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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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    How do you use your Surface? If you're one of the many tablet users who just couldn't say no to the power and broad PC compatibility of the Surface Pro 3, you've no doubt spent a lot of time working with the tablet propped-up in one of its many integrated kickstand settings. From nearly flat to upright like a laptop, the kickstand offers plenty of flexibility – so long as you're interested in using the Surface in landscape orientation. What if portrait view would be more conducive towards your work? Back at its Build conference, Microsoft teased a new VESA-mount dock it cooked up for the ...

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    The last time we saw a Nokia Lumia on Verizon was last year with the Lumia Icon. That device has been discontinued and Verizon's Lumia Windows Phone selection has been seriously lacking. Now Verizon has finally gotten a new Lumia Windows Phone in their line up and it's the Lumia 735. Of course, this device is kind of old too. The original version was unvieled in Berlin in September of 2014. 9 months later, the Verizon version of the Lumia 735 is now available. The Lumia 735 is kind of a mid-range phone by last year's standards, but in 2015 it still has a few nice things going for it. Last ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then license to other companies, similar to what happened with its N1 tablet. In other words, while they may ot be manufactured by Nokia, you’ll at least have the novelty and peace of mind of knowing that Nokia designed your phone again. It’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but ...

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