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Microsoft Lumia branding goes official, new device coming soon

It’s been long rumored that the Nokia name wouldn’t be lasting much longer, and today that has been confirmed with word straight from the horse’s mouth. Officially, the name of the Windows Phone we’ve all come to know and love has been changed from the Nokia Lumia branding to a fresher Microsoft Lumia branding, reflecting the new ownership of the company.The websites and social media accounts associated with Microsoft Lumia will be overhauled and changed to reflect the new naming over the next few days, and the change across all web properties is expected to be … Continue reading » ...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 scores a Developer Edition for Verizon

Is it fair that manufacturers restrict what we can do with the smartphones we purchase, drawing lines in the sand between permitted “consumer” activities and prohibited “developer” ones? We’re hard-pressed to argue how that possibly makes sense, but like it or not, that’s the situation for many handsets out there, leading to the release of Developer Editions that cater to the power user who can’t resist the temptation to poke around a bootloader. We’ve seen Samsung give such treatment to models from its Galaxy lineup of Androids,

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HERE Maps drops Samsung exclusivity, now available for Android users at large

Back in late August, we caught wind of a new chapter in Nokia’s evolution of HERE Maps, as the company announced plans for an Android release through a special partnership with Samsung. Sure enough, just a few weeks later we saw the software go live for Samsung handsets. That was well and good if you were a Samsung user, but what about the rest of us? Today Nokia pushes HERE Maps forward upon a wider audience than … Continue reading » The post HERE Maps drops Samsung exclusivity, now available for Android users at large appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Invisibly charge your smartphone or Moto 360: hands-on with the ZENS PuK (Video)

Wireless charging is awesome. This is an objective fact whose merit won’t be disputed because 1) I’m just old enough to be impressed by technology that was totally far-fetched when I was young, and 2) I’m writing this piece at 10pm on a Friday night after a 4500-word review and the

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Google Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, Galaxy warranty comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap

Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video.This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your ...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: if you want a phablet, you want this

The most striking thing about the Galaxy Note used to be its size. Carrying a Note meant you’d be stopped on the street, on the train, at the urinal over coffee at the cafe, curious onlookers asking with mild bemusement, “sorry, but … is that a phone?”But it’s 2014 –three years after Samsung unveiled the first Galaxy Note– and in 2014, big is the new normal. For better or worse, consumers have drawn a parallel between display size and device capability: from outliers like

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When will you be able to buy the LG G Watch R?

Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we’ve seen LG’s round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer’s native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360′s … Continue reading » The post When will you be able to buy the LG G Watch R? appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Google updates email for 2014 with launch of Inbox for iOS and Android

Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its … Continue reading » The post Google updates email for 2014 with launch of Inbox for iOS and Android appeared first on Pocketnow. ...

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Microsoft acknowledges Nokia Lumia re-branding efforts

Windows Phone is in smack dab the middle of some major re-branding. We started talking about such rumors in earnest back in early September, but the evidence predates even that: Microsoft would pick up the Lumia name directly, dropping the “Nokia” bit in the process, and Windows Phone would shorten to simply “Windows,” emphasizing … Continue reading » The post Microsoft acknowledges Nokia Lumia re-branding efforts appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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The Nexus cometh – week 42 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top … Continue reading » The post The Nexus cometh – ...

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Galaxy Note 4 review, Nexus 6/9 anticipation, new iPad thoughts & more | Pocketnow Weekly 118

Updated with the high-quality version of the podcast. Enjoy!Samsung’s latest, greatest phablet is here, and it’s a hard-edged reminder that it’s no longer enough just to be big; you’ve got to be smart about it, too. We’re talking everything from #gapgate to Multi Window to the S Pen on today’s podcast-style Galaxy Note 4 review … and to help us do that, we’re bringing in two very sharp tacks from respected corners of the mobile community: Brad Molen of Engadget and Florence Ion of Greenbot!This week’s news didn’t stop at the … Continue reading » The post Galaxy Note 4 review, Nexus 6/9 anticipation, new iPad ...

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Google Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 pre-orders & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android Lollipop’s upgrade dates for the legacy Nexus devices. Then we talk about Archos, and its amazing VR Glasses, not just because of what they are, but because of what they cost. Samsung follows as we talk about the future of its Exynos Octa processors. We then talk about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 as pre-orders have begun today. We end today’s show talking about the Google Nexus 9 and its pre-orders on Amazon starting today.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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Google Inbox, iOS 8.1 Jailbreak, Android Beam boost & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new iOS 8.1 jailbreak that just got announced for those still interested. Then we talk about Apple’s A8X processor, and how it is significantly more powerful than the existing A8 on the iPhone 6. We then talk about Android Beam and how Google is boosting it silently with Android Lollipop. Google Play Music follows as we get some Songza support going forward. We end today’s show talking about Google’s new Inbox application for iOS and Android.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, Google’s Gmail 5.0, Microsoft smartwatch & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple’s release of iOS 8.1 to the public, along with its official launch of Apple Pay. OnePlus follows as it’ll begin its “One” preorders very soon, as ridiculous as that may sound. Google follows with details on Gmail 5.0, the things we like, and what is still missing. Fitbit follows with rumors on its next wearables and even a smartwatch. We end today’s show talking about Microsoft’s smartwatch for later this year.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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Nexus 6 price is right

The Nexus line saw a refresh in both the phone and tablet department. That’s actually not an accurate statement. It would be more accurate to say the Nexus line saw a refresh in the tablet and phablet department. I’m a little fuzzy on why Google decided it needed to release a phone the size of a small runway, but that’s neither here nor there. The other significant part of the news was the Nexus 6 price - $ 650 off contract.That’s pretty steep, which is to say it’s right on par with other flagships that are out there now – the ...

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Google starts pruning its Play Store device lineup: Nexus 7, Nexus 10 pulled

The times, they are a-changin’. Following this week’s launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google’s Play Store is beginning to reflect the company’s shifting focus to sales of these new devices. Listings have arrived for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (for which pre-orders are now open), and the new Nexus Player (even if that’s outside our mobile-focused wheelhouse). But their presence hasn’t come without cost, as … Continue reading » The post Google starts pruning its Play Store device lineup: Nexus 7, Nexus 10 pulled appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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You can throw a keyboard on a tablet, but it won’t be a Surface

Along with Google Nexus 9 came the announcement that it would also have a magnetically attached keyboard as an accessory, presumably to make it easier to be productive. This is a change in philosophy in the general tablet market and I believe Microsoft is largely responsible for this trend. The introduction of the Surface tablet has signaled a change in the industry that even competitors are starting to notice.Now with the Nexus 9 having an OEM-made type keyboard, it means that finally, FINALLY someone is trying to keep up with Microsoft in the mobile space instead of it being the ...

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Droid Turbo is coming: Verizon posts countdown to launch

In case it hasn’t occurred to you just yet, even with Verizon tweeting a picture of it and a full user manual leaking online, the Droid Turbo is coming, and it’s coming soon. This baby of Verizon and Motorola has been exposed so thoroughly by leaks, there’s only … Continue reading » The post Droid Turbo is coming: Verizon posts countdown to launch appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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