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    "What do you need most in a smartphone?" That is always my answer to anyone who asks me which smartphone they should buy. People assume that because I review smartphones for a living and have played with most of the new models, I have all the answers and automagically know which smartphone they should purchase at any given time, right off the top of my head. I don't. Everyone needs something different. Maybe you need something with a larger screen for watching movies, browsing the web, or gaming. I know my sister wants something smaller, since she has rather petite hands, and I know my mom ...

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    Spotify has proven that even though music streaming wasn't popular a couple of years ago, it is now. The company has gained a significant amount of customer base in Europe, and it is clearly just getting started. Offering free ad-based music on smartphones is probably one of the coolest updates the company has offered lately, but Windows Phone users were deprived of this feature until now. Spotify has just updated its application for Windows Phone, and among the updates, you can now stream music for free. Yes, free involves a couple of ads here and there, you won't be able to sync your ...

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    I remember how free I felt the first time I dabbled in alternative operating systems on my old family PC. After growing tired of using Windows Vista, I started looking around and asking friends what I should do. One suggested trying Windows XP Black Edition, a hacked version of XP, and another suggested trying various builds of Linux. Ultimately, I gave Ubuntu a try. I never looked back. From that day, I stopped using Windows. It felt incredible to load whatever software I wanted onto my hardware. This instilled a certain mentality in me that carried over to smartphones, which were ...

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    After the HTC One M8 for Windows went official earlier this week, one comparison was instantly called for: what's the difference between it, and the regular ole One M8? Well, first of all, there's the operating system ... but the truth is that the difference extends beyond that. We go over all that in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs HTC One M8 video comparison right down below. In terms of hardware, there's nothing different – on the inside. There's the Windows Phone branding right under the HTC logo, and the phone only is available in a Gunmetal Grey variant for now. You can also only ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily enjoyed much success with the launch of Windows 8, and the same can be said about its spinoff to Windows RT. Windows Phone 8 has seen some moderate success though, but it's clear that the company is desperate for a positive change in its results. For some, the smartest thing to do would be to start over, that's exactly what Microsoft plans to do under Nadella's administration. Sources close to Microsoft claim that the company is preparing to announce its next version of Windows in an event on September 30th. At the moment, both the date and the name for this ...

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    Whenever we see spec wars between smartphones, a lot of people forget to note that each operating system handles its respective hardware differently. It would be unfair to compare a Windows Phone to an Android phone on a spec sheet, as we do know that Windows Phone requires much less power to perform just as well as Android, and which is something that doesn't speak highly of Android. If you're wondering just how power efficient a Windows Phone can be when running on the same specs as Android, just have a look at the HTC One M8 for Windows, and see for yourself. The spec sheet of both ...

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    Secret is one of those apps that can drive a tad of controversy. It's designed for office gossip, and hey, getting your complaints out of your system without others really knowing who you are. Sadly it has also led to bullying in certain cases as well, as there is no safer place to keep your office secrets, than in your own mind. There is also a similar app called Cryptic for Windows Phone, and news are that there is a country that wants them banned. A Brazilian Judge is already fed up with all the reports of bullying cases, and the fact that these services haven't been able to put these ...

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    HTC recently announced a new version of its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone and the only difference is that it's running Windows Phone 8.1.1. This instantly made many of us remember the old days when HTC was king of smartphones in part because it allowed the hacking community to have free reign over their phones. The comments on our first impressions of the device lit up with wishes and hopes for dual-boot capabilities. Back in 2002, HTC released a touch screen smartphone codenamed the "Wallaby" and it was originally released by O2 as the O2 XDA. That's how the XDA-Developers site came ...

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    When the HTC One M8 for Windows went official this morning, many breathed a sigh of frustration upon hearing that the handset would be exclusive to Verizon Wireless's cellular network here in the United States. But information out of AT&T this evening suggests that this exclusive won't be around for too long, as the carrier has confirmed that it will be stocking HTC One M8 for Windows units of its own later this year. Pricing and availability details are scarce at the moment, though we do have our first look at what the phone will look like when it makes the leap to Big Blue. It's the ...

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    One of the biggest complaints that Windows and Windows Phone users have with both of these platforms, is how hot features get killed for no particular reason. Surely there must be a reason for these features to die, but you'd assume that the evolution of a platform should only make it look and perform better. Such is the case of the death of the animated Live Tile for Xbox Music, which died with the birth of Windows Phone 8, and which is rumored to make a come back. It seems that there is a version of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 that is currently being tested in Italy, and one of the ...

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    Now that it's official, it's time to put the HTC One M8 for Windows up against its fellow Windows Phone-running peers. We started off with a showdown between the One M8 for Windows and Lumia 1520, and are continuing by putting the HTC phone up against what's probably its single biggest competitor: the Nokia Lumia Icon / 930. Read our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon / 930 comparison down below to get the scoop about which WP heavyweight you should grab yourself the next time you walk into a Verizon store. It's quite incredible how similar these two phones are to each other -- ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows has just gone official, so it's time to start comparing it to the Windows Phone cream of the crop. Without a doubt the Nokia Lumia 1520 is part of this elite group of Microsoft phones, so we should compare it to the new guy, no? This is HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 1520. On paper, the One M8 for Windows does a stellar job keeping up with the 1520. It comes out of the gate by beating out the Nokia's 1080p 6-inch display with a more pixel-dense 5-inch panel, and continues by edging out the 1520's processor with a 0.1 GHz boost. The camera is where the ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows has just gone official, so it's time to put its internals under the lens to find out just exactly what keeps the phone ticking. We realized when we compiled our list of HTC One M8 for Windows specs, that the phone is quite similar to -- actually, the exact same as -- the regular ol' One M8 on the inside. Everything from the 1920x1080 (1080p) 5-inch display to the 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-a-chip is identical, but that doesn't mean this isn't a solid hardware package. Combine the hardware of the Android One M8 and the low spec requirements of ...

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    Waze has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years for its crowd sourced navigation. Surely it's not a perfect service, but it has become popular enough to get Google to buy the service, but which also leads to a major problem. We know how divorced Google and Microsoft are lately, and it seems the problem only extends as new services get acquired. Waze has just confirmed on Twitter that it has no plans to provide any updates for its service on Windows Phone. It does clarify that things could change in the future, which definitely leaves us with hope, but that doesn't mean ...

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    The image above, folks, is the clearest image we've seen thus far of what may be called the HTC One M8 for Windows (according to one of the latest rumors). This HTC One M8 for Windows image doesn't tell us much by itself, but there's a lot of accompanying information that helps us understand more clearly what we could be seeing launched on August 19. According to uncited sources of Neowin, here are the specs HTC has gone with for its Windows Phone-running flagship: Windows Phone 8.1 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32 GB internal storage; micro SD (up to 128 GB) 2 GB of RAM ...

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    It seems one of the new trends in the tech world is to copy Snapchat. The company, valued in the billions of dollars, has seen its product influence services such as Facebook's Slingshot and Instagram's Bolt, and the latest app to draw inspiration from it is the Microsoft WindUp Windows Phone app. The app, published by Microsoft Research on the Windows Phone Store, lets you send self-destructing messages (with a timer) to your friends -- and not-so-friends, if that's your thing. Picture and video messages can be sent, along with regular text. You can also share voice recordings, which does ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a great job in bringing Windows Phone 8.1 to its existing smartphone install base. This sadly only applies to unlocked models, as some carriers haven't pushed these updates to their devices as fast as we'd like. Still, the amount of changes in Windows Phone 8.1 is significant, and AT&T has just announced some love for its best Windows Phone yet. As of today the Nokia Lumia 1020 should receive its update for Windows Phone 8.1. This follows the updates that have reached other devices like the Nokia Lumia 925, Lumia 635, Lumia 1520, and Lumia 520. The update ...

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    Microsoft has already given us a couple of teasers on what to expect for its IFA press event in Berlin. Yes, we are expecting the rumored Lumia 730 selfie phone, but another device in our radar is the Lumia 830. It's easy to assume that this is just the evolution to Nokia's mid-tier Lumia 820 from two years ago, but recent reports claimed that it was no slouch, and today's batch of rumors talks about more than one device. Sources claim that the Lumia 830 will not be a Verizon exclusive, but it will be a different device for each US carrier it launches on. The device will apparently be sold ...

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    The only thing smarter than a voice assistant is having it be able to control more than just your phone. Home automation is clearly part one of Google's major plans for the future when acquiring a company like Nest, but it's hard to predict how far away that project is. A company that's already hard at work on a finalized product is Microsoft, and rumors even talk about Cortana being part of the deal. Microsoft Asia is reportedly working with an un-named, multi-national smart home giant on bringing us some voice-controled home automation. The report claims that Microsoft is working hard on ...

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    Microsoft is already teasing what to expect for its IFA 2014 event. We know that devices like the rumored Nokia Lumia 730 might be part of the show, and its "selfie phone" capabilities will be the big news here. Still, Nokia is famous for not launching just one device at its events, and another device we've been following is the Nokia Lumia 830. This Lumia 830 would be the successor to the old Lumia 820 that saw the light of day a couple of years ago. We've seen some leaked photos that proved to be a tad controversial as we did see a camera hump that's similar to what we currently know on ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    We've been steadily hearing rumors of Nokia's Lumia 730, or "Superman," as an early leak of codenames had it. Now we've been handed a behemoth of info in a full Nokia Lumia 730 specs leak, which pretty much confirms this device's midranger status. The phone will allegedly house a 4.7-inch display with a likely FWVGA (854 x 480), but possibly 720p resolution. It'll have 1GB of RAM, a quad-core processor with an unknown make and clock speed (though it's likely a Snapdragon 400 between 1.6 and 1.7 GHz), 8GB of internal storage, and expansion through microSD up to an extra 128 GB. As for ...

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    Capacitive displays have become mainstream ever since Apple launched the first-generation iPhone in 2007. Apple did prove a point that having hardware buttons poised a challenge to smartphone makers since you can't really change these buttons when another cool idea emerges years later. Sadly, the biggest challenge with a glass display is that you can't really operate it without looking at it, so things like gaming can leave you with a cumbersome experience; something that Microsoft wants to fix. Microsoft Research is currently working on a new technology that brings haptic feedback to ...

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    Looking for our original Dell Venue Pro review from 2011? Check it out here. Wondering about the tablet family with the same name from 2013? Peep this. Want a sweet nostalgia trip? See below. • There was a time when manufacturers still pushed the boundaries of industrial design, when Windows Phone was the newest smartphone platform around, and Dell still called itself a smartphone maker. These were the days of WVGA displays being sold as "high resolution," of 3G masquerading as 4G, of 5-megapixel primary cameras and QWERTY keyboards with individual spring-loaded plastic keys. Into ...

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    As Microsoft and its partners continue to roll out Windows Phone 8.1, and even the new Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to existing devices, the last thing we ever expected to find was a case of an eligible product that won't receive these updates. One of the beauties of the Windows Phone 8 evolution was supposed to be that any device running it would not face any software obsolescence issues. Sadly the news today is that not everything is perfect, and this is sad news for some HTC customers. Surely the HTC 8S (known also as the HTC Windows Phone 8S) didn't take the world by storm, and such was ...

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