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2 years ago

Zune Marketplace retiring as early as November 22nd

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Microsoft just sent out a notice that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. This is part of the Fall 2013 update that also retires Microsoft Points for local currency. Remaining Microsoft Points balance are transitioned to local currency when initiating a purchase or redeeming a Microsoft Points card or code on your Xbox 360.

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2 years ago

Developers, create innovative imaging apps using the new Nokia Imaging SDK

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2 years ago

myHealth for Windows Phone 8, tracking and organizing your medical information

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If you have the need to track yours or a family member's medical information, take a look at myHealth for Windows Phone 8. It is a simple, nicely laid out Windows Phone 8 app that will help you manage everything from medical contacts to medications to doctor's appointments.

The app can be password protected and individual accounts can be set up for yourself and other family members or even friends.

myHealth is cleanly laid out, easy to navigate around and is fairly comprehensive on the information it manages.  It is an option worth considering if you need to keep medical information on you, friends or family handy.

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2 years ago

Nokia Refocus now available for Lumia PureView Windows Phones

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We first caught wind of Nokia Refocus during Nokia World 2013. It is a creative photography app allows you to take a picture and then manipulate the focus point of the photograph.  Nokia Refocus has just gone live in the Windows Phone Store and is available exclusively for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone sporting a PureView Camera and the Amber update.

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2 years ago

How to send full resolution photos on Windows Phone using Phriz.be

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When you email photos from your Windows Phone device, it is downsized for faster transfer. What if you want to share full resolution photos taken with the 41-megapixel sensor on the Nokia Lumia 1020? What if you want to send the high-resolution photos to your computer without using the USB cable? Read on to find out how to do it by using the Phriz.be application. We also have video to show you how it’s done.

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2 years ago

AwesomeLock adds new weather icons and Image Gallery support with latest update

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AwesomeLock is a Windows Phone 8 lockscreen app that allows you to customize your lockscreen wallpaper with weather information, stock activities and news feeds.  You can also minimize your next calendar appointment to run across the bottom of the screen in ticker tape fashion.

The app was recently updated to version 2.3 which addresses a few minor bugs and improves support for Windows Phones with 512MB of RAM memory. Additionally, AwesomeLock now has six different sets of weather icons to choose from, support for XGA, 720P and HD devices, plus a gallery feature for your background images.

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2 years ago

Easily search through music videos and discover more classics in the latest Bing update

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Microsoft has released a rather major upgrade to the Bing search engine. The company details a new way to explore, discover and browse music videos with a new experience. Whether you're seeking videos of favourited songs or looking to see what else is out there to discover, it's a pretty sure bet you'll find something on Bing. That's the claim, but is it worth using?

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2 years ago

IDC: Windows Phone experiences 156% jump in handsets shipped for Q3 2013

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Windows Phone moved 9.3 million handsets in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report from the IDC. That’s an increase of 156% for the same period year-over-year. Nokia was responsbile for 93.2% of those shipped. 

The current status of Windows Phone’s market share is always interesting. We’ve never really received solid numbers from Microsoft, instead we rely on third-party data from market researchers and analysts. We’ve seen some recent data from comScore, Kantar, and Strategy Analytics. Now we’re getting some new data from IDC. The big takeaway? Windows Phone saw shipments grow 156% year-over-year for the third quarter. Details below.

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore will now lead a team focused on Internet Explorer

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2 years ago

Dark Lands for Windows Phone now available - Goblins, Orcs and Ogres beware!

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If you're looking for an action packed, battle riddled, monster filled, see-how-long-you-can-survive type game for your Windows Phone, take a look at Dark Lands.

Dark Lands is one of the many products being generated from the Microsoft/Nokia sponsored AppCampus.  It is an infinite-runner styled game with RPG combat elements. We've been tinkering with the Beta version for some time now and are happy to report that the game has finally been unleashed to the Store.

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2 years ago

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft releases firmware updates for Surface, Surface 2, and Surface Pro

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2 years ago

Halloween 2013 Contest Winners

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The judges worked long and hard going through the hundreds of submissions in this year's Halloween Photo Contests, and they have finally narrowed it down and chosen the winners! There were so many incredible entries, from funny to scary with everything in between, and all of them were super creative, so this was a really hard contest to judge! It took a little bit longer than we had hoped, but prizes are worth waiting for, no? We appreciate all the pictures that were submitted, and hope that you all had as much fun entering as we did getting to see everyone. Click on through to see all the awesome!

2 years ago

Want to have a look at the Xbox One? Early console owner shares his screen

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We know you're all excited to soon be able to pick up the Xbox One, power on the beast and smash some skulls in Ryze or net some superb shots in Fifa 14. Until the launch date comes around (November 22nd, should you require the friendly reminder), we've got some videos to keep us occupied, courtesy of owners who received their Xbox One units prematurely from retailers.

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2 years ago

Flixster updates its Windows Phone app with unknown improvements

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2 years ago

GroupMe updated with improved message delivery, faster start up and much more

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One of our favorite apps at events, like this past Nokia World 2013 or //Build/, is GroupMe for Windows Phone. The app allows those of us covering the event to stay in communication with the rest of the Windows Phone Central team. It’s great because it works on nearly every phone, either via push notifications in the app or SMS. GroupMe was also just updated for Windows Phone. Let’s see what’s new in this latest update.

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