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    HTC's Reddit AMA managed to draw a ton of questions this afternoon, and the company started things off with a bang, announcing a commitment to release major Android updates for all its smartphones that come out in North America, for a period of two years following their introduction. HTC has been relatively quiet on the Windows Phone front, leaving us wondering if it had any future there. When asked if it would drop the platform altogether, HTC responded that it wasn't willing to make such blanket statements, but neither did it sound particularly enthusiastic about another model. In the ...

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    Wearable tech? So hot right now. Whether you're talking about headgear like Google Glass, smartwatches, or any variety of fitness tracker, manufacturers are eager to embrace this rapidly expanding field, where our interactions with technology become more intimate, more pervasive, and hopefully end up enriching our lives. This year's expected advancements may be focused on Apple's iWatch or a second-gen Galaxy Gear from Samsung, but today we get to look at something wholly different, checking out a smart... skirt? OK, we admit that we may have led you a little astray there, as this isn't ...

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    Just about an hour ago, Nokia changed its logo and the background on its Facebook page from the company's iconic blue to a shade of green. Jumping over to Twitter, and even Google+, we see the same change taking place. What could be the meaning behind this move? If it was about some sort of general environmental consciousness, wouldn't this be happening in April, closer to Earth Day? Instead, might it have something to do with the company's MWC announcement, scheduled for Monday, February 24? A couple theories are being tossed around: one of the most obvious looks to a connection between ...

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    2014 has definitely been a year of surprises for the mobile industry thus far. Some of them have been minor ways of tweaking how a company used to do business, like Nokia dropping number-based names for the Lumia Icon. Others have been more shocking, like news of Google offloading Motorola to Lenovo. Then there are those that just seemed positively unbelievable at first, yet we've slowly come around to accept them, like Nokia's work towards an Android-based handset. We find ourselves faced with another such seemingly impossible rumor today; will it similarly come to pass? Sources claim ...

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    Nokia's Lumia Icon has been patiently awaiting launch day for months now. Even if we look past all the early Lumia 929 business, we've been spotting signs of it over on Verizon's servers going back well over a month by now; when's it finally going to become available? The latest leak has suggested that the Icon could launch sometime next week, possibly on Wednesday but maybe more likely on Thursday, but in advance of that Nokia has put up a comparison video featuring the Lumia Icon, demonstrating its audio recording capabilities against the Galaxy S 4. The video was posted by Nokia's US ...

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    Based on some of the latest rumors surrounding development of Windows Phone 8.1, we might hope to see Microsoft make an official announcement in just a few weeks – the most promising theory ties the news to the upcoming Build conference, getting started on April 2. But it sounds like some lucky devs are getting early access, as reports come in that Microsoft is currently handing out NDAs and signing up a subset of WP8 devs for access to the 8.1 SDK. What does that mean for you? While those NDAs are supposed to keep a tight lid on 8.1 news, these things tend to have a habit of leaking out ...

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    This year's Mobile World Congress officially begins on Monday February 24, and while the expo will continue running through that Thursday, we're already expecting a majority of the show's big news to arrive on that first day. Nokia was the first to announce a February 24 event, and later Samsung shared news that its Unpacked 5 event would round-out the day. Today we add one more company's announcements to the calendar, getting word of Sony's event. Now, for the moment we don't have an official invite to refer to, but Xperia Blog reports with confidence that it's learned of a Sony MWC event ...

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    Before Nokia even started teasing the phone with model number 929, dubbed the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon, we've heard rumors that the phone would eventually land either in February or March, leaving an open question regarding its appearance at MWC later this month. According to this latest leak, it appears that the Verizon Windows Phone will be available before the Barcelona show. WPCentral has received the screenshot above, allegedly snapped off of inventory listings. We can see the Lumia Icon listed in both black and white colors, and some dates. According to the report, you should ...

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    The upcoming Verizon Samsung Huron has been popping up in reports recently with the first mention of the device dropping at the beginning of December 2013, with a mention of its model number: SM-W750V. The codename "Huron" was tipped at the beginning of the month, and since, we've seen the alleged press render of the device showing off a very Galaxy S 4-like outline. Now this very SM-W750V, the Verizon Samsung Huron, has visited the FCC, just in case there was a need for further confirmation of the phone's existence. The bands support the theories and rumors that it will be indeed a CDMA ...

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    The 2014 Mobile World Congress may still be a couple weeks away, and while we're sure to see a lot of new hardware at the expo, we've also been catching word of some pre-MWC events. Overnight, for instance, we learned that LG's planning some sort of announcement in South Korea for next Thursday. Nokia may already have its own MWC even scheduled for February 24, but now we're wondering if it also might be planning to make a launch announcement in advance of MWC, as the company posts a new teaser video to YouTube today. The short clip, embedded below, invites Nokia fans to “see and hear ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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     "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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