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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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    Love it or question it, the Surface Pro 3 is one of the most functional tablets in the market. Surely it's not perfect, but it does provide users with more bang for their buck if you want to avoid the need to purchase a tablet and computer separately. One of its coolest features is its digital pen input, and Microsoft is about to address one of its most requested needs. Some inside sources claim that Microsoft is about to launch a separate application that will give users the option to control the pen pressure sensitivity of the Surface Pro 3. The update will actually turn the control ...

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    Even though tablet sales are stagnant at the moment, we all have the impression that we're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of this technology. Microsoft Research has been doing some amazing working in bringing smart haptic feedback to smartphone and tablet displays in order to give users a sense of texture, but this is just one of many projects. Today we learn of the company's new plans, and if these work, they're on to something big for professionals. Microsoft Research has just demoed a new transparent smart cover that we can really call "smart." ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    Microsoft has gained some decent fame with its launch of the Surface Pro 3. Surely it still hasn't proven that this tablet is attractive enough to replace the computers and tablets of most of the market, but we do praise the company for doing one of the best jobs we've seen. Still, nothing is perfect with these products on the first couple of rounds, and it seems the Surface Pro 3 has some unhappy customers. Many owners of the Surface Pro 3 in its Core i7 variant have been complaining on the web about the device overheating. Such is the problem that some have even experienced the tablet ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fun trying to sell its Windows RT variant of the Surface. We've already discussed how this has nothing to do with the hardware, but really with Windows RT, though there are a few here and there that find the experience to be just fine. If you're in the market for a tablet that runs something that looks and feels like Windows, and your demand isn't for some top-notch professional apps, Microsoft might have just cut you a deal. Microsoft has just slashed $100 off its Surface 2 models, which would leave the basic Wi-Fi 32GB variant at just $350, then for the 64GB ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily enjoyed much success with the launch of Windows 8, and the same can be said about its spinoff to Windows RT. Windows Phone 8 has seen some moderate success though, but it's clear that the company is desperate for a positive change in its results. For some, the smartest thing to do would be to start over, that's exactly what Microsoft plans to do under Nadella's administration. Sources close to Microsoft claim that the company is preparing to announce its next version of Windows in an event on September 30th. At the moment, both the date and the name for this ...

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    Capacitive displays have become mainstream ever since Apple launched the first-generation iPhone in 2007. Apple did prove a point that having hardware buttons poised a challenge to smartphone makers since you can't really change these buttons when another cool idea emerges years later. Sadly, the biggest challenge with a glass display is that you can't really operate it without looking at it, so things like gaming can leave you with a cumbersome experience; something that Microsoft wants to fix. Microsoft Research is currently working on a new technology that brings haptic feedback to ...

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