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The Samsung Galaxy S6 just killed two of my favorite Android features

The Galaxy S5 and earlier Galaxy smartphones had replaceable batteries and storage expansion slots. But the new GS6 says goodbye to that flexibility in favor of a sleeker design.

By March 1, 2015

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch: Join us March 1 (live blog)

The Mobile World Congress event is a vital one for Samsung. Along with the Galaxy S6, we'll be watching for new wearables and a mobile payments system.

By February 17, 2015

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How to buy a new phone: The CNET smartphone buying guide

The most important things to know when shopping for a cell phone.

By December 16, 2014

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What to expect from Apple's March 9 event (hint: more than just the Watch)

On March 9, Apple is widely expected to let us know exactly when its much-anticipated Watch line will ship and how much all the new models will cost. But what other new products might Apple unveil?

By February 26, 2015

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Never put your speakers on the floor

That's just plain wrong, because putting any small speaker down there forfeits a major share of its sound quality.

By March 4, 2015

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Samsung's new Galaxy S6: Too much like the iPhone?

Technically Incorrect: With less superfluous software and more emphasis on design, some might wonder whether Samsung's new phone is a little too similar to the iPhone. Will that make marketing it easier?

By March 1, 2015

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and its missing features

Is Samsung afraid to commit to one Galaxy S6? The two new models are the same, except for the screen -- and both remove features fans loved. Meanwhile, HTC shows off the Grip fitness band and Vive VR headset.

By March 2, 2015

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BlackBerry's back, Samsung Pay gets the spotlight and more Microsoft at Mobile World Congress 2015 day two

We have seen the future and it includes an iris-scanning smartphone and luggage that can weigh itself. Check out the rest of the impressive tech from day two of Mobile World Congress 2015.

By March 3, 2015

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Scientists capture the first image of light behaving as both a particle and a wave

Researchers have achieved the first ever pictorial evidence that light can simultaneously behave as a particle and as a wave.

By March 3, 2015

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This is Samsung Pay in action (hands-on)

Samsung's rival to Apple Pay puts your credit card information on your smartphone, letting you securely buy things with a swipe of your thumb and a tap of your finger.

By March 3, 2015