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2 years ago

Flower Garden, a virtual garden for Windows Phone 8

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If you lack a green thumb, take a look at the Windows Phone 8 game Flower Garden.  The game lets you grow a variety of flowers from your own back patio garden.

Fertilize your flowers and when you grow them to full bloom, you can cut them and build a lovely bouquet arrangement that can be shared with friends, family and significant others.  Flower Garden is an interesting interactive game for Windows Phone 8 but may have limited appeal.

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2 years ago

Dell's Latitude E7440 - A business Ultrabook set to redefine standards

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When Dell’s Latitude 7000 series laptop showed up at our doorstep for review, there was one simple word that came immediately to mind – “Wow”. The new 7000 series machines from Dell are not only a new standard for Dell, but also a new standard for business machines all around. Read on as we take an in-depth look at the design, performance, and value of Dell’s latest creation.

The Latitude 7000 series we received for review is the 14-inch variation from the series, known as the E7440.  The machine is simply a black beauty once it is unwrapped from its eco-friendly packaging; well-modeled industrial design and choice building materials make the E7440 a laptop to admire.

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2 years ago

Nokia kicks off #LumiaBizTrial, offering free Windows Phones for UK businesses to trial

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Nokia today announced #LumiaBizTrial, a campaign offering businesses within the UK the opportunity to trial Lumia Windows Phones for free. Businesses that enter the programme will be provided with Nokia Lumia 925, Lumia 625 and Lumia 520 units to demonstrate how Nokia and Microsoft technologies can compliment other systems already utilised by employees. A "highly personalised service pack" will also accompany the devices to illustrate the benefits of using Lumia Windows Phones for business.

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2 years ago

Grab the latest version of GimmalPoint for free with exclusive WPCentral promotion

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GimmalPoint (www.gimmalpoint.com) for Windows 8 and Windows Phone enables consumers to connect to SharePoint and view documents, sites, lists, libraries and more in multiple views. It’s billed as the most featured-rich solution available on Microsoft’s app stores and is developed by Liquid Daffodil.

We've covered these apps in the past, passing through beta testing and going gold. Today, we’re looking at a significant update. But not only do we have a new release, but there is a special offer exclusively available for Windows Phone Central readers.

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2 years ago

Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks onto the web - confirms much of what we suspected

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With all of the Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshots that have been leaking onto the web over the past couple of weeks, it wasn’t long before we expected a copy of the actual operating system to show up for us to jump on. A pre-release build of the upcoming update from Microsoft entitled “9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237”, has made its way onto the World Wide Web in the 64-bit architecture flavor.

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases official 2014 Super Bowl commercial, shows how they are changing the world with technology

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Yesterday we shared a few of the videos Microsoft had released in anticipation of the company’s upcoming sixty second long Super Bowl Commercial. Now, to the joy of many, the official short is available to watch on the company’s YouTube channel. Just as our UK Editor, Richard Edmonds stated yesterday – it “will pull at your heart strings”.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central to judge the Big Indie Pitch event at Apps World

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Windows Phone Central has a proud tradition of providing live coverage from a variety of gaming events. We’ve brought you news and interviews from E3, Game Developer’s Conference, Casual Connect, and more. If there are Windows Phone, Windows 8, or Xbox games to be played – we’ll be there.

This week we’ll be attending a new mobile industry event for the first time: Apps World. This one takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on February 5th and 6th. Apps World is a special event for us because I’ll be judging at a contest for game developers called the Big Indie Pitch during the event. The Big Indie Pitch is open to the public if you register in advance. Head past the break for more details!

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2 years ago

The Sims FreePlay gets Adulthood update, we guide you through it

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With all the neglect we’ve seen the Xbox Windows Phone versions of multiplatform games receive, Electronic Arts’ treatment of The Sims FreePlay is nothing short of amazing. Since debuting in September of last year, FreePlay has been updated four times already. These updates contain more than simple bug fixes. They tweak the gameplay and add new content and quests to the game. Each time FreePlay receives a major update on iOS and Android, a Windows Phone update follows closely behind.

The latest Sims FreePlay to arrive adds two huge new quests: “Adulthood” and “Seniors.” By completing these quests, players can advance their teenage Sims to adulthood and even grow regular Sims into wrinkly old elderly Sims. More details and quest walkthroughs after the break!

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2 years ago

App Update Roundup: 6snap, Hardware Tests and Tile Me! updated this weekend

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 goes through certification for Bluetooth 4.0

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Windows Phone 8.1 is still far off from being made available to the general public, but Microsoft has managed to get the operating system through Bluetooth SIG certification. What this means for consumers is they'll have ability to take full advantage of Bluetooth 4.0 in the next major update. The listing was filed on January 31st and is a sign of what's to come in Windows Phone 8.1. 

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2 years ago

Enjoy comics featuring popular characters from SAB TV shows with the official Windows 8 app

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If you watch some of the shows on SAB TV in India, you obviously love their quirky characters in the slice-of-life comic dramas.

Shows like Chidiya Ghar, Jeannie aur Juju, FIR, Lapataganj, R.K.Laxman ki Duniya, and Golmaal have built a huge fan following despite having very basic production quality. Some of the characters of these shows like Prasad, Gopi, Gulgule, Chandramukhi, Jeannie, and Juju have carved out an almost cult status.

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2 years ago

Official Instagram app for Windows Phone receives another update, still no video upload

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The official Instagram app (beta) for Windows Phone has received an update just a little over 48 hours go. Don’t worry if you missed it because another update just came out. The previous update, version 0.3, has brought performance improvements, crash fixes, and UX refinements. The latest update, version 0.3.1, does not list anything new in the change log. We think it brings more bug fixes and performance improvements.

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2 years ago

Beats Music, Bing Travel, Viber and more are your app highlights for the week!

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It’s Saturday here in California, which means I head into the app archives from the past week to pull out the best new apps in the Windows Phone Store that you might have missed. I’ll also bring highlight any cool updates, betas, and games. It’s a fun time to sit back and make sure your Windows Phone is rocking the greatest apps available. It was actually a pretty good week. We launched our own official app on Windows 8 and some new big name apps joined the Windows Phone Store. Let’s jump in and get started.

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s Super Bowl ads will pull at your heart strings

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Microsoft will be firing up advertisements to cover Sunday's broadcast of the Super Bowl and the company has enlisted the help of none other than former NFL player, Steve Gleason to help out. It's a notable appearance since he'll be featured in Microsoft's first-ever national Super Bowl advert.

Battling ALS (better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), Gleason's appearance will be a special one due to his story and how Microsoft technology helps make his life easier.

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2 years ago

Top Windows Phone Apps to help survive Super Bowl XLVIII

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Super Bowl XLVIII Apps

Just in case you were not aware, Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off tomorrow from the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  For those not fortunate enough to experience the outdoor experience, we thought a quick roundup of Windows Phone apps was in order for those roughing it from the comfort of home.

We’ve got apps that will help conquer the munchies, keep up with the game’s stats, check in on player tweets, replay all those fantastic commercials and give your bartending skills a fighting chance.  Plus, for good measure, we will toss out the available Windows 8 versions for some of these apps just in case you prefer the larger screen of your Windows tablet.

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