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Beloved cellphone brand Nokia has at last thrown in the towel on its old line of Windows-powered phones, which never escaped obscurity. It’s come up with the Android-based Nokia 8, a smartphone that hopes to win back a share of the thriving market with functions like the “bothie”– a picture or video that captures the subject and the person behind the lens simultaneously.
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Luxury phone maker Vertu shuttered its doors in July, ending a 19-year run of selling five-figure phones to the who’s who. The brand found success in its early years, but lately struggled to move its leather-clad, ruby-studded and butler-equipped units. Its departure leaves a void in the market – what can those willing to splurge now splash cash on?