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September 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The announcement that Microsoft will pay $7.2 billion to buy Nokia's device business raises one question both simple and complex:  Why? The company will address that in a conference call scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m. But in the meantime, it also released several documents, in addition to the main news release, to provide some rationale for the deal.  PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far   The first document...
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BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Microsoft's $7.2-billion bid for the world's second-largest cellphone business isn't really about phones. The acquisition of Nokia's devices and services unit gives the software giant a crucial new chess piece as it seeks to reinvent itself to compete in a much bigger and more complex game against rivals Apple and Google. In this new battlefield, the ultimate goal is to see who can produce the broadest range of gadgets, software and online services that all work seamlessly together in your house or business.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft announced Monday that it would acquire Nokia's mobile phone business in the latest blockbuster news that signals a massive transformation of the tech giant.  Just two weeks ago, the company revealed that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer would retire in the next 12 months. Last week, Microsoft said it had struck a deal with an activist investor, seeming to indicate the company was under pressure to revamp its business.  The deal with Nokia would do just that. It would push Microsoft even further from its roots as a software company to become the "devices and services" company that Ballmer has discussed in recent months.  "We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia's incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013
On "De Este Lado Del Camino," the third track from their newest album "'El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco," Café Tacuba celebrates the art of creative meandering. "From this side of the street, without looking for any destination / and although the design isn't very clear," lead singer Rubén Albarrán intones in Spanish, his gravelly honeyed tenor guiding the rhythm section through a gathering storm of ethereal keyboard chords on its leisurely sojourn. Unhurried and unworried about the trail ahead, but sure of its ultimate purpose: That artistic approach has defined the Mexico City quartet and helped it endure for two decades as one of alt-Latin rock's most popular and influential acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rick Ross built his career rapping about his exploits as an above-the-law drug kingpin, a front he kept up even after it was famously revealed that in a previous life the Miami MC had once worked as a Dade County corrections officer. The news might reasonably have killed his ascent. But having survived the intrusion of reality, Ross doubled down on artifice, and since then his tales of a lavish and dangerous lifestyle have made him one of hip-hop's most successful stars. When he took the stage Wednesday night at Club Nokia, Ross was clearly hoping to control his image once again in the wake of yet another damaging episode.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Lumia 1020 features the best camera we have seen on any smartphone. Nokia has been betting big on smartphone photography for the past year now, but the Lumia 1020 may be its boldest move yet. Unlike other smartphones on the market that typically feature 8-megapixel cameras, the Finnish phone maker has outfitted the Lumia 1020 with a 41-megapixel sensor. That means the Nokia device can take much larger pictures than its rivals and grasp more detail. The pictures aren't exactly 41-megapixels big. They're actually saved as 34- or 38-megapixel images, depending on the ratio you choose.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Nokia Lumia 1020, which is set to go on sale this weekend, has been getting great reviews thanks to its 41-megapixel rear-facing camera. It can capture photos with more details than its rivals. Join me and my Times colleague Michelle Maltais at 2:30 p.m. as we unbox the new Nokia smartphone and get our first look at the device. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2:30 p.m. as we unbox the Lumia 1020. The iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 4 feature 8-mp and 13-mp cameras, respectively, but the Lumia 1020 has taken smartphone photography to a whole new level with its camera.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you're looking for a large-screen smartphone but don't want to spend too much, Nokia may have you covered. The Finnish phone maker unveiled Tuesday the Lumia 625, a 4.7-inch smartphone built for users on a budget. Nokia said it will be available to users for about $290 before any carrier subsidies, which are common in the U.S. That's about half the cost of other smartphones with large screens. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 "The latest member of the Nokia Lumia family combines a big screen and high-speed 4G Internet access to bring a premium entertainment and communication experience at a very affordable price," Nokia said in a statement . Besides the large screen and low price, the Lumia 625, which runs Windows Phone 8 operating system, uses a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A year after postponing his tour, John Legend is hitting the road this fall. The nine-time Grammy winner announced the trek, billed as the “Made to Love” tour, on Monday.   Legend will hit more than 20 cities across the U.S. starting Oct. 20 in Mashantucket, Conn. The tour wraps in L.A. on Dec. 1 with a gig at Nokia Theatre. R&B songstress (and popular reality star) Tamar Braxton will open.  The soul crooner recently released “Made to Love,” the second single from his long gestating fourth solo album, “Love in the Future.” Legend was originally set to tour last fall, but he shuttered the tour in order to complete the album, which he planned on unveiling while on the road.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia's line of Lumia smartphones is outselling all smartphones made by BlackBerry, including new devices running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, according to their most recent quarterly reports. The Finnish phone-maker sold 7.4 million of its Lumia devices from April through June. By comparison, BlackBerry sold 6.8 million smartphones in its last quarter, which ran from March to May. Blackberry said in a teleconference call with analysts that it sold 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices during the quarter.
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