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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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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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Samsung Galaxy S5: All you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S5: All you need to know

As hotly-anticipated smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ranked up there alongside the new iPhone, with all eyes on the dominant force in Android handsets at Mobile World Congress this year. Samsung didn't stint on the show, opening the launch with a full orchestra and then running through the new specs - fingerprint biometrics, a 16-megapixel camera, and more - in a huge press event that also saw it revamp its wearable companion range. As the dust settles, follow us on past the cut for all the key details about the new Galaxy S5.

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Spritz targets 1,000wpm readers on wearables, Glass and more

Spritz targets 1,000wpm readers on wearables, Glass and more

Could you comfortably read at 1,000 words per minute? That's what startup Spritz claims, revealing a new reading technology aimed at phones, ereaders, and tablets, but also smaller displays like smartwatches and Glass-style wearables, that by showing one word at a time, can allow people to consume text at vastly increased rates, without missing out on comprehension.

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Google denies WhatsApp acquisition attempt

Google denies WhatsApp acquisition attempt

Google never made a play for WhatsApp despite reports of an unsuccessful $10bn bid for the messaging service, Senior VP Sundar Pichai says, though talks of collaboration between the firms did apparently take place. WhatsApp, which Facebook announced earlier this month it would acquire for a whopping $19bn, was never a target for purchase according to Pichai, with "press reports to the contrary" being "simply untrue."

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Samsung Kidrobot artist team appears at MWC 2014: Tilt, The London Police

Samsung Kidrobot artist team appears at MWC 2014: Tilt, The London Police

Just as it was at CES 2014, so too did Samsung team up with Kidrobot to deliver artistic expression to the masses with artists Tilt and The London Police. The collaboration between Samsung and Kidrobot includes a set of custom cases and devices - the Galaxy Note 3 continues to be a centerpiece here even as the Samsung Galaxy S5 is introduced on a global scale - while customized vinyl toys sit right alongside. Samsung also provided Barcelona with some fantastic (decidedly non-technologically advanced) eye food with live painting by the artists just as they did earlier this year.

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Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

If you’re looking for mid-tier scrimping while you’re also in the market for total and complete privacy in all things you do online, you might want to look somewhere else. Blackphone does the latter - or suggests that it’s entirely private and secure, but it’ll cost you. Right out of the box, software aside, this device works with specifications that might also throw you for a loop - in a good way.

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