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These smartphones go the extra mile behind the wheel

Pretty much every new car you can buy today has an auxiliary input and standard adoption of Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming growing consistently with each generation. So, with the right mix of apps and a bit of restraint, you can use pretty much any new smartphone to do basic things like listen to music or make a call safely behind the wheel.

However, a handful of phones go above and beyond these basic functions, offering automotive-specific interfaces, advanced voice commands, dashboard app mirroring, and more. We took a look at the most popular smartphones on CNET and picked … Read more

Nokia's Here Maps to expand to all Windows 8.1 devices

All Windows 8.1 users will soon be able to tap into Nokia's free mapping and navigation app.

Currently limited to Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet, Here Maps for Windows 8.1 will land in Microsoft's online Windows Store over the coming days, Nokia said on Friday. Starting its new journey in North America and Europe, the app will be free to download for any PC or tablet owner running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1.

Like other mapping apps, Here Maps offers navigation and directions, points of interest, and satellite and 3D images of any … Read more

Nokia at MWC 2014: Join us Monday (live blog)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Will Nokia finally go Android?

On the first official day of Mobile World Congress, Nokia is widely expected to unveil an Android-powered smartphone -- a departure from its previous decision to solely stick with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The company will likely unveil a few Windows Phone devices as well, but an Android phone would certainly capture all of the headlines.

CNET senior editor Jessica Dolcourt, photographer Sarah Tew, and I will be bringing you all the details, photos, and commentary from the event. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Monday local Barcelona … Read more

Nokia Lumia Icon goes on sale today at Verizon

Verizon's newest flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia Icon, goes on sale today, Thursday, February 20. If you want to pick one up, head into a Verizon store or grab one off Verizon's Web site.

The phone will set you back $200 with a new two-year contract. For that price, you get a stellar 5-inch 1080p HD AMOLED screen, a 20-megapixel camera module and dual-LED flash, and an ultra-fast quad-core processor 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Coinciding with the phone's launch, Nokia announced a promotion: if you purchase a Nokia Lumia Icon, you get $100 off … Read more

This is where you'll find your next smartphone

"Congress" usually isn't a word that inspires excitement, but the Mobile World Congress is anything but usual. Held every February in Barcelona, Spain, it is the the premier global event for the wireless industry. Think of a smaller CES, but pack it with only smartphones, tablets, and everything mobile, and you'll get the idea. Then, drop it all in one of the world's most seductive cities -- sorry, Las Vegas -- and you wind up with a most exciting tech show.

Full CNET coverage of the 2014 Mobile World Congress

But there's another very … Read more

Goodbye Microsoft SkyDrive, hello OneDrive

CNET Update is golden:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about the rebirth of Microsoft's cloud storage service, and compare the features of major cloud services.

- Build followers on LinkedIn with the new blog publishing tool.

- Check out the likely future of the HTC One: a gold triple-lens smartphone.

- Find your keys with Nokia's Treasure Tag, arriving in April.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. Subscribe to the … Read more

Nokia Treasure Tag tries to keep your valuables safe

Nokia on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile accessory designed to limit your chances of losing something valuable.

Dubbed the Nokia Treasure Tag, the match box-sized accessory connects to Lumia devices via near-field communication or Bluetooth low energy. You can attach the tag to anything of value -- keys or a wallet are the examples Nokia offered up.

Nokia explained, that as you leave the house your Lumia device, the Treasure Tag emits an alert to inform that you've left your keys or wallet (or whatever item you've tagged) behind. The tone will continue to sound until the Treasure … Read more

Nokia's Android phone touted in latest leaked image

A tweeted ad for Nokia's reported Android smartphone seems to confirm that it will be dubbed the Nokia X.

Tweeted by usually reliable leaker @evleaks on Monday, the promo shows the name above a series of images of phones headed directly toward you. The tweet doesn't reveal anything further, but the promo looks like one Nokia might use to tout the phone.

Photos and details of the Nokia X, codenamed Normandy, have spilled online over the past few weeks, courtesy of @evleaks and other sources. Expected to debut next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the phone … Read more

Hey Microsoft, Surface 2 is great, but clear up something please

It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they're buying into.

I like the Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520. A lot. As hardware, they're two of the best tablets out there. Bar none (including iPads).

But Windows RT, as it stands now, is in no-man's-land. It's not the Windows 8.1 that comes on PCs and it's not Windows Phone 8.

And it's been that way too long -- since October 2012.

So far, the … Read more