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Mobile Minutes: Sprint and iPhone; IBM’s rodent brain; Successful apps; Samsung’s advantage

26078Sprint tries out an easy-upgrade iPhone pitch
Sprint’s new iPhone Forever promotion promises to make it easier for you to always own the latest iPhone. As of Monday, customers new to Sprint, or existing Sprint subscribers eligible to upgrade, can buy a 16-gigabyte iPhone 6 for $22 per month.
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IBM’s ‘Rodent Brain’ chip could make our phones hyper-smart
Dharmendra Modha walks me to the front of the room so I can see it up close. About the size of bathroom medicine cabinet, it rests on a table against the wall, and thanks to the translucent plastic on the outside, I can see the computer chips and the circuit boards and the multi-colored lights on the inside.
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Revealed: Secret strategies of world’s most lucrative apps
A few months ago, Yoshiki Watabe, a producer at Japan’s DeNA Co., was looking to draw attention for the company’s hit mobile game. He introduced a spiky-haired heroarmed with an outsized sword — then gave players a mere four days to bring down an evil megacorporation.
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Samsung’s new mobile payment system has one big advantage over Apple Pay
Last week Samsung announced its new Note 5 and Galaxy Edge 6+, the Korean electronics giant’s new big-screen smartphones. In addition the standard buzz of hardware specs came the first demonstration of Samsung Pay, the contactless payment system to challenge Apple Pay that will come standard on these devices.
Read more on Time