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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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    After Verizon officially confirmed the name of the device to be the Nokia Lumia Icon, the page was pulled just to reappear again online together with a price tag and everything -- needless to say the page has been pulled once more. However, as the screenshots reveal, the press render of the device featured a Wednesday the 5th date on the Calendar tile. So does this most recently leaked screenshot from the upcoming user guide, revealing a bit from the Nokia Lumia Icon availability. And, as @evleaks rightfully noticed, Wednesday the 5th can easily be either next month, in February, or the ...

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    After spending years waiting for a revamp for Windows Mobile 6.5, we'll admit that nothing had prepared us for the dramatic change that Windows Phone 7 had to offer. Back in 2010 the need for a third successful player in the mobile space was urgent, and since Pocketnow was born as a "Pocket PC" website more than a decade ago, it was clear that we had high hopes for Microsoft's next mobile platform. With its great minimalism and social integration, Windows Phone has gathered a rather interesting cult following that has ensured it a future as the world's third largest mobile operating system ...

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    Most people closely relate mobile enterprise solutions with BlackBerry. And rightly so. The company formerly known as Research In Motion dominated the mobile enterprise industry for well over a decade. But the company has since slipped from its glory days. Ever since, others have stepped up to fill the gap and the mobile enterprise industry has evolved itself into a vastly different beast. Mobile enterprise devices are no longer just for email or handling light work on the go. Mobile devices are now used as point of sale (POS) systems, vital retail sales floor tools, and much more. Last ...

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    Two big announcements should be coming out of Microsoft over the next couple weeks: we expect to learn of the ultimate conclusion to its acquisition of Nokia's smartphone wing, and we're hoping to learn who might be the company's next CEO. We've heard that we could expect the CEO news early this year, and sources are claiming that the decision's already made, now just waiting to go official. Just who will take over Steve Ballmer's duties remains to be seen, but whichever candidate gets the board's nod, they might have a familiar face looking over their shoulder, with word that Bill Gates ...

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    When, oh when, will the Nokia Lumia Icon finally launch? A couple weeks back we got what might be the biggest break in the phone's launch story to date, when a page on Verizon's test site not only revealed the phone's listing prematurely, but also confirmed that Icon name, marking a major shift in how we talk about Lumia phones. But as quickly as it was unearthed, that page vanished. We were hoping that a launch might soon follow, with rumors pointing to a possible January 14 date, but that day came and went without delivering any Lumia Icon. Today we wonder if we're once again right on ...

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    When we want to get a sense of the current state of the smartphone market, we often to look to various statistics of one form or another. We can examine reports of new shipments in order to tell which companies are hottest at the moment, or look at reports of device ownership to see who's getting users to stick around the longest. The latest data set to come our way looks at smartphone (and tablet) usage through the eyes of advertisers, and the picture it paints reveals some interesting differences between the various platforms. For instance, while Android smartphones create more ad ...

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    More than four months ago, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's devices and services division, making Microsoft not only the company in charge of the Windows Phone 8 platform, but also its largest manufacturer, as well. In the months that have followed, shareholders approved the deal, it was given the blessing of the relevant government agencies, and all roads have been leading to a successful acquisition, to be finalized in the near future. We've been expecting that day to come early this year, but we haven't been able to say exactly when this all might be a done deal. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Sprint pre-orders for the LG G Flex that many have waited for, aside from the announcement of a limited-edition LG G2 in red and gold. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what the company is doing to improve its hovering sensitivity. Sony follows the news as we already have rumors of the Sony Xperia Z2. Microsoft's Cortana is next as reports have a Halo character's voice being what will power the service. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft and how it is currently disputing rumors of buying-off OEMs to adopt Windows ...

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    With New Year's a couple weeks behind us, and CES already a thing of the past, we're solidly into 2014 by this point. While that means that we've got 50 weeks of new mobile tech news to look forward to, it's also about time that we're able to look back on some new figures from 2013, and as reports come in on smartphone market shares in the States, we can start examining the ongoing shifts in power. Apple appears to be maintaining its lead with little effort, and compared to Q4 2012, this past quarter showed its share rise from 35 percent to 42 percent of the market. While Samsung saw US ...

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    Rumors about a Windows Phone voice-based virtual assistant started getting some legs to them last summer, as we heard about Microsoft's work on a system under development as “Cortana.” We assumed that was little more than a cheeky reference to the AI character in Halo games, but now that we're coming up on the service's rumored launch, new details are arriving, including the claim that Microsoft is really embracing the Cortana name, going so far as to recruit the character's voice actor for the app. Supposedly, Jen Taylor will return to her Halo role to provide the system's speaking ...

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    For a while now we've been talking about various rumors about the lengths Microsoft might go to in order to drum-up manufacturer interest in creating new handsets for Windows Phone 8. Those have included the idea of eliminating platform licensing fees, the admittedly hard-to-believe notion of allowing OEMs to make dual-boot phones that might also run Android, and the possibility of just making outright payments to some of these companies to secure their interest. Yesterday, a rumor expanded upon that last claim, laying-out a few (VERY LARGE) figures for what Microsoft might pay: $1.2B to ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    One pervasive rumor that's been hanging over Windows Phone for the past couple months has claimed that Microsoft – in an effort to prevent the platform from being a one-man Nokia show – is interested in paying other OEMs to release new Windows Phone hardware. Despite the ability of those rumors to stick around, they've been sorely wanting for details. This week we gain some possible insight, with some new claims suggesting just what Microsoft's willing to pay to attract the interest of these other players. According to Eldar Murtazin (make of that what you will) Samsung is getting ...

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    A 1080p Samsung Windows Phone is apparently in the works, wearing the SM-W750V model number. It has just recently received its Bluetooth certification which clearly states North America for its geographical availability. Even more, the phone has its own User Agent Profile document which you can find at the source link below, with more references to its hardware. As the UAProf doc testifies, we're expecting a 1080p screen, but it is yet unknown whether this device will launch soon (as in MWC 2014), or Samsung is panning on waiting a tad more for Microsoft to release the next iteration of ...

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    Over the weekend the Lumia Black update started hitting unlocked Lumia 1020 devices across the world; the update was first pushed out to American variants of the phone, after its introduction on the Lumia 1520 phablet, with which it shipped out of the box. We're seeing and hearing several reports that unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 phones are also getting the Lumia Black package, which consists of Windows Phone 8 GDR3, with Nokia's own Black suite on top of it. Among the things included, worthy of mentioning are: the ability to group apps into folders (requires AppFolder app), Bluetooth LE, new ...

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    Since last fall, we've been talking about the next big venture coming from Beats, following the company's relationship with a couple smartphone and tablet OEMs: a streaming music service. We knew it would be cross-platform, but that was about it: just who would get access? How much would it cost? Well, over the weekend we started getting our answers, with the announcement of the start of service, and a special offer for AT&T subscribers. Beats Music goes live on January 21, available on iOS, Android, and “Windows Mobile,” which we really hope is an error on Beats's part, and not a ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Barely two months ago we were hearing Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai (above) discuss his company's plans for future smartphone sales. He identified Sony's native Japan and Europe as “the most important areas for us” and promised to put “substantial resources there,” adding, “but not yet for the U.S. and China.” While Hirai made it clear that Sony would get around to focusing on the US eventually, he described making such a move then as “not realistic,” and instead indicated a desire to “start gradually” in the States. Well, either Sony's timetable has been moving absurdly fast, ...

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    It started out so simply: we'd pop in a Bluetooth earpiece when driving, or looking to keep our hands free at work. Then we were trying to assess our level of fitness with wrist-borne trackers, remotely interacting with our phones via smartwatch, and preparing for the singularity with Google Glass headsets. While it's clear that wearables have built up some serious momentum, where's the market going to go from here? Well, if you thought that fitness trackers as we know them today gathered lots of useful data, they've got nothing on what's capable with smart socks. Yes, socks; those ...

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