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Skype promises to be better and faster

In the midst of all the E3 news, Microsoft's Skype division has just announced that a new version of Skype is coming soon for iOS users that promises to be better, faster, smoother, and smarter. "Remastered for iPhone," Skype said in a blog post that Skype 5.0 will share a more consistent look and feel with the Android and Windows Phone counterparts, "while still optimizing for iOS's unique strengths."

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EE to consider terminating its relationship with Carphone Warehouse

EE is looking to pull out of its partnership with Carphone Warehouse, with a decision to be reached following a review of its consumer retail strategy. Should the largest mobile operator in the UK terminate dealings with the retailer, it will be a sizeable blow leaving just O2 and Vodafone as viable options through Carphone Warehouse. The move would see EE deal directly with consumers, eliminating third-party retailers.

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 unboxing and setup

I want to lose weight and track my progress along the way. Sure, there are several scales available, but this is MobileFit month. I decided to check out the Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50). It measures weight, body composition, heart rate and air quality. Withings has also partnered with hundreds of compatible apps such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, and LoseIt.

Want to see what you get when you buy the Withings Smart Body Analyzer? Check out our unboxing and setup video.

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Spotsetter, a location-based social search engine, reportedly acquired by Apple

Apple has reportedly snatched up Spotsetter, an app and service that provided personalized recommendations for places to go. Spotsetter was co-founded in 2012 by Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee. Apple apparently has no plans for the app and service itself, but instead wanted to acquire the technology at Spotsetter and the two co-founders.

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Songza curating multi-million dollar bid from Google

Hold onto your headphones. Google is apparently in talks to buy the popular free music streaming and recommendation service Songza. Founded in late 2007, Songza has built up over 5.5 million active users. Google's own Larry Page is allegedly leading the charge to acquire Songza for $15 million.

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Apple rumored to offer pre-paid and month-to-month phone plans in Apple Stores

It looks like Apple is planning a new effort to boost iPhone sales from their retail locations, partnering with carriers to offer pre-paid and month-to-month plans in Apple stores. Customers will now be able to buy an iPhone at its full, unlocked price, then add it to a pre-paid plan in the store. Apple will apparently partner with AT&T and T-Mobile for the new program according to 9to5Mac.

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AT&T expands pre-paid GoPhone service to iPad 3 and iPad mini

AT&T is expanding its pre-paid GoPhone service to include a limited number of tablets for the first time. This will allow users with compatible tablets to purchase data time on AT&T's network on a monthly basis.

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Yet another report says iWatch due in October

It looks like we might be seeing the iWatch this October. The device, long-rumored to finally be coming this time, for real, seriously, is said to have a curved glass OLED display, with an array of sensor for capturing data on calorie consumption, blood glucose levels, sleep activity, and more. Apple has also apparently partnered with the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in order to develop health data analysis technology, according to Nikkei.

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Flickr ditching Facebook and Google sign-in for Yahoo accounts

Some viewed it as inevitable that Yahoo would flip the switch for both Facebook and Google sign-in options to be disabled in favor of its own account system. The popular photo sharing service offers a solid platform for hobbyists to upload and share snaps they've captured with smartphones and/or more professional setups. If you access Flickr through Facebook or Google, you'll soon be prompted to create a new Yahoo account.

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EE rolling out 4G to 15 new UK towns with high-speed donkey rides to boot!

Good news for you folk in the UK that use EE as your network of choice. Today see's the countries largest carrier announce their 4G service in 15 new towns – including – Gateshead, Birkenhead, East Grinstead, Leighton Buzzard, Wallasey, South Shields, Wakefield, Coatbridge, Lisburn, Bangor (NI), Newtownards, Omagh, Port Talbot and Neath. This follows the recent announcement that EE is expanding its double-speed 4G network to 20 more towns and cities before the end of 2014.

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