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    Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer's the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer's corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft's financial reporting practices. Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company's cloud business to $20 billion by 2018. Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales for its hardware and cloud operations — ...

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    Are we ready to hype solidified vaporware just yet? Nope. The Nokia C1 seems to be going through developmental purgatory before our very eyes will rumors, renders and redos from the community that has wanted to see the Finnish property proud again. Eventually, we thought, it'd have to turn up something worth showing off to the public. Supposedly, that was not the C1. The source, which also gave up renders of the C1 running Windows 10 Mobile, said that four (that is, two OS by two size) variants that were being worked on got canceled in favor of a more cutting-edge device. What did Nokia ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    We're thankful that we can use that header image unironically. And while we're also thankful that The Simpsons are still around, Matt Groening's other animated series that's been cancelled long ago  (then raised from the dead and then put to sleep again) still has a cult following that's been in want of something more. And while streaming video is all the rage, if you're going to write a new storyline, why not put in gameplay mechanics as well? It's part of the reason why 20th Century Fox has tapped Berlin-based Wooga to develop "FUTURAMA: Game of Drones," a mobile game revolving around ...

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    This year's Build was centered around the Windows 10 experience. Yes, apps are pretty important to that experience. Developers were told that if they weren't on the boat already, they could jump on with ease with the announcement of porting and emulation bridging of iOS and Android with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The iOS trail was dubbed Project Islandwood while Android emulation went under Project Astoria. Unfortunately, the latter effort seems to have been stopped "indefinitely," according to multiple insider sources. Microsoft has not communicated anything, even to privileged ...

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    Microsoft stumbled and gave way to Apple by killing off the so-called McLaren smartphone late last year. Within the supposed Lumia 1030's development pool sat a "Mixview" feature that was carried over from the Zune platform: it was a pictorial explosion of related data that would get triggered from a right-click, long tap or maybe even a hard tap of a Live Tile. Ironically, the term used to describe its implementation in Windows 10 Mobile was "3D Touch." Developers got news last month that they could implant tasks into the Jump List — the right-click menu — of their app's Live Tile on ...

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    How many times have you looked at an app and thought, “I could have come up with that?” Or how often have you found yourself frustrated with an inability to track down an app you really need, but no one seems to have released anything along those lines yet? Still, going from a curiosity in app development to actually producing anything sounds like a daunting proposition, and one with a steep learning curve. Is there any way to ease yourself into the world of mobile software? We've already seen efforts like the Windows Phone app studio aimed at lowering the bar for what it takes to get ...

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    Smartphones without apps aren't very "smart". Unfortunately apps and smartphones fall victim to the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum: which came first? Without apps, a platform isn't very appealing and won't be picked by many users. Without a lot of users on a given platform app developers won't devote much (if any) time to writing apps for said platform. Microsoft found themselves in exactly this situation when they abandoned Windows Mobile in lieu of Windows Phone -- and went from a bunch of apps to none overnight. Despite Windows Phone (arguably) being one of the easiest platforms ...

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