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Samsung Electronics to Announce Galaxy S7 in January 2016

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will receive a replacement less than five months after its launch.

According to the Korean publication ET News, Samsung plans to change the product introduction cadence for their Galaxy S flagship lineup. According to sources in the supply chain, ET News claims the announcement of Samsung Galaxy S7 will come in January 2016, probably during the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The product announcement should follow with a complete turnaround in the company’s smartphone sector, by splitting Samsung’s models into Premium and Sub Premium, followed by Mainstream and Entry Level. If that sounds like a bad idea, you’re not the only one. The idea behind Samsung’s plan is a simple one. They want to attract more customers and diversify their lineup, but is


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Big Three German Car Makers Buy Nokia Here For $3 billion


When Nokia announced it was reorganizing the company and splitting it in four parts, and then planning to spin off two, it was only a question of time before we see the acquisition of the second spin-off. First one (mobile phone division) went to Microsoft, while the final announcement about the sale just arrived. Nokia just sold its Here business unit to a consortium of German carmakers; Audi, BMW, and Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. This makes the three car makers owners of what some call one of the most impressive solutions in the mobile navigation market overall. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of


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Nokia Launches a Surprising VR Device: Professional Camera

Nokia OZO

Without any doubt, Nokia is one of most versatile companies in the world. This company was founded in 1865, and the products the company made since its inception till today is almost deserves to name the company chameleon, not Nokia. After a lot of changes, the company is now consisted out of three business units (Nokia Networks, Nokia Here and Nokia Technologies), one of which is currently in the process of sale, probably to a joint German automotive maker effort (VAG AG represented by Audi, Daimler AG represented by Mercedes-Benz and BMW). Given that Nokia Technologies is tasked with the return to mobile space, we were caught off-guard


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Loss Incoming: Microsoft Warns It’s Losing Money on Mobile

Lumia 640 XL

A massive write off is coming.


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Nokia Denies Rumors on Restart of Mobile Device Production


This doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing new Nokia handsets.


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Nokia to Buy Alcatel-Lucent For $16.6 Billion

Nokia Rajeev Suri

Announcement comes after weeks of speculation and rumors.


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Microsoft Lumia 535: Budget Smartphone Done Right


Aimed at “connecting the next billion Internet users,” the Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first branded smartphone, offering competitive pricing at the low-end.


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CES 2015: Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s Cheapest Internet-Capable Phone at $29

Nokia 215

A $29 Internet device with month-long standby time? Microsoft may yet be the king of entry-level mobile phones with the web- and Messenger-capable Nokia 215.


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Lumia 830: The Affordable Flagship Windows Phone


Microsoft’s affordable flagship Lumia 830 is a toned-down version of the 930, sold at a fraction of the price.


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Nokia Returns with Nokia N1 Tablet by Foxconn

Nokia N1 Front

Nokia’s brand is getting a reboot with the announcement of the Nokia N1 Android tablet, which is the result of a partnership between Nokia and Foxconn.


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HTC Brilliantly Mocks the Smartphone Sizzle Video

HTC Behind The Scenes Sizzle 980

In an age of where we get these fantastic and whimsical smartphone sizzle videos, HTC satirically breaks down for us what goes into making a sizzle video.



Lumia 930: The Last Flagship Windows Phone from Nokia


The Nokia Lumia 930 is the first smartphone to ship with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and is also the last Lumia in Nokia’s branded line.


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Post Lumia, Nokia Reports Strong Q3 Amid Profit from Network Equipment

Nokia Rajeev Suri

After letting go of its mobile handset division in favor of focusing on its network equipment business, Finland’s Nokia has reported a strong Q3 2014 performance, exceeding expectations.


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Analysis: Broadcom Exits Baseband Modem Business


In an unfortunate turn of events, Broadcom has decided to completely shutter their entire baseband modem business less than a year after acquiring Rensas’ own mobile modem business which had been under threat of also shutting down after originally being acquired from Nokia. This announcement came as part of the company’s earnings release yesterday, where they reported a $1 million loss on $2 billion in revenue (essentially break-even) compared to the previous quarter where they had made $165 million. But even so, Broadcom has announced that with the shuttering of this division they will be laying off approximately 2,500 people which are currently part of this


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Microsoft to Lay Off 18,000, Most Ever in Company History

Microsoft Logo

As Microsoft’s Satya Nadella takes the reigns of the company, it appears as though he’s pushing for some serious blood letting from within the company that currently employs 125,000 people. This enormous 18,000 person layoff figure is mostly thanks to their acquisition of Nokia’s handset and mobile division, which brought on 25,000 people. Out of the 18,000 figure, nearly 12,500 will come from the former Nokia division that they had acquired, which is somewhat to be expected but also incredibly infuriating. Sure, there are going to be a decent amount of redundancies between Nokia and Microsoft, but this amounts to a 50% cut of all


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Broadcom's Modem Exit Gives 2nd Chance to Others


Early last week, Broadcom announced  that they would be looking to offload their cellular modem division or simply shutter operations. This announcement came as a surprise to many because the company had only recently acquired Rensas Mobile’s modem division (acquired from Nokia). This was done after Renesas Mobile was talking about shutting down the division entirely due to being unable to compete with the likes of Qualcomm and Infineon. Broadcom ‘saved’ Renesas Mobile’s modem division (mostly based in Finland) back in September of 2013, which completed in October of that same year with a final purchase price of $164 million. Now, Broadcom already had fairly significant wireless


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Apple Steals Away Nokia's Camera Guy, Ari Partinen

Apple Logo iMessage iWatch Backdoor

Naturally, as Nokia slowly becomes absorbed into the Microsoft Devices borg, people who worked there for a long time are reconsidering whether or not they are willing to stay with Microsoft. And clearly, some people are not. So, it comes as little surprise that Nokia’s lead lumia camera guy, Ari Partinen, has left Nokia/Microsoft Devices for Apple and today is his last day. In a series of Tweets, he alluded that he would be moving to Cupertino, and then confirmed that people’s suspicions of his moving to Apple were indeed correct. What this means is that one of Nokia’s best camera guys is going directly


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RIP Nokia, Long Live Microsoft Devices Group


So, on Friday the Nokia devices and handset division was officially absorbed into Microsoft’s corporate structure and folded into Microsoft’s Devices Group. This officially marks the end of Nokia as an independent handset maker and completes the acquisition that Microsoft had made when they bought the handset division from Nokia (now NSN). It seems as though many of Nokia’s employees will be joining Microsoft today as Microsoft employees, however, the company will only be taking on approximately 25,000 employees from Nokia as they are still going to be leaving a few factories with Nokia due to legal limitations. Elop participated in a Q&A today as


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Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella CEO, Gates Steps Down as Chairman

Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s CEO search has finally ended with the appointment of Satya Nadella to CEO by Microsoft’s Board of Directors. They have finally selected someone to replace Steve Ballmer after the sudden and unexpected announcement of his departure. Microsoft’s CEO search started with people like Ford’s current CEO Allan Mulally and Qualcomm’s soon-to-be CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who actually got the position earlier than anyone had expected because of Microsoft’s offer to make him CEO. Qualcomm obviously couldn’t let that happen so instead they promoted Mollenkopf from COO to CEO earlier than anyone would have expected. There are some very interesting parallels between the two companies but


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GPGPU is the future: Khronos releases OpenCL API

With Khronos group officially launching the OpenCL 1.0 specification, GPGPU computing is now officially covered with a open-source, royalty-free cross-platform API that enables parallel programming on the GPUs, regardless from whom they’re coming from.