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    Microsoft’s iPad-ridiculing Surface publicity efforts are essentially as old as the 2-in-1 Windows tablet/laptop family itself, though for a little while, they ceased to frantically take jabs at the competition, turning over a new, more conventional, neutral and, honestly, boring leaf. But then out of nowhere, Apple controversially argued the iPad Pro is a full-blown computer, at which point we knew exactly what to expect. The latest Siri clone-voiced Microsoft Surface commercial has probably arrived sooner than anyone anticipated, this time featuring Cortana too, repeatedly taunting ...

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    Verizon Wireless now only has one Windows phone in stock, the Lumia 735. The other one is out of stock and will likely remain that way. The LG Lancet had very appropriate specifications for its $120 price: 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 410. Then again, the two-year-old Lumia 735, sold at the same price, is on Windows 10 Mobile. It also had an Android version. Its 15-month run beats the HTC 10's tenure at T-Mobile that also ended this week. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    Eager to get a head start on Apple that may prove essential for the company’s Q3 financial results and especially Q4 sales, lucrative holiday season included, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 several weeks before the expected iPhone 7 announcement, also significantly minimizing the IFA 2016’s importance in the eyes of mobile tech enthusiasts. But the Gear S3 smartwatch and Galaxy Tab S3 are still most likely slated for Berlin appearances shortly, and alongside them, Asus, Sony, Acer and Huawei should roll out “new and exciting” gadgets at one of Germany’s oldest industrial ...

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    Well, it was fun while it lasted, but it looks like another Windows 10 Mobile device failed to garner the actual financial support of the masses needed to survive, and by extension, give Microsoft’s floundering platform hope. Perhaps Japan’s Trinity dared to dream too big, trying to take the arguably eye-catching but also highly unconventional NuAns NEO international shortly after its domestic debut, with minimal marketing outside the “Land of the Rising Sun”, and apparently, not enough positive word-of-mouth. Just 489 prospective global buyers pledged between $30 and $650 apiece ...

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    As if to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt the beastly HP Elite x3 isn’t worth $1,000 (or even $800), Microsoft has just outdone itself with the latest North America-only Lumia 950/950 XL yard sale. We won’t get into all the ways the Windows 10 Mobile-running 5.2/5.7-inch duo is inferior to the Snapdragon 820-powered Elite x3 (well, there’s one), but it’s pretty obvious the former two models are stellar bargains at $400 and $450 respectively. That’s down from their extravagant list prices of $550 and $650 in unlocked configurations, and to further sweeten the deals, Redmond ...

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    We know the recent Brexit referendum badly impacted local prices of consumer electronics as diverse as the OnePlus 3 and HTC Vive, but something tells us HP and Microsoft intend to overcharge for the Elite x3 worldwide. Oh, yeah, HP told us that a little while ago via several regional branches of its official e-store, which still doesn’t completely absorb the shock of seeing the business-oriented Windows 10 phone fetch £750, VAT included, on Redmond’s British website, equating to a nice, round, heart attack-inducing $1,000. A thousand bucks for a 6-inch gadget? Can it cook dinner or ...

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    The prospect of owning a pair of mixed reality head-mounted smartglasses before most of your friends even find out what this futuristic technology is all about might sound appealing to some everyday PC consumers, but coughing up $3,000 on a developer-centric product will probably turn out to be a pretty bad investment. Unless you’re keen (and able) to help shape and evolve the Windows Holographic platform running on the unpolished Microsoft HoloLens, in which case you may have already signed up for your super-costly test drive several months back. But if you haven’t for one reason or ...

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    We interrupt our ongoing Galaxy Note 7 coverage with an important message for restless supporters of a different smartphone platform. The world’s third most popular mobile operating system is still (barely) alive and kicking, with its first so-called “feature update” ready to head out to the masses shortly after the desktop iteration. Granted, the hope (and promise) was Windows 10-powered PCs, tablets, Xbox Ones and phones could get the Anniversary Update simultaneously, starting yesterday, August 2. But a week isn’t such an excruciatingly long time to wait for owners of select ...

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    It’s been obvious for a long time now that tablet vendors need to change their approach and adapt to new consumer requirements if they’re to survive and keep the market afloat. But “while growth in the detachable category is undeniable, slates continue to represent the vast majority of the segment.” That’s one of IDC’s most interesting conclusions in compiling preliminary Q2 2016 global shipment data, and of course, finding Android the industry’s dominant force, with 65 percent sales share. Google and its faithful hardware-making partners have found it difficult of late to ...

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    Back when the Microsoft Band 2 was marked down to $175 (from an ill-advised list price of $250) for the second time, with an unusually distant expiration date, we speculated the deal could become permanent, seeing as how a sequel should be drawing near. Even if Redmond decides for some reason to extend the wearable’s upgrade cycle, and hold up the Band 3 until spring, heated competition in both the fitness tracker and smartwatch spaces must prompt frequent discounts. Surprisingly enough, the manufacturer is back charging an absurd $250 for the sensor-rich band in all three sizes. But ...

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    It certainly was both odd and ominous to see Microsoft tight-lipped about the box-office scores of its flagging Lumia roster for the April – June timeframe in an otherwise comprehensive full fiscal 2016 report. After all, in sickness and in health (mostly sickness recently), for better or worse (primarily worse), the Redmond-based tech giant always released those numbers, and so did Nokia before it. But it’s not like it went the whole nine yards to keep the latest Windows Phone decline under wraps either, with yesterday’s Form 10-K filing including the July 2015 – June 2016 grand ...

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    A product as old as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, released more than two years ago, refreshed last October, and likely due for another marginal hardware upgrade this fall, can only be still making headlines for one of three reasons. We could be looking at massive markdowns returning the 2-in-1 tablet to its glory days of solid quality for pricing, an unavoidable end to manufacturing and distribution, or some mysterious hardware or software bug requiring immediate attention from the OEM’s engineers. Alas, the Surface Pro 3 continues to cost around $700 and up at most authorized retailers, ...

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    Online chatter about Microsoft looking to beef up and consolidate its multi-factor authenticator services dating as far back as January finally spawns an official announcement today, previewing some big changes coming to security-enhancing apps for your Microsoft account and Azure AD on August 15. No more separating the two… in a few weeks, as the “best of both” worlds is combined into a single product supporting enterprise and consumer “scenarios.” Dubbed simply and fittingly Microsoft Authenticator, the revised app aims to maintain the “highest level of security” while ...

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    We're going to tackle ALL of your questions about the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and Moto Mods! Plus, we'll chat about mobile use in the military, Google's potential VR strategy, and what responsibility do companies have to provide access to encrypted devices? Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 210 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 21st (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version later this week. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at ...

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    When in financial trouble, most tech outfits look to streamline their product portfolio, reduce expenses and focus on one or a few things they've been doing for a while. But that's not working in HTC’s slumping camp, so instead of further cutting back on hardware releases, the Taiwanese consumer electronics company is expanding. Forget tablets or smartwatches, as virtual reality headsets are nowadays considered the industry’s “next big thing.” HTC, alongside Oculus and Sony, wants to start trends, and it’s got gaming veteran Valve and PC heavyweight HP in its corner to help get ...

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    With Pokémon Go already considered the most popular mobile game in history, at least stateside, as well as bigger than both Tinder and Twitter in terms of daily users, and even topping Facebook as far as average time spent hunting goes, it feels fitting to remind the world of other things they can do on their phones. For instance, “make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, and let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them”, which are only a few of Facebook Messenger’s strengths, according to the social media giant’s latest press release. This ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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    Microsoft wraps up its 2016 fiscal year with revenue dependencies growing on services and other sources and weaning off products. The net result is still down for the quarter and down for the year as compared to 2015. Fourth quarter earnings totaled $20.6 billion or a 7 percent drop from 2015's numbers. On paper, though, the company registered about $3 billion in operating income, better than the $2 billion loss from last year. Remove impairments, integration and restructuring costs and you'll find that income on those terms was down by a bout a third — this time last year, Microsoft ...

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    Even though Netflix continues to be one of the preferred go-to services for media consumption on the web, the company has made a few controversial changes over the last few years that haven't proven to be popular. These changes have mostly been price hikes, which even though not significant, have definitely not garnered the company good publicity. Today Netflix has announced its Q2/2016 results, and customers seem to be voicing concerns loud and clear. Netflix has just revealed that it wasn't able to reach its planned growth of two million subscribers internationally and 500K in the US for ...

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    Three long months after it started selling on European shores, not to mention six excruciating months after its year-opening CES introduction, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed is finally up for grabs stateside at $650 unlocked. Too… much, too late? It certainly appears so, especially given the 5.5-incher’s Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM and Full HD screen resolution, all a tier or two below most recent Android high-enders. Even within the humble W10M ecosystem, it feels hard to justify a Jade Primo purchase at $650 when you consider Lumia 950 and 950 ...

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    Microsoft pulled a very uncool stunt on both Office 365 subscribers and users of its free OneDrive file hosting tier last fall, massively reducing previous cloud storage perks across the board, but in the face of public outrage, some of the controversial policy changes were temporarily reversed in December. This January 31, your window of opportunity closed for good, and today, those that neglected to simply ask Redmond to retain their 15GB digital hoarding room on the house may begin to experience problems accessing their full OneDrive libraries. No point complaining about it now, and ...

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    Microsoft needs all the hardware-producing help it can get to make the mobile iteration of its otherwise successful Windows 10 platform relevant in a world copiously dominated by two unstoppable forces of nature. Unfortunately (for Redmond), you can count the number of household tech industry names actively supporting W10M on the fingers of one hand. There’s HP, Acer, Xiaomi (to a certain extent), plus Lenovo now. Yes, the PC giant and struggling Motorola parent is finally delivering on its 2014 promise, but only in Japan for the time being. Not even nationwide, with the aptly titled ...

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    The HTC Vive may have won an early battle (or ten) of availability, but the high-end virtual reality headset war is far from decided, with both Sony’s PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift in it to prevail over the long haul. The Facebook-owned company that arguably laid the first stone in a fast-growing market soon to be worth billions encountered a few hiccups in its attempt to turn a nifty concept into a popular consumer product, after a pair of developer-centric experiments. Several months in, all the component shortages and manufacturing woes seem to have come to a happy ending, with ...

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    Black Friday is still months down the road, and with both Independence Day and Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, you’re probably expecting little movement on the tech deals and steals front in the very near future. But Microsoft doesn’t need a special occasion to get in the giving mood, randomly putting a bunch of hardware on sale last night through 11:59PM PDT on July 12. Arguably the number one bargain, at least for mobile enthusiasts, is a $150 dual SIM unlocked Lumia 650, marked down from its typical list price of $200 for the first time ever. The Windows 10-loaded 5-incher ...

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    We've been teasing our new series for the last couple weeks, and now it's time for a showdown! Welcome to the Pocketnow Challenge, where we test real world smartphone usage by pitting two Pocketnow editors against each other. Our first major challenge is a photography battle between long time editor and professional photographer Adam Lein, facing off against the newest video producer on the site Juan Carlos Bagnell. To celebrate the Fourth of July, these two photogs are battling to see who can deliver the best photo of celebratory fireworks. It's a classic showdown. Senior editor, ...

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