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2 years ago

Video of Microsoft's secret labs offers a look into the world of Surface

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The folks over at Bloomberg managed to get access to Microsoft's secret Surface lab, which is the paving ground for new Surface tablet designs. The video features Panos Panay, VP of Surface division, who mentions that iterative design wasn't in Microsoft's DNA, and that his team has had to work hard to get the Surface pro 3 to where it is in terms of the hardware design.

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2 years ago

Crush enemies with over-the-top action in Tank Invaders

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Tank Invaders by Mgaia Studio has been released on Windows Phone, and before you ask, yes, it is supported on devices with only 512MB of RAM. The title sees the player being tasked by General Rogers to put an end to the threat by Terror. It's an over-the-top action-based arcade title, which was awarded Best Mobile Game of SBGames 2013's Independent Games Festival. Read on to learn more about the game, which is available for free in the Windows Phone store.

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2 years ago

Microsoft announces the new affordable Bang mini speaker by Coloud

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As well as announcing the new Lumia 530, Microsoft also unveiled a new Bang mini speaker joining the Coloud family of audio accessories. The portable, compact speaker is a rechargeable sound station that produces sound at an affordable price point – just €19 to be exact. An added bonus of this speaker is the choice of colors to match Lumia Windows Phones.

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2 years ago

Entry-level Lumia 530 announced, runs Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft today announced the Lumia 530, a brand new entry-level Windows Phone. Those who recall the affordable Lumia 520 will know exactly who Microsoft is targeting with its successor. This Windows Phone is the latest handset to come from the tech giant running Windows Phone 8.1 and featuring a quad-core processor to boot. The only difference being the price, which will see both the single-SIM and dual-SIM variants be listed for under €100.

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2 years ago

Nadella reaffirms Microsoft's commitment to a unified operating system

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2 years ago

Cortana allegedly launching in China on July 30

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2 years ago

AT&T may rollout Windows Phone 8.1 update 'as early as this week'

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File this one under rumor, but an AT&T Community Manager for the AT&T help forums is stating that the Windows Phone 8.1 update may begin to rollout at on "certain devices as early as this week!". The AT&T employee then directs users to watch for an update on the AT&T Consumer blog, where the company usually posts details about such events.

The Community Manager named 'ATTMarianaCM' revealed the news and marked the thread "solved," effectively ending the help topic (though the thread is still open for comments).

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2 years ago

Cortana does some hilarious animal impressions, check them out

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We're still not over all the little tricks Cortana is capable of doing. At launch we compiled a ton of questions you could ask the Windows Phone AI in order to get snarky and funny responses. That list has grown overtime as Microsoft adds more and more phrases to her repertoire. We know she'll give a funny response when you ask her "What does the fox say?", but what happens when you ask for other animals?

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2 years ago

The TV Show 10: 24 finale, Farscape 1, Doctor Who 3

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The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching in your living room on your Xbox or streaming to your Windows Phone, Surface, or Windows Tablet or PC, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene are joined by Dave's ex-girlfriend, Ashley Williams to talk 24 finale, Fascape season 1, and — sorry, really, so sorry! — Doctor Who season 3, including the brilliantly terrifying Blink.

Support the TV Show: Go to harrys.com and use offer code thetvshow to save $5 off your order.

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2 years ago

How to create and share story videos with Nokia Storyteller

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Nokia Storyteller is an app that automatically groups all your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into individual events called stories. You can browse all your stories on your timeline, modify them, and then view them as slideshows. If you're really happy with the slideshows, you can share them as story videos with friends on Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, and more.

Want to know how to do it? Head past the break to watch the video and follow the steps.

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2 years ago

Microsoft updates Cortana's Interests with local events finder

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Microsoft and the Cortana team have noted that users can expect updates to the service every few weeks. Tonight, at least one new change is new to the personal assistant: local events.

For those who do not know, Cortana stores preferences of the user in her 'notebook' and one of those has the label 'Interests.' Interests range from news, weather, travel, sports, finance, and other items that a person may want to have Cortana track. Now under those interests is a new category with the name Events.

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2 years ago

Destiny beta now open for Xbox One

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2 years ago

How to move apps or games to an SD card in Windows Phone 8.1

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Running out of storage space on your Windows Phone? You've probably filled it up with games, apps, photos, music and more. If your Windows Phone has support for a SD card you're in luck. With a few taps you can move things from to your SD card from your phone's internal storage. In the process freeing up your phone's internal memory. You can also set it up so that new music, videos, podcasts, photos, apps and downloads automatically get stored in either your phone or SD card.

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2 years ago

INSTEON home automation for Windows and Windows Phone (Hidden Gems)

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Insteon (often written as INSTEON) has been in the home automation business for a few years, going back to 2010. The company has apps on iOS and Android, but starting a few weeks ago, they released a universal app for Windows Phone and Windows. Even more, they teamed up with Microsoft to sell special kits in the Microsoft Store, complete with Windows Phone branding on the package.

Whether it is controlling your temperature, dimming the lights, watching the world through a Wi-Fi camera or getting an alert when your door opens, Insteon does it all. Because of the completeness of their system, their partnership with Microsoft and the overall coolness, Insteon is today's Hidden Gem. Watch our video review to see it all in action!

Remember, by leaving a comment on this article, you stand a chance of being one (of two) winners to earn your own Insteon Home Kit ($299) as seen in our review!

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2 years ago

5.8 million Lumia smartphones sold this last quarter

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Microsoft has just shared their latest quarterly financial report. This is for the previous three months that ended on June 30, 2014. Microsoft reported revenue of $23.38 billion with a net income of $4.61 billion. In the report, you'll find a ton of information about the various divisions within Microsoft. One interesting statistic: 5.8 million Lumia smartphones were sold during that period.

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