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    Even though most of us are still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8.1 to our devices, we already know that it's becoming official in some regions, at least in Finland for now. If you're still wondering how far are we from this reaching our shores or carriers, well you're not alone. The cool thing is that it should only be a matter of time for other regions to receive the update, as Microsoft has already begun to publish documentation surrounding the update in an official manner. Microsoft has just published its Windows Phone 8.1 update history page, which clearly points to the ...

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    If you are based in Europe, chances are that you often find yourself in another country, while your phone picks up a foreign carrier's signal, and roams. While international roaming costs are still high enough, the European Commission is trying to further lower rates, until, eventually, these will be completely cleared. Starting July 1, European international roaming costs will drop more than 50% from last summer. Data is getting the biggest cut, one of 55.5%, from 45 cents per MB to 20 cents per MB. A text message will cost 6 cents instead of 8, while for receiving a call you'll pay 5 ...

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    By their very nature, smartphones have always been fairly private devices. The conversations we have, the pictures we take, and the other various types of data we store on our smartphones are likely very private and often very sensitive. While I don't personally keep anything compromising – pictures, text, or otherwise – on my smartphone, private conversations I wouldn't want other people to read abound. My smartphone also has access to my bank account, my LastPass account, which holds the passwords to all my online accounts, and cloud access to all my photos, documents, and other ...

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    Microsoft is definitely out to finalize the project that it began more than a decade ago. Back in 2002, the company believed that a tablet is the best form-factor for productivity, even though Apple ended-up gaining more popularity with a more consumer-oriented approach. Still, that doesn't mean Microsoft has lost hope for its ideal, and the Surface Pro 3 is probably the best product Microsoft could've ever launched to get that market going. Microsoft's biggest selling point for the Surface Pro 3 is that it can compete and derail the trend set by the MacBook Air, and to prove how much it ...

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    Probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phones of the year, is also one of the most affordable ones, if not the most affordable. The Nokia Lumia 635 made the same amount of headlines as its predecessor did, and obviously that's because you can have a full-fledged Windows Phone for a crazy price tag. What's interesting is that even though pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 635 began a day ago, same prices announced of $99 for the AT&T model unlocked and $129 for the T-Mobile version, also unlocked, the Microsoft Store has just yanked these pre-orders without no explanation. The ...

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    Nokia X2 is a device name we've become vaguely familiar with of late. Rumors of the next-generation Nokia X began popping up just a few weeks ago, when the name and a different swath of specifications popped up in a benchmarking application. Unlike the Nokia X, X+, or XL, all announced at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia X2 was rumored to come with slight improvements across the board – a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 4GB storage. The rumors were met with a lot of skepticism, though. Some thought it was too soon for yet another Nokia X phone. Others felt Microsoft ...

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    Microsoft may not have the most popular cloud storage service in the market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't offer one of the best services. The company has just decided to up the ante in its competition with Google, and that new strategy has begun today with a significant boost to OneDrive. As of next month, free OneDrive users will receive a boost from 7GB to 15GB of free storage, which matches the same offering that Google Drive users receive. And for those of you still on the ropes trying to decide about Office 365, well Microsoft is now including a crazy 1TB of OneDrive storage for ...

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    If you've been eyeing a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since it was unveiled, it's finally time. You can grab yourself a Surface Pro 3 today in the Microsoft store of your choosing, but of course, there's a catch. The Windows 8-powered tablet is a pretty sweet competitor, though, as evidenced by our review, so you may just want to go pick one up yourself when your nearest Microsoft store opens for business today. The only models available for purchase today are the Intel Core i5-toting ones. Core i7 and i3 models will be available for purchase in August, though pre-orders are up and running on ...

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    If you all remember, a ton of OEMs and software companies pledged to come-up with interesting solutions in order to avoid smartphone theft. While this is not necessarily a "kill switch", the idea is to make theft of phones less compelling, even though there is no such thing as a perfect service. We all saw how Apple did this back in September with iOS 7, were now a user can avoid thieves from wiping a device and making it theirs after stealing the device, and now Redmond wants a piece of the pie. Microsoft is reportedly already working on giving us activation control with the launch of ...

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    Microsoft Mobile, since hey, we can't really call it Nokia any more, is still hard at work with its transition to Redmond. Still the division is hard at work in making its Nokia offering something that speaks more of Windows Phone, and not necessarily the Nokia branding as a separate entity. Some updates that were pushed today could prove that there is more work happening in this effort, though we can't deny that it is confusing. Microsoft Mobile has just pushed updates to a lot of services that are dug within "Settings" on Windows Phone devices. Obviously this is exclusive to Lumia ...

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    Windows phone has long had the reputation for running great on all things. It’s that reputation that in most editors’ opinions makes the 50ish dollar Lumia 520 a virtual steal. Here you have a phone that would barely tread water with Android, and probably even iOS on it, and with Windows phone, it’s doing laps in an Olympic sized pool. When Windows Phone 8.1 came out, there was much rejoicing. Cortana was far and away the star of the show, but numerous other features – a notification center and live tile backgrounds in particular – made this new update so great because it really ...

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    Though Nokia's high-end phones are well-known for their incredible cameras, it can always improve. It's looking to do that with the Lumia Icon, Lumia 930, and Lumia 1520 today, by adding camera-related features to the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. These Lumia Cyan camera fixes have been detailed by now-Microsoft employee Juha Alakarhu in a Q&A. Low-light performance will be improved, which is a huge plus for some Lumia 1520 owners. Artificial noise will be reduced, and clarity will be made better, claims Alarkhu. Better colors and video quality are also on the list, but why ...

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    Microsoft's vision of Facebook on your mobile device is oddly still in beta, which doesn't necessarily mean that there wasn't an official version, but which is far superior. If you remember Joe Belfiore's recent teaser on Reddit of what to expect for the future of Facebook on Windows Phone, everything that was promised is now a reality. Microsoft has just launched version 5.3.0.1 (8.3.0.1) for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 respectively, and the changes are worth your time. The new update to Facebook beta includes an updated design, which aside from being more visually ...

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    Though Cortana itself is getting better by the day, actually firing up the voice assistant is not as simple. You have to either hold down the search button, or use a live tile, which significantly slows the process of quickly getting information. New information from Microsoft employee Marcus Ash suggests that the company is working on a voice-activated Cortana for the future. Windows Phone products rocking always-on Cortana would find themselves in the same league as the Moto X in the sense that a voice assistant would be always available. There are a couple drawbacks, however, to having ...

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    Even though Windows Phones are quite famous for being very efficient in their hardware requirements, they haven't beaten any records when it comes to form factors, unless you start to consider the Nokia Lumia 1020, obviously. Still, Microsoft is coming up with a ton of very interesting partnerships this year in order to boost Windows Phone 8.1 in markets like Asia. If you're wondering what the plan is, and how Microsoft's partners plan to differentiate the future products, here's a glimpse. India's-based XOLO is quite famous for making some decent smartphone designs at a very affordable ...

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