Debug is our developer-focused podcast where we talk all about the history of computing and programming languages, and how great apps and games are created. Think of it as director's commentary for technology! On this episode Casey Liss of the Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP) tries to sell Guy English on the advantages of Microsoft's C# programming language and the .NET frameworks.
AdDuplex has kicked off the next month in the Every Phone They Make campaign, which will be rewarding developers with a chance to win a Lumia 625 and Lumia 820 for simply marketing their apps with AdDuplex. It's a great program for those who have apps submitted to the stores to win some awesome prizes. What's more is for the month of May, AdDuplex is also giving away a Lumia 1020 to the general public.
What's made of old Nokia cell phones arranged as dominoes, a water bottle, and a baby blue typewriter? It's the beginnings of a Nokia-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Something "epic" and "#Morecolorful" this way cometh, as Nokia has teased on Vine. What might be at the end of this needlessly complicated contraption? Your guess is as good as ours.
Microsoft has announced today that Bing users in India can now use Venue Maps to easily navigate malls across the country.
Venue maps provide an easy way of seeing the layout of a venue like a mall or an amusement park. Currently, Bing Maps provides maps and level wise layouts of over 5,300 venues across the world.
Wordament Snap Attack has just been released and we’re already addicted. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, this word-building game is available for Windows Phone and Windows tablets or PC’s. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. Don’t have time to play it yet? Head past the break to watch our hands-on video and gameplay.
We're slowly grinding through this week, covering news and looking at what's next for Microsoft and its platforms. Developers have been busy cranking out updates left, right and center to keep consumers happy with new features, bug addressing and more. We'll round up some of the updates that have passed through the store.
Windows Phone 8.1 introduced a handful of new features that we’re using every day. Notification center is probably the most used out of all those features. It’s a great tool to quickly see all the notifications from your apps and to quickly toggle a select settings on and off. Unfortunately, not all settings can be accessed with in the Action center. Thankfully a new app called Quick Launcher might solve a few of your problems. Details below on how you can quickly access your cellular settings in the Notification center.
Microsoft has announced a preview of a new PowerPoint feature called Office Mix. This adds a whole wealth of interactivity to slideshows, including embedded video and audio, live writing on slides, quizzes, and more. Office Mix will be web-enabled, so attendees can catch presentations easily no matter where they are. Office Mix has a particular angle on education and keeping students engaged. As such, educators can check quiz results easily and confidentially.
Ready for another game on Windows Phone with support for Xbox Live? Then you’re going to be so happy to know that Wordament Snap Attack is now available to download. Not only is it on Windows Phone, but the games can be played on your Surface 2 or any other Windows 8.1 tablet or PC. Wordament Snap Attack comes from the team behind Wordament. Like Wordament, it’s a word building game, but with a slight twist. Let’s check it out!
While the current Windows Phone device lineup has plenty of quality choices, if you could design your own Windows Phone, what would it be?
WPCentral reader elliot436 has started a discussion over in the WPCentral Forums asking what your perfect devices would be. So far, the responses range from combining existing devices to more specific requirements.
Remember Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin? Despite being pretty difficult at times, it was by far one of my favorite games back on Windows Phone 7. It was made by game development studio Press Play, a studio based in Copenhagen that was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. Press Play is famous for their other games like Max & The Magic Marker and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Now that Press Play is part of Microsoft Studios you can expect them to keep producing fun games for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox consoles. Which is why we're really excited to learn that Tentacles: Enter the Mind is an upcoming sequel coming to Windows 8. Video after the break.
Microsoft held an event – titled "The Pitch" – at Milbank Tower, London last Wednesday to showcase some of the talent passing through its Ventures program, and to announce a series of collaborations with incubators, accelerators and other companies. If you're not familiar with Microsoft Ventures, it's a pool of funding, accompanied by a variety of services and other helpful assets on offer for technology startups.
It's a special program with Microsoft partnering up with Level39, as well as ASOS to help those who would not otherwise be eligible for support in other accelerators. To aid in learning more about the program and what's on offer, Microsoft also invited media, investors and more to witness a presentation from a handful of startups.
ABI Research has revealed their Q1 2014 mobile phone shipment tally broken up by operating system. Android still leads the way with 44% share and 24% growth since last year, plus another 13% from manufacturers participating in the Android Open Source Project. iOS holds onto 10%, which though Apple saw shipments increase by 17%, their market share has dropped by a baseline percentage point since 2013. Shipments of Windows Phone devices jumped by 119% since the last year, though the platform's market share has ticked up to 3%. Dumbphones take up the last 30%.
Microsoft has sent out media invitations for its Xbox: Game On event, which will take place on June 9th just before E3 2014 kicks off. For those who aren't familiar with E3, it's a electronics entertainment expo dedicated to the industry and we expect to see a lot to come out of this year's bash. The event will begin at 9:30am PDT / 4:30pm UTC / 10pm IST and will cover everything from previously announced titles all the way to trailers for unannounced games coming this year and beyond.
Should you be travelling through the Eurotunnel today, you'll be able to enjoy mobile connectivity depending on which mobile operator you're currently subscribed to. Vodafone and EE have infrastructure in place to take loads from today, while O2 UK will be going live soon. Utilizing a fibre optic retransmission system, operators have made it possible for passengers to enjoy stable connectivity.
Rumors have been floating around for a while now about a smartwatch offering from Microsoft to take on Google's Android Wear, and while we've yet to see anything solid, some new patent applications have turned up that show off what looks to be a new smartwatch. According to the documents, the device itself looks to be sporting an assortment of fitness-tracking features and also a removable body. Much like the long-awaited Kreyos Meteor the watch body seen here could be removed from the band and used in other accessories like a belt clip or lanyard.
It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.
At a press conference in New Delhi today, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 Personal for individual users. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service.
Unveiled back in March, Office 365 Personal is meant for the individual consumer who would like to carry the productivity experience of PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and One Note on a device of his choice. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) as well as your smartphone to be connected to the service. In addition, the subscriber gets an additional 20 GB of cloud storage.
Microsoft has begun to send out invitations to a private press event hinting that a smaller Surface Mini tablet may be the topic of discussion on May 20th. According to the invitation, Microsoft is asking media to join it for "a small gathering."
Though no mention of a Surface Mini was given, the invitation did bear "Microsoft Surface" branding. We can take that as a clue, along with the "small" wording, that a smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet will be joining the most recent Surface refreshes, including the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
We really like Weave. It’s one of our favorite news readers on Windows Phone and Windows 8. The app has been out forever and we’ve seen it grow and mature over the years. The biggest change was the introduction of the new Weave cloud services that allowed the apps to sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. The apps were recently pulled because of a bogus copyright claim from a French company. Have you been missing Weave since upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1 or getting a new phone? Good news because Weave is back on the Windows Phone Store.
We’re happy to see more video editing apps pop up for Windows Phone 8.1. Today, Slowly has been released to help you add slow motion effects to your videos. You can add multiple slow-motion regions and change the speed of every region of the clip. Select from 50%, 40%, and 25%. Want to see it in action? Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.