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    As much as we struggle to keep BlackBerry alive in our feeds, the company isn't doing the best job in helping us reach that goal. BlackBerry is more of an uncertainty than it is the aspiring line of products that most of us drooled for in the past. That said, BBM has been doing a decent job in gaining some cross-platform glory, and the next frontier is Windows Phone. The company recently launched BBM beta for Windows Phone devices, but as a closed beta for only a few. Today BlackBerry has launched BBM as a public beta for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the list of ...

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    The great thing about today's approach to mobile voice assistants is that the service lies in the cloud, and as such, can be updated periodically with more features. We've seen both Google and Apple be quite aggressive with the updates they've provided to Google Voice Search and Siri respectively, and now Microsoft takes an extra step. The company has just launched new updates to Cortana, and if you haven't noticed, here are a few new tricks. You can now ask Cortana how old Bill Gates is, and the service will respond verbally, something that has made Google's Voice Search famous for years. ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has proven to be as cool as it is odd. We do praise everything we've seen in our extensive review coverage, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has only launched a few devices running it. If you're wondering when we'll see some dedicated Windows Phone 8.1 hardware, the answer could be just around the corner. Sources close to Microsoft mention that Stephen Elop showed off two devices in an internal company meeting last week. The first of the two is apparently codename "Superman," and according to the source, is Microsoft's selfie phone ...

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    It's hard to imagine somebody willing to switch from one smartphone platform to another just because of the exiting features of a voice assistant, especially because either of these can evolve over time. Siri was much less capable than it is today, and the same can be said about Google's Voice Search, but Microsoft seems to believe that Cortana is mature enough to make you want to switch in its new ad. Microsoft's "Siri vs. Cortana - Happy Anniversary" commercial shows us some of the neat tricks that Cortana can do, that you currently can't with Siri. Having Cortana remind you to do ...

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    Don't say we didn't warn you, as we knew the Nokia X wouldn't last long under Microsoft's wing. We spent the last couple of years dreaming of a Nokia Android phone, but the thought of a low-end Nokia device running a forked version of Android was not the idea. Microsoft has sadly decided to kill the project after less than six months, but at least we've found some good news for those of you who believed. Today we learn that the software updates that were exclusive to the Nokia X2 will reach the legacy Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL. The updates are quite significant from a usability ...

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    Memos have been flying around like crazy over at Microsoft. Satya Nadella and Stephen "Hello there" Elop have been trying to synergize with their employees to maximize efficiency and leverage...whatever. It’s like a Weird Al song over there. Recently, Elop made it clear in no uncertain terms that Nokia's devices and services division, now living under the Microsoft umbrella is no longer in the Android phone making business. Of course anyone who has even tangentially been paying attention to the smartphone landscape over the past few years should have seen this coming, but it does beg the ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    As with the Lumia 520, Nokia is trying to prove something with the announcement of its successor, the Lumia 530. This isn't just your average budget phone, but also a very powerful budget phone that fits perfectly in the hands of those that have never owned a smartphone, and that would like to start conservatively. Still, that doesn't change the fact that Nokia isn't the only company after this demographic, and with competing devices like the Moto G, Nokia has decided to launch a new campaign to help you decide which is better. In the following videos you'll notice how Microsoft's new ...

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    Back in the Windows Mobile 6.x days, there was an app and service called MyPhone that Microsoft made so that you could back up content to the Windows Mobile MyPhone cloud website. It saved all of your text messages to the cloud and you could log into the MyPhone website and see them all there. This was great if you wanted to archive, record, or print some communications to show to the lawyers for example. Even before that, there was a 3rd party program for the Windows desktop called Jeyo Mobile Companion which would connect to your Windows Mobile device via the USB cable and load all the ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 530 has been on our radar for the last couple of weeks. Surely it's not the next Lumia flagship that many of us would dream about, but after the success of the Lumia 520 last year, it's clear that a lot of people are looking forward to a well-priced and decent Windows Phone experience. If you're holding off to see what the Lumia 530 is all about, new leaks show us everything we want to know about it. Vietnamese web shop Mainguyen is famous for posting information on upcoming smartphones and getting the spec information right. On a new listing for the Lumia 530, we do see ...

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    The new CEO of Microsoft's new mantra for the direction of the software giant is "mobile-first and cloud-first". At Pocketnow, we're interested in the mobile-first stuff. To me, that would mean Microsoft intends to put a lot more effort into making their Windows Phone and Windows tablet operating systems and devices much better than anything else out there.  I'd expect to see better hardware, a wider variety of hardware, better battery life, better games, more frequent new games, a better music experience, an awesome version of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, and tighter ...

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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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    Microsoft's launch of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 has been met with much praise. Surely this is the first version of Cortana that many of you are experiencing, but in no way can this service be considered as a lesser product than the more mature services we find on iOS and Android. Still, the biggest problem with Cortana is that it's currently only available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US, or at least was the problem, as it's about to change. Cortana's program manager Marcus Ash has just tweeted about the future of Cortana outside the US. He claims that unless something comes up, ...

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    July 22 is going to be a very, very big day in Microsoft. Or it'll be more of the same. Satya Nadella's original open letter on July 10 to his employees seemed to suggest a lot of changes being made, requiring almost two weeks to “meet with senior management” to iron out all the details of what exactly is going to happen. Here's the thing about corporations – they tend to not announce that they're meeting with senior management if everything is status quo. So Microsoft may be getting a face lift and what will be left after that face lift is complete has some of us wondering – ...

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    AT&T remains one of the best carriers to be with if you want to get your hands all over the newest phones to hit the market. Apart from the Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, the carrier has just net itself two new phones, announcing Nokia Lumia 635 and HTC Desire 610 availability on its network. The Lumia 635, which just showed up on the doorsteps of rival carrier T-Mobile, packs a 4.5-inch 480x854 display and Windows Phone 8.1. It will be available on AT&T GoPhone on July 25, and will later make its way over to AT&T online and in retail stores on August 8. The GoPhone pricing is ...

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