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2 years ago

Samsung and Google fear higher patent fees; raise concerns with Chinese courts about Microsoft's Nokia purchase

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Google and Samsung have joined Chinese mobile phone manufacturers in expressing concerns to Chinese courts about Microsoft's purchase of Nokia. Redmond is set to absorb Nokia's phone business for 7.2 billion dollars, integrating the division responsible for Lumia, Asha and X device families. The reasons behind this move are fears that the deal will result in higher patent licensing costs.

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2 years ago

Run the Shadow: Alcatraz Escape, a stealthy Windows Phone puzzle game

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Run the Shadow: Alcatraz Escape is a relatively new Windows Phone puzzle game that has you escaping various puzzle levels and staying one step ahead of watch guards. You stick to the shadows to remain unseen and elude the spotlights that scan the puzzle.

You will also need to avoid a handful of traps and collect stars along the way that will boost your score and earn you bonuses. Run the Shadow: Alcatraz Escape makes a nice first impression and comes across as an entertaining action/puzzle game for our Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Watch out for Nokia's Martini, another Windows Phone 8.1 device

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2 years ago

Karbonn plans to launch devices that support both Android and Windows Phone by June

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Can’t make up your mind whether you want an Android or Windows Phone device? According to The Times of India, Karbonn Mobiles, a handset maker based in India, is set to launch dual-OS smartphones which will support both Android and Windows Phone by June. Karbonn targets mainly the Indian market, but they also have presence in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East.

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2 years ago

Stack, Poki, ROCKRADIO and more are your Windows Phone app highlights for the week!

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2 years ago

Nokia's App Social now available for all Windows 8 devices

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App Social by Nokia is a great app for making app discovery a bit more social rather than diving deep and across the breadth in the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store.

App Social first arrived as part of Nokia Collection on Lumia devices evolving from an erstwhile app called App Highlights. A while back the app made way to the Windows Store exclusively for Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets. The app is now available broadly for all Windows 8 devices.

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2 years ago

Delhi Police launches useful Windows Phone app to file lost property reports

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Delhi Police is the main law and order agency for the National Capital Territory of Delhi, and with over 80,000 personnel and 149 police stations, it is one of the largest metropolitan police in the world.

The organization has launched an app for Windows Phone that allows people in Delhi to register cases of lost documents, mobile phones, and other items.

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2 years ago

Never lose Windows tech again with Phablocate from Liquid Daffodil

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2 years ago

Do you use screen protectors on your devices?

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Do you use a screen protector for your device? WPCentral forum member, Prashp1, is asking for recommendations on what to use with the Nokia Lumia Icon. Like many other high-end smartphones, the display on the Icon features Gorilla Glass 3. The material has improved damage resistance and toughness compared to former glass compositions. But some people might feel more comfortable with extra protection.

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2 years ago

OneShot, Hello Friends and Lock Buster are now all free in the Windows Phone Store

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Looking for some new apps in the Windows Phone Store? Then you’ll want to check out OneShot, Hello Friends and Lock Buster from developer Andy Stumpp (@brilliantvision). These are all apps we’ve covered before and were well received by the community. We’re happy to see then available for free. Don’t have them yet? No excuse not to try them out now.

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2 years ago

Check out the massive lines for the Microsoft Store grand opening in Connecticut

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Microsoft Stores are awesome. They’re the only place people like Daniel buy electronics these days. At least when it comes to laptops, tablets and desktops. Customer service is great and they’re just a fun place to hang with the latest tech running Microsoft’s software. Unfortunately there aren’t as many Microsoft Stores out in the wild just yet.  You’ll find nearly 60 of them in the United States, a few in Canada and one in Puerto Rico.

Today you can add one more to the tally for the US. Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Connecticut just opened to the public today. There we’re probably a few of you there today and for that we’re mad jealous. Windows Phone Central reader Atif A. went to the opening and shared some videos and photos of the event. Feel free to live vicariously through them.

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2 years ago

Join the beta for Toib, an upcoming YouTube client from the developer behind Phonly

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The day we get a good official YouTube app for Windows Phone is the day pigs fly. In the meantime we rely on solid third-party apps like myTube and Metrotube. You’ll be able to add another app to that list very soon. Toib is an upcoming application for YouTube that’s currently in beta. You can join that beta and you really should. It’s a great app with a lot of potential. Variety is the spice of life after all.

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2 years ago

Microsoft creating ‘open source’ framework for gaming, formed a new team for iOS, Windows Phone and Android

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Microsoft may finally be hearing your complaints about the lack of Xbox Live support, though it may not be what you envisioned. While many have been calling for Microsoft to differentiate themselves by doubling down on Xbox Live exclusive games, their recent strategy of openness and cross-platform support suggests otherwise.

Now, a new job posting for a newly formed team at Microsoft, dubbed initially as "New Devices and Gaming", gives some clues as to where Redmond is looking next for dominance. While Xbox 360, Xbox One and Live games are exclusive to Microsoft products, there appears to be a new strategy materializing.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 custom images for Live Tiles on the Start screen revealed

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Windows Phone 8.1 is only a few weeks away. So with that, let’s jump onto the latest rumor floating around today, namely the one dealing with background images on the Start screen.

There was some confusion about this feature – codenamed ‘shadowbox’ by Microsoft –with people believing that it was the background of the Start screen that would be skinned. As we cautioned in original report, that was close but not exactly how it will be (our lede image was the clue).

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2 years ago

Xbox One SmartGlass for Windows Phone gets ‘Game Clip’ streaming refresh

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If you have an Xbox One and a Windows Phone, your experience just improved a bit today with version 1.0.3.0 of SmartGlass landing in the Store.

On a cursory glance, SmartGlass looks the same as December’s update, but heading under Settings will reveal a new menu item: Game Clips. Using the SmartGlass app, users can now browse through their collection of recorded hits and even play them directly on the phone.

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