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    When the original Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL variant debuted on T-Mobile and MetroPCS last fall, the affordable 5.5-inch Android understandably went unnoticed by most smartphone consumers, as it simply faced too much direct opposition, including from higher-profile brands, to stand out from the pack. But the Windows 10 Mobile remake is a whole different story, stealing the spotlight before it even went official, then undergoing the hands-on treatment at CES 2016 by popular demand. As rumored a couple of days back, the rehashed device is finally up for grabs on T-Mobile, for the same exact ...

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    Microsoft doesn’t seem to care too much about the year’s fast-approaching biggest celebration of love, but it’s not going to let George Washington’s birthday go unnoticed, offering a slew of Presidents Day discounts on some of the company’s hottest gadgets. Through February 20, the Microsoft Band 2 will again be available at $200 a pop stateside, in your choice of sizes, 50 bucks being taken off the cross-platform wearable’s list price for the first time in a couple of months. In addition to working with Windows Phones, Androids and iOS devices, the smart band stands out with ...

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    February is finally upon us, and that means that we're only a few weeks away from when we've heard that HTC will finally start accepting pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. When that day comes we'll finally have the answer to maybe the biggest question hanging over the Vive to date – just what will this extravagance end up costing – and while we don't have that info quite yet, today we find ourselves picking up a little new insight into Vive ownership, as HTC makes available the headset's owner's manual. With much of the Pocketnow staff having slapped on the Vive for some VR fun by ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

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    Of all the higher and lower-profile device manufacturers that have recently boarded the Windows Phone ship right before it seemingly sinks, perhaps the most surprising brand to do so is VAIO. No longer Sony’s property, the PC-focused Japanese company did anticipate this risky move by both launching an Android handheld and extravagant business-friendly Windows 10 tablet last year. The VAIO Phone Biz, as the awkward name suggests, also targets enterprise consumers and business professionals, emphasizing a large part of its marketing efforts on Continuum support and how the device can ...

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    As Super Bowl 50 approaches, it’s probably time you bowed out of the race for a big game ticket sold at the average price of around $5,000 online. After all, you got your large-screen TV, unlimited hot dogs and beer at your disposal, not to mention a comfy seat on the couch and the best angles CBS cameras can bring you. But what if there was a way to further enhance the living room football-watching experience, basically beaming the excitement from the stadium to mere inches away from your eyes? That’s right, we’re talking augmented reality, though it’s important to note actual ...

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    The worldwide leader in PC shipments and one of the global top five smartphone manufacturers follows Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony’s suit, among others, announcing a year-end quarterly financial report with equal highs and lows. Well, overall, we guess the good news subdues the bad in Lenovo’s shifting camp, as the company’s restructuring plan is “swiftly concluded”, marking a rebound to general profitability and estimated savings of a whopping $1.35 billion annually. But let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Only 20.2 million Lenovo and Motorola-branded smartphones ...

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    Is the pocket-friendly version of Microsoft’s super-successful Windows desktop OS dead? Well, it’s definitely struggling in terms of both mainstream adoption and general system stability, but as Redmond reportedly considers killing off the Lumia brand, more and more third-party device manufacturers join the seemingly sinking ship, which is a relatively good sign. Some of these OEMs are industry veterans or at least promising up-and-comers, including Xiaomi, Acer and Alcatel OneTouch, while others, like NuAns or Funker, don’t even appear to be household names of their domestic ...

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    Did we really need yet another unofficial Microsoft Lumia 650 press render in anticipation of the low-end phone’s imminent introduction? Probably not, seeing as how the 5-inch Windows 10 Mobile handheld has had its design exposed multiple times of late. But getting evleaked is nowadays an obligatory transitional stage from pre-production to store shelves, and Evan Blass couldn’t miss the opportunity of chiming in on the purported “last Lumia.” Alas, the illustrious tipster doesn’t confirm or dispute that label, so there’s still no way to know for sure if the Lumia 850 was ...

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    Usually, when a device manufacturer “neglects” to reveal unit sales numbers of a specific product or category, merely announcing revenue generated, it means said gadget or gadget family didn’t do so great at the box-office. But Microsoft has always been secretive about the constant growth of its 2-in-1 Surface roster, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to find out the productive Windows tablets actually sold like hotcakes during 2015, even while essentially all other slate makers saw their shipment figures drop. According to “Taiwan-based supply chain” sources quoted by Digitimes, ...

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    Technically, the world’s most popular email service and the hottest cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones aren’t direct rivals. In fact, the vast majority of the latter’s adopters also probably use the former app on their handhelds or desktops. But Google (or should we say Alphabet?) and WhatsApp (or rather Facebook) came forward nearly simultaneously with official word of both their user bases exceeding a billion people, and that’s unlikely to have been a coincidence. Clearly, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to rain on Gmail’s parade, presenting an achievement that’s ...

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    For a phone that was allegedly nipped in the bud as a direct consequence of very poor recent sales results, the Microsoft Lumia 850 is sure making a lot of noise in the rumor mill, with half a dozen covert photoshoots keeping release hopes alive. It’s clearly possible we’re dealing with a prototype device never slated to materialize and officially go on sale, but the depicted metal frame simply looks too scintillating to have been aborted just like that. Worst case scenario, Redmond, come back to this design later, and perhaps turn it into your next mainstream flagship. At the same ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile beta testers, aka Insiders or Technical Previewers, have another cumulative update waiting for them in the Fast ring, focused as usual on quashing a good deal of bugs, including a few that may have been behind recent delays of major software renovations for devices stuck on Windows Phone 8.1. These should allow “many fitness applications” to correctly access movement data once upgraded from version 8.1 to 10, and also improve the migration of data profiles and messaging settings in the same process. Granted, the tweaks don’t exactly sound crucial, and there were ...

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    The upcoming Microsoft Lumia 650 isn’t shaping up to be a major upgrade over the 640, with the same exact display likely in tow, a Snapdragon 210 processor replacing the old but respectable 400, considerably improved 5MP front-facing camera and, believe it or not, a smaller battery. Still, an overall design and build quality amelioration is probably in the works, so discounting the aging Lumia 640 feels like the smart call. As long as you don’t mind activating the Windows Phone 8.1-running 5-incher on an AT&T GoPhone prepaid plan, the handheld can be yours in exchange for an ...

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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    Before Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 in 2010, they had a smartphone operating system called Windows Mobile which was based on a version of Windows called Windows Compact Edition. It was extremely flexible and feature rich. More so than Android and iOS at the time and in some ways even more than those operating systems today. People hated it because it was too complicated and too difficult to use even though ironically it was much easier to understand than today's Android and iOS user-interfaces that are so popular. A decade ago, Windows Mobile was basically the king of mobile device ...

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    The National Football League’s decision to endorse Windows-powered Surface tabs rather than iPads, which are clearly way more popular to the general public, raised many eyebrows back in the day, and some pigskin fans continue to routinely confuse the two brands. Others simply feel their favorite players and coaches would be better off doing tactical analysis and reviewing plays on Apple gear, especially after a recent incident during the AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. The latter team, which ultimately lost by a measly two points, was plagued by a ...

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    The Android 5.1 Lollipop-running Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 variant was reportedly a raging success, exhausting its initially allocated inventory in 60 seconds (though no one knows what that means in actual unit sales), so naturally, the up-and-coming device manufacturer hopes the Windows 10 configuration will be met with similar enthusiasm. This one was obviously unveiled alongside its Google-backed sibling, but only goes on sale in China tomorrow, January 26, with no word on a prospective global expansion just yet. The quality-pricing ratio feels absolutely mind-blowing, as the equivalent of $200 ...

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    Man, when it rains, it pours, and already today we've been talking about delay after delay in the smartphone world. It looks like we've got at least one more for you before the day's out, and this time we're swinging back around to a company already wrapped up in some of that earlier delay talk, as we get an update on Microsoft's planned distribution of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone handsets – and why that won't be proceeding as scheduled. As you'll recall, it was only last week when we were hearing from multiple carriers that the Windows 10 Mobile updates were essentially ...

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    It took Microsoft a vexingly long time (several years, to be exact), but at long last, Skype’s most serious security vulnerability has been patched with a simple update. No more following a few quick steps on nefarious websites to uncover the IP address of any given user, as the immensely popular video chat service hides such information by default now. The desktop and mobile amendment available on all platforms tackles concerns voiced primarily by gamers over time, but individuals attentive to data privacy should come together and relish the change, no matter their online preferences ...

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    2015 wasn’t the year of the great PC comeback, as iPhones managed to eclipse the popularity of traditional Windows computers by themselves, but something must be telling two of the most successful handheld manufacturers in the world there’s still money to be earned in devices sized over 10 inches. Beside the looming Huawei MateBook (weird name, we know), a sub-13-inch hybrid of sorts could be coming soon from Xiaomi, which is currently putting the finishing touches to the Mi 5 flagship phone too. What’s interesting is that, according to Digitimes and the publication’s hit-and-miss ...

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    Could a low-end 5-incher with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage space really be the end of the once glorious Lumia product family? Hard to say for sure right now, but the Microsoft Lumia 650 inches closer and closer to a formal announcement, followed shortly by a European commercial launch, according to new rumors. In Germany, the unusually sleek-looking (for an entry-level device) Lumia 650 will reportedly go on sale in early February, priced as low as €220 unlocked. That’s around $240, mind you, which beats the US MSRP of the Lumia 550 by a full Benjamin. Of course, ...

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    One glance at the only Windows 10 Mobile flagship not manufactured by Microsoft back when it was first announced, and you could tell the Acer Liquid Jade Primo wouldn’t come cheap. But since its producer isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone business, we hoped for the best. Alas, Orange and Expansys Portugal have begun taking pre-orders for the Full HD 5.5-incher, which is valued at a rather steep €600. That converts to $653, so more than both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL stateside. Obviously, that’s not a fair comparison, and browsing through Redmond’s Portuguese e-store, ...

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