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2 years ago

Unlocked Samsung ATIV S now receiving Window Phone 8 GDR2 OS update

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It was just yesterday that people in Canada on Bell, Telus or Rogers who also owned the under-rated (and underappreciated) Samsung ATIV S were greeted with a double OS and firmware update, bringing their phones up to the coveted GDR2 status (OS build 10327).

Of course it was later revealed that some features like FM Radio (which may not be supported by the hardware) and the ability to set a pre-defined camera app were missing. Still, the additional bug fixes in GDR2 are nothing to shy away from, including the reduction in the size of Other Storage or the .WAV file support in email.

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2 years ago

Snes8x, VBA8, and VGBC8 once again available, for free on the Windows Phone Store

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We just reported on three emulators being removed from the Windows Phone Store, but now we're pleased to relay news that the apps are once again available. Developed by M.k, Snes8x (Super Nintendo), VBA8 (GameBoy Advance), and VGBC8 (GameBoy Color) were spotted to be M.I.A and immediate reaction led to speculation that Microsoft had started cracking down on emulator apps. 

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2 years ago

Lenovo launches new Windows 8 tablet, dubs it the "Miix 10"

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2 years ago

First Microsoft Store within Best Buy to open tomorrow in Los Angeles

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2 years ago

Fashion forward app Scoopt gets a quick update, brings some new features and quick fixes

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Last week we showed you guys and gals Scoopt. It’s a fashion app that has launched on Windows Phone first with Android and iOS apps on the way. It allows users to browse some of the latest in fashion (clothes, accessories, etc) and buy purchase items through the apps. Scoopt has also picked up a pretty fast update based on feedback from all of you. Let’s see what’s new and improved.

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2 years ago

Microsoft announces Windows Phone App Studio beta for new devs, loosens grip on unlocking phones

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Today, Microsoft is making another effort to woo developers to Windows Phone, especially for those who are novices or who are located in emerging markets.

The latest change is two-fold and involves new online software for developers and a more lenient unlocking policy to sideload apps.The effort is to make it easier for developers to jump on board Windows Phone by lowering the cost and barrier to entry.

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2 years ago

Active Fitness joins the Nokia Collection, could easily become one of our favorite fitness apps

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Summer is in full swing up here in the northern hemisphere. Depending on your location, this might be the only time of the year where you can really get outdoors and enjoy activities (I’m looking at you Seattle). We have a handful of great apps to track your workouts on Windows Phone (like Runtastic), but Active Fitness is a new one that has some pretty cool features that you’ll want to check out.

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2 years ago

Quick Review: YESOO Ultra Slim Fit Case for the Nokia Lumia 1020; another affordable gem

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Finding the right case for your smartphone is never an easy task and in fact, there might not be a right one for all occasions, just one right for the moment. Today, we’re taking a look at another low-cost shell for the Lumia 1020, the YESOO Ultra Slim Fit Flexible Case.

Found on eBay and Amazon, often under the terms “Ultra Slim Fit Case”, this item offers some low-level protection but sometimes, that’s all you need. It varies in price from $3.99 to $5.99, but you get the point: it’s affordable. Coming in a variety of colors, including green, aqua blue, pink, gray and white, the shell will only protect against minor falls but we’re okay with that.

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2 years ago

Bing teams up with 500px - features 2.5 million photographers

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2 years ago

Beta update: #6tagram for Windows Phone 8 progressing nicely, aiming for a launch next week

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It’s been a few days since we’ve mentioned anything about Instagram and Windows Phone, so we figured we would update you on one of the most anticipated projects: 6tagram from developer Rudy Huyn.

Starting last Friday, the app went into private beta with a few thousand lucky users getting early access to hunt down and find bugs. Since then, the app has had a steady stream of updates (sometimes two a day) as Rudy has added new features and refined any usability issues.

The app is planned, roughly, for a release next week though that’s not a guarantee. Still, at the rate at which the app is progressing and the positive feedback so far, we’re confident that the app will be making a lot of people happy.

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2 years ago

Three gaming emulators disappear from the Windows Phone and Windows 8 Stores; here's why [Updated]

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In the Windows Phone and Windows 8 emulation scene, a developer named M.k has largely been the star of the show. Starting in January of this year, he produced no less than three awesome emulators for mobile Microsoft platforms: Snes8x (Super Nintendo), VBA8 (GameBoy Advance), and VGBC8 (GameBoy Color). M.k updated his emulators regularly, and had promised to bring MOGA Pro Controller support to the Windows Phone 8 versions in a future update.

Yesterday our hopes for a controller-fied emulation future came to an abrupt halt when all three of M.k’s emulators disappeared from the Windows Phone Store. This prompted speculation that Microsoft had finally started cracking down on emulators, a somewhat controversial type of app.

Many gamers love playing classic games via emulation, but others lump the practice in with piracy. Microsoft has historically allowed emulators to be sold on the Store, which means there is no debate as far as we’re concerned. Could Microsoft have changed its policy towards emulation apps though?

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2 years ago

Preview: SongArc will let you touch your music for wild gameplay on Windows Phone

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Years ago on the Zune HD we had a popular game called AudioSurf. It was at the time one of the first mobile music/rhythm games that allowed you to interact with your Zune’s music in no other way. Fast forward to 2013 and while we don’t have that game, we may have something even better coming: SongArc.

SongArc is a forthcoming, brand new title from two well-known developers: Turtle Games, who make the popular game Rum Run and András Velvárt, who is the mind behind SurfCube 3D Browser. It’s yet another genius creation from the AppCampus Project (a joint venture between Microsoft, Aalto University and Nokia) and it should be coming out in the next month.

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2 years ago

Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets a small update today with some new refinements

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While Skype on Windows Phone 8 still falls short of the more seamless experience on Android, the chaps at Microsoft and Skype are at least working their tails off to improve the Windows Phone experience. Such is the case with the steady stream of monthly updates to the popular VOIP service, with the last occurring on July 9th.

Version 2.9.0.129 should be going live in the Store right now for users, meaning if you follow the link below you can force update the app instead of waiting 12 hours for your Store tile to refresh. More interestingly, Skype actually included a changelog with the update and it’s more than the usual “bug fixes”.

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2 years ago

Want to fix your Windows 8.1 battery issue on Surface RT? Turn your Bluetooth on!

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According to Microsoft’s support forums, a user complained that his Surface RT running the latest version of the company’s Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview was seeing an extreme power decrease while in standby mode. The user also noted that a driver known as “Microsoft UART V2” seemed to be causing the issue.

Microsoft’s support team contacted the user and requested he try switching his Bluetooth to on to save battery life. Right away, this seems to be an odd solution; turning on your Bluetooth radio should decrease your device’s battery life – not improve it. That being said, as soon as said user turned on his Bluetooth radio, his issue disappeared.

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2 years ago

ESPN Fantasy Football now available for all Windows Phones

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The exclusive deal between ESPN and Nokia regarding the Fantasy Football app for Windows Phone has ended. If you own a Windows Phone you'll now be able to download the ESPN Fantasy Football app, regardless whether or not you're rocking a Lumia. The app enables you to manage fantasy teams and monitor performance with real-time FantasyCast scores and news.

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