Nokia’s wireless chargers perk up local coffee shops

What will it take for wireless charging to catch on? Nokia and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shops hope that making stations public will do the trick. Nokia’s sponsored wireless charging station in a downtown San Francisco Coffee Bean shop. Last September, Nokia kicked off the launch of its Nokia Lumia 920 with promises of exposing more […]

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Huawei Ascend W1 now available in China for $260, cheaper than Lumia 620 locally

We knew that Huawei’s 4-inch Ascend W1 will be hitting the UK at some point this quarter, but the company is once again launching a new device in its home country first. Currently available in black at the official online store, this dual-core, WCDMA 900/2100-flavored W1 is priced at ¥1,599 or about $260, making it the cheapestWindows […]

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Evernote’s Windows Phone app gets PIN lock, Business support in update

Evernote has been one busy bee, er, pachyderm lately — extending its proverbial trunk to a more professional crowd with the launch of Evernote Business and even cozying up to Samsung’s Terminator-sounding T9000 smart-fridge. For its next trick, the popular productivity app is giving some extra love to Windows Phone users by way of a feature-laden update. One of the […]

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Skype ‘temporarily’ disables People Hub in Windows Phone update

Integration of the handy People Hub feature, which collates contact info, was “causing issues with device stability.” A Skype call acts like an incoming cellular phone. Skype has updated its Windows Phone application with some new features — and the loss of a key one. The company yesterday updated its app for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 with a […]

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One-third of all Android devices sold in China

The U.S. is the world’s second-largest Android market, accounting for 11 percent of all Android sales. China is now the world’s largest Android market, market researcher Informa said today. Informa estimates that about 786 million smartphones will be sold worldwide by the end of the year, up 45 percent compared with 2011. Total Android-based smartphone sales this year […]

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Nokia CEO: We have to move with more urgency (Q&A)

Stephen Elop speaks and weighs in on the cultural shift at Nokia, why he went with AT&T as an exclusive partner, and what keeps him up at night. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop at the CNET offices in October. Nokia has undergone a significant cultural and identity shift under the leadership of CEO Stephen Elop. Elop […]

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Nokia on the edge: Inside an icon’s fight for survival

Roger Cheng traveled to Finland to meet with employees of the struggling cell phone giant and to take the measure of CEO Stephen Elop’s risky turnaround plans. Winter snow falls on Nokia’s flagship store in Helsinki, Finland. HELSINKI, Finland — I came here to listen for a death rattle. It was a late Monday morning […]

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Google drops a Gmail-shaped bomb on Windows Phone

For Windows Phone users, the news out of Google today couldn’t be much worse. The company announced it’s removing support for Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol for new devices from January 30th, 2013. Google Apps for business accounts will be unaffected and existing devices that are setup to sync mail, calendar, and contacts will work fine, but new […]

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Low-end Nokia Lumia 505 gets outed, coming as an exclusive to Mexico

It’s not exactly often that our neighbors down south get any handset exclusives to call their own, but according to Guerrero Móvil’s Facebook page, there’s a Mexico-only Lumia 505 well on its way to Telcel’s mobile lineup. Aside from touting an 8-megapixel camera, though, the regional carrier doesn’t really reveal any other details — however, rumor has […]

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Windows Phone Sales Have Quadrupled

Windows Phone sales have quadrupled on strength of new hardware, software A software and hardware refresh is working wonders for Windows Phone, it seems, as Microsoft today stated that sales of its smartphones have quadrupled from last year. Windows Phone 8, a rebuild of Windows Phone moving it to a shared core with Windows 8, […]

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Microsoft plans to fix rebooting Windows Phones next month

Software giant says it has identified the cause of the issue and plans to release an over-the-air fix in December. Microsoft said today it has determined what is causing some Windows Phone 8 devices to spontaneously reboot and said it plans to issue a fix next month. “We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones […]

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Say hello to Microsoft’s new international Windows Phone

Say hello to Microsoft’s new international Windows Phone challenge: ‘Meet Your Match’ Move over ‘Smoked by Windows Phone,’ it’s time for ‘Meet Your Match.’ Today, Microsoft announced its new promotional campaign for Windows Phone 8 new hardware and software lineup. Dubbed ‘Meet Your Match,’ the ads are a change from the previous speed-oriented challenges of the ‘Smoked’ […]

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Wozniak: iTunes Should Be Available For Windows Phone

Steve Wozniak wishes iTunes was available for Windows Phone, too. Engineer extraordinaire and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniakwas in Belgium today, keynoting the fourth edition of theTEDxBrussels event held at the marvellous BOZAR. Prior to checking in to the (new) Hard Rock Café Brussels on foursquare, The Woz addressed the 2,000-strong audience for a good 15 minutes to talk about education, innovation, […]

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SkyDrive app gains Windows Phone 8 support in version 3.0

After just a few short months at v2.0, Microsoft’s own SkyDrive app is now sitting pretty at 3.0. What’s an extra point get you? For starters, it’ll support all incoming Windows Phone 8 products, and it’ll also allow users to search their SkyDrive files / folders. Moreover, you’ll find new settings for photo upload and download size, as […]

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ZTE prepping a Windows Phone that could make the Galaxy Note 2 look small

ZTE recently mentioned that they planned to sell 50 million smartphones in 2013. And while ZTE will probably see a fair amount of sales with Android smartphones, with a goal of 50 million — it may be good to spread the wings a little bit. After all, not everyone wants an Android smartphone. We suspect many […]

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Two Big Apps Land on Windows Phone

Angry Birds Space and Cut The Rope have both landed in the Windows Phone Store. Today two apps have been released into the Windows Phone Store that will raise the profile of its application collection, and likely give users of the mobile platform something to smile: Angry Birds, the ‘Space’ edition, and Cut The Rope, are now […]

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