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Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October

The sandwich chain will roll out contactless payments at 26,000 restaurants

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Want lithium-ion batteries to last? Slow charging may not be the answer

For the first time, scientists have examined how a battery operates on the particle level

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Comparing smartwatches: What Apple's rumored iWatch has to beat

Five new smartwatches define the current cutting edge and set the bar for Apple to beat with its rumored watch

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IFA's gimmick of the year: Bendable TVs

The next big thing, according to consumer electronics makers at IFA? TVs that bend.

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Sony shows off latest SmartEyeglasses prototype

The glasses have a basic green text display and feel a bit like a computer monitor from the 1980s

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California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch

The law is likely to affect smartphones sold around the world

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Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

The bill is intended to reduce smartphone theft in the state

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Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint abandoned the takeover because it thought it would have a hard time getting regulatory approval, according to newspaper reports.

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Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

The hackers collected data on a massive scale, 'so it affects absolutely everybody,' security firm says.

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Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

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Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

The patent is for a wrist-worn gadget that has a touchscreen and can communicate with a smartphone

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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?

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Amazon names initial apps, lights 'fire' under developers

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Yelp are among the apps being developed for Fire, according to Amazon.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages