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It took five months for Vine to show up on Android devices after launching for iOS, and another five months later the 6-second video-sharing app is available for Windows Phone, too. The app will look and feel familiar to those who have already used it on other platforms, although there are some Windows Phone-only features such as the ability to pin your favorite Vine accounts to your device’s homescreen. Credit: Mashable You can shoot a quick video by tapping and holding the screen, and of course you can use either your front- or rear-facing camera. Vine for Windows Phone includes camera... Read more...
There’s a human behind every machine voice, from ATMs to airport announcements, but until now nobody knew who was the voice of the American Siri, the female robot assistant that became part of the lives of every iPhone owner since the debut of the 4S. It turns out, she’s Susan Bennett; she’s been doing voice work since the 1970s and had no idea the recordings she made would ever become the personification of the iPhone in her own pocket. Back in 2005, Bennett was called upon to do voice work for a company called ScanSoft (which later became Nuance Communications). She did recordings... Read more...
It’s no secret that BlackBerry as a company is a shadow of its former self, but things are getting objectively, measurably worse. Days after the company announced that it’s expecting a $950 million to $990 million loss in its Q4 earnings report and will likely have to cut up to 4,500 jobs in the coming months, T-Mobile let leak plans to stop selling the company’s handsets in its stores. T-Mobile will still sell BlackBerry devices, such as the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, and 9720, but it will ship the handsets directly to consumers instead of keeping physical stock. T-Mobile executive... Read more...
YouTube announced that this November, it will launch an offline viewing option for mobile that will allow users to stash a video for later. Simply put, if you’re in the middle of watching a video on your mobile device and are going to lose your Internet (or just need to do something else for the moment and want to finish the video later), you can add the video to your device. The video will be available on that device, whether or not it’s connected to the Internet, for up to 48 hours. After that it’s gone, but at any time during that window, you can pull it up on your device and... Read more...
Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s mobile business, effectively ending any possibility that Nokia Lumia phones might someday run Android, and the Redmond-based company is wasting no time in rebranding the line of handsets currently bearing the name “Nokia”. According to a photo dug up by IBtimes, a UK advertisement from Microsoft for the Nokia Lumia 520 shows that the “Nokia” name that’s usually centered at the top of the phone is gone. Otherwise, it’s identical to a Nokia Lumia 520 product photo that’s been around for a while. Credit: Twitter/Brian Robertson... Read more...
AT&T will be selling the Nokia Lumia 925, the successor to the popular Nokia Lumia 920, starting on September 13th for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The 925 joins the Nokia Lumia 1020, 920, 820, and 520 in AT&T’s lineup, and the black version of the handset will be an AT&T exclusive. The 925 Windows Phone device has a polycarbonate plastic-and-aluminum body and features a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (with curved Gorilla Glass 2), a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and an 8.7MP PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, dual LED flash, and optical... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long; shortly after leaked videos of the Nokia Lumia 1020 spread around the Internet, Nokia and AT&T went ahead and officially announced the handset via a press release and yet another video. The phone is available exclusively through AT&T starting on July 26th and will be cost $299.99 with a two-year contract. The device comes in black, white, and yellow, and it’s the first Windows Phone with the AT&T Locker cloud storage app. Most importantly for those eagerly anticipating this multimedia powerhouse phone, we now have more complete specs, which include... Read more...
You have to love a self-aware tech company. In the clash of the titans that is Android versus iOS (or is it Samsung, HTC, et. al. versus Apple?), Windows Phone and Nokia are the oft-forgotten platform and handset maker, respectively. While fully acknowledging its “third choice” status in the mobile market, Nokia sends up the Android/iOS rivalry in a hilarious YouTube commercial for the Nokia 920, which is a rather nice smartphone. Some highlights from the clip that had us chuckling include the raising of smartphones by every member of the crowd, the jab at phablets, the use of Siri... Read more...
It’s too early to tell if Facebook Home is going to be a success or not; it’s only available on a few devices, and it’s only been out for a few days. However, Facebook Home is really designed as an aggressive product, aimed at securing hearts and minds in the mobile market (which should be a fascinating development to watch). Of course, it’s only available on Android devices so far. According to Bloomberg, though, Facebook is in talks with Apple and Microsoft to implement Home (or a version of Home) on iOS and Windows Phone devices. Facebook Home “It may or may not... Read more...
While Samsung and Apple continue to fight to the death for the top spot in the mobile OS market, the rest of the top players in the field lag far behind. However, there is a quiet duel for third place behind those two juggernauts, and Microsoft has just overtaken BlackBerry. According to Strategy Analytics, in Q4 2012 Windows Phone beat the BlackBerry OS in terms of market share, and it’s the first time this has happened since 2006. (That was seven years ago, folks, or approximately an eon in tech time.) This isn’t terribly surprising; Microsoft is pushing its Windows Phone 8 platform... Read more...
Welcome to the new year, same as the last year. If you thought the war between Google and Microsoft (and Apple, and Amazon) was going to quiet down now that we've turned a proverbial page, think again. Dave Heiner, Microsoft's VP and Deputy General Counsel, has just posted a fairly pointed blog post surrounding its quest to resolve "search competition issues." Two years, Microsoft gave a high-five to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission when they opened their antitrust investigations into Google’s business practices. But now, it appears that Google is on the verge... Read more...
For as dominant as Apple has been in the smartphone market, the iPhone maker has been playing second fiddle, numbers-wise, to handsets running Google’s Android operating system. However, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple has nudged past Google to claim over half of the smartphone market share in the U.S. The firm’s numbers are from data collected over a 12-week period ending on November 25th and show that Apple’s iOS has 53.3% of the market, while Android has 41.9%. Both of those figures are substantially different than a year ago, when the percentages... Read more...
For a good while now, high-end Nokia smartphones have been planted in the Lumia line using Windows Phone, while lower-end Nokia phones were planted in the Asha line running an OS that hardly anyone in America could even pretend to care about. But now, it looks like Nokia's spreading its wings a bit. The company's newest Lumia just happens to be on the low-end side of the fence, bringing Windows Phone to an entirely new Nokia demographic. The Lumia 505 boasts a 3.7" (800x480) touch panel of the ClearBlack AMOLED variety, along with an 8MP rear camera, an 800MHz single-core CPU, 256MB of RAM and... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform is seeing a surge in interest now that the WP operating system has leveled up, but as these things usually go, each U.S. carrier seems to have a phone or two that's exclusive to them. And if you've had your eye on the HTC Windows Phone 8X, that might be unfortunate if you aren't a Verizon Wireless subscriber. The 8X can only be had from VZW, but there's some good news here: the phone is being sold unlocked. Precisely as with Verizon's iPhone 5, users can buy the 8X and then pop a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card into it and receive service. This seems to be something... Read more...
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