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2 years ago

Microsoft announces Build 2014 for April 2-4 in San Francisco (Update)

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Update 12 PM ET: It's now official 

Someone may have had itchy trigger fingers tonight, as Microsoft has reportedly revealed that //Build/ will be happening on April 2-4 at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. That’s a favorite venue of theirs, so that’s not too surprising.  What is the shocker is the announcement, which has since been pulled, although the site Neowin  was able to grab the image before it was caught.

Build is Microsoft’s big developer conference that has also morphed into an announcement platform. Build 2013 was last held in San Francisco back in June, so seeing an April date at the same venue makes sense. Registration for the 2014 event will reportedly begin on January 14th at noon Eastern time (9 am Pacific), so you have some time to ponder your expenses before then.

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2 years ago

Tip: Help the Nokia MixRadio developers through User Voice

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2 years ago

Below 10,000 feet: gadgets on planes

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It’s not often the rules change, especially when it comes to aviation. Since the Wright brothers first propelled their wood-and-fabric plane into the sky in 1903 we’ve been banned from using electronic devices below 10,000 feet. (They had iPods back then, right?) Of course, there was reasoning behind the ban, or at least reasonable fear. Electronics by their very nature emit electromagnetic radiation, which has the potential to interfere with the ostensibly sensitive instruments of an aircraft. Takeoff and landing are the most dangerous phases of any flight, the points where those instruments need to be their most accurate. So in the early days of portable electronics, when they were more electromagnetically leaky and the instruments in the cockpit weren’t as protected as they are today, an abundance of caution led to portable electronics being banned during takeoff and landing.

But in the years since that ban was instituted, our gadgets have become less leaky. Copious research has been applied to determining just how much interference these devices might actually cause (the answer is minimal to none). And the electronics that control these planes have been hardened, but to protect against much more nefarious interferences such as electromagnetic pulse bombs or terrorist hacking intended to knock planes out of the sky.

Our gadgets and our planes today are safe together. And so the government aviation authorities have decided that it’s time to lift the ban. You’re not yet free to move about the cabin during that initial ascent and final approach, but you can keep tapping away at your tablet and smartphone. So beyond having your possible usage time extended from the time you sit down to the time you get up, what else do these new rules mean for airborne travelers?

2 years ago

Deal Alert: Nokia Lumia 521 for $59.99 at Target next week

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Know a friend or family member that needs an affordable smartphone on T-Mobile? You could recommend a Nokia Lumia 521. Better yet, you can buy it for them for the Holidays. Target is having Nokia’s best-selling Windows Phone 8 device in their stores next week for just $59.99. Let us remind you that’s the price without signing a two-year contract.

The deal is available from Sunday, December 15th until Saturday, December 21st. It is advertised in Target’s printed weekly ad, but we are not sure if this applies to the online store as well.

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2 years ago

UK mobile operator EE to invest £275 million in mobile calls during 2014

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UK mobile operator EE has announced today that the company will be investing £275 million in mobile calls next year. The plan is to drive new benchmarks for quality and reliability when using your mobile phone to make a call. In total, 11,000 2G sites are being upgraded on the network, while capacity will be doubled on 7,000 3G sites. Experiencing some slowdowns? Hopefully those will soon be a thing of the past.

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2 years ago

12 Days of Deals continues at the Microsoft Store featuring Grand Theft Auto V

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Today marks day five of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion and we find a popular Xbox 360 gaming titled featured in the spotlight.

The first twenty customers at each of the participating Microsoft Store locations can pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto V for $19.99.  The first one hundred online customers can enjoy the same deal as well.

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2 years ago

These are the top shopping apps for Windows Phone to get your through the Holiday Season

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Shopping Apps

While the Holiday Shopping Season is in full swing our Windows Phone can help you survive the malls, crowds and cross-town treks.  The Windows Phone Store has plenty of apps to help you shop online and locally as well as save you a little money.

This week’s Windows Phone Central roundup focuses on a handful of the more highly rated shopping apps available in the Store.  We touch on popular apps for retailers, online merchants and deal finders.  We also throw in a rather simple shopping list app to help you keep track of who’s been naughty or nice.

As with any of our roundups, if we have overlooked your favorite shopping app let us know in the comments below.

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2 years ago

Waterproof Fujitsu Q584 Windows 8.1 tablet with impressive display now available for order (US)

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There isn't a shortage of Windows tablets out there, but specifications and designs have been rather similar, if not identical. Looking to differentiate themselves from the OEM pack, Fujitsu has begun taking orders for its STYLISTIC Q584 Windows 8.1 tablet. What makes this device different from other offerings already available? Good question, head on past the break to find out.

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2 years ago

Despicable Me: Minion Rush for Windows Phone receives minor update

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2 years ago

Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf reportedly joins CEO candidate list for Microsoft

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Update: Yeah, Mollenkopf instead became CEO Of Qualcomm the next morning. 

The hunt for Microsoft’s next CEO has just taken another slight twist. Sources have revealed to Bloomberg that Steve Mollenkopf is now among the candidates being considered to replace Steve Ballmer. Who? Mollenkopf is the COO of Qualcomm and the latest individual to join the CEO dance at Microsoft.

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2 years ago

Vote to bring Spotify's free streaming service to Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Frozen Free Fall warms up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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They might not always achieve release date parity with other platforms, but Disney Interactive is still a major supporter of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. This year we’ve seen new releases like Where’s My Water? 2 and Where’s My Mickey arrive in fairly timely fashion, and even a few slightly older games like Wreck-it-Ralph make the trip to mobile Windows platforms.

Today Disney’s latest mobile game Frozen Free Fall has popped up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, just a few weeks after the iOS version’s November 21 release. Free Fall is a free-to-play match-3 puzzle game, not unlike that Candy Crush Saga game that everyone raves about. Head past the break for impressions and Store links!

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2 years ago

TV Catch-up service Demand 5 receives update for Windows 8.1 (UK)

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2 years ago

MetroMail gaining ability to upload photos, night mode for toast notifications, and more in latest update

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Want a premier Gmail experience on Windows Phone? Don’t use the native email client. Instead, look to the Windows Phone Store for an app called MetroMail. It’s beautiful, native app for Gmail users on Windows Phone. Forget for a moment that this is a Google product. There are still a ton of users on Windows Phone who rely on or might need to access Gmail. For them, there’s MetroMail. The app is about to update to go to version 1.2, so let’s check out what’s new in it.

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2 years ago

Court allows Nokia India to transfer their manufacturing unit to Microsoft so deal can go forward

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The Delhi High Court in India has finally allowed Nokia India to sell its Chennai manufacturing unit to Microsoft. If the court had ruled otherwise, Nokia may have had to exclude Indian assets from the acquisition deal, forcing the closure of the factory.

Set up in 2006, the Chennai factory is one of their largest manufacturing units employing 5800 people and producing 200 million phones a year.

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