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BlackBerry pressing courts to stop sales of Typo keyboards

BlackBerry is pushing to immediately halt sales of the Typo keyboard case for iPhone. While Typo insists that they are a small company that lacks the capability to produce a large quantity of keyboards, BlackBerry alleges that Typo has contradicted these statements, flooding the market with keyboards before an injunction could be imposed.

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Apple's Passbook passes are being used by Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Wallet

When Apple introduced Passbook in iOS 6 they billed it as a way to store all your tickets, coupons, boarding passes, loyalty programs, and other cards all in one place. It's hard to imagine they expected that place to one day be Microsoft Wallet, but thanks to Windows Phone 8.1 that appears to be exactly what's happening.

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

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Sphero 2.0 robot ball is $30 off to celebrate National Robotics Week

Today is the last day of Sphero's National Robotics Week sale, where you can get a Sphero 2.0 for $30 off. Normally $129.99, the discount brings the robotic ball that you can control with your iPhone or Android device down to $99.99. That's still a little pricey for what is essentially a toy, but it's a fancy robotic one. In addition being able to roll around at speeds of up to 7 feet per second, the Sphero 2.0 also contains a set of multi-color LEDs that you can light up and control. And by including inductive charging, Sphero is even waterproof.

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T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every year.

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Aftermarket CarPlay unit from Alpine reportedly landing in the fall

Beyond the fancy OEM installs of CarPlay we saw at the Geneva Motor Show, rumblings of aftermarket solutions continue with word of a possible Alpine unit this fall. According to Nikkei what we'll be seeing is the first commercially available aftermarket CarPlay unit in the U.S. and Europe:

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auki brings iOS 7 style quick reply and more to your iPhone, available in Cydia now!

auki is a new jailbreak app for iPhone that packs some serious punch when it comes to quick reply and quick compose. With a great design and features like stealth and silent modes, it could become the new messaging app to beat. Announced at JailbreakCon 2014, auki is available for purchase in Cydia today.

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Auburn University posts video tribute to Tim Cook

Tim Cook is a graduate of Auburn University and proud. Auburn is obviously proud of Tim Cook as well, not only granting him their lifetime achievement award back in December of 2013, but now following up on that honor with a special video tribute as well.

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Apple buys hydroelectric power station in Oregon to power data center

Apple has long strove for clean energy-powered data centers, and they're taking over a hydroelectric plant in Oregon to help ensure that they can maintain that goal. Apple was recently recognized by Greenpeace for the 100% green energy supply that powers their data centers, but that supply has largely come from solar installations and from local wind power supplies. Oregon is ripe with potential for hydroelectric power, and the Prineville data center will take advantage of that.

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Instagram down, hold on to your shots!

Instagram, the hugely popular social photo network owned by Facebook, is experiencing some trouble today. So, if you've been trying to post your pics and gotten nothing but "failed" messages for your trouble, take heart — it's them, not you!

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