April, May or June. …

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