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Microsoft Lumia ditches the Nokia brand

Nokia Smartphones are dead, long live Microsoft Lumia It makes a refreshing change to write about Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone because it gives us an excuse to scrutinise the latest developments in Redmond’s smartphone business. Understandably, the media pays more attention to Apple and Android these days, while Microsoft plays the underdog with its smartphones inherited from the Nokia acquisition earlier this year. With the Nokia […]

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Apple announces new iPads and Macs

“It’s been way too long” Apple held its October special event yesterday to introduce its line of new iPads and Macs and as usual, it was a more low-key affair than last month’s iPhone 6 launch. Teasing us with the mysterious strap line “it’s been way too long”, there was intense speculation that besides the expected […]

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Citymapper on Apple Watch would rock

I was having a read of the Citymapper app update notes and came across the reference to a watch. Could be Apple Watch. Or just a version for Android Wear. Either way I would like to see an implementation of Citymapper on a watch. I love Citymapper for getting around London easily. And as I […]

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Two weeks hands-on with iOS 8

iOS 8 is, in Apple’s own words “the biggest iOS release ever”. Available in the wild since 17th September, it promised a slew of exciting new features, but on the surface at least there seems to be few major changes; rather, it appears to be more of a refinement of the user interface, as well as under-the-hood improvements that should […]

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Microsoft, smartphones and the cloud – a recipe for success?

Is the cloud and mobile-first strategy making any difference? Microsoft has set its sights firmly on the smartphone market with the acquisition of Nokia. Since the failure of Windows Mobile, its previous smartphone platform, Microsoft desperately needed to unify their struggling mobile hardware and software business. And Nokia, who had been caught off guard by competitors such as Apple and Samsung, […]

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Are Mobile TV and Video Still Killer Apps?

Mobile TV and video were once considered “killer apps” that would entice subscribers to use more data, helping the networks increase ARPU and hold onto customers in an increasingly cutthroat market. Video was perhaps thought of as a panacea that would prevent operators becoming merely bit-pipes; but in reality, this is the situation they face […]

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5 things you might have missed during Apple’s iPhone event

  Apple held its highly anticipated iPhone event yesterday at the Flint Centre near San Francisco, finally unveiling new large-screened iPhones and, perhaps more importantly, a wearable called the Apple Watch. Expectations were high, as Apple has been under intense pressure to deliver imaginative new products and prove that is hasn’t lost its ability to innovate in the post-Jobs era. Did they succeed? On the day, there were perhaps […]

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Is £399 still too much for the Amazon Fire Phone?

I logged into the web version of Amazon yesterday and was greeted by this take over screen: It’s the promo for the UK version of the Amazon Fire Phone, exclusively available on O2. If you choose the lowest £13/month tariff (24-months) on the always helpful O2 Refresh plan, then the Fire Phone will cost £399. […]

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