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2 years ago

This is how Cortana got started and why more countries will get Microsoft's assistant soon

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Cortana is certainly the most headline worthy new feature of Windows Phone 8.1, even though the OS update has much more than a personal assistant going for it. With comparisons to Siri and Google Now, the Halo-inspired voice helper garners some needed headlines for Microsoft as they continue their entrenched battle in mobile.

Recently, Marcus Ash, who is the group program manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, was seen on camera explaining the priorities for Cortana, including entertaining the idea of putting it on other operating systems like Android or iOS. That controversial position was later clarified in a follow-up comment on our site, alleviating some concerns of Windows Phone adherents.

Today, in a second video, Ash explains the origins of Cortana's development, and how the team is "shocked by the international reaction."

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for Nokia Lumia 920

For today only, purchase the Incipio Feather Hard Case for Nokia Lumia 920 and save 40% off the list price!

Measuring less than 1mm thin, Incipio's Feather Case is ideal for the Lumia 920 user seeking inconspicuous, first-class protection. Each case features a soft, matte finish that's easy to grip and comfortable to hold. Colors include black, pink and gray.

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2 years ago

Lumia 930 pre-orders available through French retailer with free goodies

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While Nokia is set to launch the Lumia 930 shortly, the pre-orders are still ongoing. If you reside in France and are yet to place an order for the new Windows Phone, retailer Darty has the device listed for €549.90, but there's a free wireless charging plate, speaker and Coloud headphones included in the pre-order deal. It's a superb offer for anyone looking to either move to Windows Phone or upgrade from an older handset.

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2 years ago

Microsoft rumored to have put Project Fortaleza augmented reality glasses on hold

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If you were expecting Microsoft to unveil something more substantial than just games on E3 2014, especially when Sony was showing off new tech demos for its Project Morpheus virtual reality visor, well, you must have been disappointed. Brace yourself then, for this rumor is going to disappoint more.

From last year's leaked patent, we learned that Microsoft has been brewing a new peripheral for Xbox One: an augmented reality spectacle codenamed "Project Fortaleza." However, things have been eerily quiet on that front ever since that initial leak. Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such technology, and there is no update even from rumor mills. Now citing insider sources, Chinese site WPDang is reporting that Microsoft has "temporarily canceled" the device.

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2 years ago

Autobirds to roll out against Deceptihogs in Angry Birds Transformers

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2 years ago

Microsoft supercharges Bing servers with new programmable processors

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Microsoft has made a radical decision to essentially replace the processors used inside servers powering Bing. Codenamed Project Catapult, Doug Burger at Microsoft Research has been working to not physically remove the Intel processors, but rather compliment them with field-programmable arrays (FPGA) processors by Altera. The new components can be modified by the tech giant specifically for use with its own software and tools and handle processing for search.

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2 years ago

Wings review, a Windows Phone WWII air combat game

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Wings is an air combat game that is set during World War II that has you bouncing around the South Pacific battling enemy ships, island embedded camps and dodging enemy aircraft.

The concept sounds appealing but unfortunately, Wings falls a little short on the execution. The Windows Phone game has potential but really needs a little fine-tuning before it can hit on all cylinders.

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2 years ago

EU and South Korea working together to develop 5G networks

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2 years ago

Microsoft's secret list of Android patents revealed by Chinese government

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Although Microsoft has a licensing agreement that cover over 70 percent of all Android devices sold in the US, the exact nature of the patents utilised by the Android ecosystem wasn't divulged, until now. As part of the regulatory sign-off of Microsoft's Nokia acquisition, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has published a list of 310 patents that highlight the technologies that Microsoft collects royalties on.

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2 years ago

Apple, Cisco join Microsoft in the fight against US government requesting overseas data

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Microsoft remains on its path to protect its customers against the prying US government and now both Apple and Cisco have joined the cause. The companies, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon and AT&T are attempting to prevent the US government from issuing search warrants to demand data not physically stored in the country. Apple and Cisco have filed a joint brief in protest against this practice.

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2 years ago

Lumia 930 available for pre-order in Finland, expected to ship on July 10

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We've already covered some locations across Europe where consumers can pre-order the Lumia 930, but Finnish mobile operator TeliaSonera has the new Windows Phone available for pre-order, priced at €549 with an expected release date of July 10 (July 3 for Ireland). The new Windows Phone from Nokia, which sold its handset division to Microsoft earlier this year, is the new flagship from Microsoft Mobile and is available in a variety colors.

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2 years ago

Micromax launches two new Windows Phones for the Indian market

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Micromax is the second largest smartphone company in India, piggybacking on the success of feature phones and cheap and mid-range Android smartphones. Recently, the company became the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world.

At a press conference in New Delhi today, Micromax unveiled two Windows Phone devices for the Indian market. Micromax is the first Indian smartphone manufacturer to launch Windows Phone devices, although we know that Celkon, XOLO, and others are following soon.

The two devices Micromax launched today are the Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092. Both phones will be in the market starting in July 2014. The Canvas Win W121 is priced at INR 9,500 ($160) while the Canvas Win W092 is priced at INR 6,500 ($110).

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2 years ago

Indian manufacturer Xolo set to launch the lightest smartphone in the world

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After unveiling its first Windows 8.1 tablet last week, Indian manufacturer Xolo is getting ready to launch a Windows Phone handset, which will reportedly be the lightest smartphone in the world. Unnamed sources revealed to the Times of India that Xolo has managed to bring the overall weight of the smartphone, which will be sold in the Xolo Win series, to under 100g.

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2 years ago

Lumia 1320, 630 availability expand to Argos Ireland

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2 years ago

Nokia Ireland confirms Lumia 930 launch on July 3

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