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2 years ago

Activate Cortana alpha version in India, Canada, and Australia

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Earlier today, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 started trickling for users who are on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. As the Windows Phone team at Microsoft shared a few days ago, the latest update brings Cortana to China and UK in beta and to India, Australia, and Canada in India.

This early adopter program for the latter is opt-in, and gives people the option to try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK. Let's see how we can configure it for Windows Phone devices in these regions.

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2 years ago

WPCentral app receives some bug fixes and ability to disable custom notification

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2 years ago

How to create Live Folders on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1

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If you just installed Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 that was released earlier today, you'll be happy to know that you can now create Live Folders on the home screen. Microsoft calls these "Live" folders because whatever app or game is included in the folder still has their Live Tile enabled. How do you create them? It's easy! Let us show you.

Head past the break to watch the how-to video on the Nokia Lumia Icon.

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2 years ago

WWE 2K15 gets $99.99 Hulkamania edition for Xbox One

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2 years ago

Some devices need OEM driver updates before Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

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2 years ago

Check out the new Live Tile for the Windows Phone Store

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update has numerous new features in it, with many being under the hood changes for phone manufacturers. One of the more interesting changes though is long outstanding: a Live Tile for the Windows Phone Store.

System apps typically do not have flipping Live Tiles, which is maybe why the Store and Xbox Music apps did not have them. Both of those are changing with Update 1 as the Store Tile now flips to reveal new apps and deals, and the Xbox Music app update (due in the coming weeks), also brings a long awaited Live Tile.

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2 years ago

In-flight phone calls likely won't happen with proposed new U.S. rules

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The United States Department of Transportation is getting closer to establishing formal rules on whether or not to allow in-flight communications, including receiving and placing phone calls while on a plane. Likely, according to reports, that decision would be no, meaning that passengers would continue to be barred from placing or receiving phone calls while they are in transit.

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2 years ago

Order from Mumbai's food chain BOX8 using the new Windows Phone app

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2 years ago

Internet sharing over Bluetooth comes via GDR1 update for Windows Phone

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In the Windows Phone Update 1 Preview, new Bluetooth profiles are supported in the latest OS update from Microsoft, giving consumers access to new abilities. Those new profiles included PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and browsing support for AVRCP.

In regards to PAN, one visible area in which consumers can immediately see the difference is visible under Internet Sharing.

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2 years ago

Microsoft offers Xbox One with Madden NFL 15 for $399.99

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2 years ago

Boss Alert! Last chance to save 20% on Windows Phone accessories!

Listen up, everyone. The boss is returning tomorrow, which means this is your last opportunity to make a sweep through the WPCentral Store and save 20% on everything there, including cases for your Lumia 1520, high quality screen protectors for your Lumia 1020 or even a couple extra chargers and cables to keep around the house.

The Boss is Away Sale officially ends midnight tonight, so get your orders in and don't forget to apply coupon code: BOSS14 upon checkout for that instant 20% discount.

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2 years ago

Destiny Ghost Edition sold out but priced well above normal on eBay

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2 years ago

Platformer game Hyper Cell launches on Windows Phone first, iOS and Android soon

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This doesn't happen often, so it gets us excited when a new game releases on Windows Phone first, and then moves to iPhone and Android. It's usually the other way around. That's the case with Hyper Cell, a minimalist survival platformer. If you're Interested in lasers and electronic music, then you're going to enjoy this game.

Hyper Cell comes with a little warning. The about page says, "Some players may be sensitive to the effects, so please play with caution." Still curious? Head past the break to watch our gameplay video on the Nokia Lumia 930.

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2 years ago

Need help with Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1? There's a forum for that

This morning, Update 1 Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 is going out to users who are in the program. As usual, there are questions and problems that a few users are experiencing, so why not hop into our forums for some answers?

Indeed, the best way to get help at WPCentral is not to ask away in comments, especially if it is not on topic. Instead, there are thousands of users just like you talking and posting away in our forums, just waiting for you to participate.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators now available for developers

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is now rolling out to those enrolled in the Preview for Developers program. Enthusiasts and developers can try out the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system by participating in the program. This update introduces new features, like Live Folders on the Start Screen, and also introduces support for new device resolutions. Developers will want to grab the new Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and emulators to test against those resolutions.

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