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2 years ago

Report: Ballmer had board pushback on Nokia deal, originally included HERE Maps division

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a fascinating article today on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by Microsoft on the Nokia devices acquisition. The four page article is mostly about how CEO Nadella is putting things back together, and asserting his vision, but there are some enthralling tidbits too about how the Nokia deal came to be.

In the report, it’s revealed that the original deal included Nokia’s HERE Maps in addition to Nokia’s hardware division. That’s interesting, if only because many arm-chair CEOs have suggested that Microsoft should just buy everything from Nokia. The Microsoft board, however, disagreed. The main complaint? The deal was “too expensive and complex” and the mapping division was not even needed (between Bing Maps and licensing, it’s not clear why Microsoft needs to own HERE Maps).

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2 years ago

MetroTwit sails off into the sunset as ‘token limits’ take another victim

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Twitter apps are pretty invaluable. They’re also highly personal. What’s super important to you may be trivial to me. That’s why it’s important to find the app that fits your needs. That’s also why it sucks when that app gets killed off. Today, that app is MetroTwit for Windows 8 and desktop.

The culprit? Once again it’s the access token limit imposed by Twitter on third party developers. We’ve seen this system kill off apps before, recently Rowi on Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Project Spark Beta, South Park, and Walking Dead hit Xbox consoles this week

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After a few consecutive weeks of new Xbox One releases, we finally reach a week with no new games released. Well, unless you count the Project Spark Beta, which has just become available on Xbox One. But dedicated next-gen gamers are probably still busy with the refreshing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which we’ll be reviewing soon. Next week will see the launch of Titanfall, the Xbox One’s heaviest hitter yet though, and the Xbox One Media Remote is still due out this Friday.

Xbox 360 gamers do have some new games to play, including the long-awaited South Park: The Stick of Truth from Obsidian and Ubisoft. On the XBLA front, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2: A House Divided is now available for download as well. Details and Store links for both games, plus a preview of next week’s Xbox console releases after the break!

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2 years ago

PhotoLab, easily add filters to your Windows Phone 8 photos

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PhotoLab is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 photography app that allows you to add filters and effects to your Windows Phone photos.

PhotoLab currently has nineteen, stackable filters that can give your images a more unique appearance. PhotoLab is a relatively basic photo editor, limited to applying filters to your images, that has a straightforward design that some may find appealing. However, some may see the filter selection a little on the limited side.

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2 years ago

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star updated, lets you save the game across devices

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It may not be the best game out there on Windows Phone Store, but Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is annoyingly addictive and one of the guilty pleasures of several amongst the Windows Phone Central crew.

Available for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices, the game combines Star Wars with time management gameplay. Your mission is to build up the Death Star and make the Emperor happy. The retro graphics add to the game’s unique charm.

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2 years ago

Facebook Beta picks up minor update

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2 years ago

March Update begins rolling out for the Xbox One, massive number of improvements inbound

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2 years ago

Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone 8

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Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone 8

Facebook Messenger (www.facebook.com/messenger) has today launched on Windows Phone, just as announced back at Mobile World Congress. The joint venture between Microsoft and Facebook brings the familiar messaging experience from the popular social network to Windows Phone. Before you assume this app to be dead weight with Facebook integration in Windows Phone already present, think again as this expands on functionality. Head past the break for details and store links.

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2 years ago

Take your Instagram selfies to absurd levels with Animal Face for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Save the Hamsters for Windows Phone proves math games can be really fun

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2 years ago

Surface Wireless Display Adapter revealed in FCC filings

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We’re big fans of the Surface 2. Everything about the hardware is gorgeous. And the internals of the Surface 2 can actually run Windows decently, unlike the first-generation Surface. Which is why we’re stoked to learn that Microsoft is bringing a new accessory for the Surface family. Recent FCC filings reveal a wireless display dongle that will be coming soon.

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2 years ago

Justdial brings local discovery to Windows Phone users in India

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Justdial is a leading Indian local search service available over the phone, Web, mobile, and SMS. After being available on Android on iOS for long, the app is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices as well.

The Justdial app works as a one stop solution for all your search queries about movies in your area, restaurant next door, or the ATM or petrol pump near you. The app gives you access to millions of ratings and reviews by other Justdial users to make an informed choice.

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2 years ago

Superpages brings local search to the U.S. on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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Need some official apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 to find local business and services? Then you’ll want to grab Superpages for your smartphone, tablet and PC. The app focuses on local search for those living in the United States. It’s a good way to find services like local veterinarians and more. Let’s check out what Superpages Local Search offers for Windows Phone and Windows 8 users.

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2 years ago

Music videos arrive on Xbox One thanks to Xbox Music

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2 years ago

UK AppChallenge gets you to discover new Windows & Windows Phone apps, win gear from Microsoft

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Microsoft has launched UK AppChallenge for consumers in the region to win prizes by downloading and enjoying apps from both the Windows and Windows Phone app stores. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available on both platforms, but highlighted ones from participating developers will bag consumers points to put towards weekly prizes. Not only that, but this provides developers with free promotion.

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