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Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

This week Google has released its yearly run-down of what's been popular in search terms over the past 12 months. This 2014 Year in Search was topped - above all else - by Robin Williams, whose life ended in August of this year. Searching for Robin Williams was followed by searches for "World Cup", then Ebola, then Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, and ISIS. As for the break-down into categories, Google sorted out People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles of 2014, "Loss", World Cup Matches, and YouTube Videos.

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The Nokia Store will shut down early next year

The Nokia Store will shut down early next year

Smartphones may occupy a lot of our mind share, but there are quite a few people who still have, use, and like feature phones. In emerging markets, those devices are often the only choice. Nokia was a leader in the emerging space with their Asha brand and middle-of-the-road Nokia X devices. Now that Nokia is out of the hardware game, and Microsoft has taken over their mobile interests, they’re shutting down the Nokia Store. Anyone looking for apps will be re-directed to the Opera online store.

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Microsoft’s plan: turn Nokia X to Windows Phone

Microsoft’s plan: turn Nokia X to Windows Phone

When you first heard that Nokia was going to make an Android phone, were you surprised? I bet you didn’t believe it. When Nokia actually make the Nokia X, we were as baffled as you were - and twice as baffled that they’d also made a larger version of the device in the Nokia XL. Now with the most recent "restructuring" of Microsoft - one that includes integrating Nokia’s devices and services teams into their body - the Nokia X will be turned to Windows Phone.

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Nokia Store finds, takes apps for the Nokia X

Nokia Store finds, takes apps for the Nokia X

On launch, one of the more interesting features of the Nokia X was the claim that most Android apps would already work with the new device. A severely bootstrapped and “unofficial” version of Android (ala Amazon), the Nokia X made a brilliant move to widely accept current Android apps without much work from a Developer. One of those Developers Nokia covets is now reporting the platform is using his app without consent, but it may be a bit more complex than that.

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Stephen Elop says Nokia X/Android here to stay for Microsoft

Stephen Elop says Nokia X/Android here to stay for Microsoft

With Nokia heading out of the mobile device landscape, many wondered if the Nokia X (and the interesting take on Android it has) we saw at MWC this year was a "farewell" device. Android fans had long wanted a Nokia handset, but the smartphone OEM was concentrating efforts behind the Windows Phone platform. Stephen Elop, former Nokia boss and current Microsoft Devices and Services unit chief, now says their forked Android platform is here to stay.

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