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2 years ago

Beamly takes your TV viewing experience to the next level on Windows and Windows Phone

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Beamly, previously known as Zeebox (you may have seen the TV adverts), is a companion app for those who enjoy watching through numerous shows. Think of the apps (and service in general) as an expansion on shows currently being aired on your TV. Available for iOS and Android, Beamly have also launched apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Wikipedia for Windows Phone gets Bing article suggestions with latest release

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Recently, Microsoft and Bing released their own Wikipedia app for Windows 8.1 users. Many on this site lamented that there wasn’t a similar app from Microsoft for Windows Phone, even though we have the excellent ‘Wikipedia’ from developer Rudy Huyn. That app is sanctioned by the Wikipedia Foundation, and for all intents and purposes, it’s official.

Version 2.4 was just released to the Store, and it includes one of the features people envied from the Microsoft version: Bing article recommendations.

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2 years ago

Facebook for Windows Phone 8.1 gets a small patch update today

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Rejoice, Facebook users, as your favorite (or not so favorite) app has received yet another small update today.

Facebook for Windows Phone, including those on the 8.1 Preview, will get bumped from version 8.1.4.4 to version 8.1.4.25. That is not a momentous increase, and tells us that this is probably just some small bug fixes and improvements, possibly related to 8.1 performance.

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2 years ago

Jelly Smash, a candy smashing game for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Lots of readers rely on Windows Phone Central to learn about new Windows Phone games, but how does our staff discover games to share with the folks at home? My favorite method is by checking the “Newly discovered games thread” in our forums. Dedicated readers like “John Lampard” and Mohamed Ashid post a never-ending stream of Store links for new games.

One of the games our forum boys recently shared actually surprised me quite a bit. Jelly Smash is a match-3 puzzle game from AceViral.com, makers of Angry Gran Run. At first glance, I pegged Jelly Smash as another Candy Crush Saga clone to throw on the pile. But the more I played this one, the more I realized how well it stands on its own. It also happens to be exclusive to Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT, which adds a few extra cool points in my book.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Research's new Special Projects Group aims to disrupt things

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Microsoft is no stranger to advancing computing technologies, as they’re one of the largest employers of computer science PhDs in the world through their Microsoft Research initiative. Microsoft Research is concerned with evolving today’s technologies to be better, not necessarily inventing new categories. Now, according to All about Microsoft’s Mary Jo Foley, that’s about to change.

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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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