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Hands-on: Panasonic’s CM1 may be the best smartphone camera yetNews from Gizmag:

There are plenty of smartphones out there which have good, if not great cameras, but even among the best the specs of the Panasonic Lumix CM1 stand out. It features a large 1-inch type 20-megapixel sensor which dwarfs those of most of its rivals, and boasts RAW shooting for more flexible processing. Gizmag recently got to spend a bit of time with the smartphone camera to see if it really is a viable high-end compact replacement.

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Posted on March 23, 2015 In: Cell Phone

Chicago Police fighting to keep cellphone trackers secret

Chicago Police fighting to keep cellphone trackers secretNews from Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago Police Department is fighting to keep a lid on how, when and where officers have used covert cellphone tracking systems — with an outside law firm billing the city more than $ 120,000 to battle a lawsuit that seeks those secret details.
Since 2005, the department has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on cell-site simulators manufactured by the Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida, records show. The devices — with names like StingRay and KingFish — capture cellphone signals.
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Posted on March 18, 2015 In: Cell Phone

Attorney accused of smuggling cellphone into jail for client

Attorney accused of smuggling cellphone into jail for clientNews from WFTV Orlando:SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —
9 Investigates has learned an attorney was arrested on accusations he smuggled a cellphone into the Seminole County Jail for his client.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by Channel 9, Marlon Smikle was able to get through security at the jail with the cellphone. 
Investigators said jailhouse calls prove Smikle provided the phone to his client Donald Mitchell, who is jailed on grand theft and federal charges.
Channel 9′s Daralene Jones contacted Smikle Tuesday.
Photos: Seminole County Jail [...] Continue Reading…

Top 5 phablets: Which is the best for big-screen smartphone lovers?News from The Guardian:
Big-screened phablets might stretch hands, pockets and wallets, but which one is the best? Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

Smartphones are getting bigger, much bigger. Almost all flagship smartphones have screens larger than 5in, while the even bigger phablets are more popular than ever, with good reason.
With screens measuring 5.5in and up, phablets have plenty of space to make the most of the screen in your pocket. From watching movies and browsing sites, to editing [...] Continue Reading…

Postal Worker Loans Cellphone to Customer, Next in Line Steals, Sells ItNews from DNAinfo:
Mohamad Azamuddin, inset, and the Uptown Post Office. View Full Caption
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UPTOWN — An Uptown postal worker who loaned his cellphone to a customer to fix a delivery issue had the phone stolen by the next customer, police said.
The phone was later sold for $ 20 to buy crack, according to police.
Mohamad Azamuddin, 62, a supervisor at the post office at 4850 N. Broadway, said he loaned his phone March 3 to a customer [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 9, 2015 In: Cell Phone

Why You Should Never Sign a Cell Phone Contract Again

Why You Should Never Sign a Cell Phone Contract AgainNews from TIME:Cell Phone Plans: 2-Year Contract vs. Payment Plan vs. Pay As You Go
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Apple starts 2015 as the top U.S. smartphone maker, Android as the top …News from Digital Trends:
Whether the Apple Watch flourishes or flops, the most valuable brand in the world can rest assured of this: It’s still the undisputed top smartphone maker in the U.S. A recent report from digital analytics firm comScore reveals that of the 184 million Americans owning a smartphone, more than 4 in 10 use an iPhone.
During the three months ending January 2015, Apple sat atop the smartphone original equipment manufacturer (OEM) hill with 41.3 percent [...] Continue Reading…

Maine bill restricting cellphone use to hands-free mode while driving divides …News from Press Herald:The Transportation Committee votes 7-6 to defeat the measure, but one member says he could change his mind.
AUGUSTA — A bill that would restrict cellphone use by drivers operating a motor vehicle to hands-free devices suffered a narrow but potentially temporary setback Friday.
The Legislature’s Transportation Committee voted 7-6 against the bill sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, which also would bolster the state’s ban on texting while driving. However, at least one lawmaker in the [...] Continue Reading…

As new cell phone policy debuts, some Bronx students wait and watchNews from Chalkbeat Colorado:
At the Walton Education Complex in the Bronx, the green truck known for holding onto student cell phones still reigns supreme — for now.
As the ban on student cell phones in school buildings lifted Monday, a number of schools with metal detectors offered their students free cell-phone storage for the first time. But students at the five schools that share the Walton campus said they would be waiting a while to see how the new system [...] Continue Reading…

Smartphone innovation at MWC shows there’s life in the old dog yetNews from CNET:

Commentary: Manufacturers are finding ways to breathe life into their new products, proving that smartphones haven’t run out of ideas.

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The new Moto E is the best budget Android smartphone. Period.News from Mashable:

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Motorola’s second-gen Moto E now has 4G LTE.
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By Raymond Wong2015-03-03 01:29:28 UTC

Now is the time to upgrade to a smartphone if you’re still clinging on to that Razr or Nokia candy bar [...] Continue Reading…