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3 years ago

Details emerge of possible Microsoft reorg, including Bates and Larson-Greene moves

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We’ve been hearing since the beginning of June that Microsoft, and specifically CEO Steve Ballmer, were prepping a major reorganization of the company to better reflect their new role as a “devices and services” company. Rumors were that we would hear about the specifics of the plan by July 1st but that time has come and gone.

Now, Bloomberg is citing a few sources on one possible plan for the company.  One move has Skype president Tony Bates being placed in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, while current head of Windows Julie Larson-Greene (who was on stage recently at Build), would get oversight of hardware engineering for the whole company, including Xbox, Surface and what else Redmond has at their Skunkworks.

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3 years ago

EE announces new 4G speeds and services in the UK

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EE has today launched new plans on the UK's only 4G network. From tomorrow consumers will be able enjoy double the speed than what was previous available, with between 24-30Mbps on offer to those who reside in supporting towns and cities. Sporting Windows Phone 8 hardware, this news is of particular importance to subscribers who enjoy speedy connectivity while on the move. As well as the new plans, EE had numerous service announcements to make.

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3 years ago

Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone photo contest winners!

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What seems to have been a lifetime ago, we announced a photo contest where the winner walks away with a Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone from Verizon. Well... the best laid plans of mice and men were overturned by a little event known as //BUILD/ and determining a winner was delayed a wee bit.

Our delay is your gain in that along with a grand prize winner, we're tossing in two runner up prizes (gift cards to the WPCentral Accessory Store). It took a little head scratching but we've pick our three winners.

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3 years ago

Bing Audio music matching expands to 14 new countries - get your groove on

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Last week we reported that unconfirmed rumors on Reddit had hinted that Microsoft might be expanding it's Bing Audio music matching service. Today, the company announced that it would in fact be expanding the service into 14 new countries around the world. The music matching service is a great alternative to applications like Shazam, as it comes pre-bundled into the Windows Phone operating system.

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3 years ago

The 3rd straight week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game can't spoil our summer

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It looks like this is the third week in a row with no new Xbox Windows Phone game. That officially makes this the second drought of the year. Now, last week I complained about the lack of release and some people felt I was being too harsh. So this week we’ll look at the bright side of a new game not coming out.

The most obvious advantage of not having a new Xbox release is that it allows us to catch up on our reviews! We published our Tiny Plane review today, and last week our Monopoly Millionaire review ran. If Microsoft bothered to keep publishing a new game each week like gamers want and expect, we probably couldn’t have finished those reviews. What can I say? It takes me a while to play a game and then give it a lengthy and detailed review.

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3 years ago

Some countries won't receive Xbox One until late 2014

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3 years ago

Updates for Windows 8.1 Preview fix app crashes, improve compatibility and more

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If you’re running the preview of Windows 8.1 on a machine you’re well aware of the fact that this is basically beta software. And with that said, you’ve probably encounter a few problems here and there. That’s why Microsoft supplies somewhat fast and frequent updates for Windows 8.1 during this period. There’s one important and four recommended updates you might want to install.

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3 years ago

Nokia is giving away a Man of Steel movie prop and a Lumia 925 Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Klout integrates Bing search prevalence - Warren Buffett gets excited

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Do you stay awake at night dreaming of Klout scores and that you will one day have the impossible “100” rating? If so, you really need to talk to someone – Klout shouldn’t be dragging you down like a bad seafood dish. The good news for you Klout addicts is that the company is now introducing Bing search prevalence into your scores.

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3 years ago

Tiny Plane Review: Flying the endless skies on Windows Phone

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The endless running game genre has become increasingly popular on smartphones in the last few years. The most popular entry by far – Jetpack Joyride – actually mixes flying with running, and to great effect. But suppose you want a pure endless flying game without all that fancy footwork? Then Nokia and Chillingo’s Tiny Plane is the only game in town.

Created by tiny Canadian developer PowPow Games (who also made Dream Track Nation), Tiny Plane can’t compare to Jetpack Joyride’s sheer scope and abundance of personality. But it packs a certain indie charm and some challenging gameplay that still make it worth a look.

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3 years ago

Nokia ‘Eros’ and ‘Mars’ pop up on O2 Germany roadmap - but what are they?

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File under interesting but no details, the site mobiFlip has gotten their hands on O2’s (Germany) upcoming smartphone roadmap. While there are the usual Huawei, Sony and HTC devices, two Nokia ones have raised an eyebrow.

The first one goes by ‘Eros’ and could be just a mis-spelling of ‘EOS’, the codename reportedly used for Nokia’s 41MP Lumia 920-esque phone, due for revealing next week. Then again, it could be a whole new device or just a carrier variant. Since there is literally no information about this phone’s specs, we can only guess.

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3 years ago

Would you want your mom to see this? - Talk Mobile

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Even after nearly a decade of modern social networking, we're still having trouble grappling with privacy. We're not talking about when some server is compromised and your password ends up for sale in the seedier parts of the internet — no, this is about our own management of our own privacy.

What are we supposed to be posting on Facebook and Twitter and Google+? What shouldn't we be posting? Can we depend on the privacy features these social networks offer, or should we just assume that if we post it online behind supposedly closed doors that it's not necessarily going to stay behind those closed doors? And once it's online, is it yours anymore anyway?

Do our employers have the right to see what we're posting online? Should they care? And how are we supposed to teach our children how to properly and safely use social networking when we're clearly failing at doing so ourselves?

Social networking can be awesome, and it can be dangerous. Just how are we supposed to manage our own social privacy?

3 years ago

Windows Phone Central Independence Day Sale: Save 15% on all Windows Phone accessories!

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Independence Day is July 4th, but we're kicking off the celebration savings a little early and going a little long this year, just to make sure all Windows Phone Central readers have a chance to take advantage of this special offer.

Starting now and going until midnight PST on July 7th, customers can save 15% on their Windows Phone Central Accessory Store orders using coupon code 7413 at checkout (and yes Canadians, the coupon will work in our Canada store too!).

The 15% coupon code covers all of our accessories, including those for the Nokia Lumia 928.  So don't delay, head on over to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store now and start saving!

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at exploring the world through sound with Foundbite

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We've all been there. Whether it be on holiday or simply out and about, there have been those moments when you wanted to take some photos, but add a special element to bring them to life. This is where upcoming Windows Phone app Foundbite comes into play. The new app by Mendzapp, the developer behind VizAge and more, enables you to add sound recordings to photos and share them online. It's an interesting concept that bring photos to life.

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3 years ago

Belgian bank Fortis currently working on Windows Phone app

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