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2 years ago

Do not look for Nokia to return to the smartphone business in 2016, says current CEO

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As Microsoft solidifies its rebranding of the Nokia mobile division heading into 2015, there is one rumor that just won't die: Nokia wants to make smartphones again.

Certainly there is nostalgia behind the iconic brand, something that current Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri clearly understands. However, there is just too much navel-gazing these days for 'clues' in Nokia's Facebook and Twitter posts that Nokia wants to make phones again. Luckily, Suri today made it clear that Nokia has no plans to return to smartphones.

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia Icon users enjoy 40% off these dual-layer hard cases today!

2 years ago

VLC media player for Windows Phone 8 may launch as early as next week

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VLC media player for Windows Phone. It's coming. We're excited, and judging by the amount of interest we've seen from you guys over this, you're excited as well. After getting the media player working on ARM-based hardware last week, the VideoLAN team is currently getting the app certified for Windows Phone 8, with a tentative launch date scheduled for next week.

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2 years ago

Convert text to spoken words with ReadAloud for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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ReadAloud is a text to speech converter for your Windows Phone or Windows 8 device. The app supports conversion of web pages and .PDF files.

You can also save articles opened in ReadAloud for listening to later and control the rate and pitch of the spoken words. While we did experience a few bugs in using ReadAloud over the past few days, it comes across as a handy means of listening to articles and documents when reading them from your Windows Phone or Windows 8 screen isn't practical.

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2 years ago

Metrotube updated with playback and navigation fixes

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2 years ago

Ringtone Maker and MixRadio updated with bug fixes and usability improvements

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2 years ago

Weekly photo contest: Green

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1.1 gains OS update scheduler

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2 years ago

U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

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A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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2 years ago

Xamarin expands global partnership with Microsoft, announces free edition

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At the Connect() event in New York City, Xamarin extended their partnership with Microsoft and announced a new set of offers for developers. Xamarin enables development of cross-platform mobile applications targeting phones, tablets, and embedded devices running on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

Connect(), a developer event hosted by Microsoft outlining the company's next steps with their developer tools and application platforms, was branded as a cloud-first, mobile-first, developer-first, virtual event. At the event, Nat Friedman, CEO, Xamarin and Miguel de Icaza, CTO, Xamarin joined Microsoft executives on stage and talked about their partnership.

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2 years ago

Facebook Messenger update lets you talk to non-friends, add drawings to your pics

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2 years ago

New Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203 available to download

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2 years ago

Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands gets its first trailer, game coming in late 2014

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2 years ago

#MakeItHappen stunt kicks off with Cortana and 'legendary trials cyclist' Danny MacAskill

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Microsoft and their former Nokia team love making teaser videos for events and promotions. The latest one is #MakeItHappen, which was mysteriously teased this morning on the Lumia Vine channel. Now, a second video has appeared on YouTube with a little more detail.

Evidently, "legendary trials cyclist" Danny MacAskill is "planning his biggest stunt ever with a little help from his very own personal assistant, Cortana".

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