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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Want a different take on the Microsoft Surface 3? Huawei introduced one earlier this year with its MateBook. Since February, the products made its trek around the world. It's only now crawled back around to the US for a launch here. Hardware-wise, Huawei's crafted an 6.9mm thick aluminium chassis to hold in a 12-inch IPS LCD at 2160 x 1440 display with viewable angles through 160 degrees of rotation. Windows Hello takes advantange of dual array of microphpones and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. A 33.7Wh battery should get you through a nine-hour day. Intel's 6th generation Core M ...

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    Every so often, you see that X company acquired Y company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Every so often, you'll see that number climb into the billions. Last week we saw LinkedIn get snatched up by Microsoft for some $26.2 billion. Does Microsoft want a social networking platform for blue collar types that badly? We know that there have to be sensical synergies for the deal to happen, but come on! $26.2 billion? What kind of returns are these companies expecting and when do they expect them? Well, we decided to take a look at five major acquisitions in technology with major impacts ...

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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    For all its recent mobile failings, Microsoft remains one of the world’s largest, most profitable businesses, and the only way to continue growing is through service diversification, mergers and acquisitions. As such, it should probably come as no shocker that Redmond just entered into a “definitive agreement” likely to see it snap up social networking giant LinkedIn by the end of the year. This follows closely after another relatively high-profile purchase, of keyboard productivity app Swiftkey, though there’s really no comparing the two. While Microsoft reportedly coughed up a ...

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    After the IDC back in April came out with preliminary data upholding a predictable decline in global tablet demand between January and March 2016, Strategy Analytics just issued its full and final quarterly report providing additional insight into the floundering market. Essentially, 2-in-1 and “Pro Slate” devices are all that keep this industry from completely collapsing, yielding higher revenue and stabilizing average selling prices (ASPs) at $241. In total, there were just 46.7 million tablets sold in the 90-day timeframe, down 10 percent year-on-year and a massive 33 percent ...

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    HTC may have tried to put on a brave face as it confirmed another two miserable quarters (both Q4 2015 and Q1 2016), anticipating “good momentum” next, thanks to the company’s latest flagship phone and its acclaimed rookie VR effort, but the jig is now up. Unfortunately for the faltering Taiwanese tech giant, the HTC 10 handheld and Valve-co-developed Vive headset, alongside the rest of its slumping product lineup, could only manage to generate unaudited consolidated revenue of NT$6.75 billion for May 2016. That’s just a little over US$200 million, and represents a year-over-year ...

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    Likely feeling the heat from the recently unveiled, sensor-rich, relatively affordable Gear Fit 2 Samsung already promises to ship in 10 days tops, the aging but respectable Microsoft Band 2 just picked up a feature it should have supported a long time ago. While the $175 wearable is known and commended for its multi-platform compatibility, working with Windows Phones, iPhones and Androids off the bat, users of the three operating systems were never treated equal in one very important aspect. Specifically, Microsoft chose to limit Cortana support to folks pairing the Band 2 with devices ...

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    Microsoft failed its devoted and persistent mobile fans from a number of standpoints recently, but what likely still hurts the most is not Windows Phone’s global free fall in terms of market share. Instead, it’s certainly way more disappointing to see so many old Lumias initially promised a swift W10M promotion either left stranded on WP 8.1 for good, or kept waiting far longer than expected. Verizon’s Lumia 735 is part of the “lucky” latter group, finally scoring its long overdue Windows 10 Mobile update, mere days after the Lumia 640 on AT&T. This is of course an OTA ...

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    Before it eventually throws in the mobile consumer towel to focus exclusively on business and enterprise, Microsoft continues to struggle with lingering inventory of its latest (last?) wave of Lumias. Only one thing to do, of course, namely discount the heck out of the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, and 550 until they get so ridiculously cheap buyers will forget just how irrelevant Windows 10 is on small screens. After charging a measly $450 for the unlocked Lumia 950 with a full gratis year of Office 365 thrown in, and pricing the jumbo-sized XL at $500 alongside a display dock, Redmond again ...

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    When Asus let the cat out of the bag back in February regarding the Q4 2016 launch of a mystery “phone based VR/AR” device, everyone figured we’d hear more come Computex. Indeed, the company’s home turf-set tech expo saw an inconspicuous-looking piece of head gear break cover a few days ago, only the leather-strapped gizmo remains completely cloaked in secrecy. Meanwhile, we have absolutely nothing to report on the “PC based VR” front, with Asus likely working behind the scenes alongside Oculus to further strengthen the HTC Vive barricade, but a commercial product still a ...

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    Microsoft has pretty much confirmed not long ago that it’s taking a little break from in-house production of hardware powered by Windows 10 Mobile while continuing to support existing Lumias and third-party devices, with yet another round of layoffs suggesting the end could be near. But the Redmond-based tech giant insists at least business-oriented, Continuum-capable Windows handhelds have a future, and many tipsters believe the elusive, almost mythical Surface Phone will finally come to light sometime in 2017. If that’s the case, of course, it’s too early to be certain of anything, ...

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    Even Microsoft’s most hardcore fans and health nuts in general have to admit Redmond’s second-gen fitness band, while better than the original in every single way, felt a little on the pricey side at $250 back in the day. Luckily, MS didn’t take long to realize that itself and amended the situation by first shaving 50 bucks off retail. The temporary promo rapidly turned into a routine thing, and then the Microsoft Band 2 lowered the asking price further, to a much more palatable $175. That was initially supposed to be a limited-time affair as well, but after expiring in late March, ...

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    Technically, Asus foreshadowed Microsoft’s trend-setting 2-in-1 Surface family with an Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer dating all the way back to CES 2011. But it took the Taiwanese company a little too long to understand full Windows was the correct software path for convertible tablets, and now one can’t help but feel the Transformer 3 roster outright clones the Surface Pro 4. The design, productivity and versatility principles are identical, and even the actual kickstands and detachable keyboards of the Asus Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro look eerily similar to those of the ...

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    In a world where convertibles appear to be gradually eclipsing the popularity of both traditional laptops and tablets, Microsoft isn’t afraid to constantly reduce its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book profit margins if that means gaining the upper hand over Apple in terms of market share. Of course, it’s not like these 2-in-1 Windows 10 beasts are sold at a loss for $850 and up and $1,350 and up respectively, so the Memorial Day sale currently ongoing on Redmond’s US e-store is a win-win situation. For a limited time only, i.e. until Monday, May 30, select configurations of the two ...

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    Things have gone from bad to worse to near-cataclysmic for Microsoft’s mobile phone-designing and manufacturing business of late, with the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s entire consumer hardware expertise back in 2014 yielding massive financial losses rather than the expected gains. Windows Mobile is a lost cause, although Redmond insists it hasn’t altogether given up on the sub-1 percent OS just yet, high-end Lumias don’t seem to be selling very well even heavily discounted, whereas the forgotten feature phone division should soon be discarded for peanuts. But perhaps most ...

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    Talking about making Windows 10 mobile — with a lower-case "m". Instead of NUCs or stick computers, why not have a fully operable interface open up right from your thoroughly stuffed pocket? That's what the GOLE1 looks to provide. The Indiegogo project — put up by ARMdevices.net from Shenzhen — touts the device as the "smallest All-in-One Intel PC in the world". With X and Y measurements comparable to a phablet and a thickness of 2cm, we'd say that if it weren't "the smallest," it'd have to come within a hare's breath. Both Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 are said to be on the device ...

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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Microsoft's lack of success regarding Windows Phone and now Windows 10 Mobile is widely regarded as being due to a lack of 3rd party developers creating apps for the platform. The head of Snapchat vehemently refuses to develop software for any of Microsoft's platforms and actively disables any APIs that other developers try to use to make Snapchat compatible apps. Google does the same thing.  MetroVoice on Windows Phone was probably the most feature-rich Google Voice app on any platform. It even supported hands-free voice commands for phone calls and texting which is still not possible on ...

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    Instead of breathing fresh air into a slowly flagging family of mobile devices that was once synonymous with industry innovation and box-office success, Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of Nokia’s phone business appears to have accelerated the downfall of Lumias and Windows Mobile. Meanwhile, Redmond didn’t even try to revive feature phones, accepting the market moved past the X lineup, Series 40 or Asha roster, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the recently rumored offloading of that particular department has already materialized. Pending regulatory approval, of course, and ...

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    The financial survival hopes of traditional PC manufacturers that refuse to adapt to new trends and tap into different segments of the always volatile tech market are slim to non-existent, with convertible tablets, smartphones, wearable devices and virtual reality headsets just a few of Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Sony or Acer’s top expansion and reinvention opportunities. Once upon a time the world’s second largest computer maker, Acer somehow managed to slip out of the global top five in 2015 and lose its relevance in an increasingly less relevant industry. The Taiwanese OEM is far from ...

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    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphone numbers for the three months ending March 2016 are in, and it’s the same old story over again. Android keeps surging, Windows Phone moves one step closer to obsolescence, while iOS posts more worrying losses. Wait, that’s not exactly what Apple came to expect from a timeframe in which the latest iPhone release wasn’t quite out-of-date. But after underwhelming holiday sales, and a recent financial report causing panic among investors, we’re not at all shocked to hear the global mobile OS duopoly is slowly heading towards a monopoly. ...

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    The launch of the iPhone SE brought up a few interesting questions regarding design. This hardware shell is now going on its fourth year of service with little change from the original iPhone 5. This is an obvious cost savings measure from Apple, and prevents any consumer confusion as to which new phones are "premium" and which phones are more "wallet friendly". However, if Apple were to recycle a shell, the iPhone 5 was a very well received design. There's something "classic" or "timeless" about the first iPhone to use a widescreen 16:9 display. We've asked questions like these before in ...

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