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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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    Microsoft has officially changed the goalpost in overtime. The previous minimum memory requirements for Windows 10 Mobile have been annulled and replaced on Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center. Instead of 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, phones will need at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The move was made after several Windows Phone 8.1 devices that were promised an upgrade didn't get it. Preview builds of Windows 10 were made available to some 8.1 devices with 512MB RAM, though the size of those software packages practically upped the necessary storage level. While it was made ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    If you were perhaps fearing Windows 10 would stop growing as the novelty factor wears off and the mobile iteration’s lack of focus deepens, a recent blog post penned by Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, should alleviate your concerns. After reaching the 100 million milestone back in September 2015, and crossing 200 million activations a little over three months later, the first Redmond-developed desktop OS offered for free to the masses is now on 300 million “active devices.” That likely includes tablets, convertibles and (a few) smartphones, and ...

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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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