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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    It's that time again: three months have passed since we last got the chance to check out some Microsoft financial data, and now quarterly figures are once again due. Have the early months of 2015 been kind to Microsoft and its mobile hardware, or will we see evidence of a post-holiday-season slump? Let's waste no more time and get right to the numbers. The good news overall is that revenue is up, even if slimming profit margins mean that Microsoft is keeping less of it. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue's up six percent to $21.7B, but income is down five percent, coming in ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    Windows 10 preview for phones has had a very rocky start when compared to its desktop counterpart. Our initial impressions of the first build weren't very positive, but hey, we do know this is still a work in progress. The problem now lies in its second build not playing well with certain Lumias like the 520, 521, 525 and 526, and even though those problems were solved, another problem just emerged. Microsoft has just admitted that there is still a flaw in Windows 10, and specifically for the new Lumia 640. The Microsoft Support statement pretty much confirms that the same previous flaws ...

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    You can't quite buy the Microsoft Lumia 640 in the United States right now – availability through Microsoft's stores hasn't quite reached the market officially – but those of you who can't quite wait for official availability to begin, this start of US Lumia 640 sales through third-party retailer Expansys should be music to your ears. Expansys is selling the dual-SIM variant for $219, and it includes LTE connectivity. That price is for the black model; cyan and orange will run you a more pricey $244. For a quick recap on the Lumia 640, we urge you to check out the post we wrote up when ...

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    If you're currently testing Windows 10 in the Insider program and thought you were rocking the latest build, fact of the matter is you're not. The Insider program is currently testing version 10052, and today we land a leaked video from a trusted source on version 12544, which is definitely a significant jump in version number. The changes are significant, and the video is quite technical, so here's what changes: Background transparency: Microsoft will be providing users with a slider to control for the background image transparency, something that's definitely handy for images that are ...

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    You guessed it, today is "Patch Tuesday," a day when bugs get dealt with, or when what wasn't broken, shouldn't have gotten fixed. Microsoft launched a good deal of security patches for most of its versions of Windows last Tuesday, and so far, we haven't heard any complaints. Today however, even though we do have a longer list of patches when compared to last week, the focus is different. Microsoft plans to launch over 30 non-security patches later today. 30 sounds like a lot, but some of these are going to Windows 7 and others will go to Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be the most ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fame over the last couple of years for its timeliness in launching products, and well, we don't blame them for switching CEOs to fix that, among other things. The new Microsoft we've seen over the last few months has launched a bevy of products for multiple platforms, even though we do know that one of their main focus points is Windows 10. Redmond did tease a launch to happen in the summer, but if you wanted an exact month, we hear it today. AMD's is one of Microsoft's biggest partners and the company's CEO, Lisa Su, has just confirmed that we should expect ...

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    Halo is definitely one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, and one of the biggest differentiators in its Xbox platform. The launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam made a lot of sense two years ago, as these were all platforms where Microsoft wanted to use the Halo brand to extend mindshare. Today we finally get a sequel for the game, but this time Microsoft wants to expand further. Halo: Spartan Strike finally goes live today after it was announced back in October 2014, and those of you lucky enough to carry a Windows 8.1 computer, Windows Phone, Steam account ...

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    Even though Windows 10 is already available in preview for desktop computers and even some Lumia smartphones, one of the biggest mysteries is how Microsoft's mobile operating system will adapt to small tablets. At the moment you don't have the option to test it on existing models, so we didn't really have a clear idea until today. We get the first leaked screenshots of Windows 10 running on a small tablet of unknown dimensions, and yes, the tablet model wasn't disclosed either. You'll notice that this is a very early beta, as the Start screen is not yet final. As we expected, there is no ...

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    Yesterday, rumors began flying that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were in talks to carve a type of joint future for the two telecommunications companies. Nokia confirmed that it was in "advanced talks" with the French company, and today it has made the announcement. The Nokia Alcatel-Lucent acquisition is official. The combined company will be uniquely suited to address various technological areas; both have years of experience in the market, and neither lacks the ability to create a good product. Of the acquisition, Nokia had the following to say: The combined company will be uniquely ...

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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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