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    While Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond today was by no means a short one – we had plenty of content to go over in-depth during our Editorial Roundtable – there were a few things that were left out of the presentation. One of those things is cause for celebration (or not, depending on how you'd like to look at it), and that's the Windows 10 default camera app: Lumia Camera. The same camera app included in the latest Lumia Denim update for all Nokia models will be the one found stock on all Windows 10 devices, including those manufactured by other OEMs such as HTC's. This is big ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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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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    The past few days, editor Jaime Rivera has been sharing his thoughts on Microsoft's new Lumia Denim update, mainly the camera improvements to be specific. Spoiler alert: he can't get enough of the improvements. Now, if you want to get in on the improvements yourself officially, you've been out of luck. But finally, today, Redmond has flipped the switch, and the wider Microsoft Lumia Denim rollout is underway. If you've got a Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device, you will get Lumia Denim, it's just a matter of time before that happens. The update is rolling out across the world, country by ...

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    Microsoft's Lumia Denim is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone updates since the inception of the operating system. On its own, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 does a good enough job at setting Microsoft's mobile operating system on par with competition, but Lumia Denim takes a couple of steps further in differentiating Microsoft's hardware from even other Windows Phones. The list of updates that come with Lumia Denim is quite significant, but Microsoft felt the camera enhancements alone were important enough to give us a tour during our stay in Las Vegas for CES 2015. Our ...

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    HTC surprised a few people last year with a brand spanking new flagship phone for Windows Phone, the HTC One M8 for Windows. It was one of the most beautiful and powerful Windows Phones yet, but it still carried that 4 ultrapixel camera which my bias will not allow me to love. I’m sure it’s great and all, but I just can’t get behind it. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We're here to talk about an entry-level HTC Windows Phone, or two, or three. To Windows Phone, this was a great move. A new flagship! It helped bolster a strong, but aging lineup of Windows Phones. For ...

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    As you may recall, ten days ago I returned to my long-neglected Lumia 1020 for the holidays. This overdue reunion of contrarian nerd with fringe platform was meant to answer a question we get quite often in the Pocketnow Weekly mailbag: at the dawn of a new year, is Windows Phone still a world worth moving to (or even visiting)? In an atmosphere of delayed flagship launches and growing skepticism among some smartphone manufacturers, the question is more pertinent than ever. The answer, as it turns out, is yes — but it carries some very important qualifiers, and it's certainly not ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Happy New Year, everyone! By this time, regardless of the time zones, we are all in 2015, and we'll have to get used to writing "2015" instead of "2014" while talking about dates. I'll take this opportunity to thank everyone for being here with us throughout 2014, and wish you all a Happy New 2015. May all your wishes come true! And, don't forget to continue following us, as we've got exciting things lined-up for this year, as 2015 will be a huge milestone for Pocketnow (and that's all I can share at the moment). Our guys will soon head out to CES and our coverage will start as soon as ...

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    The Lumia 1520 is not only the largest Windows Phone money can buy, but it's also one of the most powerful models to reach the market. We highly praised Microsoft for the existence of the Lumia 1520, even though a ton of people agree that it's far too big for the average user. That said, the launch of the Lumia 1520 on AT&T left certain exclusive rights when it came to color options, and that just ended. If you remember, the Lumia 1520 launched on AT&T in April, and the specific Green color variant was an exclusive to AT&T for an undisclosed amount of time. We're not sure how ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. So far, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, as well as the biggest disappointments ...

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    Even though most of us agree that Microsoft has done an amazing job at closing the app gap over the last couple of years, that doesn't change the fact that the iOS and Android currently sports almost triple the amount of apps on Windows Phone. The market share difference between these three platforms still leaves a significant challenge for developers to consider Windows Phone, even after the platform's fourth anniversary. Microsoft's new leadership has the task of improving these numbers soon, and today we learn how the company plans to do it. Mary Jo Foley is famous for her insider ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. Just yesterday, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, and today we're continuing our ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we're looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months -- that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it's fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. We're kicking off the year-end series today with the best apps, as well as the not so "impressive" applications of ...

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    Cortana's live tile on my Lumia 1020 recently showed a news headline that said, "Windows Phone has a massive apps problem".  Here's another one that talks about the same thing "Look How Awful The App Situation Is For Windows Phone"  Johanna Stern of WSJ recommends staying away from the HTC One M8 for Windows because of its lack of apps too. That seems to be the general consensus among tech journalists over the past 4 years since Windows Phone's launch.  Those first two articles talk about the lack of apps that exist on other platforms or the abundance of unofficial apps with official ...

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    For months I've carried on under the guise of a Windows Phone user. My Twitter profile states it outright; longtime readers cite it in my defense whenever commenters call me on the carpet for "anti-Microsoft bias"; and my friends even unwittingly re-verify it when choosing random Facebook photos to tag me in. But as I explained in last week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, my title of Windows Phone user has dwindled to a largely honorary one of late. The neverending stream of review devices from the Android, iOS, and wearable worlds has kept me outside the Microsoft ecosystem ...

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    With the branding change that most, if not all Microsoft services received recently, don't feel odd if this headline doesn't remind you of the now defunct Bing Translator. Microsoft is now naming everything under its current brand, and these changes even include some hefty updates for some services. Today we learn that Microsoft is adding more functionality to some of its services, and that even includes tools to translate. Microsoft Translate was recently updated to version 3.2, and the changes include voice support for different versions of English, French and Spanish. These changes ...

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    The launch of the Lumia 1320 was clearly overshadowed by its sibling, the Lumia 1520. Surely the Lumia 1320 was intended to be a mid-tier phablet for those in need of a big display on a tight budget, but that doesn't change the fact that the spec differences with the Lumia 1520 made some users prefer to pay the extra cash. We've heard rumors of Microsoft's smartphone plans for 2015, and today we learn more about the successor of the Lumia 1320. For the purpose of this post, we'll dub this smartphone the Lumia 1330, even if that data isn't yet confirmed. New leaks claim that this device ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    Sprint hasn't been famous for launching Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As a matter of fact, the company hasn't really launched any at the moment, and specially Lumia devices across its pre-paid customer brands. The good news is that both Sprint and Microsoft have announced a partnership today to end this problem, and we start with an aggressive device for its price tag. Microsoft and Sprint have just announced the launch of the Lumia 635 on the Sprint post-paid network as soon as December 23rd, and on its pre-paid companies like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile as early as January 16. The device ...

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    Seriously, just show up. The Lumia 830 doesn't count. The last real flagship smartphone Microsoft had for showing off what they (and Nokia at the time) are capable of was the Lumia 1020. That was announced in July of 2013. That was ages ago, and 2014 is almost over. Nothing in 2014 really tops that phone especially in terms of camera innovation and that includes non-Windows phones. The Lumia 930 and Icon don't have glance mode, so they're out… and everything else had some other sort of compromise. I've even started to see articles claiming that Microsoft has given up on high-end ...

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    An interesting thing happened this year, that flew under the radar a little bit. Microsoft once promised that Windows Phone 8.1 could just as easily be installed on or even dual-booted with Android on the same hardware with just a few tweaks here or there. This raised some eyebrows at the potential implications. But like a lot of potential implications in the Windows Phone world, this implication went largely ignore and wasn’t pursued. Then HTC made a splash – the HTC One M8 for Windows. Lolwut? For Windows? Sure enough, the exact same HTC One M8 hardware - second lens and all - was ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released Cortana a few months ago, the voice assistant has almost always been on the front lines when it comes to witty and seasonally-appropriate replies thanks to the dedication of the Microsoft team in Redmond. Today that continues, with Cortana Christmas updates adding a few new neat tricks. Let's have a look, shall we? There are many queries which receive the themed responses from Cortana. For example, trying asking the assistant "Where is Santa?" and she might respond with "Santa could be enjoying some of Mrs. Claus's baked cookies." Ask her to sing you a ...

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    It's been a while since we last heard of Sprint's HTC 8XT Windows Phone -- when it was "demoted" to "basic phone" status -- let alone since we reviewed it and concluded it is/was a "midrange phone in flagship clothing". That being said, there are a lot of things to like about the phone, and some which we didn't necessarily got excited over. One of the things HTC 8XT owners did definitely not like about the device was the fact that it was still stuck on Windows Phone 8, with which it shipped out of the box. According to HTC's Twitter account, the Sprint HTC 8XT Windows Phone 8.1 update ...

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