Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8
  • by | February 7, 2014 10:23 AM

    Is Sony actually going to release a smartphone running Windows Phone 8? We've been talking about the idea of the manufacturer expanding past Android as a platform for a little while now, with rumors early last month suggesting that Sony had been meeting with Microsoft regarding the idea. A week later, comments from a Sony exec confirmed that some discussion had taken place, but Sony wasn't being clear just what direction it would take. As we wait to learn if a Sony Windows Phone handset will ever see the light of day, the company is once again commenting on the issue, and once again giving ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 4:29 AM

    If you have an Apple iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, chances are you're waiting for the iPhone 6 to come out, as you've probably skipped both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. If you have a Galaxy S II from Samsung, you should be excited about the MWC Unpacked event where the S 5 might land, as you apparently skipped the S III and S 4. However, Microsoft wants to take advantage of your hesitation and has an offer which you should definitely consider if you are willing to give Windows Phone, and its surrounding ecosystem, a chance. If you trade in your iPhone 4, iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2, you can get a ...

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  • by | February 5, 2014 12:37 PM

    Remember the Nokia Treasure Tag? We'll forgive you if it doesn't ring a bell, as it's been a long time since we've had the opportunity to talk about the accessory. It first popped up on our radar all the way back in late July, where it was revealed as a Bluetooth LE accessory that could apparently be used alongside your phone to help you track down objects; leave a Treasure Tag on your keychain, and you'd never lose it again. But then... nothing much happened. The Treasure Tag would pop up a few months later alongside the Lumia 1520 in a press render, even giving us a preview of some ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 10:32 AM

    It's a journey that started back in August of last year, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down from the position after serving as CEO since the year 2000: over the months that followed, we've been hearing all manner of rumors concerning who Microsoft would pick to fill those CEO shoes. Those have included names like Nokia's Stephen Elop, Ford's Alan Mulally, and most recently the surprising addition of Google's Sundar Pichai. This morning Microsoft goes public with its decision, announcing Satya Nadella as the company's third CEO. Despite that late-stage ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 5:27 PM

    Nokia's Lumia 520 and 521 have become the best-selling Windows Phone 8 models around thanks in no small part to their incredibly affordable price tags. Not only did they launch cheap, but they've been getting even cheaper, and we regularly see them selling for well under $100. When you've got a smartphone phone going for $50 off-contract during one of these promotions, sooner or later someone's going to ask, “why aren't we just giving these things away?” As it turns out, that day has arrived, and shoppers at Microsoft's online store hoping to snag a one year Xbox Music subscription are ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 2:54 PM

    For the past couple months, we've been talking about an unreleased Samsung Windows Phone 8 device, the company's model SM-W750V. The evidence that has shown up so far has been particularly strong; we're not talking about rumors from unnamed sources or anything nearly so nebulous, but instead traces of the phone showing up in official government import records, and in a UAProf listing on Samsung's own servers. While its existence looked confirmed, we still lacked any understanding of Samsung's plans for the phone – was it still on-track for a release, and if so, how would it arrive? ...

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  • by | February 2, 2014 3:58 AM

    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 Sunday 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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  • by | January 31, 2014 2:08 AM

    On January 21, Beats Music was launched in the US, and, on the day of the announcement, an iOS (and a tad later, an Android) client was available to download for those who wanted to take the service for a spin. While a Windows Phone version of the app was not immediately ready for download, users were promised a client soon. You can follow the source link below to download and install Beats Music on your Windows Phone. The service gives you access to more than 20 million songs which you can either stream or save to your device for offline listening. Beats Music also offers personalized ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 7:59 PM

    For a little while now, a rumor's been kicking around that Nokia's working on a spinoff of the Lumia 1520 phablet, most often referred to as the 1520v. From the start, the idea has been that this would be some kind of mini version of the handset, but the details haven't been entirely clear. Over the weekend, a whole bunch of new info arrived, and while it does offer a fair selection of new tidbits, all the conflicting info sure isn't doing a very good job of getting to the bottom of this puzzle. Let's start with the screen. As a mini 1520, we'd hope to see the 1520v to keep the same 1080p ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 2:41 PM

    The tough part about legal battles is definitely being the company that loses. If you all remember, last July Microsoft made it public that it was forced to rename its SkyDrive service after the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) claimed the name legally. Redmond was given a couple of months to find a new name, and that time has come. Microsoft has just announced OneDrive, which shouldn't be confused with a new service, as it is merely the new name the company is giving to its existing SkyDrive service. The transition will take some time though, and Microsoft is not providing specific ...

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  • by | January 25, 2014 4:07 AM

    You really have to use the Nokia Lumia 1020 in order to experience the quality of the images it generates, and to understand and leverage the creative power that it lends you. However, comparing it to a dSLR, and even saying it is better than one, is a statement some of you might agree with, while some will shake their heads disapprovingly. Nokia thinks the Lumia 1020 is the way to go, and you all should just forget about dSLRs and professional lenses. Check out their reasons in the video below. But before you do, Nokia and AT&T have taken this opportunity to discount the phone on the ...

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  • by | January 24, 2014 12:13 PM

    It's that time again when companies are publishing their earnings data, and last night we took a look at how Microsoft and Nokia have been doing. Some of the companies in the smartphone game are laser-focused on mobile devices; take HTC, for instance – smartphones (and the odd tablet) are all it does. On the flip side, we have these big conglomerates like LG or Samsung that have plenty of diverse interests, with the phones themselves only acting as one component. Lately, we've been talking about Samsung and reports of its smartphone growth slowing down – and this idea's been at the ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:10 PM

    One week back, we were talking about the forthcoming arrival of Nokia's quarterly figures, and floated a theory based on some of the disclaimers the company shared that the publication of that report might just coincide with the culmination of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business. Well, that hasn't actually come to pass just yet, but those numbers themselves have indeed arrive, alongside a set from Microsoft itself. Let's take a look at how both of the companies fared in the mobile space in Q4 2013: Nokia's situation isn't great, but it's not awful, either. Bottom line: ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 11:41 AM

    We’ve got a month and a day to go before the Mobile World Congress is officially underway. You had better believe that you’ll be hearing a whole lot more about what to expect in the weeks to come, but today we start things off with an early press event announcement, as Nokia shares news of a press conference scheduled for Monday, February 24. What will the company likely be bringing along to share? Well, we’ve already heard a couple Nokia MWC rumors, like how it might mark the launch of a Lumia 1820 metal-bodied handset or a Lumia 2020 eight-inch tablet – despite earlier rumors ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:01 AM

     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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