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2 years ago

Nokia name to continue on Lumia Windows phones for 'some time'

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Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia handset division is now complete from a regulatory perspective, but there are lots of questions on the table regarding branding and proper names. For instance, the new name of the former-Nokia division in Microsoft is Microsoft Mobile (the ‘Oy’ just means ‘Ltd.’).

But what about the name Nokia on Lumia phones?

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2 years ago

Xbox Originals coming in June, including two Halo shows

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The first announcement of Microsoft's delving into TV shows came nearly a year ago, and starting this June you'll be able to watch them. Finally. These shows, which will only be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other Microsoft devices (but probably not your Zune), will be more than just the traditional sit-back-and-watch shows, as Microsoft is building interactive content into each. The first 12 committed and in-development projects were announced today.

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2 years ago

Skype group video calling goes free on Mac, Windows and Xbox One

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Skype has today announced that group video calling will be available to everyone for free. Whether you're wanting to chat away with friends about the latest episode of Game of Thrones, or collaborating with employees, it's now easier (and cheaper) to get started with Microsoft's communication platform. The company has removed the premium tag for group video calling on the Xbox One, Windows and Mac platforms.

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2 years ago

Stephen Elop taking your questions live today, 9am EDT! (Update: Live!)

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Microsoft has announced on the Conversations blog (since they appear to be removing "Nokia" branding from web properties) that Stephen Elop will be holding a questions and answers sessions today at 1PM GMT / 9AM EDT and 6:30 PM for those in India. In simpler terms, be prepared to join the new Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group in 45 minutes.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 receives its first video editing app called Movie Maker 8.1

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Late last night, a new app named ‘Movie Maker 8.1’ landed on the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone 8.1 devices running the Preview for Developers. The third-party app runs for a $1.49 with a free trial and is the first to exploit new API features in Windows Phone 8.1 that allows direct editing of videos on a user’s phone. Movie Maker 8.1 is also a universal app, meaning once you buy it you’ll be able to download and use the corresponding Windows 8.1 app too. The Windows 8.1 app is expected to hit the Store soon.

Let’s take a look at Movie Maker 8.1, and we’ll tell you how the first 100 of you can unlock the app for $0 in a special Windows Phone Central offer!

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2 years ago

Nokia reportedly readying a new Lumia with a 5 MP front-facing camera, due later this year

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Although the Microsoft acquisition of the Nokia handset division has legally wrapped, some news about what we can expect from the new Microsoft department has come forward. This morning, the Verge is reporting that a new device – codenamed ‘Superman’ – is being prepped for a release later this year and that it will feature a 5 MP front-facing camera.

‘Superman’ is described as a mid-range phone by the Verge with a 4.7” display. It will coincide with two required OS updates for Windows Phone 8.1, one over the summer and one later in the year. No other information about the device was revealed.

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2 years ago

Splemy, an odd little puzzle game for Windows Phone 8

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Splemy is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 game that is wonderfully animated, full of challenging levels and a fun game to pass the time with. The story line has you helping Splemy, an odd little character, journey through seventy-five levels of play to find his creator.

Along the way you'll have to navigate through, around and over mysterious caves, mushroom forests and an abandoned factory. Splemy's journey isn't a cake walk by any stretch with plenty of dangers to avoid.  Each level has goals for the number of moves, number of critters you collect and the time it takes you to go from start to finish. Splemy will test your aim with a slingshot, your skills at strategy and speed.

Splemy is an odd little game for Windows Phone 8 but in a good way.

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2 years ago

New Nokia ad shows how its partnership with Microsoft is 'not like everybody else'

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Nokia has released the above video on its official YouTube channel, the first footage published on the account since Microsoft purchased the devices and services division from the Finnish company. The two parties have come together to form a new partnership under the Microsoft umbrella, further enhancing what can be offered to consumers when it comes to Windows Phone. The new ad shows how the companies and Windows Phone is 'not like everybody else'.

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2 years ago

Project Tripod, OneDrive, Divvy for YNAB and more are your app highlights for this week!

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Not too many major apps launch on the weekends, which is why we take the opportunity to go over the new apps that launched this past week. It’s the perfect chance to make sure you don’t miss out on any cool new Windows Phone apps. This week’s app highlights has us looking at various new wares from the Windows Phone Store like Project Tripod, Divvy for YNAB, Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview and more!

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2 years ago

Microsoft issues warning about limited, targeted attack vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer due to a "zero-day" limited, targeted attack vulnerability it's found "in the wild". Versions of IE include Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. "Zero day" means it came without warning and "in the wild" means it's already being exploited. There's no mention of Windows Phone having the issues, but if you use Windows in general, it's something to be aware of, but not something to panic about. Here's why...

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2 years ago

Don’t like the new Xbox Music on Windows Phone 8.1? Here’s how to bring back the old one

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It’s an open secret that the old Xbox Music hub is still actually buried in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS, with the new version overriding it. Users have been bringing it back via an NFC trick, which works but it’s far from convenient. Now, a developer has taken the extra step and released a free app that lets you pin a direct link to the old version on your Start screen.

The app is named Music Hub Tile, and when initially launched it will let you pin either the green Music Tile or a transparent one to your Start screen. The transparent one though will cost you 99 cents via an in-app purchase, whereas the green is free.

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2 years ago

Melodia now lets you assign even more official sounds to your official apps

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On Thursday, we detailed a new app dubbed Melodia, which let you assign official chimes and melodies to your favorite apps on Windows Phone 8.1, so for Twitter, you can have their little bird alert, or for Facebook Messenger, you can have the familiar Facebook Chat ding.

This morning, version 1.0.8.0 of Melodia has been released, and it features even more notification sounds to be assigned and gets some categories too. In addition, you can now email the developer with your suggestions for other sounds, which he’s looking to add in future builds. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

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2 years ago

Catch the best deals with Wowcher for Windows and Windows Phone

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There are many deal and bargain apps and services available today and Wowcher is yet another name to add to the list. The service is a popular destination for those who wish to bag a deal or two, saving money in the process. Available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone in app form, we're looking at hybrid apps that bring together the best of both native and web experiences.

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2 years ago

Check your lucky numbers with Lottery Results, now available on Windows 8

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The super-popular Lottery Results app for Windows Phone, Android and iOS has just landed on Windows 8. If you're a frequent player of the Euromillions, National Lottery (UK) or other gambling draws, this is the app for you. Sporting identical functionality as its Windows Phone counterpart, the developers have crafted a sweet Modern experience taking advantage of Windows 8.

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2 years ago

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet accidentally leaked in the Land Down Under

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Lenovo already has the ThinkPad 8 available for consumers to enjoy, but the company has inadvertently leaked a 10-inch version from the same family on its Australia store. This has occurred prior to any official announcement, showing a fully populated product page with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a live product. What's not surprising is the 10-inch tablet shares much in common with its smaller sibling.

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