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Microsoft to drop Nokia branding in favour of Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft to drop Nokia branding in favour of Microsoft Lumia

Nokia Lumia 635Despite some early rumours that Microsoft might retain the Nokia brand for its smartphones, it is now clear that Microsoft will in fact drop the Nokia branding. It started last month when Microsoft began to redirect Nokia.com traffic to its new Microsoft Mobile Devices website. The Vergenow reports that the company is now ready to take the next step and will shortly introduce a new brand called…

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Lenovo readying another bid for BlackBerry?

Lenovo readying another bid for BlackBerry?

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Lenovo already made one high profile move in the smartphone space when it announced plans to acquire Motorola from Google earlier this year for US$2.91 billion. The deal has yet to close that it may be readying another big move. A rumour now suggests that the Chinese company could make an offer to acquire BlackBerry as early as later this week.

If the rumour sounds familiar, it’s because a…

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OnePlus to start taking OnePlus One pre-orders on October 27

OnePlus to start taking #OnePlusOne pre-orders on October 27

OnePlus OneIf OnePlus’ invitation system has yielded nothing but disappointment and frustration for you in your quest to get your hands on a OnePlus One, mark October 27 on your calendar. OnePlus announced today that it will begin to take OnePlus One pre-orders on that day at 1500 GMT (0800 PST, 1100 EST). You will need to be quick though as the company will only take pre-orders for one hour!

To better your…

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ASUS ZenWatch to be first to sport OEM-modified Android Wear interface

ASUS ZenWatch to be first to sport OEM-modified #AndroidWear interface

As the number of available Android Wear devices grows, we are starting to see more variety when it comes to hardware. The same cannot be said on the software side as Google has so far prevented manufacturers from offering any other than a stock experience. Sure you can customize your watchface but little else is currently available to distinguish the software from one device to the next. That…

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Motorola’s Moto G (2014) now available in Canada

Motorola’s #MotoG (2014) now available in Canada

Motorola Moto G (2014)The Moto G (2014), the successor to the impressive Moto G, was announced in early September. Following in the footsteps of the Moto E which first launched unlocked through Staples earlier this summer, it has now landed in Canada much the same way, unlocked and available through Staples Canada. Like its predecessor, it is billed as “an exceptional phone at an exceptional price.”

The second…

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Concept Sunday: Revisiting the Blocks modular smartwatch

Concept Sunday: Revisiting the Blocks modular smartwatch #ConceptSunday

Blocks modular smartwatch conceptWe first featured the Blocks modular smartwatch on Concept Sundayback in July. Much like Project Ara is doing for smartphones, the Blocks modular smartwatch wanted to bring customizeability to smartwatches. The concept envisions that most of the watch’s functionality would come in the form of wristband modules. Each block would support a range of functions such as GPS, health sensors, battery,…

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More Verizon DROID Turbo images surface online

More Verizon DROID Turbo images surface online

Rumoured Verizon DROID TurboIt would appear that @evleaks is finding retiring tougher to do than expected. Following last week’s Google Nexus 6 reveal, he’s back today with two images of the DROID Turbo, part of the new 2014 Verizon DROID lineup. It’s the same devicethat Motorola (accidentally?) revealed last week. The first image gives us a both front and back views and shows us both the black and red versions. The…

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Prototype Samsung Shark L mobile phone headed to China

Prototype Samsung Shark L mobile phone headed to China

Zauba import notice for Samsung Shark LWith as deep a smartphone portfolio as Samsung has, it should come as no surprise that the manufacturer is working on new mobile phones. Zauba, India’s import tracking database, has over the years revealed a number of upcoming devices and it now appears that another can be added to the list. The Samsung Shark L entered India for the usual “R & D purpose & evaluation & not for retail sale.”

No…

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Nokia Lumia 830 now available in Canada

Nokia Lumia 830 now available in Canada

Nokia Lumia 830

Microsoft Devices Group confirmed last month that its new Lumia 830 would be coming to Canada. Announced at IFA 2014 as an “affordable flagship” smartphone that brings the PureView mobile camera technology to a more affordable price point, it made its Canadian debut yesterday as Canada’s first Windows Phone to come with the Lumia Denim update.

“At just 8.5mm thin, it’s our thinnest and lightest…

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Sony SmartWatch 3 “coming soon” to Google Play

Sony SmartWatch 3 “coming soon” to Google Play

Sony SmartWatch 3After indicating that it would not use Android Wear for future smartwatches, Sony Mobile surprised more than one last month when it unveiled the Android Wear-powered Sony SmartWatch 3 at IFA 2014. The company also revealed that its latest smartwatch would launch in October. It now looks like that date is not far away.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 now appears on Google Play both in Canada in the U.S.…

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