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2 years ago

Microsoft's smartwatch rumored to be compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

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While Microsoft has yet to make anything official on the wearables front, we've seen plenty about their rumored smartwatch lately. From what we've seen so far, their offering will be a slim design that offers a slew of fitness features and also has a removable watch body that fits snuggly into a companion charging/sync dock.

According to Forbes, Microsoft's watch may also be cross-platform by supporting Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices — something that not many current smartwatches can claim. The report also says that the smartwatch will continuously monitor your heart-rate and will run for two days on a single charge.

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2 years ago

Scientists now know why rechargeable batteries go bad, and may know how to fix them

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Sweet, sweet science is on its way to finding a cure for how lithium-ion batteries (like the one in your phone) lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven, and Stanford have found a pattern to the erosion that happens at both anode and cathode ends of the battery, when previously it was assumed the erosion was uniform. The salt that forms at the anode side and the metallic erosion on the cathode side both latch onto microscopic imperfections, kind of like how a water droplets latch onto a piece of dirt to begin forming rain or a snowflake.

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2 years ago

WhatsApp and Microsoft still working together on fix for missing app

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What’s up? WhatsApp is still not available for those to download from the Windows Phone Store. Late April, we reported that WhatsApp for Windows Phone was broken with no fix in sight. A few weeks after that, WhatsApp was pulled from the Store. Microsoft later clarified that they were working with WhatsApp on a fix. Now we have an update on the situation from Microsoft. Details after the break.

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2 years ago

Bing Health & Fitness update enables SensorCore step counter on Lumia 630

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2 years ago

HOT Watch announces support for Windows Phone, smartwatch app coming late June

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We're pretty jealous of our friends with Android smartphones and iPhones who get all the wearable love. Slowly, but surely, Windows Phone is gaining support for smartwatches and fitness trackers. Those of you really wanting a smartwatch might want to check out the HOT Watch from PH Technical Labs. They recently announced a partnership with Microsoft and have stated that a Windows Phone app is currently in development.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile merger with Sprint looks more likely as Softbank and Deutsche Telekom agree on sale

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Softbank is making an end-run around concerns about a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US by instead hitting up T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom. As reported by Japanese news agency Kyodo, Japan-based Softbank has entered into an agreement with Germany-based Deutsche Telekom to buy the latter's ownership stake in US carrier T-Mobile. The US Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice have expressed their concerns about the potential for such consolidation in the US cellular market, and the move by Softbank would likely end up still being heavily scrutinized.

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2 years ago

Surface charging carts lead the way for mass school and enterprise adoption

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When it comes to Microsoft’s Surface platform, individual consumers are but one demographic of the all-in-one device, but Redmond has a long history of dealing with enterprise and schools as well. Indeed, the Surface Pro 3 seems even more poised to be the perfect enterprise device for companies to distribute to employees.

In the Microsoft Store, we recently came across the availability of ‘charging carts’ for the Surface series. These carts can store and charge from 32 to 36 Surface and Surface Pro devices (even with cases). There are currently two versions of the cart, running between $1499 and $2199 and they can be purchased direct or through Microsoft.

We spoke with the company behind the carts, Anthro (www.anthro.com), based out of Tualatin, Oregon, about the future of Surface. They’ve been making what they call ‘technology furniture’ since 1984 including standup desks, which myself and Kevin Michaluk use daily for our Mobile Nations work.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 gets big commitments from big businesses

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Mobi Products Snap-On Case for Nokia Lumia 1020

For today only, purchase the Mobi Products Snap-On Case for Nokia Lumia 1020 and save 70% off the list price!

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Lumia 1020 hard cases are strong enough to withstand impacts and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The back features a soft coating that's comfortable to hold, easy to manage and helps prevent unwanted drops. Colors include black, blue, red and purple.

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2 years ago

How do these guys do this? A mobile hotspot for $20 with free high-speed Wi-Fi [Sponsored]

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The FreedomPop Photo mobile hotspot

At first, dedicated mobile hotspots may not seem like something most smartphone owners have a particular need to invest in. After all, so many businesses offer Wi-Fi and your phone can act as a hotspot in a pinch. However, there's still a compelling case to be made for a dedicated hotspot device and plan, especially when data for them can be ridiculously cheap or free with the right provider. In most cases you need to save your phone's battery for the rest of your day, not to mention spare your mobile monthly data bucket. Whether you need to keep a high speed online connection on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or all of the above, there's certainly a time and a place for a mobile hotspot, and we may have found the best deal yet.

2 years ago

Win a Surface Pro 3 from Windows Phone Central!!

Win a Surface Pro 3 from Windows Phone Central!!

Leave up to THREE comments on this article for THREE chances to win a Core i5 Surface Pro 3!

It was just over one week ago that Microsoft pulled the covers off of the Surface Pro 3, a device I use every day now (don’t worry, our full review is due soon, we like to spend time with it first). We know many of you want this super awesome, but admittedly pricey, high-tech gizmo, so we’re giving you three chances to WIN ONE.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is login to Windows Phone Central and leave a comment for your chance to win. And since this is the third Surface Pro, we're going to spice things up and give you up to THREE chances to win. After you leave your first comment, you can leave a second and a third to earn your additional chances (you can leave even more comments if you like, but only your first three will count for contest entry purposes). Please make comments UNIQUE from each other, otherwise you will trigger our spam filter!

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2 years ago

Microsoft UK highlights the affordable Nokia Lumia 630 in new ad

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2 years ago

Skyline brings a minimalist look to your weather and is worth checking out

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We were tipped on a relatively new Windows Phone 8 weather app the other day and while we have plenty of weather app options, this one ain't too shabby. Skyline has a minimalist appearance that delivers the basic weather information along with an interesting map feature.

Yes. It is another Windows Phone weather app but Skyline has enough appeal and gusto to stand out from the pack.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 Store now reveals your phone make and model in reviews

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Here’s one feature we knew was coming for Windows Phone 8.1, but wasn’t quite ready a few weeks ago: device enumeration in reviews.

Yup, numerous reports have come in confirming that under app and game reviews, individual posts will not only show the user’s name (if registered) but their exact Windows Phone make and model used for the review. That’s important for context when reading a analysis by someone. For instance, if customer rates a game’s performance as “excellent with smooth graphics” it makes a difference if they’re on a Lumia 520 versus a Lumia 1520. Not only that, if an app developer sees negative reviews only from HTC 8X users, they may very well conclude there is something going on with their app that needs fixing.

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2 years ago

Tapatalk picks up major update for Windows Phone, gains full mod support, new UI and more!

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Tapatalk is one of the best services out there to access forums on your smartphone or tablet. Not many forums are mobile-optimized nor do they have a dedicated app, which is where Tapatalk comes in. With Tapatalk you can access all your favorite forums on your Windows Phone handset or Windows 8 device. The Windows Phone version of Tapatalk has just picked up a substantial update to version 2.0. Let’s check out what’s new and improved with Tapatalk.  

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