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2 years ago

Music ID service Shazam brings ads to the free version, squashes bugs and improves performance

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Sort of like Yelp, Shazam is often seen as a redundant service to Microsoft’s built in Bing offerings. And like Yelp, Shazam does a lot more than too.

For instance, starting with version 3.5 you can tag (ID) songs even when you don’t have an active internet connection—that’s kind of a big deal if you’re like us and are always trying to figure out what that song is. You also get things like LyricPlay, the ability to buy music from the Xbox or Nokia Music stores, one-click tag with the Tile, watch YouTube videos, see local tags and more. Heck, it even has lockscreen support. That’s way more than the Bing Music ID service.

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2 years ago

September's free Xbox 360 games are Magic 2013 and Rainbow Six: Vegas

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We just reviewed Charlie Murder, an awesome downloadable Xbox 360 game. Now let's talk about free 360 games. Microsoft’s Games with Gold program got off to a decent start when Fable III became free for Gold members during E3 in June. The program, meant to compete with Playstation Plus’s free games giveaway, offers two or more downloadable games a month free to all Xbox Live Gold members.

Since then, July saw Defense Grid: The Awakening and Assassin’s Creed II go free. In August, Gold members received Crackdown, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising: Case Zero – probably the strongest month of free titles so far.

September starts on Sunday, and with it comes a new free game: Magic: the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas will follow later in the month. Head past the break for details on both games!

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2 years ago

Nine Inch Nails uses Kinect on tour for some amazing special effects

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2 years ago

ZEN & TECH 58: Zen in the workplace

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ZEN & TECH 58: Zen in the workplace

ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering your inner geek and using technology to help reduce stress and live better lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene talk about making the workplace a less stressful space. From de-cluttering to familiarizing to feng shui, ergonomics, and taking breaks.

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2 years ago

Yelp for Windows Phone receives update with minor fixes for bugs

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Ever since Yelp (www.yelp.com) hit version 2.0 earlier this year, the company has been steadily trickling our new features to give it parity with its iOS and Android counterparts. Last night the latest version of the app, one for Windows Phone 7.x and one for 8, was bumped to version 2.0.0.3 and 2.5.1.4 respectively and it brings along with it a few nice changes.

There isn’t a detailed changelog though we do note you still can’t add full reviews. Instead, the app will save a “draft”, which you then need to finish on your own time on the PC. That's kind of a weak implementation, though we suppose it may weed out the insta-angry reviews that sometimes people bang away while still in the restaurant.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020's camera deemed best in class by DPReview

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It may be a fore gone conclusion that the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone camera is an impressive piece of hardware. That conclusion has been re-affirmed by DPReview.com's thorough review of the Lumia 1020. A review that concludes the Lumia 1020 is best-in-class in a few categories.

For those not familiar with DPReview.com, it's a photographic website that's been around for a while. It provides comprehensive reviews of photo gear, reports on industry news and has a discussion forum that covers just about every aspect of photography (digital and film). The review actually pops up on Connect, DPReview's website that focuses solely on mobile photography technology.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Grab a refurbished Surface RT for $199 (Back on!)

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2 years ago

Charlie Murder Xbox 360 Review: This summer's loudest and proudest XBLA game

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Back in the happier times when Microsoft actively supported Xbox games on Windows Phone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ska Studios, the two person team behind Zombies on the Phone. While Ska worked on Zombies (which came out at the beginning of 2012), they also plugged away at an Xbox Live Arcade game called Charlie Murder. It would be their most expansive game to date.

In fact, Charlie Murder just recently arrived on Xbox 360 as part of the annual Summer of Arcade promotion. On the surface, Charlie Murder is a cooperative beat-em-up in which one rock band is forced to save the world from a demonic invasion. But it’s also an evolution of the brawler genre that manages to outdo even the beloved Castle Crashers in sheer personality and scope. Head past the break for our full review!

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2 years ago

Interval for Windows Phone 8 goes on an alarming sale

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We've been made aware of a super deal currently going on with Interval for Windows Phone. The app is an alarm, stopwatch and timer all under one roof. Featuring live tile support, a clock view and a nice selection (all be it small) of alarm tones, Interval is well worth checking out should you require a way to perform all of the above tasks with minimal fuss. It has dropped its price tag and is available for free.

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2 years ago

Dedicated Windows Phone earphones, a-JAYS Five now available for pre-order

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Swedish accessory manufacturer Jays has started the pre-orders for the a-Jays Five series of earphones. Sporting a version for each mobile platform supported - iOS, Android and Windows Phone; flat, tangle free cabling; handy clip and MEMS microphone, every Windows Phone owner will find the new kit useful when out and about. How much are they going for? €89.99 ($120).

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2 years ago

LG unveils new All-In-One UltraWide PC – monitors have never looked so awkwardly wide

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2 years ago

Nokia highlights some breathtaking photos captured by Lumia Windows Phones

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Nokia has kept the camera in its Windows Phone at the forefront of its marketing campaign since joining Microsoft's resolve back in 2011. The Lumia 1020 is the latest addition to the Lumia family of smartphones and sports the most advanced optics on any mobile phone available today. We've already seen sample shots from both ourselves and Nokia, but what about general consumers? Nokia has highlighted some beautiful shots on their blog.

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2 years ago

Net neutrality, VoLTE, and the future of carriers - Talk Mobile

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In the coming years we can expect mobile operating systems to become more efficient, more capable, and more flexible, and there's little doubt that the phones they run on will last longer, be thinner and faster, and have better cameras, screens, speakers, and build quality. The platform and device builders have the most to lose - competitors can spring up out of nowhere, they can pivot quickly, and they can easily attract mind and market share.

Carriers, on the other hand, tend to be slower moving beasts, mostly protectionist and reactionary. With most customers locked into two- or three-year contracts, customer retention is a long-term game. Improving coverage and service for a network operator is a multi-billion operation.

So where do carriers go from here? Can we move to an era of net neutrality and dumb pipes, or is it a pipe dream? Will VoLTE free up enough spectrum to make it worthwhile? And what's the deal with all these carriers merging and buying each other out?

2 years ago

Xbox Live Marketplace rebranded to the "Xbox Games Store"

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2 years ago

Microsoft aggressively marketing Nokia's Lumia 920 in Brazil

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Microsoft appears to be on an aggressive marketing path in Brazil when it comes to Windows Phone. Reports have come in stating that Redmond is throwing the Lumia 920 Windows Phone everywhere in the media. Taking full advantage of the array of content aired on television, Microsoft has snapped up multiple advertisement spots around football matches, local soap operas and more.

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