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Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld.

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As wearables catch on, Amazon cashes in with new online store

Product reviews and comparisons so far mainly feature smartwatches, activity trackers and wearable cameras

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Sony's mobile strategy puts priority on wearable tech

Sony is on a quest to duplicate earlier successes like its storied Walkman, but its Xperia smartphones could face troubles cracking a crowded market.

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Mobile devices will mob the Internet, researchers forecast

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 61 percent annually into 2018, and wearables will increasingly play a role, Cisco researchers estimate.

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Global smartphone sales passed one billion in 2013

Smartphones priced at less than $150 helped fuel record year, analysts at IDC say.

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When the wearables arrive, the apps aren't far behind

Half of all interactions with apps will come from wearables by 2017, Gartner says.

NFC smartphones: The answer to retail hack attacks?

R'Pin and chip' smartcards may be next, not NFC smartphones, but liability questions remain.

Is 2014 the Year of the Smartwatch?

Smartwatch developers must focus on cutting prices, adding more apps, and improving the look in order to attract broad consumer interest.

Windows Phone scores wins but still faces challenges

Microsoft's promotion of Windows Phone has recently seen success in the U.S. and Europe amid continued problems in China.

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Swimming, shredding and other creative to lose a phone

Cell-phone mishaps and mysteries abound, but some are more dramatic than others and even funny (if it wasn't your phone).

Bluetooth, NFC groups partner to promote interoperability

Short-distance wireless groups supporting NFC and Bluetooth have agreed to jointly create greater interoperability between the complementary technologies.

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Google wants tattoos to act as smartphone microphones

Such a tattoo could include an embedded microphone as well as a transceiver for enabling wireless communications with a nearby smartphone.

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Researchers boost wireless range in smartphones

Researchers have found a new way to tune the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that promises to reduce costs and improve performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite, and commercial communications.

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Smartphone sales increase sets record in third quarter

Smartphone shipments grew by 9% in the third quarter, a record for a single quarter, which continues a record-setting trend, research firm IDC said.

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Jamba Juice introduces Mobile Wallet support with a freebie

Up to one million free Jamba Juice smoothies will go to Isis mobile wallet smartphone users later this year, when Isis takes its NFC-ready technology to the national stage.

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Mobile ads double, hit $3 billion in first half of 2013, IAB says

Revenue from mobile ads and searches more than doubled in the first half of 2013, reaching $3 billion, as advertisers began seeing value in offering ads over tablets and smartphones.