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2 years ago

How to Cook Everything with a Windows Phone (Hidden Gems)

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It's time to grow up and start cooking like an adult. No more microwavable meals. No more take-out from that Chinese place down the road. And please stop ordering Domino's twice a week. You don't need to become Thomas Keller or Gordon Ramsay, but you need to at least be able to make a week's worth of meals without breaking down.

Thankfully for you, there's an app in the Windows Phone Store that's going to help you discover the rewards of simple cooking. How to Cook Everything is a bestselling cookbook from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. The cookbook features more than 2,000 simple recipes and has been helping folks learn how to cook for over a decade. That book is now an app for Windows Phone.

Let's take a look. And remember, if you leave a comment, you enter into our daily Hidden Gems contest to win a new tablet or phone!

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2 years ago

Heroes of Order and Chaos from Gameloft does battle on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Does anybody remember Order & Chaos Online? It was the first and only Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) for Windows Phone with Xbox support. Although beloved by RPG fans, publisher Gameloft basically abandoned the Windows Phone version of Order & Chaos Online. With no content updates or bug fixes, and compatibility issues making it unplayable on the Nokia Lumia 1520, the game never got the chance to thrive like it should have.

One year later, Order & Chaos is back! Sort of. Gameloft has just released Heroes of Order & Chaos for Windows Phones (with 1 GB of RAM) and Windows 8 and RT. Heroes is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) spin-off of the main game. Since the PC hit League of Legends is not available on mobile devices, Heroes of Order & Chaos is truly the next best thing. And it's free to play, with cloud save support. Head past the break for our hands on video and first impressions!

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2 years ago

Lomogram rises from the ashes of controversy, re-released in the Windows Phone Store

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Lomogram is a popular Windows Phone photography app that featured over forty creative filters and other editing effects to give your Windows Phone photos a little zip. The app was recently updated with a few design changes that included a name change to Metamorphosa. Changes that weren't exactly well received.

While we aren't certain as to the particulars, there seems to have been a parting of the ways between the developers and publisher of Lomogram with some suggestion that the original app was stolen. The end result of all this controversy is the re-release of Lomogram, as Lomogram+, in its pre-Metamorphosa form.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's Surface Mini does exist, at least according to the Surface Pro 3 user manual

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Microsoft has inadvertently confirmed the existence of the Surface Mini in a user manual for the Surface Pro 3, which was recently published on the company's website. The Surface Mini is an interesting device that failed to show up at the Surface Pro 3 event after Microsoft emphasized on the event being "small". Unfortunately, the company failed to shed light on whether or not such a device exists and if it will be available for purchase at some point in the future.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 with Core i7 and Core i3 arriving early on August 1st

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Today kicks of sales of the Surface Pro 3 online and from authorized retailers in the US and Canada. Currently, only the Core i5 version is available for sale with the Core i7 and Core i3 variants expected at the end of August. However, in a post on the Surface Blog, Panos Panay revealed some good news for those eagerly waiting for those versions, as the date has been bumped up from end of August to "ships by August 1st".

Although customers will still have to wait 40 more days, Microsoft looks to have shaven off nearly a month from the original anticipated ship date.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available for pre-order

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 1020

For today only, buy the BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 1020 and get 44% off the list price!

These invisible protectors are made of an ultra-slim polymer and shield your display from abrasive elements such as keys, dirt and other debris. They include 2 per pack, are easy to apply, block annoying glare and are custom designed to fit only your Nokia Lumia 1020's screen.

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2 years ago

Xbox Music a top contender for T-Mobile's Music Freedom

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere has given an update on the carrier's recent Un-carrier 5.0 and Un-carrier 6.0 announcements. Un-carrier 5.0 was the announcement of T-Mobile Test Drive, which lets people try T-Mobile's network for free. Un-carrier 6.0 was Music Freedom, which lets customers use several music services without that data usage counting against their high-speed data limit.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 Review

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Surface Pro 3 Review

Does the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? Microsoft makes some bold moves with their new Surface design but it remains to be seen if people will buy it.

Microsoft has big goals and a new message for the Surface Pro 3. Instead of attempting to compete with the all-popular iPad from Apple, they're targeting laptop owners and wannabe in-betweeners. Emblazoned everywhere is their new motto: "The tablet that can replace your laptop." So has Microsoft achieved this goal with the redesigned Surface Pro 3?

After spending four weeks with the Surface Pro 3, I think for the most part the answer is a resilient 'yes', but it won't necessarily convince diehard laptop users to switch. Regardless, it's an impressive, category-defining device, even if there's limited adoption by the masses.

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2 years ago

ZEN & TECH 68: Top 10 fitness don'ts!

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ZEN & TECH 68: Top 10 fitness don'ts!

ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering our inner geeks and using technology to help reduce stress and live better, connected lives. In today's episode, in honor of #mobilefit, Georgia and Rene talk about how to avoid the most common fitness failures, including overtraining, self-sabotage, procrastination, and more!

Support Z&T: Go to squarespace.com/zen and use offer code ZEN to save 10% on your new website!

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2 years ago

Official Bidorbuy Marketplace app now available for Windows Phone

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Bidorbuy is the marketplace in Africa to go to if you wish to either buy or sell items and an official app has just been launched on Windows Phone. It's possible to browse, search, bid, buy and manage Bidorbuy activity through the Windows Phone app, making the experience seamless and convenient when on the move. The app supports South African and Kenyan marketplaces.

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2 years ago

Latest Subway Surfers update takes players to Brazil

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Subway Surfers has enjoyed a steady stream of updates with new content patches and today we're looking at the addition of São Paulo, Brazil to celebrate the this year's World Cup. In the latest version of Subway Surfers, developer Kiloo has made it possible for players to traverse through São Paulo as Edison, the Brazilian soccer kid and latest member of the Subway Surfers crew.

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2 years ago

City Dodge Review - a fast paced, crushing good Windows Phone game

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City Dodge is a rather unique Windows Phone game where you race back and forth on the screen, hoping to avoid getting pancaked by a collapsing ceiling. The game increases in speed, difficulty and you play until your character gets crushed by the ceiling.

You have hints, magnet and other boosts to collect to enhance your chances of survival and side missions to help the game from getting stale. City Dodge is a fast-paced game that has a certain amount of appeal to it. I can see it being a good choice when you are looking for something different to pass the time with but I'm not sure City Dodge could hold up to longer gaming sessions.

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2 years ago

Munchem, restaurant ordering from your Windows Phone

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Munchem is an interesting Windows Phone app that lets you search for nearby restaurants, check out their menus and order food for pick-up or delivery (if available).

The Windows Phone app comes across as a convenient way to order food on the go. I can see it coming in handy on those nights you don't feel like cooking and want to grab some grub on the way home from work.

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2 years ago

Microsoft teases possible launch date of a green Lumia or successor to the X

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Microsoft Mobile Oy has published a small teaser article on the old Nokia Conversations blog, revealing a countdown for June 24th. Not giving much away, the company teases that "summer brings out our inner glow... stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we've got in store". We're not entirely sure what the company will announce, but since it's green (similar to teasers for the Nokia X), it's possible we'll see an X2 (as previously rumored) or even a mention of the green Nokia Lumia 1520.

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