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2 years ago

Translator With Speech for Windows Phone supports more languages in latest update

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When you travel, it’s handy to have a translation app on your phone. One app you might want to install before leaving on your trip is Translator with Speech. It is usually listed among the top-paid and best-rated language apps for Windows Phone. It has also just received an update to version 2.2, adding more languages.

Head past the break for our hands on video and walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Bing rounds up the best of its homepage imagery - downloadable theme available

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The ongoing Bing vs. Google debate is not one that has any intention of ending soon, but it is hard to state that Google’s homepage can ever be more breathtaking than some of the imagery supplied by the Microsoft team for Bing.

In honor of the great imagery that has been used over the past year, Microsoft released a list of the most popular Bing homepages along with a downloadable theme for Windows 8 that you can access after the break.

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2 years ago

Supposed screenshot from Nokia’s dual SIM Moneypenny leaked

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Nokia’s first dual SIM Windows Phone is rumored to be codenamed “Moneypenny”. Dual-SIM phones allow mobile devices to carry and support two SIM cards. This dual SIM operation lets users use two services at once without needing to carry two different phones. Dual SIM devices are very popular in emerging markets, which is probably where we’ll find Moneypenny (aka the Lumia 630 and 635) offered. Now we’ve got a rumored screenshot of the display.

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2 years ago

Settlers of Catan establishes colonies in the Windows 8 Store - get ready to adventure

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The famous German board game, The Settlers of Catan, has landed on Windows 8 for your strategy solving pleasure.  The game itself revolves around settlers building colony communities on the mythical island of Catan. The goal of the game itself is to reach ten victory points – scored by players for each settlement they own along with other various achievements.

The Windows 8 version of the game, which became available a few days ago, is stated to deliver the “legendary” game experience along with new “detailed graphics [to] take you to an utterly realistic Catan”. The game even allows users to choose between a 3D gaming experience and a classic 2D board game layout.

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2 years ago

Tip: Create your own photo album folders on your Windows Phone

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If you're anything like most of us here at Windows Phone Central, your phone is probably loaded with pictures from all over the place. Wouldn't it be nice to organize them better, so you don't have to scroll through all of them to find what you are looking for?

Reddit user, DashThePunk, posted a way to do just that by using your computer.  It turns out to be shockingly easy. Take a gander after the jump for step-by-step instructions.

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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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