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2 years ago

SkyDrive gets more robust for online users, adds high DPI photo support, native text file editor, and more

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Three screens and a cloud is a powerful idea that is moving the technology industry forward. Each ecosystem has its own idea of how that cloud should look and function. If you’re in the Microsoft camp you’re probably using SkyDrive as your cloud. The latest update for the web version of SkyDrive just became even more awesome with high DPI support and much, much more.

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2 years ago

Need to post to Instagram from your Windows Phone? Here are two methods that do work

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With the recent "security changes" from Instagram, causing all third party apps from being blocked from posting, we figured we’d recap at least two ways that we know of that still work. Think of these as your permanent fail-safes in case this is a prolonged outage or as a temporary solution until Daniel Gary (Instance) and others figure out a way around the problem.

To recap, using apps like Instance allows users to post to their Instagram account, but after about fifteen seconds, the image is deleted. That means somehow Instagram has flagged images uploaded by unauthorized apps in a clever way that has befuddled developers so far. But you can still post via other apps—one official, the other a hack.

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2 years ago

When mobile and enterprise collide - Talk Mobile

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Nobody’s entirely sure how it started, but it’s a trend that’s taken the corporate IT world by storm over the past few years. In all likelihood it began with a CEO walking into the CIO's office with his new shiny new iPhone and saying "Steve, put my email on this."

"But, Sir, we issued you a BlackBerry," Steve, the CIO, pointed at the stack of BlackBerry Bolds on his desk. "We all have BlackBerrys."

The CEO glared at him and growled, "Steve, I want my email on this. Make it work." He set the iPhone on Steve's desk and left the dark IT office.

Steve looked at the black glass slab on the corner of his desk and swallowed. "I don't like where this is going."

A multi-platform mobile ecosystem has become the new reality for corporate IT. They have to manage multiple operating systems and even devices owned by employees. Mobile devices are becoming more and more prevalent in business - but can they replace the desktop? Is the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend a good thing? And just what does IT need to make all of this happen?

2 years ago

Instagram actively seeking and destroying photos published through third party apps [Update]

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Those of us attempting to use Instagram on our Windows Phones are left with no alternative but to utilise third party solutions. These apps are solid offerings in place of an official app from Instagram, but of course we're essentially going through back doors to get our content published. All was well for a short while with uploads presently available for viewing, but Instagram has evidently had enough.

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2 years ago

Nextgen Reader bumped to version 5.1; adds new design improvements

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Nextgen Reader is the popular RSS Reader for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, being continuously updated before and after Google shut down its Reader service. If you're looking for a solution to keep you on top of latest headlines, Nextgen Reader is certainly worth checking out - check out our review to see what our thoughts are on the apps.

The team has pushed out version 5.1 for Windows Phone, which includes numerous new design tweaks and improvements, as well as a few fixes to keep everyone happy.

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2 years ago

TaxiCOP, a real-time taxi fare calculator for your Windows Phone

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Have you ever questioned a taxi fare? Wonder if the cabbie took the most effecient route? TaxiCOP is a Windows Phone app that may help ease your concerns or tell you it's time to switch cab services.

TaxiCOP will monitor your route, time, and mileage to make sure what you pay is accurate. While cab services are rather scarce in my neck of the woods, I can see it coming in handy while traveling or if cab services are part of your day to day routine.

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2 years ago

AlphaJax now on Windows 8, syncs games across all your screens

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Twenty days or so ago, we showed you guys a few Windows 8 games that were in the process of a beta. We had Halo: Spartan Assault, Ty: The Tasmanian Devil, and AlphaJax. Since then, two of those three games became available for you to officially download without being a resident of Trinidad and Tobago. Now, you can grab the last piece of the puzzle – Alphajax is on Windows 8.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone and Windows 8 gaming news incoming from Casual Connect USA this week

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Ready for more mobile gaming event coverage, loyal readers? Casual Connect is upon us again. Last year we traveled to Casual Connect Seattle, where we brought you a tour of Microsoft headquarters, studio visits and hands on footage with the makers of Skulls of the Shogun and Ascend: Hand of Kul, and lots more exciting Windows Phone gaming news.

This year’s domestic event has been dubbed Casual Connect USA and takes place in San Francisco, the same city we visited for GDC 2013. Casual Connect is the premiere industry event dedicated to casual games. These include mobile and tablet games, so we expect to learn lots of juicy Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 news at the show.

Head past the break for our mobile Windows news predictions and a sneak peek at the developers we’ll be interviewing at Casual Connect USA!

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2 years ago

Beem for both DI.FM and SKY.FM are now forever free

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2 years ago

Microsoft claims nearly 5% of tablet marketshare, Apple and Google still far ahead

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It’s hard to ignore the tablet category of computing devices. The iPad made them accessible to the mainstream with a relatively easy and familiar interface combined with sensible form factor. Since the first iPad releasing back in early 2010 we’ve seen the tablet segment explode with many platforms and players all wanting a piece of the pie.

Nearly a year and a half after the iPad launched, on June 1st 2011, we saw the first public preview of Microsoft’s answer to the tablet and the future of computing – Windows 8. So how are tablets running Windows 8 doing compared to Android and iOS? Let’s look.

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2 years ago

New Nokia Lumia 1020 ad boasts “Nothing else comes close”, appeals to photographers

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Microsoft and AT&T aren't slowing down with marketing the new Nokia Lumia 1020 as they have released a new thirty second ad for the Windows Phone. We've already seen one commercial from AT&T highlighting the Lumia 1020's "zoom later" feature and the latest focuses on the Lumia 1020 being the first smartphone to "put the camera first".

While the Lumia 1020 is a well rounded Windows Phone, the center piece is easily the 41MP PureView camera. With optical image stabilization, the Xenon flash, Zeiss optics, BSI sensor and the "zoom later" feature the Lumia 1020 is definitely a Windows Phone with the photographer in mind.  We've been very impressed with the Lumia 1020 (here's our review) and tend to agree that nothing else comes close.

Have you seen this ad air on TV yet? Have your friends noticed? Let us know in comments.

Source: Youtube

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2 years ago

PSA: Your Instagram time sink is on hold, Instance down for everyone (Update: It works!)

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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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