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Microsoft not riding on Cyanogen’s next $110 million funding round

Software giants Microsoft were reported to be interested in Cyanogen’s efforts of creating a non-Google Android system, an alternative to the versions available right now that need Google core apps to work properly. In January, it was reported that Microsoft was willing to splurge as much as USD$70 million in the effort. But in the last few days, with Cyanogen passing the hat again to generate at least $110 million in a latest funding round, it seems that Microsoft is not too excited to pony up the cash.

Microsoft sues Kyocera for patent infringement

Lawsuits within the tech industry is not an uncommon thing, and the past few years we've seen legal battles among and between such big companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. The latest one to join the circus is Microsoft, no stranger to this lawsuit issue of course, and this time, they're going after Japanese OEM Kyocera. They claim that the smartphone maker has infringed on some of their patents and is seeking financial damages but at the same time, hoping to find an amicable solution to the issue.

MWC 2015: Android Community Top Picks

And so the Mobile World Congress 2015 comes to a close and now we're left to pick up the pieces of a whirlwind week. We've been bombarded by a lot of annoucements, new and old products, and promises, and now it's time to weed out the winners from the not so winners. Because everyone's a winner, right? But there are really quite a few that really piqued our interest and earned our applause. Here are some of the most noteworthy products to come out of MWC 2015.

New version of Microsoft portable keyboard can be “broken in half”

Portable keyboards are for tablet or smartphone owning individuals who want to turn their device into a mobile workstation (and don't want to lug around their netbooks or laptops). Sometimes though, the keyboard becomes another heavy addition to our already full to the brim bag, with all the chargers, extended batteries, wires, etc. So if you need to buy an extended keyboard, you'd want something lighter and more portable yes? That's where the new version of the Microsoft portable keyboard comes in.

Microsoft Garage Team rolls out Keyboard for Excel app for Android

Microsoft seems to be busy working on apps that would not only benefit Windows Phone users but also fans of Android. Through the Microsoft Garage Project, the tech giant is proving once again why it's still the top software developer company. Conceptualized only in late 2014, Microsoft opened the Garage for employees to work and improve on Android apps. I used to wonder why Redmond just won't focus on Windows Phone but Microsoft making Android apps means better programs for the mobile platform.

Cortana and Siri voice recordings are evaluated

We don't have confirmation about this piece of news (or rumor) but a Reddit user recently posted that he now works for a company that listens to voice recordings and commands sent to Siri and Cortana. A company known as Walk N’ Talk Technologies is said to be in the business of checking voice to text translations and interpretations. FallenMyst, the Reddit user, said that he just started in his new job that requires him to listen to audio recordings of commands.

Outlook update: better security, swipe gestures, IMAP support

When Microsoft released their Outlook mobile app on Android a few weeks ago, they promised to have updates every week, to make it worth your while even though they might be late into the game already. Well, they're delivering on their promise, as several new features are in their latest update, all with the goal of making life easier for its users and trying to convince always-mobile people to switch to their app.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks: Microsoft Apps, design, dates

Things are definitely heating up for MWC 2015 and this week alone we're getting a load of information about the upcoming Galaxy S6. Of course, all of these are unofficial, though coming from "reliable sources" or "insiders", so take them with a grain of salt. But if even half of them came true, it would still make Samsung's flagship a very interesting and formidable contender in the smartphone market. Since we've pretty much heard all that we can about the hardware, now we're going to focus on the software and the overall design of the device.

It’s official: Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar

You may have heard whispers this week that Microsoft is out to get popular calendaring app and service Sunrise. Well, those are rumors no more as the two have just announced the acquisition. The purchase of Sunrise is just one of the latest moves that Microsoft seems to be making to redefine and redesign its productivity products, which may also speak of the once slow-moving giant's new drive to make itself and its products more relevant in a computing age that is moving away from traditional desktop thinking.
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