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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    We rounded-out last week by hearing some rumors about upcoming Microsoft Lumia hardware, describing a pair of seriously high-end-sounding Lumia handsets, outfitted with quad HD displays, 3GB of RAM, and all the latest silicon. These two phones, codenamed Cityman and Talkman, sounded pretty incredible, but was there even a remote shot that these guys were real, and we'd actually see them launch this fall? Well, we're still a ways off from formal confirmation, but a new source is now speaking up about these rumors, confirming some details and adding a new twist to what we've heard. The Verge ...

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    It's been a long time since we got some special Adobe Camera Raw color profiles for the Lumia 1020 and 1520. That was great for the RAW DNG photographers out there, but what we really need are some lens correction profiles. That never happened, so I decided to make my own geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting fall off models to use with my Nokia Lumia 1020 and its awesome 41 megapixel camera. Of course, you can do it with whatever camera you want, too. First off, Adobe already makes a bunch of lens correction profiles for a large variety of popular DSLR camera and lens ...

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    In the smartphone world, a five-inch display is a pretty sizable canvas … but what if you could add, say, 30 inches to that? That's the question the Microsoft HD-10 was built to answer, and we're taking a demo unit for a spin in today's video! The Microsoft HD-10 is an unassuming hockey puck of a device, a plastic pancake with two cable ports and precious little else to make it stand out. That means it blends right in with the Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire Stick, or whatever else you've got tethered to your television ... while leaving the real up-close-and-personal connectivity matters ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Microsoft's Lumia Denim is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone updates since the inception of the operating system. On its own, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 does a good enough job at setting Microsoft's mobile operating system on par with competition, but Lumia Denim takes a couple of steps further in differentiating Microsoft's hardware from even other Windows Phones. The list of updates that come with Lumia Denim is quite significant, but Microsoft felt the camera enhancements alone were important enough to give us a tour during our stay in Las Vegas for CES 2015. Our ...

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    Microsoft is famous for being the king of enterprise, but the exception to that rule comes in the form of smartphones. The company has lost a ton of corporate customers to Apple and Google, mainly because of how long its taken the company to adopt corporate basics like VPN support on its Windows Phones. All those problems are solved now with Windows Phone 8.1, and it seems the company is about to land a big fish. Reports claim that BMW is about to make a dramatic overhaul to the smartphones that its employees use, and it seems that the company will go from the vintage Nokia Symbian ...

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    One of our biggest concerns this year, is that even though Windows Phone 8.1 is the most mature version of Windows Phone ever, there is very little hardware to showcase it. Surely Microsoft has been busy acquiring Nokia's mobile division, and we can see that in how long it took the company to produce the first phone. The good thing is that credible sources claim this is about to change, and in decent quantities. AdDuplex is about to announce its official numbers for how Windows Phone has performed lately, but the company has decided to give us a few teasers before the announcement. The ...

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    Microsoft told us on October 24 that we can, depending on what you feel, say goodbye to the Nokia Lumia, or be excited about the Microsoft Lumia, as the Redmond-based company is going through with its rebranding process of the (now Microsoft-owned) Finnish manufacturer's Windows Phone line-up. With the same occasion, we were given hints that a smartphone is in the works, and on its way, and today, we're getting solid confirmation. Behind the hashtag #MoreLumia lies a genuine teaser up on Nokia Conversations page. You're invited to "come back on November 11, to find out more!", and that's ...

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    It's been long rumored that the Nokia name wouldn't be lasting much longer, and today that has been confirmed with word straight from the horse's mouth. Officially, the name of the Windows Phone we've all come to know and love has been changed from the Nokia Lumia branding to a fresher Microsoft Lumia branding, reflecting the new ownership of the company. The websites and social media accounts associated with Microsoft Lumia will be overhauled and changed to reflect the new naming over the next few days, and the change across all web properties is expected to be swift. As far as when we ...

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    Microsoft leaked recently that it would be dropping the Nokia branding from its products along with Windows Phone. Instead, we’d be treated with Lumia phones running Windows. This doesn’t really sound like a big deal on the face of it, but it’s worth mentioning that perhaps Microsoft is being a little hasty. Personally, I think both of these moves make perfect sense. Microsoft is not, in fact, Nokia. Nokia as a company still exists. They’re the one’s making Android launchers for…whatever reason. But it’s also the force behind Here Maps, which is pretty darn nice navigation ...

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    Like it or not, Microsoft is up to a ton of changes. At the moment we're having a hard time trying to call out on the ones that have been popular, but change usually comes with that. Microsoft is in desperate need of reinvention at times when tech startups have proven to show more mindshare than Microsoft's products, and it seems that this is going to start with Windows Phone. Yes, we know, Windows Phone as a brand is pretty much dead according to some recent information revealed. Nokia as a brand for mobile devices is also dead, and everything points to Microsoft and Lumia being the new ...

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    Contrary to what others in the industry (and even others on the Pocketnow team) may say, the Nokia X was a great little phone. It felt durable, performed well, and once you got rid of that custom launcher and put the Play Store and the Google Now launcher on it, it was a neat little piece of hardware that I thoroughly enjoyed using as my daily driver -- albeit for too short a time. Sure, those aren't things that most people will do, but the fact that you could was what made it remarkable. Yes, we all hated the launcher. Yes, we all hated the singular "back" button, too. But the concept -- ...

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    Last week, I speculated that, by some fairly reasonable logic, a high-end, Nokia-built Android smartphone could still one day exist, that the Nokia Devices & Services unit being swept up by Microsoft didn't completely kill the dream phone many have begged for since Nokia dove headfirst into the smartphone market. How is that possible? Why wouldn't Microsoft quickly put an end to anything Nokia-made that wasn't Windows-powered? The thing is, we figured Microsoft would completely kill the Nokia X phones once the acquisition was completed. However, that was not the case and instead, ...

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    Ever since the very first Lumia devices from Nokia, everyone wondered what would happen if these Nokia smartphones ran Android. A Lumia running Android was even more wished for once the Lumia 1020 landed, making everyone wonder how a great camera would do on the market if it was powered by Android, and build by Nokia. Fast forward to today, and we've got a pretty interesting leak (or prediction) from @evleaks. According to the latest bits, a Lumia running Android is incoming, made by "Nokia by Microsoft". This is a great tease for many out there, but unfortunately, it will stay that way ...

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    With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's mobile division, we wonder what new innovations we might see in Lumia smartphones going forward. Nokia Lumia devices have been well praised for the image quality their cameras can produce, and with devices like the Lumia 1020, we know both companies are just scratching the surface. Still, to cross from smartphone camera quality to other categories, there are other experts in the matter, like Canon for example, and yes there are patents in between. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with Canon. The specifics of this ...

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    Microsoft Mobile, since hey, we can't really call it Nokia any more, is still hard at work with its transition to Redmond. Still the division is hard at work in making its Nokia offering something that speaks more of Windows Phone, and not necessarily the Nokia branding as a separate entity. Some updates that were pushed today could prove that there is more work happening in this effort, though we can't deny that it is confusing. Microsoft Mobile has just pushed updates to a lot of services that are dug within "Settings" on Windows Phone devices. Obviously this is exclusive to Lumia ...

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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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    Last week, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's devices and services unit was finalized. That means one very important thing: Nokia- and Lumia-branded smartphones will soon come to an end. Microsoft did not purchase Nokia in full, but rather just the devices and services part of the business. Nokia will continue to exist as a separate entity, continuing in three core areas: NSN, its HERE mapping service, and Advanced Technologies. The Nokia name will live on, but Microsoft has no plans to continue licensing the Nokia brand in the future – it only has rights to the name for a short time. As ...

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    Nokia has already sent-out press invitations for its launch of the future of its Lumia line-up. These would be the first Nokia Lumia smartphones that are pushed to launch from the Microsoft leadership, and given the fact that Microsoft is a software company first, we wonder how this mix will help Nokia differentiate its Windows Phones going forward. Historically Nokia has done the best job in this department, and we get new rumors today about what to expect. If you remember, the previous Nokia updates were dubbed "Amber" and "Black". Rumors have Nokia calling its next firmware "Blue", ...

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    Yes, we know this title is like saying that Apple's App Store is now available to Windows Phone customers, but it's actually a different scenario. Nokia has been famous for its optical image stabilization on smartphone cameras since the Lumia 920. We've tested it against every other smartphone you can think of, and there's no denying that Nokia is superior, or at least was, according to some news. It turns out that what Nokia had was an exclusive deal to the ST Microelectronics L2G2IS two-axis gyro, which allowed movement compensation of up to 500 times per second, and that was built-in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our coverage of Jolla's first smartphone, and what we should expect from it in the weeks to come. We later talk about Samsung's plans for Tizen, which are closer than you might think. Then we cover some positive news on the wooden Moto X, aside from a new Moto Maker strategy in January. Then we cover Nokia's plans for future Lumia smartphones, aside from the Black update to the Lumia 1020. We end today's show talking about the CyanogenMod expansion to greener pastures. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Unboxing the Jolla phone: ...

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    When the Nexus 5 debuted just scant weeks ago it raised quite a few eyebrows. Here we had some high end hardware for a budget price. It was borderline scandalous. Everyone in the tech community wanted one, or two. They went on sale, they sold out, they went on sale again. There was clamoring – actual clamoring – for this phone. I admit, I also got caught up in the moment. Technically, I guess I still am since I plan to get a Nexus 5 in the not-too-distant future. But this last weekend, something occurred to me. Offering a high end, almost flagship phone for a low price is something ...

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    I wrote recently that Microsoft would be wise to focus on low-end smartphones, but to not neglect flagship devices. The reasons are many, and laid out in the other article, but since I opined so profusely on “do this, don't do that” (can't you read the sign?), we thought it wise to examine the proper ratio of flagships-to-lower-end devices. It's not an easy question to answer as most OEMs seem to have their own answer to that question. Of course, one needs to define the concept of the “flagship” versus other offerings. Is a flagship phone the absolute pinnacle of technology? Is ...

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