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2 years ago

Microsoft focusing on increasing Windows Phone volume with GDR2; features coming later

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One area where it’s always difficult to please your audience is in regards to technology. Between hardware and software advancements you have a public who not only yearns but demands frequent updates for their devices. Some of it is rational and some of it resembles the tantrums of children. But somewhere in between, there is the truth.

Microsoft is in a precarious situation with Windows Phone as they have a lot of so-called 'chicken versus egg' problems to solve. For instance, they need more mainstream apps. But in order to get more apps, they have to have enough devices in user’s hands to convince developers to get on board with Windows Phone. But how can you convince people to buy your phone if you don’t have the apps (either real or perceived)?

With Windows Phone 8 build 10327 (GDR2), Microsoft is pushing out their second minor update for their new operating system this year (the first was GDR1 aka Portico). The concern for a lot of current users is GDR2 doesn’t really bring much to the table in terms of new features. Sure FM radio and an improved Xbox Music library are nice to have, but it’s far from the dozens of features people are demanding on Microsoft’s UserVoice forum.

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2 years ago

Developers: Steer clear of fake reviewing services on the Windows Phone Store

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Published an app on the Windows Phone Store? Wish there was some way to get noticed or perhaps tackle competition on the store? Developers who are attempting to break into the market may find it difficult to accumulate downloads and get their name out there, so how do you get apps and games noticed?

There are numerous ways (including Windows Phone Central - *hint*), but one that we'll highlight today is an example of a service that should be avoided (and reported where applicable) - fake reviews.

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2 years ago

Show off your fandom with new Xbox One wallpapers and avatars

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2 years ago

Eventbrite wunderapp Events for Me updated, brings wallet integration and more

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Windows Phone is happening. The gap for quality apps is closing every day, whether it’s an official app or an excellent third-party one. Eventbrite doesn’t have an official app on Windows Phone yet, but Events for Me is so good we might not need them. The latest update adds some sweet features that just put this over the top. Let’s check them out.

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2 years ago

Join Microsoft’s free Tuesday webinar to learn about Office Web Apps

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2 years ago

Microsoft clarifies how ‘Other storage’ works on Windows Phone 8 GDR2

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Over the weekend, we posted an in depth article on the ‘Other Storage’ issue prevalent on Windows Phone 8 GDR1 devices. The problem is that for some users that area fills up with a lot of data, often of an unknown origin, with no way to gain it back besides a hard reset. From 2 to 10 GB, users have had their data disappear and it prevents them from installing new apps or games due to the restricted size. Case in point, our Lumia 720 has 2.4 GB of Other storage, which can be severely limiting on a device where you only start with around 5 GB.

Two things need to be separated here before going forward: the bug and the architecture of the OS. It is true that with GDR1 devices (any phone below OS build 10327) there is a bug related to uninstallation of XAP files for app installation than can leave remnants behind. While for small apps, this is not a big deal, if you uninstall or download a trial of say NOVA 3 (1 GB) it can have a devastating effect on space.

But there is also the design of the OS. In other words Windows Phone 8 is meant to have some space occupied by Other storage as a way to cache frequently accessed media, graphics, app and game data for fast, offline loading. That’s not a bug but the architecture and it can’t really be “fixed”.

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2 years ago

If you search for child abuse on Bing - Microsoft will know

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Microsoft’s Bing search engine has become the first in the world to introduce pop-up notifications for those who decide to seek out child abuse content including child pornography. The system will be launching in the United Kingdom first.

The new system will first notify users that they are searching for illegal content and offer details on available counseling services.

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2 years ago

Verizon retains top dog title in US; Windows Phone climbing steadily according to new market data from Kantar

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Kantar World Panel has released US smartphone market figures for the 3-month period ending June 2013. The report shows Android retaining 51.5 percent of the US smartphone market, while iOS follows in second with 42.5 percent. Windows Phone holds 4 percent, growing slowly but steadily (up 1.1 percent since last year).

Mobile operators were also included in the report with Verizon increasing its lead to 36.9 percent. Head past the break for more details.

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2 years ago

Lockdown: How secure is your smartphone? - Talk Mobile

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Look at your smartphone. You likely have at least one email account on it, along with the associated contacts and calendar. You have your memos and to-do list. There's your browsing history. Your phone history and text messages. Years of photos. Probably Facebook, and maybe Twitter or Google+. You might have a banking app, stores you frequent, or a travel app with your airline tickets.

More and more of our lives are on our smartphones and tablets. These tools have become increasingly useful, but that makes them increasingly problematic. Your digital life resides on and can be accessed through this device. This personal disposition makes our phones a mine of data about us, some of it potentially incredibly sensitive and damaging.

These phones track us everywhere we go - what apps deserve access to that data? Can we trust our smartphones to make financial transactions with businesses and our friends? How do we keep everything on our phones secure, and what do we do if we lose it? And what about everybody else's personal social network and contact data on that device?

The more that's on your phone, the more important security becomes.

2 years ago

Microsoft and Google team up for LGBT InterTech Diversity Forum

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Sure, Microsoft and Google may be trying to murder each other when it comes to technology, but the two companies can always team up for a good cause. This week in London, the two companies along with others including Amazon, Dell, and Nokia came together to launch the brand new InterTech Diversity Forum for LGBT+ people (since when did we get a “plus” added?).

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2 years ago

ZBand - The Windows Phone compatible silent alarm clock accessory

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ZBand (www.zband.biz) is a silent alarm wristband that's compatible with Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Android. The device is an interesting accessory as it connects and synchronises with a Windows Phone 8 smartphone running the ZBand app - there's no need for a PC or web service. So what does the wristband do? It essentially acts as a silent alarm clock, replacing that pesky mobile phone ringtone.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Xbox One Controller and Headset now available for preorder

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2 years ago

Microsoft to bring high-speed and affordable internet to South Africa

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2 years ago

Hipstamatic Oggl and Oggl Pro get quick bug fixes for Windows Phone

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If you tried the recently released Oggl photo app (for all Windows Phone 8 devices) or Oggl PRO (Nokia Lumia 1020), you may have had some mixed results from posting your creations. For instance, we noticed when we’d dual post to Instagram and Twitter, the Twitter submission would only have an Oggl link but omit our accompanying written text. Others have reported login in problems, failed submissions and an overall “meh” experience.

Luckily, Hipstamatic’s Oggl apps appear to be on the fast track for bug fixes and feature additions.  Version 1.0.0.2 for the regular Oggl app is now live and version 1.0.0.2 for the PRO variation. No changelog for either, which is a downer.

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2 years ago

Xbox Live Gold "Day One" membership up for preorder - includes free digital game

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It is clear that Microsoft intends to go all out for its Xbox One launch day; the company’s “Day One” edition of its console with special limited edition controller and achievement token has already sold out at various retailers including Amazon and Best Buy. Now, the company is introducing preorders for a “Day One” edition of Xbox Live Gold.

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