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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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    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: smartphone cameras are important. People are tossing their point-and-shoots aside in favor of their phones, and for a lot of consumers it’s one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a phone. But in a lot of cases, the cameras in our smartphones are paired with software that doesn’t take full advantage of the sensors. Auto shooting modes are great for quick snaps and selfies, but just as is the case with DSLRs, if you want to get serious about your photos you’re going to want to switch to manual mode. First off, what is ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    With as much of our digital lives conducted from mobile devices as they are, it's been refreshing to see the emphasis that the companies connecting us with online resources have been placing on content that's as useful as it can be for such mobile consumption. Google started marking mobile-optimized search results last year, and back in April we learned that the company would begin prioritizing such listings in searches originating on phones and tablets. Now Microsoft is jumping on board that same bandwagon, and talks today about its own efforts to do something very similar. Like Google, ...

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    Verizon users, have you been feeling a bit of a Windows Phone drought as of late? That's for good reason – no device running the Microsoft OS has been launched in 2015 so far, leaving enthusiasts disheartened and the rest of us a little worried. Fear no longer, though, because Verizon has finally ended that drought today. Say hello to the Verizon LG Lancet, a fairly cheap phone meant as a good, budget-friendly option to bolster the carrier's portfolio. The Lancet is inarguably an entry-level option: its off-contract pricing comes in at just $69, and its outright purchase price is an ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    The field of computing is evolving at a rapid pace. Currently all three major mobile platforms are making noise in a number of different categories. We thought it would be a good time to take a step back and take a look at all three major platforms – Android, Windows, and iOS – and see where each stands not just in the field of mobile, but in computing as a whole. Diversification is key here. Joe Levi already examined the state of Android, so let’s turn our sights over to the state of Windows Phone. Two guys – Bill Gates and Paul Allen - literally working out of a garage in New ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    Every time a new phone comes out, no matter what crazy new features it brings to the table, there are two key factors that ultimately seem to determine its worth to consumers: camera performance and battery life. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a terrific low-cost smartphone that could’ve even beat out some flagships … if not for its disappointing camera. On the other hand, Samsung has been selling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hand over fist for its an outstanding camera … but you won’t be snapping for long with that battery. The Moto X has an incredibly useful software suite … but ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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    We've seen tremendous growth, or should we say miniaturization, when it comes to mobile processors. These are still not on par with their desktop counterparts, but in a way, that's kind of the idea, as mobile phones have much different priorities than computers. We've seen leaked roadmaps of ARM's new processor architecture to come soon, and even MediaTek's roadmap into the 10-core processor, and today we learn more about Qualcomm's plans. Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new Snapdragon 818 processor that has a lot of new tricks up its sleeve. For starters, this new processor will be ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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    There's no shortage of Windows tablets out there, and a ton of companies that make Windows laptops have taken a swing at the tablet form factor, too. But for all the choices available to shoppers, Microsoft's own Surface lineup remains the hardware to beat, and a huge reason why are the smart design decisions the company's made. This week Microsoft shares some of the history that led to that iconic Surface look, sharing the story of early Surface prototypes. As Microsoft's Ralf Groene tells it, the key point at which the Surface we know today first started coming together was the ...

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    Microsoft may not be as popular for its Windows 10 for phones preview as it is for its desktop sibling, but we do see the company hard at work in improving what's to come. We've seen some good leaks of how cool the UI will become in a more mature build, and we've also come across other leaks that show us what we should expect in the next update. We're not sure if Microsoft is going to be able to launch something this week given it’s already Thursday, but these leaks just got awesome. One of Microsoft's crown jewels is Microsoft Office, and more specifically Excel. The company has ...

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    Microsoft has quickly made OneDrive one of its most important projects, devoting various teams to updating it and keeping it feature-packed while still very usable. And it's not done with what it has, either – it has big plans for OneDrive, especially in the integration of various devices, and it's working hard toward that goal. Part of that is building out a universal OneDrive Windows app, and according to a Microsoft roadmap that was on display at Microsoft's Ignite IT conference in Chicago, that is likely coming in the fourth quarter of this year. The roadmap – which is embedded ...

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    If you read my last editorial, in which I criticized smartphone OEMs for no longer braving the market with daring new and crazy form factors like they used to, this might sound familiar to you. Back around the time Android first hit the market, manufacturers were going berserk with all kinds of different designs for what might be the perfect smartphone. Phones like the Kyocera Echo that folded out to reveal a whole second display, or the LG Optimus Vu with a giant 4:3 display … well, those phones were pretty bad. But at least the companies took risks! But one form factor that seemed to ...

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    Even though it's been a while since Microsoft announced the Lumia 735, we haven't really seen the device much in the US. At a time when Microsoft is re-inventing itself and holding off major product launches until it finalizes Windows 10, it would make sense for us not to see new Lumias until later this summer. Still, it seems that Microsoft is splanning to launch something in the mean time, and this time it might be the Lumia 735. Photos of the Lumia 735 have emerged in a confidential FCC filing, and there are some minor differences to the Lumia 735s that we know. Instead of Nokia ...

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    Initially called the Nokia Camera, rebranded to Lumia Camera after the Microsoft acquisition, the application, in its Lumia Camera beta stage, has been added to the Windows Phone Store, should you want to join the beta program and check out new features before they hit the public version of the application. However, you'll have to rock a Lumia 930/Icon, Lumia 1520, Lumia 640, or Lumia 640XL phone powered by the Denim update, in order to download and install the app. Not to be confused with the Lumia Camera (sans beta) app, this version brings some features and improvements to the users ...

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    By far, the most popular content on websites like Pocketnow is the device reviews. We spend countless hours meticulously picking apart every aspect of every new smartphone we can cover, jotting down what we love and hate about them, and presenting our findings to you in the form of written and video reviews. But those are all reviews on specific devices, focusing on the faults and features of individual products. What about the smartphone mistakes that manufacturers as a whole make? We’ve put some thought into the errors and troubles made by the entire smartphone landscape, and compiled ...

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    Microsoft has been extremely aggressive about gaining customer feedback for all major products that are scheduled for a launch later this year. We've seen tremendous push in the Windows 10 technical preview for the desktop, and there's a mixed reception for Windows 10 on phones. Now its time for another major Microsoft service to get on the feedback wagon. Microsoft has just made its Office 2016 public preview official. After a few months as a developer preview, the company is now ready to take things further with regular consumers. According to the official statement: "In March we ...

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    Windows Phone has a problem. It’s a problem that has been festering for some time now. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and relatively soon. At the same time, it’s a problem that probably ~won’t~ be addressed for at least four to six months. That problem is not related to apps, and it’s not related to market share – at least not directly. You’ve probably read the headline, so you know I’m talking about Windows Phone flagships. Great brands are measured by their great products. iOS has famously shunned the lower-income customers by only ever releasing flagship ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    Over the past few days we've been hearing tons about Windows 10 – Microsoft's new and improved operating system with a renewed focus on the future – but details have been relatively sparse about hardware. Sure, we've heard about the HoloLens and Surface Hub, but those two aren't going to be on the market for a while, if ever. Microsoft Mobile Devices exec Ifi Majid has finally told us some information we've been desperately trying to get for months now, that a Microsoft flagship smartphone launch is likely to take place this summer. We were hearing rumors swirl last month that ...

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