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2 years ago

Microsoft to open new store in Orlando, Florida - Pitbull will be there in style

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2 years ago

Nokia name to go away with the Lumia line as Microsoft seeks to unify branding

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Nokia has taken to their Conversations blog this morning to answer some questions regarding the recent Microsoft announcement. The most frequently asked inquiries were taken to Tuula Rytilä, who heads up Nokia’s marketing, for clarification on exactly what is happening going forward.

For the most part, Nokia illuminates questions on branding transition, including the relevant “Nokia Lumia” name. The Microsoft-Nokia deal transfers the name “Nokia” over for mobile phone use to Microsoft for ten years, along with the ‘Lumia’ and ‘Asha’ brands, which will be owned by Microsoft.

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2 years ago

IDC shows fiery Windows Phone growth in Vietnam, looking to challenge Android with a 119% YoY increase

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IDC has released data showing an increase in smartphone shipments in Q2 2013 in Vietnam. 32.7 percent of total mobile phone shipments were smartphones, up from just 14.7 percent in Q2 2012. The good news here for Windows Phone is not only are we looking at a larger market for OEMs to take advantage of, but the platform has increased its share of the smartphone market in the region by a fair amount.

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2 years ago

Xbox One to support eight controllers simultaneously - partying here we come

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2 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 drops to $199 on Amazon.com for one day sale

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2 years ago

Skype for Windows Phone 8 finally gets Video Messaging in latest update

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Skype app for Windows Phone 8, which was bumped to version 2.10.0.251 this morning. The latest update brings along with it some substantive changes, including the previously missing Video messaging.

Video messaging was introduced by Skype earlier this summer and it quickly landed on their iOS and Android clients. Windows Phone though, despite receiving numerous updates since, was left on the side with an IOU from the Skype team. Up until today, Windows Phone 8 users were only able to view Video messages, but now they can also record and send them for free.

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2 years ago

Microsoft announces Xbox One launch date; pencil November 22 in your calendars

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Microsoft has today announced the availability Xbox One, which will launch on November 22nd. The initial launch markets will see the next-gen console hit stores and be fired up with the latest software from studios. Speculation about the dates led to some interesting guesswork, but now Redmond has put minds to rest by confirming when we can expect to see the product launch.

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2 years ago

Samsung and HTC not revealing any emotion with Microsoft's Nokia purchase

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2 years ago

Link, a puzzling connect the dots game for our Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 launching September 17 on Telstra in Australia, Optus later

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2 years ago

According to sources at Bloomberg, Microsoft still eyeing potential BlackBerry purchase

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As if 2013 could not have been a more pivotal year for Microsoft and Windows Phone, news tonight coming from Bloomberg claims that Redmond is still considering buying out BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has publicly revealed that they are seeking “strategic alternatives” for the company, including a merger or selling off the entire company (or pieces of it). In and of itself, that is big news although BlackBerry did do the same in 2012 and nothing came of it. Could this round be any different? Perhaps, as their new operating system, BB10, is not exactly setting the mobile world afire.

Microsoft has always been rumored to be interested in BlackBerry, but they are perhaps waiting for the right time. That may include waiting for Waterloo to shed some of its 17,000 employees and become a leaner purchase, or for BlackBerry to become cheaper and more desperate.  

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central 162 - Microsoft buys Nokia

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With the Microsoft-Nokia deal still cooling off, we're digging through all the news to discuss the implications to the Windows Phone platform. What will happen to the Lumia name? Will Nokia employees be in sync with their Microsoft counterparts? Did Microsoft really even want to buy Nokia?

Daniel Rubino, Jay Bennett and CrackBerry's Kevin Michaluk try to answer those questions as well as take yours in today's podcast. Watch the video podcast below, stream the audio or listen through our app...your choice. Discussion points after the break.

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2 years ago

Nokia Xpress steps out of beta, helps you browse the web on a tight data budget

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When it comes to data plans on your mobile device, mileage varies from carrier, to region, to country. Some people might be grandfathered into unlimited data plans and now eat as much as they can on blazing fasts LTE networks. Others might be in an emerging market and are just experiencing 3G speeds for the first time. One way or the other, Nokia has an app that recently left beta to help people with tighter data budgets. Nokia Xpress is ready for the limelight.

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2 years ago

Samsung releases updates for numerous Windows Phone apps

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2 years ago

Vector 9: Ben Thompson on Microsoft's mobile dilemma

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Ben Thompson of stratēchery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft in a post-Ballmer mobile market, the IBM analogy, whether they need to be more like Apple, and why Google and Samsung were so damn smart. Also: Nokia sale!

Note: This was originally supposed to be next week's episode of Vector, but due to Microsoft buying Nokia, we decided to fast-track. (It's especially interesting given Thompson, until recently, worked at Microsoft on the Windows 8 apps team, and previously interned at Apple on the Apple University project.)

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