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Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft is definitely thinking ahead when it comes to its Surface tablet. At a TechEd event held in Amsterdam today, the company has said that it believes tablet sales will overtake PCs within the next year. Antoine Leblond, vice president for Windows Web Services, spoke about how touch interfaces will become the dominant platform in the coming years, and that tablets will outsell traditional PCs for the first time.

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Strategy Analytics: iPhone has generated $150bn in revenue

Strategy Analytics: iPhone has generated $150bn in revenue

The fine fellows at Strategy Analytics have been crunching some numbers behind the scenes and discovered that Apple’s iPhone has generated around $150 billion in revenue since it first launched back in 2007. On top of that, the firm believes that around 250 million iPhones have been shipped in total across the world. It marks just how popular the iPhone really is, not to mention how lucrative the mobile market has become.

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Latest iPhone prototypes reportedly feature NFC

Latest iPhone prototypes reportedly feature NFC

One of the features that Apple demoed at WWDC 2012 was PassBook for iOS 6. The app would store gift vouchers from various retail stores and other services that could be redeemed by scanning the code on the phone. 9to5Mac has discovered that NFC controllers are currently being used in iPhone prototypes. The latest piece of information was spotted after they took a closer look at hardware code dumps.

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Samsung Galaxy S III to hit 10m sales during July

Samsung Galaxy S III to hit 10m sales during July

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note have both seen impressive sales figures, and the company isn’t being cautious about its sale expectations for its latest flagship, the Galaxy S III. Samsung believe that the phone will surpass the 10 million sales threshold next month once the effects of launching in the United States start to kick in. Launching on five carriers in the US along with today’s release in South Korea should propel sales forward quite dramatically.

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Nokia in talks to sell Vertu (again)

Nokia in talks to sell Vertu (again)

Reuters is reporting that Nokia is looking at potential buyers for the luxury phone brand yet again, this time with private equity firm EQT. Sources speaking to Reuters say that Nokia is hoping to take away €200 million (~$250 million). The deal is expected to go through sometime this week, but talks are still ongoing due to the problematic nature of separating the unit from Nokia.

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Nokia losing cash reserves at worrying pace

Nokia losing cash reserves at worrying pace

Nokia may be trying to make a comeback in the smartphone world by pairing with Microsoft and leveraging Windows Phone, but analysts are concerned that the company may be burning through its cash reserves too fast. Last quarter the Finnish smartphone manufacturer reported a $1.7 billion loss, and analysts fear the company may not be able to stop hemorrhaging money.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE delayed at Best Buy

HTC EVO 4G LTE delayed at Best Buy

Best Buy may have jumped the gun a little in throwing up a release date for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. The company has now sent out emails to customers saying that the phone has been delayed, with no new date given so far. It comes after it was revealed that the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE face a customs block, preventing the phones from being sold in the United States until they’ve been cleared of patent infringement.

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Samsung Galaxy S III hits 9m pre-orders worldwide

Samsung Galaxy S III hits 9m pre-orders worldwide

Say what you will about the Galaxy S III, but Samsung is going to sell mountains of phones. The Korea Economic Daily is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S III has already amassed around 9 million pre-orders with over 100 global carriers. That’s made even more impressive by the fact that the phone isn’t even ready to go in the United States yet. Samsung revealed that 20 million Galaxy S IIs had been shipped worldwide back in February, so the sequel is firmly on track to break that number.

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Walmart intros “Pay with Cash” for online shoppers

Walmart intros “Pay with Cash” for online shoppers

Walmart is launching a new scheme for those unable or unwilling to pay for items using a credit or debit card over the internet. The scheme is called “Pay with Cash”, and would let customers order items on Walmart’s website, then pay for the item at a local store in cash. Joel Anderson, CEO of Walmart, says that only 15% of Walmart transactions are carried out using credit cards, and there’s a large portion of customers dependant on cash.

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