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2 years ago

Sicher from the IM+ team promises to keep your messages 'super-safe'

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Sicher, a new "super-safe" messenger has arrived today on Windows Phone, iPhone and Android devices. Sicher (pronounced "Zee-her") comes from the team behind IM+ and brings free, encrypted chats and file transfers to users. Using the app, you'll be able to chat, send files, photos and voice messages to other users. Sicher goes so far as to not show incoming messages on your lock screen (only an alert) so you have to open the app to get the full message. Sicher features secure end-to-end encryption of messages, files and group chats, anonymous push notifications and self-destruction message settings.

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2 years ago

Microsoft updates Extras + Info, Display, Device Hub, and Call + SMS Filter with unknown improvements

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 1020

For today only, buy the Amzer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 1020 and get 50% off the list price!

This Lumia 1020 hybrid case sports serious protection against drops and scratches while providing you with a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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2 years ago

Official Easydom app shows how Cortana can make home automation even more awesome

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Easydom is a Microsoft partner and the company has an app available for Windows Phone, enabling consumers to manage an Easydom system and take full advantage of home automation. It's possible to control lighting, alarms, temperature, as well as creating customized scenarios for different setups.

If you've been looking into automating some household systems, solutions like Easydom is the way forward. Their Windows Phone app also supports Cortana, which is a big deal with Windows Phone 8.1 and it looks awesome, thanks to a video released by the company on YouTube.

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2 years ago

Fitness Log, a simple gym log for your Windows Phone

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Fitness Log, a simple gym log for your Windows Phone

One of the many tools to staying fit is keeping track of your exercise sessions and there are plenty of Windows Phone apps available to help you log all your trips to the gym, running track or other workout venues. Whether you are taking advantage of the Mobile Nations Fitness Month as motivation to get you up off the couch or just looking for a way to log your workouts, Fitness Log may be one of the simpler options to consider.

The app offers a calendar and analysis page to get a better overview of your workout history, categorizes your workouts by muscle group and offers OneDrive backup support. What Fitness Log will not do is provide the exercises you will be tackling. You'll need to enter the exercise manually which may not be too appealing to someone just starting out but does help the app fit your individual needs a little better.

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2 years ago

Microsoft updates the Xbox One SmartGlass Beta letting you 'like' published content

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The Xbox One SmartGlass Beta is a version of the official remote control app for Microsoft's video game console, which consumers can download to check out upcoming features not yet loaded into the main release. We last looked at the app being updated back in May, but today the team has released another update to bring forward some new features.

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2 years ago

Inside ExpertZone: How Microsoft empowers retail pros for today and tomorrow

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Microsoft's ExpertZone is a program within the company to help out knowledgeable retail sales staff. Those are the guys and gals who work at electronic retailers around the globe. ExpertZone is a place where those with a passion for Microsoft products can talk, learn and get rewarded.

Last week at E3 2014, over 300 lucky ExpertZone members had a chance to check out the Xbox booth after show floor hours. Guests were treated to food, drinks, and, of course, a whole lot of games. Here's a look at that event and what Microsoft does to give retail pros an edge in the workplace.

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2 years ago

We get some hands-on time with the newly announced Micromax Canvas Win W092

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Micromax Canvas Win W092 is one of the two Windows Phone devices launched by the company this week, and is the cheapest Windows Phone device to be released in India. The Canvas Win W092 is priced at INR 6,500 ($110) and will be available in the market starting early July 2014.

The budget smartphone aims to compete with the Nokia Lumia 520, another popular affordable Lumia available in the region. I spent some time with the device at the launch event, and here are my first impressions of the phone.

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2 years ago

Xbox One launch date and pricing confirmed for Russia

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2 years ago

Micromax Canvas Win W121: Hands-on, First impressions, and Photos

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Micromax Canvas Win W121 is one of the two Windows Phone devices launched in India by the company, the first domestic smartphone manufacturer to do so. The Canvas Win W121 is priced at INR 9,500 ($160) and will be available in the market starting early July 2014.

The budget smartphone aims to compete with the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 525, as well as the latest Lumia 630, the only other Windows Phone 8.1 device in the market. I spent some time with the device at the launch event, and here are my first impressions of the phone.

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2 years ago

Xbox One games to benefit from major graphics boost with new XDK

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2 years ago

Official BlueFly app brings a boutique fashion experience to Windows Phone

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BlueFly is an online fashion retailer based in the heart of the fashion district in New York City. The retailer released its official Windows Phone app earlier this month allowing you to browse all the designer fashions and buy on the go. A boutique of sorts accessible from your Windows Phone.

The Windows Phone 8 app has a clean appearance and straightforward navigation. It comes across with a slight high-end feel to match the high-end clothing offered by the retailer.

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2 years ago

Introducing Hidden Gems, our new series showcasing distinctive apps for Windows and Windows Phone!

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Reporting and reviewing apps and games is part of our job at Windows Phone Central. Some of it is easy, like when a major app finally makes its way to our ecosystem, but if there's one thing we especially love, it's discovering an exceptional and unknown app. Often, it's you, our audience that brings them to our attention. Today, we're changing the tables around.

Starting tomorrow and running throughout the rest of June, we're partnering up with Microsoft to give away some great prizes and focusing on a select few apps and games that we think deserve some attention. They may for devices or services you are not aware of, they may be unique games, but they have all been handpicked.

The series is planned to run every day before noon Eastern Time, and they'll feature our cool little graphic (see below) so that you know it is part of the Hidden Gems program. We're also creating a main topic page, where you can view all the previous Hidden Gems articles in case you want to catch up. You can find that page here: www.wpcentral.com/hidden-gems, so make sure you bookmark it.

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2 years ago

Glympse travel tracker for Windows Phone gets an update after a three year hiatus

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Glympse (www.glympse.com) is probably one of the most useful services when making a car trip. The free service allows you to share your journey with friends or family so that they can track you in real time. For instance, imagine you're meeting up with a friend in the city. You can give them a Glympse along with your ETA, allowing your compadre to see where you are (and perhaps preventing an unnecessary call when you're running late).

Gympse originally arrived on Windows Phone back in 2011 and before that it was even on Windows Mobile 6. The app had a handful of updates jumping from 1.0 to 2.0 in five months, but after November 2011, the well went dry. The deserting was particularly painful because it wasn't until Windows Phone 8 and the background GPS tasks that Glympse had the potential to be fully unleashed. On Windows Phone 7, the Glympse app had to stay in the forefront, losing the signal if tombstoned.

However, June 17, 2014 is the day Glympse finally returned to Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Is it fair to consider the size of the Lumia 1520 as a con?

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There is very little debate on the Nokia Lumia 1520 being a large Windows Phone. Its 6 inch screen is massive compared to other Windows Phones. But is it fair to consider the largeness of the Lumia 1520 a "con" (as in pros and cons)?

WPCentral Forums member Rawliglat x poses the question in a recent forums discussion taking the position that the Lumia 1520 is simply designed for consumers looking for a bigger screen. The larger size of the 1520 should not be considered a con any more than the smaller size of other Windows Phone should be considered a con.

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