Microsoft is getting a ton of support for its stance on not disclosing emails stored on one of its servers in Ireland to the US government. A number of major tech companies, including some of Microsoft's direct rivals such as Apple and Amazon, have submitted "friend of the court" briefs today, in support of the company's decision to keep the content of those emails private.
One year after launch, the Xbox One has a single massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Onigiri. Based on Japanese mythology, Onigiri has a beautiful fantasy world to explore and lots of content for role-players to enjoy. And it's even free! The only downside is it's entirely in Japanese.
We've already published a helpful guide to downloading Onigiri and understanding its menus, making it fairly easy to enjoy for non-Japanese speakers. But nobody can deny that a true English version would still be more convenient and immersive for gamers living outside of Japan. And yet no English Xbox One version had been announced… Until now.
Windows Central is proud to break the news that the Xbox One version of Onigiri is coming to North America and Europe in early 2015, right alongside the Playstation 4 version. Learn about the English release, whether or not characters can be transferred between versions, and more in our exclusive interview with Onigiri developer Cyberstep!
One of the most popular iOS and Android strategy games, Plague Inc, will be infecting Windows Phone devices in the near future. The game's developer Ndemic Creations has announced it will be released on the Windows Phone Store sometime in 2015.
British Telecom has confirmed it has "entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange" which could lead to BT acquiring the wireless carrier EE for about £12.5 billion. This means that the UK's largest land line and broadband company could buy the country's biggest mobile phone carrier.
Evidently, I was not the only one to experience this as a few other reviews – both professional and from consumers – have noted that it can take more than one-tap to register on the Lumia 535. Some have reported that disabling 'Screen Magnifier', found under Settings > Ease of Access, helps improve things, which we can confirm, but others are still having problems. Now, at least according to Microsoft Lumia Malaysia via Facebook, a software update is in the works.
With 12 Days of Hidden Gems beginning today, it's time to let everybody know the details on how they can participate in the event for a chance to win some amazing prizes. The full official sweepstakes rules are available at the link below, or you can keep reading for the general summary of what you need to know.
Facebook-owned Whatsapp appears to be working on a web-based version. A number of strings were found in the Android version of the app that point to a web-based Whatsapp. However, since Whatsapp doesn't use accounts, and is instead tied to a phone number, there is the issue of authentication. It appears that Whatsapp on the web may solve this with QR codes.
The Double Dip Case from HTC is designed for the indecisive and those who love having a little extra variety in their mobile life. It combines quality protection against damage and the ability to swap color combinations on the fly to suit your tastes for any given occasion. Choose from 6 color combinations and get yours for just $14.95 today
Tis the season for a Windows Central giveaway and this time round we've got an Xbox One TV Tuner for one lucky reader to win! Currently available in selected European markets that support DVB-T2, DVB-T and DVB-C free-to-air TV signals, in our recent review we concluded that this is definitely worth picking up if you're not a Cable TV subscriber but want to get in on the TV integration with your console. But one of you won't have to pick one up. Read on to find out how you can win!
Like other Microsoft Mobile apps, Cinemagraph comes in two flavors, including regular and beta. A beta version is the more independent of the two, offering standalone functionality to make it more useful for social sharing.
Today, version 18.104.22.168 is available at the Store and with comes a detailed changelog, including some core changes in sharing.
BlackBerry has updated the non-beta version of its BBM messaging app for Windows Phone to version 22.214.171.124 in the Windows Phone Store, adding in quite a number of features such as sticker support, timed messages and more.
Microsoft has launched the first phase of its Skype Translator preview program for Windows 8.1 users, along with people who have installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Those folks who have signed up for the preview can download an app that is designed to translate both written and spoken languages in real time. Skype Translator was first announced in May.
Today you can get a discount on a Asus Transformer Book 15 latop from a Microsoft Store, but what about tomorrow? The company announced that customers who purchase a new Fitbit Charge fitness band on Tuesday, December 16 will get some free earbuds, plus a $50 gift card if they are one of the first to show up in a Microsoft Store location in the US. Canadian residents will get $150 off a Surface Pro 3 model.
Sure, you can use Glance to view incoming notifications without unlocking your phone, but what about using your device without actually interacting with the touchscreen? That's where Gestures Beta comes in. With the latest utility from Microsoft, you can automatically answer a call by picking up your phone and putting it to you ear, and much more.
T-Mobile is preparing to shake things up again in the US wireless industry, and this time they're doing it by inviting you to watch a stream of… a fireside chat with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech's David Pogue. What exactly they're doing tomorrow, we're not sure, but T-Mobile's teasing that it's "so big [they] had to keep it under wraps."
If you decide to download and install the 9901 preview build of Windows 10 that leaked over the weekend, you won't be able to get any automatic updates to the next official release of the OS preview from Microsoft. That's the word from Windows team member Gabriel Aul in a series of Twitter posts Sunday evening.
Glance Screen just received an update that allows you to set your lockscreen photo as the background. The Lumia-exclusive feature displays time, missed calls, texts and emails, Facebook and Twitter notifications among others when the screen is off, negating the need for you to unlock the device to quickly check an incoming notification.
Microsoft has launched an official storefront on Amazon India that aims to be the central destination for buying all things related to Redmond. The store lists a variety of products across categories including Xbox, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1, Office, laptops, tablets and accessories.
After soft-launching in select regions last week, Zynga Poker is now available to download for Windows Phone. The popular Texas Hold 'Em game features the widest variety of tables and allows you to play with your friends or against fellow players online.
This last week of Windows Central has certainly been an interesting one. If you missed much of the news, or need a solid recap, make sure to catch our ICYMI series that goes up on Saturdays. Those articles tend to highlight all the big stories of the week, letting you catch up on things if you missed a day.
Perhaps two of our biggest stories have been the renewal of our Hidden Gems campaign and Microsoft engineers and developers lending a hand in our forums to talk all things Windows 10. For the first part, I'd like to quickly chat about something that will be controversial: the US/Canada-only nature of the sweepstakes.
Adventure Time is a comedic animated fantasy show that seems perfect for videogame adaptations. Last year, fan-favorite developer WayForward created an Xbox 360 game called Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! Despite the company's track record with quality licensed games, Explore the Dungeon didn't set the world on fire.
This year, WayForward and publisher Little Orbit are back with another entry for Xbox 360, PC, and other platforms that improves on its predecessor in every conceivable way. In fact, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is the closest thing to a Zelda game that you can get on Xbox 360.
Adventure Time and Zelda fans, don't miss our latest Xbox developer interview with the game's producer, Ryan Rucinski of Little Orbit, complete with gameplay video!