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Windows RT is dead, again, this time with the Lumia 2520

Windows RT is dead, again, this time with the Lumia 2520

Microsoft's red headed stepchild just can't seem to catch a break. Bad news come one after another for the Windows RT that, if the ARM-based OS were a cat, it would have pretty much run out of lives by now. Perhaps there is now very little reason to believe that Windows RT has any future beyond being placed on life support. But as if to drive home the point, Microsoft has been tipped to be discontinuing the production of the Nokia Lumia 2520, the only Lumia to run Windows RT.

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Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft wants a place on your Android smartphone, and it seems to figure one of the best ways to get there -- and be seen multiple times every day -- is by targeting the lock screen. Such is the nature of its new Picturesque lock screen app for Android handsets, giving users on Google's mobile platform a free alternative to the default lock screen. Picturesque is the brainchild of Microsoft Garage, the place where Microsoft workers bring their own projects into existence, and it is available now in the Play Store for (just about) anyone to grab.

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Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

This week the folks at Microsoft behind their own collection of Windows Phone apps have released a piece of software called "#TileArt". This app allows Windows Phone 8.1 users to customize their lock screen, create their own custom tile layout for their home screen, and share home screens with friends through various social networks. Similar features have been available for a while in limited form - now creativity is a bit more unleashed. Now if only we were able to do the same thing with Xbox One, that'd be fabulous.

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Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer, the social network gone enterprise, is getting a pretty neat set of updates today. For those on iOS and Android, there’s more reason to use Yammer everywhere you go, and possibly even via alternative devices. For Android, Yammer now supports Android Wear, letting you check messages on your wrist, like them, and even reply as needed using vioce-to-text dictation. The update doesn’t fall on Yammer’s freemium side, either, so it’s open to all. For iOS users, cross-platform fun is coming via Handoff.

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Qualcomm LiQUID might be Windows 10 QHD Lumia 2520 successor

Qualcomm LiQUID might be Windows 10 QHD Lumia 2520 successor

Microsoft may have practically sealed the fate of Windows RT with the demise of the Surface (not Pro) tablets, but it seems it has something quite interesting in the works. Rumors of a 2K display, Snapdragon 805 device for Windows Phone have been going around but, considering recent announcements and rebranding, that seems to be taking a slightly different turn. Indeed, a GFXBench listing now shows an ARM tablet bearing those features and running a "WINDOWS" operating system, hinting this could very well be the successor to 2013's Lumia 2520.

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OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm may have admitted to the loss of a "large customer", which everyone knows by now to be Samsung, but the chip maker is far from ready to abdicated the mobile processor market throne. It has now called the banners of different manufacturers to come to its aid and convince the public, investors, and other manufacturers that there is nothing to fear from the Snapdragon 810 and that it is the chip to have for 2015. Noticeably but unsurprisingly, Samsung is absent from the roll call.

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Google, Amazon, and Microsoft may be paying to sidestep Adblock Plus

Google, Amazon, and Microsoft may be paying to sidestep Adblock Plus

When a massive amount of your income is tied to search, protecting it becomes important. A new report -- citing unnamed sources, from unknown origins -- claims Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have all engaged in paying at least one ad blocking service to whitelist their ads, effectively making it a pay-to-display scenario. Though already in use for smaller advertising companies, the scheme may not be in the best interest of consumers who use Adblock Plus, the service Google and others are alleged to have been paying to display their ads.

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Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

This week we're seeing the next generation in Raspberry Pi technology. For those of you that've never heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's a barebones computer that's made to be exceedingly cheap whilst retaining functionality for do-it-yourself electronics makers. In other words - it's the brain for your next robot. This second major wave release is being put out for the same price as the most recent Raspberry Pi unit, but here you're getting a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with 6x the performance of the previous best board.

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Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

It seems that Microsoft might be developing a habit of releasing good news to be followed by the nasty fine print. It happened with Windows 10 and seems to be happening now with its shiny Outlook app for iOS and Android. Though still in preview version, the app has been discovered to have some glaring security practices would be a security and privacy nightmare, especially for companies whose employees might take a liking to the app. And while there's still time to address these issue, it might not be a very good first step for Microsoft.

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Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

We’re going to take Android away from Google” said Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. They’re going to have help, too. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (to whom the above comment was made) notes Microsoft is making a $70 million investment in Cyanogen Inc. It’s an interesting angle, as Microsoft already makes quite a bit of money in licensing fees with regard to Android, and has their own operating system in Windows (no longer Windows Phone for mobile). The investment still leaves Microsoft with a minority stake.

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