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2 years ago

Microsoft brings Insteon home automation to Windows and Windows Phone

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Insteon, the company best known for its home automation and control technology, have today announced enhanced versions of its app will be made available for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone later this summer – June 1st to be exact. Not only will the company be officially supporting Microsoft's platforms, but Insteon products will be sold at Microsoft Stores and on the Microsoft Store website.

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2 years ago

Shazam will tell you more about that annoying FirstLook movie theater pre-show

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2 years ago

Microsoft Research has a Windows Phone 'Urban Air' app to help monitor smog levels in China

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Every once in a while, a Microsoft Research app sneaks past our radar. Today that app is ‘Urban Air’ and it’s quite neat, but only if you’re in China.

China, needless to say, has a bit of a pollution problem that can have some deleterious effects on people’s health. Being able to see those alerts and conditions could be vital on how to plan your day. Luckily, you can now download this nifty little app to get a glance at the pollution level at that moment in various locations e.g. home and work. The app came out last month, but it recently had an update.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's book welcoming Nokia employees is beautiful and full of history

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London-based media company The Church of London was approached by Microsoft in late 2013. They were tasked with crafting a brand book for Nokia and Microsoft employees in celebration of the recent acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division. The book itself contains archived photography as well as some original illustrations throughout. The end result is a colourful presentation of ideas and values shared by both parties.

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2 years ago

Spectra brings 8-bit racing to Windows 8; Windows Phone and Xbox One versions on the way

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Spectra 8bit Racing is an interesting concept. Not only because the game has just launched on Windows 8 (with both Windows Phone and Xbox support coming), but because it packs in awesome music, retro gameplay and graphics with procedural generation. If you're a fan of Song Arc, we highly recommend you read on and check out Spectra.

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer TPU Hybrid Case for Nokia Lumia 920

For today only, purchase the Amzer TPU Hybrid Case for Nokia Lumia 920 and save 75% off the list price!

Made of highly durable material that feels great when gripped, this sleek looking case features anti-slip properties that give your Nokia Lumia 920 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, this case has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all of your device's features!

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2 years ago

You can now text to 911 in an emergency

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2 years ago

Blu Products of Miami and K-Touch of Beijing officially hop onto the Windows Phone OEM train

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches India News Center

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Microsoft launches India News Center

Microsoft has just launched the Microsoft India News Center - a portal for all Microsoft India news and happenings. A lot of Windows Phone Central readers comment on our increasing focus on the Windows ecosystem in India (yes, I’m guilty as charged), and this initiative from Microsoft underlines the scope and need for the same.

The revamped press outlet aims to showcase Microsoft products, people, culture, and impact in India, in an engaging way.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile partners with Univision for Hispanic-focused 'Univision Mobile'

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T-Mobile today announced a new partnership with Univision to launch the creatively titled Univsion Mobile, a new wireless service built for Hispanic Americans. The US carrier has analyzed smartphone usage by the demographic to conclude they rely on mobile devices more heavily than average. Strangely enough, Verizon launched a similar service, Viva Movil, last year with Jeniffer Lopez heading up the Latino-focused experience.

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2 years ago

First smartphone 'kill switch' bill in the US passed by… Minnesota

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The Governor of Minnesota signed a new bill into law that prohibits the sale of any smartphone without anti-theft software pre-installed. The idea is to deter criminals from stealing handsets in the first place by allowing users to remotely disable and wipe a phone's data, rendering it useless. If a stolen phone is remotely disabled, there wouldn't be any monetary incentive left in the endeavour.

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2 years ago

Add light leak effects and more with the Windows Phone 8 app Lights of Cali

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If light leak effects are your cup of tea, you may want to check out the Windows Phone 8 photography app Lights of Cali.

The app has over 230 light leak effects, a wide assortment of text overlays and the ability to add your signature to your photos. You can apply these effects to existing images or launch a camera app to capture new images to edit. Lights of Cali also has a social network where you can share your creations and view other member's use of light leaks.

In just tinkering with Lights of Cali over the past few days, it comes across as a capable photography app for your Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Microsoft brings big data to life at SQL Server 2014 launch

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Microsoft tied an immersive experience into its launch of SQL Server 2014. The Infinity Room was installed in San Francisco for three days, enabling members of the public to witness a visualisation of the insights that can be gained through Microsoft's new data analysis tools. Universal Everything, partnering up with data journalist Simon Rogers, created a narrative experience on the power of big data.

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2 years ago

Royal Revolt 2 now available worldwide on Windows Phone and Windows 8

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2 years ago

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse announce merger

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse announce merger

As widely reported last week, UK tech retail giants Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have revealed that they are to merge, creating one of the biggest high street technology brands in the country. Dixons CEO Sebastian James announced the news today while reporting trading details for the financial year, according to BBC News.

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