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Rumor Claims Nokia is Looking to Sell Vertu

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Rumor Claims Nokia is Looking to Sell Vertu

Rumors are flying the Nokia is looking to sell its luxury handset subsidiary called Vertu. The tip comes from a source that claims to be close to the negotiations. It would be no surprise to see Nokia sell Vertu since the luxury handset maker has been surprisingly popular as Nokia has seen its stock plummet.

According to the source, the deal is stacking up to be worth about $265 million and the company named as the potential buyer is a private equity group called Permira. Vertu makes phones encrusted with jewels and precious metal that cost is much is $320,000 or more apiece.


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Did Instagram's rumored Snapchat rival pop up in Android banner ad?

Source: Tech Radar

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Source: Tech Radar  Full article at: Tech Radar 18 hours ago, 2:29pm CDT


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The New Body of Microsoft: Nadella is Lean; Ballmer Not Lean

Source: The Stranger

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Source: The Stranger   Full article at: The Stranger 22 hours ago, 10:35am CDT

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Move over Hudl: Meet the £60 KingSing Windows tablet!

Source: Fifth Gear

We’re used to seeing bargain-basement Android tablets like the Tesco Hudl, but there’s nowhere near as much choice when it comes to Windows tablets. That’s where the KingSing tablet comes in, offering Windows for just £60. Yep, you read that right. The chances are you’ve never heard of KingSing, with the company selling its wares over in China. As with lots of Chinese manufacturers though, there’s a lot to like about its latest gadget, not least the pricing. ...
Source: Fifth Gear   Full article at: Fifth Gear 1 day ago, 5:37am CDT

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Pretty in pink: HTC One (M8) gets two new shades!

Source: Fifth Gear

The HTC One (M8) is already one of the most eye-catching smartphones out there, but from tomorrow you’ll be able to buy HTC’s high-end handset in a couple of bright new colours! We’ve got used to seeing colourful smartphones from the likes of Nokia, but it looks like HTC wants to get in on the action too! The latest HTC One (M8) will be available in both red and pink, helping it to stand out f ...
Source: Fifth Gear   Full article at: Fifth Gear 1 day ago, 3:49am CDT

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Brokedown premise: Drone caught smuggling cell phones into Thai prison

Source: Ars Technica

The captured DJI Phantom drone and its cargo, held by Thai prison authorities. Saichon Srinuanchan , Bangkok Post The Bangkok Post reports that guards at the Khao Bin Prison in Thailand took possession of what appears to be a DJI Phantom drone laden with cell phones and accessories. The drone was snagged on a tree limb inside the prison compound. Taped to the drone were ...
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Microsoft announces new Lumia 530, a cheap Windows Phone for the masses

Source: Ars Technica

The Lumia 530. Nokia If analytics companies are to be believed, the lowly Lumia 520 and its variants have been the most popular Windows Phone handsets ever. Today, Microsoft officially announced that phone's successor, the Lumia 530. It will come in both single- and dual-SIM variants, though it's safe to say that only the single-SIM version will end up making it to the US, and Nokia expects both to be priced at around "€85 (a ...
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Microsoft's Q4 FY2014 earnings by the numbers

Source: BetaNews

Microsoft has released its earnings results for the fourth fiscal quarter of the year (that is Q2 CY2014), posting revenue of $23.38 billion, gross margin of 15.79 billion and operating income of $6.48 billion. As a result, earnings per share (EPS) came in at $0.55 (below analyst expectations of $0.60). Revenue, gross margin and operating income are higher than a year before, when they reached 19.89 billion, 14.29 billion ...
Source: BetaNews   Full article at: BetaNews 2 days ago, 6:26am CDT

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  Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth quarter earnings this afternoon, missing analyst estimates. Revenue of $23.38 billion was an increase of 18 percent from the same quarter in 2013. The analyst consensus of earnings sat at $0.60 per share. The newly completed acquisition of Nokia accounted for a $.08 per share earnings decrease. Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the quarter were $15.79 billion, ...
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Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand?

Source: BGR

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Source: BGR   Full article at: BGR 2 days ago, 2:15pm CDT

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Microsoft 4QFY14 Earnings Preview

Source: bidness etc

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