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Nokia’s Lumia 1520 Phablet Hitting AT&T for $199 With Contract, Pre-Orders Starting Friday

November 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

AT&T said that it will start taking orders for the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet on Friday, charging $199 for those that sign a new two-year contract. The large-screen Windows Phone, which will hit shelves Nov. 22, was announced last month by Nokia .

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How Can You Undo an Upgrade to Apple’s New iOS 7?

October 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Q: I have an iPhone 4S and I upgraded to the iOS 7 operating system, but I really dislike it. Is there any way to get the old iOS 6 back? A: No, Apple typically doesn’t allow downgrades or reversals to an older operating system. For a brief period after the new OS appeared, there was a workaround to do it, but now you can’t. Q: I am concerned about the security implications of allowing Siri, the Notification Center and the new Control Center on the iPhone to be used even though my phone is locked. Is there a way to prevent that? A: Yes, in the Settings app in iOS 7, you can block all three features from use on the lock screen. For Notification Center and Control Center, go to their sections of the Settings app and turn off the switches that say “Access on Lock Screen.” For Siri, go to the General section of Settings, and then to “Passcode Lock.” Turn off the Siri switch under “Allow Access When Locked.” Q: My wife and I—one pulling 70, the other pushing 80—need to buy new PCs. We are only interested in connecting to the Internet for news, and exchanging emails. What notebook/PC would you recommend for us? Also, should we get Windows 8 or stick with Windows 7, with which we are familiar? A: I would buy simple, basic, Windows PCs, without touch screens, for around $500

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Intel, Microsoft Also Have Their Eye on Wearable Device Market

September 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s fair to say that everyone who is anyone in tech is trying to find a place in the budding market for wearable technology. Google has its Glass eyewear and has also bought WIMM Labs , a smartwatch maker. Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm have launched smartwatches of their own. Apple hasn’t talked much, but is said to be working on a watch. CEO Tim Cook did nothing to disabuse that notion during his appearance at our D11 conference in May . “There’s lots of things to solve in this space,” he said, adding it is an area that is “ripe for exploration.” But Apple isn’t alone in trying to quietly develop a play in wearables. Both Intel and Microsoft have “new devices” teams designed to look for ways to expand their heritage into computing’s latest frontier. Former Palm and Apple executive Mike Bell heads up Intel’s effort. Bell, who previously headed Intel’s mobile phone and tablet unit, has been pretty quiet since assuming the new post . However he was quoted on Thursday in a press release announcing Intel Capital’s investment in Recon Instruments, a 5-year-old Canadian maker of heads-up displays. “Wearable computing is a major, accelerating phenomenon that re-defines how we use and interact with information,” Bell said in the release. “In Recon Instruments, we see compelling technology and a solid strategy to capitalize on the wearable revolution. This is an area of significant focus for Intel Capital, and our investment in Recon Instruments is a key part of our approach to innovation in this emerging space.” Intel confirmed that wearable computing is among the new areas that Bell is overseeing. “We’re actively working on multiple opportunities across wearables,” an Intel representative told AllThingsD . “It’s an exciting extension of computing and we believe there will be a lot of innovation and growth in this space.” Microsoft, has been more circumspect about its interest in wearables, though CEO Steve Ballmer made several references to working on the next big thing, both at last week’s analyst meeting and during a companywide meeting held Thursday

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I Am The One Who Nokias

September 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Emmys are held at the Nokia Theatre in LA. Looking forward to next year when it’s at the Windows Phone 8 Theatre. – Aaron Levine breaking bad about last night’s 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Microsoft Aims to Reintroduce Itself to Wall Street

September 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

For the past little while now, Steve Ballmer has been calling Microsoft a “devices and services” company. Asa Mathat/AllThingsD.com On Thursday, Microsoft will try to explain what that means for a company that most people think of as a software company first and foremost — and the world’s largest software maker, at that. Microsoft is holding a four-hour analyst meeting in Redmond, starting at 1 pm PT. The event comes at a critical time for Microsoft, which is in the midst of a massive reorganization and a CEO transition , as well as the pending purchase of Nokia’s device business . Microsoft isn’t expected to have much of an update on the search to replace Ballmer , but it will likely clarify its shift to a devices and services business. In particular, the company is likely to revisit how it segments its businesses from a financial standpoint. Expected to speak are Ballmer, CFO Amy Hood and operating chief Kevin Turner, as well as some of the company’s top engineering leaders. It’s Microsoft’s first financial analyst meeting in two years . Reporters aren’t being allowed into the event, but there will be a Webcast. (Of course, AllThingsD will offer plenty of coverage.)

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ATD Week in Review: New iPhones, Twitter’s IPO and the 64-Bit Question

September 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: On Thursday, Twitter filed for its initial public offering confidentially, under a new “secret” IPO process made possible by the JOBS Act. Just one day before, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged the social media rival not to be afraid about going public. But it may not be all good news — Twitter’s actual growth rate seems to be below CEO Dick Costolo’s 2013 projections. At an event on its Cupertino campus on Tuesday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the 64-bit iPhone 5s and the cheaper (but not that cheap) 5c . The company’s share price stumbled the next morning , dropping five percent and taking about $20 billion in market value with it.

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Former Microsoft Exec Mark Relph Joins Canada’s GrowLab as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

September 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Mark Relph, who spent a decade at Microsoft, has joined Canadian accelerator GrowLab as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Relph worked on the Windows team and, most recently, was helping Microsoft in its efforts to connect with startups.

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Former Microsoft Exec Mark Relph Joins Canada’s GrowLab as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

September 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Mark Relph, who spent a decade at Microsoft, has joined Canadian accelerator GrowLab as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Relph worked on the Windows team and, most recently, was helping Microsoft in its efforts to connect with startups.

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Parallels Access Requirements on Windows

September 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Q: Is it true that Parallels Access, for controlling a PC from an iPad, won’t function on a computer running XP Pro? If so, is there another app with approximately the same functionality that will run on XP Pro? A: It is true that for Windows PCs, Parallels Access requires Windows 7 or Windows 8, so it won’t work with XP, which is about 12 years old. As I noted in my column, there are other iPad apps that can remotely control a computer, but none that I have seen incorporate the iPad features and gestures the way Access does. Most make you try to emulate a tiny mouse pointer with your fingertips. However, if you can deal with that, there are some that will work with XP. One popular example is Splashtop 2. Q: Can photo files from a Windows PC be transferred to an iPad mini? A: Yes, you just install the Windows version of iTunes on your PC, connect your iPad to the PC, select the iPad from within iTunes, and then go to the Photos tab.

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Microsoft CEO Promises to Limit Nokia Phone Names to 10 Syllables or Less

September 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Microsoft’s proposed $7.17 billion acquisition of Nokia’s wireless device business will create “ a first-rate Microsoft phone experience ” for its customers — one with better device names, too. Discussing the deal during an early conference call this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that it will give the company license to pare down and polish Windows Phone naming conventions. “I think we can probably do better for consumer names than ‘Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 1020,’” Ballmer said. “Yet, because of where both companies are and the independent nature of the businesses, we haven’t been able to shorten that. … Now, we can simplify the overall consumer branding and messaging gets much simpler. That is an efficiency of being one company.” A nice efficiency to have, particularly given Microsoft’s tendency toward ludicrous product naming conventions. Remember, this is the company that gave us Windows XP 64-Bit Edition For 64-Bit Extended Systems . Nice to see Ballmer acknowledging he’d like to see some brevity around whatever new device branding emerges from this deal. RELATED POSTS: Microsoft CEO Promises to Limit Nokia Phone Names to 10 Syllables or Less Samsung, HTC Mum on Any Interest in Windows Phone Post-Nokia Elop in July: It’s “Hard to Understand the Rationale” for Selling Nokia’s Devices Business Microsoft Is Getting Nokia’s Phone Business for a Song Nokia Shares Rise, Microsoft Falls in Reaction to Deal So Much for BlackBerry’s “Clear Shot” at Being No. 3 in the Smartphone Market Selling Nokia Was Hard Emotionally, But Right Thing to Do, Says Interim CEO Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s Top Designer, To Leave Company in November Steve Ballmer on Why Buying Microsoft’s Biggest Phone Partner Makes Sense Nokia Interim CEO: We Have Three Strong Businesses Remaining Barcelona Rendezvous, 50 Nokia Board Meetings Led to Microsoft Deal Microsoft’s Nokia Deal By The Numbers Microsoft Confirms It Gets Less Than $10 Per Nokia Windows Phone Sold Stephen Elop Is Now Microsoft CEO Candidate to Beat Microsoft Wants to Keep Licensing Windows Phone to Others, Post-Nokia Deal Microsoft Explains the Rationale Behind the Nokia Deal Microsoft to Buy Nokia’s Device Business in Deal Worth $7.17 Billion

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