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Qualcomm announces ultrasonic finger scanner and machine learning engine, teases Snapdragon 820 processor

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Qualcomm has a host of new technologies in store, including an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, cognitive machine learning for your smartphone and tablet, and, of course, a new processor: the Snapdragon 820.

Qualcomm today at MWC 2015 announced their newest device security measure: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology, the tech uses ultrasonic waves to penetrate through the outer layers of your finger to build a three-dimensional map of your fingerprint that's much harder to duplicate than a mere capacitive scanner as you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Additionally, Qualcomm also announced their new "machine learning" platform Zeroth, which aims to go for a device that learns and adapts to how you use it.

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Microsoft shows off the new Office for Windows Phone

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Microsoft's latest accessory is the Bluetooth-enabled Universal Foldable Keyboard

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Microsoft has announced a new foldable Bluetooth keyboard that works on cross-platform devices. Dubbed the Universal Foldable Keyboard, Microsoft's latest accessory works with iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Windows tablets. Also announced is compatibility with Windows Phone, starting with Windows 10 for phones.

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My thoughts on the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL and why this is a turning point for Microsoft

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This morning, Microsoft has – as expected – unveiled two new Lumias for the Windows Phone line: the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.With the announcement of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, Microsoft demonstrates it can handle Lumia hardware (and improve where Nokia failed)

Announcing mid-range phones during Mobile World Congress is almost routine now for Microsoft (Nokia), and this year's additions are not game changers by any means. They will also not quell the masses yearning for a new high-end Lumia Windows Phone, something we do not expect until later this year when Windows 10 is good and ready. Sorry, folks.

Still, I want to talk briefly about these phones and my time with them. In short, I like what I see, and I think Microsoft is paying attention.

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Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL will launch on AT&T, T-Mobile and MetroPCS in the US

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Our Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL forums are now open! Join the conversation

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Have questions? Need help? Let's talk about the new Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL announced today!

This morning, Microsoft unveiled two new affordable Windows Phones to the Lumia family: the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.

Both phones significantly improve upon their predecessors, the Lumia 630/635 and Lumia 1320, respectively with better hardware and fewer limitations. All with a solid price point for emerging markets and those on a budget.

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Microsoft reveals the Lumia 640 XL affordable-phablet Windows Phone with a 5.7-inch HD display

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Barcelona, Spain – This morning, Microsoft has announced a second new Windows Phone for their budget range of devices. Following on the heels of the 5-inch Lumia 640 is its bigger brother the 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL, which also includes a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing cameras.

Launching this month in various markets worldwide, the $245 (219 euros) dual-SIM LTE Lumia 640 XL from Microsoft looks to bring robust hardware at an affordable price to those who want a smartphone with a large display. Coming in a variety of colors, Glance screen, and 1 GB of RAM, the Lumia 640 XL appears to be a substantial replacement for the aging Lumia 1320.

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Microsoft announces the $180 Lumia 640 with a 5-inch HD display, Glance and Dual-SIM LTE

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Barcelona, Spain – This morning, Microsoft has unveiled the Lumia 640, the latest budget-friendly Windows Phone in the Lumia lineup.

The Lumia 640 builds off of the strengths of the Lumia 635 but brings none of the drawbacks. With improved hardware and a larger, 720P display, the Lumia 640's dual-SIM LTE design should open Windows Phone to a whole new market.

Additionally, Microsoft is tossing in a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet. The subscription comes with 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.

Pricing of the dual-SIM LTE version of the Lumia 640 is expected to be around $180 (159 euros) while the dual-SIM 3G should retail for $155 (139 euros) both starting in April.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan web browser demoed on Windows 10 for phones

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More than 2.8 million have signed up to Microsoft's Windows Insider program

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Microsoft MWC event liveblog - 8.30 a.m. CET!

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Microsoft shows how Cortana can save your marriage

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Microsoft reportedly looking to acquire social news reader Prismatic

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After buying calendar software maker Sunrise and mobile e-mail app startup Acompli (whose technology was integrated into Outlook), it looks like Microsoft is lining up a bid for social news reader Prismatic. According to an anonymous source cited by TechCrunch, Microsoft is currently the frontrunner to acquire the startup for around $30 million.

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VLC for Windows RT is finally available for Surface RT and Surface 2 users

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Microsoft reveals Coship Mobile as new Windows Phone hardware partner

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