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Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition now a done deal with final EU approval

Prepare for a world of Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 devices. Hot on the heels ofyesterday’s Department of Justice decisionReuters is reporting that the European Commission has granted final approval of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. The $7.35 billion deal, which is now all guaranteed, will see Nokia’s mobile assets folded into the Microsoft camp, effectively giving Microsoft an end-to-end smartphone vertical for its Windows Phone 8 line, as well as a treasure trove of related patents. There’s still no word on whether Nokia’s former CEO Stephen Elop will helm Microsoft in Ballmer’s absence. But with this merger out of the way, we expect that’ll be next on Microsoft’s to-do list.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/04/microsofts-nokia-acquisition-now-a-done-deal-with-final-eu-appr/

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2014 Honda Civic hits the lot with built-in Siri

iPhone owners who pick up a 2014 Honda Civic will be able to chat with Siri without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.

Siri will be a key ingredient of Honda’s new Display Audio in-car technology when the Civic goes on sale Wednesday, the automaker has announced. Drivers with Bluetooth-connected iPhones will be able to activate Siri by holding down a Talk button on the steering wheel, eliminating the need to tap on or hold the phone.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614483-94/2014-honda-civic-hits-the-lot-with-built-in-siri/

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet reaches Verizon on November 21st for $500 contract-free

Verizon isn’t going to let AT&T hog all the Lumia 2520 buyers this weekend — it just announced that it will start selling Nokia’s Windows RT tablet on November 21st, one day before the device is available at AT&T. Pricing will remain the same at $500 contract-free or $400 on a two-year term, but Verizon is sweetening its deal by offering a carrier-appropriate red model to online shoppers; retail customers will have to be content with black. There’s no word on 2520 variants for other carriers, but it’s good to know that Americans will have at least some choice in networks when picking up Nokia’s LTE-equipped slate.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/18/nokia-lumia-2520-reaching-verizon/

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Nokia Lumia 1520 review: the best Windows Phone device yet

Windows Phone has never looked this good. The latest update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, known as Update 3, added support for 1080p displays, large smartphone screens and state-of-the-art processors. And now, these features are finally showing up on actual hardware. The first device to tick off all these boxes is theNokia Lumia 1520, a 6-inch flagship with all of the trimmings we’ve been waiting to see on a Windows Phone device for three years now.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/18/nokia-lumia-1520-review/

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iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as the Air, just smaller

Last year Apple introduced the iPad mini, a second size option for its tablet lineup. In addition to being, well, miniature, it featured a beautiful design — so beautiful, in fact, that the iPad Air now mimics it. More importantly, with a starting price of $329, consumers at last got an iPad at a more mid-range price point. As you can imagine, it appealed to folks who couldn’t afford the full-sized model, and it was also intriguing for people who craved something a little more portable. By the same token, it was also panned by power users who thought the mini should have the same high-end specs and Retina display as the 10-inch model. In short, Apple had two iPads that were capable of attracting two different groups of people.

This year Apple stirred the pot. The new iPad mini not only features nicer hardware than its predecessor; it’s also equipped with the same specs as its larger sibling, the iPad Air. For starters, the 2013 mini adds a Retina display, along with Apple’s top-of-the-line A7 processor and a larger battery. But, it also comes at a higher cost. We know, we know: It’s a premium tablet, but is $399 too much to pay for a brand-new 8-inch slate? Is there anything else in the mid-sized tablet market that would work at a lower price? And since the two iPads are no very similar, are there any factors to consider outside of size?

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/15/ipad-mini-retina-display-review/

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Almost all of your notifications can now display on Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

Another day, another phone gets update post. But this time, it’s a smartwatch — Samsung’s Galaxy Gear — that’s party to a software refresh and it’s going to bring you closer to that Go! Go! Gadget dream. According to Sammobile, an update to the Gear Manager app now lets you add nearly every type of notification for display on your wrist. So, you won’t need to trawl forums any longer for an unofficial workaround. There’s even an option to open a particular notification on your associated smartphone. In all, it’s really nothing revolutionary and it in no way makes the case for a smartwatch purchase. But if you took the plunge and bought a Gear, it’s just one more thing you can do for $300.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/15/almost-all-of-your-notifications-can-now-display-on-galaxy-gear/

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Target’s trading $200 gift cards for any working iPad, even first generation tablets

Still kicking around a first generation iPad? Quit it. That tablet is bulky, old and four generations out of date. We know, new hardware is expensive – but Target is making it pretty hard not to upgrade. Until November 9th, the big box retailer is offering $200 in store credit for any iPad, regardless of generation. The trade needs to happen at a brick and mortar location, but the other caveats aren’t too heavy: as long as the iPad works, powers on and isn’t marred by a scratched or broken screen, you’re good to go. A successful trade will still leave you $299 shy of Apple’s new iPad Air, but it drops the non-retina iPad Mini’s price tag down to a cool $99. If that doesn’t appeal, the credit can be used on virtually any item in the store. After all, tablet computing isn’t for everybody.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/05/target-trading-200-for-1stgen-ipad/

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BitTorrent Sync launches API for building decentralized apps, comes to iPad

BitTorrent Sync, the cross-platform tool for sharing files without cloud interference, hasn’t managed to shake its beta tag yet, but that isn’t slowing anything down. In addition to announcing the service now has more than a million active users monthly, and it’s passed over 30 petabytes of data between devices, today sees an update for users and something for developers, too. The general release of version 1.2 is said to improve transfer speeds to up to around 90MB per second. A new native iPad app is out today, and the current iOS version has seen design tweaks and compatibility improvements for iOS 7. Sending and syncing data in other apps using BitTorrent Sync is now possible, and pics and video from your synced folders can be added to a device’s camera roll.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/05/bittorrent-sync-new-version-ipad-app-dev-api/

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Instagram Finally Coming To Windows Phone, Nokia Confirms

It’s taken a lot longer than Nokia hoped it would but Windows Phone is finally getting an official Instagram client. The photo-sharing social network, which has north of 150 million monthly active users, has been on iOS some three years, and on Android since April 2012. Now it’s coming to Windows Phone within “weeks”, according to Nokia.

 

Instagram Finally Coming To Windows Phone, Nokia Confirms

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Meet Apple’s New iPad Mini With Retina Display, Prices Start At $399

Considering that Apple’s invitation proclaimed that were was “a lot to cover” today, it comes as no surprise that the announcement train is still chugging along. And after the usual weeks of leaks and speculative hype, Apple’s Phil Schiller has finally unveiled the new iPad mini on-stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Enough beating around the bush though — most notable thing about this year’s mini is its Retina display, which runs at 2048×1536 just like its full-sized brethren. Schiller noted that the display was one of the most hotly-requested features (which is hardly a surprise) but it’s heartening to see that some of those more conservative rumors were off-base.

 

Meet Apple’s New iPad Mini With Retina Display, Prices Start At $399

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Apple tops customer satisfaction on AT&T and Verizon while Samsung leads on Sprint and T-Mobile

The Android v. iOS war is so pronounced, it’s even happening at the carrier level. On Thursday, J.D. Power released its most recent smartphone satisfaction survey and the battle lines are clearly drawn: AT&T and Verizon customers rank satisfaction highest with Apple’s iPhone while Sprint and T-Mobile customers are more satisfied with Samsung handsets. It should be noted that the T-Mobile results don’t include the iPhone, however, since it wasn’t sold when the survey began.

Both companies should be happy, as they’re the only two that exceed the average satisfaction of all mobile phones for all four major U.S. carriers. I suspect Apple is a bit happier, however, since it has higher satisfaction rankings on the two largest network operators, which together account for around 226 million U.S. subscribers, or nearly two-thirds of all mobile subscribers in the country.

 

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/17/apple-tops-customer-satisfaction-on-att-and-verizon-while-samsung-leads-on-sprint-and-t-mobile/

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As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer

The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of value is shifting from the development of underlying technologies — the infrastructure, the platforms, the chips, the radios, the hardware — to the design of how technology interacts with the user. This tectonic creative shift will determine many of tomorrow’s tech winners and losers…

Read On at http://gigaom.com/2013/10/17/as-the-underlying-tech-becomes-a-commodity-design-emerges-as-the-answer/

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Nokia Amber update arrives for AT&T Windows Phone 8 handsets

U.S. carriers can be notoriously slow on the draw with smartphone manufacturer software updates, but all is likely to be forgiven as Nokia’s so-called Amber update has finally arrived for AT&T subscribers.

Nokia Care US announced today that AT&T has released new software updates for the carrier’s Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets.

 

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/amber-alert-nokia-update-inbound-for-at-t-windows-phone-8-handsets-1188407

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Windows Phone 8.1 could grow devices up to 10 inches

Windows Phone 8 device displays might soon reach previously unheard of sizes if a report published today holds any water.

Over at the Windows SuperSite Paul Thurrott shared some scoops, including word that the expected Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue” update could add support for devices with displays up to 10 inches large.

 

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GSMA launches smarter apps guidelines online

The GSMA’s Smarter Apps Guidelines have been updated and are now available online.

The interactive user-generated pages are the work of developers and support app development across all the major platforms.

The guidelines cover a number of areas around app development including connectivity, power consumption, network reliability and security. By following these guidelines developers can create network-friendly apps and mobile operators will see a reduced strain on their networks. For their part, users will experience more responsive and reliable apps and improved battery life.

 

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/gsma-launches-smarter-apps-guidelines-online

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Datang talks up 5G

Chinese network manufacturer Datang is the latest Asian vendor to jump on the ‘5G’ bandwagon, with the company’s CEO Ma Jiancheng (pictured) using this morning’s keynote session to talk up his company’s focus in this area.

Datang’s pledge follows a statement from Huawei earlier this week it is “at the cutting edge of technology exploration and development for 5G wireless.” Last month, Samsung said it had developed 5G technology which it would look to commercialise by 2020.

 

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/datang-talks-up-5g

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BlackBerry confirms BBM on Android Saturday, iOS Sunday

A report had BBM coming to Android on Friday and iOS on Saturday. It turns out, it was a day off. The Android version will come on Saturday, while the iOS version hits the App Store on Sunday.

BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry users, and is much loved by the BlackBerry faithful. But by expanding it across platforms, BlackBerry is looking to take over the likes of WhatsApp, which has garnered more than 300 million users.

 

Roger Cheng

 September 18, 2013 11:49 AM PDT

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603521-94/blackberry-confirms-bbm-on-android-saturday-ios-sunday/

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iOS 7 Is Officially Released

As of Wednesday, your old iPhone is now your new iPhone. iOS 7, the latest operating system for the iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch, was made available to the public ahead of the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C at the end of the week.

Apple is rolling out its new operating system to older model mobile devices on Wednesday, and gadget owners should expect a whole lot of changes as the general public gets its first taste of the flat and sleek iOS redesign previewed by Apple in June.

 

The Huffington Post  |  By Alexis Kleinman

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/18/ios-7-release_n_3948901.html

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iOS 7 arrives on Apple devices September 18th

Apple’s overhauled OS will be available for download on qualifying devices next week. Control Center, retooled notifications, redesigned calendar and improved Siri functionality alongside numerous other tweaks and thinner typography will soon be a mere download away. In order to take advantage of the update, you’ll need an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or fifth-generation iPod touch. As always, this is a free download for device owners which means that grouping photos by moments and iTunes Radio are set to arrive in just over a week.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/ios-7-arrives-september-18th/

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Apple announces the iPhone 5C

Apple has for the first time announced a second new iPhone model: the iPhone 5C. As rumored, the device has a colorful new polycarbonate design, which Apple says is made from a single part save the front panel — the whole of which is a multitouch surface — and reinforced with a steel structure that Apple says was made using a new construction method. It’s “beautifully, unapologetically plastic,” according to Apple’s Phil Schiller.

As for specs, you’ll get the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5 (full sRGB), plus an A6 processor, LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated camera with a 5-element lens. A new front-facing camera also promises better performance in low light. Available in blue, white, pink, yellow and green, the 5C will set you back $99 on a two-year contract for the 16GB version, or $199 for the 32GB. Apple has also designed some new cases to match, which will set you back $29 apiece.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/apple-announces-the-iphone-5c/

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Apple introduces the iPhone 5S

CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at Apple HQ to introduce the world to the iPhone 5S, the second of two handsets announced today. The new phone follows the number / letter naming scheme set in place way back in twenty ‘o nine with the introduction of the 3GS and carried on with 2011’s 4S. As with those handsets, the new device’s name implies that this round is something of an iterative update to last year’s iPhone 5. According to Phil Schiller, the handset is “the most forward-thinking phone we’ve ever created.” As expected, it’s set to arrive in three colors: black, silver and gold. The 5S is crafted in high-grade aluminum with chamfered edges.

What the the “S” stand for? Well, inside, you’ll find a 64-bit A7 processor that features twice the number of transistors as its predecessor, clocking in at more than one billion, according to Schiller — the CPU and GPU, meanwhile, promise speeds twice as fast. There’s OpenGL ES 3.0 on-board, but the next-gen handset still promises, thankfully, to remain compatible with the 32-bit apps of yesteryear. The 5S also rocks the new M7, which monitors motion data in real-time, with help from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass — a feature that’ll work nicely with fitness apps like the new Nike+ Move.

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/iphone-5s-announced/

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Apple expected to announce iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S today.

Apple Inc. is expected to unveil iPhone 5C, a cheaper version of its iconic phone available in several colors, alongside the latest high-end phone, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, at an event Tuesday at its corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif.

With the iPhone 5S, Apple is trying to beat back rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in markets like India and China, where it is fast losing ground.

The 5C phone would bring one of the industry’s costliest smartphones within reach of the masses in poorer emerging markets for the first time. Wall Street approves of the move to offer a more basic version of the device, although some investors warned initially it will dilute margins and potentially tarnish a brand that has been linked to premium users since its 2007 inception.

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-apple-iphone-tuesday-20130910,0,6919366.story

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BlackBerry shares jump as potential bidders kick the tires.

BlackBerry Ltd. shares climbed again today as investors got a taste of what’s in store for the next few months. The stock jumped more than 5 per cent yesterday amid reports that the smartphone maker, which hung out a “for sale” sign last month, has already held preliminary talks with potential suitors and plans a fast auction.

 

Michael Babad

The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/blackberry-shares-jump-as-potential-bidders-kick-the-tires/article14118627/

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Apple launches trade-in program.

Apple has confirmed that it’s launching a trade-in program for iPhones after much speculation about its plans for the reselling market over the past several months. The program allows for users to bring in their older phones and get credit toward a newer model. Previous iPhone recycling programs had let users turn in older gadgets for a gift card at Apple’s stores. Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette confirmed that the company is rolling out its program Friday.

By Hayley Tsukayama, August 30, 2013

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-30/business/41604556_1_trade-in-program-iphone-sales-apple-retail-stores

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As Microsoft buys Nokia, Finns mourn their claim to fame.

The central object in Finland’s national epic poem the Kalevala is the Sampo, a magical machine that produces money, flour and salt. The device is stolen and taken away over the sea, but along the way falls into the water and is lost.

For Finns contemplating the final indignity for its modern-day magical machine Nokia, the analogy is as unavoidable. From humble beginnings as a paper mill set up 150 years ago in the small town of Nokia in southern Finland, the company became the country’s global claim to fame before subsiding under a withering assault from Apple and others. Finally this week, its mobile phone business was sold to Microsoft.

 

Wif Stenger in Espoo
The Guardian, Friday 6 September 2013 08.27 EDT

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/06/microsoft-nokia-finns-mourn-fame