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2 years ago

Microsoft and Nook Media update agreement; Redmond developing its own reader app

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Microsoft and Nook Media (Barnes & Noble) have updated the agreement signed two years ago. According to a new 8-K filing by Barnes and Noble, Nook Media is now allowed to discontinue the Windows 8 app and cease development on the Windows Phone companion client at their discretion. Before you take to rioting in the streets, a replacement app is on the way for Windows 8, titled Microsoft Consumer Reader and we could well see a Windows Phone version from Redmond too.

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2 years ago

What's your experience with going from phone to phablet?

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With the release of Nokia’s Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320, many fans of Windows Phone have made the leap to a bigger phone than they’ve ever really had the opportunity to have. And while the adoption of these phablets has without a doubt brought many benefits to their new proud owners, it is also likely that the process is not without its challenges and adjustments.

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2 years ago

Microsoft reportedly waiving Windows Phone license fees for some hardware partners

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Microsoft is beginning to try new things to tackle Android and iOS in the competitive smartphone market. Slashing the Windows Phone licensing fees for some OEM partners may be one option the company is looking into. According to a report on India Times, Microsoft is waiving license costs and offering the operating system to at least two Indian phone vendors for free.

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2 years ago

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone gets new custom notification sound

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If you’re a fan of Facebook, then you’re probably happy about the new hit Messenger app from the company. Looks like they haven’t forgotten about their main Facebook app either, even though it’s managed by Microsoft. Today, that test version of the popular app gets bumped from 5.2.3.0 make that 5.2.2.2 to 5.2.3.1. That brings it to being just ahead of the official app, which is at 5.2.3.0.

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2 years ago

Zombies Ate My Doctor, the undead invade the endless runner

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Zombies Ate My Doctor is a fast paced, endless runner game for Windows Phone 8 where you are racing through hospital halls, shooting up zombies and rescuing the local sheriff.

Graphics are well done, game play challenging and the game has a first person shooter element. Zombies Ate My Doctor makes a good first impression and is not a bad option to pass the time with.

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2 years ago

Next WhatsApp update on Windows Phone will also bring individual backgrounds for contacts

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We know you’re eagerly waiting for the next WhatsApp update. And why not? After all the beta leaks, it’s looking to be a doozy. From custom notifications, media download controls, custom backgrounds, privacy controls to many subtle UI changes, the next version of WhatsApp is looking to be a wow-worthy update.

Tonight, another private beta update has gone out (build 398), and it brings something even better than the ability to set a background image for all your chats: the ability to set custom images for individual contacts. Give your best friend one image, your significant other another and yet another for your colleagues, the choice is yours.

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2 years ago

Do you have a preferred nickname for Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana?

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Microsoft is set to include a new virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, named Cortana. The name itself comes from the popular video game series Halo, where Cortana is an artificial intelligence who accompanies the player throughout the story. While it's not yet known what the final name of the assistant will be, there have been new nicknames and suggestions published on our forums.

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2 years ago

Guide – How to use the Xbox One controller with your PC or Windows 8 tablet [Updated]

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The Xbox One controller is one of the finest control pads ever designed. The same goes for the Titanfall Limited Edition Controller we just reviewed. But one flaw compared to Xbox 360 controllers is that Xbox One controllers don’t work on computers and tablets. Blame Microsoft, who have yet to release a PC driver even though it would take virtually no effort to do so.

Luckily, a hobbyist developer named Lucas Assis has developed a temporary Xbox One controller driver for Windows 7 and 8. It doesn't work on Windows RT, so this won't help regular Surface users. His solution requires the use of several companion programs (bundled with the driver) and a few quarts of elbow grease, but it does actually work. Until now, you’d have to endure a somewhat painful tutorial video in order to guide you through the process. Lucky for you guys, I’ve gone through that already so that we can bring you this easy-to-understand written guide!

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2 years ago

App Update Roundup: 2flicka, Cal and more receive updates

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It has been a rather quiet week so far with the news, but we're looking at more app updates being pushed through the Windows Phone Store. Updating your arsenal of content will surely make up for the lack of hardware announcements and help you through the wait for Windows Phone 8.1.

Today, we're looking at both 2flicka and Cal, not to mention some other apps worth noting. Slip past the break for more details.

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2 years ago

How to stream multimedia to your Xbox One from your Windows PC

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When Microsoft released the Xbox One back in November of 2013, the console came without the ability to play multimedia from an external device, such as a flash drive. It seemed that the ultimate entertainment console would not be able to play any of your personal content and instead you would be locked to approve multimedia apps on the platform, but that is not the case.

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2 years ago

Review – Titanfall Limited Edition Controller for Xbox One

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The Xbox One’s first killer app Titanfall launched earlier this week, and appears to be selling like hotcakes. The release of a big new console game often inspires players to pick up a few accessories, and Titanfall is no different. In addition to deluxe third-party headsets, Microsoft has just released its own Xbox One Stereo Headset as well as the Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller.

Nobody needs a new controller just for Titanfall; it’s an online-only game without support for local multiplayer. But the Limited Edition Controller is extremely stylish, and you probably need an extra controller for other multiplayer games anyway. We’ve got lots of photos, a hands-on video, and even a list of local multiplayer Xbox One games in our detailed review.

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2 years ago

Review – ROCK Nokia Lumia 1320 Colorful Leather Case

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When it comes to cases, a good argument could be made for the Nokia Lumia 1320. The large phablet is by no means fragile, but it does pack a six inch display which could be broken (or scratched). Combined with the size, and some people may want to go down the road of treating this phone like an old school PDA.

The ROCK ‘Colorful Leather Case’ runs for about $10 and it can be found on various websites, mostly in eastern markets. It’s certainly a bargain and due to the design and decent quality, I have to recommend this case if you’re into this style.

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2 years ago

Razer announces what may be the most kicks ass gaming laptop in the world

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If you are a PC gamer, then you will probably remember the days of lugging around a heavy 10-pound machine, just so you could claim the ability to run Crysis on max settings. Gaming laptops of the past were fat, heavy, and had battery life so short that you could blink and the laptop would be dead. Now, Razer has introduced a refresh to their seemingly impossibly thin Ultrabook gaming machines.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 camera app shown off in new video, reveals new customizations

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We’re less than a month away from actually seeing Windows Phone 8.1 ourselves at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. We know a lot about the next big version of Windows Phone, but there’s still more info trickling out as we lead up to the big unveil. Today we’re looking at the default camera application that Windows Phone 8.1 handsets will ship with. Video after the break.

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2 years ago

VLC for Windows 8 is now available in the Windows Store

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Not everyone are fans of the native Windows 8 Music and Video apps, but for those who are looking to find an alternative solution – you will not have to wait any longer. Back in November of 2012, VLC announced a Kickstarter campaign to launch the software on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. As of today, the application has passed certification and is now published in the Windows 8 Store for x86 and x64 based machines.

RT and Windows Phone versions will still have to wait, though they are planned.

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