Articles by Seth Brodeur

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by Seth Brodeur
Apr 02, 2013

Noted VOIP client, Viber, which just submitted its beta 2.1 version for approval a few days ago, has already gotten a significant makeover that adds a bunch of features for Windows Phone 8. Most notably, version 2.2.2.0 adds free calling with HD sound quality, but it...

Nokia Lumia 520
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by Seth Brodeur
Mar 28, 2013

Nokia's newest economically-friendly offering, the Lumia 520 has showed up for sale on eBay. This black or red, factory unlocked version looks to be the first 520 to be offered in the US and can be purchased outright for $239.99 using the Buy It Now option. Shipping is...

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by Seth Brodeur
Mar 21, 2013

Just a couple of days after seeing a price drop on the HTC 8X 16GB on AT&T to $99, along comes a deal at the Microsoft Store with a heck of a bargain on the Nokia Lumia 920. You can get Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 handset for free now, with a new line of...

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by Seth Brodeur
Mar 11, 2013

Today in Germany, the District Court of Mannheim ruled that HTC was not guilty of infringing on two patents owned by Nokia, including one involving the use of Google Play on HTC Android devices. The patent (EP0812120), which nebulously covers a "method for using...

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by Seth Brodeur
Mar 07, 2013

A Taiwanese company by the name of Polytron Technologies has built a device seemingly from the future, or our dreams. Their creation is an almost completely transparent smartphone made up of smart glass with liquid crystal molecules that can display images. The result...

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by Seth Brodeur
Mar 07, 2013

Today Nokia released its financial Form 20-F to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission which outlines its long-term business targets and outlines their relationship with Microsoft. Amongst the dense financial lingo and obvious goals to grow their sales...

Lumia 620
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 19, 2013

A tipster has told MobileSyrup that Canada's TELUS will be launching the Nokia Lumia 620 in the next few days. The Lumia 620 will be the successor to the Lumia 610, which TELUS currently offers. It is expected to be free on a 3-year contract or $250 outright.

HTC 8S
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 14, 2013

"This is hard, let's give up"
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 14, 2013

Luxury smartphone manufacturer Vertu recently unveiled the Ti, a $10,000+ Android phone that dazzles the eyes with its sapphire crystal, titanium, and leather frippery. Before Android, the former Nokia subsidiary was working on a luxury Windows Phone 8 device, but found...

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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 14, 2013

British carrier O2 announced back in January that they planned to carry the Huawei Ascend W1 later this year. O2's "coming soon" has revealed that the W1 will be arriving sooner rather than later, in late March. O2 will offer the W1 in Electric Blue and Electric Pink at...

Lumia 620
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 12, 2013

Nokia released a statement today saying that it had sent a "letter of objection" to the Indian government following a January raid on its facility in Chennai over alleged back taxes totaling $545 million. The Finnish tech superpower firmly denied the allegations and...

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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 08, 2013

With Mobile World Congress 2013 just around the corner, it makes sense that we start hearing about some new phones from Nokia.  Up on the list are the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, expected sequels to the current Lumia 510 and Lumia 710 series but with OS upgrades and more...

Who will win the battle for the scraps?
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 07, 2013

A couple days ago, we reported some encouraging news from Strategy Analytics that showed that Windows Phone had overtaken BlackBerry in Q4 2012 for the number three spot amongst mobile operating systems in the United States. Not to be outdone, marketing analytics firm...

Can you spare a penny for Nokia Lumia 920?
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by Seth Brodeur
Feb 07, 2013

Is that penny you found between the couch cushions burning a hole in your pocket? If so, perhaps you'd like to spend it on a new Nokia Lumia 920. CarToys.com is running an online-only deal on Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 handset for just one cent and free two-day...

WhatsApp has committed to making its app more privacy-friendly
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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 28, 2013

A joint investigation by Canadian and Dutch officials has determined that popular mobile messaging program WhatsApp violates privacy laws of both countries. The problem is that the application, which lets users text each other over the internet in order to circumvent...

Skype
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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 24, 2013

A rag-tag group of privacy advocates, internet activists, journalists and organizations have banded together and have written an open letter to Skype, calling on the communications giant to "publicly document Skype’s security and privacy practices."

The letter,...

The official Newegg app gets a minor, but amusing update
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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 24, 2013

Newegg.com has updated their official Windows Phone app to v1.3. The update fixes some minor bugs that were present in previous versions, as well as humorous component called TimeMachine, which is nothing close to the Mac OS program of the same name.

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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 24, 2013

The biggest takeaway from Nokia's Q4 2012 earnings report is obviously that Nokia finally turned a profit after deciding to make Windows Phone its operating system of choice on its smartphones. But one tidbit that also stands out is that Nokia officially confirmed the...

SkyDrive live tiles show you what you just uploaded
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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 23, 2013

SkyDrive for Windows 8 and Windows RT got an update today that adds live tile support. Now when you upload a file to SkyDrive, your start screen icon will display the latest information on your most recent uploads. The new live tile will display titles and upload times...

More staffing changes are coming to Nokia
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by Seth Brodeur
Jan 17, 2013

As part of their 2012 initiative cut costs and realign certain business functions, Nokia announced it will begin outsourcing certain IT responsibilities to HCL Technologies and TATA Consultancy Services.

This decision could affect about 1100 current Nokia...