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2 years ago

Facebook beta for Windows Phone gets a minor update today for bug fixes

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Did you know the #1 downloaded app on Windows Phone is Facebook? It is and that’s why all of you clamor for updates to the popular social network, especially the beta version, which sometimes gets features early.

Today, version 5.2.0.2 has gone live in the Store. Unfortunately, there’s nothing too exciting to report in terms of new features that we can discern, but if the (old) changelog still holds, then this is the standard “bug fixes and supports new languages.”

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2 years ago

Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows Phone 8 is ready in the Store

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With only a few days left until the hotly anticipated Xbox One arrives in stores, Microsoft has already unleashed their SmartGlass app for the news system.

SmartGlass, introduced at E3 in 2012, has slowly ramped up as a ‘second-screen’ service, allowing those with smartphones and tablets to augment what is seen on screen. The SmartGlass service is expected to get more robust with the power of Xbox One, and with this app available today, we should be ready for this Friday.

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2 years ago

Nokia employees at the Dongguan factory in China go on strike over Microsoft deal (Updated)

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2 years ago

ZTE plans to make Windows Phone devices again in 2014

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We can expect ZTE to continue making Windows Phone devices again in 2014. He Shiyou, executive vice-president and head of the handset business of Shenzhen-based ZTE, tells the Financial Times the company would again begin producing phones using Microsoft’s Windows platform after the acquisition of Nokia is completed.

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2 years ago

Nokia shareholders approve Microsoft €5.44 billion deal (Update)

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Update 12 PM ET: It's official and the EGM is over. Shareholders have approved the deal between Microsoft and Nokia.

Nokia shareholders have today approved the Microsoft deal to purchase the company's phone division. The Financial Times reports that 99.7 percent of participating shareholders (around 5,000 attended the vote) were in favour of the deal going through. Microsoft will now integrate the Nokia division into Redmond, taking control of future Lumia and Asha products. 

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2 years ago

Accessory Review: RAVPower Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger

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One of the fantastic advancements with Windows Phone design development is wireless charging.  It eliminated the need to plug your Windows Phone up to a charging cord.  Plus you have the cool factor of simply laying your Windows Phone down on a charging pad to replenish the battery.

While Nokia offers a Qi-Enabled wireless charger (the DT-900), there are a few third party options out there.  RAVPower is one such alternative and the company offers their own Qi-Enabled wireless charger that may save you a few dollars at the checkout line without compromising quality or performance.

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2 years ago

Hipstamatic’s Oggl for Windows Phone 8 finally supports 512 MB devices in latest update

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It’s been over a month since we’ve seen an update for Hipstamatic’s Oggl and Oggl Pro on Windows Phone. The app was notable for many thing. Beyond being its own insular social network, it also allowed for users to “officially” upload images to Instagram on Windows Phone. Initial performance and usability of the app was mediocre, but the Hipstamatic team has been working hard since launch on updates. Today we’re finally getting some more, let’s check them out.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Stores hosting midnight launch parties for Xbox One

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November 22nd is a big day for Microsoft. The Xbox One is launching that day (along with the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 2520 in the US). To celebrate, Microsoft Stores are having midnight launches. The parties start at 10 PM local time on Thursday, November 21st. There will be entertainment and giveaways throughout the evening.

Arrive early to secure your place in line. The first 50 people will receive exclusive prizes. The stores are also going to showcase the latest Xbox One games like Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct.

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2 years ago

SophieLens HD updated with bug fixes, UI improvements coming in next update

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2 years ago

Navigon for Windows Phone updated with new panorama view in 3D and more

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There are certainly some choices when it comes to navigation apps on Windows Phone. HERE Drive is arguably one of the more popular choices among Windows Phone users, mostly because it’s free. But there are plenty of alternatives in the Store that provide features and functions you won’t get with a free app. We recently compared some of the top navigation apps on Windows Phone, but one of them just got updated today – Navigon. Let’s check out what’s new.

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2 years ago

Turn your Windows 8.1 device into a virtual keyboard with Piano!! from Onbeats

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Onbeats has released another instrumental app for Windows 8.1, and this time we're looking at Piano!!. Already available on other platforms, this interesting little app will turn your Windows 8.1 device into a virtual piano, enabling you to create some music without forking out for a new physical keyboard or carrying around equipment with you.

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2 years ago

American Airlines updated for Wallet support and more on Windows Phone 8

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There are a handful of official airlines with apps on Windows Phone. Delta, United and American Airlines being the largest for US customer that have apps in the Store. American Airlines just received an update today that should make frequent flyers on the airline pretty happy. Let’s check out the new features in American Airlines for Windows Phone 8.

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2 years ago

Dell pushes out new firmware for Touch Panel on Venue 8 Pro, reportedly fixes stylus issues

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We recently took a look at the Dell Venue 8 Pro, an admirable 8-inch tablet running the full version of Windows 8.1 (32-bit). Well-built with a Quad-Core Atom processor and priced at just $299, the Venue 8 Pro has a lot going for it besides just speed.

One optional accessory with the Venue 8 Pro is a stylus, allowing users to take notes or write out emails using a battery-operated pen. While not as fast as physical keyboard, it’s often quicker than using the on-screen, virtual one, which is more common.

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2 years ago

Out numbering your enemy in the Windows Phone game The Viking’s Revenge

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The Viking's Revenge is an interesting Windows Phone battle game.  Instead of relying on combat sequences and action packed graphics, the game relies on your powers of concentration and speed.

The Viking's Revenge is a game of conquest where you are called upon to defeat your enemy strongholds and occupying all the islands on the gaming screen.  At the same time, your enemy is trying to do the same.

Battle is done solely by numbers in that you need more attacking forces than your enemy has defending forces.  Game play is rather simple but the pace of the game creates the challenge.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea but The Viking's Revenge makes a decent first impression and isn't a bad gaming option to consider.

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2 years ago

Windows Store continues to grow; now hosts 1,000+ Unity apps

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Remember back in June when Microsoft announced their collaboration with Unity and focused on helping developers create applications and publish for Windows platforms? Well, that effort has shown to be well worth the effort. As of today, Microsoft has announced that over 1,000 applications in the Windows Store have been created with the Unity platform.

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