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Amazon pinpoints Nokia as mapping partner for next-generation Kindle Fire

Amazon.com has reportedly chosen Nokia to provide the mapping technology on the next-generation Kindle Fire, a device that is expected to be launched at an event in Santa Monica, California next Thursday. This may appear to be a minor development. However, in the fast-moving and ever-changing world of tech, where alliances and partnerships change frequently, the… Read More

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Windows Phone team fixes bug, resumes app publishing

Microsoft says it has fixed the digital certificate problem that prompted the company to temporarily stop publishing new apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace earlier this week. The problem was related to the launch of the new Windows Phone Dev Center, with a rebuilt backend infrastructure, according to the company. The glitch affected Windows Phone… Read More

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Chart: Samsung tops Apple in smartphone shipments

Apple’s iPhone may be synonymous with the smartphone revolution. But Samsung still holds the lead in terms of worldwide shipments, showing a 32.6 percent market share as it shipped 50.2 million units during the second quarter. That compared to Apple’s 16.9 percent market share and 16.9 million units shipped, according to a report from IDC. Together,… Read More

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Surprise: Nokia ships 4M Windows Phones in second quarter

Nokia posted a big loss in the second quarter, almost four times its loss from a year ago, but reported better-than-expected shipments of its Lumia line of Windows Phones — an encouraging sign, at least, for the mobile phone maker’s high-stakes partnership with Microsoft. The company reported the results this morning. Share of Nokia are… Read More

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Chart: Microsoft’s Windows Phone at 1.3% of U.S. market

Here’s a must-read chart for anyone who follows the mobile industry. Nielsen today released new data for the U.S. smartphone market, showing not only usage by operating system but also the reach of individual device makers within each mobile platform. Android is at 51 percent of the market, Apple’s iPhone is at 34 percent and… Read More

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Windows Phone: Microsoft is pulling out of its tailspin

The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers are out from comScore Networks this morning, showing Microsoft posting a slight gain in mobile subscribers for the three months ending in May — up one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.0 percent, compared with the three months ending in February. The result follows the launch of the… Read More

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Comments of the Week: Ballmer and basketball; Sword fighting authors; etc.

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “I’ve been writing science and historical fiction for three decades. Well, screw that. I want to do a video game — a video game about something really cool and fun that I enjoy: sword fighting.”–Author Neal Stephenson in his Kickstarter pitch announcing the game Clang. “Digital solitaire… Read More

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Nokia plans 10k job cuts, 3 top execs depart in shakeup

Nokia this morning announced a major shakeup, acknowledging that “competitive industry dynamics” in the smartphone market are hurting its business more than previously expected. The company scaled back its financial forecasts, announced the departure of three top executives, and said it plans to reduce its workforce by up to 10,000 people, or 8 percent, by the end… Read More

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Entire Seton Hall freshman class getting Windows Phone

Here’s one way to get Microsoft’s Windows Phone into the hands of more users. The entire incoming freshman class at Seton Hall University in New Jersey will get a Nokia Lumia 900, running Windows Phone 7.5, under a partnership with Nokia, Microsoft and AT&T. The announcement was made in conjunction with Microsoft’s TechEd conference in… Read More

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Google’s antitrust complaint vs. Microsoft and Nokia escalates patent battle

Google said Thursday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia in Europe, the latest move in a high-stakes dispute among the companies over patents. The complaint targets the sale of about 2,000 patents by Microsoft and Nokia to MOSAID Technologies, an intellectual property licensing firm that focuses on patent licensing as opposed… Read More

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Nokia’s ‘Smartphone Beta Test’ teaser sets stage for Lumia 900 launch

A mysterious site that emerged over the weekend actually isn’t so mysterious upon closer investigation. It’s a marketing campaign, apparently from Nokia, that counts down to the end of the “Smartphone Beta Test” — poking fun at past problems experienced by the iPhone and signaling that the “beta” we’ve all been unknowingly experiencing is about… Read More

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For better or worse? Bing and Nokia marry their mobile maps

As more people turn to mobile devices to find out where they are going, Microsoft and Nokia are spending precious resources on making sure that they have the easiest and cleanest mobile maps. The two companies — following on their strategic partnership from last year — today announced a unified mapping experience across Nokia and… Read More

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Nokia debuts cheaper Windows Phone, upstages it with 41MP Symbian phone

Nokia this morning confirmed plans to release a new Windows Phone called the Lumia 610, taking advantages of changes in the Microsoft operating system to target younger people and those in developing countries, including China, with a lower-priced Windows Phone. But the applause at Nokia’s Mobile World Congress news conference was reserved for the unveiling… Read More

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Nokia, Microsoft to expand battle vs. Android and iPhone

The mobile industry will be gathering in Barcelona, Spain, this week for the big Mobile World Congress, providing a glimpse of the phones and other mobile devices that will be hitting the market over the next year. One device expected to be unveiled is Nokia’s Lumia 610, a scaled-down Window Phone reportedly designed to give… Read More

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Estimate: 2.7M Windows Phones shipped in Q4, Nokia now top vendor

Nokia shipped an estimated 900,000 Windows Phones in the fourth quarter, quickly making it the largest vendor of Microsoft smartphones, according to a report this morning by the Strategy Analytics research firm. Overall, Strategy Analytics estimates that a total of 2.7 million Windows Phones were shipped by all vendors during the fourth quarter. To put… Read More

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Aviary bringing photo-editing tech to Windows Phone apps

Aviary, a photo-editing tech startup backed by investors including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is placing a bet on Nokia and Windows Phone with plans to expand its platform to the Microsoft mobile operating system — making it possible for software developers to incorporate its photo-editing technology into Windows Phone apps. The 13-person startup, based in… Read More

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Report: Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone will be $99

The Nokia Lumia 900 is being positioned as the flagship Windows Phone in the United States, but a new report suggests it won’t be priced like it. Boy Genius Report, citing an AT&T roadmap received from a “trusted source,” says this morning that the Lumia 900 will be launching on March 18 for $99.99 on… Read More

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Estimate: Nokia ships more than 1M Windows Phones

Microsoft was mum about Windows Phone sales during its quarterly report last week, but we could get a clearer picture when its key partner Nokia reports earnings later this week. And some digging by Bloomberg News suggests that the numbers might actually be pretty good. The news service polled 22 analysts for their projections on… Read More