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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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    One of the big selling points of Windows Phone 7 that was touted by Microsoft and Joe Belfiore when it was launched was that all of your personal content could be placed right there on the start screen. It wasn't just a launcher for apps, it was all of your stuff… all of your friends, your pictures, your music… all the real stuff you wanted right there on the start screen in whatever arrangement you wanted. That was a pretty great idea. Unfortunately, things have changed recently. Microsoft isn't really allowing us as much access to our content as before. You can no longer pin OneNote ...

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    Microsoft is famous for being the king of enterprise, but the exception to that rule comes in the form of smartphones. The company has lost a ton of corporate customers to Apple and Google, mainly because of how long its taken the company to adopt corporate basics like VPN support on its Windows Phones. All those problems are solved now with Windows Phone 8.1, and it seems the company is about to land a big fish. Reports claim that BMW is about to make a dramatic overhaul to the smartphones that its employees use, and it seems that the company will go from the vintage Nokia Symbian ...

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    Microsoft hasn't really found the success that it aimed for with its Windows Phone platform. The company that once ruled the mobile space almost a decade ago has barely found a spot in third place after years of dramatic changes, and if you measure the difference between its current numbers and the second place (iOS), the future seems grim. If you're wondering how well will the platform perform over the next couple of years, the answer could be good or bad depending on how you see it. IDC has just provided its official numbers after a few little teasers we came across a few days ago. At ...

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    We asked ourselves where all the new Windows Phones were, with the 8.1 update already being rolled out, and, recently, we've heard reports of not one, but three new Microsoft-powered devices being allegedly in the works. That, of course, before hearing reports of a 50MP Windows Phone from Microsoft, a possible Lumia 1020 follow-up (which might or might not be part of the aforementioned three), but which apparently is lacking a xenon flash. Lava, however, seems to not care about all the speculation. You might remember the company and its name from the other Iris phones (and ties to ...

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    One of the long-overdue updates for the Lumia brand is probably the most important. Just as we've seen the legacy of the Lumia 920/925 revived in the new Lumia 930 (Icon), we've spent the last couple of weeks wondering what the future of the successor to the Lumia 1020 will be. Surely updating the world's best smartphone camera isn't an easy job, but with rumors of the codename Lumia McLaren being canceled by Redmond, we were already beginning to worry. Today we find the first leaked photos of what we expect to be the Lumia 1030, and according to the source, there is more here than meets ...

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    One of our biggest concerns this year, is that even though Windows Phone 8.1 is the most mature version of Windows Phone ever, there is very little hardware to showcase it. Surely Microsoft has been busy acquiring Nokia's mobile division, and we can see that in how long it took the company to produce the first phone. The good thing is that credible sources claim this is about to change, and in decent quantities. AdDuplex is about to announce its official numbers for how Windows Phone has performed lately, but the company has decided to give us a few teasers before the announcement. The ...

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    Microsoft has been very busy lately as we see the rebirth of the Lumia brand in the hands of Microsoft. We're worried that we haven't seen as many new Windows Phones in the market as we are accustomed to at this time of year, but that doesn't mean that the company has spent the last few weeks doing nothing. Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 has proven to be a great improvement to the growing platform, and bug fixes are the other thing the company has been doing well. If you've been noticing that your Lumia 925 or Lumia 1020 freeze out of the blue, or have trouble waking up after deep sleep, ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Ten years ago, mobile enterprise communications were dominated by companies like RIM (now BlackBerry) and Microsoft. Even today you'll notice that flight attendants still use a Windows Mobile device to bill your credit card when selling you food on a plane, and the same can be said about almost every company that needs to scan a bar code with a mobile device. The deployment of Exchange servers on other platforms has allowed companies to migrate employee communications to other platforms like iOS, but new reports claim that things are coming back home. CCS Insight is reporting that ...

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    Even though Microsoft has made some significant leaps with Windows Phone 8.1, and even Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, there is still one piece missing in the puzzle. This is the most mature version of the company's operating system, but with the added irony of very little hardware being launched to showcase what it can do. Surely devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows are a good example of how it can be done right, but we need more competition, and it seems some is on its way. We have some leaked images from an unnamed Chinese factory that show the display panel and part of the housing of a ...

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    One of the coolest Windows Phone features is also one of the least famous among existing customers. The fact that Bluetooth LE didn't originally work on Lumia smartphones was a bummer, but it was great to see this happen after the Lumia Cyan update. That option to see hardware improvements through software updates is great, even though it does make some of us wait for features to reach specific devices at times. Such is the case of 4K video recording, but one that will be solved very soon. The Lumia Denim update closes the loop between Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and the personalized ...

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    The "Microsoft Band" came as a bit of a surprise when it was unveiled late last month. There weren't any leaked pictures of the device and all we knew about it came from the Windows Store, where the Microsoft Health software appeared the night before the new wrist band went on sale in Microsoft Stores nationwide. The Band is mainly geared towards fitness tracking, though it does have quite a few "smartwatch" type features. We think Microsoft would prefer that people compare it to other fitness trackers as opposed to smart watches, but it certainly does fit somewhat into both ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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