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Nokia X hacked: rooted, stock Android, Google Apps a go

Nokia X hacked: rooted, stock Android, Google Apps a go

Not a week after Nokia X has been revealed as the company’s first Android smartphone, it’s been hacked. Intrepid developer KashaMalaga has made with the quick process of bypassing the device’s locked bootloader and rooting it to bring on stock Android. With the one-click APK known as FramaRoot, the Nokia X becomes the umpteen-thousandth Android device to have its chains broken, running now as simple an Android iteration as you like.

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Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Microsoft is reportedly preparing a "Windows 8.1 with Bing" version of its desktop OS that would supposedly be offered free of licensing fees, as the company experiments with different monetization options and weighs the value of dropping Windows and Windows Phone licensing or purchase costs altogether. The project, said to be not yet finalized with Microsoft execs still unclear on whether it will see the light of day, comes as Microsoft targets sub-$250 PCs to better challenge Google Chromebooks and other low-cost options.

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Microsoft to share Halo news at E3 2014

Microsoft to share Halo news at E3 2014

One of the most popular video games on the Xbox platform for years has been Halo. There are several games in the Halo franchise and Xbox One gamers have been waiting in anticipation for details on when they will get the first Xbox One Halo game. It looks like some details will be coming this summer.

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Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Whilst checking out the slimmest and sleekest smartphones in the world this week at Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic dropped a beast on us. The Panasonic Toughpad 5 is a device that Panasonic is hesitant to classify as a phone. Like the rest of their range of devices with the brand name Toughpad, this machine is resistant to the wandering eyes of top-tier smartphone lovers as it is the elements.

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Huge Windows Phone license fee cut tipped as Nokia X nears

Huge Windows Phone license fee cut tipped as Nokia X nears

Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.

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Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford has denied ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX to power its new in-car infotainment systems, though pointing out that it is "not married" to Microsoft and suggesting that the field is open for who might supply the next-gen tech it's currently working on. Rumors that Microsoft had been shown the door broke over the weekend, with suggestions that the SYNC system Ford used in millions of car dashboards had seen a steep fall in user-satisfaction.

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Nokia X Android phone: Windows Phone bait for all (developers too)

Nokia X Android phone: Windows Phone bait for all (developers too)

This week we’ve had a chat with Nokia’s Amit Patel, VP of Developer Relations to gain as accurate a perspective of both Nokia and Microsoft’s aim with the Nokia X as possible. Monday the phone brand revealed that they had, indeed, been working on an Android device for some time - the Nokia X - as well as a couple more iterations of their vision for their first delivery of Android on hardware for the public. It may be Android, but it’s been made abundantly clear that neither Nokia nor Microsoft intend for users to leave their brands behind once they’ve gone their shade of green.

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