Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

 Xiaomi is ready to do it again. The company just introduced its latest smartphone and it looks fantastic. Xiaomi is no longer a company that looks to others for inspiration. Xiaomi is no longer an upstart, it’s a global leader — one that has high expectations and a lofty $45 billion valuation — and the Read more about Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”[…]

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Skype Kills Its Standalone Video Messaging App Qik

 Skype Qik, Microsoft’s attempt at spinning off video messaging into a simplified mobile application, is shutting down. The app was first introduced in fall 2014 to serve a different audience than the larger, more fully-featured, Skype application. Instead of offering real-time chat, screen sharing and audio and video calling, Qik was designed only for asynchronous video messaging. Read more about Skype Kills Its Standalone Video Messaging App Qik[…]

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Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones

 After exiting the smartphone market dramatically by selling its mobile making division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion back in 2013, Nokia has hinted it is looking to return to the smartphone business by a different route — taking advantage of a clause in its sale agreement that allows it to use the Nokia brand on Read more about Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones[…]

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What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More Source: Microsoft News

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Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

 Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or, Read more about Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)[…]

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HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT

 At the start of this year, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology. HaLow extends a flavor of Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, which provides greater range than the pre-existing 2.4 GHz standard, provides better connectivity through barriers such as walls and promises extensibility Read more about HaLow Is The Natural Next Step In The Evolution Of IoT[…]

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Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

 Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a Read more about Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers[…]

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Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)

 Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey — a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices and is already installed and used on some 300 million devices. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to the deal tell us it’s $250 million Read more about Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)[…]

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Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

 Microsoft today unveiled yet another application aimed at iOS users, with the launch of a news application that greatly resembles Apple’s own News application that comes built into iOS 9. Called “News Pro,” Microsoft’s app aims to offer readers a personalized experience by connecting them to articles that match their current interests, while also uncovering… Read More Source: Microsoft News

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Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016

 The slowdown in hardware sales continues apace. Gartner today published its latest forecasts for device sales — covering PCs, tablets, ‘ultramobiles’ and smartphones — and it predicts that while end-user sales overall will continue to grow to 2.4 billion units in 2016, it will be at a snail’s pace, up just 1.9% on 2015. On top Read more about Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016[…]

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Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

 Following yesterday’s news of its planned support for group calling on mobile, Skype just launched an integration with Microsoft’s mobile email and calendar application, Outlook. In the updated iOS app, a new setting allows you to turn on a “Skype Meeting” option when you’re either creating or editing an event within Outlook. By doing so, Outlook… Read Read more about Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings[…]

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Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

 A few days ago, Samsung shared a few items that they’d be showing on the floor at CES in Las Vegas. One of them, which barely caused a blip on the radar was the “rink.” It’s Samsung’s motion controllers for the Gear VR, something that is sorely needed for their mobile virtual reality experience. If Read more about Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great[…]

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