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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 gets Google Calendar back, may have Miracast, and uploads from the browser

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Windows Phone 8.1 SDK beta leak reveals even more

As the leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK continues to get torn apart by packs of anonymous devs, a few other features about the forthcoming OS have come forward. Today, support for Miracast, uploading of files through Internet Explorer 11 and Google calendar have been found in the documentation.

Miracast is a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting technology that allows beaming of your display to another display, more often than not a large screen TV. Now, references to Miracast have been found in the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK documentation, specifically in the section detailing the ability to let devs connect their devices via USB to a PC to show the display’s contents.

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2 years ago

AdSense users now have a Windows Phone app to check their shillings

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Google and Microsoft do not get along when it comes to both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Luckily for tablet and PC users, there are numerous ways to access Google services, but if you're using a Windows Phone there have been issues in the past that hamper the user experience.

The same goes for AdSense (www.google.com/adsense), Google’s advertising network for webmasters and content creators. Unfortunately, the company has yet to release an official app for the mobile platform but Windows Phone has some talented third party developers. Cue WP Adsense.

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2 years ago

Win free passes to Social Media Week in New York

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Win free passes to Social Media Week in New York

Next week, there’s a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Social Media Week aims to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. If that’s something you might be interested in, we’ve got a few passes to give away. Unfortunately, these passes are only for the New York campus.

Read on for more details.

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2 years ago

Skype finally fixes message syncing across devices, updates Modern app for 8.1

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Today is a good day. Step one in Skype becoming a universal messaging client has taken place. Oh I know, Skype already does a lot, but the user experience has been...less than friendly.

Specifically, I’m talking about the ability to sync messages – “read” versus “not read” – across devices and platforms. The situation should be familiar: you open up Skype on Windows Phone after chatting all day at the PC, only to have a barrage of “new” messages come in that you read hours earlier. It’s infuriating and time consuming if you have dozens of chat sessions.

Luckily, that hindrance should now be over through some backend updates from Skype.

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2 years ago

Subway Surfers picks up new Seoul theme in latest update for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Microsoft is trying to make AI more human, may influence Cortana

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Just how intelligent are virtual assistants on mobile operating systems? Touted as helpful features, consumers can ask natural questions to their Windows Phone, iOS or Android device and retrieve information, but these assistants are coded by human hand, and thus have boundaries on what they can perform before retreating to a simple web search.

Microsoft is looking at more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for deployment on not only its own platforms, but also in the real world too.

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2 years ago

Free Xbox Live Gold this weekend for US and Canada

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Free Xbox Live Gold this weekend for US and Canada

Microsoft has a Valentine’s Day gift for the US and Canada. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from February 14-16th. This is a good time to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, if you’ve been holding off. Online multiplayer gaming will be also be available for free, but additional subscriptions may be required to access select apps.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925 for $279.99 at Newegg

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Newegg.com is running a deal on the Nokia Lumia 925, contract-free on T-Mobile, for a bargain basement price of $279.99. That’s nearly 44% off the regular retail price of $499.99.

The Lumia 925 comes with free shipping, and is tax-free on Newegg in most states. While most people will only buy one, it should be mentioned that this price is limited to three phones per customer.

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2 years ago

Control Center, easy access to your Windows Phone settings

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Control Center is a Windows Phone 8 app that pulls together a large collection of settings and shortcuts on to one page. It gives you quick and easy access to your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Network settings and more.

While Control Center is a single page app, it packs access to many features under one roof. Live Tile support makes access to Control Center easy and if you are looking for a one-stop source for key Windows Phone settings, Control Center might be worth a look.

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2 years ago

Apps World: TegTap brings games for kids to Windows Phone 8

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Last year Windows Phone Central brought our readers the first news that indie developer TegTap would be releasing its popular 3D shooter Solar Warfare on Windows Phone and Windows 8. Before we give you an updated status report on Solar Warfare’s progress, let’s look at what else TegTap has been cooking up for mobile Windows platforms in the meantime.

At Apps World in San Francisco, we met with TegTap CEO Troy Tegeder to check out his studio’s lineup of kids’ games for Windows Phone and Windows 8. They’ve already published Dragon Maker for both phone and tablet/PC, and My Fairy Pony and Balloon Maker just for Windows Phone. All phone versions run on devices with 512 MB of RAM such as the Nokia Lumia 520.

We've got the full details and a hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Power Keyboard for Nokia Lumia 2520 now in stock at Microsoft Store online

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Those who ordered Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets in the U.S. a few months ago have recently received their free Power Keyboards. If you missed out on the deal but still want the keyboard, you can now order it at the Microsoft Store online. It costs $149 with free shipping.

The Nokia Power Keyboard for the Lumia 2520 provides a physical keyboard input, an extra 2027 mAh battery, touch pad, and two full-sized USB ports. It also acts as a protective case for your Lumia 2520.

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2 years ago

Xbox One Media Remote leaked by Amazon Canada, coming early March

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2 years ago

Gameloft launches World at Arms on Windows Phone 8

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Gameloft launches World at Arms on Windows Phone 8

Mobile publishing giant Gameloft plans to send Windows Phone and Windows 8 lots of love this year. Brothers in Arms 3 and GT Racing 2 are two of their upcoming games, with several more unannounced ones in the wings. And today they’ve just dropped another one out of the blue…

World at Arms is now available on Windows Phone, with the Windows 8 version due to follow soon. The game combines city building with strategic warfare, all in a realistic near-future military setting. Think Kingdoms & Lords but with tanks, aeroplanes, and robots. World at Arms is free to play and works on Windows Phone 8 devices with 512 MB of RAM, so anybody can get in on the military madness.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 will have a dedicated Bing podcast app

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2 years ago

Poll: Are you getting the Nokia Lumia Icon?

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