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2 years ago

Doodle Jump hops back onto Windows Phone 8, but drops Xbox Live support

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There's no denying it, Doodle Jump is (or rather was) an incredibly popular title. Previously available on Windows Phone, Doodle Jump was pulled and has since been missing for those who have not yet downloaded it on their handsets.

Today we're pleased to relay news that the cute, little game has returned to Windows Phone 8 with many improvements included. Only one problem: it's no longer a Xbox Live title.

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases new ads for Office 365 University; attempts to get "down with the kids"

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Microsoft has certainly got its humour hat on and has gone all out with two new advertisements for its Office 365 platform. Gunning for students who are starting (or are returning to) college, Redmond aims to slap a copy of Office 365 University in the hands of everyone involved in higher education. Are the ads effective? Sure, it's also good to see a humorous touch to what many would assume to be a difficult product to promote with "cool" marketing. 

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2 years ago

Let the tweets flow with TweetLive for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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TweetLive is an interesting app for our Windows Phones that builds a tweet wall on your Windows Phone.  Once you authorize the app to access your Twitter account, you can search for tweets by keyword and have them randomly displayed on your Windows Phone.

Retweets are filtered so you won't see duplicates and the background cover automatically changes to keep things mildly interesting. Tweets cycle through about every five seconds and you can always pull up the search field and change things up.

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2 years ago

Nokia product codenames reveal little in latest leak

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Nokia product codenames reveal little in latest leak

Evleaks, the Twitter account that has been behind Windows Phone hardware leaks in the past, has now fired out numerous codenames that are reported to be hints at future handsets from Nokia. These codenames include the "Bandit," which is billed as a 6-inch 'phablet'. While this leak doesn't reveal much, it's handy to have them jotted down somewhere for future reference, should further details eventually emerge.

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s Belfiore: We’re working on Facebook notification issues; Windows Phone 7 app due “this month”

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The Windows Phone 8 Facebook Beta app was updated late last night and so far, it has been very well received by the user base. The update brings a lot of new features that consumers have been longing for and reinforces Microsoft’s commitment in making the Facebook app top notch on Windows Phone.

There are still at least two major issues though: there is no Windows Phone 7.x version, though it was promised back in May and Facebook users are having widespread problems with receiving notifications. The good news, as revealed by Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, is that both problems should be resolved very soon.

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2 years ago

How to gain back Temporary memory by moving photos out of SkyDrive: fast forward time

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While Windows Phone 8 10327 and higher (aka GDR2) does a great job of fixing the Other storage memory leak, there are still some quirks that are irritating a few users. The main complaint appears to be how Windows Phone handles auto-uploaded images to SkyDrive, or even if you manually mass upload photos and video.

In essence, when you upload photos to SkyDrive, they end up either in the 'Camera Roll' and 'Mobile Uploads' folders. You can then of course delete them from your device but believe it or not, Windows Phone holds onto them in Temporary storage for two weeks i.e. a SkyDrive cache.

That’s why some people have higher than normal Temporary storage numbers that cannot be cleared using apps like Nokia Storage Check. If you leave auto-upload for photos off, it will be quite low, usually less than 50MB in size (ours is at 33MB). If however you had a few hundred photos that were just processed, it could much higher.

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2 years ago

DIY hack enables you to wirelessly charge your Nokia Lumia 925 without optional shells

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It can be a pain if you find yourself being allergic to mobile phone cases when you pick up the Lumia 925 and realise you can't wireless charge it without one attached. Nokia opted to not include wireless charging as a complete packing inside the shell of the main device, much like what's available on the Lumia 920, instead going with a 50/50 setup and firing out accessories that enable you to get charging.

What if you don't want to keep attaching a case to wireless charge the Windows Phone? A French tutorial has been published that walks you through on how to work around this issue and actually install the full wireless charging package on the Lumia 925, without the need for a case (except for the initial guide walkthrough).

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2 years ago

Liquid Daffodil looking for SharePoint users to help test GimmalPoint on Windows 8

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Liquid Daffodil is seeking testers for GimmalPoint on the Windows Store. The app (owned by GimmalPoint - http://www.gimmal.com/) enables SharePoint users to connect and view sites, documents, lists, libraries and more in multiple views. Billed as the "most full-featured" SharePoint solution available on Microsoft's desktop store, Liquid Daffodil is running into some problems with a handful of reports from users who can't seem to connect. 

Since the team is unable to reproduce said issues, they're looking out to the community to get some testers on-board.

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2 years ago

Iconical, a Windows Phone calendar option that makes the most of Live Tiles

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Iconical is a Windows Phone calendar app that allows you to create multiple appointment groups filtered from your Windows Phone calendars and pin them to your Start Screen for quick and easy reference.

You create appointment filter groups based on subject keywords.  The Live Tile focus lets you pin that group to your Start Screen, view up to three appointments (ten with the Plus version) in that filter group, and help you keep up with all your appointments. You can create filtered groups for school, work, medical or any other appointment keyword that you need to monitor a little closer.

Iconical is an interesting Windows Phone calendar app that definitely has potential.

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2 years ago

Facebook Beta updated: brings inline tagging, photo attachments in messaging, and much more

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The original Facebook app on Windows Phone back in the day was pretty bad. Thankfully the forces who can make a difference have over the past few months with the Facebook Beta app. That original beta has since become the official app for Facebook users, but the beta is still going strong. That very beta just received an update to version 5.1.0.1 that brings a slew of new features. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

WOD Warrior for Windows Phone allows you to track and analyze your CrossFit workouts

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of CrossFit. The strength and condition programming, along with affiliated gyms, have exploded in popularity over the past decade.

The central pillar of CrossFit is the WOD or Workout of the Day.

WODs are high-intensity combinations of various exercises and movements that require all-out physical exertion. WOD Warrior for Windows Phone is an app for anyone in the CrossFit community.

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2 years ago

Microsoft clarifies what’s new with Xbox Music in GDR2: fixed cloud collection and more

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GDR2 is slowly rolling out to Windows Phone 8 handsets around the globe. Some devices, like the Lumia 925 and 1020, already come with GDR2 preinstalled. For everyone else, the updates are slowly coming.

We’ve always had a pretty good idea of what’s new in GDR2, but some items were slightly vague. For example we knew Microsoft made "improvements to Xbox Music", but didn’t know exactly what that meant. Thanks to a blog posting by the Windows Phone team, we now know what's changed.

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2 years ago

Quick Review: Amzer Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for the Nokia Lumia 925

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In continuing our ongoing series of cases for the Nokia Lumia 925, today we’re taking a look at one from Amzer, who’s a well-known manufacturer making some unique cases for smartphones.

The Amzer “dual layer” is a mid-range case, meaning it’s more than a simple plastic shell but less than OtterBox level for safeguarding. With a double cover setup, you’re getting both security for the finish of the device as well as shock absorption. But like all things in life, there are tradeoffs for that level of protection.

The hidden gem of the Amzer though is the built in kickstand, which allows you to use your device in a portrait or landscape position. As we point out in our video review below, portrait makes a lot of sense now with Nokia’s Desktop App or their Glance screen. But for you old-school people, landscape is perfect for catching something on Netflix.

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2 years ago

Nokia teases Tetris Blitz for Windows Phone

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The original Tetris for Windows Phone is a fair port of the classic puzzle game, albeit overpriced at $4.99. But the world has moved on, and vanilla Tetris doesn’t excite gamers any more. That’s why Electronic Arts jazzed the old game up with the Bejeweled Blitz treatment and turned it into Tetris Blitz earlier this year. A faster paced Tetris designed for mobile play – what’s not to love?

Windows Phone gamers certainly didn’t love the lack of Tetris Blitz on their platform of choice; that’s for sure. But Nokia has just announced that Tetris Blitz will finally be coming to Windows Phone next week. So soon!

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2 years ago

Casual Connect 2013 Wrap-up: Windows Phone and Windows 8 report card

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Yesterday we ran our final Casual Connect USA news item for the year: a preview of upcoming games Animal Park Tycoon and Yeti Rising. Now its time to look back at how Windows Phone and Windows 8 fared at the show. Did they live up to our predications, and has Windows Phone gaming prospered since Casual Connect 2012?

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