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Microsoft FY14 Q4 earnings: $6.48 billion profit on $23.3 billion revenue, owns up to tragic Nokia loss

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Microsoft posted its fiscal Q4 2014 results today, and the mood must be good at the executive offices in Redmond despite an announcement of 18,000 job losses, most of which are from Nokia.

Indeed, Nokia was the major black spot on a fairly positive balance sheet. The company posted revenues of $23.38 billion (all numbers USD) and operating profit of $6.48 billion for an EPS of $0.55.

Nokia contributed just under $2 billion in revenue, but its 5.8 million Lumias and 30.3 million non-Lumias dragged down the EPS by $0.08 with an overall operating loss of $692 million. In comparison, Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumias in the same period a year ago, as well as 53.7 non-Lumias. (more…)

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Apple sells 35.2 million iPhones, records revenue of $37.4 billion for Q3

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Today, Apple announced quarterly earnings for the third quarter in its 2014 fiscal year. Back in April, the Cupertino-based company predicted revenue between $36 billion and $38 billion for Q3, about $8 billion less than its revenue for Q2. The company hit the middle of that range, reporting $37.4 billion in revenue. That amounted to a net profit of $7.7 billion (or $1.28 per diluted share) for the quarter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s record June quarter revenue was driven in part by strong sales for the iPhone. The company shipped a total of 35.2 million iPhones for the quarter, a substantial increase over the 31.2 million iPhones sold in the same period last year. (more…)

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OnePlus One gets Bamboo treatment with new $49 StyleSwap cover

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Launched in April, the OnePlus One still isn’t publicly available to buy. Instead, you have to snag a coveted invitation from the company itself. Despite this, OnePlus is already preparing for a day when the OnePlus One is so widely available, users want to differentiate their own unit from the sea of OnePlus Ones in the wild. (more…)

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White BlackBerry Passport finally shows its face

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BlackBerry’s upcoming three-row QWERTY/Touch Passport has been receiving a fair amount of attention over the last couple of weeks. The company claims that the BB10 device ‘reinvents the mobile keyboard,’ as the the physical keyboard also doubles as a trackpad for various actions. The Passport is currently scheduled to hit the market in September, but for now there is no word on an official release date, nor price or carrier partners. (more…)

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Xiaomi announces new flagship Mi4 phone and $13 fitband

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Xiaomi’s Mi3 smartphone was the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone (the company also made another version running on the Snapdragon 800), and now the company is introducing its 2014 flagship in the form of the Mi4.

Like the WCDMA version of the Mi3, the Mi4 is based on a Qualcomm SoC; in fact it’s the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 that’s in the Galaxy S5. It also boasts a 5-inch 1080p display, 3 GB of RAM, a 13MP camera in the back, an 8MP camera up front, either 16 GB or 64 GB of integrated storage, a massive 3080 mAh battery, and support for LTE. All of this is packed into a plastic casing with a metal band around the edge that gives it an iPhone vibe. (more…)

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Huawei Ascend Y330 now available at Public Mobile

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Existing customers of Public Mobile, now owned by TELUS, can now purchase the entry-level Huawei Ascend Y330, one of two devices the carrier is releasing this month (the other being the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini). Originally priced at $150, the Y330 has since dropped to a respectable $69 outright.

The Ascend Y330 is nothing special from a design perspective, nor is it screaming the latest specs, but this comes running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with a 4-inch 854×480 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, and a 3MP camera.

Source: Public Mobile

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WSJ: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones coming, Apple tipped to produce 70 to 80 million units by year’s end

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This story has been around the block a few times. A new report from the Wall Street Journal is citing Apple has requested its manufacturing partners to start producing larger sized smartphone displays, specifically 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. “According to people familiar with the matter,” Apple is expecting them to produce between 70 million and 80 million units by the end of the year. (more…)

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Bell set to offer the mid-range Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S starting July 28th

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It looks like Bell is adding a number of new devices to its lineup. We previously reported that the LG G3 flagship would be making an appearance on August 1st, and that ZTE Grand X would debut on July 31st. Now our sources say that the Alcatel OneTouch 2S is scheduled to launch next week.

Alcatel OneTouch is not new to Bell’s lineup, as the carrier previously launched the Idol X and the Pop 7 earlier this year. The OneTouch Idol 2S was announced at MWC earlier this year and runs Android 4.3. It packs a 5-inch HD display, a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, an 8MP camera with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, a 2150 mAh battery, and has overall dimensions of 5.37 x 2.74 x 0.29 inches.

There’s no word on a price point just yet but you can expect this mid-range smartphone to be competitively priced. Bell will be launching the Alcatel OneTouch 2S on July 28th.

(Thanks tipster!)

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Nvidia Shield Tablet promises the best small screen gaming experience for $329

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Nvidia is ready to put its money where its heart is, assuming that people want a gaming tablet with an optional gamepad.

Unveiled today, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a C$329 device with a 1200p screen and the first consumer-ready Tegra K1 SoC, the ultra-fast gaming CPU/GPU combo revealed in January at CES. The Cortex-A15 based CPU runs four cores at 2.3Ghz each, with a fifth companion core running at a lower speed for less intensive activities. The GPU is based on the company’s extensible Kepler architecture, with 192 CUDA cores and support for the latest standards like OpenGL 4.4 and DirectX 12.

While the first Shield began its life as a small clamshell screen-gamepad hybrid, the company has learned a hard truth about such a form factor: most people just don’t want bulk. Over the course of the Shield’s brief life, Nvidia added a number of features, including game streaming from a local Kepler GPU-adorned PC and a limited subset of cloud-based games that enabled a whole new type of experience.

The Shield Tablet doesn’t do away with any of those things, but merely separates the screen from the controller, lowering the price and offering casual users a more approachable product.

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Nokia Canada promises new Lumia devices for later this year

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Nokia Canada has promised to release new Lumia devices besides the already-announced Lumia 635 this year, reassuring loyal fans that it is still very much involved in the country’s smartphone ecosystem.

Nokia hasn’t released a high-end device in Canada since the Lumia 1020 last summer while big launches like the Lumia 1520, Icon and 930 have come and gone without a peep from the Canadian offices. The company confirmed to its Twitter followers that it would not be releasing the Lumia 1520 at all (though it’s contesting one off), but says others are coming soon.

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