There's a new Surface Pro 3 in town, and it's powered by the Intel Core i7. What sets this new model aside, apart from the internal storage being halved to 128GB, is how it's now the more affordable option for the i7 line-up, now setting purchasers back $1299. Previously, the cheapest i7 Surface Pro 3 was $1549.
Microsoft has launched a new app called Calls+ that allows you to configure call forwarding and call waiting on your Windows Phone. You have the option of enabling call forwarding when you're unreachable, don't answer or when you're busy. Also included is functionality to configure settings for two cellular networks should you be using a dual-SIM handset.
Microsoft used smoke mirrors, colored filters and falling crystal dust to create the Windows 10 hero image for the desktop, but a YouTuber turned to his prowess with Adobe After Effects to recreate the magic.
While not identical, the background created by Khaos VFX is pretty similar to the one rolled out by Microsoft. If you're interested in downloading the image to use as the background on your Windows machine, head here. If you'd like to compare, here's the original version by Microsoft.
Although there were numerous changes in build 10147 from the official preview build — 10130 — there weren't any major feature additions. With the official launch just a month away, it is likely that most of the builds from this stage will focus on polishing the user experience.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
This week, we're looking at some Destiny DLC drama, Satya Nadella's Xbox comments, Xbox One's E3 mindshare, and more!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!
So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Microsoft seems to be ready to say "download limits be gone" for its Windows 10 Mobile store allowing us to download whatever we like with a cellular connection.
First reported by the guys at WindowsCenter.ir, the latest build, 10149, removed the cellular data cap for downloads from the Store (Beta).
The latest incarnation of Windows Camera on the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview has with it a nifty addition for the selfie aficionado. It will now recognize your face when using the front facing camera.
The stock Lumia Camera app in Windows Phone 8.1 doesn't do this but when you fire it up in Windows Camera you'll see a big yellow box outlining your mug.
A news story came out recently starring Robbie Bach, a former member of Microsoft's Xbox team of 22 years. Microsoft hasn't exactly done badly with the three Xbox consoles released to this date, but with hindsight the talk became that maybe Microsoft should have been looking towards phones. Not thinking about a handheld console, but a gaming phone.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.
Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
Crime Coast is a recently released Windows Phone game that joins the ranks of a crowded gaming genre. It is a city builder that challenges you to build up a criminal empire, raid neighboring towns and become a mafia king.
The game taps into all of the familiar elements of a city builder with plenty of buildings to construct, defenses to keep the cops out and thugs to recruit. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Crime Coast's approach to city building is unique enough to make the game stand out from similar games. Graphics is nice, game play challenging and overall Crime Coast isn't a bad Windows Phone game to invest a little time with.
Microsoft HoloLens won't be used in space after all, at least not immediately. Two of the company's augmented reality headsets were on board the SpaceX CRS-7 unmanned rocket that exploded earlier today, two minutes and 14 seconds after takeoff from NASA's Cape Canaveral base in Florida.
Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we played Magic 2015–Duels of the Planeswalkers from Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games. Magic 2015 is the best (and only) collectible card game for Xbox One. We even gave out tons of Xbox One and Steam codes for the game and its 'Garruk's Revenge' expansion!
The stream has ended, but the fun lives on. Continue reading for quick magic 2015 impressions, the contest winners, and a full replay of the stream in YouTube format!
The beta version of Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone has been updated with enhancements to stickers, privacy and more. Version 1.12 of the beta adds a tabs for your custom stickers, as well as a free bot API, which lets anyone build bots for different games, services, and more.
Late on Thursday, Microsoft surprised Insiders with another release of Windows 10 Mobile, build 10149. This update comes after just one week from the last one, demonstrating their rapid ability to iterate on builds.
The bigger story here though is the quality of this build. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed me singing the praises of this release. For the first time, Windows 10 Mobile feels like it has left that 'alpha' stage and is now a true beta. Sure there are quirks here and there but many of the core features are working and working well. Even better is the speed and responsiveness of the OS, which at times now feels faster than Windows Phone 8.1.
Another highly requested feature looks like it could be coming to Windows 10 Mobile: Call Recording. For a long time, users have wanted the ability to record both conversations of a call but due to some hardware and software constraints it was not possible on Windows Phone 8.1.
In the last build of Windows 10 Mobile 10149, it was noticed that in the File Explorer app there is a new, default folder called Recorded Calls. The folder is found on the main device and listed along with Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Ringtones, and Videos.
In Windows 10 Mobile, one change irked me a bit: tapping the Wi-Fi Quick Action toggled it on or off. Although I understood the rationale, the old way jumped you into Settings > Wi-Fi where you could see the list of networks. If you jump around a lot, this is a very quick tool.
Last week, the Music app for Windows 10 desktop picked up an update. With it came the 'artists in circles' feature where images of bands shifted from the square design to a circle-based one. The change was first spotted back in May and it is now becoming a reality.For some, the move is unwelcome, but Microsoft has taken a strong line on this consistent approach in Windows 10: people will have circular images, 'things' get squares.
Popular Russian social network VK will soon launch their gaming platform for Windows Phone devices. The platform is currently in a closed beta, on Android and iOS, but will reportedly make its way to Windows Phone when it has its full launch later this summer.
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
The Windows Phone Store is filled will fantastic games to pass the time with and even lose track of time with. Over the years, Disney has built up an entertaining collection of Windows Phone games, many of which are also available for Windows 8 devices.
These games include match-three styled games, endless runner games and hidden picture games that will appeal to gamers of all ages. For this week's Windows Central roundup, we have pluck four of the top rated offerings from Disney to shine the spotlight on.
If we have overlooked your favorite Disney title, as with all of our roundups, feel free to offer your recommendation in the comments below. There is nothing sinister afoot by not spotlighting Where's My Water?, Temple Run: Brave or any of the other excellent offerings from Disney. It is just that we would be still writing in order to cover them all.
Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics came out in early 2013 and was a reboot of the critically acclaimed franchise. The game received high praise from almost every gaming outlet due to the game shining a new light onto who Lara Croft is and how her tomb raiding days came about. Most expected the game to feature a Lara Croft the badass, but it was more about woman vs. wild. Well, Lara is back in a new adventure, and she's learned a lot from her last.
Samsung is now promising to reverse its previous stance and will soon allow its Windows-based laptops to received direct updates to the operating system via Microsoft's Windows Update. This news comes a few days after a security researcher found that Samsung's SW Updater, installed in its laptops, had disabled Windows Update by default.