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  1. You Can Get Your Hands on the First Firefox OS Phone, but Only in Spain

    Tu quieres Firefox OS phone?

    The ZTE Open, the first commercial Firefox OS phone, released this month, but so far it's only available in Spain with a few other countries coming soon. The specifications hardly compare to high-end smartphones, but you really can't beat the price. The ZTE Open retails for €69, or about $88.

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  2. Whoops! Florida May Have Accidentally Banned All Computers And Smartphones

    Oh, Florida -- how are we supposed to keep up with your hilarious antics if you can't access Twitter anymore?

    Well, this is embarrassing. A new bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott may have the unintentional consequence of outlawing all computers and smartphones throughout the state. While it seems like this could just be a hassle for folks in Florida, it's actually a national tragedy -- after all, with Florida gone from the Internet, how are the rest of us supposed to laugh at the cockroach-eating, firefighter-assaulting antics of the Sunshine State? We'll have to find a whole new state we can all agree to make fun of! Actually, that shouldn't be too hard. Lace up your cleats, Oregon -- you're going in!

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  3. Revolutionize the Way You Spy on People With This iPhone Periscope

    Maybe if the NSA had used one of these, none of us would have noticed.

    Have you ever told a friend to pretend to pose for a picture that you can take a picture of a famous person behind them without feeling weird? You should feel weird. You think those celebrities don't know what you're doing? Come on. With this awesome magnetic periscope for smartphones by Brando, though, you won't need friends to be your celebrity photo beards. Of course, now you'll have to figure out how to position yourself at an exact 90 degree angle from the famous person at all times, but hey,  at least you don't need friends anymore!

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  4. FreedomPop’s Free Wireless Service Sounds Too Good to Be True, Might Not Be

    FreedomPop wants to give everyone access to wireless service for free. The company promises customers 500MB of 4G data as well as unlimited text and 200 minutes of phone service a month at no cost to customers. Giving away what other carriers are charging a premium for may seem impossible to sustain long-term, but FreedomPop plans to reap the profits of a freemium model. Reaching higher levels of data usage or phone service will cost you.

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  5. Fairphone Tries To Figure Out How To Build A Smartphone Without Screwing Anybody

    When you're shopping for a smartphone, "Was it sourced and built using fair, sustainable business practices?" probably isn't question high on your list of priorities. Don't feel bad, though -- even if your are the sort inclined to ask that question, the resounding answer is going to be "Nope." One company, though, is trying to change that. Netherlands-based Fairphone has started production on a phone that they hope will one day provide a model for other companies to build quality products for consumers without ravaging the environment or treating workers like grist for the mill.

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  6. First Firefox OS Developer Phones Made Available, Sell Out Because Everyone Wants a 3G Firefox Phone

    The first developer phones running the mobile Firefox OS went on sale this morning from startup Geeksphone in Madrid, but it didn't last long. They were quickly snapped up and listed as "sold out" before the shop went offline for maintenance. The two handsets, known as Keon and Peak,went for $119 and $194 unlocked respectively. That's practically nothing for a smartphone, but the specs show why.

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  7. The Antares Rocket Finally Launched Over The Weekend, And Put Something Pretty Amazing Into Space

    It took Orbital Sciences a few tries, but they successfully launched their Antares rocket on Sunday. The rocket's primary payload was just a "mass simulator" that was standing in for their Cygnus capsule, but it also launched three of NASA's new PhoneSat micro satellites. The PhoneSats are built with off-the-shelf items like Android phones, and NASA wants you to help track them.

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  8. Survey Says: American TV Watchers Can’t Handle Only One Screen at a Time

    You might think you're happy just watching TV, but if you're American, you might also suddenly feel the need to figure out where else you've seen that actor -- you know, What's-His-Face -- while you're watching. Best to look him up on IMDb with your smartphone, maybe even see if Netflix has it. Also, you might want to check if anyone commented on your Facebook status before the show's over. See, a new survey conducted by NPD says that TV-watching Americans are increasingly unsatisfied with just one screen at a time. 87% of viewers with a second-screen device will use it while watching the first one.

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  9. Demo BlackBerry 10 on Your Phone to See What Your Phone Would Be Like If It Were Worse

    BlackBerry is really hoping to make it happen with the launch of the Z10 and its new BlackBerry 10 OS, and a key to that will be getting people to try it. To that end, they've launched an in-browser preview of BlackBerry 10 that you can try on your device right now by opening blackberry.com/glimpse in your mobile browser.

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  10. Welcome to the Party: T-Mobile Finally Offers the iPhone

    T-Mobile, the fourth-largest cellular carrier in the nation, has finally gotten around to offering the iPhone. Sure, it's probably the fourth-largest carrier because it took so long to offer the iPhone, but as of next month T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the device without having to unlock one from AT&T. T-Mobile customers can pre-register now to get their phone for the low-low price of $580.

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  11. Samsung Assumes You’ll Want This Add-On Game Controller for the Galaxy S4

    Hey, remember buttons? They're back! As you may have heard, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled yesterday, and you're either rolling your eyes or anxiously awaiting the chance to purchase one, because hey, new smartphone. But the Korean multinational hopes to snag a few more customers by appealing to the video game demographic with a bonus prototype they've showed off along with the S4 itself. It's a cradle/game controller that clamps onto the phone, connects wirelessly -- even though it's right there touching it -- and looks more than a little an Xbox 360 controller. All you need are some triple-A batteries.

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  12. Samsung Touts Galaxy S4 as a “Life Companion” in New Ad

    Last night Samsung took the veil off its latest and much hyped flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. The push of the event was to show how the S4 integrates into your life, and it's now being billed as a "Life Companion." Take a look at the new features of the S4 and how Samsung expects them to change your life forever in this new video.

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  13. Google’s Sergey Brin Says Using Cell Phones Is Emasculating

    If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

    “When we started Google 15 years ago,” Brin says, “my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn’t have to search query at all.” But for now, we get information by disconnecting from other people, looking down into our smartphone. Brin asks: “Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people?” Is the future of connection just people walking around hunched up, looking down, rubbing a featureless piece of glass? In an intimate moment, he says, “It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” - Taken from the TED Blog post quoting Google's Sergey Brin on why Google Glass is totes better than a smartphone. Either that word does not mean what Brin thinks it means or he has a really bizarre outlook on technology. Dear Brin, if you truly believe your masculinity is threatened by swiping a cell phone screen, we have a few GIFs we think you should see. 

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  14. Feedback Device Adds Electric Shocks To Your Smartphone Games, Because You Wanted That, Right?

    We've all had the experience of playing a game of Temple Run or Angry Birds and thinking "Yeah, this is fun and all, but I really with this game would deliver a mild electrical shock through my phone." Soon, you may get the chance to turn that fantasy into reality thanks to the work of computer interaction researcher Pedro Lopes, who has developed a new control interface for playing games on your phone -- one that uses electrodes to shock players.

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  15. What’s in a Name? Research In Motion Officially Rebrands as BlackBerry

    The smartphone market pretty saturated at current. Folks can agree on that, right? Between Apple and Microsoft, there's a cornucopia of devices on the market right now. So, how does a company like Research In Motion move forward in this kind of atmosphere? Well, they announce a bunch of new phones, because of course. That's all fairly boring and standard, though. What's actually interesting is that Research In Motion has decided to succumb to peer pressure: They've changed the company's name to BlackBerry.

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  16. Doing It Right: Nokia Releases 3D Printing Plans for Lumia 820 Case

    People love to customize their phones. If folks aren't doodling on them in some way, shape, or form, they're making their own cases. As we continuously grow to be a more technological society, people are increasingly turning to their gadgets as another avenue for self-expression. One of the biggest opportunities comes in the form of our cellular phones, and Nokia completely understands. They've even gone and released 3D printing plans for the casing to their Lumia 820 smartphone.

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  17. Photo Geek Alert: Lomography Introduces 35mm Film Scanner for Smartphones

    There are a lot of apps like Instagram to make the pictures you snap with your smartphone look like old 35mm film prints, but as far as we know there aren't any that take your actual 35mm film and digitizes it. Lomography wants to change that. They're launching an app and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner to give photographers the ability to take archival quality scans of their film. Looks like it's time to bust out that old box of film, or to explain what film was to your kids.

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  18. Apple’s Paul Schiller More or Less Squashed the Notion of a Cheaper iPhone

    The talk of the town this week has been the rumor that Apple would be manufacturing a cheaper iPhone in order to nail the low-end spectrum that the iPhone has traditionally eschewed. The idea would be to target the smartphone market in the same way that the iPad mini targets the tablet market. Unfortunately for anyone hoping this would actually pan out, Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing Paul Schiller told Chinese newspaper Shanghai Evening News that things like a cheaper iPhone will "never be the future of Apple products."

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  19. Mom Buys Her Son New iPhone, Channels Inner Moses and Presents Him with 18 iPhone Commandments

    All these Internet-enabled phones and other gadgets that seem to hit the market on a daily basis really are a double-edged sword. While we're connected to more people and places than we ever could have imagined and have more entertainment options than we probably need, this technology can sometimes cause us to become withdrawn or rely on it for otherwise simple tasks that we can easily do ourselves. As a result of this dilemma, parents can be understandably hesitant to purchase smartphones and the like for their children. Not wanting her child to become an unsocial techie, a woman named Janell Burley Hofmann bought her 13-year-old son Gregory an iPhone as a Christmas present. "Gee, thanks, Mom," you can hear little Gregory delightfully say, but that was before Mrs. Hofmann went biblical and blindsided her son with a litany of 18 commandment-like responsibilities to be mindful of now that he has a new phone, possibly resulting in a not so jolly Christmas morning for either of them.

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  20. As Long as They’re Seated Behind Me: Theater Introduces “Tweet Seats” for Social Media Addicts

    Pros and Cons

    As a life-long amateur musician who gets snooty when people clap between the movements of a sonata, I'm probably not the best person to be receptive to any kind of electronic introductions to a performance or screening. Usually when we hear about theater owners making concessions to people who leave their phones on, it's in regards to a movie theater, with all their wooing of the modern audience and needing to wring profit out of every possible moment. But this case is of a repertory theater's production of Carlo Goldoni's 1743 Servant of Two Masters, and while the restrictions placed on these Tweet Seats will probably keep them from annoying other audience members there's just something about the principle of the thing that makes me hope it never happens at any theater I go to.

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