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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    As much as PC manufacturers would like to believe their once super-steady cash cow will start yielding easy profits again down the line, the bitter reality is traditional computers don’t seem to be making a comeback. Tablets are also on a decidedly downward trajectory, leaving most OEMs faced with a tough call. Should they continue to bet big on a losing horse, focus on niches like convertibles, ruggedized laptops or business-centric machines, or throw in the towel and cut their losses? Well, what if there was a fourth option, at least for smaller PC makers that can’t compete against ...

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    Weird but convenient. A little on the costly side but extremely versatile and a great productivity enhancer for both phones and tablets. Apparently, the strengths of the first-gen LG Rolly outweighed its flaws, commanding an early sequel. Enter the aptly titled LG Rolly Keyboard 2, which aims to further improve the functionality of the original model while retaining the $110 price tag. Sub-$100 would have been an awesome deal, we know, but by the time it launches stateside, maybe it’ll get discounted. Currently, it’s only confirmed as headed to South Korea at 129,000 won ($110), and ...

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    While it may seem like fans of the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform are getting plenty of love from device manufacturers all over the world, you can still count the number of “true” flagships officially unveiled with Continuum support on the fingers of one hand. Lumia 950, 950 XL, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and HP Elite X3. That’s all there is to choose from for power W10M users. Worse yet, the Elite X3 is only coming in the summer, and the Jade Primo took an eternity to transition from formal announcement to commercial launch. Up for pre-orders in select European markets way back ...

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    Halfway through their upgrade cycle, assuming Redmond intends to follow a classic one-year release schedule, the convertible Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book apparently need a little sales boost in order to return to the spotlight. Already, we’ve seen the cheaper 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine discounted by $100 in Intel Core i5 configurations, while the “ultimate laptop” was literally just treated to similar rebates when packing the same processor. If you felt Microsoft could do better however and postponed your purchase awaiting heftier savings, these have now arrived, unfortunately only ...

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    If you thought the three months leading up to January were bad for iOS and the mobile iteration of Windows, as Android smartphones copiously dominated holiday sales in all key global markets, wait until you check out Kantar Worldpanel’s December – February numbers. Even with many Android power users on standby for Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10 launches, the world-dominant platform managed to consolidate and improve its supremacy from Paris to Berlin and Beijing to New York. Stateside, the gap between the gold and silver medalists surged from less than 17 percent in the 90-day timeframe ...

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    As painful as it must be to admit, there’s nothing Microsoft can do in the foreseeable future to threaten the Android/iOS mobile duopoly. Instead of vainly trying to fight the two platforms therefore, Redmond is courting fans of the competition with more and more software products meant to bring the best Windows gear closer to the world’s most popular phones. Yes, we’re talking PC – handheld interaction and compatibility, and not only as far as W10 and W10M devices are concerned. That “Anniversary Update” in the summer is practically guaranteed to provide a reimagined Action ...

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    The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices has started to show up. Most people probably have the automatic updates option turned on which will probably notify you when an update is ready to install and allow you to proceed. There's a few things you might want to be wary of when that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade comes along though. Do you even want the upgrade? Many people think the newer version of an operating system is going to be better than the current version. That is how things should normally go, but that's not often the case with Windows Mobile. In Windows 10 ...

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    How sweet would it be if you could wrap any smartphone, not just Motorolas and the OnePlus X, in elegant bamboo? What about tablets, laptops, even smartwatches and gaming consoles? Well, now you can once again, as acclaimed maker of the “most precision-fitted skins on the planet” dbrand reboots its wildly successful and previously short-lived series of bamboo covers. The sleek, premium-looking skins aren’t manufactured of actual wood, but no one will be able to tell the difference, and they’re going to fit your device like a glove. Whether you’re thinking of customizing a Galaxy ...

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    Fans of 2-in-1 Windows machines from Microsoft have been treated to several discounts lately, including $100 off Intel Core i5-powered Surface Pro 4 variants and an extra $100 off Surface Dock accessories. Not to forget the all-time low price reached by the non-Pro Surface 3 on Amazon earlier this month. Somewhat naturally, it’s now the Surface Book’s turn to try to improve its mainstream appeal, though the words “affordable” and “cheap” will still never be mentioned in the same sentence as the “ultimate laptop.” Always capable of seamlessly transforming into an unusually ...

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    For the past few years, Samsung has been pretty synonymous with Google's Android. Some would say that Samsung is really the reason for Android's success. They've released many Android powered phones and tablets to satisfy all of the price points, but these days consumer tablet interest has waned. Everyone who wanted an Android or iOS tablet for media consumption on the couch already has one. There is a different segment that has seen a lot of growth though, and that's in business-friendly tablet 2-in-1's. The Surface Pro 3 was relatively successful as a "tablet that can replace your ...

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    They say the road to success is a long and intricate one, paved with setbacks and failure, and nobody knows that better than virtual reality pioneer Oculus. The company originated in California way back in June 2012, and while the Rift head-mounted display’s path to consumer availability was never paved with failure per se, it took the VR goggles an excruciatingly long time to get ready for a proper rollout. So long, in fact, that a number of contenders joined the immersive tech space and are now bidding for gold. But the HTC Vive is significantly costlier than the Oculus Rift, and the ...

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    While it’s certainly nice to see more than a dozen devices confirmed for Windows 10 Mobile updates, many of which are getting the sweet software goodie packs as we speak, we can’t overlook the fact Microsoft over-promised and under-delivered in terms of both ETAs and hardware requirements. Sure, all’s well that ends well, but what about Lumia 1020 and 1320 owners? As it turns out, there may simply not be enough of those to justify the effort put into optimizing the new OS for ancient Snapdragon S4 Plus processors. Otherwise, how do you explain that, despite these shocking omissions ...

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    While Surface-series tablets have come a long way from their hesitant inception in terms of standalone productivity and power, the 2-in-1 Windows hybrids remain best used in combination with theoretically optional accessories. A $130 Type Cover is a must-buy if you can’t get yourself to relinquish physical keyboards, whereas the Surface Dock might just be the most underrated peripheral supporting the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, as well as the older Pro 3. But one of the reasons you probably avoided the desktop-transforming, dual monitor-capable… brick so far was its slightly ...

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    Microsoft is probably feeling the heat from the new wave of Android powerhouses, particularly the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Galaxy S7/S7 Edge duo. Beside those key selling points, superior RAM counts and faster processors, these high-end rookies are also surprisingly inexpensive, especially in BOGO arrangements. It comes as no surprise therefore the Lumia 950 costs $450 unlocked starting today and through March 27, while supplies last in Redmond’s on and offline US stores. Furthermore, the Continuum-enabled, Windows 10-running 5.2-incher fetches you a free year of Office 365 ...

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    Seriously, why hasn't this happened yet? If you don't know what I mean by an x86 phone, all PCs, Macs, most Linux servers, and Windows tablets run on x86 compatible architectures making it easier for software to evolve over time with lots of backwards compatibility. Most Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices run on ARM compatible architectures which can't run the same software as all of the other PCs of the world. The x86 architecture has grown and been refined over the years to keep up with modern technology since its introduction in 1978. It's time for this architecture to take over on ...

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    It’s been more than two years since Google unexpectedly announced it would sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, and almost a year and a half since the $2.9 billion transaction was actually completed. That sounds like plenty of time for the new conglomerate to gain an identity of its own and finish operating whatever changes management saw fit to make the business work. The problem is Lenovo never looked focused and certain of the direction it intended to take the Moto brand in. At first, it seemed the two product families would stay separate, targeting different regions, some of which ...

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    While we’ve seen a good couple of dozen device manufacturers surprisingly join forces with Microsoft lately to try to keep the mobile iteration of Windows afloat, you can still count the W10M flagships on the fingers of one hand. You have your road-opening Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the extremely similar Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and an HP Elite X3 we’re only expecting to actually go on sale in the summer. Of the four, just the last one packs the best possible processor these days, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, which anyway you look at it, is quite disappointing. But before long, the Alcatel ...

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    Update: The Direct Download link is up and we'll be publishing things starting at 3pm Eastern. The iPhone 7 might be the leakiest iPhone yet, in that we're seeing quite a few shots of the camera and antenna bands. The Galaxy S7 Edge does battle with the S6 Edge+ and Note 5. Windows Phone users say goodbye to HERE Maps, and the camera on the Galaxy S7 is THOROUGHLY reviewed. We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and ...

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    There are rampant rumors former high-profile partners of Microsoft like Samsung and HTC want nothing to do with the mobile incarnation of Windows anymore, and the Redmond-based tech giant itself may significantly trim down its smartphone portfolio this year. But a host of lesser known OEMs appear intent to keep the W10M flame burning, including VAIO, Acer, Archos, Trinity and especially Alcatel. The company that’s recently gone through a long overdue rebranding process looks just about ready to release its second Windows 10 Mobile device to date, dubbed Idol Pro 4 or Idol 4 Pro. Deemed a ...

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    Microsoft works in mysterious ways towards increasing the relevance of its slumping mobile platform, recruiting the oddest names of device manufacturers you’ve probably never heard of. From Archos to Funker to Trinity, everyone that’s not yet someone in the Android smartphone-making business backs Windows 10 to score free publicity. The same goes for a little known Chinese OEM called UMi, which failed to steal the spotlight with the introduction of the Marshmallow-powered 5.5-inch Touch handheld. But now we’re seeing the UMi Touch run W10M, and all of a sudden, we’re interested. ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    Undecided between the two cheapest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 configurations around? Redmond makes it very easy to choose now, selling both the Intel Core m3 and Core i5 4GB RAM/128GB SSD models at $900. The latter, which is clearly faster and more desirable, typically costs 100 bucks extra, and we’re guessing the 2-in-1’s budget-conscious adopters were willing to cut the performance corner, since the Core m3 version isn’t on sale. Instead, you can also grab the other Core i5 Surface Pro 4 SKU for less than usual, as long as you see fit to cough up a $300 premium on 8 gigs of RAM and ...

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    It’s odd, but despite there being superior Pro 3 and Pro 4 configurations around, we haven’t seen a lot of solid deals offered on the non-Pro Surface 3 convertible Windows 10 tablet lately. Or maybe we haven’t paid close enough attention, since the 2-in-1 device is rather old and lackluster by 2016 computing standards. Whatever the case, the Microsoft Surface 3 returns in the spotlight today, thanks to Amazon, which fulfils orders placed with third-party seller USA Supply Source starting at $385. That hooks you up with 64GB internal storage space and 2GB RAM in addition to the ...

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    Another edition of Kantar Worldpanel's Smartphone OS Market Share Data report has come out and this one's a doozy for both iOS and Windows. The numbers cover the holiday quarter of 2015 and they seem to show an overall decline in interest with Windows-based phones and iPhones. Windows saw a couple of steep changes downwards year-over-year, with Italy seeing a 6 percent loss in share, France down 5.2 percent and Australia off by 3.3 percent. Small, but measurable gains were made in Great Britain and Japan. Still, with shares dropping from double digits to below 8 percent, it's not a pretty ...

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