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2 years ago

Xbox Live Marketplace rebranded to the "Xbox Games Store"

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2 years ago

Microsoft aggressively marketing Nokia's Lumia 920 in Brazil

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Microsoft appears to be on an aggressive marketing path in Brazil when it comes to Windows Phone. Reports have come in stating that Redmond is throwing the Lumia 920 Windows Phone everywhere in the media. Taking full advantage of the array of content aired on television, Microsoft has snapped up multiple advertisement spots around football matches, local soap operas and more.

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2 years ago

Report: BlackBerry losing sales to Nokia Lumia devices in Australia, paints a bleak picture for the struggling Canadian manufacturer

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Heading into the last quarter in 2013, it is becoming increasingly clear that Windows Phone is now solidifying itself as the third alternative for smartphones (see the latest IDC report). While sales are still miles behind iOS and Android, Windows Phone as a platform is finally being treated more equally by retailers and consumers.

Part of that apparent victory, in typical Microsoft fashion, is due to missteps by Redmond’s competitors. Years ago, BlackBerry (then called RIM) basically owned the enterprise market. Fast forward to 2013 and with BlackBerry 10 on the market with a handful of new devices, it’s becoming clear that it’s just not enough to regain that momentum.

The site IT Wire has performed some store-checks for the new BlackBerry Q10 and Z10—two devices we actually own and occasionally use ourselves. The site tried to get a statement from Australia’s telco’s Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone but received no comment about those BlackBerry sales. Not hindered, IT Wire then spoke with Harvey Norman, Optus and Telstra franchises for their opinions on BlackBerry’s prospects.

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2 years ago

Blockchain for Windows Phone brings Bitcoin support to the Wallet

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2 years ago

Cat video fans rejoice! myTube returns to the Windows Phone store

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Some of us were stunned when myTube was pulled from the Windows Phone Store, with many wondering if it was a cease and desist request from Google. Luckily, it wasn't and the issue was simply a bad XAP uploaded to the store for consumers to update to. Thus the app was pulled while a patch was implemented. Here we are, the popular YouTube app is now once again available.

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2 years ago

Doodle worthy games for your Windows Phones

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Drawing Games
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Drawing Games

Very few will debate that our Windows Phones can be handy entertainment devices. There are bounty of Windows Phone games available to help us break moments of boredom, pass the time, and test the limits of our batteries.

Drawing games are those where you have to draw or doodle your way through the game in some shape, form or fashion. They test your deductive reasoning as well as your artistic abilities. The games aren't a bad source of entertainment on our Windows Phones and is the focus of this week's Windows Phone Central game roundup.

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2 years ago

Nokia to get involved with car makers and provide HERE Connected Driving

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Nokia has today unveiled (after teasing the announcement yesterday) a new suite of HERE apps for auto manufacturers to take advantage of. Offering a end-to-end driving solution, Nokia will be aiding car makers to bring the driver to the cloud, integrate with other services and provide a rich experience that doesn't get in the way of driving the vehicle. Your next car may just be powering some Nokia HERE services.

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2 years ago

6sec updated for Windows Phone 8, brings NFC sharing, ability to reply to comments and more

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2 years ago

Parallels 9 allows users to add-on a start menu to Windows 8

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2 years ago

Microsoft looking into "a strategic investment" with Foursquare

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Microsoft has never really had a strong hand in the social network cookie jar; Windows Live spaces and Socl can both be regarded as failures in comparison to the big dogs like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. According to Bloomberg New Tech Reporter, Dina Bass, the company may be looking to change that as she reported that "Mcrosoft talks with Foursquare about a strategic investment are said to be at an advanced stage".

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2 years ago

DivvyUp with OCR tech updated for Windows Phone, brings Lens support and more for the end of your meal

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 625 now available in Qatar, soon in Singapore; gets Netflix and free cover deal with Phones4U

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Although Nokia has their Lumia 1020 to start global distribution in the coming weeks, their other new phone, the Lumia 625, is now rolling out worldwide.

The latest country to pick up the 4.7-inch 800x480 Windows Phone 8 device would be Qatar, through Consolidated Gulf Co. (CGC) who distributes for Nokia in the region. The phone is retailing for QR 999 ($275 USD) and is now available “across major electronic retail stores in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black”. The device is expected to help transition the region to 4G and should be a great choice for those looking for a compelling Windows Phone without committing to much money.

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2 years ago

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8 updated, new camera interface and sharing options added to the mix

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Fhotoroom is a constantly evolving photography app for our Windows Phone.  We've seen the app improve over time through the various updates and the latest update, version 9.1.4, hit the airways today.

For those not familiar with Fhotoroom, it is a feature rich photo app that is part photo sharing network, part photo editor, and part camera app. The latest update, which only deals with the Windows Phone 8 version, gives Fhotoroom a new camera interface, a few security updates, an updated splashscreen, updates to the TiltShift Filter, and a few bug fixes.

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2 years ago

HTC 8X, 8S on Bell Mobility and Rogers started receiving GDR2 too; get Data Sense

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Yesterday was a whirlwind day of news for Windows Phone and as such, a few items fell between the cracks. Sorry! But that’s what Thursday’s are for, evidently. So today we want to remind our friends up north in Canada who have an HTC 8X or HTC 8S that you should check for an OS and firmware update on your phone.

We received numerous tips from users noting that Bell Mobility and Rogers have both begun pushing out Windows Phone 8 1327 aka GDR2 OS updates along with the corresponding firmware to their 8X and 8S devices.

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2 years ago

Hear how much better chat will be on the Xbox One over the Xbox 360

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The Xbox 360 came out in November 2005, yes that 2005 from nearly 8 years ago. Over time, the Xbox 360 continued to improve with software updates and hardware refreshes that only changed the external look of the device. The Xbox One is coming sometime this November and with it the next generation. Microsoft has a cool sample showing the difference in voice quality between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Let’s check it out.

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