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2 years ago

Microsoft frustrates its base by breaking Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1

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In Windows Phone 8.1 certain core services have changed in that they can be updated dynamically, bypassing the requirement for a full-fledged OS update. In theory, that should allow Microsoft to respond to the rapidly changing market by delivering faster paced, piecemeal updates. In reality, it also increases the chances that something may go wrong, and that is exactly what has happened.

Last night Microsoft pushed out a rare update for the calendar app, which was disentangled from the OS in 8.1, much like Xbox Music. The update brought the version number to 1.0.14127.246 and there was no changelog. Although it is exasperating to users to have to update an app without knowing what changed – or improved, it is even more vexing when that update breaks something.

Immediately following the update, people in comments started to complain that the attempting to create or edit an appointment caused the calendar app to crash. We have tested the update on various devices, including the Lumia 630 with the Lumia Cyan firmware, and they all have the same problem, rendering the calendar app a view-only tool.

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2 years ago

Windows 8 and 8.1 still struggle to gain PC market share

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2 years ago

The Witcher Battle Arena to battle on all mobile platforms later this year

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The Witcher is a popular series of PC and console games based on the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. In the medieval fantasy world of The Witcher, powerful humans with mutant traits called Witchers seek out and destroy the monsters that threaten humanity's survival. Polish gaming studio CD Projekt RED is currently hard at work developing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

As the Witcher console games become more well-known and poised to take on the Elder Scrolls series in a fight for role-playing gamers' hearts, the series will also be venturing onto smartphones for the first time. CD Projekt RED has just announced that The Witcher Battle Arena will be coming to iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone and Windows 8 in the fourth quarter of this year. Battle Arena will be a free-to-play MOBA with emphasis on RPG-style progression and fairness to players.

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2 years ago

Smash hit Cloud Raiders game gets colossal update for Windows Phone today

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Back in May we reviewed Cloud Raiders as a viable alternative to not having Clash of Clans on Windows Phone. Developed by Game Insight, Cloud Raiders is a "competitive raiding game set within a Skylanders-like world of floating islands" with "casual strategic battles, base building, clan support, and unrivaled cross-platform support." The game has nearly 22,000 reviews and a 4.6 average (out of 5) rating on the Store, making it one of the most popular titles available today.

Today, version 0.3.0.401 has gone live on the Store, bringing with a small army of changes and improvements.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile and MetroPCS announce Lumia 635 with Windows Phone 8.1 for July with pricing

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2 years ago

Xbox.com gets improved Xbox One support, but four key features are still unsupported

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Last week, Microsoft announced that Xbox One users would finally be able to manage their profiles, friends, and more at Xbox.com. As I lamented in our Xbox One console review last year, many basic Xbox Live features such as the ability to view Achievements and view Xbox One-specific profiles have been unavailable through Xbox.com. The omission has always seemed strange because the website has never had trouble supporting the Xbox 360 side of things.

As of this week, Xbox.com now almost fully supports the Xbox One's profile and social features! Users can view their Xbox One profiles, Xbox One friends and favorites, and even their personal game clips through the website. Xbox One Achievements have also been fully viewable since last week. As welcome as the website improvements are, a few basic features remain unsupported. Read on to find out what has improved at Xbox.com and what still needs to be tweaked.

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2 years ago

Lost Echo for Windows Phone gets trial mode after users demand the option

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Windows Phone is a unique operating system, both in terms of function and the community. One undervalued aspect not found on other competing platforms it 'trial mode' for apps and games. Microsoft has even made the process relatively easy for developers in apps (although games can be trickier). Intrinsically, trial modes are commonplace on Windows Phone, and it befits developers to implement the feature if they want good ratings.

Recently at Windows Phone Central when we covered the new game Lost Echo from KickBack studio (www.kickback-studios.com), our audience rebuked the $2.99 game due to the lack of a trial. The highly regarded game had come from iOS before it made the jump from to Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

July 4 sale: Save 20% all week at Windows Phone Central!

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Friday. That means we are in for a long weekend of mini-explosions, poor fashion sense, alcohol-fueled debauchery, copious amounts of nitrate filled provisions and unfeigned nationalism. But hey, it doesn't have to be all bad!

The Windows Phone Central Store is having a 20% off sale starting now through July 7. If you need a new case for you Lumia 1520, you get 20% off. If you need a new car kit for your Lumia 520, you also get 20% off. Yup, 20% off everything. Just use coupon code J414 during check out and the discount is applied across the board.

FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin! Shop at will. Save 20 percent off with coupon code J414 . It's as easy (and American) as Apple Pie.

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Incipio FAXION Case for Nokia Lumia 920

For today only, buy the Incipio FAXION Case for Nokia Lumia 920 and save 43% off the list price!

Shock-absorbing TPU and an impact resistant polycarbonate are fused into one sleek design making the custom-molded FAXION Case the epitome of reliable and stylish protection. You can grab this deal today, or, check out the WPCentral Store during our 4th of July Sale to save 20% on all other Windows Phone accessories!

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2 years ago

Microsoft acknowledges Surface Pro 3 disappearing Wi-Fi and slow connection complaints

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The Surface Pro 3 is an impressive device. In my full review, I gave much personal praise for the all-in-one hybrid computer, though, like all things, there is room for improvement. One bug that I've seen a handful of times is being acknowledged by Microsoft now in their support forums.

The problem in question arises when the Surface Pro 3 wakes up from sleep. In rare circumstances, the Wi-Fi and network connections driver are missing after the low power state using InstantGo (previously known as Connected Standby). The problem is easily solved by restarting the Surface, which takes only around five seconds, but it can be irritating and inconvenient.

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2 years ago

Microsoft adds new encryption support to OneDrive and Outlook.com

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2 years ago

Xbox One preorders for Russia begin July 15 with a nice price drop

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2 years ago

Microsoft takes down accounts hosted through No-IP in latest malware crackdown

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Microsoft has publicly announced a malware crackdown targeting selected domains hosted through the DNS service No-IP. The company is continuing its war against the spread of malware online, but it seems as though innocent web users have been affected by the shut down. Microsoft received the go-ahead from a Nevada court to redirect traffic on targeted domains to stop the NJrat and Jenxcus botnets. These botnets relied on the No-IP framework to remain online and be constantly connected to the internet.

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2 years ago

Autodesk releases preview version of AutoCAD 360 for Windows 8.1

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2 years ago

Lumia Cyan reportedly coming to Spain for the Lumia 925 late next week

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