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China workers protest as Nokia-Microsoft deal progresses

Factory workers in southern China are protesting Nokia's recent deal to sell off its Devices business to Microsoft, according to a new report.

Workers who build Nokia products in China gathered Wednesday outside their factory to protest, saying that the contracts they were forced to sign after Nokia announced plans to sell off the Devices unit worsen employment terms, according to Reuters. In interviews with Reuters, factory workers claimed that the Microsoft buyout would hurt their compensation. One unidentified source, however, told Reuters that it was more about getting additional compensation.

Factory protests have become somewhat commonplace in China. … Read more

Nokia shareholders embrace $7.2B Microsoft deal

Nokia shareholders have overwhelmingly decided that the company should sell off its Devices and Services business to Microsoft.

Ahead of a shareholder meeting on Tuesday, Nokia reported that 99.7 percent of those investors who had voted before the meeting had approved the transaction, the Financial Times is reporting. Those investors held four-fifths of the voting shares, making the actual vote during the meeting a formality.

Microsoft announced in September plans to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services unit for $7.2 billion. Microsoft will pay $5 billion for "substantially all" of Nokia's mobile phone division and … Read more

Verizon's Lumia 2520 hits stores Thursday for $400

Verizon Wireless will get its own Lumia 2520 tablet -- a day earlier than AT&T.

Verizon said Monday that its version of the Lumia 2520 would hit stores on Thursday. It will sell for $400 when purchased with a two-year contract, although Verizon said it was a limited-time offer. It will cost $500 sans contract.

Verizon will at least take advantage of the color options, offering both the black and red versions online, while the black is available in stores.

The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet, and runs on Windows RT 8.1, just like the … Read more

Nokia Lumia 929 may reach Verizon on November 21

Verizon customers may get first dibs on Nokia's Lumia 929 phone.

Citing a tip from an alleged Verizon insider, blog site NokiaPowerUser said on Sunday that the rumored Lumia 929 smartphone will land at Verizon on Thursday, November 21. Not much is known about the 929 since Nokia has yet to even officially announce it, but recent reports claim the phone will offer a 5-inch display and will be carried by Verizon.

Nokia's 2520 Lumia tablet may also surface at Verizon on that same Thursday, according to the tip received by NokiaPowerUser. That would be a day before AT&T starts selling the tablet.… Read more

Locked up: Why AT&T racks up so many exclusive phones

AT&T and Nokia have long enjoyed a close partnership, but at one New York event in July, their kinship led to a particularly awkward moment.

It was after Nokia had unveiled the Lumia 1020 and its 41-megapixel camera. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega had just walked off stage after extolling the virtues of the device and touting its exclusive partnership, and then-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop began fielding questions about the device. Which is when things got testy.

"AT&T has been a terrible partner for Lumia devices," said one audience member, … Read more

Supersize Nokia Lumia 1520 is a hardware champ

Bigger isn't always better, but in Nokia's case, it is. The 6-inch Lumia 1520 for AT&T is the fastest Windows Phone ever made. Slimmer and lighter than you'd expect for a supersize handset, the 1520 brings home the goods: a huge 1080p HD display, a 20-megapixel camera, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor -- the latter a first for Windows Phone.

That high-res camera and outdoor legibility were bright spots. My red model's slippery finish, however, made it too easy to fumble. Some weak points with the platform itself -- like a limited … Read more

Apple's Schiller: Samsung gained ground thanks to copycat tactics

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It pays to copy Apple. Well, kinda.

Phil Schiller, head of marketing at Apple, testified Friday in court here that the reason Samsung gained so much market share in smartphones was because it copied Apple. That's also why Samsung flourished while other smartphone makers such as Motorola and Nokia floundered, he said.

"There is a difference," Schiller said. "One is copying. The others are not -- as much."

Along with suing Samsung, Apple also has pursued lawsuits against Motorola, HTC, and other rivals.

Samsung's attorneys, meanwhile, have argued that people … Read more

Nokia Lumia 2520 to land at AT&T on November 22

AT&T customers will get first crack at Nokia's new Lumia tablet.

The Lumia 2520 will be available through AT&T starting Friday, November 22. The tablet will sell for $400 with the standard two-year contract and $200 if bundled with a Lumia 925, 1020, or 1520 smartphone.

AT&T subscribers who buy and activate the 2520 between November 22 and January 9, 2014, will also receive a $20 voucher to spend at Microsoft's Windows Store.

Verizon will also carry the 2520 but has yet to announce a specific launch date.

Equipped with Windows RT … Read more

Nokia to add Bluetooth LE to all Windows Phone 8 Lumias

Nokia will roll out an update that will outfit all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 with the latest low-energy version of Bluetooth.

In a new FAQ, Nokia noted that the recent Amber update added Bluetooth LE to the Lumia 520, 620, 625, and 720. A future update dubbed Lumia Black will do the same for all other Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets.

What's so special about Bluetooth LE? Built into Bluetooth 4.0, the low-energy technology lets you pair your phone with special accessories designed for health and fitness, among other areas. With Bluetooth LE, the accessory's … Read more

Nokia's next Windows Phone handsets: Think Bond, James Bond

Nokia likes its smartphones shaken, not stirred.

The company is working on two new handsets that will run Windows Phone 8.1 Blue, according to a new leak on mobile-leaking Twitter account @evleaks. Although neither device has an official name yet, they're currently code-named Goldfinger and Moneypenny -- references to the James Bond franchise -- according to @evleaks.

Actual details on Goldfinger and Moneypenny weren't shared by @evleaks, so it's important to take the report with a grain of salt. However, @evleaks has been quite successful at obtaining leaked information, which could lend some credence to the … Read more