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2 years ago

Top Microsoft engineer makes the hardest decision of his life and packs his bags for Google

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A new page has been added to the annals of the bitter rivalry between Microsoft and Google. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a top engineer at Microsoft, will be leaving after seven years to work on machine learning at Google. Agüera y Arcas first joined Microsoft as a software architect when his company, Seadragon Software, was acquired by them. Since that time, he has been a major player in developing Bing Maps and Microsoft's Photosynth image software.

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2 years ago

DIY - Add Qi-wireless charging to your AT&T Lumia 1520 with these replacement shells

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[Update 1/21/14 - Unfortunately, the method detailed below does not work. At least not directly. However, users are urged to head to our forums where there are more detailed instructions.]

The Lumia 1520 is arguably one of the more intriguing devices released in 2013 for Windows Phone. While the size isn’t for everyone, the specs are certainly eye catching. There is just one problem though: AT&T.

In their infinite wisdom, AT&T requested that Nokia gimp their Lumia 1520 with only 16 GB of storage and that they remove Qi wireless charging. True, you can add a backcover to get that function back, but even there, people are left high and dry. That’s because the only case that’s available that supports wireless charging is the PMA variant, the competitor to Qi. So throw out all of those Qi chargers because they are now worthless.

AT&T will be adding a 32 GB SKU for the Lumia 1520 in the future, but Qi wireless is not coming back. That is, unless you want to take matters into your own hands…

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2 years ago

British Telecom releases Wi-Fi app to help get you connected to hotspots in Windows 8

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2 years ago

Want a gold Xbox One for Christmas? Harrods UK has one for £6,000

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2 years ago

Puzzle Retreat slides onto Windows Phone 8, we look behind the scenes

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Slowly but surely, the upcoming Windows Phone 8 games we previewed from Casual Connect a few months ago have started to appear on the Store. First came Babel Rising 3D, then Yeti on Furry (awful name!) and Nightmares from the Deep: the Siren’s Call. Now Puzzle Retreat, the first game we covered from the show, has finally become available on Windows Phone 8.

Puzzle Retreat (from Australian developer Voxel Agents) is quite clearly a puzzle game. Windows Phone owners can enjoy the first 60 levels for free, and then opt to purchase additional level packs if they like. The developers took great pains to ensure Puzzle Retreat runs on devices with 512 MB of RAM, so everyone rocking a Windows Phone 8 device can play it.

We’ve got impressions, hands on video, and new behind the scenes info from the developer – all after the break!

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2 years ago

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals hits the home stretch featuring the HP Pavilion X2

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Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals hits the home stretch this week with the final five days of door busting deals.  Today, the spotlight shines on the HP Pavilion X2 13” convertible laptop.

The first twenty customers at each of the participating Microsoft Stores (US/Canada only) and the first one hundred online customers can pick up the laptop for $599.  After that allotment is gone, the laptop price will jump to $699 while remaining supplies last.

The deal, as with all of the 12 Days of Deals promotions, won't be active until 7am PST/10am CST.  You can find the HP Pavilion X2 laptop listed online here at the Microsoft Store.

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2 years ago

Word Soup, an enjoyable word game for Windows Phone 8

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Word Soup is a relatively new word game for Windows Phone 8 that has had a fair amount of success over on iOS and Android platforms.  Word Soup is a puzzle game where you are given a sea of letters and have to find hidden words within.  The game does have a bit of a "find-a-word" puzzle game feel to it but with more pep.

Word Soup includes three single player modes, two two-player modes and comes across as an entertaining, challenging word game for Windows Phone 8.

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2 years ago

6snap not working post-update 1.3? There's a patch on the way

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Snapchat is one of those photo messaging services that, much like Instagram in the past, fails to have an official app for Windows Phone. Rudy Huyn answered the call by publishing 6snap to the store, an unofficial client enabling you to connect and enjoy the experience wrapped up in a Modern UI.

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a fair number of users have begun to experience issues with the app itself after a recent 1.3 update. Should you reside in Brazil or Norway, you may encounter trouble attempting to use 6snap. The good news is Huyn is aware of the problems and has worked to include a patch for version 1.3.1.

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2 years ago

Camera Beta app released for all Lumia Windows Phones with Nokia Black or Amber firmware updates

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If you have a PureView Windows Phone (Lumia 920, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, etc.), chances are you've been enjoying the Nokia Camera app. But folk who own a Lumia Windows Phone that does not sport PureView camera technology have not been able to enjoy the same experience. That is until now.

Nokia previously stated at its conference in Abu Dhabi that all Lumia Windows Phones would soon be able to be loaded with Nokia Camera, not just handsets in the 92x series or higher. The company has today released a beta version of its popular camera app that includes support for more hardware. The only requirement is either the Nokia Amber or Nokia Black firmware update (according to Nokia's website).

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2 years ago

Nokia launches the Lumia 1520 today in India, starts at INR 46,999

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2 years ago

DualShot brings support for Lumia 520 and Spanish in latest update

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We don’t have an official Frontback application on Windows Phone, but we do have DualShot. We gave you a sneak preview of the app back in late September and covered its launch to the Windows Phone Store shortly after that. Fast forward 20 days and the app picked up over 100,000 downloads. DualShot now has an update in the Store, so let’s jump in and see what’s new with the app.

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2 years ago

NFC Toolkit updated with extra profiles and more

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NFC Toolkit updated with extra profiles and more

We first took a look at NFC Toolkit in early November. The app allows users to take control of the NFC abilities on their Windows Phone. While NFC support on Windows Phone is currently limited compared to the options available on Android, NFC Toolkit does the best it can to help users maximize the potential. The app has seen two updates since we last covered it, let’s take a look at what’s new with the app.

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2 years ago

Diptic updated, picks up support for low-memory Windows Phone 8 devices

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Diptic, a collage creator for Windows Phone that we have covered a couple of times already, has just received an update that is going to make a lot of people happy. Version 1.0.1.0 adds compatibility for low-memory devices! Many of you have complained, so this is great news.

This means you should now be able to install Diptic on devices like the HTC 8S, Ascend W2, Lumia 520, Lumia 620, and Lumia 625

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2 years ago

See who's interested in your Instagram photography with IG Stats on Windows Phone

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Much like Twitter, Instagram utilises its own following system where you can stalk others on the social network and other users can return the favour. But what about those who unfollow you? IG Stats for Windows Phone enables you to remain on top of just how many people you're following, along with how many are enjoying what you publish. Think UnfollowSpy, but for Instagram.

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2 years ago

Flight Factory adds TripIt integration and more in latest update

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We’re not jetsetters just yet, but we’re working towards it. When we do travel to various conferences and events around the world we’ve got a handful of apps on Windows Phone that make the journey a lot easier. Flight Factory is one of those must-have apps for folks who fly on a somewhat frequent basis. The app was just updated with some killer new features, like TripIt support. Let’s check out what all is new.

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