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Carphone Warehouse partners with Three to launch new network in the UK

Dixons Carphone, the owner of UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, has announced plans to launch a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Partnering with Three, which may soon merge with O2 should purchase talks between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefonica go head, Dixons itself will offer branded tariffs alongside contracts from major mobile operators in the UK.

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Apple to secure its expensive, luxurious smartwatches inside new store safes

Apple is to install new safes at its brick and mortar stores, in preparation for the launch of the more expensive gold Apple Watch variants. Looking at how traditional jewelry stores operate, it's reported that the company will use the safes to not only house units for sale, but also demo units for overnight storage. According to 9to5Mac sources:

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Apple crowned China's most desirable brand, releases video for Chinese New Year

Apple is a growing brand in China, having enjoyed recent success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, China-based luxury publishing group Hurun Research has released a report, concluding that Apple – as a brand – is more attractive to Chinese consumers, taking top spots for best luxurious gifts. According to the report:

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T-Mobile's other Super Bowl commercial is all about celebrity one-upmanship (and Wi-Fi calling)

This is T-Mobile's other commercial for Super Bowl XLIX. The other features noted famous person Kim Kardashian, and there's also an online-only ad with a vulture. Needless to say, T-Mobile's going for the Curly Howard Trophy for this year's Super Bowl commercials. And I don't know about you, but I get terrible Wi-Fi reception in my subterranean butcher shop.

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MacIT conference puts out call for speakers

Out of the ashes of Macworld Expo rises MacIT, which is set to happen this July in Santa Clara, Calif. MacIT has actually been part of the Macworld Expo conference curriculum for the last several years, but now it's getting a chance to shine on its own. If you're interested in presenting at the event, the show's organizers have recently posted a call for speakers that you might want to heed.

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TYLT promo knocks $25 off Energi Power Cases for your iPhone 5 or 5s

For those of you looking to inject a little more juice into your iPhone 5 or 5s, TYLT has announced a new promotion that knocks $25 off both the normal and sliding varieties of its Energi Power Cases. With the cases regularly priced at $60 for the base version and $100 for the sliding one, this marks a fairly substantial discount.

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Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways, will provide continuous coverage for 22 miles.

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T-Mobile has two more ads lined up for the Super Bowl

It looks like T-Mobile will be showing multiple new ads during Super Bowl XLIX. In addition to their ad starring Kim Kardashian, T-Mobile will also air a spot featuring comedians Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman. While the full ad hasn't yet been posted online, the carrier did post a behind-the-scenes video.

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Cricket bumps $40 base plan from 1GB of data to 2.5GB

AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket is increasing the data allotment for all of their plans without making any changes to the pricing. It's a bit of a shake-up, offering one of the best data packages among prepaid carriers.

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FiftyThree announces gold version of their Pencil stylus

FiftyThree, developer behind popular iPad drawing app Paper, has announced Pencil Gold, a gold version of their Pencil stylus. Pencil Gold is made of anodized and brushed aluminum, and the new color is meant to compliment the gold versions of Apple's latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.

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