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Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

One chapter of Microsoft's, and Nokia's, mobile history is finally drawing to a close. After a bit of guessing and speculation on what Microsoft plans to do to unify its mobile branding, Nokia's, or rather Microsoft's, French Facebook page gave an unambiguous hint as to what the company has decided to call its smartphone brand, and it won't Microsoft Nokia Lumia Windows Phone phones or Nokia Lumia by Microsoft Mobile. It's going with a much simpler "Microsoft Lumia", which edges out not only "Nokia", but probably "Windows Phone" as well.

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Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has finally spoken up about Android 5.0. Or rather, in this case, it's more like a whisper. But we'll take anything over the silence it has been observing for almost a week now. Over at its Twitter account, the Korean OEM is actually advertising the Galaxy Note 4's QHD Super AMOLED display, but it is using a screen filled with bright colored candy of the lollipop kind. It is effectively hinting that Android Lollipop will be coming soon. As to when, we still don't know.

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The new Google Music Listen Now experience

The new Google Music Listen Now experience

This afternoon we’ve been taking a look and a listen at the next generation in Google Music’s subscription service in Listen Now. This morning Google integrated Songza finesse to their musical library collection, allowing professional songsmiths to create playlists for the masses. To enter in to this process you’ve got just a few questions to answer - and you’re on your way to a fully functional set of suggestions that updates on the regular. This isn't just a one-time shot, it's a living, breathing entity.

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GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner, some things have to be discussed to satisfy the court, but might violate that penalty clause with Apple. GT Advanced now says they’re working with Apple to figure out what can and can’t be said in the proceedings.

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Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

We have talked about smartpens before, such as the Livescribe 3, these devices are able to write on paper and have what you write recorded on mobile devices or a computer. A new smartpen has turned up called the Neo smartpen N2 and like most smartpens, it does require special notebooks for the pen to be able to recognize your writing. The developers of the notebooks promise that they are the same price as regular notebooks.

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Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Both the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 have arrived, and they're battling each other for the favor of consumers. Both share similar -- in some cases, identical -- specifications, featuring almost-too-big-for-a-pocket sizes and a whole host of features that plant them solidly in the high-end smartphone range. Given their similarities, each phone's unique attributes become all the more important, and for this reason they're the perfect candidates for a comparison video, which we have for you after the jump.

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Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

This afternoon Apple announced their latest earnings, those for their own fiscal Q4 2014, for the three months that ended on September 27th, 2014. These earnings included a cool quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion USD while with $1.42 per diluted share, Apple raked in a quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. This quarter includes the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company's "biggest iPhone launch ever," according to CEO Tim Cook. Apple also drove a record $13.3 billion in cash flow from operations in this fiscal Q4 2014 quarter.

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Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

This week the folks at Marshall - a team known for guitar amps, mostly - have let it be known that they’ve created a new speaker for the mobile universe. This is the Marshall Acton Speaker, the most compact speaker Marshall Headphones crew have made outside of a pair of… well… headphones. And it’s not made for your guitar. Unless you play guitar on your smartphone or tablet, of course.

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