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2 years ago

From a Bill Gates memo to an industry practice: The story of Security Development Lifecycle

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Most people would agree that Microsoft has come a long way from the dark days of frequent malware attacks and security flaws making headlines. Microsoft has now shared the untold, and thrilling, story of the Security Development Lifecycle at SDLstory.com with anecdotes of the early days, and never-before-seen video footage and photos of the key players.

While in the earliest days, hacking was just an underground hobby, the media attention that security attacks received made it fascinating for cybercriminals as an opportunity for fame. The romanticism of breaking the web just because you could do it became a high. But as time went on, the attacks became more and more malicious, exploiting software for financial gain.

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2 years ago

How do you connect your Windows tablet to the internet?

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Earlier today we reported that the Surface 2 with LTE has begun to arrive at select Microsoft Stores for an impending launch.  The Surface 2 with LTE shipments are starting to arrive at Stores in order to build up inventory for an imminent launch. Here in the United States the Surface 2 with LTE will work on AT&T’s network, while abroad you’ll be using Vodafone. The option to hop to the internet without Wi-Fi or tethering is definitely appealing. But we’re wondering how the majority of you all connect to the internet on your tablet.

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2 years ago

AMBER Alerts on your Windows Phone: What they are and how to manage them

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If you’re in California today, you may have heard an AMBER alert go off on your phone. If so, it probably really caught your attention. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response Alerts, named after the late Amber Hagerman, and they are part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system on US and other carriers.

With Windows Phone 8 (and iOS and certain Android devices), users can go into their settings to enable or disable such notifications, or select which ones they want to receive. What types are there? What do they mean? We’ll explain.

But first, let’s tell you how to find them, as they’re kind of buried in the Windows Phone menu system.

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2 years ago

Take a lucky St. Paddy's selfie to win $50 Xbox gift card with Sendtiment

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Sendtiment is a popular, easy-to-use greeting card app for Windows Phone 8. The app has over one hundred greeting cards in the free version and an additional four hundred plus cards in a paid variant of the app. The developer behind Sendtiment has just kicked off a 'Lucky Selfie' contest to celebrate Saint Paddy's Day, which will see one lucky winner bagging a $50 Xbox gift card.

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2 years ago

Review - Monoy Frosted Slim Matte Hard Cover Case for the Lumia Icon

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Another day, another case review for you Lumia Icon owners (or potential owners). Today’s case is from Monoy and it falls into the light protection category. That means it’s thin and won’t add much in weight, but you’re also getting mostly cosmetic protection. Still, that can mean a lot after a single drop.

Running for around $9, you can’t accuse the Monoy of being too expensive. It comes in four colors, including metallic blue, champagne, wine red and black. The case is described as being matte, and it is, but it’s also a slightly slippery at the same time due to it being so smooth.

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2 years ago

India: Print photos with the official Zoomin app, now available for Windows Phone

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Taking amazing photographs on your Windows Phone is one task. Printing them off is another, but luckily Zoomin (www.zoomin.com) now has an official solution now available on the store. Photo Prints is a sweet app, enabling consumers in India to order prints anywhere in the region, perfect for those who wish to keep a physical copy of captured memories. 

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2 years ago

Rayman Fiesta Run returns to the Windows Phone Store after disappearing

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Rayman Fiesta Run has had a storied time in the Windows Phone Store so far. The game soft-launched in early February, but was only available in a few regions like India. Then in mid-February the game appeared in the Windows Phone Store for everyone, but was pulled shortly after that. Now it looks to finally be back in the Windows Phone Store for those who haven’t picked it up yet.

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2 years ago

1 Phoenix Force for Windows Phone 8, taking boss battles to the extreme

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1 Phoenix Force is one of the latest Windows Phone 8 titles funded through the AppCampus project. It is a fast-paced shooter where you control a variety of Phoenixes as they battle over seventy bosses to save the Earth.

We have seen some fantastic titles being generated through the AppCampus such as Dark Lands, SongArc and Foundbite. In the short time we’ve spend with 1 Phoenix Force, it has the potential of being another success story for the AppCampus project.

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2 years ago

Surface 2 with LTE arrives at Microsoft Stores for impending launch

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Build 2014 is right around the corner, and we’re expecting a few big announcements from Microsoft during that three day event. While Windows Phone 8.1 is anticipated to be unveiled, we have also been hearing about a Surface 2 with LTE. Announced last year during a Reddit AMA, a recent FCC filing suggests that the device is close to being released.

Windows Phone Central has now learned that Surface 2’s with LTE for AT&T have now started shipping to select Microsoft Stores to build up inventory.

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2 years ago

Popular side-scrolling adventure game Badland coming to Windows Phone

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Badland (www.badlandgame.com) is a popular, atmospheric side-scrolling adventure game, which is already available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. We've just been made aware that the developers plan to bring the title across to Microsoft's mobile platform. While no firm date has been confirmed, it's positive to know that we can expect to see Badland for Windows Phone in the near future.

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2 years ago

Use this app to always show the date on your Lumia Glance screen

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Niche apps are always tough to write about. For some, they’re indispensable. To others, they don’t make sense. DayGlance is one of those apps, designed specifically for Lumia devices running Nokia’s Glance screen.

You may not have noticed, but Nokia’s Glance screen omits the date. Instead, it just shows the time and any notifications. While I understand the logic – keep it simple – for some, knowing the calendar day is important. Luckily DayGlance fills that gap by let users show the date in the notification bar.

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2 years ago

Case or No Case for your Windows Phone?

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Case or No Case for your Windows Phone?

The decision to use a case with your Windows Phone is an age-old debate that has been re-kindled in a recent discussion going on over in the Windows Phone Central Lumia Icon Forums.

WPCentral member johnnyshinta presents the question here in the forums while considering a case for his Nokia Lumia Icon. The case he tried with the Icon had small crevices on either side of the display that captured dust and was difficult to keep clean. In addition, it seemed to ruin the clean looks of the Icon.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's new leadership still committed to Xbox? Absolutely

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Microsoft has had a recent alteration with its leadership, namely Satya Nadella replacing Steve Ballmer to head up the massive company. According to a Polygon report and contrary to rumour, the company is still focused on supporting Xbox and pushing the video game console in numerous markets. Phil Spencer from Microsoft Game Studios states the dedication to Xbox at Microsoft has not changed. 

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2 years ago

Three ways to reinstall apps on Windows Phone without paying for them again

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There might be a situation in which you might have to reinstall apps you’ve already purchased from the Windows Phone Store. Perhaps, you just upgraded to another Window Phone device or you have accidentally deleted an app. You do not have to pay for them again. We’ll show you three ways to reinstall apps or games you've bought without paying for them again.

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2 years ago

Skype for Modern Windows gets updated to 2.6, now syncs faster and will be less annoying for calls

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Skype has been on a roll lately with the service greatly improving, especially if you use it across many devices. Specifically, since the introduction of messaging syncing, the service has been much easier to use if you’re on it all day (like we are).

Today, the Skype team has announced that version 2.6 of the Modern app for your Windows 8 PC or Surface, is now live in the Store. It’s kind of a big update even though it only fixes one small thing: ringing.

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