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BBM app rolls out for Android and iOS -- for real this time

BBM, short for Blackberry Messenger, was once an exclusive feature for Blackberry phones, allowing users to send messages amongst themselves without counting against their texting plans.

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The most pirated movies are the hardest to buy online

A new website compares top movie torrent downloads to the movie's legal availability, and it doesn't look good for Hollywood.

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New Nike+ FuelBand SE is tougher, more accurate, company says

This iteration of the FuelBand is an evolution that offers more accurate fitness tracking, better battery efficiency, and an improved design, Nike says.

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Shared data plans are now mandatory for AT&T

AT&T is requiring all new customers to sign up for Mobile Share plans that offer unlimited voice and text, but offer a single pool of data for multiple devices. Existing customers can hold onto their current plans. U.S. Cellular is also moving to shared data plans.

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Some iPhone 5s users sing the blues over iWork bug

An apparent bug causes the screens on some iPhone 5s models to briefly flash to blue when you try to switch apps from iWork and then the phone restarts.

Fitbit Force is a slim fitness band with more screen

Among other features, the Fitbit Force can count steps taken, distance traveled, active minutes, hours slept, and quality of sleep.

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Windows 8 users now outnumber Mac addicts

But that still doesn't mean Microsoft's new-look operating system is setting the world alight.

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Target launches me-too online video service

Target Ticket is an on-demand video service where you can buy or rent movies and TV shows, either for streaming or download. If you're wondering how that's different from what iTunes and Amazon offer, you're not alone.

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Be wary of the dubious 'iMessage chat' Android app

A new, non-Apple-sanctioned Android app claims to let you chat with iOS users via iMessage, but there are too many questions swirling around to trust it.

Al Franken questions Apple on Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The humorist-turned-politician sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a dozen questions on the privacy implications of Touch ID.

'M' stands for 'mystical:' No sign of M7 coprocessor in iFixit's iPhone 5s teardown

Dude, where's my processor for collecting background sensor data?

Cybersecurity

White House asks FCC to decriminalize cell phone unlocking

Because the fact that unlocking your cell phone is a crime is anti-competitive—and just plain stupid.

Google buys Bump for smoother file sharing

Google's Bump buy could mean seamless cross-device sharing is coming to iPhones, laptops, and other hardware that doesn't support NFC.

Oyster offers all-you-can-read ebooks for $10 per month

A startup called Oyster wants to become your “Netflix for e-books.”

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