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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is about to launch a selfie phone and a new ‘high-end’ Windows Phone   —  Microsoft is planning to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices shortly.  Sources familiar with the company's plans tell The Verge that Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop revealed both handsets during an internal company meeting this week.
Jul 29, 2014, 11:55 AMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad   —  Microsoft is focusing on Apple's Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials.  It's another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft choses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time.
Jul 28, 2014, 4:25 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Fitbit is the first fitness band to support Windows Phone   —  At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows.  Companies appeared …
Jul 28, 2014, 3:25 PMIn context
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
OkCupid admits that it experiments on users, just like Facebook   —  Defending Facebook's experiments, OkCupid admits to some of its own  —  Facebook received a lot of backlash when news came out that it had manipulated users' news feeds in order to experiment on them, and today OkCupid …
Jul 28, 2014, 1:55 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes support for folders and interactive cases   —  Microsoft is planning to release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 soon, and the company has started detailing some of the upcoming features to phone manufacturers.  One of the main visual changes with Update 1 …
Jul 27, 2014, 12:50 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics   —  Maybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all.  Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition …
Jul 25, 2014, 1:55 AMIn context
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
30% of Facebook's 1.32B users are mobile-only; total mobile users grew 31% in a year to 1.07B   —  Facebook's new stats: 1.32 billion users per month, 30 percent only use it on their phone  —  Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today, and one fact is becoming more and more obvious.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:00 PMIn context
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sprint and Google partner up to push Google Apps for enterprise   —  The struggling carrier looks to other services to boost revenue  —  Sprint and Google are today announcing a new partnership which allows Sprint to sell Google's Apps for Business services to its enterprise customers starting next month.
Jul 23, 2014, 3:35 PMIn context
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Sense sleep tracker uses two devices to analyze your room conditions and sleep patterns   —  Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep  —  This sleek sleep tracker analyzes your bedroom, and your sleep patterns  —  At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.
Jul 23, 2014, 2:35 PMIn context
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Preview of Foursquare 8.0, the redesigned exploration app that launches in a few weeks   —  The next age of Foursquare begins today  —  Foursquare needed a fresh start, so it created a brand new identity  —  In mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two.
Jul 23, 2014, 11:15 AMIn context

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