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Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch

Carriers, phone makers, and a lobbying group announce a voluntary agreement, but it might not be enough

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Typo halts sales of iPhone keyboard as injunction takes effect

BlackBerry alleges the Typo keyboard is an 'obvious knock-off' of its own keyboards.

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BlackBerry presses for immediate halt to Typo keyboards

A US judge blasts Typo's bond request as 'wildly inappropriate' as a sales ban looms

on pcworld.com

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Nest tells users to disable key feature of Protect smoke alarm

The Nest Wave feature could delay the sounding of an alarm in an emergency, the company said

Report: Smartphone kill-switch could save consumers $2.6 billion per year

A survey from a Creighton University professor finds almost all consumers want the ability to remotely kill a stolen cellphone.

Turkey blocking YouTube in 'desperate and depressing move'

The government is attempting to block access to a secret recording of a meeting. But will it work?

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Hands On: T-Mobile's free international roaming

The speed of the service is capped, so is it really useful when traveling?

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Google's Project Tango headed to International Space Station

The prototype smartphone will be used to help develop autonomous flying robots

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Oculus founder: Sony's Project Morpheus will help spark interest in virtual reality

"It's really cool to see other people entering the VR space," Palmer Luckey told us at this week's Game Developer Conference.

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Developers give Sony's Morpheus headset an excited welcome

The new virtual-reality headset drew a line at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

Mt. Gox files for US bankruptcy to halt class-action suit

The company is trying to temporarily halt a US lawsuit as a Tokyo court works through its bankruptcy.

on pcworld.com

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This nanotech keeps your phone safe, even after a dunk in the drink

A microscopic coating from P2i coats the electronics inside smartphones to prevent the phones from short circuiting after getting wet.

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Sub-$200 BlackBerry phone coming in April from Foxconn

The phone will be released first in Indonesia and later in other markets in Asia; an LTE version is planned for the rest of the world.

on pcworld.com

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In an emergency? This battery-powered phone could bail you out

The SpareOne is an $80 phone that runs on a AA battery; it's designed as a backup in case your regular smartphone isn't charged. We take a closer look in this video report from Mobile World Congress.

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Encrypted Android phone is only the beginning for Blackphone and Silent Circle

Leaks from the former contractor have raised awareness of privacy and users are reacting, says company executives

on pcworld.com