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    Microsoft Just Ended the Windows Phone Era Once and for All

    An era Microsoft would soon like to forget has just come to an end. After spirited attempts at breaking into the smartphone market, including a disastrous acquisition of Nokia’s handset division, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Phone 8.1, only three years after it was first introduced alongside Cortana. As of this week, Microsoft […]

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    Here’s A Look at the Axed Nokia Smartwatch That Never Came To Be

    A long time ago, back before Microsoft bought and subsequently wrote off Nokia’s handset division, the latter company had planned to make a smartwatch, presumably for the Windows Phone platform. After buying Nokia’s handset division, Microsoft nixed it in favor of the Microsoft Band, but legends and mockups still live on. Another render appeared this […]

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    Microsoft to Cut 7,800 Jobs, Rethink Smartphone Strategy

    Pretty terrible news out of Redmond today — 7,800 people will lose their jobs as Microsoft leadership more or less acknowledges that their Windows Phone strategy is failing. Microsoft will restructure accordingly, while writing off a massive loss on their purchase of Nokia’s handset division. Today’s press release leads off with the announcement of the […]

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    Microsoft Hyperlapse Makes Videos Smoother

    We all know the problem with vacation pictures—we take so many that no one really wants to look through them all afterwards. It’s the same deal for action cam videos—that five-hour hike up the mountain was pretty awesome when you were living it, but your hike was not as exciting as the extended version of […]

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    Microsoft Band Review

    Microsoft has a fitness band? You better believe it because the Microsoft Band is one of the best wearables on the market right now. The Band is loaded up with just about every feature, and it’s a fraction of the price of the soon-to-be-released Apple iWatch. The Band rocks all of the popular fitness/health features […]

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    Budget Phones Have Never Been This Good

    It wasn’t all that long ago when budget phones were synonymous with dumb phones. But, here we are in a post-Symbian world, where dumb phones are starting to get a little scarce. Makes sense—dumb phones can’t win on price when you can get a smartphone for free on-contract, or even under $100 off-contract! Today’s budget […]

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    6 Reasons Why It’s Time to Switch to a Lumia Phone

    Whether you’re getting a new one as a present or shopping for one with that influx of holiday cash from your relatives, there’s no better time to get yourself a new smartphone. But, don’t just go one model number higher than whatever you’ve got now—shake things up this year with a Lumia phone. In a […]

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    The $50 Lumia 530 Budget Windows Phone Has Arrived

    The Nokia Lumia 530 is Nokia’s newest budget Windows 8.1 smartphone, and it’s going to be available as of this month at some impressively low prices at T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless. The phone is definitely a budget offering—it runs on a dated quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with just 512 MB of RAM, […]

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    8 Reasons Why It’s Finally Time to Switch to Windows Phone

    It’s time to end the duopoly. For too long, Google and Apple have dominated the smartphone market mercilessly, and that’s not a good thing for consumers. Fortunately, there’s a third way. As surprising as it is to point to Microsoft as the plucky up-and-comer, that’s where we are right now. But, Windows Phone has long […]

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    Lumia 830 and 730 Hands-on

    Nokia has introduced a couple new mid-range smartphones this week that try to toe the line between hardware proficiency and price. Do they? The Nokia Lumia 830 is being billed as an affordable flagship by the Lumia team. Flagship might be too strong of a word, but it’s not a bad phone. The Windows 8.1 […]

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    6 Dirt Cheap Smartphones that are Actually Quite Good

    Cheap smartphones, no contract. Pick one, right? Unsubsidized, off-contract phones come at a high price—high enough to make the confines of a two-year contract preferable by comparison, which is really saying something. But, that’s only true for the flagship phones that get most of the publicity. The market is awash in low- and mid-tier budget […]

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    HTC One M8 is Reinvented as a Windows Phone

    The HTC One M8 is getting a re-release, and while it looks the same from the outside, the inside is getting an overhaul. We’re not talking about the specs, either. HTC is releasing a version of the One M8 that runs the Windows Phone OS, and it’s launching exclusively at Verizon. The Windows Phone version […]

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    WindUp is a Serious Snapchat Alternative for Windows Phone

    If you can’t join ’em, beat’em. That is exactly what Windows Phone is trying to do with their latest app, which was developed in house by Microsoft to be a direct competitor to Snapchat. Like the popular Snapchat, WindUp lets you create and send temporary messages. The app lets you decide how long the message […]

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    Are You Ready for a Hurricane? This App will Prepare You for One

    This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is well-timed, because this week is also the first week of hurricane season. If you live in a place prone to hurricanes (or any natural disasters), or you’re just looking to help out, take a look at Microsoft’s HelpBridge app, which puts a lot of tools centered […]

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    6 Upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Features You Won’t Want to Miss

    Microsoft is going to ring in summer with the Windows Phone 8.1 update sometime next month. For those of you already in the Windows Phone camp, there’s a lot here to get excited about, including (finally) your very own digital assistant. But, will there be enough to bring in some defectors from Android or iOS? […]

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    Yezz Billy 4.7 is a Dual SIM Windows 8.1 Phone

    Over the past couple of years, Yezz has made a name for itself with basic, budget phones that can be had unlocked on the cheap. That’s why it’s a little surprising that their first Windows 8.1 phone is, well, a legitimately good phone. It’s also just as inexpensive as you might expect from Yezz, so […]