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2 years ago

The journey of the Windows Phone platform and state of the ecosystem

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Vserv.mobi, the global mobile advertising exchange, has shared an interesting infographic that puts together the milestones and elements of the journey of Windows Phone platform across the globe. The company has been helping Windows Phone developers monetize across emerging markets and the number of requests on the exchange, especially for the Windows platform, grew by 18.2X last year.

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2 years ago

Microsoft and salesforce.com ink deal to bring CRM platform to Office, Windows

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Microsoft and Salesforce.com have just announced a strategic partnership. Salesforce.com is best known for it's customer relationship management (CRM) product and it's other products in cloud computing and social enterprise. The deal will see the CRM from salesforce.com connected with Microsoft Office and Windows to make customers more productive. A Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 app were also announced.

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2 years ago

What's your dream Windows Phone? Let us know

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What's your dream Windows Phone? Let us know

If there’s one thing people love sharing, it’s their ideas on what the ideal Windows Phone or even app design would be for themselves. Often we get tips on such things, and we know you love discussing them, so we created a dedicated forum just for you.

Yes, our sub-forum ‘Windows Phone Concepts & Dream Devices’ is now open for business, and we want to hear your ideas. If you think you can create a better Facebook app, or have thoughts on the perfect unicorn phone, that’s where you can share them. And who knows who may be listening! We hear Microsoft and Nokia folks sometimes peruse what is being said in our forums, so it may be worth your effort!

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2 years ago

Dell Venue 8 Pro coming in hot red, ships tomorrow

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2 years ago

Cortana reportedly getting new animations and features with backend update

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One of the smartest aspects about Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 – besides the whole AI thing – is the ability for Microsoft to change dynamically the personal assistant without an OS update. That’s because those ‘pages’ that deliver her information are HTML5 generated web data, meaning it can be altered without much effort.

Reports are coming in from our forums today that Cortana had some changes, including new animations, Tile icons and more. However, those changes have since rolled back already, which could indicate some early testing in preparation for a wider rollout.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's smartwatch rumored to be compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

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While Microsoft has yet to make anything official on the wearables front, we've seen plenty about their rumored smartwatch lately. From what we've seen so far, their offering will be a slim design that offers a slew of fitness features and also has a removable watch body that fits snuggly into a companion charging/sync dock.

According to Forbes, Microsoft's watch may also be cross-platform by supporting Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices — something that not many current smartwatches can claim. The report also says that the smartwatch will continuously monitor your heart-rate and will run for two days on a single charge.

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2 years ago

Scientists now know why rechargeable batteries go bad, and may know how to fix them

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Sweet, sweet science is on its way to finding a cure for how lithium-ion batteries (like the one in your phone) lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven, and Stanford have found a pattern to the erosion that happens at both anode and cathode ends of the battery, when previously it was assumed the erosion was uniform. The salt that forms at the anode side and the metallic erosion on the cathode side both latch onto microscopic imperfections, kind of like how a water droplets latch onto a piece of dirt to begin forming rain or a snowflake.

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2 years ago

WhatsApp and Microsoft still working together on fix for missing app

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What’s up? WhatsApp is still not available for those to download from the Windows Phone Store. Late April, we reported that WhatsApp for Windows Phone was broken with no fix in sight. A few weeks after that, WhatsApp was pulled from the Store. Microsoft later clarified that they were working with WhatsApp on a fix. Now we have an update on the situation from Microsoft. Details after the break.

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2 years ago

Bing Health & Fitness update enables SensorCore step counter on Lumia 630

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2 years ago

HOT Watch announces support for Windows Phone, smartwatch app coming late June

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We're pretty jealous of our friends with Android smartphones and iPhones who get all the wearable love. Slowly, but surely, Windows Phone is gaining support for smartwatches and fitness trackers. Those of you really wanting a smartwatch might want to check out the HOT Watch from PH Technical Labs. They recently announced a partnership with Microsoft and have stated that a Windows Phone app is currently in development.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile merger with Sprint looks more likely as Softbank and Deutsche Telekom agree on sale

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Softbank is making an end-run around concerns about a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US by instead hitting up T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom. As reported by Japanese news agency Kyodo, Japan-based Softbank has entered into an agreement with Germany-based Deutsche Telekom to buy the latter's ownership stake in US carrier T-Mobile. The US Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice have expressed their concerns about the potential for such consolidation in the US cellular market, and the move by Softbank would likely end up still being heavily scrutinized.

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2 years ago

Surface charging carts lead the way for mass school and enterprise adoption

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When it comes to Microsoft’s Surface platform, individual consumers are but one demographic of the all-in-one device, but Redmond has a long history of dealing with enterprise and schools as well. Indeed, the Surface Pro 3 seems even more poised to be the perfect enterprise device for companies to distribute to employees.

In the Microsoft Store, we recently came across the availability of ‘charging carts’ for the Surface series. These carts can store and charge from 32 to 36 Surface and Surface Pro devices (even with cases). There are currently two versions of the cart, running between $1499 and $2199 and they can be purchased direct or through Microsoft.

We spoke with the company behind the carts, Anthro (www.anthro.com), based out of Tualatin, Oregon, about the future of Surface. They’ve been making what they call ‘technology furniture’ since 1984 including standup desks, which myself and Kevin Michaluk use daily for our Mobile Nations work.

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2 years ago

Surface Pro 3 gets big commitments from big businesses

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Mobi Products Snap-On Case for Nokia Lumia 1020

For today only, purchase the Mobi Products Snap-On Case for Nokia Lumia 1020 and save 70% off the list price!

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Lumia 1020 hard cases are strong enough to withstand impacts and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The back features a soft coating that's comfortable to hold, easy to manage and helps prevent unwanted drops. Colors include black, blue, red and purple.

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2 years ago

How do these guys do this? A mobile hotspot for $20 with free high-speed Wi-Fi [Sponsored]

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The FreedomPop Photo mobile hotspot

At first, dedicated mobile hotspots may not seem like something most smartphone owners have a particular need to invest in. After all, so many businesses offer Wi-Fi and your phone can act as a hotspot in a pinch. However, there's still a compelling case to be made for a dedicated hotspot device and plan, especially when data for them can be ridiculously cheap or free with the right provider. In most cases you need to save your phone's battery for the rest of your day, not to mention spare your mobile monthly data bucket. Whether you need to keep a high speed online connection on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or all of the above, there's certainly a time and a place for a mobile hotspot, and we may have found the best deal yet.

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