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Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Following its leak last night, Microsoft has made its self-branded Lumia 535 smartphone official, making it the first Lumia handset to eschew the "Nokia" name. The Lumia 535 is a decidedly entry-level smartphone, but it is well-rounded as far as features go, giving budget-conscious users a device that covers most of the bases they'll care about most while drawing them nicely into the Windows Phone experience. As expected, the handset features a 5-inch IPS display with a 960 x 540 qHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

Windows Phone devices outside of the Nokia, now Microsoft, Lumia line do exist but they might as well be non-existent given the rather low profile they have. HTC and Microsoft, however, wanted to change all that and offer the platform's fans a truly high-end option. Now, the HTC One M8 with Windows edition has finally completed its US carrier round, rather quietly creeping into T-Mobile's online catalog. With HTC's admirable design and hardware, this smartphone could very well be the Windows Phone flagship, if the OS can catch up.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

There are two new Lumia devices rumored to be in the works, a smaller Lumia 535 and a murkier Lumia 1330. But with the myriad, though not exactly ubiquitous, Lumias around, what makes these two devices special? If these turn out to be the real deal, the two smartphones would be the first to bear the new "Microsoft Lumia" branding being pushed by the company. And if so, we are likely to see the two of them unveiled in Microsoft's #MoreLumia event scheduled this Tuesday.

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Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Microsoft has just started rolling out the latest and last system update for the Xbox One this year. Already available as a preview for testers last month, this update brings a ton of new options, in particular regarding customization for both the console itself and gamers' online profiles. It also improves ways to discover new content, whether they be Live TV shows or games from the marketplace. Plus, some smaller touches here and there that gives you even less reasons to stand up from your couch.

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Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Nokia’s mobile brand is officially dead. After Microsoft bought the company, it took only months for it to decide that using the Nokia brand meant little and it could walk away from it without offending too many customers or worrying about losing market share. It was an historic moment, but it was a necessary one in Microsoft’s mind, and it was perhaps an end of era in the industry.

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Microsoft teases new Lumia phone coming November 11

Microsoft teases new Lumia phone coming November 11

Apparently it hasn't taken long for Microsoft to fully lay claim to its shiny new non-Nokia Microsoft-only Lumia name. After a brief sighting of a Microsoft smartphone at TENAA earlier this week, Microsoft is officially teasing the public and its fans with what would be the first Microsoft Lumia smartphone in history. With nothing but a cropped section of what seems to be the same leaked device, Microsoft is saying that it has #MoreLumia in store for everyone. But you'll have to wait for November 11 to find out what.

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Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Back in September, Microsoft's marketing efforts for the Surface Pro 3 didn't go as expected when sports announcers forgot what it was called, instead referring to them as iPads and "iPad-like tools". A similar situation unfolded on CNN during the live election coverage this week, where the commentators were seen decked out with snazzy Surface Pro 3 units. Nothing seemed amiss...at first. As the broadcast wore on, however, it became apparent that the Surfaces weren't being used in the intended manner.

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Dropbox and Microsoft team on Office iOS & Android cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft team on Office iOS & Android cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft might not seem like the most obvious of bedfellows, what with Microsoft already having its own OneDrive cloud storage service, but sure enough the two are teaming up to integrate Dropbox into the Office apps for iOS and Android. The pairing, which will be enabled when Microsoft pushes out new versions of its Office apps in a few weeks time, will open the door to direct access to files stored in Dropbox from the Office apps themselves, as well as embed Office editing directly into the Dropbox app. While it may seem counter-productive for Microsoft, it could make a big difference for Office adoption across Apple and Google's platforms.

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