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SkyDrive apps released for iOS and Windows Phone

SkyDrive apps released for iOS and Windows Phone

This week the folks at SkyDrive.com cloud storage system have announced the simultaneous release of both an iOS application and a Windows Phone application so you can use SkyDrive's storage across a whole new set of platforms. What you'll be doing here is using a simple to access user interface to save and share your data in many different ways. SkyDrive is using this move to find their way into the mobile market and hopes that it'll be impressive enough to get manufacturers to opt to have the app on devices right out of the box - but is it good enough?

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Microsoft giving Windows Phone devices away to angry Android users

Microsoft giving Windows Phone devices away to angry Android users

The folks at Microsoft appear to be taking several opportunities to give away Windows Phone devices on Twitter with a clever usage of the hashtag term #droidrage - thus far the response has been a mixed bag of respondents having real problems and a gigantic collection of obvious user errors gone wild. Taking the opportunity to gather in those Android users who aren't able to fix problems on their own into the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone Mango fold is Microsoft's latest tactic in showing off how simple the platform can be - what we'll be waiting for here is the response from the people who though they weren't able to figure out how to use an Android phone were then able to use a Windows Phone without a hitch. It's likely that the storyline ends here, on the other hand, tracking further likely impossible.

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Nokia: iPhone is unfashionable, Android confusing

Nokia: iPhone is unfashionable, Android confusing

Nokia has dismissed the iPhone as so ubiquitous as to be unfashionable while Android is too complex and too insecure, and hopes to persuade young people that its Windows Phones "are different" from a sea of touchscreen slabs. "Youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones" Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global told Pocket-lint, "everyone has the iPhone." In contrast, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and Nokia smartphones have been a relatively rare sight among the general public, something Munksgaard obviously believes will play into the two companies' advantage when it comes to perceived uniqueness.

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Win 8 and Windows Phone 8 code-combine rumored

Win 8 and Windows Phone 8 code-combine rumored

Microsoft's Windows Phone exec shuffle yesterday could have significant implications on harmonizing the codebase for Windows 8 and the smartphone OS, it's been suggested, amid long-running rumors of boosted kernel efficiency. CEO Steve Ballmer described Andy Lees switch from Windows Phone chief "to a new role working for me on a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8" as vital to the "tremendous potential" of the two platforms; The Register attempts to join the dots, pointing to "FrankenOS" rumors around Microsoft's ongoing Menlo project.

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Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft has backtracked on suggestions that NFC lies dormant and unused in Windows Phone 7, admitting that the short-range wireless technology won't actually arrive in the platform until 2012. Windows Phone support for NFC - which is most commonly used for short-range data transfers and wireless payments - was mistakenly confirmed by a Microsoft UK product manager in an interview last week; now, the company tells WinRumors that NFC is merely "coming" to models expected in the new year.

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Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Windows Phone 7 already supports NFC technology, Microsoft has confirmed, but it remains the decision of handset manufacturers whether to activate the short-range wireless or, indeed, if there's a use-case for it. "As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM" Will Coleman developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, told TechRadar. "So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means." So far, no Windows Phone device offers NFC support.

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Nokia Lumia 710 now shipping

Nokia Lumia 710 now shipping

Nokia has begun shipping the Lumia 710, the second of the company's Windows Phone 7 devices, and the model it hopes will strike a chord among more price-conscious buyers. Announced alongside the Lumia 800 at Nokia World in October, the Lumia 710 is expected to be priced at around €270 pre-taxes and subsidies ($362) and offers a 3.7-inch WVGA ClearBlack display, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor.

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ZTE plans high-end smartphones for the US in 2012

ZTE plans high-end smartphones for the US in 2012

Chinese phone maker ZTE has expressed its plans to introduce high-end smartphones for the US market sometime in mid-2012. The company has been more well known for its low-end devices such as those offered contract-free through Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS as well as from major carriers such as AT&T.

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