Remember Microsoft’s Zune line of multimedia players? I haven’t forgotten, and to this day, the Zune 120 GB Black "Brick" remains as one of my favorite pieces of hardware from the past. To help everyone relax, while bringing back some Microsoft nostalgia, below is a short video list of some of the rocking (and mellow) tunes used in the original commercials.
Another week has gone by and we’ve got a handful of great new apps in the Windows Phone Store. A lot can happen in the span of one week, so we’re here to roundup and highlight any new apps in the Store. We’ll also look at popular apps that were updated and any betas you should be aware of. That’s right, it’s time for another weekly app highlight from your friends at Windows Phone Central. We never want you to fall behind on what’s happening, so let’s get started.
The official Facebook app for Windows 8 has been updated with some exciting new features. If you're an avid Facebook fan, you'll be pleased to learn that you are now able to download photos, as well as send them in messages. Another major improvement is the share charm support, enabling other Windows apps to share content with the social network.
If you're wanting something more than what the official Flickr app offers on Windows Phone, you should look no further than 2flicka. The app has been updated to version 1.1 in just over a week since we covered the lunch - that's not bad going. Some of the new features in this release include galleries and support for groups. There are a bunch of miscellaneous improvements to boot that will improve the overall experience.
The Chase Mobile app was updated today with system enhancements to improve app performance. No new features are added, but we can confirm that the app feels snappier. Chase customers can use the app to view balances, transactions, pay bills, transfer money, find branches and ATMs nearby, and deposit checks right from your phone.
Waiting for the Xbox One to launch? Unfortunately for those who are patient enough, it turns out that some fans have already received their deliveries. One lucky soul, who goes by the Twitter handle @moonlightswami, has published some media to the social network showing off the new console and revealing details about the launch titles.
Polls are fun. They’re a good way to quickly get a feel for how the Windows Phone community feels on a particular topic. We just learned that the Nokia Lumia 1520 becomes available on November 22nd here in the United States. We also just learned from a close source that the yellow Lumia 1520 might be scarce. So we’re curious, what color are you getting?
The good news is if you pre-order through AT&T, you can nab yourself a yellow one. But if you want to get it through Microsoft via their Store, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Indeed, we’re hearing from a close source that yellow will be “scarce”, hinting at a possible shortage of the color.
Xbox Windows Phone gamers might have noticed that a Store link for Gameloft’s Kingdoms & Lords has been making the rounds today. Unfortunately, most users are finding they can’t actually download or play the game on their phones. Is it a case of the dreaded 1 GB RAM requirement? Nope, even folks with 1 or 2 GB of RAM can’t get their Kingdoms on.
Windows Phone Central checked in with our friends at Gameloft and discovered just what is happening with Kingdoms & Lords. It turns out the game has soft launched in a few territories but remains mostly inaccessible to users in other regions like the United States. Luckily it will be releasing worldwide next week, so the wait shouldn’t be too hard.
Head past the break for our hands on video, Achievement details, and more!
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The desktop Zune client could easily go down as one of the greatest desktop applications of all time. It was loved by many for its modern interface, features, and operability with Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to unify its entertainment offerings under the Xbox branding, which is why we now have Xbox Music and Xbox Video. Zune still lives though, it’s essential to users who are still on Windows Phone 7.x or those hanging onto their legacy Zune devices. Sadly, video won’t work after February of 2014.
Since Steve Ballmer declared his retirement from Microsoft as CEO, speculations on who will be the next big boss have been tossed around. One of the top candidates who appears on every list is the former CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop; he supposedly had the heart to run Microsoft, but recent information that we reported on this morning has shown that he may do more damage than good.
Xbox One France has posted some amazing shots on their Twitter page of what they are calling the “Xbox One Hotel”. As you might guess, the building and its interior follows Xbox inspired décor. The trendy spot will remain open until the end of November. Until then, visitors can enjoy playing Xbox One consoles and kicking back in the “Xbox One-themed restaurant”.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is coming. It’s the next flagship Windows Phone device that you’ll be able to use. Like the Lumia 1020 before, it has an incredible camera that you’ll soon be using. How incredible? Watch this music video filmed on the Lumia 1520 and you’ll not only see how incredible the image quality is, but you’ll also be pretty impressed with the audio recording capabilities.
Late last night, the pre-order page went live for the Nokia Lumia 1520 on both AT&T and the Microsoft Store. Where should you order your phone? Depends on which perks you want to pick up. Either way, AT&T is already in full preparation to be the sole carrier here in the United States where you can pick up the Lumia 1520. How are they getting ready? By dropping another “Mobile Minute” video and placing demo units in stores.
Just this morning we told you that the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet was shipping from Amazon. The very similar and highly rated Dell Venue 8 Pro came out last week, but this week there’s a special deal going on.
For a limited time, you can order the 64 GB version for the price of the 32 GB one. That’s $299 for their top of the line 8-inch tablet, a savings of $50. Not too shabby. Plus you can toss in a 64 GB microSD card to maximize your storage—don’t forget, this runs full Windows 8.1, not RT.
Want to earn achievements for Xbox One without touching your controller? Now you can, as Microsoft is allowing media applications to include their own achievements. In a blog post this morning, the company has given away the fact that app makers would be allowed to include this latest ability to accompany achievements from gaming.
Do you sleep, breathe, and dream about Microsoft? If so, you are probably one of the few people yet to switch over from Internet Explorer (seriously, IE use has declined heavily over the past few years). Don’t worry though, Microsoft still loves you and has released IE11 for users running Windows 7. Not only has the software launched, but the team in Redmond has had quite a bit to say about it.
Tagram is an app that helps you with hashtag ideas for your photos or videos on Instagram. Today, it received a 2.0 update. We recently mentioned this app in our 5 tips to use Instagram like a pro and we highly recommend it if you want you to get more views and likes for your content.
Head past the break to see what’s new in version 2.0 and watch our walkthrough video.
While Windows Phone is still growing each day, gaining new apps and services, Fitbit is still a holdout. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Fitbit (fitbit.com) is popular exercise tracking device that you wear to keep abreast of your activities. They have different versions, including the One, Flex and the most recent Force wristband (which we just picked up ourselves—it’s awesome).
What’s missing on Windows Phone is widespread Bluetooth 4.0 LE support. That means that Fitbit devices can’t sync directly with our phones, and instead we have to use the wireless Bluetooth sync of a PC. Truth be told, even Android devices are lagging behind on Low-Energy (LE) support, making only handful of devices eligible. Of course, the iPhone is supported.
Love ABC programming and wish you could take it on the go?
Luckily, ABC networks has just released their latest app for Windows 8, WATCH ABC. The app can be download to your favorite Windows 8 device and gives you the ability to watch ABC shows on demand or live stream the network broadcast for your area.
The ATIV S Neo sports a 4.77" HD display, 16GB of internal storage, expandable memory (microSD card), 1.4Ghz dual core processor with Adreno 305 GPU and a 8MP rear camera.
The ATIV S Neo will cost you $99.99 after contractual discounts or $419.99 off contract. The Neo is also available on the AT&T Next program for $21.00 per month for twenty months.
Are you expecting to be able to play the latest tiles on your new Xbox One as soon as you set up the new console? You'll be disappointed by a mandatory update that will be rolled out on day one. Unfortunately, the Xbox One is technically useless until the update is downloaded and installed (sucks if you won't have an Internet connection at the time), meaning there'll be no immediate gaming or app action.
With the launch of Xbox One on the horizon and approaching quickly (November 22nd, should you require the quick recall), the Skype team has published a new blog entry to detail some improvements and new features incoming with Skype for Xbox One. If you've been crying out for notifications and multitasking you're in luck with the next version of the popular communications client.
Not only is the team working hard to implement new features, we're also looking at free calls. Read on for all the details.