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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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    In addition to providing the convenience and productivity of “the most advanced Surface typing experience yet”, one of the coolest Pro 4 accessories unveiled last fall also brought one-tap fingerprint authentication to the table. Unfortunately, Microsoft kept the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID exclusive to the US ever since its launch, a situation that’s finally about to change. Folks in Austria, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, ...

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    Alright, alright, alright, early virtual reality enthusiasts, it’s just about time to put your money where your mouths are. No, we’re afraid the Oculus Rift isn’t all of a sudden ready to ship sooner than July, but the arguably superior HTC Vive VR headset will be delivered around April 5 if you manage to get your pre-order in tomorrow, February 29, at 10 am Eastern time. Don’t even think of procrastinating, as surely, commercial interest over the highly publicized HTC/Valve collaboration shall yield Rift-like backorders in no time. Besides, the fully polished, non-experimental ...

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    This was a big show. Rolling 360° video bots roamed the crowded grounds of Barcelona. Windows had a blitz of new products and they all didn't come from Microsoft. Alcatel loses its (One)Touch while Sony puts the Xperia Z line to snooze. Oh yeah, there are those two big phones we're talking about in the headline. You read it, didn't you? Or have you been hiding under a rock from the rumor surge leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Well, whatever the case, prepare to learn a lot more than you've already found in hands-on videos and develop a sense of cynicism ...

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    Although it’s technically set to run for a couple more days, the 2016 Mobile World Congress pretty much concluded before it actually started, as Samsung and LG completely stole the show on Sunday, unveiling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus the LG G5 and its “Friends.” Tradition now calls for the GSM Association (GSMA) to honor the gadgets and technologies that shaped and transformed the industry last year, in order to smooth the path for the next generation of mobile innovators. After a presumably fierce battle with the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and LG G4, among others, the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    If it perhaps felt like Nokia’s own executives and spokespersons weren’t very certain about the company’s future in the consumer hardware-manufacturing field, that’s because the slowly recovering Finnish tech outfit is still focused mainly on the network segment. Meanwhile, CEO Rajeev Suri at MWC 2016 in Barcelona once again confirmed an interest in designing, then outsourcing actual production and distribution of new Nokia-branded smartphones. But apparently, “there doesn’t need to be a rush”, and the end product(s) must “feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for.” ...

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    HTC's Vive VR headset is easily one of the most talked-about devices to hit the consumer electronic space in a long time, and along with peers like the Oculus Rift, it promises to open the door to virtual worlds in a way that hasn't yet been possible at a practical, affordable level. But just how affordable will it be? We've been looking forward to pre-orders for a while now, but HTC's been incredibly tight-lipped about pricing, driving all manner of speculation: how many kidneys are you going to have to sell on the black market in order take this kit home? Today we finally get our ...

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    The latest global smartphone sales numbers are in, and according to market research firm Gartner, you can forget about Windows posing any sort of threat for the Android – iOS duopoly. Not this century, based on how things are going, with only 4 million Microsoft-endorsed handhelds shipped to end users between October and December 2015, tallying a lousy 1.1 percent share of the total. Needless to highlight BlackBerry OS did even worse at the worldwide box-office, falling below the one-million sales mark, as was the case for “other” platforms. Meanwhile, Android rose from 279 million ...

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    Today’s growing roster of device manufacturers running the mobile iteration of Windows looks like a collection of underdogs, starting with Microsoft and finishing with VAIO or HP. Yes, Hewlett-Packard is seeking a smartphone comeback after licking its webOS wounds, once again inexplicably snubbing Android to support a dying platform. Only the Elite X3, formerly known as Falcon, actually seems to have what it takes to give the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 a run for their money, prospectively catering to business consumers like no other enterprise handheld before it. It’s the best of both ...

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    Apple is offering more people another way to pay for that new iPhone that they've been thinking about getting, but can't afford to tank their bank accounts to attain. In addition to the existing upgrade program the company currently offers, it is now also accepting trade-ins of Android, Windows or older Apple smartphones and is giving either up to $350 of striaght-up in-store credit or a discounted installment rate. The initial iPhone Upgrade Program makes an 16GB iPhone 6s with AppleCare+ available to buyers for $32.41 per month without interest. After 24 payments, the buyer owns the ...

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    Considering how long Windows Phone 8.1 users have been waiting for their W10M promotions, and how Microsoft’s already missed one or two update deadlines, we figured Redmond would make a big fuss about the public rollout whenever that’s finally ready. But then out of nowhere these Lumia 535 owners, including non-Insiders, claimed they got their revised OS builds a few days ago, supplying screenshots as evidence. Everything seemed legit, so why didn’t MS at the very least issue a press release? By the looks of it, we’re still in the beta testing phase, and according to Microsoft ...

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    Spring may just be our favorite season of the year, and not because the days grow longer and warmer. Instead, this is the time for many new high-end smartphone launches, as well as unprecedented special offers on aging flagships. Of course, three months hardly qualifies the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL for the “aging” label, though compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, the Windows 10 5.7-incher might soon start to look fairly outdated. At least in the processing power department, a Snapdragon 810 isn’t the most desirable endowment anymore, so naturally, a lower price than ever tries ...

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    The number of devices already running the newest iteration of Microsoft’s struggling mobile OS has been on a swift rise lately, with the introductions of the Lumia 650, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, NuAns Neo, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and Vaio Phone Biz. W10M adoption rates look pretty impressive too, despite widely reported bugs and a general sense of beta instability. Unfortunately, all those updates initially promised for Windows Phone 8.1-powered Lumias last year are yet to officially roll out, precisely on account of recent software builds disappointing in terms of stability. But if ...

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    As if the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL don’t have their work cut out for them enough from the outside, the high-end inside threats are also piling up, including the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, NuAns Neo, Vaio Phone Biz and, most likely, the HP Elite x3 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol Pro 4 before long too. Wait, wasn’t the Idol 4 supposed to be two upper mid-range Androids? Well, yeah, but that’s the non-Pro Idol 4 and Idol 4S. The “professional” configuration will reportedly run Windows 10 Mobile instead, and swap the relatively fast Snapdragon 617 processor for a crazy powerful 820 ...

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    Of all the high-profile Mobile World Congress exhibitors that confirmed their presence at the Barcelona trade fair lately, Huawei was probably the most secretive, supplying us with a date and merely teasing the global coming of a “new device.” Okay, but what kind of new device? Smartphone? Smartwatch? Fitness tracker? Tablet? Convertible laptop? Virtual reality headset? Something with a business angle, it turns out, and capable of pen input, according to a preview image posted on Twitter by Huawei’s very own CEO. The “product launch” will take place in Zone 6 of the Montjuic ...

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    Ever since the 520’s crazy success, Nokia and then Microsoft’s Lumia roster was way more about low-end, low-cost devices than pricey flagships. And while these often offered decent hardware and software specifications, they never shined in the design department. Until today, when we’re finally officially introduced to the Microsoft Lumia 650. This is quite possibly the first business-oriented entry-level Lumia, and it’s without a doubt the handsomest of its kind and price bracket. Slated to go on sale in “select” European markets on Thursday, February 18, at “around” $199 ...

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    The survival of Microsoft’s mobile operating system is quite a delicate affair, and it continues to be extremely hard to predict exactly where W10M will head from here. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL aren’t looking like mainstream blockbusters, but they haven’t flopped either. Meanwhile, the low-end Lumia 550 wasn’t marketed aggressively enough to strike gold, and the upcoming 650 might be too lackluster to stand out even if promoted properly. As for Windows 10 Mobile devices manufactured by third-party OEMs, the NuAns Neo and Vaio Phone Biz are unlikely to ever go global, whereas the ...

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    Technically, the vast majority of today’s smartwatches and especially so-called fitness bands are focused among others on improving the health of their wearers. But aside from counting steps, tracking workouts, estimating calories burned and monitoring sleep habits (oftentimes rather clumsily), very few can actually help make a difference in an owner’s life. Microsoft is looking to change the way you interact with intelligent wearables, according to a patent application filed last October and published recently by the USPTO. This is in fact a continuation of a concept first envisioned ...

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    If you perhaps felt the two-stage rollout of cumulative Windows 10 updates for Technical Previewers didn’t cover everyone’s particular beta testing needs, Microsoft is today announcing a third so-called “ring.” This one’s aptly dubbed Release Preview, and joins the previously introduced Fast and Slow rings to make sure as many people as possible can sample early, unfinished OS builds with the risks each separate individual is willing to take. Confused? Gabe Aul, Redmond’s Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team, explains it best in a recent Windows blog post, ...

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