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2 years ago

If you search for child abuse on Bing - Microsoft will know

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Microsoft’s Bing search engine has become the first in the world to introduce pop-up notifications for those who decide to seek out child abuse content including child pornography. The system will be launching in the United Kingdom first.

The new system will first notify users that they are searching for illegal content and offer details on available counseling services.

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2 years ago

Verizon retains top dog title in US; Windows Phone climbing steadily according to new market data from Kantar

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Kantar World Panel has released US smartphone market figures for the 3-month period ending June 2013. The report shows Android retaining 51.5 percent of the US smartphone market, while iOS follows in second with 42.5 percent. Windows Phone holds 4 percent, growing slowly but steadily (up 1.1 percent since last year).

Mobile operators were also included in the report with Verizon increasing its lead to 36.9 percent. Head past the break for more details.

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2 years ago

Lockdown: How secure is your smartphone? - Talk Mobile

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Look at your smartphone. You likely have at least one email account on it, along with the associated contacts and calendar. You have your memos and to-do list. There's your browsing history. Your phone history and text messages. Years of photos. Probably Facebook, and maybe Twitter or Google+. You might have a banking app, stores you frequent, or a travel app with your airline tickets.

More and more of our lives are on our smartphones and tablets. These tools have become increasingly useful, but that makes them increasingly problematic. Your digital life resides on and can be accessed through this device. This personal disposition makes our phones a mine of data about us, some of it potentially incredibly sensitive and damaging.

These phones track us everywhere we go - what apps deserve access to that data? Can we trust our smartphones to make financial transactions with businesses and our friends? How do we keep everything on our phones secure, and what do we do if we lose it? And what about everybody else's personal social network and contact data on that device?

The more that's on your phone, the more important security becomes.

2 years ago

Microsoft and Google team up for LGBT InterTech Diversity Forum

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Sure, Microsoft and Google may be trying to murder each other when it comes to technology, but the two companies can always team up for a good cause. This week in London, the two companies along with others including Amazon, Dell, and Nokia came together to launch the brand new InterTech Diversity Forum for LGBT+ people (since when did we get a “plus” added?).

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2 years ago

ZBand - The Windows Phone compatible silent alarm clock accessory

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ZBand (www.zband.biz) is a silent alarm wristband that's compatible with Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Android. The device is an interesting accessory as it connects and synchronises with a Windows Phone 8 smartphone running the ZBand app - there's no need for a PC or web service. So what does the wristband do? It essentially acts as a silent alarm clock, replacing that pesky mobile phone ringtone.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Xbox One Controller and Headset now available for preorder

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2 years ago

Microsoft to bring high-speed and affordable internet to South Africa

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2 years ago

Hipstamatic Oggl and Oggl Pro get quick bug fixes for Windows Phone

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If you tried the recently released Oggl photo app (for all Windows Phone 8 devices) or Oggl PRO (Nokia Lumia 1020), you may have had some mixed results from posting your creations. For instance, we noticed when we’d dual post to Instagram and Twitter, the Twitter submission would only have an Oggl link but omit our accompanying written text. Others have reported login in problems, failed submissions and an overall “meh” experience.

Luckily, Hipstamatic’s Oggl apps appear to be on the fast track for bug fixes and feature additions.  Version 1.0.0.2 for the regular Oggl app is now live and version 1.0.0.2 for the PRO variation. No changelog for either, which is a downer.

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2 years ago

Xbox Live Gold "Day One" membership up for preorder - includes free digital game

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It is clear that Microsoft intends to go all out for its Xbox One launch day; the company’s “Day One” edition of its console with special limited edition controller and achievement token has already sold out at various retailers including Amazon and Best Buy. Now, the company is introducing preorders for a “Day One” edition of Xbox Live Gold.

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2 years ago

Lost your keys? Nokia plans to help prevent you doing so again with Bluetooth Treasure Tags

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Nokia is looking to launch a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia Windows Phones, according to sources familiar with company plans. The Verge reports that Nokia will release a "Treasure Tag" that will combine Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC to track items of possession from a Windows Phone. The tag will pair with a smartphone through NFC and can then be attached to keys, etc. with a supplied loop strap. 

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2 years ago

Scoopt launches first on Windows Phone; a beautiful experience for fashion followers

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Scoopt is finally here. But what exactly am I talking about?

If you're a massive fan of fashion and enjoy keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest pieces of kit, you'll definitely want to check out this new app. Scoopt targets UK consumers and is essentially a fashion magazine for Windows Phone, but with an added twist that you can actually purchase products. What's more is that the team behind the app has exclusively launched on Windows Phone, with iOS and Android apps on the way.

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2 years ago

Piezoelectric, a Windows Phone platformer game with potential

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Piezoelectric is a fairly straight forward platform game for our Windows Phone.  You guide your player through a maze of platforms, dodging various dangers and fatal falls to find the exit that will take you to the next level.  

Graphics are simple, game play a little frustrating but the game has potential.Piezoelectric.  The game just needs a little fine tuning.

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2 years ago

Nokia Amber update previewed on Lumia 920, said to be nearing release

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The Nokia Amber update for Lumia hardware is already loaded on new Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 units. The update is expected to hit other Lumia Windows Phones soon, but before then we've been teased at a pre-release build running on a Lumia 920. If you're out the loop and are still eagerly awaiting to have the update installed on your Nokia Windows Phone, be sure to head on past the break to check out what's new. 

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Nokia Purity Pro BH-940 wireless headset discounted by $100

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We’ve been itching to get a pair of the Nokia Purity Pro wireless headphones for some time now. The over-the-ear design plus active noise cancelling feature always sounded awesome, but the $349 price tag gave us pause.

Luckily, right now on Amazon.com, you can pick up the Purity Pros in either black or white for over $100 off (unfortunately red and yellow are still at the high price). Specifically the black model is discounted to $249 and the white model is a cheaper $223 ($125 savings). That’s not a bad deal or at least, it’s a significant drop from the full retail price.

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2 years ago

Battery Performance makes keeping tabs on your Windows Phone look good

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Much like screen protectors, we’re not big users of battery apps. Or rather, we found that they were more navel gazing than providing anything truly useful. That’s because battery life on Windows Phone is pretty reliable, where we often don’t have to think about it.

Still, we know these are popular with quite a few of you, so when Battery Performance came to our attention, we figured we’d take a look.

Battery Performance ($1.99) is admittedly one of the nicest looking battery apps for Windows Phone, at least from our limited exposure. It comes with most features we would perceive as being important for keeping you aware of your phone’s status and it does so in an elegant way.

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