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3 years ago

Microsoft snaps up PhoneFactor to bolster authentication offering

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Microsoft has announced that they are buying PhoneFactor, a purchase aimed squarely at bolstering the companies enterprise authentication offerings

The service is designed to allow folks to use their mobile devices as a way to authenticate against key Microsoft services such as Active Directory, Azure and Office 365.

The unstoppable rise of adoption in smartphone uptake means that pretty soon most of us will have a computer in our pocket. With that in mind the company has produced a product to allow for critical multi factor authentication to take place on the phone. At present many companies use security fobs/tokens which often times get lost stolen of just break, they also are not cheap or easy to replace.

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3 years ago

Lumias selling like hotcakes in Finland, leading to stock shortages?

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Nokia had recently brought down the price of the Lumia 800, no doubt to help clear some inventory for the Windows Phone 8 launch. Seems like the price cut is doing wonders for sales in Finland where it’s purportedly selling out.

The Lumia 800 and 900 with the 100 Euro price cut certainly put them in the too good to miss bargain category. Could this price cut be just what Windows Phone needs to boost those numbers?

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3 years ago

Extensive updates to Windows 8 core experience apps detailed

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Windows 8 has been pegged with the RTM title for some time but that does not mean it is really done. The code was simply ready to ship to PC makers and for developers to get busy creating apps.

The end user experience in Windows 8 has remained problematic, mainly due to the incomplete nature of the core app experiences when using the tile based WinRT interface. Whilst there have been a few minor updates nothing much has changed from when the OS was in its first public preview. All looks set to change as Microsoft just announced a slew of coming updates to the entire set of Microsoft WinRT apps.

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3 years ago

Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro and Acer Iconia Tab W510 demoed by Ukrainian reviewer

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Ukrainian Microsoft evangelist Igor "Walker" Shastitko has published two videos on YouTube - one of the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro and the other sporting the Acer Iconia Tab (W510). While the review is in a language many of us may not be able to interpret, it's good to see both Windows 8 tablets in action to see how smooth the experience will be should you decide to purchase one for yourself.

We were at AT&T's event last night that featured not only the Nokia Lumia 920 but the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro too, so be sure to check out our quick hands-on with the tablet. If our coverage isn't enough, there's always Shastitko with the above video that boasts a lengthy review of the device. As for the Acer Iconia Tab, the tablet also appears to run fairly well with Windows 8 looking superb.

Head on past the break to see the Acer Iconia Tab in action.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface advertisements show up at Civic Center Bart Station, San Francisco

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Microsoft has kicked off a rather aggressive Surface marketing campaign with promotion material being erected in a number of cities in the US. San Francisco is the latest host with an array of photos being sent in from a Windows Phone Central reader. As one can see from the photos, the software giant is making the most of the infrastructure to apply advertising almost everywhere.

It seems once all the screens and display units were full, they then turned their attention to the floor. We previously covered Surface advertising at public transport links in New York and Washington DC. Head on past the break for more shots of the action in San Francisco.

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3 years ago

Demonstration of the AT&T Lumia 920’s image stabilization

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We’ve seen the numerous “shake” tests of the Lumia 920’s PureView camera and this one is no different, (and we have to admit that the Nokia staff are getting very adept at phone jostling).

In the video above you can see the camera being shaking quite vigorously with the resulting image in the LCD also wiggling. But as soon as that shutter button is pressed halfway engaging the optical-image stabilization (OIS), the image steadies itself instantly.

The whole notion of wrapping the camera mechanism with mini-springs and managing to squeeze that into a phone is quite an achievement from Nokia. Of course, we can’t wait to get it in our hands to give it a go because that camera is the real deal.

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3 years ago

ASUS VivoTab RT steps up for its video demo too

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Although many of our more aggressive computer users will opt for the Samsung ATIV Tablet, we imagine that device will come at a premium price: ~$800? So for those who are focused more on consumption of media instead of producing it, may we offer you the VivoTab RT for your consideration?

The VivoTab RT from ASUS is smaller than the Samsung with only a 10.1” Super IPS display. That actually made it feel really nice to hold—not too big, not too small. In addition, it has 32GB of on board storage and a zippy quad-core Tegra 3 TE processor. Not too shabby.

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3 years ago

The Samsung ATIV Tablet for AT&T gets demoed

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Besides the Nokia offerings from AT&T tonight, there were also a few Windows 8 tablets on hand including the stylish Samsung ATIV.

The ATIV Tablet features a whopping 11.6" HD display with an Intel Atom dual-core CPU (Intel Clover Trail 1.5 GHz). That display makes it a little bit big but not bad by any means. It just feels long especially since the iPad has set the parameters for more square-ish offerings.

Having said that, the ATIV Tablet is really nice—just a solid machine that’s feels great to hold. It was super fast too, blasting through Windows 8 apps like it was a on a desktop PC. And with 64GB of on board memory, SD expansion and ports galore in addition to the dual front and rear cameras, there is really nothing it can't do.

If the Windows 8 Pro is your angle for a tablet, take a good look at the Samsung ATIV when it hits in November.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 920 in cyan for AT&T

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As you may have heard, AT&T today announced the Nokia Lumia 920 coming “in November” to the carrier. The phone will feature numerous colors including matte-black, yellow, red, white and of course cyan.

We know many of you have been wondering if the cyan is glossy or matte and the answer is the latter. Yup, it’s the same type of finish at the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900.

We’ll process some photos in a bit of our hands on but we will say this: the Lumia 920 did not at all feel too big or heavy. In fact, we barely noticed it. Our conclusion is that a lot of the concern over the size of the phone is completely unwarranted. In fact, with the smooth roundness of the back and the curved screen, we like it better than the current 900 design, which feels blocky by comparison. 

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3 years ago

From the Forums: The Microsoft Surface phone and the company's Apollo secrecy

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The From the Forums series of articles are published to round-up some of the hottest threads on the Windows Phone Central forum. Bringing readers the latest and greatest discussions, the From the Forum articles are here to keep everyone on top of popular threads. Head on past the break and check out what has been discussed lately.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces Samsung and ASUS Windows 8 tablets

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3 years ago

Poll - Which Lumia 920 colour will you likely look to purchase?

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Which Lumia 920 would you choose?

The Lumia 920 is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone, and is the most advanced smartphone running Microsoft's mobile operating system to-date. Sporting PureView technology, a 4.5" display with PureMotion+ HD goodness, dual-core chip, and wireless charging, it's a powerful device.

Not only that, the Lumia 920 comes in a variety of colours (depending on availability in markets). But which colour would you choose?

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3 years ago

Microsoft looking to acquire Rdio for integration into its Xbox Music service?

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3 years ago

Jessica Alba looks pretty happy with her Nokia Lumia 900

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It looks like Windows Phone has another celebrity admirer out there. Jessica Alba was recently spotted in the wild happily sporting a cyan Nokia Lumia 900. Windows Phone, most notably the Nokia Lumia 900, has started making its rounds in Hollywood circles of late. Last month, it got a close-up in the CBS Sherlock Holmes reboot series "Elementary."

It's certainly not the first time Windows Phone has cropped up in the media world. The HTC Titan partied with .fun in the video for their summer blockbuster "We are young" (around the :24 mark) and Nokia got crunk with Flo Rida in his "Wild ones" video (around 1:04).

Source: Pink Tech (Pinterest); Thanks for the tip, Hector!

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3 years ago

Official: Microsoft to reveal Windows Phone 8 on October 29th

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It has been speculated for some time now that Microsoft would hold a special press event for Windows Phone 8 to finally show off the OS and sure enough, it has come true.

On Monday, October 29th at 10AM, Microsoft will show off to the world their new mobile OS originally codenamed ‘Apollo’.

The announcement is coming just days before the first expected availability of new Windows Phone 8 devices, thought to be occurring on November 4th.

Windows Phone Central will of course be there in sunny San Francisco to cover the event and bring you all the news as it happens. Then we're off to BUILD 12 the very next day.

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