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

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

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...
Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

For our ninth day of 12 Days of Hidden Gems, we are looking into family safety. Combined with a SmartThings setup and the highly rated Life360 Family Locator app and service, your smartphone can be an all seeing eye to keep track of children and family members. Life360 is not a new app, but it...
Rdio, the tenth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

Rdio, the tenth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

For our tenth day of 12 Days of Hidden Gems, our focus is shifting to entertainment. Music is something everyone loves but choosing which service – if any – to use for streaming can be challenging. So why use a streaming service at all? Discovery and variety are the main reasons and Rdio, available...
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The Best Laptops

The Best Laptops

If you’re on the hunt for the best laptop available, look no further. We’ve got the very best options available right now. These include buttoned-down workhorses, versatile convertibles, gaming beasts, and super-slim ultrabooks that are ready for the road. The great thing about Windows is that...
From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

I've stepped in and borrowed Dan's desk for this weekend (not really, but his looks a lot cooler than mine) to wrap up at the end of what's been a very busy period in these parts. In quick succession we've had a new desktop build of the Windows 10 preview, a new phone build of the Windows 10...
WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone is coming soon, as announced over a year ago

WhatsApp voice calling for Windows Phone is coming soon, as announced over a year ago

One benefit of doing this job is you tend to have a bird's eye view of the mobile landscape. Specifically I mean you tend to know the history of every bit of software and hardware, unlike the casual consumer. Case in point is WhatsApp and voice calling. New articles are making their way around...
AI Wars Part II: Watch Out Cortana, Apple May Have Given Siri a Nasty Left Hook

AI Wars Part II: Watch Out Cortana, Apple May Have Given Siri a Nasty Left Hook

In part one of this two-part series, "AI Wars: Hey Cortana is that you on my iPhone?", we focused on Microsoft's strategy of bringing Cortana to rival platforms. We looked at the benefits such a move would bring to the Microsoft ecosystem. In this piece, we would like to look at what Cortana's...
Lumia Storage Check Beta

Microsoft has (inadvertently) killed the ability to move offline maps to storage cards

Back in 2013, Nokia released an app for their Lumia line of Windows Phones dubbed Lumia Storage Check Beta. This app was in addition to just Lumia Storage Check, which was the main build of the tool that integrated into Settings and was part of the original 1308 firmware release. The main...
Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

With the end of the month upon us, it's time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.
Cortana on iPhone

AI Wars Part I: 'Hey Cortana is that you on my iPhone?'

"Our top priority and showcase device for Cortana is Windows Phone. Any discussion or commentary about us giving up or abandoning Windows Phone is crazy talk. Our top priority is to make Cortana so fantastic that it pulls customers to Windows Phone. Period…And if that happens, then we can stop...
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Futurology 1.1: Smaller, higher-capacity batteries are closer than ever before

Recent advancements in Lithium Sulfur and Lithium metal anodes pave the way for smaller, safer batteries with higher capacities. Back at the start of the year in our Smartphone Futurology series, we discussed the technology behind the battery in smartphones and what's to come in the future. This...
Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

We take on the hamburger menu debate in Windows 10 on phone, discuss alternatives and then give you a poll to vote on! One of the most controversial aspects of the design language of Windows 10 has been the near ubiquitous adoption of so-called hamburger-style menus. Microsoft has used the three...
How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

Am I really positing that the Microsoft Band will beat the Apple Watch? Yes, I am. How will they accomplish this you ask? While Apple is diligently courting the elite, Microsoft is purposefully launching out into the deep, and they are aiming to commandeer the seas. Today Apple is priming the...

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