It’s Monday. Maybe you’re at work slowly getting the week started or maybe you’re having a blast in summer school. Get over your case of the Mondays by saving 15% on a selection of games and accessories from the Microsoft Store. There’s a healthy selection of Xbox 360, PC games, action figures, and gaming accessories. Details and highlights after the break
Last week, Microsoft introduced their new web series, “On the Whiteboard”, to take you behind the scenes at the company and see how our favorite devices and services are brought to life. The first episode had us learn where our favorite Windows sounds come from; this week, we go to a place where silence is king.
In the wake of Google Reader's shutdown next week, Nextgen Reader has updated its Windows Phone 8 client to support Feedly integration. The new version of the popular Windows Phone RSS client is now available in the app store – an update for Windows Phone 7 users will be available next month.
Expansys has dropped the price of the Samsung ATIV S once again, but this time we're looking at just £229.99 for the Windows Phone 8 device. If you're seeking a high-end option as your next smartphone, this is a perfect opportunity to choose a mobile phone with exciting features and areas of expansion.
Can we get a drum roll? Samsung has released a new app for Windows Phone. ATIV Beam. Sounds cool, right? It certainly is. We're looking at an NFC app to make it easy to transfer files from the ATIV Windows Phone to... wait, Android? You'd immediately assume that this is just a small error on Samsung's part and the app will work with Windows Phones that sport NFC too, right? Wrong, this is an exclusive app for those who wish to transfer files to Android devices.
There are plenty of tower defense games available for your Windows Phone and DragManArd may be one of the more challenging options out there. You are tasked with rebuilding your Dragon Manor and defend it from pesky little demons.
You make use of the legendary Dragon Manor Guards called DragManArds for short. You also have a few magic spells available to help you along the way.
There are thirty levels to DragManArds and two difficulty settings (Beginner and Expert). Luckily, troops can be upgraded otherwise you wouldn't have a fighting chance against the invading demons. Otherwise your goose would be cooked rather quickly by the invading hordes.
Nokia has unleashed the zombie apocalypse in support of the new Lumia 925 Windows Phone. Well... sort of.
The latest ad focuses on how the Lumia 925's low-light camera performance can reduce the need for a flash. All the while suggesting that the flash dependency other smartphones have will turn you into the walking dead (red-eye and all). Shame the Lumia 925 couldn't have turned the afflicted back to normal by snapping a picture of them.
Then again, part of me had hoped the commercial ended with the zombies breaking out to a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to reveal his plans to restructure the massive company to executives by July 1st, according to AllThingsD's sources. The thought of the shuffle has reportedly made multiple top managers concerned about just what Ballmer's significant plans will entail. Sources state the CEO has only been consulting with a small group of direct reports, as well as some board members.
It has been revealed on Reddit and confirmed by other users that Microsoft has unleashed Bing Music Search support in more regions. Numerous owners have replied to the Reddit thread from across Europe in markets where the feature was previously absent (we know of Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland thus far). Bing Music Search enables consumers to find out the artist or song name to a track that's currently being played in the vicinity.
The past few months we’ve seen a crazy high number of official apps hit the Windows Phone Store. One of those was from commenting system and online discussion service Disqus. What was really interesting about that whole situation was the fact that Windows Phone beat out both iOS and Android in getting the official Disqus app first. Disqus for Windows Phone has been well received by our readers and the Windows Phone community-at-large. Today Disqus for Windows Phone gets a little update and more.
Earlier today, we reported on a Windows Phone Store weakness allowing savvy users to download Nokia-exclusive applications onto non-Nokia hardware (well, try to at least, as often those apps are API dependent). But we did a little more digging and discovered the weakness doesn't just cover Nokia apps. You can manipulate the Store into providing any device or operator-exclusive app for your device.
The popular app Priceline has been bumped to a new release, but what's more exciting is Nokia is giving away a $50 coupon to each and every Lumia owner with the first hotel booking made through the app. If you're not familiar with Priceline, it's an app that helps consumers find and book hotels based on an individual search. This deal simply makes it that much sweeter for Nokia Windows Phone owners.
Starbucks has remained on the side lines when it came to Windows Phone and this doesn't look to be changing any time soon. We've witnessed numerous unofficial apps hitting the store from eager developers, but what about official support from the popular coffee house chain? One of our readers provided some feedback about a need for a Windows Phone client and received a response from the company. Cut short: don't hold your breath for one in the near future.
By now, the notion that Windows Phone 8 can store its maps offline should be familiar to most of you. Instead of pulling data “from the cloud”, your phone can simply have whole swaths of areas already on board, leaving the CPU (and battery) for other tasks.
While supremely useful, it can be overkill too. Specifically we mean if you spend a majority of your time in one region (or state), it doesn’t make sense to fill up your phone with say the whole United States. Yet that is exactly how the Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 is set up, including maps for the Cayman Islands (21.8 MB) and the Bahamas (24.9 MB) and USA (2,518.8 MB, or about 2.4GB).