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Big-screen iPhones, iWatch start the clock on Apple's 'amazing' product spree

CEO Tim Cook has promised for more than a year that Apple will bring out new products and step into new categories. At this week's event to talk up larger-screen iPhones, fans are hoping he'll finally deliver the next big thing -- a wearable device.

By September 7, 2014

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With its debut smartwatch, Apple aims to make wearables fashionable

CEO Tim Cook delivers on a promise to move into a new product category, making a foray into wearable devices with the Apple Watch. Plus: Bigger-screen iPhones and a mobile service called Apple Pay.

By September 9, 2014

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Qualcomm goes after MediaTek with low-end LTE chip

While MediaTek has been gunning for Qualcomm's core business in the higher-end market, Qualcomm looks to be playing a similar game, attacking MediaTek's territory in the low-end market.

By September 9, 2014

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Researchers find data leaks in Instagram, Grindr, OoVoo and more

Private messaging isn't so private, say University of New Haven researchers who found Android apps transmitting and storing unencrypted images, chats, screenshots and even passwords.

By September 8, 2014

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AT&T's smart home service goes overseas: Telefonica to test it out

Spanish carrier Telefonica agrees to license AT&T's Digital Life home automation and security platform.

By September 8, 2014

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For $110, this man built an earthquake warning system

A professor at UC Berkeley (in California's earthquake country) has created a prototype device that warns of pending quake-related rumbles and could be installed as easily as a home fire alarm.

By September 8, 2014

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Rabid Weight Loss System: Lose weight the zombie way

How far would you go to have no body fat? The Rabid Weight Loss parody reminds us the lengths people will go to stay skinny.

By September 5, 2014

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How an Apple iWallet might work

Reports suggest Apple could unveil its own mobile-payments system and an NFC-equipped iPhone 6 at its September 9 event. If so, how would an Apple iWallet actually play out?

By September 5, 2014

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Android loses some US market share but remains top dog

Google's mobile OS remains firmly in first place in the US with a 51.5 percent market share, says ComScore, while Apple's iOS trails with 42.4 percent.

By September 5, 2014

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Smart bag charges devices, refuses to get left behind

The Phorce smart bag is hitting the market with an impressive onboard battery and Bluetooth capability -- but at a hefty price.

By September 4, 2014