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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Roundup: Windows Phone outsells iPhones? Google revokes Glass some invitations, teen sells app for $30 million, more

Windows Phone vs. iPhone: According to research firm IDC, Windows Phone is beating out iPhone in seven countries: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukrane, "rest of Central and Eastern Europe." So what does this mean, exactly?  Huffington Post

Facebook OS: It's baaaack. Stories about the Facebook phone just won't go away. Latest speculation is that Facebook is coming out with its own Android-based operating system. We'll find out April 4 at an announcement event.

Now you see it, now you don't: Google has revoked some invitations to purchase its futuristic Glass for $1,500, because some didn't follow all the rules when they applied.   NBC News

Your boss could always be watching: Even if your boss isn't in your cyber social circle, he or she could still track what's being said online with an app called FireMe! So beware what you post! ABC News

Keep tabs with old phones: People Power's free app called Presence can use an old iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a security camera, perfect for watching your kids or pets, or check in on elderly people who stay at home.  Los Angeles Times

Fitness app for the rest of us: Not everyone is a fitness enthusiast. For the more casual fitness fans, try Cody, which focuses more on "stories" behind the activity instead of distances and numbers.

BMW next to work with apps: Having in-car apps is the latest shift in automotive trends, as more manufacturers are are partnering with app makers for the "next big thing." BMW recently announced plans to add several apps, including Glympse, Audible, Rhapsody and TuneIn.   New York Times

Teen sells app to Yahoo for $30 million:
Yahoo has purchased a news reading app called Summly that was created by a British teenager when he was 15. Nick D'Aloisi sold the app for $30 million, plus a job at Yahoo. NPR

T-Mobile offers new plans: T-Mobile announced a new strategy where users can purchase popular phones for lower upfront cost, and with no service contracts. For instance, you can get an iPhone 5 for $100 up front, with $20-a-month additional payment for two years. Other phones like Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Z10 will be available with similar payment plans. You don't have to sign up for a long-term service contract, but you'll have to pay off the balance for the phone if you send the service.    New York Times

What does your gadget say about you? How would people judge each other on what electronic devices you use? For instance, Apple devices are frequently seen as "high end" and users may be considered as extroverts who enjoy spending money and see themselves as "high maintenance."

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Roundup: Blackberry Z10 to the rescue; YouTube milestone, more

New hope: BlackBerry Z10 is finally out in the U.S. market today. Can this smartphone revive the once-dominant cellphone maker?   Washington Post

YouTube milestone: Cute animals, Harlem shakes, pop videos, and much more have rocketed YouTube to accumulate 1 billion monthly users.

Apple's two-step: For added security, Apple began introducing two-step authentication for Apple ID and iCloud users.\

Car safety app: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released an iOS app called SaferCar for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will let users keep track of notices and vehicle recalls, and find a location of a child seat installation location.   USA Today

Turn your phone into an S4: Samsung S4's new features were introduced with fanfare last week. But you can give your Android phone similar features with a few apps.   Digital Trends

Preparing for the worst? Consider a satellite phone: Who would benefit from having a satellite phone, and where do you buy one?

Cracking down: The Federal Communications Commission is going after two firms accused of making unauthorized robocalls to cell phones. …

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S4

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally unveiled. Can it live up to the hype as the successor to last year's S3 which is the world's most popular Android phone?

The S4 features Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a 1920x1080 resolution. The U.S. version will had a quad core Qualcomm 1.8 GHz processor. 

The rear-facing 13 megapixel camera has autofocus, flash and no shutter lag. The front facing camera is 2 megapixels and can record a full HD video.

New features include the AirGesture and AirView, where you use the motion of your hands to scroll, browse, and answer a call. Just hover over the phone to dial a number, even with your gloves on.

The color choices are black or white, with memory configuration of 16GB, 32GV or 64GB, and a microSD car slot for up to 65GB.

Gizmodo has a hands-on look at the new smartphone. And CNet takes a look at its software. Are all the new features amazing? Maybe not.

What does it look like inside the S4? Someone in China opened one up. Here's a breakdown. Literally.

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Verizon also taking preorders for BlackBerry Z10

Those wanting the new BlackBerry Z10, but for Verizon as a carrier, you can now preorder the phone on its website. It's $199 with a two-year contract.

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Looking forward to the new BlackBerry? Preorder one today.

Are you looking forward to the release of the new BlackBerry Z10 later this month? You can preorder the touchscreen smartphone starting today at AT&T. The device will cost $199 with a two-year agreement.

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Roundup: Lost and found, photo into video, new word game, more

Social media to the rescue: A tourist's photo of an abandoned stuffed bunny on Instagram led to the toy returning to its desperate young owner.

Photo into video:
Takes app turns your regular photos and transforms then into a video, with musical soundtrack.   USA Today

Popular word game: A word game from France called 94 Seconds has jumped high up on the Apps Store listWall Street Journal

Colorful and fun weather app: Everybody needs a weather app. If you want some yours to be attractive and fun, check out Solar for iOS.   New York Times

$3,000 phone for women:
New Cruiser White from Gresso, aimed at a very specific audience – ladies – carries a price tag of $3,000. The case is made from a solid titanium slab.   CNet

Swamp cooler for pooches:
Keep your dog cool this sweltering summer with a Swamp Cooler by Ruffwear. It's a dog vest that uses evaporation to keep your pet cool. Just pour some water on it.

Phone data abroad: Traveling soon? Here are some tips to keep your costs down when using data while you're traveling abroad.

Phone unlocking: Is the cellphone unlocking debate moving into the political arena?  How would Obama's support hurt the effort?

A peek into Apple's future:
Apple's patent shows disappearing keyboard for the MacBook, and a squeezable mobile devices.

Windows Phone surge:
Thanks to some smartphone releases, Windows Phone usage has jumped – quadrupled. Leading the pack is Nokia with its Lumia line.

Be forewarned: Red Cross has released a new Tornado Warning and Alert app to let you know when danger is near. It also gives you tips on how to prepare for emergencies, and also things you need to know post storm.  

Birds and the Bees:
What do you do when your child asks where babies come from? Turn to Birdees, an interactive sex education app to help parents come up with an answer.

School ranking: Want to be an app developer? Here's a ranking of the 10 best schools in the world to jump-start your career.

Lost something? Smart "stickers" helps you find just about anything with your smartphone.

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