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    Disregarding promises made a while ago, and turning a deaf ear to widespread online dissent, Microsoft cleared the air regarding Windows 10 Mobile updates for devices launched on WP 8.1, stating its far too short list of eligible models was final. But is it really? No, there’s still no software makeover hope for ultra-low-end Lumias packing a skimpy 512MB RAM, despite one such phone remaining the second most popular of its kind three whole years after its commercial debut. On the bright side, a slightly newer and way more powerful member of the defunct Nokia Lumia family was confirmed to ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Microsoft’s (timid) push to consolidate Windows as the world’s third largest mobile platform continues, with a decent amount of contemporary choices available both stateside and on the old continent for power users and extremely cash-strapped smartphone buyers. The Acer Liquid M330, first unveiled way back at IFA last fall, has just become the cheapest unlocked model sold through Redmond’s US e-store with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded. The Lumia 550 torch is therefore passed on, and the M330 cuts two big corners to slash $40 off the 550’s list price. The display is slightly smaller, ...

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    With the era of consumer VR now upon us, as products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive welcome users into high-quality virtual worlds the likes of which they'd previously only dreamt about, exciting new opportunities are unfolding before companies and content creators looking to tap into the burgeoning VR market. Encouraging their efforts isn't just good for users, giving them more to do with their VR hardware, but also the companies behind such devices, helping them to move more headset. That's why HTC is helping lead a team interested in funding some of these next-gen VR experiences, as ...

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    Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations. With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse. In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    As much as PC manufacturers would like to believe their once super-steady cash cow will start yielding easy profits again down the line, the bitter reality is traditional computers don’t seem to be making a comeback. Tablets are also on a decidedly downward trajectory, leaving most OEMs faced with a tough call. Should they continue to bet big on a losing horse, focus on niches like convertibles, ruggedized laptops or business-centric machines, or throw in the towel and cut their losses? Well, what if there was a fourth option, at least for smaller PC makers that can’t compete against ...

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    Weird but convenient. A little on the costly side but extremely versatile and a great productivity enhancer for both phones and tablets. Apparently, the strengths of the first-gen LG Rolly outweighed its flaws, commanding an early sequel. Enter the aptly titled LG Rolly Keyboard 2, which aims to further improve the functionality of the original model while retaining the $110 price tag. Sub-$100 would have been an awesome deal, we know, but by the time it launches stateside, maybe it’ll get discounted. Currently, it’s only confirmed as headed to South Korea at 129,000 won ($110), and ...

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    While it may seem like fans of the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform are getting plenty of love from device manufacturers all over the world, you can still count the number of “true” flagships officially unveiled with Continuum support on the fingers of one hand. Lumia 950, 950 XL, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and HP Elite X3. That’s all there is to choose from for power W10M users. Worse yet, the Elite X3 is only coming in the summer, and the Jade Primo took an eternity to transition from formal announcement to commercial launch. Up for pre-orders in select European markets way back ...

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    Halfway through their upgrade cycle, assuming Redmond intends to follow a classic one-year release schedule, the convertible Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book apparently need a little sales boost in order to return to the spotlight. Already, we’ve seen the cheaper 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine discounted by $100 in Intel Core i5 configurations, while the “ultimate laptop” was literally just treated to similar rebates when packing the same processor. If you felt Microsoft could do better however and postponed your purchase awaiting heftier savings, these have now arrived, unfortunately only ...

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    If you thought the three months leading up to January were bad for iOS and the mobile iteration of Windows, as Android smartphones copiously dominated holiday sales in all key global markets, wait until you check out Kantar Worldpanel’s December – February numbers. Even with many Android power users on standby for Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10 launches, the world-dominant platform managed to consolidate and improve its supremacy from Paris to Berlin and Beijing to New York. Stateside, the gap between the gold and silver medalists surged from less than 17 percent in the 90-day timeframe ...

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    As painful as it must be to admit, there’s nothing Microsoft can do in the foreseeable future to threaten the Android/iOS mobile duopoly. Instead of vainly trying to fight the two platforms therefore, Redmond is courting fans of the competition with more and more software products meant to bring the best Windows gear closer to the world’s most popular phones. Yes, we’re talking PC – handheld interaction and compatibility, and not only as far as W10 and W10M devices are concerned. That “Anniversary Update” in the summer is practically guaranteed to provide a reimagined Action ...

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    The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices has started to show up. Most people probably have the automatic updates option turned on which will probably notify you when an update is ready to install and allow you to proceed. There's a few things you might want to be wary of when that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade comes along though. Do you even want the upgrade? Many people think the newer version of an operating system is going to be better than the current version. That is how things should normally go, but that's not often the case with Windows Mobile. In Windows 10 ...

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    How sweet would it be if you could wrap any smartphone, not just Motorolas and the OnePlus X, in elegant bamboo? What about tablets, laptops, even smartwatches and gaming consoles? Well, now you can once again, as acclaimed maker of the “most precision-fitted skins on the planet” dbrand reboots its wildly successful and previously short-lived series of bamboo covers. The sleek, premium-looking skins aren’t manufactured of actual wood, but no one will be able to tell the difference, and they’re going to fit your device like a glove. Whether you’re thinking of customizing a Galaxy ...

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    Fans of 2-in-1 Windows machines from Microsoft have been treated to several discounts lately, including $100 off Intel Core i5-powered Surface Pro 4 variants and an extra $100 off Surface Dock accessories. Not to forget the all-time low price reached by the non-Pro Surface 3 on Amazon earlier this month. Somewhat naturally, it’s now the Surface Book’s turn to try to improve its mainstream appeal, though the words “affordable” and “cheap” will still never be mentioned in the same sentence as the “ultimate laptop.” Always capable of seamlessly transforming into an unusually ...

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    For the past few years, Samsung has been pretty synonymous with Google's Android. Some would say that Samsung is really the reason for Android's success. They've released many Android powered phones and tablets to satisfy all of the price points, but these days consumer tablet interest has waned. Everyone who wanted an Android or iOS tablet for media consumption on the couch already has one. There is a different segment that has seen a lot of growth though, and that's in business-friendly tablet 2-in-1's. The Surface Pro 3 was relatively successful as a "tablet that can replace your ...

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    They say the road to success is a long and intricate one, paved with setbacks and failure, and nobody knows that better than virtual reality pioneer Oculus. The company originated in California way back in June 2012, and while the Rift head-mounted display’s path to consumer availability was never paved with failure per se, it took the VR goggles an excruciatingly long time to get ready for a proper rollout. So long, in fact, that a number of contenders joined the immersive tech space and are now bidding for gold. But the HTC Vive is significantly costlier than the Oculus Rift, and the ...

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    While it’s certainly nice to see more than a dozen devices confirmed for Windows 10 Mobile updates, many of which are getting the sweet software goodie packs as we speak, we can’t overlook the fact Microsoft over-promised and under-delivered in terms of both ETAs and hardware requirements. Sure, all’s well that ends well, but what about Lumia 1020 and 1320 owners? As it turns out, there may simply not be enough of those to justify the effort put into optimizing the new OS for ancient Snapdragon S4 Plus processors. Otherwise, how do you explain that, despite these shocking omissions ...

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    While Surface-series tablets have come a long way from their hesitant inception in terms of standalone productivity and power, the 2-in-1 Windows hybrids remain best used in combination with theoretically optional accessories. A $130 Type Cover is a must-buy if you can’t get yourself to relinquish physical keyboards, whereas the Surface Dock might just be the most underrated peripheral supporting the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, as well as the older Pro 3. But one of the reasons you probably avoided the desktop-transforming, dual monitor-capable… brick so far was its slightly ...

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    Microsoft is probably feeling the heat from the new wave of Android powerhouses, particularly the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Galaxy S7/S7 Edge duo. Beside those key selling points, superior RAM counts and faster processors, these high-end rookies are also surprisingly inexpensive, especially in BOGO arrangements. It comes as no surprise therefore the Lumia 950 costs $450 unlocked starting today and through March 27, while supplies last in Redmond’s on and offline US stores. Furthermore, the Continuum-enabled, Windows 10-running 5.2-incher fetches you a free year of Office 365 ...

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    Seriously, why hasn't this happened yet? If you don't know what I mean by an x86 phone, all PCs, Macs, most Linux servers, and Windows tablets run on x86 compatible architectures making it easier for software to evolve over time with lots of backwards compatibility. Most Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices run on ARM compatible architectures which can't run the same software as all of the other PCs of the world. The x86 architecture has grown and been refined over the years to keep up with modern technology since its introduction in 1978. It's time for this architecture to take over on ...

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    It’s been more than two years since Google unexpectedly announced it would sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, and almost a year and a half since the $2.9 billion transaction was actually completed. That sounds like plenty of time for the new conglomerate to gain an identity of its own and finish operating whatever changes management saw fit to make the business work. The problem is Lenovo never looked focused and certain of the direction it intended to take the Moto brand in. At first, it seemed the two product families would stay separate, targeting different regions, some of which ...

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