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  • Review: Forward to the past with Windows update Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. As sales of smartphones and tablets grow rapidly, Microsoft reshaped Windows so that PCs came to look, work and feel more like mobile devices. Microsoft responded a year later with Windows 8.1.

  • Are insurance companies behaving unfairly? Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    Insurance companies say "price optimization" is simply a way to be efficient. Consumer advocates say it's being used to dodge risk-based pricing.

  • SEOUL, April 16- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said.

  • Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon welcomed the voluntary agreement but said it fell short of what they have advocated to prevent theft.

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Meanwhile, Windows Phone's lack of a central hub for checking notifications from Facebook and other services has been addressed with a new Action Center. The Windows store is getting better and has many popular apps such as Facebook and Netflix.

  • Passenger claims Air Canada let man 'vape' onboard Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    Air Canada plane

    A man may have been allowed to use an electronic cigarette on a flights from Calgary to Toronto.

  • BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry, a pioneer in the smartphone industry, has fallen on hard times as its market share has waned in recent years.

  • T-Mobile CEO: No fees for exceeding data use Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:46 PM ET
    T-Mobile CEO John Legere

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere is starting a crusade against penalties charged to customers when exceeding data limits, NBC reports.

  • Airbnb working on plan to pay New York hotel taxes Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:43 AM ET
    Airbnb app on an iPhone and iPad.

    The peer-to-peer home rental company hopes to start collecting New York hotel taxes by July 1.

  • Tech insiders dumped shares ahead of slide Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    Insiders at some internet companies unloaded personal stakes ahead of the recent slump in tech stocks, the FT reports.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 11- Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users.

  • BlackBerry CEO sets the record straight Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:05 PM ET
    John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry

    BlackBerry isn't planning to exit the phone business, despite reports this week, according to NBC News.

  • Travel app aims to cut jet lag discombobulation Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    An iOS app uses a mathematical model to help flyers reprogram their circadian rhythm faster than going it alone.

  • Donating in Silicon Valley: Give right or get out! Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 7:16 PM ET

    Activists who campaigned for the ouster of Mozilla's CEO over an anti-gay marriage donation he made may have inadvertently opened a Pandora's Box.

  • Supersonic jet ditching windows for display screen Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:38 AM ET
    Spike Aerospace developing a supersonic plane that will be windowless and replaced with display screens inside.

    Windowless cabins could be the norm within 20 years on small planes in a bid to lighten the load and improve the view.

  • BlackBerry may get out of the handset business Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:29 AM ET
    BlackBerry Z30

    BlackBerry would consider exiting its handset business, as the company looks to expand its reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships.

  • Facebook: Like it or not, embrace the new IM app Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    Facebook said it plans to remove messaging capability from its mobile app and only offer the function via the separate Facebook Messenger app.

  • Review: S5 features useful, less about gimmicks Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK— There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone— among them, its relative lack of features. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes.

  • Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

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