News Brief: Pants that charge your smartphone; Photos that smell;

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>> Are you charging your smartphone, or are you just happy to see me?

Microsoft is working with British clothing designer A. Sauvage to design pants that can wirelessly recharge smartphones. The pants incorporate the Nokia DC-50 recharging device located in the pocket. A smartphone user can slip the phone into the device. "As well as having the vision to co-create these amazing wireless charging trousers, [A. Sauvage's] style complements the cutting edge design of the new Lumia 930 smartphone perfectly," Adam Johnson, marketing director for Microsoft Mobile in the U.K. and Ireland, tells eWeek. Read more

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>> The use of LTE smartphones to take off in China

The use of LTE-enabled smartphones in China will rise rapidly, according to the latest data from Infonetics Research. "The tremendous LTE network build taking place in China is going to result in a significant upside for LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets. Specifically, TDD-LTE devices are poised to be the world's fastest-growing segment as the Chinese market joins the LTE smartphone revolution," says Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and The Internet of Things at Infonetics Research. Read more

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>> Path buys TalkTo messaging business

Path, a mobile startup focused on personal life, has purchased TalkTo, which helps people send texts to stores and restaurants. "If you want to make a reservation or check if something is in stock, instead of calling and waiting on hold, you send a message through TalkTo and the company either forwards it on or makes the call on your behalf, and texts you back," explains Re/code. The TalkTo team, which so far has raised $3 million, will join Path. Read more

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>> Wow, that photo sure smells

A new iOS app called oSnap enables the sending of scent-tagged images, Mobile Marketer reports. The app, developed by Vapor Communications, enables users to tag photos with more than 300,000 different scents, which can be sent via email, Facebook or Twitter. The catch is that the receiver has to be in a special Wi-Fi hotspot that has the oSnap hardware, which emits the scent. Read more

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>> T-Mobile offers free iPhone 5S for a week

Starting next week, T-Mobile is offering consumers a free test of an iPhone 5S on its network for a week. "The way phone companies talk about network performance makes it practically impossible for normal people to know how good their service will be, so handing out free trials might be the best way for T-Mobile to persuade people that things have changed," says Businessweek. Read more

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