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2 years ago

Microsoft's //build/ 2013 and what we expect to find this week in San Francisco

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It’s almost that time of the year again for Microsoft to host their annual developer conference, aptly called //build/ (www.buildwindows.com). Windows Phone Central will of course be on location this week, with the show starting on Wednesday and running through Friday.

The event is being held at the Moscone Center in sunny San Francisco versus last year’s well-attended but rainy version on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. It will feature developers from Windows, .NET, Windows Phone, Azure and related “back end” technologies, all learning what's new with Microsoft.

What makes //build/ fun is it’s a chance for Microsoft to tell developers what to expect in the next year, including new tools, new technologies and a few big announcements as well. So what are we expecting?

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Save 15% on games and accessories in the Microsoft Store today

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It’s Monday. Maybe you’re at work slowly getting the week started or maybe you’re having a blast in summer school. Get over your case of the Mondays by saving 15% on a selection of games and accessories from the Microsoft Store. There’s a healthy selection of Xbox 360, PC games, action figures, and gaming accessories. Details and highlights after the break

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s “On the Whiteboard” takes us to a place where no one can hear you scream

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2 years ago

[UPDATE] Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone 8 Update - adds Feedly integration

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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV S available for £229.99 at Expansys UK

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2 years ago

Samsung releases ATIV Beam app so you can send files to Android hardware

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Can we get a drum roll? Samsung has released a new app for Windows Phone. ATIV Beam. Sounds cool, right? It certainly is. We're looking at an NFC app to make it easy to transfer files from the ATIV Windows Phone to... wait, Android? You'd immediately assume that this is just a small error on Samsung's part and the app will work with Windows Phones that sport NFC too, right? Wrong, this is an exclusive app for those who wish to transfer files to Android devices.

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2 years ago

DragManArds, one tough Windows Phone tower defense game

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There are plenty of tower defense games available for your Windows Phone and DragManArd may be one of the more challenging options out there. You are tasked with rebuilding your Dragon Manor and defend it from pesky little demons.

You make use of the legendary Dragon Manor Guards called DragManArds for short. You also have a few magic spells available to help you along the way.

There are thirty levels to DragManArds and two difficulty settings (Beginner and Expert). Luckily, troops can be upgraded otherwise you wouldn't have a fighting chance against the invading demons.  Otherwise your goose would be cooked rather quickly by the invading hordes.

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2 years ago

The Nokia Lumia 925 Pureview Camera, it won't turn you into a Zombie

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Nokia has unleashed the zombie apocalypse in support of the new Lumia 925 Windows Phone. Well... sort of.

The latest ad focuses on how the Lumia 925's low-light camera performance can reduce the need for a flash. All the while suggesting that the flash dependency other smartphones have will turn you into the walking dead (red-eye and all).  Shame the Lumia 925 couldn't have turned the afflicted back to normal by snapping a picture of them.  

Then again, part of me had hoped the commercial ended with the zombies breaking out to a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

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2 years ago

Microsoft restructuring plans expected by July 1st, leaving some execs worried

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to reveal his plans to restructure the massive company to executives by July 1st, according to AllThingsD's sources. The thought of the shuffle has reportedly made multiple top managers concerned about just what Ballmer's significant plans will entail. Sources state the CEO has only been consulting with a small group of direct reports, as well as some board members.

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2 years ago

Microsoft expands Bing Music Search, supporting more regions

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It has been revealed on Reddit and confirmed by other users that Microsoft has unleashed Bing Music Search support in more regions. Numerous owners have replied to the Reddit thread from across Europe in markets where the feature was previously absent (we know of Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland thus far). Bing Music Search enables consumers to find out the artist or song name to a track that's currently being played in the vicinity. 

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2 years ago

Disqus for Windows Phone updated, SDK and version 2.0 coming soon

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The past few months we’ve seen a crazy high number of official apps hit the Windows Phone Store. One of those was from commenting system and online discussion service Disqus. What was really interesting about that whole situation was the fact that Windows Phone beat out both iOS and Android in getting the official Disqus app first. Disqus for Windows Phone has been well received by our readers and the Windows Phone community-at-large. Today Disqus for Windows Phone gets a little update and more.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Store weakness makes exclusive apps accessible to all, we explain how

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Earlier today, we reported on a Windows Phone Store weakness allowing savvy users to download Nokia-exclusive applications onto non-Nokia hardware (well, try to at least, as often those apps are API dependent). But we did a little more digging and discovered the weakness doesn't just cover Nokia apps. You can manipulate the Store into providing any device or operator-exclusive app for your device.

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2 years ago

Priceline Hotels updated; Nokia giving away $50 coupon to Lumia owners for first hotel bookings

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The popular app Priceline has been bumped to a new release, but what's more exciting is Nokia is giving away a $50 coupon to each and every Lumia owner with the first hotel booking made through the app. If you're not familiar with Priceline, it's an app that helps consumers find and book hotels based on an individual search. This deal simply makes it that much sweeter for Nokia Windows Phone owners.

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2 years ago

Waiting for official Windows Phone support from Starbucks? Don't hold your breath

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Starbucks has remained on the side lines when it came to Windows Phone and this doesn't look to be changing any time soon. We've witnessed numerous unofficial apps hitting the store from eager developers, but what about official support from the popular coffee house chain? One of our readers provided some feedback about a need for a Windows Phone client and received a response from the company. Cut short: don't hold your breath for one in the near future.

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2 years ago

Reminder: Verizon Lumia 928 photo contest ends tonight!

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A few days ago, we told you about a way to win a brand new, Verizon Nokia Lumia 928. All you needed to do was submit a photo to our contest forums to get a chance to win.

With over 300 entries, it will sure be hard to pick just one to win the contest—but maybe it can be you! (Those aren’t bad odds, if you think about it).

Remember to follow the rules and submit the photo to our forum thread. We’ll announce a winner tomorrow. Forums: http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-phone-central-contests/230662-wpcentral-microsoft-verizon-lumia-928-photo-contest.html

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