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2 years ago

Video tour of Microsoft’s off-site showroom at CES 2014

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The big news a few years ago was Microsoft was not going to do CES any longer, instead focusing on their own events like Build, which are better aligned with their product announcements.

But the truth is, they are here, taking meetings with their partners and press (see our interview with director of Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan). They even have a rather large showroom with just announced Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, two-in-ones and various Windows Phone 8 devices.

Check out our behind the scenes video of Microsoft’s off-site showroom, including all of their wares. Video after the break!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with LG’s Tab-Book 2, the Windows 8 machine that slides

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LG doesn’t get a lot of name drops here on Windows Phone Central. At one point LG was making Windows Phone devices, but stopped making them after poor response and sales. They haven’t been particularly strong in laptops or tablets either, but a few devices of theirs surprised us this week at CES. Their ultrabook, called the Ultra PC, left us with a good first impression. Here’s a quick look at another interesting machine from LG – the Tab-Book 2.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central 165 – #CESLive

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Windows Phone Central 165 – #CESLive

We’ve been here all week at CES 2014, taking a look at new Windows 8.1 tablets, PCs, two-in-ones, speaking with Nokia, Microsoft and catching up in the world of tech.

Tune in and watch myself, Daniel Rubino, and managing-editor Sam Sabri for our thoughts on this year’s largest tech show in the world!

Our special broadcast edition of the podcast is after the break, in full HD!

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2 years ago

Wild Kratts for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 makes learning science fun for kids

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Based on the PBS KIDS series, Wild Kratts, the Wild Kratts Creature Power app intends to make science interesting, relevant, and fun for children.

In this app, kids can step into the role of the animals and insects around them and learn through games. The kids dive into the world of animals with the Kratt brothers in three adventures - pollinate flowers as a bee, bathe elephants, and feed a family of raccoons - while focusing on a specific science concept. As they play along, the budding scientists can earn stickers and take selfies in a Creature Power Suit.

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2 years ago

App Update Roundup: SongArc and My 500px get new features, while MonsterUp Adventures goes free

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Everyone loves that feeling when apps and games have updates available. We also love a great deal here and there. Today's app update roundup features a bit of both to round off our CES coverage (for Windows Phone Central anyway – the event continues). Head on past the break to see which apps and games are included in this roundup and what's new.

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2 years ago

Sphero spends a little time with us at #CESLive!

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We first learned of Sphero during last year’s //BUILD/ conference and the little robotic ball made a nice impression on us.  Fast forward to CES 2014 and we find that Sphero has grown tremendously.  Ian and Adam from Sphero spent a few minutes with us at #CESLive to show off the company's fantastic robotic products.

The robotic ball is controlled and programmed through your smartphone or tablet with a set of achievements that can be earned that will unlock performance features.  In addition to the original Sphero ball, the company showed off their latest product, the Sphero 2B which is slated for release later this year.

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2 years ago

Nokia bumps Extras + Info with some general bug fixing

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2 years ago

Top Rated Windows Phone Photography Apps

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Top Rated Windows Phone Photography Apps

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photography Apps

There is no shortage of photography apps over in the Windows Phone Store.  While some may argue there are too many, others welcome the variety and choices the photo app lineup offers.

Our Windows Phone camera hardware has improved phenomenally over the past few years providing us with extremely capable digital cameras.  The software used by these cameras has also noticeably improved.  Variety and choice is rarely a bad thing in these cases.

For this week’s roundup, we look at four of the top rated photography apps in the Windows Phone Store.  The apps tapped for this week’s roundup all have at least a four-star rating and are titles we have not covered before.  The apps range from a camera app alternative to an interesting note taking app that centers around the photos you take.  You still have ProShot, 6tag, Camera360, Fhotoroom and other top notched photography apps over in the Windows Phone store but we wanted to shine the light on a few apps some may not know about.

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2 years ago

We take a look at 4G LTE on Three UK, comparing speeds against current gen

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2 years ago

CES Day 3 round-up: Smartwatches, smartwatches, and smartwatches

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There are two things that have been a huge deal at this year's CES: curved UHD TVs and gadgets that you can wear on your person. While we might blog about television sets on occasion here at Mobile Nations, we just so happen to have an entire site dedicate to the latter: Smartwatch Fans. Editor-in-Chief of Smartwatch Fans Adam Zeis was joined by Kevin Michaluk, Rene Ritchie and Phil Nickinson for a podcast on all of the smartwatches announced at this year's CES. This is #CESlive!

2 years ago

GTA V: Manual now on the Windows Phone Store

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2 years ago

The 32 GB version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 from AT&T is now available

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2 years ago

NBC Sports LiveExtra inbound for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT, due before the Olympics

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Windows Phone is taking off, that much we know. But apps, apps, apps are the name of the game and there is always one that you want. If that missing app is NBC Sport’s LiveExtra, you can cross it off your list.

The app was revealed to be in the works by the NBC Sports LiveExtra Twitter account and the developer behind it confirmed it as well.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with LG’s Ultra PC and its stunning display

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We just stopped by the LG booth here at CES and we’re surprised by their latest ultrabook. It’s called the Ultra PC (model 13Z940) and we we’re actually blown away by the little machine. It’s super light, has a gorgeous display, and looks great. It’s only knock is that it lacks a touch screen, but that could easily be seen as a bonus by some (We’re looking at you Mary Jo). Here’s our hands-on with this interesting ultrabook.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Research releases WorldWide Telescope 5.0 - explore the cosmos with your PC

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If you are a fan of the cosmos, than you should be well aware of Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope computing program. WorldWide Telescope allows users to fly through the known universe as astronomical sky maps and a 3D modeled environment is rendered. Originally announced at a 2008 TED Conference in California, the application still continues to be listed as “beta”, but has attracted over 1.5 million active users.

Today, as a celebration of the software’s fifth anniversary, WorldWide Telescope version 5.0 is now available to download for anyone dreaming of space exploration. The new release itself is also a new milestone and includes new features and datasets to enhance the user experience.

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