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Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Nokia’s mobile brand is officially dead. After Microsoft bought the company, it took only months for it to decide that using the Nokia brand meant little and it could walk away from it without offending too many customers or worrying about losing market share. It was an historic moment, but it was a necessary one in Microsoft’s mind, and it was perhaps an end of era in the industry.

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Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

This morning we've caught our first full glimpse of what it'll look like to own a smartphone made by the Nokia crew under Microsoft. Microsoft of course purchased the Nokia devices business earlier this year, and just now we're seeing the first device they've released without the Nokia brand. Unlike renderings we've seen before, this brand has no "Lumia" or "by Microsoft" at all - it's just Microsoft and the Windows logo, the same logo enacted for the first time back in 2012.

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SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

The connected home doesn’t have to be limited to Android and iOS any more. SmartThings, which notes their “commitment to build an open platform for the smart home”, has officially announced their app for Windows Phone. Though aesthetically different, the Windows Phone variant of the SmartThings app mimics the functionality of its Android and iOS counterparts. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll still need some hardware. If you’re in the market for connected home products, though, SmartThings is a good option.

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NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which also includes 6,000 tablets to be installed in police vehicles, seems to indicate that Windows will be operating system flavor.

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It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

Nokia Lumia is no more. Of course, that was already made known by Microsoft's French Facebook account, but you know how social networks can be so fickle-minded these days. It can't get any more official than this though. Microsoft Senior VP for Marketing for Phones Tuula Rytilä has taken to what was once Nokia Conversations to share what the branding transition will bring and what its fans can expect and continue to expect as the company rolls out the new "Microsoft Lumia".

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PhotoMath app solves math problems via phone camera

PhotoMath app solves math problems via phone camera

You know what sucks, but is also really necessary? Math. All those numbers and letters jumbled up with a bunch of slashes, staring at you from some book, in a class you don’t want to take anyway. Why hasn’t someone invented tech that can do it for you?! Wait, no, they have. PhotoMath is an awesome new app that lets you hover your phone over a math problem, with the answer popping up right before your eyes. It’ll even give you step-by-step solutions!

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Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

The next Halo title will be a spiritual successor to Halo: Spartan Assault, but this time it’ll be coming with a single release schedule. In this case, it means you’ll be able to purchase it once, on one platform, and you’ll own it on the rest. You’ll be able to save the same in one location and pick up in another. This game will be released on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and through Steam (still on Windows) this December - very soon, that is.

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Nokia Lumia 530 Review

Nokia Lumia 530 Review

When we posted our review of the Nokia Lumia 520 and subsequently the Lumia 521 for T-Mobile, it wasn’t yet entirely clear the impact they’d have on the Windows Phone universe. Now that we know that Nokia’s efforts allowed it to dominate the Windows Phone universe, we can see how important it is that the brand was able to create a generally OK phone as an extremely low-cost deliverable. They’re trying to do this again with the Nokia Lumia 530 around the world - today we have a peek at the T-Mobile USA edition.

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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