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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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The new HTC One is how the ‘M8′ will launch

The new HTC One is how the ‘M8′ will launch

HTC may not be showing us its new flagship Android smartphone until March 25th, but it has seemingly confirmed the name of the handset codenamed "HTC M8", with a video billing it as the "new HTC One". The name, which fits in with indications back at the original HTC One launch in 2013 that the nomenclature would be for an ongoing family of devices - rather than, say, "HTC One 2" or "HTC Two" as some had speculated - follows similar strategies by Apple around earlier iPad launches.

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Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Details of Google's smartwatch development have emerged, along with photos of an old Motorola-made prototype, and whispers that the final version could be unveiled at Google IO 2014 in June. Chatter of the company's ongoing research into wearables other than its Glass head-worn computer has continued for the past twelve months or so, though most recently have suggested the company will make Google Now its focus on the wrist by delivering timely and contextually-relevant information from a connected smartphone.

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Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford will ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems, inside sources claim, switching to QNX for increasingly complex car multimedia duties after ongoing criticisms of the current SYNC system. The transition, yet to be officially announced by either Ford or BlackBerry, is said to be a reaction to poor driver feedback of SYNC, as well as the expense involved in using Microsoft's platform.

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HTC M8 leak tips pared-back plastic over HTC One

HTC M8 leak tips pared-back plastic over HTC One

HTC isn't planning to launch its new flagship HTC One replacement at MWC 2014 this coming week, but that hasn't stopped the leaks from coming thick and fast about the device codenamed "HTC M8". Latest is a top view of the Android handset, with Geek's source helping fill in some details about how HTC plans to push the case design by further minimizing the use of plastic.

UPDATE: The real-deal HTC One M8 is now out and about, have a peek at our HTC One M8 Review to get the full low-down.

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Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google is targeting a March release for its own smartwatch, a Bluetooth LE wearable designed to work alongside an Android smartphone, though insiders on the project are reportedly pessimistic that the current timescale is realistic. Google has already pared back on the complexity of the design it's said, switching from a metal strap to a plastic one, but even so there's a strong possibility that the ship date could slip to June 2014 or see Google launch the gadget with even fewer features than initially intended.

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Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.

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Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Those of us using Comcast have been subjected to fairly poor quality on Netflix for that nice after-dinner movie, something that prompted numerous complaints (and ample frustration) in recent times about content showing up in less-than-HD despite high-speed plans, as well as frequent buffering. According to some recent details spotted and confirmation from a source, these issues may have come to an end.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 case hints at release date and iPhone-style flash

Samsung Galaxy S5 case hints at release date and iPhone-style flash

Samsung has managed to keep the Galaxy S5 pretty much under-wraps ahead of its presumed MWC 2014 debut, but that hasn't stopped case manufacturers getting in on the action, with protection for the Android flagship already showing up in the wild. Spigen has been revealing what look to be some Galaxy S5 design cues, Android Community spotted, with a premature Amazon listing including both images and a release date, as well as raising questions about a potentially iPhone-style LED flash.

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