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2 years ago

SkyDrive on Xbox One will bring your pictures and videos to life

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Whatever Microsoft ends up calling SkyDrive won’t matter to use too much. The service is easily one of our favorite cloud storage solutions, but does so much more if you’re inside the Microsoft ecosystem. From syncing your PC apps and settings across your devices on Windows 8.1 to automagically saving your Windows Phone images, SkyDrive is awesome. And it’s about to get a lot better for folks using the service on the Xbox One.

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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV S Neo (AT&T) - Hands on and first impressions

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We go hands on with AT&T's latest Windows Phone, the ATIV S Neo

This past weekend, AT&T released the Samsung ATIV S Neo, their first Windows Phone 8 Samsung device. Released earlier this year on Sprint, the ATIV S Neo is a version 1.1 of the original ATIV S—more slight refinements than an overhaul.

Samsung was once again not interested in promoting their device so we had to go out and buy the phone ourselves, instead of a standard review unit. The phone runs for $99 on contract or $420 off and while many Lumia fans won’t find much to gawk over, the phone is a solid entry into the Windows Phone category.

We’ll be following up with a full review in a bit, but here are our quick impressions of the latest Windows Phone 8 device for AT&T. Check out our video tour and high resolution photos after the break!

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2 years ago

After a month long drought, Facebook Beta for Windows Phone is updated

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2 years ago

Live outside India and want to try out LockMapper? Dev releases International version

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LockMapper is an interesting app that allows you work some magic with your current location. The app has been published in India through the Nokia Collection, but for the rest of the world there was a waiting game until we were also able to download. Luckily, the developer has got in touch with us to reveal that an official International version has been published on the Windows Phone Store. 

Found yourself wanting to try out LockMapper? Now's your chance.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Unlocked HTC 8X available for $249 at Microsoft's online Store

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2 years ago

Russia Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet up for preorder, costs 23990 rubles (with Keyboard cover)

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If you reside in Russia, you may want to get your wallet ready. The 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, running Windows RT, is now available for preorder. Costing 23990 rubles ($732), the Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first foray into the world of Windows. While not full Windows 8.1, the tablet runs the more streamlined RT version on a Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz CPU, 32 GB of storage and a gorgeous 1080P display.

Unfortunately, a date for the release is not given. So while you can give them your money for a red or black version (white is selectively available), you won’t exactly know when you’re getting it.

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2 years ago

Accessory Review: MoKo Detachable Rotary Case for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

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Windows Phone Central has brought you several accessory reviews for the Microsoft Surface over the past few months. We’ve covered cases from Bear Motion, MiniSuit, and more. One case manufacturer has been noticeably absent though: MoKo Cases. These cases came highly recommended by a few of our readers, which of course caused us to take notice…

At last, we’ve picked up both styles of MoKo Surface cases to review. Today’s review covers the MoKo Detachable Rotary Case for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. This particular case doesn’t come in a Surface RT-style, but Surface Pro owners should be impressed by its unique features and dignified appearance. Head past the break for our full review.

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2 years ago

Xbox Windows Phone game Kingdom & Lords expands availability, let the battles begin!

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Last week the latest Xbox Windows Phone game, Kingdoms & Lords, started making its rounds to a few select markets. It would appear the soft release is no more and the new Windows Phone 8 game is now available worldwide.

Kingdoms & Lords is a medieval simulation game where you build up your kingdom, cultivate crops and livestock, train your military, battle a Dark King and conquer neighboring lands.

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2 years ago

'Boyfriend, get me a beer': New Xbox One ad humorously shows off the power of voice (and relationships)

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Microsoft has released a new advertisement for its Xbox One console. The video shows a young couple who have the next-gen console set up with multiple accounts. As well as showing exactly how easy it is to switch between profiles in a real environment, the ad also injects some humour with the boyfriend being ordered around with "Xbox" commands.

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2 years ago

GTA V: Maps for Windows Phone, the streets of Los Santos revealed

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The Xbox game Grand Theft Auto V has been on the shelves for a few months now and if you've hit a few snags building your criminal empire, check out GTA V: Maps for Windows Phone.

GTA V: Maps delivers all the Los Santos maps and locations to your Windows Phone to help guide you through the game.  Layout is simple with GTA V: Maps and includes optional integration with GTA V: Cheats. It may not be an official companion app for Grand Theft Auto but it may help you avoid making that wrong turn that could end your career.

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2 years ago

A trip down memory lane: 30 years since Windows was announced

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On November 10, 1983, it all started… not with a big bang, but a whisper that defined the industry in the years to come.

Yes, thirty years ago, Bill Gates announced ‘Interface Manager’ at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The next-generation operating system would provide a graphical user interface (GUI) and a multitasking environment for IBM computers. Windows might have been released under the original name of Interface Manager if marketing whiz, Rowland Hanson had not convinced Bill Gates that Windows was the far better name!

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2 years ago

Preproduction Nokia Lumia 1520 for AT&T hits eBay

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A preproduction unit of the Nokia Lumia 1520 for AT&T is currently listed on eBay for $575. While preorders already started, the Lumia 1520 will not officially be available to the public until November 22nd. The seller, surfacedude, has 271 feedbacks and 100% ratings. He writes in the listing description:

This is a preproduction device. Final design hardware and software. It is just a network test device. 

The preproduction Nokia Lumia 1520 being sold on eBay is black with 16GB of internal storage. Starting November 22nd, you can head over to an AT&T or Microsoft store to get it in matte black, matte yellow, matte white or glossy red. Who’s going to press the ‘Buy It Now’ button and possibly get the device earlier than everyone else?

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2 years ago

Deccan Chronicle, leading English daily from South India, arrives on Windows Phone

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Deccan Chronicle is the third largest English newspaper in India in terms of readership and circulation, and very popular in South India. The publication’s official app has now arrived on Windows Phone.

While the app gives you free access to all content, including news, photo galleries, and opinion columns at Deccan Chronicle, it disappoints in user experience. Honestly, I’ve seen better mobile websites.

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2 years ago

Pin shortcuts to your favorite settings with System Tiles for Windows Phone 8

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If you want shortcuts to important settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock (GDR3 only), flashlight, and more on your home screen, you owe it to yourself to check out System Tiles for Windows Phone 8. This handy tool also just received an update to version 2.0. You can now change the background color for the quick tiles.

Head past the break to see what’s new in version 2.0 and watch our walkthrough video.

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2 years ago

Kickback this weekend with some nostalgic Zune tunes

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Remember Microsoft’s Zune line of multimedia players? I haven’t forgotten, and to this day, the Zune 120 GB Black "Brick" remains as one of my favorite pieces of hardware from the past. To help everyone relax, while bringing back some Microsoft nostalgia, below is a short video list of some of the rocking (and mellow) tunes used in the original commercials.

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