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Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not see any reductions until eight months into your contract.

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Razer launches iPhone apps for its still unreleased Nabu smartband

The long awaited Razer Nabu smartband, which was first announced at CES 2014, recently passed inspection by the FCC. Now, Nabu mobile apps made for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone have all been published ahead of the device's official launch.

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Aaron Sorkin says a casting announcement for his Steve Jobs movie is 'imminent'

A new interview with movie and TV writer Aaron Sorkin claims that the official announcement for who will take on the title role in his biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is "imminent". It also reveals some new details about what we can expect to see in the Sony Pictures film.

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Retailers see surge in mobile payments in wake of Apple Pay launch

It looks like Apple Pay is ushering in a new era for mobile payments, if reports from retailers are a sign of things to come. The New York Times is reporting today that many retailers have seen a substantial increase in mobile payment traffic in the three weeks since Apple's mobile payment platform launched.

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Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

A number of big-name tech companies are teaming up to lobby the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the reach of the NSA's spying activities, Bloomberg reported today. The coalition of tech giants includes the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

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Snapchat is clamping down on third-party apps, threatens to lock accounts

Snapchat has a had a rough few weeks in terms of security. People's photos were allegedly stolen and posted online recently through the use of a third-party apps. Those apps used reversed-engineered APIs to access the service, which creates a significant vulnerability in account security.

Now, the company appears to be taking a hardline against the practice by sending out emails to those who have been utilizing third-party apps.

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Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.

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Apple comments on 'Masque Attack', reminds users of built-in security safeguards

Masque Attack — the abuse of Apple's iOS Enterprise Developer or standard developer systems to try and trick people into installing malware apps on their iPhones or iPads — made for sensational headlines earlier this week, despite it being a threat to relatively few users. In response to Masque Attack, Apple gave iMore the following statement:

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Volvo embraces Google Cardboard to create a virtual test drive on your iPhone

It seems that Volvo is becoming the first major brand to take advantage of Google Cardboard, Google's VR-on-the-cheap. The car manufacturer announced that it will soon release an app called 'Volvo Reality' on the App Store that drops users into various virtual driving situations with its new XC90 in an effort to promote sales of the SUV.

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U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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