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Archos launches Windows tablet, Windows Phone handset (and more)

French consumer electronics maker Archos is probably best known for offering cheap Android tablets. But now the company is getting into the cheap Windows handset and tablet space. The company has unveiled a new line of products in advance of next week’s IFA trade show in Berlin, and along with a few new Android devices […]

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HTC launches One (M8) with Windows Phone software

What happens if you take HTC’s latest flagship phone and replace the Android operating system with Windows Phone? Apparently you get the HTC One (M8) for Windows… a new phone that’s available in the United States exclusively from Verizon. Update: And AT&T. You can pick one up starting this afternoon for $100 when you sign up […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 could run on tablets… if anyone makes one

Microsoft released a preview of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 recently. The most visible changes include things like the ability to put home screen Live Tiles into folders and the ability to create an Apps Corner that restricts access to some apps. But Microsoft is also making some changes to its hardware guidelines which make […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 APIs hint at upcoming smartwatches, accessories

There’s a growing number of smartwatches that you can pair with an iPhone or Android devices to view notifications, control music playback, or perform other actions without touching your phone. Soon we may start to see smartwatches for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system as well. Microsoft has begun rolling out a preview of Windows Phone […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings Live Folders, takes Cortana international

Microsoft is updating its Windows Phone software with a handful of new features and a focus on international customers. Windows Phone 8.1 Update begins rolling out to developers the first week of August, and it should be available to everyone this fall. One of the most noticeable changes is support for Live Folders. This lets […]

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Nokia Lumia 530 is an €85 Windows Phone for price-conscious shoppers

Microsoft may have axed Nokia’s Android and feature phone products since taking over the Nokia phone team. But that doesn’t Microsoft doesn’t still have big plans for the cheap smartphone space. It’s just that those plans involve handsets running Windows Phone software. Meet the Nokia Lumia 530. It’s a 4 inch Windows Phone device that […]

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Nokia X Android devices to become Windows Phones

Just weeks after introducing a new line of Nokia X series smartphones running Google Android software, Microsoft has announced it’s pulling the plug on its Android products. Select members of the Nokia X family will be updated to run Windows Phone software instead. The announcement comes amidst news that Microsoft plans to eliminate up to […]

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Lilbits (6-16-2014): Testing new Bay Trail gear

A number of new products featuring Intel Bay Trail processors are hitting the streets this summer, including Chromebooks, Windows tablets, Android tablets, and 2-in-1 systems. Thanks to some devices Asus and Acer loaned me, I’ll be testing some of each in the coming weeks. Today an Acer Switch 10 Windows 2-in-1, Asus C200 Chromebook, Asus […]

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Lilbits (6-06-2014): Will Google buy Songza?

Songza is a music streaming service which specializes in curated playlists with names like “A Michael Jackson Dance Party,” “Easygoing Alt-Country,” “Indie Sellouts,” and “Songs to Raise Your Kids To.” Fire up the Songza website or the the company’s apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or Windows 8.1 and you’re greeted with a list of […]

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Microsoft completes acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business

As expected, Microsoft is now the proud owner of one of the world’s biggest smartphone makers. In September, 2013 Microsoft announced plans to buy Nokia for over $7 billion, and now the deal is done. According to Nokia, the final price was a little higher than anticipated, but the upshot is that Microsoft now owns “substantially […]