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Samsung Note 5 removes two key features: expandable storage and removable battery

While Samsung continues to radically change the Galaxy design, it's disappointing to see it apply those design trade-offs to the Note line. The LG G4 stands alone as the last flagship with a microSD card and removable battery.

Twitter lifts 140 character limit on direct messages, further enhancing DM functionality

Twitter is a very popular social network and by continuing to expand the functionality of direct messaging it may soon become the instant messaging client of choice for businesses and consumers.

Three months with the T-Mobile LG G4: Still the top Android smartphone, priced as low as new competitors

Even with the new lower priced Android announcements and rumored upcoming smartphones, the LG G4 remains a top choice for Android fans.

Google Hangouts 4.0 for Android released with improved material design interface and performance

Android users have a vast amount of choice when it comes to messaging and the new Google Hangouts 4.0 is a compelling alternative that attempts to help with centralized communications.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, in pictures

BlackBerry just released a slightly modified Passport in silver and black. The insides remain the same while the outside received a few design tweaks.

Motorola phones, ZTE Axon Pro, BB Passport Silver Edition (MobileTechRoundup show #351)

While it's still a bit slow in the mobile space during the summer, there was a major announcement from Motorola and a couple other device launches.

Verizon killing off phone subsidies: Will consumers accept paying more than $200 for their iPhone?

Verizon customers are used to paying for two year contracts with the ability to buy a new phone every couple years at a rather low subsidized price. That's changing soon.

How to to protect your smartphone from weather, accidents, and everything bad

Top products and best practices for the active user and everyone else who values their mobile tech.

Battle of the sub-$450 Android phones: ZTE Axon vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style

Three new Android smartphones were recently announced that are designed to challenge the more expensive flagships.

Motorola announces Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G

Motorola held a launch event today to reveal two Moto X devices and a Moto G. The third generation Moto X devices offer more improvements over the previous generation.

OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400

OnePlus launched a new phone, dubbed the flagship killer, in 2014. Today OnePlus brings us its successor, the OnePlus 2, with even more impressive specs at a sub-$400 price.

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announced

The rumors were right. Samsung is readying its latest devices ahead of rival launches.

LG announces modern Android flip phone for Korea, the LG Gentle

While most modern smartphones are large touchscreen slabs, there are still people who long for the good old flip phone.

Hands-on with the HTC Active Earphones: Weatherproof, attractive, lightweight, and great sounding

I prefer to use earphones to listen to music and podcasts when I commute, work, and exercise so was happy to experience great performance with the HTC Active Earphones.

New Starbucks Lyft partnership to provide Starbucks Rewards for customers, partners, and drivers

Starbucks continues to establish partnerships with other companies in order to provide benefits to its customers and employees.

ZTE USA announces the Axon affordable Android flagship

ZTE is serious about competing in the US market and its latest offering brings high end specifications at a $450 price point.

Hands-on with the AT&T Lumia 640 XL: A solid, low-cost smartphone for the enterprise user

While flagship Android and iOS devices hover in the $650 to $850 price range, you can pick up a very functional Lumia 640 XL with a 5.7 inch display, for only $250.

T-Mobile amps up the family plan with 10GB of LTE each on four lines for just $120

T-Mobile continues to offer enhanced services, many for existing customers. This new family plan offer will please those who have been limiting their 4G LTE data.

T-Mobile becomes a true North American carrier with Mobile without Borders plan

T-Mobile continues to introduce features to US customers and push other carriers to take notice.This time service is extended to Canada and Mexico, at no additional cost to customers.

All my optimism for Windows Phone is now gone given Microsoft's latest news

With 7,800 more job cuts, largely from the Windows Phone business, it's time for Microsoft to give up on phones and focus where it can achieve success.

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