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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

High Fives: Gadgets and Gizmos roundup

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Are brand names audio badges worth paying more for? More and more devices are adopting brand-name badges of big-name audio system makers. But do they really sound that much better? (Popular Mechanics)

One-stop shop for Facebook apps: From Farmville to Spotify, Facebook has created a hub for users who want to find games and other apps compatible with the social network app, including its first storefront for paid apps. (Chicago Tribune)

Contract or prepaid? For the first time, fewer U.S. consumers are subscribing to contract-based cellphone plans. The seven largest U.S. phone companies, representing more than 95 percent of the market, lost a combined 52,000 subscribers from contract-based plans in the January to March period. (Associated Press)

No Google Maps? What now?: Apple might be moving away from Google Maps with their iOS 6, opting to use its own Maps App instead. Will it be a big change for iOS users?  (Wired)

Mutual admirations: What's the best cell phone ever? An iPhone 4S owner asked Siri, and got the Nokia Lumia 900. As a similar question to the Lumia 900's TellMe service and Bing, it gave the iPhone. (Wired)

[Last modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 2:33pm]

    

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