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If you've been eager to put Nokia's adaptive Z Launcher home screen on your Android phone, you'll be glad to hear that you don't have to jump through quite so many hoops to give it a try. The ex-phone maker has released a free beta version of Z Launcher on Google Play. You'll need to live in the r...

November 18th 2014 at 5:34pm 0 Comments
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What will be the first major Nokia device look like following Microsoft's acquisition of its smartphone arm? We'll find out tomorrow, according to a cryptic tweet featuring a mysterious black box from the company. That's when Nokia's head of product business, Sebastian Nystrom, will host a session...

November 17th 2014 at 10:12am 0 Comments
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Nokia may have sold its smartphone line to Microsoft, but it held on to one of the crown jewels: its brand. The Finnish company has the world's 98th most valuable name at around $3.2 billion and plans to profit by licensing it to other companies, along with its technology and patent portfolios. In...

November 17th 2014 at 8:04am 0 Comments
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We were well aware it was coming, but today Microsoft finally says goodbye to Nokia branding for its Windows Phones. The first handset to omit the Nokia name is the new Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level device with two standout features: A 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Mi...

November 10th 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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Like the kid who got picked on in school, Nokia's Lumia 920 took some time out, got a chemical peel and returned a few months later as the Lumia 925. In fact, by ditching the bright colors and bulky frame, the 925 presented itself as a mature, refined device that separated itself from previous Lum...

November 9th 2014 at 10:43pm 0 Comments
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It's possible you already purchased one of the smartphones we listed in our buyer's guide last July, but things tend to move quickly, and with fresh handsets from names like Apple, Samsung and Motorola, some of you may already be itching for an upgrade. To that end, we've made some fresh additions t...

November 7th 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Windows Phone fans on Verizon haven't had many cost-conscious options; you've usually had to spring for premium devices like the Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows. Thankfully, that high-priced status quo might not last much longer. A variant of Microsoft's budget-minded Lumia 735 has passed through...

November 5th 2014 at 2:37am 0 Comments
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If we're honest, Microsoft's RM-1090 doesn't look like a device that's destined to pop up on future trivia quizzes. Yet, when you're asked "Which smartphone was the first to carry Microsoft's branding?" it's this slab that you'll have to remember. The dual-SIM handset has popped up at both the FCC...

November 3rd 2014 at 10:33am 0 Comments
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Last year's Lumia 720 was an awkward middle child. It was more powerful than its 620 cousin, but not so much so that you'd consider it over the 820 unless you just had to have the first budget Lumia with LTE. If you're going to pay a lot more, why not get a lot more? Flash forward to 2014, and the...

October 26th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Over a year after the acquisition was first announced, Microsoft is officially replacing the Nokia Lumia brand. In a blog post today, the software giant revealed its upcoming smartphones will now be known as Microsoft Lumia. The new Microsoft branding will appear on future phones from the company,...

October 24th 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments
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There are many, many people who've always wanted a powerful space telescope in their backyards but can't exactly afford one. For avid makers and DIY enthusiasts, at least, that's not such an absurd dream anymore -- not when someone has designed an automated 3D-printed telescope that's powered by a...

October 9th 2014 at 9:43pm 0 Comments