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    Ever since Microsoft released Cortana a few months ago, the voice assistant has almost always been on the front lines when it comes to witty and seasonally-appropriate replies thanks to the dedication of the Microsoft team in Redmond. Today that continues, with Cortana Christmas updates adding a few new neat tricks. Let's have a look, shall we? There are many queries which receive the themed responses from Cortana. For example, trying asking the assistant "Where is Santa?" and she might respond with "Santa could be enjoying some of Mrs. Claus's baked cookies." Ask her to sing you a ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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    There you have it, the first Microsoft Lumia announcement. Microsoft's Devices and Services Group has announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM, two affordable new midrange smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Get the scoop on them. There's a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera (selfies, anyone?), and a 5-inch qHD display. There's access to all of Microsoft's newest services, like Skype and OneDrive – 15GB free storage included with the latter – and there's a full installation of Windows Phone 8.1's Denim update. Notice all the 5s? Jo Harlow of Microsoft says that ...

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    The state of wearables is clearly going through experimentation, up to the point where even dictionaries struggle with the word “wearable.” Try a web search of any smartphone from back in 2006, and you’ll notice the same thing happened with smartphones, even up to the name “smart phone.” Today they’re almost entirely a slate of touch-sensitive glass, but eight years ago, you could see the oddest of form factors, from dual-sliding keyboards, to the unpopular backflip. What’s interesting is that the simplest of form factors became the predominant design, and the rest has become ...

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    Microsoft surprised us all a bit by going official with its Band fitness tracker on Thursday, but we've now got one in hand and are ready to share with you the unboxing experience and our first impressions on the hardware, and Microsoft Health as well. To get a proper look at the Microsoft Band unboxing experience, you know where to go – but let's talk launch-day promotions. By paying the $199 for the Band, you'll also get a $5 Starbucks gift card (as part of the Starbucks/Microsoft Health partnership), and one free month of RunKeeper Elite, both things that can help you immediately ...

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    It seems this is the year wearables finally take flight – Apple has one, Samsung has a bunch, LG has a couple, Pebble has two, Motorola has one, and the list goes on and on. Microsoft has given us a jolt this evening with the unexpected announcement of a new fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, along with a wellness monitoring service dubbed Microsoft Health. The device has ten sensors to measure things such as heart rate and the ultraviolet index, along with stress levels and more. It can also last 48 hours with just one charge. Both of these things haven't quite been matched by ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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    Love it or question it, the Surface Pro 3 is one of the most functional tablets in the market. Surely it's not perfect, but it does provide users with more bang for their buck if you want to avoid the need to purchase a tablet and computer separately. One of its coolest features is its digital pen input, and Microsoft is about to address one of its most requested needs. Some inside sources claim that Microsoft is about to launch a separate application that will give users the option to control the pen pressure sensitivity of the Surface Pro 3. The update will actually turn the control ...

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    Even though tablet sales are stagnant at the moment, we all have the impression that we're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of this technology. Microsoft Research has been doing some amazing working in bringing smart haptic feedback to smartphone and tablet displays in order to give users a sense of texture, but this is just one of many projects. Today we learn of the company's new plans, and if these work, they're on to something big for professionals. Microsoft Research has just demoed a new transparent smart cover that we can really call "smart." ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    Microsoft has gained some decent fame with its launch of the Surface Pro 3. Surely it still hasn't proven that this tablet is attractive enough to replace the computers and tablets of most of the market, but we do praise the company for doing one of the best jobs we've seen. Still, nothing is perfect with these products on the first couple of rounds, and it seems the Surface Pro 3 has some unhappy customers. Many owners of the Surface Pro 3 in its Core i7 variant have been complaining on the web about the device overheating. Such is the problem that some have even experienced the tablet ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fun trying to sell its Windows RT variant of the Surface. We've already discussed how this has nothing to do with the hardware, but really with Windows RT, though there are a few here and there that find the experience to be just fine. If you're in the market for a tablet that runs something that looks and feels like Windows, and your demand isn't for some top-notch professional apps, Microsoft might have just cut you a deal. Microsoft has just slashed $100 off its Surface 2 models, which would leave the basic Wi-Fi 32GB variant at just $350, then for the 64GB ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily enjoyed much success with the launch of Windows 8, and the same can be said about its spinoff to Windows RT. Windows Phone 8 has seen some moderate success though, but it's clear that the company is desperate for a positive change in its results. For some, the smartest thing to do would be to start over, that's exactly what Microsoft plans to do under Nadella's administration. Sources close to Microsoft claim that the company is preparing to announce its next version of Windows in an event on September 30th. At the moment, both the date and the name for this ...

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    Capacitive displays have become mainstream ever since Apple launched the first-generation iPhone in 2007. Apple did prove a point that having hardware buttons poised a challenge to smartphone makers since you can't really change these buttons when another cool idea emerges years later. Sadly, the biggest challenge with a glass display is that you can't really operate it without looking at it, so things like gaming can leave you with a cumbersome experience; something that Microsoft wants to fix. Microsoft Research is currently working on a new technology that brings haptic feedback to ...

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