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2 years ago

Grab the Windows 8.1 Spring Update from Microsoft servers today

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The Windows 8.1 April Update is just around the corner, but should you wish to force through the upgrade early on your machine, you can once again do so thanks to Microsoft publishing the release. Neowin has compiled a list of download links for consumers to access should they wish to make the plunge and see what's new in the next update for the popular desktop operating system.

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2 years ago

Nokia MixRadio updated with new UI features and usability improvements

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We haven’t seen a significant update to Nokia’s fantastic MixRadio app in a few weeks, but that’s changing this morning with version 4.3 arriving in the Store (that’s a bump from version 4.2). What’s more, this isn’t just bug fixes, but rather some fiddling with the UI to make navigation easier and some improvements to the offline mix capability.

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2 years ago

Weather On A String, a simple weather app that has potential

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Weather On A String is one of the latest weather apps to hit the Windows Phone Store. The Windows Phone 8 app approaches things in a minimalistic manner with simple graphics and gesture based navigation.

Weather On A String does support worldwide forecast locations and has an interesting feature that is dubbed Umbrella Mode. While Weather On A String has mild appeal and decent potential, some may find it too minimalistic as your daily Windows Phone weather source. The app is worth checking out but its appeal may not transfer to everyone.

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2 years ago

Microsoft hints at Windows Phone 8.1 on their main website

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In less than two weeks, Microsoft is expected to pull the cover off of Windows Phone 8.1. Granted, a lot about the OS update has leaked out in either screenshots, the SDK or even video. Still, there are plenty of little details that need to be filled in, which is why we’re headed to Build on April 2.

Tonight, Microsoft, appears to be testing the announcement. Microsoft’s main Windows Phone site, www.windowsphone.com, has a new Windows Phone 8.1 category near the top. Of course, when you click it you will get an error about the page not being found, so don’t look for any new scoops there.

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2 years ago

BitTorrent Sync coming soon to Windows Phone, currently in private beta

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BitTorrent Sync is coming soon to Windows Phone. The app was discovered in the Windows Phone Store and appears to be undergoing a private beta at the moment. Fans of BitTorrent will be pretty excited to learn about their new Sync service. Ready to access your files from anywhere on the planet for free? How about sharing files with a free and not having to worry about upload limits on the size of the file? You can do all of that with BitTorrent Sync.

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2 years ago

Reddit! for Windows 8 is a beautiful and functional app for browsing Reddit

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We’re always on the hunt for great apps across Windows Phone and Windows 8. We find that the Windows Phone Store has had a longer time to mature than the Windows Store. Which is why it’s easier for us to find high quality apps on Windows Phone, but more time is probably needed for the Windows Store to see killer apps in higher numbers. Reddit! is one of those higher quality Windows 8 app. With Reddit! you can browse the popular online community. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Why you need Breaking News for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

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Like a lot of people who are always connected, knowing what is happening in the world at this moment is a priority for me. Sure, I can load up an RSS news feed and pull down some published news stories, but what about the breaking stuff, the things happening right now? The internet is a powerfully fast tool for delivering information. Having a steady stream of breaking bulletins is the logical end of that technology, and Breaking News is that service.

Breaking News (www.breakingnews.com) is owned by NBC News Digital, though it operates as a separate entity. What makes it unique though is it’s not just a stream of “stuff” coming in that you have to make sense of. Nor do you have to configure anything. Instead, there are a team editors who curate, fact check and maintain the feed, making sure only scrutinized content gets through.

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2 years ago

Backing up your Windows Phone pictures and videos with OneDrive

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Spring is quickly approaching and with the warm weather, everyone will start finding their way outdoors and our Windows Phone cameras will become more active. We’ll be shooting pics of flowers, the kids running around the back yard, little league ball games, vacation spots and other warm weather hot spots.

These photos are important to you and should something happen to your Windows Phone, you would want them backed up, right? Well, for those new to Windows Phone (and those who have forgotten) there is an easy way to back up your photos.

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2 years ago

Voices Admin is a powerful new app for UserVoice admins on Windows Phone

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UserVoice is a great piece of online software. Companies like Microsoft and indie developers leverage the UserVoice platform for direct consumer feedback. We’ve seen the team behind Nokia MixRadio use UserVoice to solicit ideas to improve the app for users. Microsoft even maintains a Windows Phone page where users can suggest and vote on features they’d like to see. Back in September there was a strong community push for the Windows Phone team to keep Cortana as the name for the upcoming digital voice assistant.

If you’re an independent developer you might not have as many customers as Nokia and Microsoft, but you still find UserVoice to be an effective platform to gain customer feedback on your apps. Using UserVoice to power feedback and improve your apps? Then you’ll want Voices Admin for Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Top BINGO apps for Windows 8 (or how grandma's favorite pastime went digital)

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BINGO might be a great game for your grandparents to download and enjoy, but it can also be a great relaxing way to pass the time with your Windows 8 PC. Today, we will be counting down the top BINGO games available in the Windows Store and comparing the different features and methodologies between each. Let us get started and do not worry, as all of the apps mentioned are free!

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2 years ago

Rayman Fiesta Run review – Rayman delivers again on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Ubisoft and Pastagames’ Rayman Jungle Run was that perfect one-two punch: an excellent platformer, and a high quality mobile Xbox game. The sequel Rayman Fiesta Run had a lot to live up to, and it almost felt like Ubisoft didn’t want to share it with us. The game soft launched in limited territories, appeared to fully launch worldwide a few weeks later, and then quickly disappeared that same day.

At last, Rayman Fiesta Run is properly available with fully working Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Windows RT. Though we had to wait a painfully long time for Fiesta Run, the wait was worth it. Even if you found Jungle Run too challenging, this one is forgiving (and beautiful) enough that it might just win you over. Read on for our full review.

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2 years ago

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air, Bluetooth headphones for the EDM lover

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It could be argued that music is an international language for human expression; happiness, love, anger, joy, envy, fear – it can all be expressed through the wonderful world of music. The Windows Phone that you carry around in your pocket is the gateway to that music, whether you use Xbox Music, Spotify, Rdio, or Beats Music.

Today, we are going to look at a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones by SOL REPUBLIC, whose controls actually play well with the Windows Phone OS.

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2 years ago

Microsoft could lose key Nokia manufacturing plant in India

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Nokia, BMW, IBM, Vodafone, and Royal Dutch Shell are just a few of the multinational companies caught up in tax battles with the Indian government. A few days ago we learned that an Indian Supreme Court ruled that Nokia must deposit $571 million into an escrow account before it can transfer a key manufacturing plant to Microsoft.

As you know, Microsoft is trying to finalize its deal to acquire Nokia’s phone unit for $7.3 billion. Microsoft and Nokia hope to finish the deal before the month ends. However, the Indian government is making things a little tricky for the two companies.

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2 years ago

Brains beware, Zombie Tsunami arrives on Windows Phone 8

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Zombie Tsunami is an endless runner styled platform game where you race through a city with your hungry horde of zombies, attacking and devouring citizens along the way.

The game receives 4.5 stars over on iOS and Android platforms. In the short time we’ve spent with the Windows Phone 8 game, it is only a matter of time before Zombie Tsunami shares the same success on our platform.

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2 years ago

Doctor Who's David Tennant to voice Kinect Sports Rivals - 'Oh, yes!'

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The next generation of Kinect Sports will be launching this April for Xbox One owners. The upcoming title, 'Kinect Sports Rivals', dives players into the extremely immersive and exciting world of athleticism and competitive rivalry. As you fight for the gold, your experience will be narrated by none other than the tenth Doctor, David Tennant.

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