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2 years ago

Real-time speech translation coming to Skype later this year, shown in video

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2 years ago

Google blocks sideloading of Chrome extensions

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To protect users from malicious attacks, Google has implemented a change to the Chrome browser so that extensions can now only be installed if they are downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. For end users, this means that you cannot download an extension from another source and try to install or force the browser to run it. By going through the Chrome Web Store, Google is hopping that this will prevent malicious developers from releasing extensions that are harmful to unsuspecting Chrome users.

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2 years ago

Astonishing video of a tornado formation recorded with a Nokia Lumia 925

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Tornados are no joke, especially for a lot of people in the US this time of year. This video, posted yesterday to YouTube, already has 40K views, and it’s easy to see why. The footage shows the formation of a tornado at very close range. While the video quality is outstanding, it’s the filename that caught the attention of our tipster: WP 20140526 001.

Anyone with a Windows Phone knows that’s how videos are labeled. Combined with the high quality of the video (including superb audio and video stabilization) and it doesn’t take a prodigy to figure out this is probably a high-end Lumia of some sort.

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2 years ago

Grab a Nokia DT-900 Qi charging plate from an AT&T store for just 5 bucks

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2 years ago

Post to all your social networks with MultiShare and UniShare, both with recent updates

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Windows Phone 8.1 removed the ability to post status updates to multiple networks through the Me hub. Two apps have emerged, Multishare and UniShare, to address the missing functionality. Today we’re checking out the two recent updates to these Windows Phone 8.1 apps who are duking it in the social sharing war. Do let us know which of the two you’re using to post updates with.

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2 years ago

CloudMesh for Windows Phone 8.1 consolidates all your cloud storage in one app

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2 years ago

Read this: Surface team gives awesome (but loquacious) answer about N-trig pen vs. Wacom

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N-trig versus Wacom technology. For those who don’t follow the ins and outs of modern smart pens for tablets, Wacom is considered to be the industry standard. N-trig, meanwhile, is the new kid on the block and many professionals are skeptical that it can be as good (or even better) than Wacom. Since the Surface Pro 3 switched from Wacom to N-trig, quite a few artists have already dismissed the device without even trying it.

Over the weekend, Gabe from the web comic Penny Arcade gave his thoughts on the Surface Pro 3 and pen, and comes away impressed (he did have some other non-pen issues though). Now, the Surface team has taken to Reddit to answer some questions about development and choices they made for the new Pro 3, including one from a professional artist asking about N-trig.

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2 years ago

Panos Panay and the Surface team just finished their Reddit AMA, here are the highlights

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Panos Panay and the Surface have just wrapped up their AMA on Reddit. That’s the informal Q&A session with the community at Reddit. The focus was of course the newly announced Surface Pro 3, but the team also fielded questions about Surface in general.

Below we’ve pulled out all the info that Panos and team shared from the AMA. Just sit back and read all his answers right here.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 Core i3, i5, and i7 will all have equivalent battery life

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If you’re still considering picking up a Surface Pro 3, but the processor choice has you confused, you can cross one concern off of your list: battery life. It was only a few days ago that we learned exactly which Intel Core i3 and i7 processors would come with the device, greatly impacting everything from clock speed to graphics.

The rule of thumb in computing is that the faster and more powerful the processor is, the more battery it will consume. But not so fast.

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2 years ago

Disney's classic 'Castle of Illusion' jumps from Sega to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1

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Disney and Microsoft have been rolling out the hits lately, introducing three new games in the last few days, including Lost Light, Jelly Car 3 and Disney Solitaire. This morning, the classic Mickey Mouse game ‘Castle Of Illusion’ arrives on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, making it quite the combo.

Castle of Illusion came out for iOS and Android late last year, so while the game is not brand new, it’s not that old either. Clearly Microsoft and Disney have a partnership going where they’re bringing all new (and older) titles over to the Windows ecosystem, something that should sit well for those with children.

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2 years ago

Fon, the global Wi-Fi network, launches official Windows Phone app

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Fon (fon.com) is a European service, based in Spain that attempts to be a global Wi-Fi network built by users across the world. Fon has finally released their official Windows Phone 8 app that allows you to connect automatically to Fon hotspots at home and on the go, worldwide. The app also allows you to view a Wi-Fi map to locate Fon hotspots near you.

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2 years ago

Hack the world with Watch Dogs mobile companion game 'ctOS'

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Watch Dogs is a great-looking console and PC game that just came out, and alongside it is a companion game that allows mobile players to compete against others live online for free. Anyone on an Xbox, PlayStation, or PC plays as a vigilante bringing justice to a futuristic Chicago by hacking the world with their phone. Meanwhile, players on Android or iOS act as the police force, viewing the pursuit of the criminal from a bird's eye view.

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2 years ago

How powerful is your Windows 8.1 device? Check your Windows Experience Index

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Back in the day, Microsoft had a neat little tool under settings called the Windows Experience Index (WEI). It rated the processor, RAM, graphics, gaming graphics and primary hard disk to give you an overall rating of your PC. It was a neat baseline tool used to compare and contrast different computers, with the higher overall score being obviously better. You could also diagnose your computer to see where the ‘weak’ spot was in performance.

That tool came out with Windows Vista and it disappeared in Windows 8.1, but there are a few ways to get it back. Scott Hanselman works on the Web Platform Team at Microsoft, but he also runs an informative personal blog dealing with technology. Last night he posted a neat little trick to get your results for the WEI.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 930 up for pre-order across Europe

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The Nokia Lumia 930 has appeared for pre-order across Europe. The high-end Windows Phone device, available from Expansys and other retailers, is priced right around €530, though the price varies from country to country. And unlike some other retailers and regions, most Lumia 930 buyers in Europe will have the option of all four colors — black, white, orange, and green — when it comes to the smartphone.

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2 years ago

PSA: Panos Panay is taking your questions on the Surface Pro 3 in a few hours

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