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    We've been teasing our new series for the last couple weeks, and now it's time for a showdown! Welcome to the Pocketnow Challenge, where we test real world smartphone usage by pitting two Pocketnow editors against each other. Our first major challenge is a photography battle between long time editor and professional photographer Adam Lein, facing off against the newest video producer on the site Juan Carlos Bagnell. To celebrate the Fourth of July, these two photogs are battling to see who can deliver the best photo of celebratory fireworks. It's a classic showdown. Senior editor, ...

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    While it may feel like it’s been around since the beginning of time, the always entertaining, straightforward as they come and often quite addictive Fruit Ninja mobile game has only debuted on iOS and Android back in 2010. Of course, six years would have been plenty of time for Australia-based developers Halfbrick Studios to heavily modify and radically improve the arcade title, but why mess with perfection? Instead, the simple as ever game is set to become even more entertaining and immersive, launching on the HTC Vive headset today. Normally priced at $15, which is over seven times as ...

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    Rumors have until now been few and far between regarding an eventual Surface Pro 5 launch by the end of the year, not to mention a Surface Book sequel, while the Surface Phone remains a definite but distant prospect. On the software update front, Microsoft wants the whole world to know already that the Windows 10 Anniversary, aka Redstone 1, rollout will begin for both PCs and mobile devices early next month. Still, you shouldn’t rule out a slew of fall 2016 hardware announcements. Extremely credible sources tell us “minor Surface configuration updates” are indeed also in the ...

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    While generally not as glamorous and jam-packed with exciting mobile hardware announcements as the year-opening CES or MWC events, the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) Berlin consumer electronics trade show always makes its share of pre-holiday headlines. This year’s German expo will probably be no exception, despite Samsung reportedly planning once again to hold an Unpacked conference for the introduction of the latest Galaxy Note hero a few weeks before the IFA’s official start. You can still count on the Gear S3 debuting in the capital of the most populous EU member state ...

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    There’s both good and bad news to report today regarding arguably the best Windows 10 Mobile device to date, first unveiled back in February and set to officially go up for grabs in a few weeks. Starting with the good, it seems the HP Elite x3 accessories roster will not only include Desk Docks and Lap Docks the Lumia 950 XL is fully compatible with as well, but also a functionality-enhancing “passive stylus.” This “allows you to write naturally on the screen and navigate touchscreen activities”, the top foam tip mimicking your fingerprint, while the 2 mm bottom tip “helps ...

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    With Windows 10 Mobile not exactly Redmond’s main area of interest these days, but the software and hardware giant nonetheless committed to supplying timely updates for both beta testers and the Lumia-owning masses, we couldn’t shake the feeling of absolute confusion regarding the upcoming Anniversary rollout. Known as Redstone 1 on the inside, this is the operating system’s second major makeover, set to finally follow in the footsteps of “Threshold 2” by the end of summer, at least on Windows 10 PCs. An explicit August 2 launch date became official a couple of days ago, though ...

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    Conventional tablets are dead, long live 2-in-1 convertibles! Market analysts have warned about the shifting trend for a while now, with more and more device manufacturers taking note and acting in consequence. There are but a handful of active OEMs in the low-cost Android slate field these days, whereas everyone else is either considering throwing in the towel or has done so already. Case in point, Dell, which was never fully committed to the industry segment anyway, and is today officially pulling the plug on the Android-based Venue tablet line on account of “declining demand.” That ...

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    The team at Pocketnow draws from a variety of disciplines, and we each bring a unique perspective to the table when it comes to discussing consumer electronics. Starting next month we're excited to introduce a new feature where members of our team can collaborate and compete. The Pocketnow Challenge will be a monthly series tackling various aspects of mobile technology, and it will be a way for us to have a little fun showcasing real world usage of these gadgets and gizmos. Last month we talked about using a phone screen in gray scale mode, and during that video we teased an upcoming ...

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    While many tech analysts and consumers have come together to rue the demise of mainstream affordable tablets lately, Panasonic continues to do the unthinkable by keeping the nichey Toughpad line afloat. The newest such model, numbered FZ-G1, is not only heinous by most fashion standards, with an ultra-rugged exterior, also running Windows 10 Pro, far from the go-to mobile OS choice for the masses. On top of it all, the 10-incher is set to cost a small fortune on British shores, at a starting price of £1,700 ($2,270) + tax. Still, the fourth-generation Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 has a very ...

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    Until the Surface Phone takes center stage (or should we say if the fabled business handheld ever materializes?), the high-end Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware torch is to be passed on from the Lumia 950 XL to the HP Elite x3. Just like Microsoft’s homebrewed Continuum-supporting pioneer and the non-XL 950, the third-party Snapdragon 820 powerhouse will be able to seamlessly convert into a PC, courtesy of its own Desk Dock and Lap Dock accessories. In many ways, the latter is the more interesting peripheral, synching to the 6-inch Elite x3 either wirelessly or via USB Type-C and working ...

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    Microsoft still has some soul-searching to do before deciding what’s next in the hardware-manufacturing field, with Lumia phones likely on the verge of extinction, but the Surface lineup almost guaranteed for an expansion… eventually. Unless the fabled Surface Phone is due out as a replacement of sorts for the entry-level Atom-based Surface tablet family. That makes little to no sense, since we’re talking completely different product categories, but Redmond just confirmed to the press it “will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices” by “the end of December 2016”, staying mum ...

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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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