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Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

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Irene Chen and Longlai Zuo, with the China-based company Quality Technology Industrial, show off their top-line phones, which cost about $100. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

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The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen opened in 331 mostly independent theaters and on streaming sites Christmas Day. It's estimated to rake in $4 million in its opening weekend. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images hide caption

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Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high-end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front. Larry W. Smith/EPA/Landov hide caption

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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

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Science says she really doesn't it like it when you do that. LouLou & Tummie/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega (from left), Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5 are shown. Apple is expected to announce larger models of its smartphone on Tuesday. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Size Matters: Why Apple Is Expected To Unveil A Bigger iPhone

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Twenty-nine percent of all cellphone owners described their phone as "something they can't imagine living without," according to a Pew Research Center survey. iStockphoto hide caption

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Manic, sad, up, down. Your voice may reveal mood shifts. iStockphoto hide caption

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

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