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    As the wait for true flagship Windows phones continues – and we look towards the impending arrival of Windows 10 this summer for more – we're left being graced by new entrants from Microsoft in the affordable smartphone market, the latest of which is the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM. What will interest you most about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM if you're in the market is the price tag without a doubt. The phone is priced to sell, at just $150, and features some commendable respect for that fairly small price to pay. Paying that price will get you a Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5-inch 720p ...

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    HTC and Microsoft haven't really had the best relationship ever since HTC decided to help Google launch the first-ever Android smartphone back in 2008. Yes, we have seen HTC Windows Phones launch over the following years, but not at the same pace as we saw HTC supporting Windows Mobile since its ODM days. We're not sure if that's going to change any time soon, but we do hear that there is work in progress. At the launch of the HTC One M9+ in New Delhi this morning, Chia-Lin Chang, the company's President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer was approached about the company's future ...

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    Microsoft's launch of the second preview of Windows 10 for phones might have landed later than we'd like, and some of us are even complaining about certain missing features. Still, that's the price of evolution, and that's something Microsoft needs to do desperately. No all is a loss though, a lot of cool new features are being added, and today we get a teaser. Even though we praise the keyboard on Windows Phone, one of our biggest complaints is how big the keys and the UI tend to be on devices with a larger display. Today we find Microsoft's new one-handed keyboard being demoed on video, ...

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    Back in February we took a look at the first preview release of Windows 10 for phones and deemed it to be quite a mess.  Mostly we had to forgive Microsoft for the awful design, inconsistencies, usability problems, and lack of features because it was an early preview release and they're still working on it.  Well, if you thought that was bad, wait until you see the latest version that was just released on April 10th!  (You can read about the known issues in Microsoft's blog.) Again, it's a preview release so we have to give some forgiveness for the unfinished state still, but things are ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been busy with Windows 10 for smartphones, up to the point where we already have an ETA for the next preview, it doesn't mean that the company wasn't committed to bringing its Update 2 (GDR2) to existing handsets while that happens. We covered some of the changes we expected to find on GDR2 a couple of months ago, but we weren't certain as to when we could expect the update. Microsoft has made Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 official today, but not all the news are positive. First of all, if you want to rock this update today, you'll have to buy either the Lumia 640 or ...

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    Lately I've seen a few articles from other tech writers championing some of the latest new mobile email programs for their innovative takes on improving the email experience on the small screen. Mobile apps are generally less capable than their desktop counterparts and email programs have always been far more feature rich and capable on the desktop computers. Even the most basic web-browser-based email services are often far more useful on desktop web browsers than within mobile phone apps. I've been using Microsoft Outlook as my preferred email program since the late 1990's. Outlook 98 ...

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    Whatsapp is clearly popular enough to get Facebook to spend millions on it, and that's mainly because of the amount of users it has around the world. We're still having mixed feelings on how beneficial this acquisition has been for Whatsapp, mainly because features like the Whatsapp voice calling service that was announced exactly a year ago, are still not reaching end users at the speed at which Whatsapp performed in the past. If you're wondering if there is still light at the end of the tunnel for this feature to reach Windows Phone, the news are both good and bad. We'd say the news are ...

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    One of the biggest new features to come with the release of Windows 10 later this year is the inclusion of Project Spartan, an all-new web browser designed by the Microsoft team from the ground-up with an emphasis on speed, reliability, and general usability. We've already had our look at what the browser will look like in the standard Windows 10 desktop mode – and have even got to try that out – but the question mark has remained about the design of the browser on mobile (specifically smartphone) versions of the software. New Project Spartan Windows phone screenshots could answer some ...

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    HTC's Vice President of Design, Jonah Becker, announced on Twitter that he steps down from his role within HTC, after seventeen years of being with the company. While he prepares for his "new adventure" -- most probably outside of HTC -- we can't help but wonder what will happen to the Taiwanese phone maker and its upcoming models. Becker is one of the people you can thank for the great design of the HTC One M8 (and M9, since they're so alike), but his departure comes less than a year after taking on this position from his predecessor, Scott Croyle. Becker's announcement comes right after ...

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    Windows Phone is definitely what we'd like to dub as the "Finally" platform, as Microsoft has taken ages to support basics like VPN connectivity, even when its old Windows Mobile OS could do this since the turn of the century. That said, the Windows 10 preview for smartphones has been in the public for more than a month now, and it has showed us a lot of what's to come, but many of the new features are still not ready for the public preview. We've slowly learned of the new features to come in the recent WinHEC conference, and today more details emerge. Microsoft will finally bring support ...

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    Last week, OnePlus let shoppers know that they were about to see a price hike: in Europe, the OnePlus One is about to cost a few euros more, as the manufacturer responds to fluctuating exchange rates. While that news may have gotten us thinking about currency markets and their effects on mobile technology, this OnePlus incident is far from the first time we've seen companies respond to shifting valuations by updating their international pricing, and Apple just tweaked App Store prices a couple months back. Now it's Microsoft's turn to make an adjustment, as it notifies devs of come changes ...

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    The Taiwanese phone manufacturer has made a big announcement today involving its leadership. HTC executives are being shuffled around, and Cher Wang, Chairman and co-founder of HTC, has been named as CEO by the The Board of Directors of HTC Corporation. Cher Wang will take Peter Chou's place in becoming the Chief Executive Office of the company. Where does that leave Peter Chou, the former CEO? According to the official wording, Peter Chou "will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation". We're not quite sure what that means, but we're guessing, judging by the ...

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    Microsoft continues to shed more light on what to expect for Windows 10 on computers, tablets and smartphones during its WinHEC conference in China. We've heard that the computer variant of Windows 10 will bring more intuitive gestures on touchpads and touch screens for users, which is great news, but don't think that Windows 10 smartphones won't be getting some extra fun. Microsoft has just made it official that Windows 10 smartphones will support USB Type-C in addition to a ton of USB protocols that will allow users to enjoy services like USB Mass Storage. Services like USB Serial ...

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    Microsoft is gearing up for a big splash with Windows 10 this summer, up to the point where it won't only be free for existing paid users, but even those with pirated copies. It's clear that Microsoft wants to gain the same amount of mindshare that its operating system had a decade ago, and bold moves like these are necessary. Still, making it free is as important as making it desirable and easy to use, and in addition to the visual changes of Windows 10, we also get some gesture changes. In a session of today's WinHEC conference, Microsoft displayed the new touch gestures that will be ...

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    Could the addition of new Windows phone OEM partners help provide the sales boost Microsoft is hoping for? We'll know that answer for sure soon, as the Redmond, Calif. based company has unveiled today at the WinHEC conference two new partners which will be working to bring Windows to their smartphones. Let's talk Lenovo, first of all. Right now details are murky on whether Lenovo's upcoming Windows device will run the current Windows Phone OS (8.1) or come out only after Windows 10 for phones becomes available later this year. Considering the image in the tweet embedded below, the former ...

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    If there's one thing technology power users like us hate, it's carrying a bunch of different charging wires around when we travel. Why can't we standardized on one type of connector that works for everything? For a while around the turn of the century, many smartphones standardized on the mini-USB port for charging and syncing data. HTC even extended the port's specifications to include audio input/output. That was pretty fantastic since you could use one port to charge, sync, and play music on speakers at the same time. In some cases it could even output video. (See: Why the 3.5mm headset ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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    Microsoft in Barcelona has just taken the wraps off of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL at Mobile World Congress, mid-range smartphones that Microsoft means to "build on the success [the company has had] in the affordable space," available for purchase in April. The regular 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. It has a 5-inch HD display (what we're assuming is 720p given the targeted price point), and comes in four different color variants (Cyan, Orange, Black, and White). There's an 8-megapixel camera with dynamic flash and auto HDR, as well as ...

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    The wait for a Windows flagship smartphone has been long and dire. Just as rumors came up, they simmered down just as quickly, and we haven't heard much about when we'd be seeing the next flagship from Redmond. There's an event today that the company is hosting for MWC, which we remain hopeful about though, so join us along in the Microsoft MWC event live stream to find out what the company has in store for us! The event should kick off at around 8:30 AM CEST, which translates to right around 2:30 AM Eastern, or 11:30 PM Pacific. Though we'd love to see some flagships, leaks have pointed ...

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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    It's nighttime in Barcelona right now, giving us a bit of much-appreciated breathing room to collect ourselves after today's whirlwind launches, and pay some attention to a few of the less spotlight-grabbing announcements from the day. Lenovo may not be bringing any products that are as hotly anticipated as those new flagships from Samsung and HTC, but it's still got quite a few new models that could well be worth your attention. Today, the name of the game was “tablets,” and Lenovo brought three new models to show off, the Android Lenovo Tab 2 A8 and A10-70, and the Windows-running ...

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    Microsoft's OneDrive is certainly not the most ubiquitous cloud storage service in the market, but it is one of the most affordable and feature packed options you can get. The folks at Redmond have focused in making it as available to other platforms as possible, since Microsoft is about more than just protecting its Windows business. Today the service gets some new enhancements that make it worthy of giving it a try if you haven't already. Microsoft has just launched its OneDrive API in a plan to give developers the liberty to take full advantage of all that OneDrive can do across ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it's Satya Nadella's main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we've seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures. Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register ...

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    Yes, Windows 10 for phones is a big mess so far, but we were kind of expecting that. The public preview released on February 12, 2015 is the earliest Microsoft has ever released a testing version of their mobile phone operating system.  I've been privately & publicly beta testing software products since the mid 90's, and in using this, it really seems a long way from an official release. Naturally this means there will be plenty of bugs, but what worries us the most is that so much of the new operating system is going in such an odd direction. Our fears were correct, as many Windows ...

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    Windows 10 is Microsoft's next big bet to the future of desktop, mobile and even game console computing, and the company's Technical Preview has gained a lot of praise among the media, even with how early the product is. Sadly our impressions on the mobile variant are still not positive, but we're optimistic that there's more to improve down the road. Microsoft has done an amazing job at updating its desktop variant so far, and today we learn more about what's to come. The company's Gabe Aul has just spilled the beans on hotfixes that should be reaching testers today, and the details ...

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