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    Microsoft has made a ton of controversial changes to its mobile platform. From providing broader support to competing platforms with its newest services, to massive layoffs in the Lumia division, it's hard to not be concerned over the future of Microsoft's smartphone business. Satya Nadella has committed to continue building great Lumia offerings going forward, and today we hear more. Satya Nadella was recently questioned about his stance in mobile during the company's results conference call. When approached by Keith Weiss from Morgan Stanley on the company's smartphone business in the ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    We all want Windows Phone flagships! However, we should understand that it would make little sense to unveil high-end devices prior to Windows 10 Mobile's release, so we're all hoping to see some Windows Phone flagships towards the end of the year. There were a couple rumored, like the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL, with some of their specs getting leaked, in addition some details. Then we started hearing about a certain Lumia 950, with some specs mentioned, and now a report turns everything upside down. According to this report from China, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL we've previously heard ...

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    So far we've heard everything we want to know about Windows 10 Mobile through the Microsoft Insider program. In addition, we also hear of devices like the Cityman and Talkman in the works. What we've vaguely been able to see is the future of Windows 10 Mobile on tablets, and today we get details. A new Ramos Q7 7-inch tablet has just passed through the TENAA certification process, and even though this is not the fanciest tablet in the world, it shows that there will be such a thing as tablets running Windows 10 Mobile. Listend specifications mention 7-inch 720p screen of undisclosed ...

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    Spotify's CEO has been clear that he's not necessarily stressing out over the launch of Apple Music. The company hasn't reported any significant loss in customers after the launch of Cupertino's service, and Apple Music is still far from perfect. That being said, it's hard to deny that some of Apple's features are quite awesome, and today we see Spotify respond. One of Apple's major selling points for Apple Music is the fact that its playlists are curated by real people. That can be both good and bad, given the fact that people's taste is both subjective and biased. Still, Spotify decided ...

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    If your virtual assistant of choice comes from the world of Halo, great news: she’s not confined to Windows Phone anymore. As we reported earlier today, an early Windows Insider build of Cortana for Android has leaked to the masses, and we've got it running like a dream on our Samsung Galaxy S6 review unit. It's a prerelease version, so performance might not exactly match what we'll see from Microsoft's final take, but it's a pretty darn polished Beta – and we're here to share it with you in our very first Cortana on Android hands-on! Check out the original news post for a few more ...

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    There's no denying that Qualcomm has gained a significant amount of popularity with its mobile processors. Surely the Snapdragon 810 has gained more negative publicity than anything else, but it doesn't change the fact that Qualcomm is still the most popular brand in the department. The EU seems a little concerned with this level of popularity, and just as it question Amazon and Apple for its business practices, Qualcomm is next. In a recent statement, Qualcomm has announced that the European Commission has initiated proceedings against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing ...

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    Some interesting numbers are in from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). DigiTimes is citing said figures to reveal that last month (June), China alone has shipped 33.77 million smartphones (of the total of 38.12 million handsets); despite the large number, it is down 8.7 percent (10.2 percent for total handsets) compared to the same period of last year. However, out of those 33.77 million smartphones shipped, 30.92 million were Android smartphones. To put things into perspective, China shipped 237 million handsets in the first half of the year, ...

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    Microsoft recently made a big deal over its launch plans for Windows 10 on July 29. The company published a full article confirming that the Windows 10 launch will be a full experience, as a way to connect with fans. The company teased hands-on opportunities and meet ups in 13 cities across the world, and even plans for its retail stores, though now it seems that not everything is for everyone. Microsoft may be expecting high demand for its launch plans on July 29, up to the point where it seems you'll need an invite in order to be able to participate to some of the plans the company ...

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    Microsoft's recent round of layoffs hasn't left the company with a lot of good publicity. We spent most of our last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly discussing our concern for the future of Windows Phone, mainly because Microsoft is doing away with most of its mobile team. As a result, we've heard Terry Myerson giving hope for flagship devices coming soon, and now we have Microsoft's CEO shedding some light. In a recent interview with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did his best to explain how Microsoft plans to succeed in Mobile. According to Nadella, one of the major ...

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    Microsoft ... sit down, please. We need to talk. This won't be long. By the time you finally lay off the 7,800 talented people you promise to, your employee rolls will settle just above 110,000. I know, you'll do just fine: that number's still about 60% better than it was a decade ago.  But by that same time, the government of Finland will seek a supplementary budget to specifically patch the gaping hole you, Microsoft, have left in the country's job market. According to the Helsinki Times, you have essentially ripped the lungs out of a dying town. 1,000 researchers and developers will ...

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    It seems the space race of tech giants has been to create a virtual assistant of their own. Apple started it off with Siri, Google followed up without much hesitation with Google Now, Microsoft then released Cortana... and now it seems like Facebook is about to get into the game (oh, and let's not forget SoundHound's Hound app – which we found to be pretty useful in our testing). According to a report out of The Information today, a virtual assistant codenamed Facebook Moneypenny right now could be making its way to the company's hugely popular Messenger communication application. A ...

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    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Nokia – at least, the part of Nokia that wasn't sold into Microsoft's Devices and Services Group (and then promptly mostly laid off not too long afterward) – is still alive and kicking. You may remember the company's latest Android effort, the N1 tablet, which we previewed not too long ago. But this company isn't interested in stopping at tablets; it's reaffirmed plans today to get back into the smartphone business. There's a key caveat here, though: these smartphones aren't going to be first-party, at least not for now. Nokia is looking for a ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 on July 29 is a big deal, and Redmond wants to make sure it feels that way. Microsoft has done a good job in gaining tons of customer feedback with its Insider Program, and we've seen it over the last couple of weeks with every build being pushed. If you're wondering how Microsoft plans to handle its public launch in the next few weeks, think big. On one hand, Microsoft is planning to hold special events in 13 cities worldwide in order to celebrate Windows 10, and the statement provided by Microsoft claims that this is also in appreciation to the 5 million ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    Whenever John Legere is not calling out his competitors on Twitter, he's doing so in video or in a keynote, as he continues to defy the US mobile paradigm with new services. We've already tested T-Mobile's unlimited roaming services extensively during our business trips, but it seems that the company understood that data roaming in EDGE is just terrible. After a recent teaser of a new Uncarrier promotion announcement happening today, we finally get details. T-Mobile has just annouced its new Uncarrier deal, "Mobile Without Borders." The name on its own is selfe explanatory, as the company ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 may be the latest preview build on the Slow ring of the Windows Insider program, but that doesn't mean that we're going to be held from learning about even later preview builds – specifically today, Windows 10 Mobile build 10162 is what we're talking about. There's not much in the way of new, notable features in build 10162; we're sure there's quite a bit happening under-the-hood as far as code is concerned, but on the surface level, there doesn't look to be much of an improvement over build 10149. Still, any improvement at all is good improvement, and we're ...

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    We haven't quite been hearing the things we want to hear from Microsoft as of late. Just yesterday, the company announced that it was laying off a huge amount of people, mainly from the division of the company that's responsible for creating the Windows smartphones we know and love. Immediately after the news broke, one question was thrown around the social media world – what would become of Windows on Microsoft smartphones? Were first-party Microsoft-manufactured devices never going to hit the market again? We may have an answer, thanks to Bloomberg Business – according to the ...

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    The "selfie phone" started to become a thing last year -- yes, we were wondering whether the trend will pass the test of time -- and Sony capitalized on it with its C3 smartphone, one that packs a beefed-up front facing camera with an LED flash. While there are some problems with these so called selfie phones, Sony doesn't seem to care as the company followed up on the C3 with the C4, and Windows Phone selfie phone fans were happy that we called the Lumia 735 "the original selfie phone". There were some other products focusing on the topic, like Polaroid's attempt to copy the OPPO N3, and ...

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    In an email to employees Wednesday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dropped the sobering news hinted at by his "tough choices" memo of several weeks ago: the company is "fundamentally restructuring" its phone business. Phrasing the changes as part of Microsoft's ongoing "reinvention," Nadella said Microsoft would cut up to 7,800 jobs globally over the next several months. The cuts will take place primarily in the company's mobile-phone business, which grew from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business in April of last year. Nadella also announced that Microsoft would ...

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    As we move closer to the release of what may be Microsoft's most important iteration of Windows for phones to date, members of the Windows Insider program are receiving preview builds of the upcoming OS more and more often. Today, Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 is rolling out to Slow ring members. Before heading into what this build brings, let's first address what "Slow ring" means. Basically, there are two options for Windows Insiders looking to use a preview build of a forthcoming Windows version – they can choose to either use the Fast ring, where updates are quick and fresh out of ...

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    We're just a couple of weeks away from the release of the desktop variant of Windows 10 to the public. Reports already claim that Windows 10 RTM should reach Microsoft's partners this week, and as such speculation has already begun over how this market will behave. If you're wondering where partners expect to see more momentum, today we get a glimpse. Trusted sources from the upstream supply chain claim that Microsoft's partners expect to see much more momentum from their notebook business, than from the smartphone business. Notebook vendors have seen a significant drop in sales this ...

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    It's in vogue these days to complain about the horrible user interface direction that Microsoft has turned to in their Windows 10 Mobile preview and its associated apps. Most of the clever and beautiful design innovations Microsoft brought forth with Windows Phone 7 and 8 are getting thrown out. Maybe the "Metro" design language idea isn't going to translate well between large screens, laptop screens, and small screens like Microsoft needs it to for their one-operating-system-to-rule-them-all vision for Windows 10. Or maybe Microsoft wants Android and iOS users to feel like it's a familiar ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    When it comes to battery life, we all have our own ways of keeping our devices topped up and running. While other aspects of mobile technology, like displays and processors, have seen tremendous leaps and bounds over the past few years, battery technology hasn’t seen a significant improvement. This surely is the lament of every modern day smartphone user. Of course, being tech enthusiasts, we have found different ways to work around this problem, ways to keep our devices going all day every day. Wall Charger First and foremost there’s the regular wall charger. Most devices come with ...

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