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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 X2 is what the Nokia should have first launched

Nokia X2 is what the Nokia should have first launched

It is probably the fastest smartphone turnover ever. Just four months after Nokia, which was still really Nokia back then, unveiled the Nokia X and XL, Nokia, actually Microsoft, is announcing the new and literally shiny Nokia X2. With features that hit almost all the rumors, the X2 has shaped up to be the budget Android smartphone that Nokia should have launched in the first place.

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Nokia teases green-themed event; new Android handset?

Nokia teases green-themed event; new Android handset?

Nokia’s X lineup, Microsoft’s true end-around play for Android, has been met with some confusion and disappointment. It seems the company is at it again, teasing an event with that familiar Android green they used the first time around. Is it a followup to their mid-range Nokia X?

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Nokia XL review: not the ‘droid you’re looking for

Nokia XL review: not the ‘droid you’re looking for

The Nokia XL is an interesting workaround to Android, and that’s just how we’re phrasing this device. At nearly every turn, the Nokia XL attempts to break Google’s hold on Android. Meant for the emerging market, we went hands-on to find out if Nokia was onto something with the XL.

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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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Elop: we remain dedicated to Asha and Nokia X

Elop: we remain dedicated to Asha and Nokia X

Today is the day Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially merges with Microsoft. Stephen Elop, former CEO of Nokia and future head of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division, spoke up today regarding how the inner workings of Nokia’s smartphone and non-smartphone business will work.

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Nokia X 1 million preorders claim disputed

Nokia X 1 million preorders claim disputed

Within just four days after the Nokia X launched, Nokia was seen bragging on its Weibo account about reaching 1 million preorders in China alone. While factually true at face value, there seems to be more afoot than meets the eye, making the claim sound just a tad exaggerated.

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Nokia X hits 1m China preorders

Nokia X hits 1m China preorders

Nokia made no bones about the Nokia X being a play for the emerging smartphone audience, and it seems the Android-forked Windows Phone lookalike is off to a good start in China at least. Preorders for the Nokia X in China have already reached one million units, the company announced via its Weibo account, despite only having been on sale for four days.

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Nokia X to help developers cash in around the world

Nokia X to help developers cash in around the world

As Nokia X is introduced to the world, Nokia suggests that they’re opening up a new door, aiming for a segment in the affordable international smartphone market that they’d not had access to before. For users, this will mean access to full-powered apps on a device that’s only a little more expensive than a feature phone. For developers, Nokia is suggesting that their reach - international reach, that is - should be reason enough to port Android apps over to their Nokia Store.

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