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2 years ago

Windows Phone shipments surging, marketshare still lagging

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ABI Research has revealed their Q1 2014 mobile phone shipment tally broken up by operating system. Android still leads the way with 44% share and 24% growth since last year, plus another 13% from manufacturers participating in the Android Open Source Project. iOS holds onto 10%, which though Apple saw shipments increase by 17%, their market share has dropped by a baseline percentage point since 2013. Shipments of Windows Phone devices jumped by 119% since the last year, though the platform's market share has ticked up to 3%. Dumbphones take up the last 30%.

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2 years ago

Official game for Hollywood's Million Dollar Arm launches on Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Mark your calendars: Microsoft to hold its Xbox E3 2014 event on June 9

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Microsoft has sent out media invitations for its Xbox: Game On event, which will take place on June 9th just before E3 2014 kicks off. For those who aren't familiar with E3, it's a electronics entertainment expo dedicated to the industry and we expect to see a lot to come out of this year's bash. The event will begin at 9:30am PDT / 4:30pm UTC / 10pm IST and will cover everything from previously announced titles all the way to trailers for unannounced games coming this year and beyond.

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2 years ago

North Eurotunnel now has Vodafone and EE service

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North Eurotunnel now has Vodafone and EE service

Should you be travelling through the Eurotunnel today, you'll be able to enjoy mobile connectivity depending on which mobile operator you're currently subscribed to. Vodafone and EE have infrastructure in place to take loads from today, while O2 UK will be going live soon. Utilizing a fibre optic retransmission system, operators have made it possible for passengers to enjoy stable connectivity.

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2 years ago

Microsoft teases smartwatch tech in latest patent finding

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Rumors have been floating around for a while now about a smartwatch offering from Microsoft to take on Google's Android Wear, and while we've yet to see anything solid, some new patent applications have turned up that show off what looks to be a new smartwatch. According to the documents, the device itself looks to be sporting an assortment of fitness-tracking features and also a removable body. Much like the long-awaited Kreyos Meteor the watch body seen here could be removed from the band and used in other accessories like a belt clip or lanyard.

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2 years ago

Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

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It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches Office 365 Personal in India, targeting 25 million new consumers

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At a press conference in New Delhi today, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 Personal for individual users. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service.

Unveiled back in March, Office 365 Personal is meant for the individual consumer who would like to carry the productivity experience of PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and One Note on a device of his choice. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) as well as your smartphone to be connected to the service. In addition, the subscriber gets an additional 20 GB of cloud storage.

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2 years ago

Microsoft holding 'small' Surface event in New York on May 20

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Microsoft has begun to send out invitations to a private press event hinting that a smaller Surface Mini tablet may be the topic of discussion on May 20th. According to the invitation, Microsoft is asking media to join it for "a small gathering."

Though no mention of a Surface Mini was given, the invitation did bear "Microsoft Surface" branding. We can take that as a clue, along with the "small" wording, that a smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet will be joining the most recent Surface refreshes, including the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.

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2 years ago

Weave News Reader returns to the Windows Phone Store after being delisted

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We really like Weave. It’s one of our favorite news readers on Windows Phone and Windows 8. The app has been out forever and we’ve seen it grow and mature over the years. The biggest change was the introduction of the new Weave cloud services that allowed the apps to sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. The apps were recently pulled because of a bogus copyright claim from a French company. Have you been missing Weave since upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1 or getting a new phone? Good news because Weave is back on the Windows Phone Store.

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2 years ago

Create slow motion videos with Slowly for Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

What's on your Windows Phone Start screen?

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What's on your Windows Phone Start screen?

A lot of people have asked us about how the Start screens on our Windows Phone devices look like. Daniel started a Start screen layouts series here, and other Windows Phone Central authors followed him. There’s also this popular thread on the Windows Phone Central forums where everybody is sharing their Windows Phone Start screens, and some of them are also sharing the images they are using so you could replicate their creativity.

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2 years ago

Check out writr, a beautiful journal app for Windows 8.1

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Everyone should keep a journal. It’s a good way to gauge self-growth and keep track of your life. There are many ways to journal of course. You could do it the old-fashioned way with a physical notebook like a Moleskin or you can create a digital version using something like OneNote. Writr is an app in the Windows Store that’s takes the concept of a journal, but gives it a little bit of a twist.

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2 years ago

How to swap your primary account with a new alias on Windows Phone 8.1

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2 years ago

DivvyUp hits version 2.0, brings new features and temporary price reduction

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2 years ago

Backing up on Windows Phone 8.1 and other cool features you may not know about

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One neat and understated feature of Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to backup apps + settings. Previously, Windows Phone could restore apps, but your Start screen was left off of the restore point in addition to passwords, browser favorites and app configurations.

Now, with Windows Phone 8.1 users can finally restore all of that when jumping to a new phone or after hard resetting. Let’s take a quick look at how it works.

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