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    Microsoft has been working hard at keeping its Windows 10 Mobile updates coming to members of the Microsoft Insider program. We've kept a close eye on build 10136 for the last couple of days, but it seems it's taken Redmond longer than usual in pushing to beta testers. Today we learn that the build is pretty much ready for a launch, but at a risk. Gabriel Aul has been active on Twitter today asking users for feedback on what should be the best route to take for the launch of build 10136. It seems the build is ready, but there is a bug upgrading from version 10080 that could hold the update ...

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    iOS always gets to bask in the spotlight of attention from mobile consumers, and that’s especially true during device launches and WWDC, the latter of which we just saw last week. But there’s a lot more than just iPhones and iPads out there, and Windows Phone is still a booming platform with a bevy of great and unique features. iPhones are great, just like Android phones and Windows Phones are great, but there are a few things that the people of Cupertino could learn from Windows Phone. A cleaner, more organized interface Consumers seem to have a very straightforward, ...

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    If you're doing the math, then yes, you're only a few weeks away from Windows 10 going public in its final build. We assume that this means all version of Windows 10, even though there is far more maturity in builds being tested for the desktop than for mobile. We've covered a significant amount of leaks that focus on what to expect for the next build to come, but today we get some timing as well. Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile build 10134 has been leaked substantially the last couple of weeks, and today we learn that a build 10136 is the one that will make the final cut. Sources claim that ...

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    The world of virtual reality is finally seeing the arrival of hardware advanced enough to make truly immersive experiences a reality. That's bringing us efforts like the HTC Vive, set to go up for sale before the end of the year. But the granddaddy of them all is Oculus VR's Oculus Rift, long available as developer hardware but seemingly never quite ready to take the retail plunge. That's all changing in 2016, and today Oculus shared just how that commercial deployment is set to happen, as it revealed the final Oculus Rift hardware. The Oculus Rift headset is set to go up for sale in Q1 ...

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    Windows Phone Facebook integration was one of the main selling points of the platform (phones running the Microsoft mobile OS), and the feature was also available on Windows, as well as several other offerings from Microsoft. According to a recently published support document, Windows Phone Facebook integration (as well as other Facebook connect features) will no longer be available. "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the tool that we use to connect your Microsoft account to Facebook. It brings contact ...

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    A little more than a week from now, on June 17, 2015, T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 640. If you haven't already, go ahead and read our review so you'll know whether you should be excited about this, or not. The information that next Wednesday, the T-Mobile Lumia 640 will become available comes from two different unknown sources that Windows Central is quoting in this report. By the looks of it, you won't be able to grab a T-Mobile Lumia 640 from the shelves; the carrier is apparently opting for a "Ship to (direct fulfillment)" model, which implies Magenta ordering it for you and ...

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    If you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I recently had my phone stolen for the first time. It was bound to happen after seven years of smartphone ownership without a hitch, and it certainly wasn’t in the way I would’ve expected it to eventually happen. Long story short, I was working with a customer at my day job, and the son of another customer who had been waiting in line had swiped my phone from off of the charger on our consultation desk while I wasn’t looking. Well. I can cross "phone stolen" from my list of firsts. — Hayato Huseman (@hayatohuseman) May 23, 2015 ...

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    Ever since Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device division, the Lumia line of Windows Phones has been focusing on affordable smartphones that still bring a lot of good-enough features with less compromises. This is probably a good strategy, since I'm sure a huge percentage of the population doesn't need an $800 iPhone for texting, Facbook, and Instagram. The Lumia 640, is one of the first Lumia smartphones to finally include Microsoft's own branding, and it removes many of the compromises you might have to endure on other low-priced budget smartphones like the Lumia 5XX series and even the ...

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    Wondering what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 update 2? We've got just the changelog for you to show you all that's changed in the second major (sorta) update to Windows Phone 8.1. Only certain phones are seeing the update, but it does indeed bring a couple notable changes that one could admire. We've made available below Microsoft's official changelog. Additionally, Windows Central notes a few changes of its own after a good amount of time testing the new software – there's MKV support for videos, a Reset Protection feature, there's now an "All Apps" button at the bottom of the Start ...

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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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