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2 years ago

How to manage the modern mobile family - Talk Mobile

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We humans are social characters by nature. We gather with friends, we pair off with mates, we love and care about our families to the point of being irrational. Modern technology enables those bonds to transcend space and time, but they add a whole new layer of complication to our lives.

The same decision making processes that we have to apply to making our own smartphone purchasing decisions have to be applied to purchasing smartphones, picking cellular plans, and signing onto cloud services. Except more so, because you're going to have to deal with these people on a regular basis.

So what's the best way to set up your family's comprehensive computing ecosystem? Are these shared data plans that the carriers have hoisted up on us a good deal for us, or the carrier? And are our favorite manufacturers, carriers, and developers treating everybody in our families fairly?

Let's get the conversation started!

2 years ago

Rumor: Windows Phone 8.1 to ditch back button, increase screen size support past 7-inches

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Microsoft guru Paul Thurrott is reporting on some new information regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update aka ‘Blue’. He notes that the info comes from a single source, though he has confidence in the information revealed.

What’s discussed isn’t so much the superficial UI changes or new features but rather core user experience deviations that should cause a stir amongst the Windows Phone faithful.

We won’t recapitulate all of Thurrott’s revelations, but we will highlight a few of the more interesting ones.

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2 years ago

Tetris Blitz Review: The fastest block dropping game on Windows Phone 8

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Russian computer engineer and game designer Alexy Pajitnov created Tetris for PCs way back in 1984. But Tetris first caught the public eye when Nintendo packed it in with the original GameBoy portable console in 1989. Since then, a number of companies have licensed the game and put their own unique spin on it, with the versions from Nintendo (especially Tetris DS) and Sega (Sega Tetris for Dreamcast) standing above the crowd.

Publishing giant Electronic Arts has also produced several Tetris games, including the 2011 Tetris which appeared on Playstation 3 and Windows Phone 7. This year’s Tetris Blitz is EA’s latest version, marrying the time honored Tetris gameplay with the frantic pace of Bejeweled Blitz. Tetris Blitz arrived on Windows Phone 8 a respectable four months after iOS.

Does this version deserve a spot on the list of best Tetris games? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Schools choose Windows 8 tablets over iPads and Android, thanks to existing Windows infrastructure

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Microsoft is looking to take full advantage of existing Windows infrastructure in schools and universities. ZDNet spoke with two education technology chiefs who went with Dell Windows 8 tablets and rolled them out to students. The overall response has been positive, especially from the IT departments who can easily integrate the tablets into existing networks and systems.

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2 years ago

From the Nokia Developer Experience event: Bloggers, app demos and good times

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We were at a local Nokia developer event in London last night. The Developer Experience team decided to hold an informal session at the company's Paddington offices, inviting both bloggers and developers to mingle and show off some cool Windows Phone apps. There was more demand than spaces available, but fear not if you were unable to attend as Nokia plans to kick off similar events in the future.

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2 years ago

Not flying out to Abu Dhabi? Tune into the Nokia World live stream on October 22nd

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Nokia World 2013 is soon approaching and is now only weeks away (October 22nd if you require reminding). Nokia has announced on its official blog that the press event taking place on the day over in Abu Dhabi will be streamed live on Nokia conversations for everyone to watch. Great news if you're unable to attend. So, what are the details?

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2 years ago

Microsoft hands out $100,000 in bounty for Windows 8.1 flaw; fixes critical IE vulnerability

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2 years ago

Cronus, travel back in time and prevent disasters with this Windows Phone puzzle game

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Cronus is an interesting puzzle game for your Windows Phone that is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices.  The game puts you in a time travel machine and shoots you back in time to prevent some of history's most notable disasters such as Chernobyl or the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  You are tasked with establishing a safe flow of hazardous materials to prevent the calamity from happening. And you have to do it all under the clock.

Add a multiplayer mode, upgradable skills, a knowledge data base on the disasters you are trying to prevent, challenging game play and Cronus isn't too shabby of a Windows Phone game.  It can get a little busy with the story panels but you do have the option to skip the dialog and jump right into game play but overall, if you like puzzle games Cronus is worth a try.

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2 years ago

UK readers: help the platform out and #getskyonwindows

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Windows Phone and Windows 8 remain in the struggle to attract support from the major media broadcasters here in the UK, including the BBC and Sky (or BskyB – British Sky Broadcasting). The former has started to show signs of platform backing with the release of iPlayer, but there’s still room for improvement.

Sky on-the-other-hand has yet to produce the goods. You can help us change this by getting involved and making the company alter its view on Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Bing updates Finance, Sports, and News apps for Windows Phone 8 users

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2 years ago

Apple stealing Nokia's thunder, iPad media event set on same day as Nokia keynote

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2 years ago

Bittersweet shimmer: Nokia Glance screen shows up in Green with notifications

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This morning we reported on a list of unofficial (and incomplete) changes coming in the double punch GDR3/Bittersweet shimmer update later this year. One of those new features, noted over the weekend by leakster Nawzil, were optional color choices for Nokia’s ever-evolving Glance screen.

Tonight on the Chinese social-network Sina Weibo, a low resolution (but clear as day) photo has leaked showing what Glance looks like in green. We have to admit, it certainly looks sharp. In the lower part of the display you can also see a pending notification, something which has been confirmed multiple times now.

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2 years ago

myTube updated with offline playlist support, redesigned thumbnails and more

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We might not get an official YouTube app anytime soon that isn’t more than a web player, but we’ve got some solid third-party alternatives. The two that contend for a spot on your Start screen are myTube and Metrotube. It’s hard to pick one as a clear winner since they approach YouTube on Windows Phone slightly different and therefore both rock. Let’s check what’s new in the latest myTube update in the meantime.

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2 years ago

Nokia adding Bluetooth support for the Message Access Profile (MAP) in future update to Transfer My Data

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We’re a few weeks away from Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. We expect to see a handful of new smartphones running Windows Phone and even a tablet running Windows RT. We’ll have a pair of boots on the ground bringing you the latest from the event, but it’s always fun to see news trickle out ahead of the event.

We suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of devices taking advantage of some Bluetooth magic, like the Nokia Treasure Tag. But the Bluetooth fun doesn’t stop there with Nokia, read on to learn about some changes coming to the platform.

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2 years ago

6tag updated to correct Facebook connection and follower requests

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Rudy Huyn might be part machine, his apps are constantly getting new features and updates faster than we can keep track of. He’s the developer behind some of the more popular apps in the Windows Phone community like 6tag, 6sec, Wikipedia, TVShow, Fuse and more. His Instagram app, 6tag, has been especially well received and an app we see updated more than others. Let’s check out what’s new in the latest version.

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