Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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Information from Indian Export Import site Zauba reveals that Nokia India is receiving Nokia Lumia tablets and keypad from China for internal company use. This could possibly be the old Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets with keyboard covers, but Lumia 2520 has almost reached the end of life and it is highly unlikely that Microsoft would like to launch this device in India at this time point. The other possibility is that this could be the next Lumia tablet Nokia has been working on after they shipped Lumia 2520. This may be successor to the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet and may get announced later this year as per previous reports. What do you expect from a Lumia 2520 successor? Here is the info about current Lumia 2520, Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. Nokia Lumia 2520 ...

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When Microsoft announced Nokia’s Devices and Services acquisition deal, approximately 32,000 people were transferred to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. Microsoft’s head count increased by over 25% – 30% as part of this single deal. Whenever such large deals happen, layoffs will follow due to restructuring. During the announcement, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft is planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn to have a unified brand and advertising strategy. Also, Finance, Legal, HR, Communications, DX / Evangelism, Customer Care and Business Development will integrate functionally at Microsoft and ICM / IT will also integrate functionally for traditional IT roles. Given overlap of lots of jobs, everyone is expecting Microsoft to announce the same. GigaOM recently reported that Microsoft is going to announce the layoffs soon. Look, [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer buys Nokia and adds 25,000 ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the new Nokia X2 Android based device which comes with enhanced specs compared to the first generation Nokia X, with a larger 4.3” ClearBlack display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1800mAh battery. The other significant news is the release of Nokia X software platform 2.0 along with Nokia X2. The latest software platform release includes the following improvements, The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles;  There’s also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking;  The new apps list view; Fastlane has gotten richer, with more app detail exposed. The new camera UI Improvements in the control panel and more. The bad news is that this software update won’t be made available for first gen Nokia X devices like Nokia X, X+ and XL. This is again the WP7 story ...

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Microsoft Mobile division’s official blog today posted a teaser with the following text, Summer brings out our inner glow… …stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we’ve got in store. Since the teaser is in green and Nokia has always associated green color with Android/Nokia X series in the past, we can expect a new Nokia X series device on Monday. As per the previous leaks, the Nokia X2 Android device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The device also scored an AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. Also, Microsoft is reportedly fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices. Currently, Nokia X devices only have a back button on the front. As most of the Android users are used to having a home screen button on the front are finding it difficult to use the device. As per the report, Microsoft ...

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The original Nokia company today surprised everyone by releasing a launcher called Z Launcher for Android devices. This app comes from the Advanced Technologies Group of Nokia which Microsoft didn’t acquire. They are trying to make a more intelligent and personal mobile experience that’s better suited for real life. Throughout the day, Z Launcher will learning how you use your phone and promoting your favorite apps so you can get to them faster. Whether you’re texting a certain someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, your screen changes based on your everyday life. The more you use it, the better it gets. The fastest way to find any app on your phone in one second is by scribbling in the first letter – right on the home screen. It’s easy. Download it for your Android device at https://www.zlauncher.com/.     ...

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In order to promote the upcoming Surface Pro 3 launch in Canada, Microsoft Canada is opening Surface Cafés. These events will have a collaborative communal environment that will also play host to a series of hands-on workshops with some of the brightest minds in music, photography, illustration and business. Join us to experience the all-new Surface Pro 3. Designed to fit your lifestyle, the Surface Pro 3 is powerful, portable, and can be personalized to meet all your creative desires and productivity needs. Step inside the café and let the fun begin. Following are the events organized, Mobile Design with Uri Minkoff : Explore the intersection of fashion and technology with one of the founders of the design company that brought us the Mini M.A.C. handbag! InstaLife with Caitlin Cronenberg : Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned pro, get up close and personal with acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin ...

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business has been cleared to close in 16 markets where the deal was approved without any conditions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) however approved the deal on certain conditions as they feared Microsoft may use its dominant patent resource to get more royalty out of Chinese OEMs. You can read Microsoft’s commitments is here. At that time, Microsoft revealed that Android devices are built on hundreds of patent “families” owned by Microsoft. A Chinese agency has now published the lists of patents on a Chinese-language webpage. You can download the longer list of 310 patents or read it below. The below document has three sections, in which 73 patents are classified as “standard-essential patents,” or SEPs which Microsoft should license to others on FRAND terms. There are 127 patents that Microsoft believes are used in Android devices. And there is another classification that has “non-SEP” assets, which includes 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents. Microsoft ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Last month, they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Today, they announced that they have acquired Medio systems for an undisclosed sum. Medio leverages predictive models to optimize mobile customer acquisition, retention and  monetization using a cloud-based infrastructure for collecting and analyzing customer activity data. Nokia HERE team believes that building on Medio’s ‘smart data’ asset enables HERE to create contextual maps and location services that change according to the situation to provide highly personalized and predictive experiences for people and businesses. Read the full press release below, Berlin, Germany ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division last month. For celebrating this acquisition, Microsoft and Nokia asked Shoreditch-based media company TCOLondon to create a book that illustrates the history of Microsoft and Nokia together. This 128 page book was given to 20,000 Nokia employees who joined Microsoft in more than 90 cities in 53 countries. The Verge reported about the contents of the book as follows, It’s a celebration of the rich history that Nokia and Microsoft both share, including etchings of Nokia’s origins in a paper mill in Finland and Microsoft’s roots in New Mexico. Illustrations range from the first-ever GSM call to surgeons using the Kinect sensor for operations. Nokia and Microsoft approached TCOLondon in mid-December, with the original plan to have the book ready and finished for February 1st. A later-than-expected acquisition meant the book was delivered to employees at the deal closure in late April. They also reported that ...

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Popular conservative American radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh briefly commented on the Microsoft Nokia acquisition as part of his ‘Morning Update.’ Limbaugh is a well known technology enthusiast and became a fan of Apple hardware in the 1980s. Limbaugh frequently gives away Macbook Pros, Macbook Airs, iPads, and iPhones on his radio show.  Limbaugh is also known to be a frequent reader of technology blogs and often commentates about them on his radio show. He often connects cultural thinking within Silicon Valley to greater political events. ...

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Nokia today announced the launch of 100 million fund for investing in promising auto tech and local services companies in collaboration with HERE through Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Nokia is already a major player in the automotive industry providing location intelligence for connected vehicles through HERE and also 4 in 5 cars worldwide now runs on HERE location technologies. “NGP has been consistently performing well bringing in both new innovation and financial return to Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. “Our new USD 100 million venture fund launched today further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments.” “For the last few years there has been a surge in innovation that has brought technological advances leading to safer, cleaner, increasingly connected, intelligent and more affordable vehicles. Vehicles are becoming a new platform for technology adoption very ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closed last week on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Stephen Elop was paid 24.2 million euros ($33.4 million) in cash and shares after he left Nokia, thanks to rising Nokia share prices, he got more than what he was entitled to get. Elop himself is returning to the software giant after the deal closed on Friday, and based on Nokia’s share price in September he had been in line to get around 18.8 million euros for the early termination of his contract. Elop, whose severance payment includes just over 4 million euros in cash, stood down as Nokia chief executive in September and led the phone unit ...

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