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2 years ago

Dell pushes out Ambient Light Sensor fix for Venue 8 Pro tablet

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Between the various sales, discounts and all around good word-of-mouth, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, featuring Windows 8 (x86) on an 8-inch tablet, has become a mini-hit this holiday season. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if many aren’t given out as Christmas gifts in two days.

One complaint about the otherwise stellar device is the ambient light sensor. Out of the box, the brightness on the Dell is very dim. That’s surprising if only because throwing it into manual control (instead of the default auto adjust), you’re treated to a very bright display—easily the brightest of the all the 8-inch Windows tablets on the market. The reason it’s so dim? To preserve battery life and rake up that 10 hour rating. Unfortunately, Dell’s settings are too aggressive.

Luckily, they seem to be listening. A new patch came out a few days ago, featuring new ambient light sensor settings, which will optimize them for better performance. The update is just 2 MB and it will only take you a few moments to install.

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2 years ago

Phones 4u slashes Lumia 625 price, makes Lumia 1020 more affordable this Christmas

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2 years ago

Prepare for war as Halo: Spartan Assault launches on Xbox One with new co-op mode and more

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2 years ago

ING Direct Australia releases their banking app for Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

Need more cloud storage? Grab the official BackItUp app from Nero for Windows Phone

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Today, Nero has pushed out their official BackItUp app (nerobackitup.com) for Windows Phone 8, giving the hundredth method by which users can safely store their images to the cloud. We’re sure this a tough sell to Windows Phone users, who get to experience native SkyDrive support with 7 GB of space (and that bonus 20 GB just handed out).

Still, if you like Nero or already happen to be using their service, which is also available on Android, then today is your day.

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2 years ago

Join the crazy Rabbids in space as they explode onto Xbox Live for Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

UC Browser continues its update spree; version 3.3 adds Wi-Fi sharing, pin to Speed Dial and more

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UC Browser is a super popular alternative web browsing experience on Windows Phone. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has come a long way, but should you require a web browser with more features and regular updates, UC Browser is definitely one to keep an eye on and have installed on your Windows Phone.

Version 3.3 of UC Browser has just been pushed to the store, so open up a new tab and head past the break to find out what's new.

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2 years ago

4Blend, tapping into Nokia’s Imaging SDK for a little HDR goodness

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4Blend is a new Windows Phone 8 photography app designed to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.  The app uses Nokia’s Imaging SDK and a multi-layer HDR algorithm to build the HDR images.  The basic HDR effect can be used to improve low-light photos and a series of effects filters can be used to add a little creativity to your HDR images.

Add voice activated shutter control, front camera support and manual camera settings and 4Blend makes a nice first impression.

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2 years ago

Facebook app for Windows Phone gets new Live Tiles, push notifications, login URI and more in huge update

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2 years ago

Vector 24: Benedict Evans on the meaning of really cheap smartphones

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Vector is our cross-site, cross-platform podcast where we analyze the biggest stories with smartest guests in the industry. This week telecom analyst Benedict Evans talks to Rene about what really cheap Android handsets mean for the mobile market, Nokia’s quest for the next billion customers, and who’s buying the iPhone 5c.

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2 years ago

Unibeam, a nifty looking Windows Phone 8 flashlight app

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If you are in the market for a flashlight app, you have plenty of choices in the Windows Phone Store.  Unibeam is one option to consider.

While it can be a challenge to make flashlight apps stand out, Unibeam does so graphically.  The app has a decent feature set but really makes its mark with the graphics and animations that kick in as you activate the light.  It is a very nice looking, eye-catching flashlight app.

Unibeam may just be another Windows Phone 8 flashlight app for some but it takes on the task of shedding a little light on the subject with style.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds updated across the board with new levels and characters!

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If you have be experiencing wantingness for new gaming levels to your favorite Angry Birds game, today is your lucky day.  Updates have gone out to just about every Windows Phone 8 Angry Birds gaming title, adding new levels, characters and features.

We will start with the original Angry Birds game being updated to version 4.0.  Based on the Windows Phone store details the update adds 30 extra levels in a new Short Fuse episode.  You also have 15 new levels in a Birthday Party episode and a new wave bomb feature.

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2 years ago

Hill Climb Racing adds dragster and 2 new levels in the Christmas update

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Windows Phone users have waited a long time to get Hill Climb Racing, but the developers bring the Christmas update for the popular physics-based driving game around the same time on Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Version 1.13 adds 2 new levels and one vehicle.

Don’t worry if you don’t have enough coins to unlock the new items. Watch the video after the break to see what’s new.

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2 years ago

Video Interview with Windows 8.2 Concept Designer Jay Machalani

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Last week we reported on Jay s Windows 8.2 concept design. Many Windows fans around the world looked upon the concept animation and screenshots with awe, at a design that could not help to amaze. This week, we decided to have a virtual sit down with Jay and discuss his motivations for designing the concept as well as the impact it might have on Microsoft’s future designs going forward.

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2 years ago

Bee Leader buzzes its way into Windows and Windows Phone

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Game titles from iOS and Android keep coming to Windows Phone. Here’s another one. Bee Leader is a beautifully designed game with a cool flight model & fun physics. You’re a big bee flying around the world and hovering over flowers to collect nectar. Want to play it on a bigger screen? The Windows version has also just been released.

Head past the break to watch our gameplay video.

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