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    It's been a long time since we got some special Adobe Camera Raw color profiles for the Lumia 1020 and 1520. That was great for the RAW DNG photographers out there, but what we really need are some lens correction profiles. That never happened, so I decided to make my own geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting fall off models to use with my Nokia Lumia 1020 and its awesome 41 megapixel camera. Of course, you can do it with whatever camera you want, too. First off, Adobe already makes a bunch of lens correction profiles for a large variety of popular DSLR camera and lens ...

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    Between all the phones, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart TVs in our lives, we're always interested in learning about new ways to get our hands on quality content. Over the years we've seen numerous ways to bring content we'd normally get from cable TV or satellite to all these new devices: from sales of individual episodes through things like iTunes or the Play Store, to products like the Slingbox which acted as a bridge between your mobile hardware and old cable TV system. Now the Sling Media guys are up to something new, and earlier this year we saw an invite-only program ...

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    There's nothing hotter than to be given the chance to test the latest and greatest software before it reaches store shelves. That is, unless something goes wrong at some point of the installation, or the bugs are so unbearable that you'd prefer to remove the software from your device. The desktop version of Windows 10 Preview has proven to be reliable, even with the usual bugs that are to be expected, but there are some good news for those choosing to give it a try on phones. Microsoft had unofficially mentioned that it would provide a phone recovery tool for those that give Windows 10 ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best track record when it comes to its court disputes. Just a few months ago we saw how the Korean giant decided to play hardball with Apple twice in court, and the results of these disputes were not in Samsung's favor. At the same time, we saw how Microsoft then attacked Samsung over other legal disputes, and to that we have a new status today. If you remember, the whole Microsoft vs Samsung issues began when Microsoft decided to acquire the Nokia mobile division. Before this, Microsoft and Samsung had two contractual agreements over the use of certain Microsoft ...

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    Microsoft is definitely not famous for being timely, and we've got the Windows Phone launch periods to prove it. The folks from Redmond are in desperate need of reinvention, and even when we thought that the company's top priority would be Windows and Windows Phone, we've seen more love reach iOS and Android in the last couple of weeks. Still, we do know many of you are already using the Windows 10 Preview, but if you're wondering how far away we are from a final build, the wait is long. Reports claim that Microsoft is targeting its Release to Manufacturing version of Windows 10 to reach ...

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    Windows Phone has always been a visually striking platform, but for a long time it was also one of the least-customizable. Thankfully, that’s not true anymore – and we're closing out the week by giving you a quick video tour of two apps responsible for the change. The first is TileArt (or #TileArt if you wanna be teenybopper technical about it). This is an app from Ricc Webb, a Microsoft employee who built it in his spare time because he was frustrated with the other customization options available for Windows Phone. The Lumia Conversations blog has a good interview with Ricc, whom ...

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    It's been a while since we've last seen an LG Windows Phone, but according to recent reports, that's about to change, as the South Korean manufacturer is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Microsoft's mobile operating system. While the smart thing to do would be to for this upcoming device to ship with Windows 10 phone, the documents unveiled by MyLGPhones don't reveal information about the platform version. What they do unveil though, is the model number, which is VW820; from this we can draw the conclusion that it's going to be a Verizon Wireless device (VW). To further ...

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    There are a lot of things current smartwatches could do to make themselves more attractive: deliver thinner designs, improve cross-device (and especially cross-platform) compatibility, and more. But there's probably no change that would be better received than doing something about power consumption, freeing us from daily (or even multiple times daily) charge cycles. That's why we're so intrigued to hear a new smartwatch Swatch is planning to launch soon, one that the company claims won't need to be charged. Swatch intends to introduce the smartwatch sometime before May, which will have ...

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    In the smartphone world, a five-inch display is a pretty sizable canvas … but what if you could add, say, 30 inches to that? That's the question the Microsoft HD-10 was built to answer, and we're taking a demo unit for a spin in today's video! The Microsoft HD-10 is an unassuming hockey puck of a device, a plastic pancake with two cable ports and precious little else to make it stand out. That means it blends right in with the Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire Stick, or whatever else you've got tethered to your television ... while leaving the real up-close-and-personal connectivity matters ...

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    When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better? As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 2520 joined the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 on the list of very good looking tablets running a very bad Windows RT operating system. As much hype as there was for Nokia to finally build a Windows-powered tablet, the company's decision to stick to Windows RT made this tablet a DOA product. Windows 10 does paint a much brighter picture for mobile tablets running the operating system, and today we have good and bad rumors for fans of the Lumia 2520. If we start with the bad news, one source is already claiming that the existing Nokia Lumia 2520 is being put to rest ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    Over on the Windows Phone user voice site, the hot topics lately have focused on the poor user interface design changes seen in Windows 10's phone UI. Back in the days of Windows Phone 7, one of the major differentiators between Windows Phone and other smartphone platforms at the time were its design and how much thought was put into it. Everything was primarily based on typography for a good reason; people understand words. We use them to communicate practically everything all the time. We're doing it right now. The animated interface used words and animations to communicate actions and ...

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    …and that’s not entirely Microsoft’s fault. After watching the Microsoft Windows 10 event I decided to give Windows Phone another shot, for a week. It was either that, or because I missed using the platform; it could have also been because I wanted to see what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, or that getting an Xbox One for two weeks pushed me to it. So I used Windows Phone exclusively for a week (I still have until Sunday, though it's a pain), on an HTC One M8. I’m putting it back in the drawer and switching back to my previous phone, on another platform. Windows Phone is not good ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    (Update 1/29/2015: the answer now lies at the bottom of this post, so be careful when scrolling if this is your first time seeing this edition of the smartphone guessing game! Also, our apologies for the late update, folks; our lead smartphone reviewer came down with a wicked-bad case of the coughs in this year's Boston Blizzard, so he's been out of commission.) When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a mixed bag of success and failure. We highly praise Microsoft for its Surface Pro line-up, but we haven't felt the same about its Surface RT, up to the point where we really didn't pay much attention to the launch of the Surface 2 for a review. While we did like the Surface hardware, the real problem was Windows RT, and that problem seems to continue, or should we say, seems to have come to an end. Microsoft has just issued a statement to confirm that both the Surface RT and the Surface 2 won't be receiving Windows 10 like current Windows 7 and ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 event is currently on its way, and even though we're still expecting to hear a lot from its mobile developments, Microsoft has begun with PC announcements. Windows 10 is showcased to be one operating system across all platforms, and the services that we find on these platforms is intended to be shared among form factors. Cortana made some major headlines with its launch on Windows Phone 8, and now it's time for the PC. Joe Belfiore has just announced Cortana for the PC, and we get to see how Cortana will integrate as part of your start menu. Belfiore took his time to ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    Even though Microsoft hasn't broken any records with its Surface lineup, the company's Surface Pro 3 has proven to be a step in the right direction. The new productivity tablet has proven to be one of our favorite gadgets of 2014, and it has challenged other OEMs and platforms to make tablets more productive. Part of Microsoft's success has fallen in its extensive software update plan, and today we learn more. Microsoft recently released new firmware update to all three of its existing Surface tablets. The company didn't provide much detail on what bugs were getting fixed, or what ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released Cortana a few months ago, the voice assistant has almost always been on the front lines when it comes to witty and seasonally-appropriate replies thanks to the dedication of the Microsoft team in Redmond. Today that continues, with Cortana Christmas updates adding a few new neat tricks. Let's have a look, shall we? There are many queries which receive the themed responses from Cortana. For example, trying asking the assistant "Where is Santa?" and she might respond with "Santa could be enjoying some of Mrs. Claus's baked cookies." Ask her to sing you a ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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