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2 years ago

Lumia 930 availability on Ireland's Meteor pushed back to mid-July

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It looks like Irish customers have to wait a while longer for the Lumia 930, as Ireland's Technology Blog states that the launch of the device has been pushed back by two weeks. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Nokia's latest flagship device would be making its way to Ireland's Meteor network in addition to Vodafone and O2.

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2 years ago

Enjoy the latest fashion with official Next apps for Windows and Windows Phone

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Popular UK retailer Next has released official apps for Windows and Windows Phone, enabling consumers to enjoy the latest fashion at their fingertips. The main feature of both the apps is to shop while on the move for free, browsing ranges of quality clothes, shoes and homeware from Next. The universal apps themselves fit in nicely with the overall experience of Microsoft's ecosystem.

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2 years ago

Microsoft US cuts pricing of its Surface Pro 2 range of tablets by up to $200

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Microsoft has reduced its pricing for the Surface Pro 2 range of Windows 8 tablets in the US, knocking off $200 on each model. This price alteration follows a similar cut in the UK, where Microsoft slashed the price tags on the tablets by £150. While the move is due to the upcoming Surface Pro 3 launch, the previous generation hardware are still worth picking up when discounted.

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2 years ago

Here's what Microsoft's Cortana was almost called before you changed everything

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In hindsight, Microsoft naming its personal voice assistant after the famous AI character from the Halo game series seems like an obvious choice. The decision was not so easy partially due to an individual studio having initial objections and the usual corporate obstacles potentially thwarting its adoption.

But if not Cortana what would Microsoft have called their feature smart engine for Windows Phone?

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2 years ago

The 360 degree Photosynth camera app picks up a rare update to version 1.7

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Photosynth is Microsoft's proprietary photo app for taking 360 degree panoramas, and although it took a long time to arrive for Windows Phone 8, the app hasn't been updated in 14 months. Yes, time flies, but tonight version 1.7 has hit the Store in a rare treat for Windows Phone users.

Version 1.7, unfortunately, does not bring any new features though it does say 'bug fixes' for a changelog. Considering the multitudes of new devices and even a brand new operating systems (Windows Phone 8.1), it's not too surprising that Photosynth could use a little polishing.

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2 years ago

Xbox aggregates your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone Achievements in one spot

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2 years ago

Kobo Books now available on Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Tomorrow morning you can ask the experts behind your Lumia's camera anything you want

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If there's one thing we can all agree on is that Nokia's cameras tend to be the best in the business. From the groundbreaking Nokia Lumia 920 to the 41 MP Lumia 1020 to the recent 20 MP gems on the Lumia 930 and 1520, PureView cameras have set the bar quite high for modern smartphones.

Tomorrow, the engineering 'superstars' Juha Alakarhu and Eero Salmelin will be doing a live Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Conversations blog, providing a unique opportunity to quiz the gurus on anything relating to mobile imaging.

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2 years ago

250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you

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The Unicode standard has been updated to add an additional 2,834 new characters, which includes about 250 pictographic symbols, or emoji. This expanded list of new symbols could help to add personality to messaging, such as SMS and MMS, Apple's iMessage, BlackBerry's BBM, Google's Hangouts, and other services.

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2 years ago

Music streaming service Rdio now available from the Windows Store

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2 years ago

Geometry Dash jumps over to the Windows Phone Store

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2 years ago

OneMusic for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available

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OneMusic for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available

Last week, I previewed OneMusic from developer Phillipe Maes. The third party, full-featured MP3 app serves as a viable alternative to Xbox Music for those on Windows Phone 8.1. I'm happy to announce that OneMusic is now available to download, with a free 5-day trial, after which users can buy the app for $1.99 if the app meets their needs.

OneMusic is a very clean and minimalist app that can access all of your music, whether it is main memory or on your SD expansion card. Users can create and manage playlists, repeat music and randomize tunes as well, with full album art support.

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2 years ago

Major Surface Pro 3 glitch fixed, but no release date yet.

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With the Surface Pro 3 shipping by the end of the week, it looks like Microsoft engineers are readying some fixes that will improve the experience of using the tablet . Asking for user feedback, a digital artist suggests that the home button was too easily activated when in use and that there is a little bit of pen lag. Microsoft listened and it looks like fixes are incoming for both issues.

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2 years ago

Words with Friends returns with a complete re-write for Windows Phone 8, goes for free

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Back in 2009, Words with Friends was the big hit game from the startup company Zynga. The game finally arrived on Windows Phone 7 and 8 in 2012, plagued with bugs and performance issues. Indeed, it maintains an astonishingly low 1.8 stars (out of 5) on the Store from over 2,500 reviews. Needless to say, it's not a hit with Windows Phone users.

Words with Friends hadn't seen an update in quite some time, but fast forward today and it has a complete rewrite, losing its Windows Phone 7.x status and becoming a Window Phone 8 and 8.1 dedicated game.

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2 years ago

Cortana will be fluent in Canadian in time for Windows Phone 8.1

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