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2 years ago

PSA: Latest version of Nokia Storyteller plagued with issues and instability, pulled from the store

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Nokia Storyteller automatically arranges photos taken with your Lumia Windows Phone, using HERE services for data and categorisation. There's nothing worse than a messy album of galleries and Storyteller helps make this an issue of the past.

We recently covered a seemingly minor update in a previous app update roundup, but it appears as though this latest version also introduced problems for many Windows Phone owners. To top it all off, the app is now currently unavailable to those with high-end Lumia hardware.

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2 years ago

Top Minion Apps and Games for Windows Phone

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Top Minion Apps and Games for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Roundup: Minion Apps and Games

Tough week down South dealing with the snowpocalypse so we are taking a lighthearted approach to this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup by focusing on Minions.

For those not familiar, Minions are little yellow sidekicks of the evil scientist Gru from the popular Despicable Me movies.  They are a collection of lively little fellows whose giggles and antics will bring a smile to your face.

There are a handful of Minion oriented apps and games in the Windows Phone Store and we picked four that stood out.  Some are fairly simple in design and concept while others are rather appealing titles.

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2 years ago

First Patch: v1.0.0.1 available for our official Windows 8 app

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After a very positive initial launch of our official Windows 8 app, development is still very much in high gear as we look through all your feedback and start to address the teething issues you'd often see with any first big release.

Today v1.0.0.1 is available on the Windows Store, and is the result of work to fix the initial bugs we discovered after going live. So whilst you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of obvious changes we've hopefully addressed a few critical ones that were causing the app to either crash or not function at all for a few users. You can find the app here in the store, and the changelist below.

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2 years ago

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The Windows Phone Central team reunites for the first podcast of 2014. We talk about our new app on Windows 8.1, why we don’t report fake news, and a lot more in this podcast.

Missed our live show? Then tune into the HD video replay below, stream the audio or download the podcast in your favorite app.

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2 years ago

Report: Update for Windows 8.1 will enable boot to desktop as default

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Build is right around the corner. It starts on April 2nd to be exact. Build is going to bring a flurry of news for the Windows Phone faithful, but there’s also going to be some cool info on Windows 8 and Xbox One. On the Windows front, here’s a new report to tide you over another few months. The next update for Windows 8.1, called Update 1, will boot straight to the desktop by default.

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2 years ago

Report: Satya Nadella to be named Microsoft’s next CEO, Gates out as Chairman

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We’ve heard from a few sources that Microsoft was poised to announce a new CEO ‘by the end of January’ and sure enough, we’re at that point with one day left. Bloomberg is reporting, with high confidence, that current executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, Satya Nadella, is being prepped for that CEO position, replacing Steve Ballmer.

What’s more, the report goes on to claim that the company is replacing Bill Gates as chairman with Microsoft lead independent director, John Thompson.

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2 years ago

Play as the Avengers on your Surface in Marvel Run Jump Smash!

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2 years ago

Pepper for Windows Phone updated with general fixes; get involved to add your local venues

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Pepper is a free music discovery service available on iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. While Pepper has been around since Windows Phone 7, the team behind the service has only just launched Pepper in the US. It has taken some time, but one should not underestimate just what their end goals are - to not only enable consumers to check out and attend local events at known venues, but discover new music in the process. 

Today an update has been released to the store. We're also calling out to US consumers who would like to get involved and lend a hand by seeding some local venues they'd like covered by the Pepper team. Head past the break to read more.

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2 years ago

Instagram for Windows Phone updated with 'performance improvements and UX refinements'

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2 years ago

PSA – Check your offline maps on Windows Phone 8 for new updates (Updated)

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If you use Windows Phone 8, there’s a really good chance you use Maps (or HERE Maps, if on a Lumia). Hopefully you have also taken advantage of the offline map ability, which allows you to download regional or state maps to your phone for faster access – and no data charges.

We had a tip from Antonio that his offline map data had an update, so we did a roll call on our team to check ourselves. From Alabama, to the UK, to New York, to the UAE, India, Spain and even Florida, we all had offline map data awaiting to be downloaded. (To clarify, this is not the app that has been updated, just map data).

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2 years ago

Grab the official interactive game program for Super Bowl Sunday!

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This weekend, the Super Bowl takes place. It’s the largest sporting event of the year in the United States. Two teams, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, will battle it out on the gridiron for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. If you’re a fan of either the Seahawks or Broncos then you need to get this app for Windows 8. It’s the Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program and is pretty freaking awesome. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

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Technology moves fast, but the United States government isn’t exactly as quick. Microsoft had originally filed a patent for the Windows 8 start screen in September 2011 (there was some initial confusion at the time on what it meant). The first release of Windows 8 was on October 25, 2012, so in essence, the patent was filled over a year before the operating system appeared on the market.

The design patent itself has just been approved with a stamped date of January 28 2014 – over two years after it was submitted for approval.

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2 years ago

Lumia Black now available on EE for the Lumia 920

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It’s raining Lumia Black! Tips and reports are flying in left and right. The update is showing up in more markets and on more phones daily. Earlier today it came out for the Lumia 920 and 820 on AT&T here in the United States picked up Black, India picked it up the Lumia 520 a few days ago and for Lumia 720 today. Of course China was the first market to start receiving the update earlier this month. Now our friends in the UK are picking up Lumia Black for the Lumia 920 on EE.

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2 years ago

Trade in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and get $100 in Microsoft Store credit

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Thinking of picking up an Xbox One, but it is just a bit too expensive? Well, you might just be in luck – Microsoft wants to help you out and give you $100 in Microsoft Store credit when you trade in one of your existing game consoles. What could be a better way of clearing a space for your Xbox One than getting $100?

The limited time promotion allows consumers to bring in their existing Xbox 360 Slim, Xbox 360 E (the latest generation of Xbox 360 console), or even a Sony PlayStation 3 to receive the $100 credit. Unfortunately if you have the original Xbox 360 or Nintendo’s Wii/WiiU – you aren’t welcome to participate.

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2 years ago

Halo: Spartan Assault is set to land on Xbox 360 this January 31 for $14.99

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The top-down shooter game, Halo: Spartan Assault, has been crashing the party across multiple platforms including Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One. The game has been well received by many critics (including us here at WPCentral) and is helping to set a new standard of what we can expect on our multitude of Microsoft devices. The party is about to expand though – Halo: Spartan Assault will be heading to Xbox 360 tomorrow.

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