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2 years ago

Nokia announces the Lumia 630, dual-SIM and LTE Lumia 635

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 930 announced!

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Nokia Lumia 930 announced!

As expected, Microsoft and Nokia announced the Lumia 930 at Build 2014 today. The specs are basically in line with Verizon's Icon: a 5-inch 1080p display, 20 megapixel PureView camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, Qi wireless charging and a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. The bigger deal here is international availability.

It goes on sale in June starting in Europe, then on to Asia, Middle East and India for $US 599 before subsidies and taxes, if you're eager to snag one.

Check out the liveblog of today's keynote for plenty more news!

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2 years ago

Introducing you to the new camera app for Windows Phone 8.1

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Windows Phone 8.1 is being shown off by Microsoft here at Build 2014 in San Francisco. There are plenty of changes coming to the new version of Windows Phone. Microsoft has just announced a new camera app for Windows Phone users. This is the default camera app that all OEMs and users will have access to on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Hands on with the new podcast app for Windows Phone 8.1

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Windows Phone has always had podcast support integrated into the OS. But now it’s getting decoupled from the core OS and will live on as a separate app. The benefit is that Microsoft can now create a richer podcast experience on Windows Phone without needing to update the operating system. All that’s needed now is an update to an app.

Let’s check out podcasts on Windows Phone 8.1.

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2 years ago

Microsoft gets decent clean energy marks from Greenpeace

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Greenpeace has published a report on the renewable energy used by major internet companies, including those active in the mobile space. Topping the list is Apple, which apparently runs iCloud and iTunes on 100% green electricity. It’s got a massive solar farm powering its North Carolina data center, and plans for geothermal and solar power for its upcoming Nevada data center. Oregon and California data centers are already being powered through wind energy partners.

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2 years ago

We take a look at Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft has just announced the next browser you’ll be using in Windows Phone 8.1. Building off the foundation of Internet Explorer 10 comes Internet Explorer 11. At first glance you might not notice too many new changes to IE 11, but there are plenty of tweaks to give you a better browsing experience. You’ll find InPrivate browsing, improvements in Data Sense, a new reader mode, tabs from IE on other devices and much more. Let’s check out IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1.

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2 years ago

Hands on with the new swipe keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

Independent volume control finally comes to Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

Cortana announced for Windows Phone 8.1, we go hands on

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Microsoft has just announced Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. Cortana is the upcoming voice assistant that will compete against Siri and Google Now. We’ve heard rumors and seen leaks over the previous months, but now it’s all official. Cortana will be available soon to users on Windows Phone 8.1.

In the meantime, check out our hands on video of Cortana.

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2 years ago

Quick look at the new notification and action center in Windows Phone 8.1

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Windows Phone 8.1 is finally here. It brings with it a highly anticipated feature for managing all the alerts from different apps. That’s right. Windows Phone 8.1 now has a notification center to bring all your information into one location. It’s actually a very powerful implementation that includes an action center for quick access to settings. Let’s check it all out in this hands on video.

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2 years ago

Exclusive - Video hands on with Windows Phone 8.1!

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2 years ago

Zens keeps your phone charged wirelessly, but steals your car's precious coffee holder

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Zens has a new Qi wireless charger, and this one is for your car. The aptly-named "ZENS Qi Wireless Car Charger" is set to hit markets on April 15th for an eye-melting €69.99 (US$96.54). It's designed to split into your cup holder and has a slot on its top designed to accommodate smartphones with displays up to 5 inches. Blessedly, the vast majority of phones that support Qi charging (both Android and Windows Phone) fall into that range.

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2 years ago

Leaked Lumia 930 picture shows a bunch of color options

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2 years ago

First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable released

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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable released

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today.

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2 years ago

Cortana pops up in Bing personalization settings

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A reference to Microsoft's upcoming virtual assistant Cortana has appeared in the settings panel of Bing. Users signed into Bing on the web can navigate to the Personalization section to view a section called Other Cortana Data under their search history. The section allows you to clear certain types of data that Cortana makes use of, such as contacts and calendars, and users are greeted with the following:

To provide personalized recommendations, we upload some info from your Windows Phone, such as your calendar, contacts, location, and browsing history. If you clear this info, Microsoft may be temporarily unable to provide these recommendations.

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