Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung earlier this year for failure to pay royalty on intellectual property licensed from Microsoft for its Android devices, and now Samsung is claiming that the deal between both companies, which was originally agreed upon in 2011, is void following Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia.
Earlier this week we reviewed the white Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Special Edition bundle, which launched first in North America followed by the UK a few days later. I found the bundle to be a very good value at $400, as it comes with a fresh and exclusive game and a unique looking console and controller. At $350 (the price starting Novermber 2nd), the Sunset OverDrive console will be a steal.
It turns out the white console has even more value than anyone knew. On Halloween, people who purchased the console and went online started receiving a surprise message from Microsoft with a free code for Ryse: Son of Rome! We can't say whether Microsoft will keep sending them to people who buy the Sunset Overdrive console later on. Still, it's a very classy move and a terrific way to welcome new players into the Xbox One fold.
PhotoMath, the app that solves math equations when you point your camera at them, has picked up an update to version 18.104.22.168 that brings improved recognition, ability to use macro mode and clarification regarding handwritten text.
Windows Phone users may be getting another blow to their app selection as third-party Secret client 6cret made by Rudy Huyn may be removed from the Store very soon.
Tonight in a brief Tweet, Huyn said "tonight is the night of #6cret death, you can thank Jared for that (@thedrivein). WP users have no more secrets". Huyn was referring to Jared McGuire who works at Secret and who evidently filed the complaint.
There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
If you need to start over, switch phones, or trying to solve a problem, you'll have to factory reset the Microsoft Band. Don't worry. The process is very simple. You also won't lose the data that you've already synced to the cloud. Follow these steps to bring your Microsoft Band back to how it was out of the box.
Yesterday, Assassin's Creed Unity dropped a bombshell in its newest trailer. Assassin's Creed Unity, a next-gen exclusive, takes place in Paris during the French Revolution. However, something goes wrong, and Arno ends up in 20th century Paris surrounded by the Nazi Blitzkrieg and unfamiliar technology.
Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.
Microsoft has apparently laid off its global advertising sales team. The layoffs come from within the Microsoft Advertising division and impacts staff across in offices in the US, UK and and elsewhere. Earlier this week we learned that Microsoft had initiated their third wave of company wide layoffs, a continuation of job cuts started earlier this year.
Microsoft is expected to expand OneDrive in the near future to include your music collection in the cloud. Such a move should probably not come as a surprise after all Microsoft has been very generous with storage lately, including bumping it to unlimited for Office 365 subscribers.
Now, some new information has come forward to suggest that the transition to enabling this free feature is getting much closer to a release.
Excited for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One? Then you're going to want to watch Remaking the Legend - Halo 2: Anniversary. Remaking the Legend is a new documentary now available for free on Xbox Video. The documentary details how 343 Industries' re-imagined Halo 2 inside The Master Chief Collection. It truly is a must-watch for any Halo fan.
Straw is a new Windows Phone app that aims to help you get instant feedback from your friends and followers on social networks. Recently, we covered the polling app and its public beta on Windows Phone. Since our initial coverage, the app has received numerous updates fixing bugs and addressing feedback from a growing user base. We figured it was as good a time as ever to talk with Straw co-founder Ben Rudolph about the founding of the app and its future.
The Microsoft Band has a built-in sleep tracker. I've never used one before, so I was looking forward to testing it out for the first time. You'll need to activate it before you sleep and then stop the monitoring when you wake up. Here's my experience with it last night.
Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long.
Just in time for Halloween, Gameloft has delivered a major update to Spider-Man Unlimited. The update adds a fourth "issue" to the game's story mode starring the Sandman, a limited time holiday event featuring Jack O'Lantern, and a host of changes and bug fixes. Most importantly for Windows Phone users, it now runs on devices with 512 MB of RAM! Read on for our detailed impressions of the new content and changes!
Last week, we reported how Samsung was slowly trickling out the Windows Phone 8.1 Update (GDR1) for ATIV S users. However, the rollout at the time was limited to just phones with Austrian region branding. Users in our forums detailed how you could do it yourself, however the method was complicated by the sheer amount of ATIV S versions out on the market.
Today, our unbranded UK ATIV S (I8750), without the 8.1 Preview, is finally receiving numerous OS updates and new firmware. Users in our forums are confirming the same for what looks like a wider swath of ATIV S users and more regions.
Windows Central's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Contest!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Windows device (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Windows best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #TrickOrWP. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!
If you're looking for a new Windows tablet, there are numerous options available. To add to the list of affordable Windows 8 tablets, we have the Linx 7 listed on UK retailer website Ebuyer. The price comes in at just £79.98, or £50 after trading an old tablet in.
Game Insight makes some outstanding mobile games including the addictive Cloud Raiders, 2020: My Country and Airport City. Today, their other empire-building game The Tribez is finally available for Windows Phone users.
The Tribez has been on iOS and Android for a few years (since 2012) already garnering some very high reviews. The game weighs in at 153 MB and yes even those with 512 MB devices can get in on the action. So far, the graphics of The Tribez look outstanding and the sheer size of the game's world seems highly impressive.
Microsoft has transformed Bing into a homepage of spooky stories and frightening experiences. The new Bing Halloween 2014 homepage is available and should help everyone get into the searching mood for the nights of terror. Following on from last year, prepare to be greeted by an appropriately themed experience.
Made of highly durable material that feels great when gripped, this sleek looking skin case features anti-slip properties that give your Nokia Lumia 1020 more grip on all types of surfaces. Enjoy casual protection at an incredible price today and save 50% while supplies last!
BlackBerry's instant messaging service BBM will be seeing an update across all OS platforms in the next few days. It has been available through BlackBerry Beta Zone for some users from a few weeks now and it now ready for everyone. The most notable new feature is Timed Messages which allows users to send a 'secret' message to a contact for a pre-set duration of time. You will also be able to retract any accidentally sent messages. We've all been there, so that may be a handy addition.
Following on from the U.S. launch earlier this week, Brits can now grab themselves a copy of Sunset Overdrive and the glorious looking white Xbox One console with it. The bundle will set you back £349 and is available at any number of retailers. So if you've been holding out for it, hold out no longer.