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Vodafone and Virgin Media's parent company call off swap talks

When Vodafone confirmed it was talking to Liberty Global, owner of Virgin Media, about a "possible exchange of selected assets," it suggested that the operator was looking to bulk up ahead of BT's upcoming EE merger. It's been several...Show More Summary

Investigators can't make you give up your work phone's passcode

American law enforcement might have free rein to make you unlock a phone using your fingerprint, but personal passcodes? Nope. A Pennsylvania-based federal judge has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission can't make two former...Show More Summary

Latest iPhone screen bypass is tougher than the Contra code

Apple has just rolled out iOS 9.1, and it unfortunately has a flaw in tow that gives nosy techies a way to bypass your lock screen -- yet again. YouTube user videosdebarraquito posted a recording of how the hack is carried out, as you can see below the fold. Show More Summary

Sprint thinks its existing wireless spectrum is enough

Phone carriers usually have a voracious appetite for wireless spectrum, and for good reason: they don't want to lose your business because their networks are overloaded or missing coverage. Sprint isn't in a hurry, however. The provider...Show More Summary

Google's Nexus 5X hits the FCC with support for all big US carriers

Google's Nexus phones haven't had the best cross-carrier support in the US (ahem, Verizon), but that might change when the Nexus 5X and 6P roll into town. The Nexus 5X has just swung by the FCC for approval, and one filing is for a model...Show More Summary

Fairphone delivers on its ethical, modular smartphone

Fairphone is a slightly different kind of smartphone manufacturer. It's not out to make the prettiest or the most powerful handsets, but the most ethically responsible. The company bankrolled its first device through a pre-order program,...Show More Summary

Should Apple discontinue the 16GB iPhone?

In the wake of the launch of the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, the tech journalism sphere was awash with outrage about the continued existence of the 16GB iPhone. This bottom tier is "insulting," in an era when most Android manufacturers now sell their flagship phones with at least 32GB of built-in storage. Show More Summary

Netflix now lets iPhone and iPad users sign up via its app

If you want to watch Netflix without setting down your iPhone or iPad, you can now purchase a subscription directly from the app and pay using iTunes. The streaming company amusingly revealed the news using via a clip from Orange is the New Black (below) that shows inmates Crazy Eyes and Taystee trying to figure out Siri. Show More Summary

BlackBerry confirms 'Priv' Android phone will launch this year

In its latest earnings report, BlackBerry confirmed that rumors of its first Android device, called Priv, are accurate. CEO John Chen said that the smartphone "combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive...Show More Summary

Where to buy Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the UK

If you hadn't made a note in you diary, then let us remind you: new iPhone day is upon us. Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch in 12 countries today, and one of those just happens to be the sunny UK. As the "s" qualifier denotes, the...Show More Summary

iOS 9's space-saving 'app slicing' feature gets delayed

The "app slicing" or "app thinning" feature Apple promised to launch with iOS 9 can help 16GB and 32GB iPhone owners save some precious storage space. Unfortunately, Cupertino can't release it to the general public yet (even though its...Show More Summary

iPhone 6s teardown confirms smaller battery, heftier display

The launch of a new iPhone means the iFixit team also has something new to take apart. This year, the team's teardown efforts have confirmed that the iPhone 6s sports a 1715 mAh battery that's comparably smaller to the previous generation's (1810 mAh). Show More Summary

'Free Basics by Facebook' replaces website and app

A few months ago, Facebook opened up the platform to developers after being accused of violating net neutrality rules, mostly by users in India. Now, Zuckerberg's project has added 60 new services created by third-party developers, including BabyCenter for pregnancy and parenting info and SmartBusiness for novice entrepreneurs. Show More Summary

Watch the Oculus Connect 2 keynote right here

Can't make it to Hollywood for Oculus' second virtual reality conference, Oculus Connect 2? Fret not -- the Facebook-owned VR company will be livestreaming the event's opening keynote on Twitch. But better yet, because this is Oculus...Show More Summary

Ofcom's spectrum licence fee increases: The carrier backlash begins

The UK's big four mobile providers -- EE, O2, Vodafone and Three -- woke up to a figurative punch in the gut this morning. Telecoms regulator Ofcom announced its final decision on increases to spectrum licence fees, and collectively,...Show More Summary

BlackBerry's Android phone will be known as the 'Priv'

BlackBerry's upcoming Android phone has been called "Venice" for quite some time, but that's apparently nothing but a moniker meant to be shed and replaced by its real model name. According to Evleaks and N4BB, it will be released as the BlackBerry Priv, presumably due to its privacy features. Show More Summary

HTC 'Aero' leak shows iPhone-like colors, mid-range power

We now know just about everything about HTC's upcoming One A9 'Aero' smartphone, thanks to phone leaker Evan Blass, aka @evleaks. If he's right, it's not the high-end, 10-core model we were expecting, but rather a mid-ranger aimed at style-conscious types, with no less than six color options. Show More Summary

LG teases phone with secondary display ahead of October event

Back in August, a filing at China's FCC counterpart (TENAA) revealed one of LG's upcoming devices: one that apparently features a secondary display on top, next to its camera. Now, the South Korean company has released a video teaser indicating that the device will be officially launched on October 1st, 2015. Show More Summary

Bills could rise as Ofcom triples UK carriers' license fees

After toying with the idea of quadrupling the amount providers must pay for mobile spectrum for almost two years, UK communications regulator Ofcom has finally arrived at a decision. It announced today that the big four -- EE, Vodafone,...Show More Summary

Samsung Pay is a hit in its home country

Samsung Pay has barely been available for a month in its home country of South Korea, but that isn't stopping Samsung from crowing about its early success. The tech giant says that it has already seen the equivalent of $30 million in transactions in that first month, spread across 1.5 million purchases. Show More Summary

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