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Piggyback tech: Winning tack for Nook and Windows Phone?

Commentary: Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have both brought key software to alternative devices that have a solid footing. But just one has a clear-cut edge.

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Samsung needs a hit with Galaxy Note 4 as Apple preps its own phablet

Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.

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​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports say

Apple is partnering with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard on a mobile wallet system expected to be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to two different reports.

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Synaptics: Get ready for more smartphones with fingerprint readers

In an interview, Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman talks about the opportunities that stem from the Internet of Things and describes his idea of the holy grail of biometric sensors.

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The Psion 5mx boasted a usable keyboard in a pocketable size

Filling the palmtop void

The palmtop has gone away, but some people could still use an integrated pocketable typing device.

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Subscribers will be able to switch back and forth between a video call and a voice-only call on their handsets using the new VoLTE service from Verizon Wireless.

6 reasons why you'll eventually want voice over LTE

CNET's Maggie Reardon discusses the short-term hurdles associated with the deployment of voice service over carriers' 4G LTE networks. In the end, the transition to an all IP-based voice network will be worth it.

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In paralysis, finding freedom via brain-wave tech

ALS patient and advocate Eric Valor is part of an experimental project to test out a brain-wave-reading headset, technology that could one day give paralyzed people more independence.

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These are the 8 Android and Windows Phone features we want on the iPhone 6

Apple doesn't hold the patent on good ideas. These hardware and software goodies from other phones would make Apple's next iPhone even better.

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The best 8-inch Android tablet? Nvidia Shield Tablet, reviewed

A powerful new Nvidia processor and lots of features make Nvidia's tablet an impressive machine: and did we mention it can play games and connect to your TV, too?

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Change the font on your Android device

​Ready for a change to make your Android device feel new or just different? Check out these steps for changing your font.

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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

CNET's crew of editors reviewed a nice variety of products this week; sort of like a sampler box of chocolates, except it's gear and gadgets for the various parts of your life. We've got things small enough to fit in your ear and other things that require a garage to store.

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Google tests drone delivery, iPhone 6 may have NFC

Look up in the sky for a special delivery from Google's Project Wing, keep waiting for that "iWatch," and expect the iPhone 6 to include mobile payments with NFC.

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