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2 years ago

Microsoft holding 'small' Surface event in New York on May 20

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Microsoft has begun to send out invitations to a private press event hinting that a smaller Surface Mini tablet may be the topic of discussion on May 20th. According to the invitation, Microsoft is asking media to join it for "a small gathering."

Though no mention of a Surface Mini was given, the invitation did bear "Microsoft Surface" branding. We can take that as a clue, along with the "small" wording, that a smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet will be joining the most recent Surface refreshes, including the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.

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2 years ago

Weave News Reader returns to the Windows Phone Store after being delisted

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We really like Weave. It’s one of our favorite news readers on Windows Phone and Windows 8. The app has been out forever and we’ve seen it grow and mature over the years. The biggest change was the introduction of the new Weave cloud services that allowed the apps to sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. The apps were recently pulled because of a bogus copyright claim from a French company. Have you been missing Weave since upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1 or getting a new phone? Good news because Weave is back on the Windows Phone Store.

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2 years ago

Create slow motion videos with Slowly for Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

What's on your Windows Phone Start screen?

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What's on your Windows Phone Start screen?

A lot of people have asked us about how the Start screens on our Windows Phone devices look like. Daniel started a Start screen layouts series here, and other Windows Phone Central authors followed him. There’s also this popular thread on the Windows Phone Central forums where everybody is sharing their Windows Phone Start screens, and some of them are also sharing the images they are using so you could replicate their creativity.

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2 years ago

Check out writr, a beautiful journal app for Windows 8.1

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Everyone should keep a journal. It’s a good way to gauge self-growth and keep track of your life. There are many ways to journal of course. You could do it the old-fashioned way with a physical notebook like a Moleskin or you can create a digital version using something like OneNote. Writr is an app in the Windows Store that’s takes the concept of a journal, but gives it a little bit of a twist.

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2 years ago

How to swap your primary account with a new alias on Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

DivvyUp hits version 2.0, brings new features and temporary price reduction

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2 years ago

Backing up on Windows Phone 8.1 and other cool features you may not know about

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One neat and understated feature of Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to backup apps + settings. Previously, Windows Phone could restore apps, but your Start screen was left off of the restore point in addition to passwords, browser favorites and app configurations.

Now, with Windows Phone 8.1 users can finally restore all of that when jumping to a new phone or after hard resetting. Let’s take a quick look at how it works.

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2 years ago

Lumia Icon goes mountain biking in epic video

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So sick! That’s the reaction you’ll have after watching this pretty epic mountain bike video filmed on a Nokia Lumia Icon. Take two skilled mountain bikers, put them on an awesome trail in the Pacific Northwest and film the whole thing with a Lumia Icon. You get a pretty fun video showing off the video recording capabilities of the Icon.

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2 years ago

Darts Match flies into the Windows Phone Store

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Darts Match flies into the Windows Phone Store

Are you ready for another addictive game for Windows Phone? If so, you should check out Darts Match. This sports/recreation game has originally launched for iOS and Android in March, but the Windows Phone version followed soon after. You can play the game of darts against the computer or your Facebook friends. Head past the break to watch our gameplay video.

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2 years ago

Jurassic Arena review: Dinosaurs fight to the death on our Windows Phone

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Long ago, the gods of Olympus gave the world a dinosaur-themed fighting game called Primal Rage. Sadly, we lowly humans were not ready for its awesomeness, and so the creators never bestowed us with a sequel. There may have been a great flood in there somewhere too.

Still, humanity never forgot how cool it was to put two dinosaurs into a ring and make them duke it out. And so an indie developer named Gluten Free Games has taken up the torch to make a new dinosaur fighting game for Windows Phone called Jurassic Arena. It’s nowhere as good as Primal Rage, but it does have 10 dinosaurs, and it’s completely free (for now). Head past the break for our full review with video.

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2 years ago

Box completely rebuilds Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps

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2 years ago

Facebook Beta gains Windows Phone 8.1 integration in latest update

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Ever since the preview for Windows Phone 8.1 went out, the Facebook beta app ironically has lagged behind the official ‘stable’ public version. That means while you could use the Beta app with no issues on 8.1, you were also missing the Social Extensibility framework integration, including access to your Photos Hub, Sharing and more.

Version 8.1.4.25 just went live in the Store, and we can confirm that for 8.1 users, you can now use this instead of the public app and still get those new 8.1 features. 

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2 years ago

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your messages private, lands on Windows Phone before iOS

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John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone 8.1, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the growing concerns of mobile users who worry about government eavesdropping, especially after the Edward Snowden leaks in the news.

Chadder is a simple app, currently described as 'early beta'. That means users shouldn't expect a robust or feature complete experience, but at least the core of the service is supposedly up and running. The app encrypts messages with only odd characters coming through if someone were to intercept the communications.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's 'Best of Build 2014' developer webcast broadcasting in India throughout May

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Microsoft is set to host a "Best of Build" event for those who reside in India who may have missed the massive event, which took place last month. If you're interested in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, the company will have the event running from 7 May 2014 at 3:00pm (GMT+5:30) through 8 May 4:00pm, with a session per week on every Wednesday.

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