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Microsoft and HTC battle Apple with iPad and iPhone trade-in programs

Microsoft and HTC battle Apple with iPad and iPhone trade-in programs

Though it's not immediately clear what Microsoft and HTC are doing with the devices they're taking in trade, they've both made clear this week that they're not about to let Apple have all the fun with an upgrade program for devices. Microsoft has launched a program specific to iPads and their own Surface tablets this week, noting that they'll be giving at least $199 for any iPad that's in generally OK working condition - in store credit, of course. Meanwhile HTC is accepting basically any smartphone you could possibly have, but are (starting this week as well), making sure their trade-in program centers on the iPhone and their own HTC One.

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Huawei to continue building Windows Phone devices despite Microsoft hardware plans

Huawei to continue building Windows Phone devices despite Microsoft hardware plans

For a while Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei was in contention to purchase Nokia's hardware business. That's the same hardware business that Microsoft itself ended up purchasing in a bid to get its own smartphone hardware manufacturing operation. In the past, Microsoft hardware partners have taken issue with Microsoft stepping into the hardware realm.

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Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Android users have Google Now, iPhone users have Siri and assuming these latest reports prove to be accurate, Windows Phone users will have Cortana. Well, more specifically, Windows Phone users will have a digital personal assistant that competes with Google Now and Siri. For now the Cortana name appears to be nothing more than a code, but final name aside -- the evidence does appear to be mounting.

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New Surface Pro Power Cover tipped to have built-in battery

New Surface Pro Power Cover tipped to have built-in battery

Despite Microsoft's Surface tablets, both RT and Pro, garnering mixed, if not mostly negative, reviews, the company seems to be intent on continuing the line, with rumors of a next generation Surface Pro tablet in the works. If so, Microsoft seems to be learning from its and others' mistakes and is planning to release a detachable cover that not only provides a keyboard but an extra power source as well.

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Microsoft Xbox One and Surface NFL partnership bears fruit, features detailed

Microsoft Xbox One and Surface NFL partnership bears fruit, features detailed

Football season is here and Microsoft wants to be a big part of it, redefining the way sports fans experience the game. When Microsoft unveiled its next-gen gaming console, it also announced a partnership with NFL to bring a new football experience in your living room. Now we're getting more information about new features that will be hitting not only the Xbox One but the Surface tablet as well.

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Nokia design VP ousting first sign of Microsoft-lead aesthetic change

Nokia design VP ousting first sign of Microsoft-lead aesthetic change

As Microsoft acquires Nokia's phone business, a shuffle of industry players is happening - starting with Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's soon-to-be-former executive VP of design. An announcement of this departure was made just as the Nokia-Microsoft deal was made, with added note that Ahtisaari will be replaced by Stefan Pannenbecker - a man who up until this announcement was the Nokia VP of Industrial Design. This change-up will be made in November of this year, with word of Ahtisaari leaving to "pursue entrepreneurial opportunities."

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