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    Microsoft has recently cranked the anti-Apple advertising rhetoric back up, although not in a particularly convincing fashion, likely looking to keep last year’s Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book convertible PCs in the limelight for a few months longer, as major hardware revisions could still take a while. Discounts on both the super-high-end 13.5-inch laptop and slightly less impressive 12.3-inch tablet are of course nothing new, but a couple of configurations have constantly been left out of Redmond’s frequent sales events. Not today, at least as far as the humblest Microsoft Surface ...

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    The Elite x3's initial rush to market has HP reeling the Windows 10 Mobile phone back just a bit. While the US is seeing some sales action going on, some Microsoft Stores are holding back. In particular, there's one in Virginia that won't sell the high-power, business-focused device until mid-October. Windows Central was notified that a tipster got word "that the Elite x3 cannot be sold until October 11th." Inventory is in stock rooms, but the main roadblock happens to be camera issues that HP is trying to fix. The Microsoft Store websites for the US and Canada have listed the phone for ...

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    If you aren't entirely invested in running windowed Android apps with Remix OS on Windows, you can have your Windows and eat your Android at the same time with the Remix OS Player. The team behind that interface (and devices running it) have made a virtual Android device that can be tailored to run on up to 3GB of RAM or as little as 512MB. The Remix layout is pasted on top of Android Marshmallow, but we guess the best explanation for this is to say that this is what Chrome OS wants to be as it begins to integrate Android apps into some Chromebooks. The usage paradigm between Windows and ...

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    With the iPhone 7 and LG V20 unveiled on the heels of IFA 2016, all this talk about exploding Galaxy Note 7s, Core Primes and even S7s, plus growing speculation of two impressive Google Pixel handhelds coming soon, it might feel like we’ve shrugged off some cool new gadgets recently showcased in Berlin a little too quickly. Case in point, the convertible but non-detachable Lenovo Yoga Book with Windows 10 Pro or Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This isn’t exactly a Surface Pro 4 or iPad Pro killer, packing just an Intel Atom x5 processor, and settling for a relatively small, low-res 10.1-inch ...

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    The uncertainty around Microsoft’s troubled Lumia smartphone family, as well as the Windows Mobile ecosystem on the whole (or whatever’s left of it), deepens, with 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL stock reportedly on the verge of worldwide depletion, production likely halted, and upgrades nowhere on the horizon. That’s right, it appears the just-rumored December termination date may have been a tad optimistic, since we’re now hearing that over on British shores Redmond can no longer hook up Lumia 950 XL buyers with replacement devices for faulty original copies. Credible sources suggest ...

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    While Microsoft was arguably right to mock arch-rival Apple in a hilarious side-by-side comparison of the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro after the latter got billed as a “computer like no other” in a random, ill-advised advert, it didn’t take long for the jokes to get old and misfire. Sometimes, you have to know when to stop, but instead of calling it quits a couple of weeks back, Redmond quickly put together yet another short clip disparaging the MacBook Air. Not the iPad Pro tablet, the MacBook Air laptop. Quite the controversial apples and oranges comparison, which MS was able to get ...

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    No, one of the world's largest online dating services is not pulling the plug on its Windows 10 Mobile app... apparently. Badoo, one of the more progressive services which has had a Windows 10 Mobile app out for a bit, decided to withdraw the app from the Windows Store sometime this weekend. WindowsPhoneApps.es inquired to the company about the move and got back this response: Hello, Thanks for your email. Unfortunately Badoo is no longer compatible with your terminal. We launch new features continuously to improve our service, but it seems your phone is no longer able to support them. ...

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    With Samsung, Apple and LG’s big (-gest) fall product announcements now officially in the rearview mirror, what’s there really to look forward to for hardcore tech geeks in the coming months? An October event dedicated to new iPad and Mac gear? Huawei Mate S2 and Mate 9 releases? Crickets. Google may still make a bunch of headlines in under a month by unveiling two Nexus-replacing Pixel phones, an in-house Daydream VR headset, 4K Chromecast, and possibly, a vanilla Android tablet too. Meanwhile, the other prospective late fall showstopper is expected to delay all its important hardware ...

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    Samsung has a vision of a smartphone that primarily runs Android, but can also run Windows 10 Mobile if it wanted to. Yep, no longer just restrained to a tablet that never got released, the chaebol went to Korean patent agency Kipris to have its regulators look over such a phone. [gallery ids="481909,481910,481911"]   A lot of the drawings you see above have to do with the interface of switching between the two operating systems. Again, Samsung puts the burden of host OS with Android and would allow users to swipe into full-screen usage of a Windows 10 interface or press an "app" from ...

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    The worldwide smartphone OS sales numbers for the three-month period ending July 2016 are in, and as always, Android comfortably dominates every single important market, with iOS a distant second across the board, and Windows Phone (or Mobile) plunging further down towards obsolescence. But interestingly enough, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech claims, Apple managed to achieve year-on-year growth in most regions, including the US, EU5, and Australia, despite iPhone 7’s proximity presumably prompting many iFans to hold off for a “major” upgrade. All in all, the iPhone SE no longer looks like ...

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    Acer decided to kick-off IFA 2016 with a bevy of new products. Many of these sadly aren't part of our scope, like in the case of the monstrous 21-inch Predator gaming laptop. Still the case of the Liquid Z6 line-up of smartphones is an exception, a long with something that truly left us wanting to know more. Acer announced a new partnership with companies like IMAX, as it has now launched a new Star VR headset that's capable of making every existing competitor look bad. Learn more in our full hands-on video. Sponsored by XCom Global Coupon code: pocketnow Limited Offer: Only for first 100 ...

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    It’s not hard to explain why the 2-in-1 Lenovo Miix gadget family constantly falls short of the mainstream popularity and media attention given to the extra-versatile, stylish and powerful Yoga lineup, but the latest installment in the former series takes a number of cues from its cousins in order to stand out. And at least on paper, the Lenovo Miix 510 Windows detachable looks elegant, affordable and feature-packed enough to remain in the spotlight long after IFA 2016’s completion. Its “refined design elements” include a dual watchband hinge with “intricately tooled 280 ...

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    While we were obviously hoping for more Acer movement on the pre-IFA smartphone and wearable release front, as well as perhaps concrete details on the StarVR headset’s limited IMAX VR Center commercial debut, we couldn’t remain altogether indifferent to the Taiwanese PC veteran’s crowded new Windows 10 laptop lineup. Especially with the Acer Spin 7, 5, 3 and 1 quartet technically qualifying for the title of convertible tablet/notebook hybrids, “innovative” 360-degree hinges, “multi-usage” portability and all. Granted, the portable angle feels like a tough sell for the most ...

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    Previously unveiled in and for Taiwan, the 2-in-1 Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 Windows PCs, as well as the non-convertible Android-based ZenPad 3S 10, officially spread their wings to European shores today at a pre-IFA Zenvolution event. The tablet trio’s headliner is undoubtedly the 12.6-inch Asus Transformer 3 Pro, billed as “the world’s most versatile PC”, and going straight for Microsoft Surface Pro 4’s jugular (not to mention the larger iPad Pro) with an integrated metal kickstand, backlit Transformer Cover Keyboard, 3K resolution display, Harman Kardon-powered stereo ...

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    Everyone from Oculus to Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and even Xiaomi and Alcatel wants an early piece of the virtual reality hardware profits and brand recognition pie, but Acer is interestingly doing its own thing, partnering with video game development studio Starbreeze and the IMAX Corporation for a unique StarVR commercial run. Instead of offering the powerful, aggressively-designed, high-end PC-compatible head-mounted display directly to consumers, Acer and Starbreeze will first equip the groundbreaking new IMAX VR Center in Los Angeles, scheduled for a highly anticipated opening “later ...

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    It took Microsoft long enough to respond to widespread Surface Pro 3 battery life criticism and acknowledge there was indeed something wrong on the hardware manufacturer and software developer’s end, but once fixing the previously mysterious issues became a “top priority”, identifying the root cause and putting together a patch was a piece of cake. Or so we presume, based on the minimal time needed to roll out a simple firmware update. That’s right, you should be able to iron out all glitches from the comfort of your home, without having to visit a repair shop or ask for a device ...

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    It’s hard to get excited about the Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 expected out at IFA later this week, considering the recent fall of traditional slates, and Samsung’s physical incapacity to substantially upgrade the Tab S2’s specs without greatly impacting retail prices. But a second-generation Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 sounds like an entirely different story, the largely praised original still leaving plenty of room for improvement. The routinely trustworthy folks over at SamMobile can already “confirm” a Galaxy TabPro S2 is scheduled for a commercial debut in the ...

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    “Your key to success.” That cryptic, seemingly innocuous tagline accompanied the most recent Instagram upload of the official Microsoft Surface channel. The actual image posted on the social networking website appeared to show a dark-complexioned section of one of Redmond’s celebrated detachable keyboards, but surprise, surprise, no existing product fits the render 100 percent. Innocent Photoshop goof? We think not, and extremely credible sources confirm the illustration hails from an internal Microsoft “sizzler reel” purportedly containing various Surface Book 2 concepts. It’s ...

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    Apple’s surprising “computer like no other” iPad Pro advert from a few weeks ago seemed ill-advised off the bat on so many levels, sparking an immediate return of snarky Microsoft publicity stunts. But Redmond wasn’t content just knocking down the convertible iOS tablet’s half-baked PC functionality, now arguing its Surface line even “does more” than the most recent MacBook Air installments. And no, we’re not talking about the “ultimate” Surface Book laptop here, but the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 hybrid tab, which holds a clear versatility advantage over its 11 and 13-inch ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    Some believe it’s finally worth buying, others were recently reminded the iPad Pro has nothing on it, while many probably thought about purchasing it, but couldn’t justify the extravagant spending. Well, if you’re part of the latter category, and found the Surface Pro 4 compelling but a little rich for your blood, it might be time to pull the trigger on eBay before it’s too late. The Windows 10-powered 12.3-inch convertible tablet (keyboard dock not included) sets you back $650 in a 128GB i5 configuration, or $895 with the same Intel processor inside, and double the SSD capacity. ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    While HP and Microsoft tried their best to make it clear off the bat that the Elite x3 isn’t meant to put Windows 10 Mobile on the consumer OS map, it’s hard for the masses to not get excited about a phablet so much better than the Lumia 950 XL, at least on paper. Unfortunately, the HP Elite x3 provides features and specs perfect for both business and everyday power users… at a prohibitive price as far as the latter group is concerned. If you perhaps hoped Redmond would steer the ship away from a guaranteed collision at the eleventh hour stateside and up north, we’re sad to report ...

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    This might be a little hard to remember, what with all the recent and semi-recent price cuts and bundle deals on both the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL from the Redmond-based tech giant and various third-party retailers, but the lowest the jumbo-sized variant was ever sold at is $500, display dock included. The manufacturer’s official US e-store has just made the $499 price tag a permanent thing, no longer however throwing in a free Continuum-enabling accessory. Not exactly a steal, considering Windows 10 Mobile’s very slow evolution and deadlocked expansion, as well as ...

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