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That used iPhone? Here's what happens before you buy it

CNET takes you behind the scenes of Gazelle's factory, where hundreds of thousands of used iPhones are processed each year before they are resold.

By November 9, 2015


Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not cost

After its $25 phones fail to dent the dominance of Google and Apple, the Firefox backer will try to compete using technological superiority -- and maybe by adding key Android apps, too.

By May 22, 2015


Apple's new Swift coding language hopes to lock down errors

Apple's new computer language Swift promises to prevent the programming problems that have plagued its predecessors.

By June 2, 2014


Steve Jobs wanted to 'further lock customers' into Apple's 'ecosystem'

That's according to an e-mail he sent to employees in 2010 that included "2011: Holy War with Google" as a talking point for an upcoming meeting.

By April 2, 2014


Location, location, location: Want to help Mozilla break the ecosystem locks?

The MozStumbler app is one way Android users can assist Mozilla with its quest to open up the walled gardens of Apple and Google.

By March 27, 2014


Ten years in, Firefox fights on -- now against Google and Apple

Microsoft is no longer the foe. Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal is using the Web to try to force Android and iOS to become more open. He knows Mozilla's Firefox OS is in for a long battle, though.

By November 10, 2014


Vimeo tech chief takes on 'terrifying' online video challenges (Q&A)

Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.

By October 24, 2014


Making sense of lock security

How does CNET test deadbolts? How secure is secure enough? And what about new smart features?

By November 22, 2013


iSheep, Fandroids, and why we care so damn much about our smartphones

CNET's no stranger to the vitriol being hurled around by passionate handset users. (Skim through the comments section of any major phone review and you'll see.) But we just had to ask: Why all the hate?

By November 19, 2013


Sigma's lens conversion service promotes body agnosticism

The lens manufacturer has launched its Mount Conversion service, which will let you update any of its newer lenses to a compatible mount on demand.

By July 31, 2013