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2 years ago

Top Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen Apps

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Top Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen Apps

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen Apps

While the Windows Phone Start Screen has never really sucked wind, the features the Windows Phone 8.1 update brings to the table takes the Start Screen to a new level. We still have Live Tiles that can deliver bullets of information to keep us up to date on everything from the weather, our schedule, stock prices, sports scores and more.

But with Windows Phone 8.1, our ability to customize our Start Screen has increased with transparent tiles, custom background images and the option of adding a third column of tiles to devices who previously lacked this feature. This week's roundup will focus on Windows Phone apps that will help you make the most of your Windows Phone Start Screen. From adding transparent tiles to creating a custom tile color, these apps can help you make your Windows Phone a little bit more your own.

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2 years ago

Kevin Spacey brings first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer to life

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The first trailer for the next Call of Duty instalment has been published on the official YouTube account. Featuring Kevin Spacey as the figurehead of a private military corporation, which has kicked off an attack on the US, Advanced Warfare looks to be an irresistible release for any Call of Duty (or first-person shooter) fan. The game is slated for a November 4th launch.

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2 years ago

Apple, Google, Microsoft increasingly defying U.S. government, informing customers of data demands

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If the government demands your personal, private email or other data, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and others are reportedly taking steps to notify you faster and more frequently than they did in the past. That's putting them at odds with prosecutors who believe such notifications can interfere with ongoing investigations and evidence gathering.

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2 years ago

Police officer avoids bullet thanks to the Windows Phone in his pocket

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2 years ago

Microsoft acquires high performance cloud computing vendor GreenButton

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When it comes to the Azure cloud computing platform, Microsoft has been making some rather large moves. Recent price cuts and deals with Samsung have all been notable but it doesn't end there. Over at the Windows Azure blog, it was announced that Microsoft has acquired high performance cloud computing vendor GreenButton out of New Zealand for an undisclosed amount and their offerings will begin to be integrated into Azure immediately.

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2 years ago

Verizon pushes FCC to reconsider restrictions on upcoming spectrum auction

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Verizon isn't taking too kindly to proposed regulations on an upcoming spectrum auction, and is hoping the FCC will change its ways before the sale opens next year. The auction, which will have extremely valuable 600MHz spectrum up for grabs in mid-2015, is expected to have restrictions imposed on it to limit big players like Verizon and AT&T from taking it all for themselves.

The FCC is proposing that the auction have rules that will limit any one company from picking up more than a third of the spectrum available in any given market. The goal is to open up the doors for smaller players like T-Mobile, Sprint and regional carriers to pick up the much-needed low-band spectrum, which is usually unobtainable because of the high bids larger carriers can put in.

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2 years ago

Danal opens up mobile operator billing for Windows Phone Store

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2 years ago

India's online marketplace, Tradus updates Windows Phone app for better experience

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A couple of months ago, I wrote about the launch of official Windows Phone app of Tradus, a popular online marketplace in India. Tradus (www.tradus.com) brings local markets online for shopping allowing you to buy from sellers nearest to your location, while also checking out daily deals and discounts.

The app has just been bumped up to version 1.1.0.0 and apart from bug and crash fixes and a visibly faster app experience, adds a couple of new and useful features as well.

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2 years ago

Post to Twitter and Facebook at the same time on Windows Phone 8.1 with My Social Share Target

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia Icon drops to $99.99 on-contract from Verizon

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2 years ago

Cloud Raiders unleashes Player vs. Player clashes on Windows Phone 8

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Last month, we broke the news that Game Insight’s hit game Cloud Raiders would soon be making its way to Windows Phone. The game wasn’t far off at all. After enjoying a brief “open beta” period, Cloud Raiders has now been officially released into the wild for all Windows Phone 8 devices.

Cloud Raiders is exciting for multiple reasons. First, it’s the least casual title that Game Insight (a publisher known primarily for city builders) has brought to Windows Phone so far. More importantly, Cloud Raiders is the closest thing our platform has to Clash of Clans, a very popular casual strategy title on Android and iOS. Both games combine a city building component with fun strategic battles. Read on for more details!

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2 years ago

Visit Abu Dhabi is an awesome travel app for the Emirates capital

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While we are moving away from bulky maps and heavy guidebooks to mobile apps for our travels, there aren’t many of those that match a Lonely Planet or Fodor’s exhaustive experience.

Published by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the new Visit Abu Dhabi app for Windows Phone offers an easy and user-friendly way to discover the largest emirate.

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2 years ago

Yezz's Billy 4.7 Windows Phone will be thin and cheap

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For all the big smartphone players like Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, there are smaller ones like Blu and Yezz that operate outside the carrier system and sell their phones direct to customers through outlets like Amazon. Mostly they've focused on cheap feature phones and Android devices, but Yezz today announced their first Windows Phone 8.1 devices: the Billy 4.7 and 4.0. And boy are they cheap.

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2 years ago

So you want to add a 128 GB SD card to your Windows Phone? Here's what to expect

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A few weeks back, we reported on how the new SanDisk 128 GB micro SD card works on the Lumia 1520. Since that time, it has also been confirmed to work on the new ATIV SE from Samsung and even Nokia boasts it on their Lumia 630 page.

In other words, 128 GB cards are a ‘go’ on Windows Phone, should you be blessed with an expansion slot (cue rants for those without…now). I managed to get my hands on one of these elusive cards (they’re in high demand, short supply) and have successfully upgraded my Lumia 1520’s 64 GB to this 128 GB version.

Want to know how it went? Read on for some tips and what to expect if you choose to do the same!

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2 years ago

Microsoft issues security patch for Internet Explorer

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Microsoft is issuing a fix for the "zero-day" vulnerability found in Internet Explorer last week. The update should be rolling out to all users any time now. In addition to updating Internet Explorer, Microsoft is also providing a fix for Windows XP, despite the fact that the operating system is no longer officially supported. The fix was issued because support for XP ended recently.

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