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2 years ago

Talk Mobile 2013 wrap-up

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This marks the conclusion of Talk Mobile 2013. After fifty episodes, more than a hundred breakout videos, and two hundred essays, it's time to wind down the insanity and take a step back an look back at what all transpired. While Talk Mobile brought new tools to the mix, both technical and editorial, the crowning accomplishment was the conversation - not between the writers, but the community.

And that's a conversation that has only just begun.

2 years ago

Zombie Derby for Windows Phone 8, chasing down zombies in your pick-up truck

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Zombie Derby is the latest undead game for our Windows Phone that has you battling the zombie apocalypse by running them down with your truck.

The goal is to see how far you can travel down the road and how many zombies you can turn into hood ornaments. You can accessorize your vehicles with machine guns, turbo boost, and spiked bumpers.

Zombie Derby is an interesting game for your Windows Phone 8 device. The game starts a little on the slow side but once you've earned enough to pimp your ride, it picks up speed nicely.  It's a fun game but poorly implemented in-app purchases can hold Zombie Derby back.

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2 years ago

Report: Windows Phone may supersede Windows RT by 2015

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Microsoft will have Windows 8.1 out the door shortly, but what will follow the update? Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet has heard from sources that the Windows team will release a small Spring 2014 update alongside the release of Windows Phone 8.1 "Blue". That pushes back the Windows Phone 8.1 expectations back by a few months, as it was previously hinted to be early 2014 instead of the Spring.

Not only that, but sources suggest we could well be looking at the Windows Phone OS being used for hardware with larger displays, superseding Windows RT. 

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2 years ago

Lenovo announces the Miix2, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starting at $299

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We’ve been wanting to see Windows on smaller tablets for a long, long time. The Acer W3 came out earlier this summer, but its poor screen and lack of Windows 8.1 as default held it back. Thankfully with Windows 8.1 hitting the world tomorrow we’ll begin to see more and more devices in the 7 to 8-inch size. Lenovo has a new one joining the likes of the Dell Venue and others. It’s called the Miix2 and it looks like a winner on paper so far. Specs and pricing after the break.

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2 years ago

Rocket Riot and Tweet It! are this week's Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals

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Time was that Microsoft notified us of every Red Stripe Deal (then called the Xbox Live Deal of the Week) in advance. Sadly they stopped doing so many moons ago, but that hasn’t stopped our inquisitive nature. Today I was sniffing around all Wolverine-like and caught wind of tomorrow’s deals through unofficial channels – a day ahead of schedule.

The Xbox Red Stripe Deal is Rocket Riot from Codeglue, on sale for $1.99. Brain Seal’s indie RPG Dark Quest and the popular Tweet It! App from My Amazing Big Fork are both 99 cents. Head past the break for screenshots and Store links!

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2 years ago

Lenovo's IdeaPad YOGA 2 Pro is on sale now

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Lenovo's IdeaPad YOGA 2 Pro is on sale now

Lenovo’s IdeaPad YOGA 2 Pro is officially on sale and starting at $1,049. When the original YOGA was released, we considered it close to perfection; the new Lenovo YOGA 2 Pro brings that dream one step closer to reality.

The YOGA 2 Pro sports a 3200 x 1800 10-point multi-touch display and is backed up by IPS support. Additional improvements include a new Lenovo Transition system, which automatically locks the keyboard in place when the hinge is flipped 360 degrees into tablet mode. The keyboard has also been upgraded and includes a backlit keyboard for easy use in low light situations.

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2 years ago

Microsoft gets creative - launches four stellar Windows 8.1 apps

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s influence on Nokia now said to be less than before acquisition deal

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Although the Microsoft / Nokia agreement announced early last month caused shockwaves in the industry, many analysts have rightly been cautious about the acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division. That’s because the deal has not been finalized nor approved, by anyone, and the process is not expected to be completed until early 2014.

The question on many minds though, including our own, is what are things like now between the two companies? One stream of thought is that Microsoft and Nokia are going forward, working on devices, and that they have begun to merge divisions, knocking down those barriers that Belfiore referred to in an interview with CNET. Better phones, more exciting software, right?

However, Hal Berenson, a retired Distinguished Engineer and General Manager at Microsoft, says it is just the opposite. In an insightful blog post he notes that Microsoft is having little to no influence on anything Nokia is doing right now—in fact, it probably has less power than before the deal was announced.

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2 years ago

Fan of football? You'll want to check out 1st4Fans for the latest on your favorite team

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Football is a huge sport on a global scale, but it's particularly special here in the UK. There are numerous ways to remain up-to-date with leagues, fixtures and results on Windows Phone and Window 8, but what about individual teams? How does one check latest news and other data for their favourite squad? Cue 1st4Fans for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Halo 3 for Xbox 360 now free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers

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Today marks the availability of October’s second Games with Gold offering for Xbox 360 owners. From now through October 31, Xbox Live Gold members can download one of the console’s earliest hits: Halo 3 from Bungie and Microsoft Studios.

If you’ve never tried the series, this is a great chance to see what all the fuss is about. And even existing Halo fans might enjoy the wealth of new players that will be jumping online into this classic first-person shooter.

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2 years ago

Vodafone Nokia Lumia 1020 advertisement spotted in Metro UK newspaper

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2 years ago

Babel Rising 3D Review: Punish free thinkers on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Last year Ubisoft released its first Xbox game for Windows Phone, Babel Rising 3D. Mando Productions created the original game while Advanced Mobile Applications ported it to Windows platforms. Babel Rising arrived just a month before Windows Phone 8. Once the new mobile OS launched, the game turned out to be Windows Phone 8-incompatible.

Luckily for Windows Phone gamers, Ubisoft did the right thing and brought Babel Rising 3D back as a new, separate Windows Phone 8 version earlier this month. Not only that, they also published a Windows 8 version. All three versions are content identical, with the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versions naturally running smoother and in higher resolutions. It’s high time for our full review.

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2 years ago

EE announces new, cheaper 4G plans for the UK

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The UK mobile operator is looking to attract more custom by offering more affordable 4G plans. Since the company launched 4G in the UK, consumers have commented on how expensive the new plans were, especially taking into account how little data was included. Along with the new pricing, EE also unveiled PAYG 4G.

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2 years ago

October 20th named International Mobile Photography Day by Nokia

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Smartphones have changed the way we point and shoot. Mobile devices sported sub-par cameras were simply used sparingly, while actual point and shoot, compact systems and DSLRs were used for higher quality results. Now we have half-decent shooters inside smartphones, but Nokia took things further with its PureView technology (Nokia 808 PureView) and Windows Phone.

The Lumia 920 was the first Lumia Windows Phone to feature OIS (optical image stabilisation). Then followed the Lumia 925, which added an extra lens to the mix. Finally we have the Lumia 1020, the Windows Phone with a 41MP sensor, Xenon flash and more. It's truly a remarkable device.

Nokia is designating October 20th as "International Mobile Photography Day."

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign is a hit – according to 3rd party research

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