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December 13, 2016 1:07 PM HMD announces $26 Nokia 150 phone, the first after inking 10-year licensing deal

HMD Global, the business vehicle set up for the express purpose of bringing Nokia-branded mobile devices to market, has announced the first phone to emerge from the 10-year licensing arrangement announced earlier this month. The Nokia 150, and 150 dual-SIM variant, aren’t much to write home about. The basic feature phone costs a mere $26 before taxes 42

December 13, 2016 2:31 AM Microsoft Corporation Is Stepping Up Where Apple Is Lacking

As Apple's newest MacBook Pro disappoints professional users, Microsoft is stepping up to fill the gap. When Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro was first unveiled in November, the new laptop looked like it was a hit with consumers as online orders for the new device were higher than any other Apple Pro laptop yet. But sentiment 41

December 13, 2016 12:22 AM Shots fired: Microsoft calls the new MacBook Pro a 'disappointment'

Microsoft ditched standard newsroom convention to throw down the gauntlet and take a very public swing at chief rival Apple and the new MacBook Pro in a recent Surface-themed blog post. The post's author, Brian Hall, the CVP of Microsoft Devices Marketing, touts the "many wonderful things happening across the board for Surface," with super-confident 18

December 13, 2016 12:22 AM Microsoft says MacBook Pro owners are switching to Surface

The company claims that “disappointment” in the new MacBook Pros is driving creatives to the Surface. The new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros have been polarizing, to say the least. Some think the new 13- and 15-inch models are woefully underpowered for their high price tags, while others rave about the OLED strip that replaces the Pro’s function keys. Microsoft 24

December 12, 2016 8:50 PM Microsoft brands new MacBook Pro 'disappointment,' touts boost in trade-ins for Surface

Sales of Microsoft and Apple laptops are up from 2015, says industry analyst; 'I don't see one outperforming the other' Microsoft today boasted that more customers than ever before had traded in an Apple laptop for one of its own Surface-branded devices. "Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever," said Brian Hall, a Microsoft marketing executive 28

December 12, 2016 4:38 PM Microsoft says the ‘disappointment of the new MacBook Pro’ has helped Surface sales

Microsoft says it is directly gaining from the subdued reaction to Apple’s newest MacBook Pros. In a blog post issued Monday, the Windows maker said that November was its “best month ever for consumer Surface sales,” and that “more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before.” The company even cites “the disappointment of the new MacBook 13

December 12, 2016 3:12 PM Latest Microsoft Skype preview adds voice translation for phone calls

Up until now, Skype Translator was available to individuals making Skype-to-Skype calls. The December 8 announcement of the expansion of Skype Translator to mobiles and landlines makes Skype Translator more widely available. Want to improve your Skype experience and extend its functionality? Here are a few hints and tips that I find useful when I Skype 17

December 12, 2016 10:16 AM Microsoft is offering discounts and free games with select Xbox One consoles

Today, Microsoft is offering discounts on the purchase of select Xbox One consoles. The Redmond-based company is cutting a sizeable $50 from the usual price of each configuration of its newer Xbox One S Minecraft, FIFA 17, Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1 bundles. The 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions can be purchased for $249, $299 and $399 respectively 37 1

December 12, 2016 4:13 AM Nokia Plans Smartphone Return with New Android Devices

HMD Global Oy, a new Finnish brand that is now the sole global licensee for all Nokia devices, made the announcement today. The company said it plans to release a fresh generation of Android smartphones in the first half of next year through a "unique" strategic partnership with Nokia, Android OS developer Google and FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary 29

December 11, 2016 10:18 PM Trump fills out his tech summit attendee list

President-elect Donald Trump is filling out his guest list for this week's tech summit in New York. IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg plan to attend, joining others including Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz. "I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and are here to help in any way we can. If he can reform 28