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2 years ago

Microsoft and Samsung join the board for Qi wireless charging

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Qi wireless charging is heavily supported with Windows Phone, especially since Nokia utilises the technology in most of its premium Lumia smartphones. Today, the Wireless Power Consortium announced that both Microsoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics (a subsidy of Samsung) have joined the board.

This board drives Qi's adoption across mobile hardware and other technologies and the move for Microsoft makes sense as the company prepares to take Nokia's hardware division.

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2 years ago

Quiz Bowl, an online trivia game for Windows Phone 8

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Quiz Bowl is a fairly new Windows Phone 8 game that has you matching wits online against other players in a friendly trivia match. Quiz Bowl four trivia groups that are filled with eleven trivia categories that include tens of thousands of questions.

You can challenge friends to a game or an opponent will be generated at random to compete against. Each game has about seven questions and you will have ten seconds to answer each question. The faster your response, the more points you earn.

Quiz Bowl is a decent Windows Phone 8 game that is an entertaining way to pass the time with.

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2 years ago

Titanfall and Dark Souls 2 have landed on Xbox consoles

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The Xbox One didn’t get any new games last week, but that was just the calm before the storm. This week, the highly anticipated Titanfall has finally landed in North America (the European release will follow on Friday). Possibly the most advanced first-person shooter to date, Titanfall has the potential to move Xbox One consoles like no game before it. Check out our “Everything you need to know for the Titanfall launch” article for more details.

The Xbox 360 still has to wait two weeks for Titanfall, which is exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC. But the 360 gets a heavy hitter of its own this week: Dark Souls II from Namco Bandai. Players who crave a challenge will be busy with Dark Souls II for a very long time. Head past the break for screenshots, trailers, and Store links for both games!

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2 years ago

Exclusive - Surface 2 with LTE for AT&T priced at $679 for 64 GB, new photos show stock

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Earlier this afternoon, we reported that Microsoft Stores were getting stock of the new Surface 2 with LTE, destined for AT&T. At the time, we were unable to post photos due to a confidentiality request. Since that time we have ascertained more information, which we can share with you now.

The 64 GB version of the LTE based Surface 2 will have an in-store price of $679. Compared to $549 for the 64 GB non-LTE Surface 2, consumers are looking at $130 price hike for having permanent internet connectivity. We do not yet know if AT&T will be offering any tie ins or contract deals to lower that amount, though it’s certainly feasible if you toss in a 2-year contract.

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2 years ago

Everything you need to know for the Titanfall launch

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Tonight marks an extremely important night for both the Microsoft gaming community and the Redmond based company itself. The March 11 launch of Titanfall by Respawn Entertainment marks the biggest launch to hit the Xbox One along with other platforms including Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Though the Xbox 360 version isn't due out until March 25. 

Microsoft is ready for the event and is going all out with the launch by throwing midnight parties at their various retail stores, but are you prepared for Titanfall?

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2 years ago

Inbound Weave update brings Pocket support, redesigned Share screen and more. Here’s your first look

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If you’re a fan of Weave, the popular news aggregator app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, get ready to start checking for updates. Version 8.6.5 should be hitting the Store anywhere between the next few hours and tomorrow. That’s the Windows Phone 8 version and it has some swell additions, making it one of the more visually appealing news readers at your disposal.

Version 8.6.5 is not a major overhaul, but it does finally bring Pocket support (www.getpocket.com). With great apps like Poki or Pouch on Windows Phone, we find ourselves using the Pocket service more and more. With this update, when you hit the Share button, you’ll have Pocket and Instapaper as saving options. We’ve also heard there’s room for “one more” service, so look for that in another update.

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2 years ago

Korean electronics companies concerned over Microsoft-Nokia deal, fear patent abuse

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Microsoft has a few hurdles to jump before it can finalize the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division. The biggest hurdle? Regulatory approval in China. As we reported a few days ago, Samsung and Google have expressed concern to the Chinese government over potential higher patent fees from the Microsoft-Nokia deal. Turns out Korea smartphone manufactures and the Korean government aren’t too keen on the idea either.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Refurbished Nokia Lumia 928 for $179.99 without contract on eBay

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Cameraphone enthusiasts love xenon flash because it is much brighter than traditional LED flashes found on most phones and it’s great at freezing motion in low light. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has xenon flash, but if you’re on a budget, take a look at the Nokia Lumia 928 instead. There happens to be a great deal for it on eBay. There are refurbished models for just $179.99 without contract.

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2 years ago

Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 goes free, but for today only (Update: Price change rolling out with slight delay)

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One of our personal favorite applications for both Windows Phone and Windows 8, Nextgen Reader, is being listed free on the latter platform’s store. The Windows Store will have what is quite possibly the best RSS reader for the platform free, and it is only rumored to last for the remainder of today. As the app normally runs for $2.99 USD, it cannot hurt to pick it up now.

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2 years ago

Grab four great Windows Phone games for free this week

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Windows Phones are great for mobile gaming, especially when it comes to Xbox Live integration. There are thousands of titles available spanning a number of categories and myAppFree is partnering with some of the developers to make four popular games free this week – Second Chance Premium, Tim the Fox, Dengen Chronicles, Super Agent. Head past the break for details and store links.

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2 years ago

Surface Power Cover receives ship date and price, boosts your battery by up to 70 percent

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We have been hearing about Microsoft’s Surface Power Cover since back in September of 2013. The new Surface accessory was expected to launch near or alongside the second generation of Surface tablets, but apparent delays kept it from being on schedule. Luckily, and thanks to a collection of patience from Surface users, the Surface Power Cover is now available for sale from the Microsoft store.

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2 years ago

From a Bill Gates memo to an industry practice: The story of Security Development Lifecycle

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Most people would agree that Microsoft has come a long way from the dark days of frequent malware attacks and security flaws making headlines. Microsoft has now shared the untold, and thrilling, story of the Security Development Lifecycle at SDLstory.com with anecdotes of the early days, and never-before-seen video footage and photos of the key players.

While in the earliest days, hacking was just an underground hobby, the media attention that security attacks received made it fascinating for cybercriminals as an opportunity for fame. The romanticism of breaking the web just because you could do it became a high. But as time went on, the attacks became more and more malicious, exploiting software for financial gain.

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2 years ago

How do you connect your Windows tablet to the internet?

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Earlier today we reported that the Surface 2 with LTE has begun to arrive at select Microsoft Stores for an impending launch.  The Surface 2 with LTE shipments are starting to arrive at Stores in order to build up inventory for an imminent launch. Here in the United States the Surface 2 with LTE will work on AT&T’s network, while abroad you’ll be using Vodafone. The option to hop to the internet without Wi-Fi or tethering is definitely appealing. But we’re wondering how the majority of you all connect to the internet on your tablet.

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2 years ago

AMBER Alerts on your Windows Phone: What they are and how to manage them

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If you’re in California today, you may have heard an AMBER alert go off on your phone. If so, it probably really caught your attention. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response Alerts, named after the late Amber Hagerman, and they are part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system on US and other carriers.

With Windows Phone 8 (and iOS and certain Android devices), users can go into their settings to enable or disable such notifications, or select which ones they want to receive. What types are there? What do they mean? We’ll explain.

But first, let’s tell you how to find them, as they’re kind of buried in the Windows Phone menu system.

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2 years ago

Take a lucky St. Paddy's selfie to win $50 Xbox gift card with Sendtiment

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Sendtiment is a popular, easy-to-use greeting card app for Windows Phone 8. The app has over one hundred greeting cards in the free version and an additional four hundred plus cards in a paid variant of the app. The developer behind Sendtiment has just kicked off a 'Lucky Selfie' contest to celebrate Saint Paddy's Day, which will see one lucky winner bagging a $50 Xbox gift card.

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