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    It's been a while since we've last seen an LG Windows Phone, but according to recent reports, that's about to change, as the South Korean manufacturer is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Microsoft's mobile operating system. While the smart thing to do would be to for this upcoming device to ship with Windows 10 phone, the documents unveiled by MyLGPhones don't reveal information about the platform version. What they do unveil though, is the model number, which is VW820; from this we can draw the conclusion that it's going to be a Verizon Wireless device (VW). To further ...

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    There are a lot of things current smartwatches could do to make themselves more attractive: deliver thinner designs, improve cross-device (and especially cross-platform) compatibility, and more. But there's probably no change that would be better received than doing something about power consumption, freeing us from daily (or even multiple times daily) charge cycles. That's why we're so intrigued to hear a new smartwatch Swatch is planning to launch soon, one that the company claims won't need to be charged. Swatch intends to introduce the smartwatch sometime before May, which will have ...

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    In the smartphone world, a five-inch display is a pretty sizable canvas … but what if you could add, say, 30 inches to that? That's the question the Microsoft HD-10 was built to answer, and we're taking a demo unit for a spin in today's video! The Microsoft HD-10 is an unassuming hockey puck of a device, a plastic pancake with two cable ports and precious little else to make it stand out. That means it blends right in with the Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire Stick, or whatever else you've got tethered to your television ... while leaving the real up-close-and-personal connectivity matters ...

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    When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better? As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 2520 joined the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 on the list of very good looking tablets running a very bad Windows RT operating system. As much hype as there was for Nokia to finally build a Windows-powered tablet, the company's decision to stick to Windows RT made this tablet a DOA product. Windows 10 does paint a much brighter picture for mobile tablets running the operating system, and today we have good and bad rumors for fans of the Lumia 2520. If we start with the bad news, one source is already claiming that the existing Nokia Lumia 2520 is being put to rest ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    Over on the Windows Phone user voice site, the hot topics lately have focused on the poor user interface design changes seen in Windows 10's phone UI. Back in the days of Windows Phone 7, one of the major differentiators between Windows Phone and other smartphone platforms at the time were its design and how much thought was put into it. Everything was primarily based on typography for a good reason; people understand words. We use them to communicate practically everything all the time. We're doing it right now. The animated interface used words and animations to communicate actions and ...

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    …and that’s not entirely Microsoft’s fault. After watching the Microsoft Windows 10 event I decided to give Windows Phone another shot, for a week. It was either that, or because I missed using the platform; it could have also been because I wanted to see what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, or that getting an Xbox One for two weeks pushed me to it. So I used Windows Phone exclusively for a week (I still have until Sunday, though it's a pain), on an HTC One M8. I’m putting it back in the drawer and switching back to my previous phone, on another platform. Windows Phone is not good ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    (Update 1/29/2015: the answer now lies at the bottom of this post, so be careful when scrolling if this is your first time seeing this edition of the smartphone guessing game! Also, our apologies for the late update, folks; our lead smartphone reviewer came down with a wicked-bad case of the coughs in this year's Boston Blizzard, so he's been out of commission.) When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a mixed bag of success and failure. We highly praise Microsoft for its Surface Pro line-up, but we haven't felt the same about its Surface RT, up to the point where we really didn't pay much attention to the launch of the Surface 2 for a review. While we did like the Surface hardware, the real problem was Windows RT, and that problem seems to continue, or should we say, seems to have come to an end. Microsoft has just issued a statement to confirm that both the Surface RT and the Surface 2 won't be receiving Windows 10 like current Windows 7 and ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 event is currently on its way, and even though we're still expecting to hear a lot from its mobile developments, Microsoft has begun with PC announcements. Windows 10 is showcased to be one operating system across all platforms, and the services that we find on these platforms is intended to be shared among form factors. Cortana made some major headlines with its launch on Windows Phone 8, and now it's time for the PC. Joe Belfiore has just announced Cortana for the PC, and we get to see how Cortana will integrate as part of your start menu. Belfiore took his time to ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    Even though Microsoft hasn't broken any records with its Surface lineup, the company's Surface Pro 3 has proven to be a step in the right direction. The new productivity tablet has proven to be one of our favorite gadgets of 2014, and it has challenged other OEMs and platforms to make tablets more productive. Part of Microsoft's success has fallen in its extensive software update plan, and today we learn more. Microsoft recently released new firmware update to all three of its existing Surface tablets. The company didn't provide much detail on what bugs were getting fixed, or what ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released Cortana a few months ago, the voice assistant has almost always been on the front lines when it comes to witty and seasonally-appropriate replies thanks to the dedication of the Microsoft team in Redmond. Today that continues, with Cortana Christmas updates adding a few new neat tricks. Let's have a look, shall we? There are many queries which receive the themed responses from Cortana. For example, trying asking the assistant "Where is Santa?" and she might respond with "Santa could be enjoying some of Mrs. Claus's baked cookies." Ask her to sing you a ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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    There you have it, the first Microsoft Lumia announcement. Microsoft's Devices and Services Group has announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM, two affordable new midrange smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Get the scoop on them. There's a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera (selfies, anyone?), and a 5-inch qHD display. There's access to all of Microsoft's newest services, like Skype and OneDrive – 15GB free storage included with the latter – and there's a full installation of Windows Phone 8.1's Denim update. Notice all the 5s? Jo Harlow of Microsoft says that ...

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    The state of wearables is clearly going through experimentation, up to the point where even dictionaries struggle with the word “wearable.” Try a web search of any smartphone from back in 2006, and you’ll notice the same thing happened with smartphones, even up to the name “smart phone.” Today they’re almost entirely a slate of touch-sensitive glass, but eight years ago, you could see the oddest of form factors, from dual-sliding keyboards, to the unpopular backflip. What’s interesting is that the simplest of form factors became the predominant design, and the rest has become ...

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    Microsoft surprised us all a bit by going official with its Band fitness tracker on Thursday, but we've now got one in hand and are ready to share with you the unboxing experience and our first impressions on the hardware, and Microsoft Health as well. To get a proper look at the Microsoft Band unboxing experience, you know where to go – but let's talk launch-day promotions. By paying the $199 for the Band, you'll also get a $5 Starbucks gift card (as part of the Starbucks/Microsoft Health partnership), and one free month of RunKeeper Elite, both things that can help you immediately ...

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    It seems this is the year wearables finally take flight – Apple has one, Samsung has a bunch, LG has a couple, Pebble has two, Motorola has one, and the list goes on and on. Microsoft has given us a jolt this evening with the unexpected announcement of a new fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, along with a wellness monitoring service dubbed Microsoft Health. The device has ten sensors to measure things such as heart rate and the ultraviolet index, along with stress levels and more. It can also last 48 hours with just one charge. Both of these things haven't quite been matched by ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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