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3 years ago

Lock Manager for Windows Phone 8, a nifty way to add more gusto to your Lock Screen

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If you're looking for a way to snaz up your Windows Phone lock screen, take a look at the Windows Phone 8 app Lock Manager. It is a feature rich option to add everything from the weather to appointments to a slide show of your images to your lock screen.

Lock Manager includes four weather themes, Bing daily image support, and live tile support that reflects the information posted to your lock screen. The app definitely has the ability to throw a lot of information up on your Windows Phone lock screen.

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3 years ago

Simple Calendar gets new features in latest update, making it more elegant than ever

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One of our top calendar apps for Windows Phone 8 would be the aptly name Simple Calendar. The replacement scheduler app has one of the nicest looking Live Tiles that we’ve come across and the unpretentious UI makes using it a breeze to operate.

Version 2.4 just went live in the Store and it finally brings small and medium versions of the Gob and Frodo themed tiles, allowing you to customize the look even more. While version 2.4 isn’t a major overhaul, it does bring with it a lot of small but tremendously useful additions.

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3 years ago

Nokia responds to Moody's rating downgrade of the company on cash flow concerns

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Nokia was dealt a blow by Moody's Investors Service, a substantial downgrade after the company purchased Siemen's share of the Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions and Networks). The company was lowered one level to B1 with a rather negative outlook stated by Moody's. Nokia executive VP and CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, today commented on the rating decision.

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3 years ago

Steve Ballmer's planned departure from Microsoft reportedly more sudden than depicted

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According to a report over on AllThingsD, the departure of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is more sudden than what was portrayed by the company's announcement. Ballmer will be retiring within the next year in a planned transition with a replacement to be found. The board of directors will be working with executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles International to get the best name for the job.

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3 years ago

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reportedly on “short list” to replace Ballmer at Microsoft

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It was only on Friday that Microsoft announced that current CEO Steve Ballmer would be exiting the company in the next twelve months, but that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating on who will replace him. The Sunday Times of London is now reporting that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who used to work under Ballmer as a senior executive—something that always bothered Nokia advocates who saw him as threat to the Finnish phone maker—as one of the favorites for the position.

One could argue that Elop does have the skills to turn around companies who are seemingly set on a wrong course, though he doesn’t come without controversy either. Many former Nokia supporters have consistently called for his ouster since his famous burning platform memo, which called for drastic change within the company for it to survive.

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3 years ago

Carriers: picking the lesser of all evils - Talk Mobile

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Talk Mobile 2013 has so far touched on the big rocks of devices, operating systems, and services. Now it’s time to touch on the biggest and most expensive rock in the mobile device system: the carriers. Most of us get locked in to two or three year contracts that can add up to thousands of dollars over the life that contract.

Our choice of carrier determines so much. It sets not just the cost of our service, but the quality and extent of our service. The carriers can discriminate on what content we are served, who we call and at what rate, the third-party services we access, the devices we can use, and so much more.

With all of these variables, how are we supposed to pick a carrier? Should we let the device selection dictate our choices, or the service itself? Are there advantages to picking a smaller carrier over the big national brands? And what’s our recourse if we’re not satisfied with our choice?

There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to carriers. Big and small, cheap and expensive, they’re an important part of the mobile ecosystem.

3 years ago

Lively launches for Windows Phone 8, allows sanctioned bootlegs of your favorite artists

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Lively (getlive.ly) is a new startup service founded by entrepreneur Dean Graziano and it seeks to capitalize on the growing trend of selling live concert recordings to audiences. The company recently just raised half a million through a seed round of investors and they already have apps on iOS and Android.

A few days ago, an official Windows Phone 8 also launched, allowing Windows Phone users to jump in on the music craze. As pointed out by GeekWire, sales of live recordings and merchandise directly through the artist is helping make up for declining sales in albums. Lively looks to be at the forefront of that change by giving artists another venue to reach their fans.

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3 years ago

Nokia works with Indian mobile operators to provide free data for Lumia owners

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Nokia has a rather sweet deal currently going on in India. Should you be looking to get involved with a brand new Windows Phone or would like to check out the manufacturer's Asha series of mobile devices, you'll be able to take full advantage of free data. Pairing with numerous mobile operators, including Vodafone and Airtel, there's an enticing offer whether you're after a Lumia 520 or Lumia 925.

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3 years ago

Xbox One special white edition for employees revealed - white is the new sexy

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Team members of the Xbox One division might just find a special gift under their trees this holiday season – a special white edition of Microsoft’s latest gaming console.

An image was leaked on Reddit by user Kinect10DLL and showcases a white Xbox One unit with the inscription “I MADE THIS” engraved on the front. Xbox team members will also receive all one player launch titles, a year of Xbox live (something you imagine wouldn't be hard to obtain for someone working on the Xbox team), and a special Live achievement.

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3 years ago

[UPDATE] German government calls security within Windows 8 "unacceptable" – continues switching their machines over to Linux

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Do you trust Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8? If you are the Federal Republic of Germany, the answer to that question is "no". Last week internal documents from IT professionals within the government showed a strong rejection of the new operating system calling it "unacceptable for the federal administration and the operators of critical infrastructure".

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3 years ago

After just a few weeks, Sprint lowers prices for the HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo to $0 and $49.99

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While it’s not uncommon to see new phones get price drops, especially through third party retailers like Amazon.com whose business is to undercut the carriers, it is a bit unusual to see a carrier lower the price too quickly. Such is the case with the HTC 8XT (review) and the Samsung ATIV S Neo.

The HTC 8XT, which was released on July 19th, initially sold for $99 on a two-year contract. Starting this past weekend, the price has dropped to free, though you still need to send in the $50 mail-in rebate. Likewise, the Samsung ATIV S Neo, which has only been available for 10 days (with a limited rollout), has also had a $100 haircut going from $149.99 to a more reasonable $49.99 (also after a mail-in rebate).

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3 years ago

Meet the Nokia "Sirius"; a Windows RT tablet that looks like a giant Lumia

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3 years ago

Live in Seattle? Here is your chance to experience the Xbox One hands on.

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Want to get a hands on demo of the Xbox One and a chance to play a few launch titles before any of your friends? If you live in the Seattle, Washington area then you are in luck.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson will be holding an Xbox Meet Up at the Microsoft Store in University Village on Thursday, August 29th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. According to the Major’s blog post, attendees will be able to join members of the Xbox team to play a selection of Xbox One games that will be featured at PAX the day after.

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3 years ago

Fling Theory for Windows Phone 8 updated, now totally free to play

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A couple of weeks ago we interviewed Canadian indie developer the Coding Jar about their premiere Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game, Fling Theory. We discussed the game’s origins, how it plays, and the studio’s future plans.

What Coding Jar didn’t reveal was that the game would be getting an update soon. They’ve just published a major update to the Windows Phone version that makes the game entirely free to play, with no need to pay for new levels. The update for the Windows 8 version is still pending. Full details and the download link after the break!

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3 years ago

Toughest Game Ever, a collection of fast paced mini-games for your Windows Phone

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The Toughest Game Ever is a collection of mini-games for your Windows Phone that are designed to test your concentration, speed and reactions.  The multi-level game can be challenging at times, a little frustrating as well as a little humbling at times.

Is this Windows Phone game the toughest game ever? Hard to say but the Toughest Game Ever will keep you on your toes and isn't a bad game to have in your Windows Phone gaming library.

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