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Alcatal OneTouch PIXI smartphones runs Android, Windows, or Firefox OS

Alcatel OneTouch is launching a new line of smartphones that will come in a range of screen sizes and offer a choice of 3 operating systems: the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 will support Android, Windows, or Firefox OS. Update: Not surprisingly, Alcatel OneTouch doesn’t plan to let you load your choice of operating systems on the […]

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Microsoft releases Denim Update for select Lumia phones

Microsoft is starting to roll out the Denim software update for Lumia phones that the company first unveiled in September. The new software is based on Windows 8.1, but it adds improvements to the camera and Cortana voice assistant, among other things. The Denim update is initially available for the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, […]

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Lumia gesture controls let you answer calls by picking up a phone

Microsoft is introducing a new beta app for recent Lumia smartphones that lets you perform some key actions without touching the screen. For example you can answer a ringing phone by holding it to your ear, switch to speakerphone by placing the phone face up on a table, or mute the microphone by placing it face […]

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Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant now speaks 6 languages

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone devices is sort of the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice search feature. You can ask a Windows Phone device questions, make notes, set reminders, and more. Up until recently Cortana has only supported English and Chinese, but now Microsoft is adding initial support for four more languages. […]

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Microsoft Lumia 535 is an entry-level Windows Phone (without Nokia branding)

The Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset that won’t have the Nokia name on it. The phone is an entry-level device with a 5 inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and 5MP front and rear cameras. It should be available in parts of Asia and Europe soon for about 110 Euros, […]

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Roku adds screen mirroring, casting from Android, Windows, and Windows Phone

Roku makes some of the most popular devices for streaming internet video on a TV. Now you can also use a Roku as a sort of wireless display for your phone, tablet, or PC. Blogger Dave Zatz uncovered support documents that show screen mirroring and video casting features are on the way. Update: It’s official. Roku has […]

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Windows Phone on a budget: BLU Win Jr, Win HD launch for $89 and up

Thinking about picking up a smartphone with Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars? You could pick up an older model like a $49 contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for AT&T, or you could buy a brand new phone that’s not locked to any wireless carrier for as little as $89. Earlier […]

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Microsoft: 50 new companies making Windows phones, tablets this year

Earlier this year Microsoft started offering Windows and Windows Phone software free of charge to device makers producing phones and and tablets with 9 inch or smaller screens. The move effectively made Windows as cheap to use as Android… possibly cheaper, since Microsoft collects royalty fees from many companies that use Android on their devices. […]

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Microsoft unveils Denim Update for select Lumia phones

Microsoft recently launched a major update for its Windows Phone 8.1 software, but the company’s not done yet. There’s another major update rolling out this year, and this time it’s for select Lumia phones from Microsoft-owned Nokia. The Lumia Denim Update brings a new camera, improved Cortana voice assistant, and enhanced Bing features. It’ll be available […]

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Microsoft introduces Lumia 830, Lumia 730 smartphones and accessories

Microsoft is updating its line of Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone software. The Lumia 830 is the company’s new flagship phone with a 5 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and the price of a mid-range phone. It’s expected to sell for 339 Euros. Meanwhile the Lumia 730/735 is a slightly smaller, cheaper phone with a 4.7 […]