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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

With Windows 10 for desktops and tablets nearing completion, Microsoft seems to be showering some well-deserved attention to Windows 10 Mobile, which still doesn't have a release date. The latest build, number 10136, brings in some interesting new features and, thankfully, implements some long-standing wishes from Windows Phone insiders. But as interesting and as good at this update might be, it also brings in some headaches for the brave souls who volunteer to take these early versions for a spin for the rest of us.

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BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent has released a new app to share byte-heavy content like long videos and batches of photos between various mobile devices without ever having to make a detour at the cloud. Just like all things BitTorrent, this app is all about preserving your privacy. Content will go directly between mobile devices, bypassing the cloud entirely to keep anything shared beyond the reach of prying eyes (or a police warrant). The interface is incredibly simple. Choose to send files from your mobile device and Shoot creates a convenient QR code, granting recipients access with a quick scan.

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Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Here's one more revelation that could douse the enthusiasm of Windows Phone users eagerly waiting to be transformed into Windows 10 Mobile users. In some slides presented to its partners, a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that, although slated for a Q3 release, the mobile version of Microsoft's latest operating system won't hit its hardware partners until October at the latest. And that's only hardware partners, meaning that end users might not even get the update until end of the year at best, next year at worst.

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ASUS chair isn’t a Windows 10 Mobile believer

ASUS chair isn’t a Windows 10 Mobile believer

Microsoft is putting all its eggs in the Windows 10 basket almost literally. The next version of the operating system will run on all its supported hardware, which includes not just PCs or tablets, but even smartphones and, yes, the Xbox. But while some OEMs like LG, who just recently launched a new Windows Phone, are in on the game, one major name isn't joining the singing. Based on the words aired by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih, his company isn't jumping on the Windows 10 Mobile wagon just yet.

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Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

AT&T commissioned Braun Research poll finds nearly 1 out of every 3 people use Facebook while driving. Driving their automobile. On the road, in the United States, where you live. The study was done by poll, asking 2,067 in the United States aged between 16-65 who use their smartphone at least once a day AND drive at least once a day a number of questions. What was found was a bit shocking, to say the least. Not only do a lot of people drive while using their phone, a lot of those people do some pretty involved things on their phone whilst driving.

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Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

If there is one thing Android users might get jealous of their Windows Phone counterparts, it would be this. Microsoft will practically be taking charge of all Windows 10 updates on all devices. And yes, that includes mobile phones. This means, in theory, that it will no longer matter what device you're on or what carrier you're subscribed to. You will get those updates more or less at the same time as anyone else, no excuses. In practice, however, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull this off.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global tournament

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global  tournament

Microsoft Solitaire first appeared on Windows 25 years ago. In that time, new time-wasting games took over. Solitaire used to be the ultimate way of killing time at work, with Minesweeper coming in at a close second place finish. Nowadays, games like Candy Crush are ubiquitous. Solitaire never had a the kind of social components that makes games so catchy today. That's about to change. To mark the silver anniversary, Microsoft will be hosting a global solitaire tournament in June. Hopefully it will have more than just ranking, and there should be a social element as well, if it wants to regain ground against games from a newer generation.

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Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Microsoft has just announced the rollout of the latest build for Windows 10 Mobile (yes, that is its final, formal name) and it's probably one of the biggest previews yet. Debuting this release, with build number 10080, are a bunch of Universal apps that, in theory, will demonstrate the promise of Microsoft's spiel of apps that span all, or most, Windows 10 editions. Among this first batch of apps for phones, is finally something Windows Phone users have been clamoring for and rightly deserve: Universal Office apps.

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Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access windows virtual applications and remote desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi.

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Microsoft BUILD 2015 Day 1 Wrap-up: Windows 10 cross-device functionality

Microsoft BUILD 2015 Day 1 Wrap-up: Windows 10 cross-device functionality

This morning Microsoft revealed a new hand of cards at BUILD 2015, a set of announcements that place Windows 10 squarely at the center of their play for all screens. All screens, that is to say, and all connections between screens. One major example of this connectivity is in Continuum, a system that allows your Windows 10 operating system to convert its user interface for all manner of different devices. Your phone is now your desktop, and your display is now just that - the place where your Windows 10 is shown in a large space.

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