Microsoft has been working hard to show that their lineup of Surface devices are more than just tablets for media consumption. And on that note, what would be a better place to start proving its productivity value than on a commercial airline? Delta is one of the first airlines to truly get comfortable with the tablet and test it with their commercial pilots (on the ground that is). This week, Microsoft has a collection of news updates that show the true progress happening with their Surface devices and their effort to advance the future of flight.
For the past few years, Microsoft’s Bing search engine has offered up the ability to convert multiple currencies. For example, simply head over to the site and enter “1 USD to Rupees” to learn that 1 US Dollar is equal to 62.03 Indian Rupees.
Now, the Redmond based company has added the digital currency, Bitcoin, to its arsenal of knowledge. Moreover, for all of you who are wondering, No – Google does not offer Bitcoin conversion at this time.
This past Friday you all came together to help Weather+ pick a new name. Over 1000 names were suggested, but we had to pick our top five so there’d be a vote. And vote we did. OneWeather came out the winner. Not only that but Bailey Stein, the developer, shared some information about an upcoming update for OneWeather. Details below.
When hoards of Xbox 360 fans rushed over to the Xbox One on November 22, they noticed that much had changed – including the controller’s standard headset port. The changeover to Microsoft’s new Xbox One headset had created trouble with brand loyalists who had already spent their hard-earned money on expensive Turtle Beach or other gaming brand headphones for the console. Luckily, Microsoft has officially announced their upcoming Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset adapter, which are scheduled to touch down sometime in early March.
Microsoft is here to get you started with the upcoming Valentine's Day. The company has launched a sweepstake with multiple Dell prizes available. Three lucky winners will be gifted with either a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, Dell XPS 18 Touchscreen All-in-One or the Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2-in-1. Head past the break for more details and links.
Faaso's is a popular fast food chain in India that primarily sells wraps. An acronym for Fanatic Activism Against Substandard Occidental Shit, Faaso’s operates over 50 outlets in Pune, Mumbai, and Bangalore and their chic branding and youthful identity has got them countless loyal customers.
Faaso’s has introduced their official mobile ordering app for Windows Phone. The app allows you to order fresh, hot, desi wraps, biryani, and more with few taps on your phone. The app arrived along with the Android version, with the iOS one coming up.
Flappy Bird. The game that won’t die. That actually did die. This morning, a new update came out for the ad-based clone for Windows Phone. Many of you are reporting that the game crashes. Indeed, we’ve noticed on our after a few game plays that it is now crashing too on our Lumia 1520. What to do?
Luckily, there’s a new clone on the Store and it’s actually much, much better. Read on to find out why you want to uninstall the old version and grab this one instead.
Today has been rather interesting with all the reporting on new features in Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft's next major update for its mobile platform. While the release itself is not expected to be announced until the company's Build 2014 conference in April, we've already seen some of the features likely to be included.
Since this update includes many features and changes requested by consumers, we're interested in hearing your thoughts on what has been covered thus far.
We're all excited and buzzing to see exactly what will be included in the Windows Phone 8.1 update. If anything from today's reporting is to go by, we're in for a major update, which should address the complaints from both Windows Phone owners and the general public who have steered clear of the mobile platform.
Since the update isn't far off, we've set up a new forum for discussion to take place covering the Windows Phone 8.1 update.
We're sure you are all sick and tired of reading about Flappy Bird and how the game has been pulled from both iOS and Android, never to officially arrive on the Windows Phone Store. We even provided a collection of similar games for Windows Phone that are available for download, including a Flappy Bird clone. But today this clever rip has been updated to version 184.108.40.206. Head pass the break to learn more.
Major Nelson (Microsoft's Larry Hryb) took to Twitter today to announce that today's Xbox One update, which is set to introduce numerous new features, will be rolling out later this week. The reason for this delay is "the team is working on finalizing" said release, making sure everything is ready before the update is pushed out to Xbox One units.
For our full coverage, head to Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak - All you need to know!
Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed 'Blue', is a forthcoming major update for Microsoft's mobile platform. While we're anticipating an announcement at the company’s Build 2014 conference in April, with new hardware arriving in June, already Microsoft has released the SDK to developers and we're seeing some leaks appear on Reddit, pointing at a handful of new features in the 8.1 update.
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Valentine's Day Apps
For those who have been out of town or simply hiding under a rock, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. If you have a significant other and have completely forgotten about this “special” day, we have a few Windows Phone apps that may keep you out of the doghouse.
This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup falls a few days early, to help those who suffer from losing track of time and possibly saving countless relationships globally. Quick disclaimer though, we don’t guarantee any of these Windows Phone apps will save you from sleeping on the couch, save you from the silent treatment or successfully wooing your partner if you have completely forgotten about Valentine's Day.
We’ll touch on a few greeting card apps that may give you a little more time to run down to the local gift store, an app that will let you order flowers from your Windows Phone, a shopping app from a merchant that offers overnight delivery and a dining app just in case you forgot to make reservations.
We really like apps that aggregate the feeds for the various websites we read on a daily basis. Apps like Phonly, Weave, and Nextgen Reader are awesome, but there’s definitely a place for curated content. MyEdit is a service that serves up local curate content for South Africans. They already have an app out for Windows 8, but there’s now one for Windows Phone. Let’s check it out.
PC remotes are pretty useful apps for smartphones. Especially if you’re rocking a PC in the living that’s dedicated to serving up media. PC Remotes are apps that allow you to use your smartphone to control your PC. Unified Remote is a popular one on Windows Phone for doing just that. Let’s check it out.
Windows Phone 8.1, the next milestone for Microsoft’s mobile OS, is rumored to be announced April 2 in San Francisco, California. That’s only 7 weeks away, putting Microsoft on a tight schedule to line up all of their eggs for the big reveal.
One of those milestones is to open up the Software Development Kit (SDK) to developers for some initial feedback. Windows Phone Central has learned that Microsoft is now inviting a limited number of developers, under NDA, to begin early testing of the new 8.1 operating system and its SDK.
If you've been a fan of Nokia smartphones and other products in previous years, you would have experienced the wide variety of loaded ringtones. To relive those special moments, Aleksi Eeben from Nokia has compiled thousands of ringtones into a single Windows Phone app. What's more is you can even save these classic tunes as ringtones for your own Windows Phones.
We’ve seen gamers ‘ragequit’ games before, but this weekend we were treated to a developer doing it instead. Yup, on Saturday Dong Nguyen, the mastermind behind Flappy Bird, announced that not only was he quitting the Flappy Bird biz, but he was removing the apps from the iOS and Android Stores...forevevah. Indeed, by Sunday afternoon the games had vanished.
That presumably put the kibosh on the Windows Phone port that he was working on. But fear not, we have some alternatives to keep you busy, and some would argue that these are even better.
If you’ve got the need for speed, you’re going to like Traffic Racer. The endless racing game has been available for iOS and Android, but it’s now on Windows Phone 8 as well. Drive your car through highway traffic, earn cash, upgrade your car and buy new ones. It has great 3D graphics with smooth and realistic car handling.
Head past the break for our hands on video and walkthrough.
So you are new to Windows Phone, loaded a ton of apps and games on to your phone and now face a hard reset that will wipe out everything. Or even better, you bought a new Windows Phone. The good news is that all the apps and games you’ve purchased won’t have to be re-purchased, as those licenses are linked to your Microsoft Account. The better news is that you can backup your app listings to make re-installing things a lot easier.
While many of the seasoned Windows Phone users already know this, we have a few discussions going on in the Windows Phone Central Forums asking about re-installing apps and games after a hard reset. WPCentral reader WaseemAkram poses that very question in this forums discussion and several readers quickly stepped up to offer reassurances that he would not have to re-purchase all his apps and games.
Last Thursday, we asked for your help rename Weather+ for Windows Phone. The app, developed by Bailey Stein, had received a ‘Content infringement claim’ from an iOS developer who had an app of the same name. So what to do? Why not ask you folks, since you use it!
The rules were simple: suggest a new name in comments. We would then pick five from the more than 1000 entries, and hold a poll where you can vote for your favorite. Well, that time is upon us, so head past the break for the five winners or round one, and vote for your favorite!
Nokia Storyteller was removed from the Windows Phone Store after the most recent update caused issues for consumers. The Nokia app allows consumers to sort through their galleries and categorise photos into easy-to-navigate albums. An interesting twist to the story was only low-end hardware were unaffected by the issues, leaving those with more powerful smartphones in the dark with no working app.
The manufacturer has since published the app on the Nokia Collection with a new release, not only that but we have a minor update for Nokia Camera too.
The popular telnet/SSH client for Windows, PuTTY has finally gone into closed beta for Windows Phone. Should you be on the beta list from when we last covered the app being in development, you'll be able to get a first look at what's coming to the mobile platform. For those who aren't sure what PuTTY does, the app essentially enables you to connect to remote machines through a terminal.
With PuTTY being in beta as we speak, we can't see it being long for the testing phase to complete and the app be published for everyone to download. Pass the break for some details and screenshots.
From today, EE Windows Phone users in the UK can now take advantage of a new service launched by the network called EE Tickets. For those of you that like to go to music concerts, theatre shows etc., you can sign up with the new service and receive notifications when new deals are available. With many tickets being offered at a discounted rate what's not to like?