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    Microsoft introduced its Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones back at the start of February, giving curious fans the chance to get an early look at the company’s next-generation mobile OS. While it was fascinating to get this kind of access to in-development code, it was also a bit of an unfinished mess (understandably so), and quickly had us wishing for a follow-up release that would address many of its outstanding issues. We've already seen some teasers up that alley, even if a formal release still isn't here, but until that day comes, it looks like a lot of Windows 10 testers ...

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    Last week, OnePlus let shoppers know that they were about to see a price hike: in Europe, the OnePlus One is about to cost a few euros more, as the manufacturer responds to fluctuating exchange rates. While that news may have gotten us thinking about currency markets and their effects on mobile technology, this OnePlus incident is far from the first time we've seen companies respond to shifting valuations by updating their international pricing, and Apple just tweaked App Store prices a couple months back. Now it's Microsoft's turn to make an adjustment, as it notifies devs of come changes ...

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    Microsoft's no stranger to incredibly affordable smartphones, and its Windows Phone platform has become renowned for being the place to go if you want a solid smartphone for the absolute lowest prices around. Already this year we've seen the company introduce new budget-priced models like the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 – and even the Lumia 640 and 640 XL ended up being pretty priced very competitively. Yesterday Microsoft told us to look forward to some more super-affordable Lumia news today, leaving us wondering if we were about to see the launch of yet another low-price Lumia. Sure ...

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    Windows Phone has been doing a great job of targeting the budget smartphone market, delivering full-fledged models that often manage to undercut their Android competition while giving users some great bang for their smartphone-buying buck. While we'd still love to see a new flagship-level model, Microsoft's been serious about keeping new affordable options coming, introducing the Lumia 640 and 640 XL just a couple weeks back. Could the manufacturer already be ready to unveil a new Lumia? That's what we're wondering today as the company puts out a teaser for some kind of news tomorrow. For ...

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    Last month we learned about Google's plans for a big expansion of Wallet, joining forces with the carriers behind Softcard (née ISIS). And while that's good news for Google, Wallet, and arguably Android mobile payments in general, it hasn't been such a promising turn of events for everyone involved. As a result of this new partnership, Softcard as we know it is shutting down, and while its Android users are welcome to transition over to Google Wallet, there's also been a Windows Phone version of Softcard, and that's also being shuttered. This week we finally learn the date on which the ...

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    When we come to an event like MWC we know we're going to be introduced to new hardware: that's a huge part of the fun in covering expos like this. And while we could report on just-launched devices until we run down our batteries to nothing, MWC isn't just about meeting new gadgets – it's also about learning new things. We checked in with Zeiss in Barcelona this week to learn a little more about how the cameras in our smartphones produce the pictures they do. Zeiss builds the cameras going into the latest Lumia smartphones, so it had better know a thing or two about mobile imaging. We ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    Coming into MWC we didn't exactly have high expectations for what sort of new Windows Phone hardware it might bring us, resigned to getting a largely Android spread. But there was still hope, and even without rumors of a big, sexy flagship, it started to look like Microsoft might still have some new handsets for us. Yesterday we saw the company accidentally confirm the existence of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, and at Microsoft's event overnight the two mid-range smartphones went official. We tracked down the pair in order to give them the hands-on treatment. Even without that XL designation, ...

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    We're still several hours away from the start of Microsoft's MWC 2015 event, where it will join the likes of HTC and Samsung with its latest smartphone announcements. At least, we've been holding out hope that even in the absence of a new flagship device we could always see the company bring out some new lower-end hardware. And while nothing's official just yet, Microsoft seems to have let slip some key details about its announcement on its own website, posting an early page naming the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. Unfortunately, the (now down) page gives us nothing more than those names to ...

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    Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that's only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    Progress isn't just about welcoming the new, although that's often a big part of it. It can also mean that we have to say goodbye to the old, sacrificing sometimes-beloved features in the name of what's next. Back in 2012, when Microsoft was first introducing us to Windows Phone 8, we learned about Rooms, private invitation-only spaces where you could share information and media with specific people; maybe you'd create a Room for your family, or for a close group of friends. Last week we saw the Windows 10 Technical Preview become available for certain WP8.1 devices, and it landed without ...

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    We knew that Microsoft's initial release of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones wouldn't support every WP8.1 handset under the sun, but we didn't expect it to be quite as limited as it was, with zero support for flagship hardware. Instead, the release worked with half-a-dozen recent low-to-midrange handsets. Now, you could just wait for future Windows 10 previews if you find yourself with some of that not-yet-supported hardware; Microsoft's been very clear that compatibility is only going to get better. But if you're the impatient type, with a streak of DIY confidence running ...

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    The day you've been waiting for has arrived: the Windows 10 preview release for existing Lumia smartphones is here. We've known to expect it for sometime in February, but after last week's rumored start to the preview failed to happen, we were left without a great sense of an ETA. All we needed was a little patience, because today Microsoft finally flips the switch, inviting curious Windows Phone users to get an early taste of Windows 10 on their phones. To get the preview on your phone you'll need to register for the Windows Insider program, though that's free and easy (hit up the first ...

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    Earlier today we told you about a little promo Google's got going, where in exchange for you going over a security checklist to help insulate your account against attack from ne'er-do-wells, Google will bump your free Drive storage up by 2GB – not too shabby. Well, that's just half of the free-cloud-storage action that's going around today, and Microsoft's also looking to hook you up with some free storage, to the tune of a hefty 100GB. Register yourself a Bing Rewards account, and in exchange for signing up for OneDrive promo emails, Microsoft will give you 100GB of OneDrive storage – ...

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    While we're talking about Windows 10 phone, and eagerly waiting for the Technical Preview to become available so that we can take a look under the hood, the situation isn't so rosy when it comes to Windows Phone 8.1, and some T-Mobile devices. While the Lumia 635 and the HTC One M8 for Windows, from T-Mobile's offer, come pre-installed with Windows Phone 8.1, the carrier is not planning on delivering a Windows Phone 8.1 update to any other phone, except the Lumia 521 and the Lumia 925. This means that if you're currently rocking an HTC 8X, or a Lumia 810, your chances of getting the ...

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    Three weeks: we've got just three weeks to go until one of the biggest times of the year for smartphone, tablet, and wearable news, with Mobile World Congress 2015 set to get started in Barcelona during the early days of March. That's already meant companies like Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and more teasing their MWC events, sending out early invites to the press. The latest company to get us psyched-up for its MWC showcase is Microsoft, as its own invites start hitting inboxes. Unlike the many manufacturers holding their press events on March 1 (MWC-proper doesn't start until March 2), ...

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    In another year from now, we'll be talking about all the new smartphones shipping with Windows 10 already on them, but for the moment our more pressing concern is what the Windows 10 upgrade situation will look like on currently-released WP8.1 hardware. Last week word came in that the Windows Insider preview release would indeed run on lower-end 512MB RAM hardware, and this week Joe Belfiore is talking a little more both about that preview release, as well as the issue of Windows 10 on 512MB RAM phones. First up, we hear a comment on these 512MB RAM phones that mirrors some of what company ...

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    Back in the early days of October 2013, HTC laid out its then-most-recent quarterly figures, confirming the worst: the company was losing money, and a lot of it. Instead of the tens of millions of dollars it was making just a couple quarters prior, the company was in the whole for a hundred million. In the time since, we've seen big efforts made to put HTC back on the right track, and it's moved on from putting a stop to those losses, to actually turning some decent profits again. Today the manufacturer releases its Q4 2014 numbers, and while it's not earning money hand-over-fist, it's ...

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    We started yesterday off with an exciting development for Microsoft's next-gen smartphone platform: no, not the public start of the Windows 10 preview, but maybe the next best thing – some leaked screenshots of the release in action. We got to see the new Action Center, system settings interface, and even that post-update Super Bowl quote we heard about earlier this week. This morning we find ourselves with a new round to check out, as further Windows 10 phone preview screenshots surface. What have we got here? The pics appear to reveal an audio recording app, and keyboard software shows ...

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    The Lumia 830's model number might be a full hundred digits below Windows Phone’s true flagship, but the step down in prestige also brings a step down in size: at 8.5mm and 150g, the Lumia 830 is a very palm-friendly, very pocketable little Windows Phone. The sides are cool aluminum and the back is a polycarbonate panel available in several colors and adorned with the old NOKIA logo – one of the last uses of the legacy branding you’ll see on a Windows Phone. Popping it off reveals a removable battery and a MicroSD expansion slot, increasingly rare customizations these days and ...

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    "Lumia 930, 1520 and Lumia Icon will get “Hey Cortana” voice activation as part of the Lumia Denim update", says the official wording from Microsoft. This feature would basically allow certain Denim-powered phones to be on the lookout for the "Hey Cortana" keyword, which would activate the functionality to further improve the user experience. This is based on chipset features which enable the phone to listen to certain keywords (in this case, "Hey Cortana") in order to trigger a feature. However, in the UK, the O2 Lumia 930 Denim update rollout has begun; strangely, the "Hey Cortana" ...

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    …and that’s not entirely Microsoft’s fault. After watching the Microsoft Windows 10 event I decided to give Windows Phone another shot, for a week. It was either that, or because I missed using the platform; it could have also been because I wanted to see what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, or that getting an Xbox One for two weeks pushed me to it. So I used Windows Phone exclusively for a week (I still have until Sunday, though it's a pain), on an HTC One M8. I’m putting it back in the drawer and switching back to my previous phone, on another platform. Windows Phone is not good ...

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    The final release of Windows 10 is still months and months away, but Microsoft is happy to give users eager for a preview an early look at the operating system. The PC preview has been out for a while now, and for the past few weeks we've been anticipating the start of a similar preview for phones. Earlier this month Microsoft started prepping for its release by publishing its Phone Insider app, and at the Windows 10 event last week, the company confirmed its intention to make that preview available in February. As we approach that release, Microsoft is updating the Insider app, giving it ...

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    The issue of app availability across platforms found itself in the news again last week, as BlackBerry CEO John Chen made a (by many accounts misguided) plea in the name of net neutrality to legally force developers and content providers to bring their work to his platform. We discussed the issue at some length on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, where Editorial Director Michael Fisher offered evidence of the app gap on another platform, pointing out how Chase was in the middle of pulling the plug on its Windows Phone app. As it turns out, Chase isn't the only financial institution leaving ...

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