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    Even though the remainder of the true Nokia from Finland has claimed that it might sell its HERE Maps services, it hasn't stopped the company from fully supporting the service in every way. We've seen the service expand to other platforms lately, and it keeps adding more and more features with each update. Today the company has announced a new major update to the platform, but the amount of changes is more in context than in a level of service improvements. Nokia claims that it has just pushed "millions" of changes to its HERE Maps apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but these changes ...

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    Page through the spec listings for a modern smartphone that supports microSD expansion, and you might find yourself doing a double-take. “Supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size? My phone's going to have more storage than it knows what to do with!” Problem is, that 2TB figure is a theoretical maximum; the standards your phone supports allow it to talk to microSD cards up to that limit, but no one's even close to making anything that big. Instead, we're stuck with 32GB, 64GB, or even the occasional 128GB card. Boundaries are meant to pushed, though, and at Computex in Taipei one ...

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    In case going through Expansys USA was a step you didn't quite want to take to get yourself a Lumia 535, we've got good news for you. Today, shortly after going live on Microsoft's Canadian Store, Micorsoft Lumia 535 sales have kicked off on the United States Microsoft Store for the low price of $149. We ran through all of the Lumia 535's specs when the phone was first announced, but as a refresher, the affordable midranger offers internals such as a 960x540 5-inch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage internally, and 5MP front and rear-facing shooters in ...

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    Remember the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone? That was the last (but a very solid) effort coming from the Taiwanese company as far as Microsoft's mobile platform is concerned. Just yesterday we've heard HTC's CEO Cher Wang talk about the future; new smartphone series, to be specific, and we've asked several questions, among which one particularly referred to a possible Microsoft collaboration for some Windows Phone love. As it turns out, an HTC Windows Phone device isn't an impossible thing after all, at least if you look at the image above. HTC is listed and mentioned by Microsoft as a ...

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    Microsoft has been working hard on meeting its Windows 10 deadline, but a lot has yet to be said about its mobile version of the OS. We want to believe that we will see everything launch on July 29, but the fact that Windows 10 mobile is leagues behind its desktop counterpart does have some of us worried. A lot of pieces of the puzzle are still missing, like a revamped settings menu for example, and that reaches the light of day today. The Microsoft Insider program is currently testing build 10080, but a Chinese website just got a hold of build 10127 and published a video about it. Yes, ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months covering many rumors regarding future Windows 10 Mobile Lumia flagships in the works. Sadly these haven't gone beyond rumors, something quite unfortunate for a platform that's hungry for flagships. That said most of these rumors coincide with each other so far, so it seems we're close to something good. Yesterday we saw some of the specs we should expect for two Windows Phone flagships that we currently assume to be the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. Today we hear more about these devices, codename Talkman and Cityman. The specs apparently are exactly the ...

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    Back in 2014, smartwatches were really starting to make their presence felt, expanding from niche products to those with broader commercial appeal. And only fittingly, plenty of companies with experience in mobile electronics were lining up to release one. And after months and months of rumors that Microsoft was working on just such a wearable – one that would offer cross-platform support – we finally saw the Microsoft Band launch in late October. More fitness tracker than smartwatch, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its wearable with new software updates adding additional ...

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    Even with how desperate Microsoft is in gaining some mobile traction, we wonder why we've seen such a long delay in the company launching another Lumia flagship. Surely it does make sense for the company to finalize Windows 10 Mobile, and have this flagship become the first device to support it. The problem is when the market has waited for more than a year, and when it seems there is still more to wait. New leaks show us the possible specs of two Microsoft flagship Lumias to come, and judging by some recent rumors, we believe these are the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. When it comes to the ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: smartphone cameras are important. People are tossing their point-and-shoots aside in favor of their phones, and for a lot of consumers it’s one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a phone. But in a lot of cases, the cameras in our smartphones are paired with software that doesn’t take full advantage of the sensors. Auto shooting modes are great for quick snaps and selfies, but just as is the case with DSLRs, if you want to get serious about your photos you’re going to want to switch to manual mode. First off, what is ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    With as much of our digital lives conducted from mobile devices as they are, it's been refreshing to see the emphasis that the companies connecting us with online resources have been placing on content that's as useful as it can be for such mobile consumption. Google started marking mobile-optimized search results last year, and back in April we learned that the company would begin prioritizing such listings in searches originating on phones and tablets. Now Microsoft is jumping on board that same bandwagon, and talks today about its own efforts to do something very similar. Like Google, ...

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    Verizon users, have you been feeling a bit of a Windows Phone drought as of late? That's for good reason – no device running the Microsoft OS has been launched in 2015 so far, leaving enthusiasts disheartened and the rest of us a little worried. Fear no longer, though, because Verizon has finally ended that drought today. Say hello to the Verizon LG Lancet, a fairly cheap phone meant as a good, budget-friendly option to bolster the carrier's portfolio. The Lancet is inarguably an entry-level option: its off-contract pricing comes in at just $69, and its outright purchase price is an ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    The field of computing is evolving at a rapid pace. Currently all three major mobile platforms are making noise in a number of different categories. We thought it would be a good time to take a step back and take a look at all three major platforms – Android, Windows, and iOS – and see where each stands not just in the field of mobile, but in computing as a whole. Diversification is key here. Joe Levi already examined the state of Android, so let’s turn our sights over to the state of Windows Phone. Two guys – Bill Gates and Paul Allen - literally working out of a garage in New ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    Every time a new phone comes out, no matter what crazy new features it brings to the table, there are two key factors that ultimately seem to determine its worth to consumers: camera performance and battery life. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a terrific low-cost smartphone that could’ve even beat out some flagships … if not for its disappointing camera. On the other hand, Samsung has been selling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hand over fist for its an outstanding camera … but you won’t be snapping for long with that battery. The Moto X has an incredibly useful software suite … but ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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    We've seen tremendous growth, or should we say miniaturization, when it comes to mobile processors. These are still not on par with their desktop counterparts, but in a way, that's kind of the idea, as mobile phones have much different priorities than computers. We've seen leaked roadmaps of ARM's new processor architecture to come soon, and even MediaTek's roadmap into the 10-core processor, and today we learn more about Qualcomm's plans. Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new Snapdragon 818 processor that has a lot of new tricks up its sleeve. For starters, this new processor will be ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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    There's no shortage of Windows tablets out there, and a ton of companies that make Windows laptops have taken a swing at the tablet form factor, too. But for all the choices available to shoppers, Microsoft's own Surface lineup remains the hardware to beat, and a huge reason why are the smart design decisions the company's made. This week Microsoft shares some of the history that led to that iconic Surface look, sharing the story of early Surface prototypes. As Microsoft's Ralf Groene tells it, the key point at which the Surface we know today first started coming together was the ...

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