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3 years ago

Skin your Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store

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3 years ago

Microsoft teases extended battery for Surface Pro, more accessories

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The Surface Pro doesn’t go on sale for another three days, but reviews hit the airwaves last night. If want check out this post from earlier today summing up what the web is saying. Or I’ll just spoil it for you – the Surface Pro is a kick ass device that is really only slowed down by battery life.

Wouldn’t that be great if there was an accessory that could help push the device past the 4 ½ hour average? There may be.

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3 years ago

Headed to Mobile World Congress? Pick up the official Windows Phone NFC Badge app.

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For those in the media with Windows Phones or the few of you industry folks who are headed to the massive Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of the month, you’ll want to grab the new official Windows Phone 8 NFC Badge App.

The GSMA Press Office just sent out an email for Android and Windows Phone users on how to get the app and enable the pass features. Starting last year, physical badges for MWC had an NFC chip in them and this  year they’re going a step further by using NFC-enabled apps. The pass is necessary to get in to the tightly secured event which attracts nearly 60,000 attendees over a few days.

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3 years ago

Risk Review: A little global domination for your Windows Phone

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We’re hard at work on our Skulls of the Shogun review, but it’s a long game and also features an extensive multiplayer component. As such, we’ll hold our judgment of that title until next week. In the meantime, let’s look at one of those formerly Nokia exclusive Xbox games that half of us loved to love while the other half loved to grumble about:  Risk.

The Nokia-Electronic Arts partnership has produced games in a variety of genres so far. The mostly highly represented game type is actually board games, with The Game of Life, Connect 4, Trivial Pursuit, and Risk among its numbers. Risk recently gained Windows Phone 8 compatibility, making it a prime target for review. It’s also one of the stronger board game adaptations to appear on Microsoft’s mobile platform.

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3 years ago

What does it mean that Dell is going private with Microsoft’s help?

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Yesterday the rumors about Michael Dell taking his company private were put to rest. It’s happening, and the deal is worth $24.4 billion. 

I’ve seen a few comments written about how Michael Dell is robbing shareholders. I don’t think that’s true at all. The stock was trading around $11 prior to rumors of a management buyout. The deal gives shareholders $13.65 per share, which is a decent premium. Obviously some shareholders may think they’re getting ripped off because the stock was already close to the buyout price before the deal was officially announced. But if the deal evaporated, the stock would surely nosedive. This logic escapes some people. Nothing you can do about that.

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3 years ago

Nokia going to the top floor with Finnish elevator company KONE

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Finnish lift and escalator company KONE has a BYOD (bring your own device) scheme in place that has seen more than 70 percent of employees use Nokia Lumia Windows Phones, according to reports in Australia. KONE provides employees with the choice on private phones or to choose a smartphone from a specified set of manufacturers, including Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Apple.

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Box cloud storage giving away 25GB of online space

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Although we’re all about Microsoft’s ecosystem around these parts, we’re not going to pass on a good deal especially if you have a specific need. Box (box.com) cloud storage, akin to Dropbox, SkyDrive and SugarSync, is a cloud based syncing and storage service.

They usually offer 5GB of space for free but have a special running where you get bumped up to 25GB (new customers only).

What makes Box a compelling option is of course their Windows support--they have a full desktop sync client and Windows 8 RT app in addition to sporting an official app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 (suck on that, Dropbox). The app is quite good and similar to the SkyDrive experience.

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3 years ago

Ringtone Maker once again available and working for Windows Phone 7.8

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Nokia isn't quite bringing sexy back, but we'll instead take Ringtone Maker. The app was unavailable for those who upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8 early, as we previously reported on back in December. The app was subsequently removed due to it causing issues. Since then we've had no Ringtone Maker, but Nokia has swooped in and laid the golden egg.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 620 coming officially to Germany on February 11th

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Good news for those in Germany yearning for a Lumia 620 with Windows Phone 8. The low-cost Nokia Lumia will be headed there in just five short days with a non-contract price point of € 269. On contract via Vodafone the phone will fetch for a modest € 9.90. And at least according to the press release, mobilcom debitel will also be fielding the spritely Windows Phone, to give users options.

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3 years ago

Microsoft announces Alipay support in China for Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Vodafone Windows Phone 8 launch detailed with pricing

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3 years ago

Embargoes lifted, reviews of the Surface Pro are in

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Earlier this evening the embargo was lifted and all the tech sites posted their reviews online of the Surface Pro. Big brother to the Surface RT, the Pro was meant to be a truly no compromise device. It promised to give users the best of all worlds: tablet, ultrabook, x86 legacy software support, and new Windows 8 only apps. So, what does the web think of Redmonds second and latest computing device?

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Jessica Alba or Alicia Keys, x86 Windows Phones and suggestions

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It's that time again, folks. More discussions pulled from our ever expanding and growing Windows Phone community. If you've not been 100% with it these past handful of days then fear not as we have you covered. The forum is constantly a busy place, which isn't a bad thing, but it can prove difficult to keep up with everything that's currently going on. So what's being discussed?

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3 years ago

Confirmed: Lumia 710 will not get Windows Phone 7.8 update from T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Report: Windows Phone took 3rd place in Q4 2012 at the expense of BlackBerry.

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One big bummer the past few years watching the mobile landscape has been the lack of official Windows Phone numbers from Microsoft. Things like marketshare and the amount of devices sold has been more elusive than Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. We’re always having to base conclusions on analytics from firms that are often nothing more than speculation – good speculation, but still not official.

That said, here is a new report stating that Windows Phone has surpassed BlackBerry for 3rd place, at least in the US.

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