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Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

Microsoft will soon take over Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone and Windows 8 products.

 

Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

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Facebook Login Now Avaliable for Windows Phones

Microsoft has finally allowed Facebook login capacity on Windows 8 devices, including applications. This will greatly benefit developers and consumers as it makes registering new accounts and logging in much simpler. Foursquare and Adobe are among the first companies to make use of this new feature for Windows phones.
Click here for more information.

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

Nokia Care US (1, 2) announced today that AT&T has released new software updates for the carrier’s Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets. Nokia’s so-called “Amber” update introduces Glance, a new feature that displays a clock on the lockscreen, while allowing the device to be awakened with a double tap, as well as Flip to Silence, which mutes incoming calls. This article goes into great detail about that update.

 

 

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

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Windows Phone 8 may never reach Verizon

Verizon had initially been planning to release three handsets this year operating on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 OS.  New reports however state that the wireless carrier is unhappy with the lack of access it has to remotely manage these devices, and as a result, the phones’ launches are being delayed and may even be canceled altogether.

 

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Verizon-s-Windows-Phone-8-Devices-Could-Be-Delayed-or-Cancelled-299795.shtml

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Microsoft adding staff, R&D in China mobile push

Microsoft Corp. will hire more than 1,000 additional employees in China this year and boost research and development spending by 15 percent as it tries to catch up with Apple and Google in the fast-growing mobile Internet market, executives said Thursday.

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019078086_apaschinamicrosoft.html

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Microsoft’s struggles with mobile apps

Nowadays, smartphones are all about apps. And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it’s willing to pay for them.

All an app-maker has to do is sign on the dotted line.

After years of struggling in the phone market, Microsoft teamed up with Nokia last year to challenge the dominance of Apple and Google, which makes the Android operating system. The latest fruit of their collaboration is a gleaming machine called the Lumia 900, which went on sale in the United States on Sunday and is considered to be the first true test of how well the partnership will fare.

But the hundreds of thousands of apps that run on Apple and Android devices will not work on phones like the Lumia 900 that use Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. And many developers are reluctant to funnel time and money into apps for what is still a small and unproven market. So Microsoft has come up with incentives, like plying developers with free phones and promising prime spots in its app store and in Windows Phone advertising.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/microsofts-struggles-with-mobile-apps-20120408-1wiyu.html

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Healthx Launches Healthcare Mobile App

Today Healthx released its much-awaited Healthx-enabled Mobile Application, which caters to Payers aiming to connect members with their benefits and healthcare information. Healthx clients will receive their own uniquely branded app available for easy download in the iTunes, Windows, Android, and RIM markets.

This app is basically a PHR, except it focuses more on insurance and health finances than health records. This application will allow users to keep better track of bills and make payments easier.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/healthx-launches-healthcare-mobile-app-2012-02-21