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Google Play Music device control frustrates, Amazon Prime Music ad-free radio satisfies

Amazon just rolled out an updated iOS app for Prime Music that provides ad-free radio stations. Amazon Prime members can enjoy this music service for free and Matthew now made the switch.

MWC 2015: Cyanogen OS will power upcoming Alcatel Hero 2+

Cyanogen will soon be expanding its presence on Android handsets with new Alcatel hardware. The specs look pretty compelling, especially at just $299 with no contract or subsidy....

HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Focus is on design, but Samsung may have gone too far

Samsung and HTC each improved this generation of smartphone, but some design decisions may have customers choosing one over the other -- and it may not be the one you think....

Dual display YotaPhone 2 to launch in the US via Indiegogo

If you enjoy a premium ebook experience on an e-ink display and carry a smartphone, then you may be interested in having one device that serves both roles well. Look to the YotaPhone 2 Indiegogo campaign this spring....

10 best smartphones to kick off 2015

On the heels of mobile launches at CES and MWC, Matthew Miller has revised his list of favorite handsets. Whether you're looking for cutting edge camera, great value, or overall performance, the choices have never been better....

Lumia 830: 90 percent of what I want in a smartphone at half the price

Not everyone wants to pay the premium $650 entry price of an iPhone 6. For about half the price, the Nokia Lumia 830 offers up an amazing design, solid camera, and great performance....

HERE for iOS launches as native app with free offline GPS navigation functionality

Many people use their phones for GPS navigation in their car, on public transit, and when walking around town. Nokia's HERE for iOS is available now for free with worldwide map support....

Like fine wine, BlackBerry Passport gets better with age

After using the BlackBerry Passport for five months, Matthew is more impressed with it than with any other phone in his collection....

HTC UH OH Protection offers replacement for damage or carrier switching, $100 if you are careful

HTC will soon be launching the HTC One M9 and US customers will be eligible for worry-free protection for the first 12 months. There is even a benefit if you don't break your phone....

HTC One M9 review: Iconic metal dual tone design with focus on personalization

HTC One devices are easily distinguishable from other smartphones, which is a bit unique in our black slab world. Matthew spent another week with the One M9 and gives it an almost perfect 10....

Top 5 hottest smartphones this summer

There are tons of smartphones available from your carrier, but I think there are 5 that stand out from the crowd this summer. Which is your favorite?

Audible launches on Windows Phone, just in time for summer travel

The WP Marketplace surpassed the 100,000 app mark and more popular apps seem to appear daily. Today we see that the long awaited Audible app is now available to download and enjoy.

Eight new platform announcements for Windows Phone 8

Joe Belfiore revealed eight new platform features for Windows Phone 8 today with many more end user features remaining to be announced. Existing WP 7.5 owners will get the improved Start screen experience too.

Windows Phone 8 Wallet hub beats Apple's iOS 6 Passbook

Microsoft just revealed several new features in Windows Phone 8 and one of the most impressive to me is the upcoming Wallet hub that looks to easily beat the iOS 6 Passbook that Apple just announced.

You don't need NFC in your phone to pay for things without a wallet

NFC is a slick technology for mobile payments, but too often carriers block access. QR code payment systems are easier to use on a number of mobile platforms today.

Rock, talk, and charge with the Braven 650 (review)

With more and more smartphone use, there is a need for external speakers that provide audio output and speakerphone functionality. In addition, you can use it to charge up your smartphone.

Nokia 808 PureView coming to US through Amazon for $699

The Nokia 808 PureView is an amazing piece of camera phone technology and for serious Nokia fans in the USA you will be able to soon purchase it for $699.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE; design by committee on a non-existent network (review)

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is an interesting device with some nice design elements for a high speed data network that isn’t yet around. It is a nice EVO device, but with the Samsung Galaxy S III around the corner I am not sure that is enough any more.

WWDC announcements, Verizon shared plans, EVO 4G LTE (MobileTechRoundup show #272)

Apple revealed new Mac hardware and iOS 6 last week so we talked about these announcements on MoTR #272. We also covered the bad Nokia news, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Kobo Vox, and more.

Nokia prepared to sell patents, maybe Apple should buy and save on lawyer fees

Nokia’s CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, stated that Nokia is prepared to sell some of its patent portfolio if the price is right. With Nokia struggling to find its way in the mobile space, maybe Apple should buy them with its cash.

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