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2 years ago

Microsoft to include ad-supported Xbox Music streaming with Xbox One

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Microsoft's next-generation video game console is set to sport free, ad-supported Xbox Music streaming. Albert Penello, head of product planning for the Xbox One, confirmed in a Twitter message that this would indeed be the case. While the Xbox Music streaming would be available without charge to consumers, Panello states that advertisements would be experienced periodically.

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2 years ago

comScore shows Windows Phone still in 4th place in the US, but making small gains

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A new report published by comScore shows steady growth in the US for Windows Phone, a significant contrast to what we saw earlier in the year. While Android remains the number one platform in the region with Apple sat in second, Microsoft is pretty much level with BlackBerry, who has been struggling to halt the downhill fall the company has experienced.

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2 years ago

Just Weather for Windows Phone 8, keeping it simple rain or shine

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While the weather app collection for our Windows Phone is rather crowded, Just Weather is one of the latest offerings for Windows Phone 8. The simplistic, minimalistic weather app has potential but also has some room for improvement.

The intent is to deliver the basic weather information for two locations. Which is what you get but in using Just Weather, it felt like it was more of a work in progress than a finished product.

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2 years ago

PicFeed launches on Windows Phone, lets you create custom feeds for Instagram

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It’s been two weeks since Nokia World 2013 took place in Abu Dhabi. The event was highly successful for the Windows Phone platform. Nokia announced three new devices (two for Windows Phone 8 and one for Windows RT 8.1), new accessories for those devices, and a handful of new software. Of course Instagram for Windows Phone was finally announced on stage, but we also got other cool apps like Nokia StoryTeller, InNote, Vine, and more. PicFeed was also announced back then and is now available for download in the Windows Phone Store. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520: $199 on contract, $549 off; ships November 15th

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Update: The listing has since been pulled from the Microsoft Store website, but you can see a screenshot below. 

Good news tonight for those waiting on the Nokia Lumia 1520, the massive 6-inch Windows Phone with a 1080P display and 2.2 GHz Quad-core CPU, as  a release date and pricing have finally been revealed for AT&T.

While AT&T has had their pre-order page up since the announcement on October 22nd, pricing and availability were not known. Now, it looks like the Microsoft Store online has leaked the details via their just launched pre-order page.

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2 years ago

Best Buy updates their Windows Phone 8 app, improves phone upgrade checker

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Best Buy has slowly been ramping up the support for their Windows Phone app. Regular support for a big name app is something we can always get behind. Even with online retailers like Amazon and Newegg seemingly owning e-commerce, brick and mortar shops still serve a pretty vital role for many when getting new electronics. So what’s new with Best Buy’s app for Windows Phone? Let’s find out.

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2 years ago

Report: Microsoft has narrowed down the list for potential CEO

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Steve Ballmer has been Microsoft’s CEO since 2000. That’s over 13 years ago for you mathematicians out there. Earlier this summer, he announced plans to step down as CEO sometime during the next year. Who’s going to be the next CEO of Microsoft? We’ve heard reports of Nokia’s Stephen Elop, Ford’s Alan Mulally and others. Now Reuters is claiming the list has been narrowed even further. Who made the cut? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Call of Duty Windows Phone companion app now available, let the campaign begin

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With the release of the latest installment of the Call of Duty series over on the Xbox console, we are also seeing a Call of Duty companion Windows Phone app lurking in the shadows.

The official Call of Duty app hopes to provide a new mobile experience designed to work hand in hand with Call of Duty Ghosts. The app does require Call of Duty registration (can be done through the app) and you have to play your first Call of Duty Ghosts multiplayer match before you can start using the app.

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2 years ago

Access Point updated for Lumia owners, no changelog in sight

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2 years ago

Win the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 from Nokia before they go on sale (US only)

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It was a few weeks ago at Nokia World 2013 that we finally saw (and held) the Lumia 1520 and 2520. It’s hard to not want to break into Nokia HQ and make off with the two gadgets. Both are drool-inducing in their own right. Both devices feature 1080p displays that are easily among the best we’ve ever seen in their respective categories. They should be launching sometime soon, but you can own both devices before they go on sale with this new contest from Nokia USA. Details after the break.

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2 years ago

Hashtastic for Windows Phone makes Follow Fridays on Twitter a breeze

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On Twitter more than you should be? Then you’re probably familiar with and either love or hate Follow Fridays. What’s that? On Fridays, Twitter users will usually share a bunch of users they think their current crop of follows should follow. You’ve probably seen us do it a few times with the @wpcentral account on a Friday here and there. It’s popular among those social butterflies and especially anyone who manages an account on Twitter for a brand. Hashtastic is an app for Windows Phone users that makes #FF super simple. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone grows to 4 percent market share in Q3 2013; Android, iOS stay flat

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According to Canalys, and independent analyst firm, Windows Phone grew its share of pie to four percent in Q3 2013, while Android and iOS stayed static.

The report cited that nearly a quarter of billion smartphones shipped in the three-month period, a 44 percent year-over-year increase. Windows Phone accounted for 9.2 million of these units, a growth of 185 percent.

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2 years ago

Review - Poetic Atmosphere Case for Nokia Lumia 1020

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2 years ago

Turn your Windows Phone photography into extra money with PicHit.Me

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While Windows Phone is the clear third place operating system compared to Android and iOS, it’s a very distant third. The latest numbers show the platform controlling about 4% of the global smartphone market share. So when a startup launches and targets Windows Phone first over other operating systems we take notice. PicHit.Me is a startup from Sweden that we’re happy to see on the platform. They’re also working on solving a problem that’s pretty widespread. Let’s check out PicHit.Me for Windows Phone 8.

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2 years ago

Sky Italy working on an app for Windows Phone; UK branch to follow?

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