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2 years ago

Microsoft is trying to make AI more human, may influence Cortana

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Just how intelligent are virtual assistants on mobile operating systems? Touted as helpful features, consumers can ask natural questions to their Windows Phone, iOS or Android device and retrieve information, but these assistants are coded by human hand, and thus have boundaries on what they can perform before retreating to a simple web search.

Microsoft is looking at more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for deployment on not only its own platforms, but also in the real world too.

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2 years ago

Free Xbox Live Gold this weekend for US and Canada

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Free Xbox Live Gold this weekend for US and Canada

Microsoft has a Valentine’s Day gift for the US and Canada. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from February 14-16th. This is a good time to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, if you’ve been holding off. Online multiplayer gaming will be also be available for free, but additional subscriptions may be required to access select apps.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925 for $279.99 at Newegg

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Newegg.com is running a deal on the Nokia Lumia 925, contract-free on T-Mobile, for a bargain basement price of $279.99. That’s nearly 44% off the regular retail price of $499.99.

The Lumia 925 comes with free shipping, and is tax-free on Newegg in most states. While most people will only buy one, it should be mentioned that this price is limited to three phones per customer.

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2 years ago

Control Center, easy access to your Windows Phone settings

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Control Center is a Windows Phone 8 app that pulls together a large collection of settings and shortcuts on to one page. It gives you quick and easy access to your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Network settings and more.

While Control Center is a single page app, it packs access to many features under one roof. Live Tile support makes access to Control Center easy and if you are looking for a one-stop source for key Windows Phone settings, Control Center might be worth a look.

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2 years ago

Apps World: TegTap brings games for kids to Windows Phone 8

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Last year Windows Phone Central brought our readers the first news that indie developer TegTap would be releasing its popular 3D shooter Solar Warfare on Windows Phone and Windows 8. Before we give you an updated status report on Solar Warfare’s progress, let’s look at what else TegTap has been cooking up for mobile Windows platforms in the meantime.

At Apps World in San Francisco, we met with TegTap CEO Troy Tegeder to check out his studio’s lineup of kids’ games for Windows Phone and Windows 8. They’ve already published Dragon Maker for both phone and tablet/PC, and My Fairy Pony and Balloon Maker just for Windows Phone. All phone versions run on devices with 512 MB of RAM such as the Nokia Lumia 520.

We've got the full details and a hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Power Keyboard for Nokia Lumia 2520 now in stock at Microsoft Store online

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Those who ordered Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets in the U.S. a few months ago have recently received their free Power Keyboards. If you missed out on the deal but still want the keyboard, you can now order it at the Microsoft Store online. It costs $149 with free shipping.

The Nokia Power Keyboard for the Lumia 2520 provides a physical keyboard input, an extra 2027 mAh battery, touch pad, and two full-sized USB ports. It also acts as a protective case for your Lumia 2520.

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2 years ago

Xbox One Media Remote leaked by Amazon Canada, coming early March

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2 years ago

Gameloft launches World at Arms on Windows Phone 8

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Gameloft launches World at Arms on Windows Phone 8

Mobile publishing giant Gameloft plans to send Windows Phone and Windows 8 lots of love this year. Brothers in Arms 3 and GT Racing 2 are two of their upcoming games, with several more unannounced ones in the wings. And today they’ve just dropped another one out of the blue…

World at Arms is now available on Windows Phone, with the Windows 8 version due to follow soon. The game combines city building with strategic warfare, all in a realistic near-future military setting. Think Kingdoms & Lords but with tanks, aeroplanes, and robots. World at Arms is free to play and works on Windows Phone 8 devices with 512 MB of RAM, so anybody can get in on the military madness.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 will have a dedicated Bing podcast app

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2 years ago

Poll: Are you getting the Nokia Lumia Icon?

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2 years ago

Titanfall beta starts soon, get ready with these videos

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Titanfall beta starts soon, get ready with these videos

Confession. I’m so pumped for Titanfall. There’s some decent games on the Xbox One, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to it being a Netflix machine the past few months. That’s all changing March 11 once Titanfall launches for Xbox One and PC. Yesterday we told you guys to sign up for the beta that starts in a few days. In the meantime, check out the video below from Microsoft and Respawn Entertainment to pump you up.

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2 years ago

FlipMag BETA, a beautiful RSS reader for Windows Phone

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FlipMag BETA, a beautiful RSS reader for Windows Phone

If you’re a news junkie, then you probably know that it’s much more efficient to use an RSS reader rather than opening each website with the browser. There’s a new RSS reader app for Windows Phone, called FlipMag, that is currently in beta that you’ll want to pay attention to. It’s still not completely done, but we like it so far.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Xbox Music and Xbox Video updated on Windows 8, view most popular artists and more

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When Xbox Music and Xbox Video first came out on Windows 8 they offered an abysmal experience. Especially when compared to the Zune desktop app, their spiritual successor. Thankfully that didn’t last too long, the Windows 8.1 refresh to both apps made them usable and enjoyable again. They’ve slowly been picking updates up over the past few months and today we’ve got another for both Xbox Video and Xbox Music.

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2 years ago

Readit picks up massive update, still the best Reddit client on Windows Phone

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When it comes to browsing Reddit on Windows Phone we love using Readit. It’s relatively new app, launching just a few months back. It blew us away with its design, feature set, and usability. Like all apps, it had a few shortcomings, namely performance issues, but those have since been addressed with updates. Speaking of updates, Readit for Windows Phone just picked one up. Let’s check out what’s new and different in this massive update for Readit.

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2 years ago

See this: Nokia shipped Lumia Icon review units in mega style

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If you follow us on Instagram, then you probably already saw our photo of the Pelican Storm Case that my Lumia Icon came in. If not, here’s the background.

Basically, Nokia is a pretty savvy company. They’re also a lot of fun to work with. So when I came home last night to find this colossal box outside my door, I was a little…surprised. Just what did they ship me?

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