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Sprint's 'iPad for Life' plan will loan you an iPad for $20 per month, kind of

A new leasing program lets subscribers get an iPad for a monthly fee and no money down, but don't forget the fine print.

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Hachette book preorders return to Amazon as companies come to terms

The publisher and retailer resolve their months-long dispute, which had prompted Amazon to stop taking pre-orders, delay new releases and refuse discounts.

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Beats' first new headphones under Apple combine wired and wireless connectivity

Solo 2 Wireless headphones can switch to wired mode when the battery runs out. It's a clever feature, even if Apple wasn't really involved.

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Microsoft offers Office 365 refunds to iPad users after launching free version

If you recently forked over $70 or more to edit Office documents on an iPad, you can now switch to the free version and get a partial refund.

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Office goes free on phones and tablets: What you get, and what you don't

The free version of Office for iOS and Android should be good enough for a lot of people, but power users may still need an Office 365 subscription. Here's what lies behind the paywall.

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Jawbone stays screenless with new UP Move and UP3 fitness trackers

Who's afraid of more advanced smartwatches? Not Jawbone, apparently, as its new trackers stick with simplicity and long battery life over full-blown displays.

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No Fire Phone required: Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo backups

Amazon is making it even harder to pass up its Prime membership, by offering subscribers the same unlimited photo storage it once reserved for those who bought the Fire Phone.

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Google Calendar gets smarter with automatic events, iPhone version coming

Calendar and Gmail become closer companions in the latest update, which also includes a new schedule view and and auto-complete.

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Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than before

The popular reading app for phones and tablets adds thousands of topics--including some oddly specific ones--and a “Daily Edition” for everyone.

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Apple downplays disruptive potential of Apple SIM, while carriers rush to protect turf

Everyone wants to know whether the carrier-agnostic SIM built into new iPads will ever reach iPhones. Users would love it, but carriers would hate it, and Apple's not pushing the issue.

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The golden age of cord-cutting is upon us. Don't let scare tactics tell you otherwise

Despite what cable apologists may tell you, a la carte pricing is poised to change everything.

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The fate of iPhone's sapphire screen looks dubious, per DisplayMate report

The sapphire display that didn't show up on iPhones may have been problematic anyway, but it's still slated to be an Apple Watch feature.

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4 key takeaways (and 1 non-news tidbit) from Apple CEO Tim Cook's WSJD talk

Apple's boss was his usual coy self at an industry conference, but still revealed a few hints of the future.

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Fitbit gets fancier with Charge activity trackers, fitness-focused Surge 'super watch'

The fitness tracking heavyweight resists the race to the bottom with three new devices, including one with smartwatch features.

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iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reveals mystery NFC chip

Cracking open Apple's latest tablets reveals a secret.