Nokia reported its latest first-quarter earnings on Thursday, sending a clear signal to partner Microsoft that it continues to struggle to get back on the track.
This comes only a few days after Microsoft -- Nokia's partner in the smartphones -- said that it believes the Finnish phone maker is a "great" company and partner and that Microsoft has no plans to launch a Surface-branded smartphone of its own.
Lumia shipments were up by more than 25 percent to 5.6 million shipments during the first quarter, up from 4.4 million during the fourth quarter.
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Windows 7 Manager is an all-in-one system cleaner, tweaker, and maintenance tool that, among other capabilities, incorporates a wide range of "fixes," many of them built into Windows, yet tucked away in odd corners that make them difficult for ordinary users to access. That's sometimes because inexperienced users who misuse a fix or a tweak can cause more problems than they started with. Windows 7 Manager is a good example: It probably packs more features than any tool of its type we've seen thus far. Yet with so many things to run, inexperienced users can end … Read more
Meson Player is a tiny music player without a conventional graphical user interface (GUI). The lack of a GUI puts the bulk of the application control in hot keys rather than the usual mouse and click. Using your keyboard's number pad, you can quickly skip tracks, turn volume up or down, and save and open playlists. Meson Player can handle a variety of audio file formats as well as Internet Radio playlists. Meson Player also supports the multimedia keys on some keyboards for advanced functionality.
Barely consuming any system resources, the software leaves a … Read more
Apple can never keep its nose out of anything for too long.
A patent application filed recently describes a laptop hybrid that could be charged wirelessly. Could this be the game changer that nobody's been waiting for?
What do you think about an Apple laptop hybrid? Is it something you'd buy? Does wireless charging up the ante? Leave a comment and let us know your … Read more
YoWindow for iPhone is a miniaturized version of the highly-praised Windows counterpart; it's a full-screen weather app complete with animated visualizations of "real time" weather.
The iPhone version comes with five main animated landscapes, each with their own distinctive look and feel. Each animated landscape comes with subtle yet dynamic features that evoke an incredible sense of calm. Stare at a landscape long enough, and you'll notice trees swaying in the background, birds flying off in the distance, airplanes taking off, and more. It's one of those apps that makes your phone a perfect desktop … Read more
Windows 8.1 could be more user-friendly than its predecessor, at least based on the features revealed in the latest build.
Popping up on file-sharing sites this week, Windows 8.1 Build 9369 includes a new Files app branded with the SkyDrive logo, according to The Verge. The app itself lets you navigate both your local files and those stored on SkyDrive.
Multi-tasking has also been enhanced. When opening a Windows 8 app, users can decide whether to open it full-screen or alongside an existing app.
The addition of an apps button lets users more easily access the apps screen. … Read more
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has spent plenty of time in the last few months telling the world that Microsoft was morphing from a software company to one that focuses on devices and services.
Turns out, there's one device that Microsoft has no plans to make anytime soon: a smartphone.
At the Dive into Mobile conference yesterday, Terry Myerson, the vice president in charge of Windows Phone, Microsoft's also-ran of a mobile phone operating system, said that Microsoft would only jump into the business of making a smartphone if its partners, such as Nokia, weren't offering compelling devices.… Read more
In what might be considered a parting critique of Windows 8, Intel's outgoing CEO admitted that Windows 8 takes getting used to.
"I've recently converted personally to Windows 8 with touch. It is a better Windows than Windows 7 in the desktop mode when you implement touch," Paul Otellini said during the company's first-quarter earnings conference call today.
But it can be a challenge, he added.
"There is an adoption curve. And once you get over that adoption curve I don't think you go back. We didn't quite have that same kind … Read more