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6 affordable Android phones you'll actually enjoy using

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With an unlocked phone, you can get service anywhere you want, with no strings attached -- including at a prepaid carrier that'll charge you as little as $30 to $45 a month for the same basic service you're getting now.

These six devices will let you cash in on the savings while still enjoying a nice smartphone experience.

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Programming Leftovers

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  • 3 practical tips for agile transformation

    Agile transformation happens at three levels: team agile, product agile, and organization agile. Helping your team convert to agile is the first and fundamental step in agile transformation, and with good reason. Until you get your people on board with agile, the product of all their hard work can't be agile.

  • Calculating the ROI of Commercial Qt Subscriptions

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Security Leftovers

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