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Microsoft Lumia 550 selling for just €98.70 in Germany

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Looks like the Microsoft Lumia 550 has received yet another price cut in Europe. The Windows 10-powered device is now available for just €98.70 in Germany, where retailer MindFactory is selling the budget handset for that price.

A quick look at Amazon’s Germany website reveals that the retailer currently has the phone listed for €118. This means that those purchase the Lumia 550 from MindFactory are saving at-least €19. The device has already been the subject of multiple price cuts in the UK.

Meanwhile, If you are in the UK, and are planning to purchase the Lumia 950 flagship instead, you’ll be glad to know that it’s now available for just £380 in the country.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S leak; complete specs revealed

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Two unannounced Alcatel smartphones – the Idol 4 and Idol 4S – have been leaked. Both devices were spotted listed on the company’s own support site, revealing almost all of their specs. The listings, however, have now been taken down it seems.

The Idol 4S is powered by a 1.8GHz + 1.4GHz octa-core CPU (SD652 SoC) and sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a 3,000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the device features a 16MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. The handset runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and also supports VoLTE.

Coming to the Idol 4, it’s powered by a 1.7GHz + 1.2GHz octa-core CPU (SD617 SoC) and sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. It has 2GB/3GB RAM options, while internal memory is 16GB, although expandable. The device’s camera department is handled by a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. It packs in a 2,610mAh battery, and like the Idol 4S, runs Android 6.0.

There’s currently no information on their pricing and availability, although Alcatel is said to be eyeing an MWC launch for…

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Microsoft Shifts Bing Search Engine To ‘Continuous’ Development Cycle

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Microsoft has shifted the software application development team responsible for its Bing search engine into a new mode of ‘continuous’ delivery — and this format speaks volumes in terms of the way ALL software will now be updated in the always-on world of cloud and mobile.

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US Mobile defends itself in wake of Xiaomi’s ‘not an authorized seller ‘ remark

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Earlier this week, US Mobile started offering select Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones in the United States, with orders being fulfilled by a third-party. As the news spread, Xiaomi issued a statement saying that the carrier and its partners are not authorized sellers of any of the company’s products. Now, US Mobile has defended its decision in an official blog post.

“This is nothing new. Amazon, Ebay and other US marketplaces offer Xiaomi, Meizu and countless other brands,” US Mobile said. “The challenge with such marketplaces however is that you don’t always know whom you’re dealing with. The concern is that if something goes wrong with your phone or if you have any service related questions, you are stuck without a warranty to back the device.”

“Here’s where we created a better experience for our customers. By partnering with third party distributors who sell and ship the devices, US Mobile is able to offer our customers warranty and support on the devices locally in the US. Very simply, customers can call US Mobile’s 24/7 Customer Support team with any service related issue or send the phone back to US Mobile for repairs.”

The carrier also said that it never claimed to be an official distributor, stressing that even product listings on its webshop specifically noted that the devices are “sold and fulfilled” by its third party partners.

The listings, however, have since been removed, something the carrier said has been done because the devices in question are currently undergoing “testing and certification” with its “enabling…

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M 4.5 – 92km WSW of Great Swan Island, Honduras

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Time
2016-02-03 03:00:27 UTC
2016-02-02 21:00:27 -06:00 at epicenter
Location
17.060°N 84.718°W
Depth
15.18 km (9.43 mi)

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Microsoft acquiring mobile keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million

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Microsoft has agreed to buy mobile keyboard maker SwiftKey for around $250 million, according to a new Financial Times report. While both companies are currently tight-lipped about the deal, report says an announcement in this regard will be made later this week.

For those who aren’t aware, SwiftKey is a popular keyboard app currently available for both Android and iOS and installed on around 300 million devices. It was first launched for Android back in 2010, and came to iOS in 2014. Initially a paid app, SwiftKey became free a couple of years ago, but started offering in-app purchases.

Given that Microsoft already offers a keyboard app, dubbed Word Flow (although only for Windows Phone devices at the moment), it may seem rather strange that the company is purchasing another Keyboard app. However, the report notes that the Redmond, Washington-based company is actually eyeing UK-based firm’s artificial intelligence technology that’s used in its keyboard. The technology can be used by Microsoft in several other products in addition to mobile…

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New Tool to Help Cambodian Gov’t Detect Disease Outbreaks

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In an effort to help the Cambodian government detect infectious diseases among the country’s 15 million people, the technical arm of innovative international health nonprofit InSTEDD has built a public reporting system and web-based portal to track potential outbreaks.

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