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2 years ago

A quick look at Running Mate and a call for beta testers on Windows Phone 8

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Windows Phone owners whom consider themselves running enthusiasts have plenty of options when it comes to apps to track your run, today we’re going to turn the spotlight on a popular indie effort: Running Mate.

Running Mate has been around the Windows Phone ecosystem for some time now, originally developer for Windows Phone 7 by developer Nabeel Moghal (find him on twitter here), the app you’ll currently find on the marketplace is fully compatible with all version of the Windows Phone operating system. Read on for an overview of features as well as some information on the complete overhaul planned for the Windows Phone 8 version.

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2 years ago

Tip: Grab four months of Xbox LIVE and 400 Microsoft points for $15 (US Only)

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2 years ago

Filmwave for Windows Phone and Windows 8, helping you find the right movie

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Stumped on which movie to see tonight? Filmwave is a relatively new Windows Phone app that might help you out.

Filmwave is a free app for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices as well as Windows 8. The app delivers information on the latest releases and upcoming releases including film trailers, synopsis, theater locations, and more.

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2 years ago

Gmail app based off of iOS codebase comes to Windows Phone, does what Google won't

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We know many of you have wisely switched to Outlook.com for your email, but for some, either due to legacy or workplace requirements, Google’s Gmail is a necessity. While you can certainly add Gmail natively to Windows Phone, there’s no doubt that it lacks all of Google’s punch.

Developer EcoMerc has made a nifty Gmail app for Windows Phone, appropriately called ‘Gmail’. What makes this app unique is it’s reportedly based off of “…the exact same codebase as the official Gmail for iPhone/iPad”, meaning this will feel kind of like a true app for Windows Phone users.

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2 years ago

Microsoft to boost Windows tablet sales by cutting the cost of Windows RT licenses for OEMs

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Microsoft really wants consumers to put down their iPads and pick up its own ARM based Windows RT devices. So far, we have seen aggressive campaigning against Apple’s portable computing tablet. Now, Microsoft plans to cut the cost of Windows RT licenses and make tablets running the operating system even cheaper; this intel comes from anonymous sources, as the exact pricing for Microsoft’s Windows RT operating system is confidential.

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2 years ago

Instance creator develops unofficial Snapchat client, dubbed ChatSnap, for Windows Phone, now in beta

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We told you on Friday about Swapchat, the new unofficial Snapchat that is due within the next week or so for Windows Phone 7.x and 8. That app currently allows photos (but not yet videos) to be posted directly to Snapchat and you can even screenshot at will.

We also told you about another developer who was working on an unofficial app for the popular message-expiring service. That developer is none other than Daniel Gary, the man behind Instance (formerly, Itsdagram), the first fully featured Instagram client for Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Weezer to help celebrate opening of new Microsoft Store in Natick, MA

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On June 8, Microsoft will be opening its third Microsoft Store in Massachusetts; this one in Natick Mall, just outside the Greater Boston area. To help celebrate the momentous occasion, indie-rockers (somewhat) Weezer will be performing in the parking lot of The Verve Crowne Plaza Natick, across the street from Natick Mall, home of the new store.

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2 years ago

Microsoft looking to restructure; will focus more on devices and services

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is working on restructuring the giant software company, according to a report over on AllThingsD. This shuffling could see several current executives hold more prominent roles. Sources familiar with plans note that the restructuring will focus on solidifying Microsoft into the "devices and services company" that Ballmer previously wrote about in his annual shareholder letter.

We've already witnessed the company slowly move into hardware with its Surface family of Windows 8 tablets, as well as services that include Office 365, and Skype among others. It certainly makes sense for Microsoft to adapt to the demands of today's consumer. Reports note that while plans are being drafted, changes could well change drastically.

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2 years ago

Bring your Lumia: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf begin official Qi wireless-charging rollout

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What do San Francisco Microsoft fans love more than coffee? Free wireless charging for their Nokia Lumia devices of course!

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has integrated wireless charging docks into their shop tables for customers to charge any QI enabled phone. The move is an obvious promotion by Nokia (which was announced last December) as the table is plastered in their logos – not to mention the Nokia brochures sitting on the side. Despite the advertisements being for the Nokia Lumia, if you have smartphone with a wireless charging case – you can join in on the fun.

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2 years ago

Huawei’s Ascend W2 Windows Phone shows up in Red too

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Huawei evidently is banking on all colors for their upcoming 4.3” Ascend W2, due sometime this summer with what we imagine is a Windows Phone 8 hardware and software (GDR2) refresh.

We’ve previously seen the mid to high range device in Blue and Yellow, so why not add Red to the mix? At this point, we’re more curious about what colors they won’t do as we know Black and White is probably a given as well.  (Can we get a Green up in this hizzy?)

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2 years ago

Dell introduces the XPS 11 Ultrabook – kills what we loved about laptops

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Image courtesy of The Verge

Today Dell announced its latest carbon fiber and aluminum creation, the XPS 11. The manufacturer’s latest machine features a beautiful design and 2560 x 1440 resolution. In addition, Dell takes a cue from Lenovo’s IdeaPad YOGA and introduces a hinge that allows the screen to flip back 360-degrees behind the keyboard.

Did we mention that Dell flattened the keyboard so much that you might confuse it with a Microsoft Touch Cover? We don't know about you, but to us, one of the main factors laptop machines still have going for themselves, over their tablet counterparts, are the keyboards. Why Dell, why?

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2 years ago

Official Adobe Reader app jumps to Windows Phone 8 in latest update

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Good news for those who rely on Adobe’s Reader for their PDF viewing as version 10.1 built for Windows Phone 8 has just hit the Store. Long a sore spot for some on Windows Phone, Adobe’s Reader has always lagged behind where the desktop version, causing some frustration amongst those who desire more robust document support on-the-go.

Detailed in a blog post on the official Windows Phone site, the app takes advantage of the current gen’s much faster tools, allowing a more fluid experience.

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2 years ago

Microsoft updates Skype for Windows 8, adds HD video support

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2 years ago

Acer updates the Aspire S7 with Haswell; introduces the Aspire S3

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Acer’s Aspire S7 has been one of the most beautiful Windows 8 Ultrabooks we have seen to date; today, the company announced an update of the machine with Intel’s latest Haswell CPU.

The S7 was a near perfect machine (see our mini-review) and the latest revision updates the two biggest complaints with the notebook – low RAM and terrible battery life. The new Haswell microarchitecture features a new advanced power-saving system that should give the system a bit of a boost in the mobility department. In addition, Acer has increased the battery from 4,680 mAh to 6,280 mAh (an almost 35% boost). As far as the RAM is concern, it has been doubled from 4GB to 8GB – perfect for anyone needing to get some intense Photoshop work done.

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2 years ago

Can mobile gaming kill the consoles? - Talk Mobile

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Five years ago if you’d told anybody mobile devices stood even the chance of challenging dedicated home gaming console, you’d have been laughed out of the room. After all, the state of the art of mobile back then included the Apple iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Storm, Palm Treo Pro, and HTC G1. Comparing them to the powerhouses that were the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, as well as the not-powerful-but-still-enormously-fun Nintendo Wii would have been ludicrous.

Fast forward to today and the landscape’s changed. A whole industry has grown up around mobile gaming, drawing the attention of incredible indies and the biggest of the big gaming studios alike. iPhone and Android have unseated dedicated portable gaming devices like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, thanks in no small part to their less expensive, more easily available content, better screens and processors, always-on connectivity, and the fact that it's just one fewer device to carry. Yet the consoles have endured.

So the question is, can mobile devices make the next generation of PlayStations and Xboxes and Wiis the last? Is the very idea as ludicrous today as it was five years ago, or can an argument be made that now, or in the near future, our phones and tablets could make the consoles obsolete?

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