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October 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Finding the coveted gold iPhone 5s just got a little easier. Since the shiny Apple gadget went on sale last month, the golden iPhone 5s has been in short supply, due to its popularity and supply constraints. Many stores sold out of the phone as soon as it was released and there is a long wait if the device was ordered online. But software developer Mordy Tikotzky has built a simple-to-use website that quickly tells shoppers how many gold iPhone 5s devices are available at Apple Stores near them.
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September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's getting only tougher for struggling BlackBerry as T-Mobile, one of the top U.S. carriers, said it will no longer sell the Canadian smartphones in its stores. The only customers who are still interested in purchasing BlackBerry are business professionals, and they do not buy their devices in stores, said David Carey, T-Mobile's executive vice president for corporate services, according to a Reuters report. "Keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient," Carey told Reuters.
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September 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New iPhones are on their way, but should you get one? For more than half a decade Apple has been building amazing smartphones, but in the last couple of years, its rivals have caught up. The iPhone is still a great device, but it's no longer the unquestioned champion that it once was. Nowadays, most smartphones can pretty much do the same things -- you really have to look hard to find a phone with a major flaw. So to stand out, companies are giving their devices signature features, such as longer battery life or amazing cameras.
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September 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you want to be among the first to buy and use Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you better prepare to pay up to a $1,000. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear earlier this week, and it seems to be more advanced than any other smartwatch we've ever seen. The Galaxy Gear has a touch screen, can be used to make voice calls, run apps and shoot photos and videos. And Samsung claims its battery lasts a full day on one charge. But like most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear needs to be connected to a smartphone in order to work, and in the Galaxy Gear's case it has to be connected to the Galaxy Note 3. PHOTOS: 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Gear Samsung plans to make the Galaxy Gear functional with some of its other devices later on. But for now, it appears that when the Galaxy Gear launches in October, the Galaxy Note 3 will be the only device it can connect to. So essentially, you'll have to buy both.
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August 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon is reportedly blocking retail employees from taking a vacation day Sept. 20, fueling speculation that the next iPhone will go on sale that day. Apple news site 9to5Mac cites unnamed sources saying Verizon is restricting vacations from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22. That follows a report this week that said T-Mobile is blocking vacations around the same time. In the past, electronics retailers have been known to block their employees from taking days off when major products are set to go on sale.
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August 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is reportedly blocking employees from taking Sept. 20 off, a move that could indicate when the newest iPhone models will go on sale. For weeks, reports have said that Apple will formally unveil the iPhone 5S and the low-cost iPhone 5C on Sept. 10. but normally, Apple doesn't begin selling an iPhone model on the same day it is unveiled. In the past, the Cupertino tech giant typically announces the phone, begins preselling it and then finally starts delivering the device and selling it in stores.
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July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
In just over a week, T-Mobile, AT&T and now Verizon have all announced device upgrade plans. These plans are all designed to let eager tech users get new phones quicker than they can with traditional plans, which typically require them to wait out a period of two years. But despite having a similar end goal, each plan works differently. Here's how they compare. Exchange period If you want to be able to change out your smartphone often, then the plans offered by T-Mobile and Verizon are the better choices.
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July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Two in five smartphones sold in the U.S. this spring were iPhones. But that may not be good enough for Verizon Wireless. The company must sell $23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to meet a  commitment it made to Apple Inc. in 2010, according to an investment research firm's analysis of SEC filings.  PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Because of slower-than-expected sales, Verizon now must double its iPhone sales of last year....
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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It was a full day of tech news Wednesday, with a federal judge ruling that Apple conspired to raise the price of e-books and T-Mobile introducing a new plan that makes it possible for customers to change their smartphones more often. Federal judge rules Apple led conspiracy to raise e-book prices A federal judge has ruled against Apple in its antitrust e-books case. The judge found that Apple conspired with five major publishers to raise the prices of e-books in an attempt to weaken rival Amazon.com Inc. Apple says it plans to appeal the decision.
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July 10, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This story has been updated. See the note below for details
Want a new smartphone every few months for a fairly low price? T-Mobile's making it possible. Although Verizon and AT&T recently lengthened the amount of time that subscribers have to wait before upgrading their phones at discounted prices, T-Mobile is moving in the opposite direction. The fourth-largest cellphone service provider in the U.S. announced Wednesday that subscribers who pay a $10 monthly fee and trade in their phones can now potentially get four new phones in a 24-month period.
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