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Nokia, a Finnish smartphone company was founded in 1871. What started as a paper manufacturing company evolved into one of the worlds largest and well known names in the mobile device market. Nokia currently works mostly with smartphones and mobile software. In early 2011 the company's new CEO, Stephen Elop signed a strategic partnership with Microsoft where Microsoft will gain access to Nokia's mobile services such as Ovi Maps and Nokia would adopt Windows Phone 7 as an operating system for their new smartphones over the company's own Symbian OS. Read on for the latest Nokia related news, reviews and videos:

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    Though Nokia's high-end phones are well-known for their incredible cameras, it can always improve. It's looking to do that with the Lumia Icon, Lumia 930, and Lumia 1520 today, by adding camera-related features to the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. These Lumia Cyan camera fixes have been detailed by now-Microsoft employee Juha Alakarhu in a Q&A. Low-light performance will be improved, which is a huge plus for some Lumia 1520 owners. Artificial noise will be reduced, and clarity will be made better, claims Alarkhu. Better colors and video quality are also on the list, but why ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers frequently go to enormous lengths to help keep our devices secure. Part of that role is regulatory, keeping unwanted apps out of centralized app stores. Other protections are technical, using software to keep one step ahead of ne'er-do-wells. One such technical protection is code signing, allowing developers to use an encryption key to let end users verify that code came from a known trusted source; this is why you can safely sideload updates to Google's Android apps you find online, as they can be verified as coming from Google itself. But now a new story's ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    The affordable phone looks to be one of the biggest trends of 2014, with offerings from companies like HTC and Motorola having caught our eye. Windows Phones have also been leading the pack in terms of low-priced offerings, with a multitude of them coming in at less than $100. These latest two aren't quite that cheap, but come in at more affordable prices than most of today's flagships nonetheless. Both the Lumia 636 and 638 phones are powered by the latest iteration of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. Their differences don't become apparent even when we talk specs ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 1320 was announced for Europe and Asia on October 22, 2013. Other markets were later added to the list of regions where the phablet would eventually become available, but, so far, there was no word on US availability. However, if you're in the US, and you just can't wait to grab a Lumia 1320, Cricket Wireless has got you covered. Starting this Friday, June 13, you'll be able to grab the phablet online for $229.99, after a $50 mail-in-rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card. The Lumia 1320 is definitely not a phone worth switching carriers for, but, if you're already on ...

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    Curved screens? Got 'em. Done deal. With LG's G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, smartphones have cleared that hurdle. What's next promises to be a bit more interesting, though, as we look forward to the day when phones will not just be curved, but foldable, with displays that can take a bend and keep right on working. Samsung and LG are both working on improving their flexible OLED offerings in the hopes we'll get there one day, but at the recent Society for Display Information conference we learned about a new player showing off its own folding screens, as Nokia demoed a couple models. ...

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    So far, interacting with your smartphone by waving around your hands in the air hasn't really caught on as a killer feature. Samsung's been doing it for a while now, but not in a way that has found much acclaim. And Amazon appears to be considering sometime very similar for its own smartphone, expected to launch in just a couple weeks. We've also heard talk about Nokia's interest in this kind of tech, with rumors that a phone codenamed Goldfinger could introduce us to the company's 3D Touch system. Goldfinger itself may never see the light of day, but upcoming devices are still tipped to ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    We regularly find ourselves faced with a long list of new Nokia smartphone codenames. Some of those end up developing into the Lumia handsets we ultimately see released, and some of them we never end up hearing again. Today, @evleaks shares some of what he's learned about Nokia's potential plans all the way out into 2015, brings back a few familiar codenames, and introduces us to some all-new ones. He starts us off with some updates on properly numbered Lumia models, like talking about how the Lumia 635 is still on-track for a US release in July (if not sooner), although Sprint's version ...

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    Just a few hours back we shared with you the latest info to help give us a sense for when to expect Windows Phone 8.1 updates to begin arriving for existing WP8 phones, with chatter out of Australia suggesting that things could get underway as soon as later this month. While we weren't 100% confident with just how reliable that news might be, it's still something we're quite interested in, as despite ongoing availability of the 8.1 Preview for Developers, Microsoft has yet to announce any hard dates for when 8.1 OTA updates might come to current phones. You know what they say about ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 635 may not be the flagship that its size points it out to be, but then again, there is also a market for those that want a decent-sized phone with an enticing price tag. After its recent announcement and launch in certain countries abroad, we're still waiting for it to reach US shores, and obviously there are steps in that process, which have already begun. The Nokia Lumia 635 has just stopped by the FCC, and judging by its frequency support of bands AWS 1700/2100 MHz and LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17, this is clearly the same device to support both AT&T and T-Mobile. ...

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    What, oh what can we expect from the Lumia 530? The phone first came to our attention a little over two months ago, as little more than a name. We made the obvious assumptions about another high-value, budget priced model like the 520 or 525, but really had very little to go on. Then just last week we started hearing about some carrier interest, with word that T-Mobile might give the handset a home, but once again we were at a loss for specifics. We've still got a long way to go before we fully understand what to expect from the 530, but a new leak gives us a starting point, appearing to ...

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    We all know the Nokia Lumia 930 as the international variant of our much-acclaimed Nokia Lumia Icon. We also know that this device isn't really available yet, as we should see its international launch very soon. What's interesting though, is that even though this is the latest and greatest Windows Phone in the market at the moment, it seems to also be ready for a price-cut before its official launch. Rumors say that the Lumia 930 will see a price drop from the €579 pre-order price that's currently available, to just €499, which is quite significant for a smartphone of its class. At the ...

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    If there's one thing we like more than great smartphones, it's a great smartphone that's also a fantastic value. Early last year, Nokia brought us the Lumia 520, which we've seen sell for as low as $45. Then in the fall we got the 525 (above), which followed closely in the 520's shoes while delivering some much appreciated updates, like a doubling of the handset's RAM. Problem is, the 525 hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as the 520; will a new model ever arrive with the same global appeal of the 520? Rumors from a couple months back talked about a possible Lumia 530, and while details were ...

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    They're not just summoned from whole cloth, and not everyone can afford the Vienna Boys Choir, so where do ringtones come from? A great many artists and musicians, actually, and we talk to a particularly talented one on today's podcast. Ali Spagnola joins us in the feature segment to share tales of music making, drinking games, and just how one gets banned from Michigan – and on the way we learn exactly how a pair of ringtones called "Radiation" and "Robots for Everyone" found themselves on millions of smartphones the world over. Before that, Adam Z. Lein stops by to tell us all about ...

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