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Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

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Why smartphone screens are getting bigger: Specs reveal a surprising story

Bigger phone screens didn't just happen. We tracked the size trend since 2007 to see how and why smartphones have grown.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

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Lookout's latest feature puts phone thieves on alert

The Theft Alert featured introduced to the Lookout Premium mobile app Wednesday sends an email alert anytime it detects that someone's doing something suspicious with your smartphone.

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FCC, CTIA push against stolen phones went nowhere

A draft plan might have made it harder to resell stolen phones, if it had gone into place.

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On second thought, California Senate backs kill-switch bill

After failing to pass a bill mandating kill-switch technology for every smartphone sold in California, the state's Senate OK'd the proposal Thursday.

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DryBox looks to make a splash, drying out wet smartphones

Get your mobile device to a DryBox Drying Station within 36 hours of its unexpected dunk in the drink, and you stand a 75 to 80 percent chance of reviving your phone. And now the company is looking to expand into self-service units.

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Gaming exclusivity wars hit mobile app stores

Apple has nabbed a few high-profile game exclusives for iOS in recent months. A new report says these may the first skirmishes in a larger platform war for mobile gaming.

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Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch

Carriers, phone makers, and a lobbying group announce a voluntary agreement, but it might not be enough

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