There's a new update out for those enrolled in the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program. Go to your settings and check for an update, and you'll find 8.10.14192.280 available. The download and installation of the update should take about 5 to 10 minutes. Microsoft is listing this as a 'critical update'. Don't skip out.
It looks like the New York Police Department has begun piloting some Windows-based smartphones and tablets as part of a new initiative. The $160 million funding for the 41,000 new mobile tech tools used by officers comes by way of the criminal asset forfeiture funds from the district attorney's office.
Microsoft's financial numbers for the quarter that ended September 30 revealed that the company took a hit with revenues from its Windows Phone division, as it recorded a 46 percent decrease compared to a year ago. The numbers may come as a surprise as Microsoft experienced "modest growth" in Windows Phone sales for the same quarter.
Microsoft announced today that it sold 9.3 million units of its Lumia Windows Phone products in the quarter that ended on September 30. That's a 5.6 percent increase compared to the 8.8 million Lumia phones that were sold in the same period a year ago when Microsoft's phone hardware division was under Nokia.
A few days ago, I managed to pick up a Yoga 3 Pro to review for the site. See my unboxing and tour here if you missed it. I am still feeling out the ultra slim Ultrabook, but I can already answer one question for you. If you are choosing between buying the Surface Pro 3 and the new Yoga, you should pass on the Lenovo.
This conclusion is not to say the Yoga 3 Pro is bad, but rather I so far find it underwhelming. Let us compare.
Microsoft's latest quarterly financial report, for the three months that ended on September 30, 2014, has just been released. The Redmond, Washington-based company reports that it recorded $23.20 billion in revenue for its FY15 Q1 time period. That's compared to $18.53 billion in revenue from the same period a year ago.
T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.
Parallels Plesk (parallels.com) is a leading web server control panel for Windows and Linux. If you don't know what that means, you're probably not interested about this recent app the company has just released for Windows Phone 8.1. Plesk Manager for Windows Phone gives administrators access to the most important information about Parallels Plesk servers and control over core administrative functions.
The Xbox One console will get another, and much welcomed, fighting game franchise on February 17 when Koei Tecmo releases Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round, a port of developer Team Ninja's last generation fighting game but with improved graphics and new content.
Yesterday we released updates for our official Windows and Windows Phone apps for the site. No new features were implemented, but the branding was updated throughout both apps to reflect our recent name-change.
Unfortunately, a missing "/" character from the code caused the Live Tile and notifications to break in the app. You can file the mistake under rushing to meet a deadline, but the simple forward slash omission had some drastic ramifications, to say the least.
Beginners' Tips Series!
One of the many conveniences that the Windows family of products offers is the ability to receive notifications from apps on your Lock screen. These Lock screen notifications appear under the time and date on your device and give you a quick glimpse of any new emails, updates, events, etc. The notifications await your acknowledgement without having to log in and open any apps.
In Windows, you are limited to a total of seven apps that can notify you via the Lock screen, while Windows phone keeps it to a maximum of five. Since some apps come with Lock screen notifications enabled by default, you could find yourself running out of options. So we threw together this quick guide on how to choose which applications appear on your Lock screen.
Just as expected, NBA Live 15 is now available to EA Access members for a 6-hour trial. EA Sports' latest NBA game won't officially be available in stores on October 28th in North America, but now EA Access members get to play the game early. I've just installed it on my Xbox One and recorded my first few minutes of gameplay. Interested? Take a look at my first impressions on video!
Microsoft has its work cut out for them in the United States where perception of the tech giant is seen as less hip than Apple. Besides the near ubiquitous adoption by celebrities of the iPhone, the US Congress is also evidently a big fan of Cupertino's hardware.
Popular DC rag The Hill conducted a survey back at the beginning of the month asking members of Congress which phones they used. As it turns out, more than 71 percent of our lawmakers use iPhones, with 28 percent still using BlackBerry. Android does not fair too well either, with only 9 percent favoring the somewhat convoluted mobile OS. Many in Congress also carry multiple phones.
TNT and TBS both launch universal apps for Windows Phone letting users watch TV anywhere
TBS, owned by Turner Broadcasting, has had an app on Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. It only seems apropos that they adapt that app for Windows Phone, letting users watch clips and – after authenticating – whole episodes on the go. For added bonus, Turner could also toss in TNT Drama into the mix as well.
This morning, users can download Watch TNT and TBS for Windows right to their phones. Watch TNT is focused mostly on drama shows, including The Last Ship, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and lets users watch episodes on their phone and continue it on their Windows 8.1 device. For TBS for Windows, you get Conan, Big Bang Theory, and a host of other comedies and lighter fare with the same episode streaming and history abilities.
The Lumia 530 is one of the more affordable Windows Phones available today, but Carphone Warehouse has dropped the price of the handset even further. UK consumers can now pick up the device for just £49.95, excluding a required £10 top-up.
This Nokia Lumia 1020 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.
If you live near one of the over 100 Microsoft Store retail locations, you might want to head over there on Monday night as all of them will be holding launch events for the release of Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One exclusive open world action game from developer Insomniac Games.
Alcatel may not have launched a Windows Phone since 2012, but all that may change in the near future. In an interview with The Guardian, vice president of Alcatel Dan Dery mentioned that the brand may launch entry-level devices based on Windows Phone.
Microsoft has bumped its Xbox Video app for Windows Phone to version 2.6.370.0. The app enables Windows Phone owners to enjoy available entertainment, be it films or favorite TV shows. In this latest release, Microsoft has implemented numerous minor improvements, but users have also informed us of new playback controls.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One November update would enable custom backgrounds. For those in the Xbox One preview program that have already received the update, the software maker is offering detailed instructions on how to create a custom background using your own pictures.