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2 years ago

Mark your calendars: April 2015 is when Windows 9 is expected

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Windows 8.1 is only a few months old, but we’re starting to learn more and more about Microsoft’s future plans for Windows. It was recently that we learned of “Threshold”, the company wide update for various Windows-based platforms that is expected to come in spring 2015. We’re now learning more about what’s coming on the Windows side of things when Threshold drops in April 2015.

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2 years ago

Consumerization of 3D Printing: Windows 8.1 drivers and a Windows Phone app

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2 years ago

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, WhatsApp and Nokia Camera received bug-fixing updates

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A handful of popular Windows Phone apps have received updates recently that appear to mainly deal with fixing bugs and improving performance.

First up is the addictive Empire building game from Disney Mobile, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star.  The game has you building an all-new Death Star and defeating the Rebel Alliance.  The update takes the game to version 1.0.1.7 and fixes the problem of stores not producing coins while the game is closed of minimized.

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2 years ago

Twitch TV: We're waiting on Microsoft for Xbox One support

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2 years ago

Out Of Memory, a management styled puzzle game for Windows Phone 8

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Out Of Memory is a strategy oriented puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 devices that has you managing computer memory.  You are tasked with allocating computer memory to a variety of computer programs.  The goal, manage your computer memory for as long as possible.

Out Of Memory is a simply drawn up game for Windows Phone but does not lack challenge.  There are several types of programs that will impact your memory grid in different ways.  While we have plenty of puzzle games for our Windows Phone, Out Of Memory offers a unique style of gaming that has a certain amount of appeal.

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2 years ago

Disney updates Where's My Water 2? to remove controversial energy system

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When Where's My Water? 2 launched late last year, it was met with criticism from not only ourselves, but consumers too. This was due to the energy system implemented, which almost acted as a deterrent to play the game itself. Just like popular free online games available that make use of said system, players were forced to pick up in-app purchases to continue playing (or wait until their energy replenished). This sucked.

Luckily, Disney has been listening to consumer feedback and has released an update to the Windows Phone version of the game, removing the energy system altogether. 

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2 years ago

Extras + Info update reportedly fixes ‘screen sensitivity’ issue on Lumia 1520

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We’ve noted in the past that despite the Lumia 1520 being one of our favorite Lumias to date, like everything in the world of technology it had a few nits that bothered us.

One of those was the often reported ‘screen sensitivity’ complaint, where scrolling with the display would frequently result in a tap. Think of scrolling through your emails and instead of scrolling down, you open a message up unintendedly. Another example would be on 6tag, the double-tap to like feature of the app would be activated when just swiping through photos.

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2 years ago

Daniel Rubino LOVES Jaybird headphones... watch the video here (don't blame us if you end up buying a pair!)

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2 years ago

Useful tips for developers to avoid Windows Phone app certification failures

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Whether you are an individual, hobbyist Windows Phone developer or part of a developer studio that builds Windows Phone apps, it’s quite an effort to develop, test, and market the apps.

Therefore, it hurts when an app submission fails certification, and you have to correct and resubmit the apps. Not only does it increase the effort and resources, it also delays the app release and any marketing plans.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony VAIO Tap 21 at CES

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Hands-on with the Sony VAIO Tap 21 at CES

The demise of the desktop has been greatly over exaggerated. We’re here live at CES and PC makers have some really great all-in-ones either in market or coming soon. One that we really like was the Sony VAIO Tap 21. Here’s our hands-on with the desktop that you can take from room to room.

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2 years ago

What do those arrow icons mean on my Windows Phone?

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In case you missed it yesterday, Nokia announced that their Lumia Black update was beginning to rollout. That update is a double punch firmware (Lumia Black) and OS refresh (Update 3). But there’s one question a few of you submitting to the site that has caught our attention: What do those little arrow mean for the system icons?

Many of you have figured it out, but for those who haven’t we have the details.

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2 years ago

Spice up your Nokia App Folders setup with some Windows Phone emoji

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Here's a neat little trick to get your on your way to customising your Start screen with Nokia's App Folders solution. The app was recently published to the Windows Phone Store and just like you could with contacts, you're able to copy and paste emoticons from the SMS text box to App Folder titles to add some personality. Putting together a games folder, why not add a controller? 

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2 years ago

We talk FitBit at #CESLive!

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We talk FitBit at #CESLive!

It can easily be said that most of the WPCentral Staff are fans of the FitBit line of fitness trackers.  We all climbed on board last year during Fitness Month with the FitBit One and many of us have progressed to the FitBit Force.  It was a pleasure to have Lindsay Cook from FitBit spend a little time with us on the #CESLive stage.

Lindsay highlighted the FitBit Force with its digital display.  She also shared that an accessory line from Tory Burch is in the works for the FitBit Flex to dress up the device a bit.

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2 years ago

Video tour of Microsoft’s off-site showroom at CES 2014

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The big news a few years ago was Microsoft was not going to do CES any longer, instead focusing on their own events like Build, which are better aligned with their product announcements.

But the truth is, they are here, taking meetings with their partners and press (see our interview with director of Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan). They even have a rather large showroom with just announced Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, two-in-ones and various Windows Phone 8 devices.

Check out our behind the scenes video of Microsoft’s off-site showroom, including all of their wares. Video after the break!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with LG’s Tab-Book 2, the Windows 8 machine that slides

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LG doesn’t get a lot of name drops here on Windows Phone Central. At one point LG was making Windows Phone devices, but stopped making them after poor response and sales. They haven’t been particularly strong in laptops or tablets either, but a few devices of theirs surprised us this week at CES. Their ultrabook, called the Ultra PC, left us with a good first impression. Here’s a quick look at another interesting machine from LG – the Tab-Book 2.

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