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Nokia smartphone business to be called ‘Microsoft Mobile’ after $7.2B deal closes

“Microsoft Mobile” — that’s a name you might hear more often once Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially closes on Friday. In a letter obtained by NokiaPowerUser that was reportedly sent from Nokia to its suppliers, Microsoft will change the “Nokia” name to “Microsoft Mobile,” at least for behind-the-scenes legal documentation, and… Read More

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Delta flight attendants upgrade from Lumia 820 to bigger Lumia 1520 ‘phablet’

Days with Nokia’s Lumia 820 are over for flight attendants working for Delta Air Lines. Instead, they’re getting a nice little upgrade and will be using the bigger Windows 8.1-powered Lumia 1520 “phablet” by the end of 2014. The 20,000 flight attendants will use the device to access the on-board manual, allowing Delta to ditch the 500-page,… Read More

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First Look: Meet Nokia’s new Windows Phone lineup

SAN FRANCISCO–As a part of Microsoft’s Build developers conference today, Nokia unveiled a whole new phone lineup that’s slated to take advantage of Microsoft’s newly-announced Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system. The company announced the Nokia Lumia 930, its new flagship phone, as well as the Lumia 630 and 635, its new budget Windows Phone… Read More

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Microsoft’s $7.2B Nokia deal is officially delayed until April

Nokia and Microsoft will have to wait a little longer to press the Start button. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, originally expected to close this quarter, won’t be completed until April, the companies acknowledged tonight. Nokia announced the delay in a news release, saying that both companies are still committed to… Read More

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Nokia X: How Microsoft became an Android vendor

Nokia’s decision to release a new lineup of Android phones might seem like heresy inside Microsoft — which will acquire the new Nokia X Android mobile phones, in addition to Nokia’s higher-end smartphone lineup, as part of its pending $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business. But it turns out that Microsoft actually… Read More

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Nokia says its new Android phones will create a ‘gateway to Microsoft’

Nokia tonight confirmed plans to release its own phone running Google’s Android mobile operating system, expanding beyond Microsoft’s Windows Phone just as the Redmond company prepares to acquire Nokia’s device business. However, the new “Nokia X” phones will connect by default to Microsoft services, such as the OneDrive cloud storage system, not to Google’s cloud… Read More

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Nokia Lumia sales slip to 8.2 million units in Q4

Sales of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices slipped to 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter, the company said this morning while discussing its quarterly financial results. That was up from 4.4 million units in the same quarter a year ago, but down from 8.8 million in the third quarter — defying the traditional phenomenon of… Read More

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Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — comes when one of the characters, Fairy Bowbelles, tries to download her spells and charms from “the cloud,” without any luck. She never should have updated to Windows 8, she… Read More

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Vote: What was the top tech news story of the year?

OK, geek fans. We’ve compiled our list of the top quotes of 2013, and just yesterday posted the top 50 most popular stories of year. Now, here’s your chance to join the fun. As part of our year-end wrap-up, we’re asking our devoted readers — yes, that’s you — to vote on the top story… Read More

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European Commission gives go-ahead for Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition

Following Monday’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion, the European Commission announced today that after reviewing the deal, it is also giving Microsoft the all clear to make the purchase without conditions. The deal was first announced in early September of this… Read More