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2 years ago

GPS Voice Navigation updated to improve battery performance

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GPS Voice Navigation is one of the more popular navigation apps available for our Windows Phone. While GPS Voice Navigation has its popularity, as we see with other navigation apps, battery consumption can be an issue. It is easy to see these apps suck the life out of a battery making a car charger a necessity when using Windows Phone navigation apps.

An update was recently pushed out for GPS Voice Navigation that hopes to noticeable improve battery performance. The version 7.0 update adds Eco and Background modes that are designed to save up to fifty-percent of your Windows Phone battery life.

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2 years ago

First look at Cortana in action on Windows Phone 8.1 (Video)

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Microsoft’s is introducing Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Out of all the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 it’s the one we’re most excited about. As you probably know, Cortana is the forthcoming intelligent personal assistant that will debut in Windows Phone 8.1, but probably seep into other Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Xbox One. We’ve seen screenshots of the UI before, but the video below is the first time the public is seeing it for the first time.

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2 years ago

Microsoft could ease the mobile Xbox Live certification process, and why that needs to happen

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A few days ago, we reported that Microsoft is looking to create an open-source framework for bringing Xbox Live features to games for all mobile platforms. An additional report from The Verge has since added additional fuel to the fire, giving us a slightly clearer picture of what that means for Xbox Live on Windows Phone and other mobile devices.

Xbox Windows Phone has long been in dire need of a change. Read on to find out what went wrong, and how likely it is that the upcoming open-source framework will set mobile Xbox Live games back on track.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Nokia Lumia 1020 (AT&T) for $49 at Amazon

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2 years ago

Nokia gets in the sustainability game, talks up dancing to charge your Lumia

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In 2014, there are a lot of cool things. One of those, is not batteries. In fact, they’re downright ancient by comparison to the explosion of mobile tech. To put it another way, there really hasn’t been any new tech in batteries in years, although Qi 1.2 with its resonance charging is a nice step forward.

Nokia has posted a video today, slightly humorous, highlighting the issue. Shot entirely on a Lumia 1020, the video demonstrates how Nokia is working on various technologies to help charge your phone when you’re not near an outlet. The main one featured is a system using kinetic energy that transfers into electricity to charge a battery. It’s a neat idea, but as noted at the end, it still takes some time to charge.

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2 years ago

Skype opens up Outlook.com integration to the world with HD video calls

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The Skype team today announced worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com. Previously, the feature was only available in select regions as the team trialled Outlook.com functionality, but now we're pleased to report that Outlook.com users will now be able to easily connect with Skype contacts while checking through emails. To make the announcement that much sweeter, the Skype team has also included HD video calls.

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2 years ago

Windows 8.1 Update 1 hits RTM ahead of April release

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Microsoft has finalised the development stage of the first major update for Windows 8.1. According to a report over on the The Verge, Redmond has recently completed and signed off on a final version of Update 1, releasing the upgrade to manufacturing partners (RTM - release to manufacturing). What this means is Microsoft has begun sharing Windows 8. Update 8.1 with PC vendors ahead of next month's expected release after the company's Build conference.

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2 years ago

Space Squids, a retro space battle for Windows Phone 8

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If you are a fan of the retro look, you may want to check out the Windows Phone 8 game Space Squids. It is an endless, side scrolling space combat game with minimal controls and equally minimal graphics (which isn’t a bad thing) that is reminiscent of videos games of old.

Space Squids calls upon you to pilot your space craft, battling wave upon wave of enemy ships and bosses. While the game approaches things in a simplistic manner, Space Squids is a fun game to pass the time with and nifty addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.

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2 years ago

Asus Vivo Tab Smart, Microsoft Office 365 and Nokia Lumia 625 in O2 business deal

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The Nokia Lumia 625  is the most affordable Windows Phone with 4G LTE capabilities, although the Lumia 1320 is priced competitively. Here in the UK, should you be a part of a business and be actively seeking a new deal for smartphones, O2 has a sweet deal which includes the Lumia 625 from Nokia and the Asus Vivo Tab Smart Windows 8 tablet.  

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2 years ago

Germany’s SPORT1.fm brings sport radio to Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Hallo Deutschland! Here’s an app you’re probably going to love if you’re a sports fan. Sport1.fm is now officially in the Windows Phone Store and in the Windows Store. That’s right, you can now officially listen to sports radio from Sport1.fm on your Windows-based smartphone, tablet, and PC. The app is a perfect way to stay up current with Premier League, DKB Handball Bundesliga, Beko Basketball Bundeslia and other sports.

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2 years ago

Messaging app Line updated with sticker shop, improved call quality and more

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2 years ago

2Flicka and Simple Calendar pick up new features in latest updates

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2 years ago

Facebook app for Windows Phone picks up minor update to fix date crashing bug

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2 years ago

Let the world know where you are with InstaPlace Pro for Windows Phone

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We like it when popular iOS or Android apps make it to Windows Phone. Today we’re getting InstaPlace Pro joining the Windows Phone Store. It’s a location based photo app that helps you create images that share your location. We’ve seen similar apps on Windows Phone already. Apps like Ciel and InstaWeather do something similar. In fact, InstaPlace comes to us from the same InstaWeather developer. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone hardware buttons, where do you stand?

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Microsoft made it official a few weeks ago during the 2014 Mobile World Congress and relaxed the hardware requirements for future Windows Phones; namely removing the mandate for the three front facing buttons and camera button (the front buttons will be virtual, instead).

This will make some manufacturers happy in that they could use existing designs to run the Windows Phone OS without the need for re-design. Instead of hardware buttons, we could be relegated to on-screen buttons from some Windows Phone makers. While Samsung and HTC may be happy with this announcement, will consumers be happy with on-screen buttons and no camera button?

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