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    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphone numbers for the three months ending March 2016 are in, and it’s the same old story over again. Android keeps surging, Windows Phone moves one step closer to obsolescence, while iOS posts more worrying losses. Wait, that’s not exactly what Apple came to expect from a timeframe in which the latest iPhone release wasn’t quite out-of-date. But after underwhelming holiday sales, and a recent financial report causing panic among investors, we’re not at all shocked to hear the global mobile OS duopoly is slowly heading towards a monopoly. ...

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    We're in the age of big data breaches and we're used to them. Target, T-Mobile and now, a bunch of email accounts. A Russian hacker was said to have been able to rack up the names and credentials of more than 272 million email accounts and would be willing to give it all away to those wanted them for just 50 roubles. That's about $1. Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, informed Reuters about the trove. He said that the hacker was prepared to give away a far bigger cache of 1.17 billion credentials. But of the 272 million that Holden was able to ...

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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers that seem to only want to be recognized as industry pioneers when wrist-worn gadgets finally take off, and possibly even more fitness specialists that have trouble finding the right advertising angle for their often too simplistic products. Let’s not forget about luxury ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    If you thought the three months leading up to January were bad for iOS and the mobile iteration of Windows, as Android smartphones copiously dominated holiday sales in all key global markets, wait until you check out Kantar Worldpanel’s December – February numbers. Even with many Android power users on standby for Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10 launches, the world-dominant platform managed to consolidate and improve its supremacy from Paris to Berlin and Beijing to New York. Stateside, the gap between the gold and silver medalists surged from less than 17 percent in the 90-day timeframe ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is far and away the most immature of the major operating systems on the market so far. The many and the proud devices that were able to make the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to W10M have been made familiar with its quirks. And its bugs. Those who don't appreciate bootloops as well as the loss of the Lumia Camera app, good news: Microsoft has now decided that those phones will be able to keep their original recovery images so that users who aren't enjoying Windows 10 Mobile can back out and return to WP8.1. Those looking to roll back to an earlier W10M build will need to ...

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    A lot of time, effort, money, and energy goes into phone design. These things are tortured and tested for months before being released to consumers. Yet for all that examination, why do we still face the tyranny of having buttons on BOTH sides of our phones? At this point we're likely already receiving angry comments from people, but aside from the satirical tone of that last sentence, there are a couple reasons why a person might enjoy moving controls to only one side of a device. We've all seen infomercials where people seem to have forgotten how their hands work, but there could be an ...

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    While it’s certainly nice to see more than a dozen devices confirmed for Windows 10 Mobile updates, many of which are getting the sweet software goodie packs as we speak, we can’t overlook the fact Microsoft over-promised and under-delivered in terms of both ETAs and hardware requirements. Sure, all’s well that ends well, but what about Lumia 1020 and 1320 owners? As it turns out, there may simply not be enough of those to justify the effort put into optimizing the new OS for ancient Snapdragon S4 Plus processors. Otherwise, how do you explain that, despite these shocking omissions ...

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    If Apple’s recent tussle with the FBI, US Department of Justice and other government organizations has made you more aware of mobile security, everyone’s go-to freemium password management service developer comes bearing good news today. Seeing as how over 90 percent of Android phones in use worldwide forgo basic encryption features, it’s always a good idea to add an extra layer of protection in case anyone cracks your various access passcodes to the device itself, email clients, financial apps and so on. Even on iOS, two-step verification is a safe measure of combatting privacy ...

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    We pulled off a couple of maps apps comparisons last year, one of them was between Google Maps and HERE Maps. In a world where the best option for Windows Phone and Windows 10 users was HERE Maps, it sure was a great option for them. But, as the service announced yesterday, it won't be anymore. So, what's up now? How will Microsoft fill the hole, seeing as its own Maps client has been sorely lacking? A Redditor took to /r/windowsphone with a list of wants including a directional pointer for your triangulated location, searching for en route attractions and better lane notifications. ...

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    Well, that sure didn’t take long. It was only a month ago that the first rumors of Microsoft’s interest in snagging Swiftkey emerged, with Redmond confirming the story mere hours after it broke, and already, the acquisition is completed. The mutually beneficial news was unveiled with surprisingly little fanfare by MS Executive Vice President Harry Shum on Twitter, and the financial details remain under wraps. Officially, that is, because off the record, we’ve heard Satya Nadella & co. were prepared to pay around $250 million for a company founded in 2008 and headquartered in ...

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    If you're not young nor a well-to-do hipster nor very eager to delve into your personal feelings, cute animal photos, thought experiment escalations to the nth degree and GIFs of attractive men taking showers while being captioned saying something they're not actually saying ... you're probably not on Tumblr. That said, for the few who fall in the Venn Diagram between "those on Tumblr" and "those on Windows Phone," the news that Tumblr has withdrawn its Window Phone app from the Windows Store is not good. One of the social media platform's support team members responded to Sabri Yuga ...

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    The latest global smartphone sales numbers are in, and according to market research firm Gartner, you can forget about Windows posing any sort of threat for the Android – iOS duopoly. Not this century, based on how things are going, with only 4 million Microsoft-endorsed handhelds shipped to end users between October and December 2015, tallying a lousy 1.1 percent share of the total. Needless to highlight BlackBerry OS did even worse at the worldwide box-office, falling below the one-million sales mark, as was the case for “other” platforms. Meanwhile, Android rose from 279 million ...

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    In any industry, you will generally find three competing standards that stand out above the rest of the field. Look no further than Windows, Mac, and Linux. That’s just one example, but there is a certain beauty to this rule of three that one must appreciate. Unless one is not an Android or iOS fan, then this rule starts to look a little crappy. There has been a long, drawn out battle to win that third spot in the hearts, minds, and pockets of the phone-buying public, but Microsoft has thus far failed to take a stranglehold on that third spot despite it being in arguably the best shape ...

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    Microsoft doesn’t seem to care too much about the year’s fast-approaching biggest celebration of love, but it’s not going to let George Washington’s birthday go unnoticed, offering a slew of Presidents Day discounts on some of the company’s hottest gadgets. Through February 20, the Microsoft Band 2 will again be available at $200 a pop stateside, in your choice of sizes, 50 bucks being taken off the cross-platform wearable’s list price for the first time in a couple of months. In addition to working with Windows Phones, Androids and iOS devices, the smart band stands out with ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    We’ve all been there. Whether it’s working for a tech giant in a low-level customer support position, getting through college with the aid of a cashier gig at a fast food chain, or signing an exclusive endorsement contract as a professional athlete, the temptation to try out the forbidden fruit often gets the best of us. But the head of the team building the phone, tablet and PC versions of Windows is obviously under far greater scrutiny than just any McDonald’s employee who likes to eat at KFC in their lunch break, or even a famous person paid to advertise some gadget and favoring ...

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    Typically, when a product or service reaches the dizzy popularity heights of WhatsApp, its creators and overseers start thinking of new ways to make money. But Mark Zuckerberg is taking the literally opposite approach for the evolution of the mobile cross-platform instant messaging client, ditching subscription fees just as WhatsApp exceeded 900 million active user accounts. The app’s seemingly insignificant $0.99 yearly charge was its only direct means of income, so naturally, you must be wondering whether intrusive third-party ads are in store. Fortunately, the answer is a definite no, ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    It’s safe to say things aren’t running very smoothly in Redmond’s software labs at the moment, with server bugs temporarily halting the latest Windows 10 Mobile update for the Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550, and the OS clearly not deemed stable enough to roll out to older phones until sometime next year. Worse yet, a mystery glitch seems to have crashed the whole in-app purchase system across all recent Windows flavors for both mobile devices and PCs, and given Microsoft’s ominous silence on the matter, we can only assume no one really knows what caused the breakdown or when and how it ...

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    It’s no big secret Samsung continues to dominate global smartphone sales despite recent profit dips, and Apple follows in second as far as shipments go, with the lion’s share of net financial gains. Meanwhile, Huawei has reportedly consolidated its last spot on the podium even before the Nexus 6P launched, and according to Digitimes Research, Lenovo and LG wrapped up the top five between July and September. Typically, that’s where most quarterly market reports end, only some occasionally going until the tenth position. But things often get mighty interesting as you descend down the ...

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    A decades-old rule of journalism says never to end a news headline in a question mark. But the latest scoop on Microsoft’s prospective Windows 10 Mobile growth plans is too puzzling to provide any sort of guarantees, yet too juicy to be altogether ignored. What comes after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL? A pair of 960 flagships with Snapdragon 820 processing power seems like the safest bet, though a business-oriented Surface Phone is also a possibility. How about a hero device from a third-party manufacturer? Now that would be a major shocker, as well as a clear sign the Android/iOS platform ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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