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3 years ago

Microsoft-Nokia deal cleared by U.S. Department of Justice

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Microsoft has jumped another hurdle in their $7 billion dollar acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, as the U.S. Department of Justice has given the all clear to the deal.

Dated November 29th, but released today due to the holiday, the DoJ document was posted on the FTC website. All of the relevant Nokia divisions and subsidiaries were listed with a ‘G’ for ‘granted’ as the deal was unconditionally approved by the US government. That decision comes after Nokia shareholders sanctioned the transaction on November 19 with overwhelming confidence, marking a significant milestone in the massive deal.

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3 years ago

Eminem's latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP2, is yours to own for free, courtesy of Xbox Music (US only)

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Are you a fan of Eminem? If the answer to that question is yes, you'll be pleased to hear that Microsoft has made it possible to grab the artist's latest album, The Marshall Mathers for free on Xbox Music. We're not talking about the included streaming, which is free anyway, as you'll be able to download, own and enjoy this album for absolutely nothing at all.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung ATIV S Neo Review

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AT&T Samsung ATIV S Neo Review

Windows Phone Central Reviews the AT&T Samsung ATIV S Neo

While the Nokia Lumia 1520 has made a huge splash over at AT&T, another new Windows Phone, the Samsung ATIV S Neo, was released earlier this month in rather quiet fashion.

While some doubted it would ever happen, we had the opportunity to spend a little time with Samsung ATIV S Neo review unit and found it to be a decent mid-range Windows Phone but is not a device that will knock your socks off. 

While the Samsung ATIV S Neo could use a little fine-tuning, it should be appealing to those looking for a budget, large screen Windows Phone.  However, with AT&T currently offering the Nokia Lumia 920 for $0.50 (on contract) the ATIV S Neo may still face an uphill challenge.

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3 years ago

Gameloft unleashes Dungeon Hunter 4 on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Back in August, mobile publishing giant Gameloft announced a big batch of games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The first of those titles, Asphalt 8 arrived on both mobile Windows platforms just a couple of weeks ago. Disappointingly, it lacked Xbox features. That’s the status quo for Gameloft, the latest publisher to ditch Xbox Live on mobile platforms. We all need to make peace with the trend, because it will likely happen with Electronic Arts and Ubisoft eventually as well.

Gameloft still has several high-profile titles planned for the next couple of months. Their latest release is Dungeon Hunter 4, which just popped up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The bad news is it’s a hefty download on Windows Phone, meaning you’ll need about four gigabytes of free space to install it.  The good news is Dungeon Hunter 4 is free to play on both platforms, so it won’t gamers cost a thing to try it out. Head past the break for Store links and more details!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone ‘Threshold’ update to join converging Windows 8.1 and Xbox One in 2015

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Although Windows Phone 8.1 is not expected until spring 2014, there is already talk about what comes after the next major Windows Phone OS. This morning, Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has leaked some new information about some updates coming in spring 2015, specifically its codename: Threshold.

The name, originating from the Halo series, refers to a wave of updates for Windows Phone, Windows and the Xbox One OS in 2015 that will work on bringing those platforms closer together. This won’t be the final merging of Windows Phone and RT, which is expected to come at some point, but a wave up updates that will allow those platforms to “share more elements” including "high value activities".

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3 years ago

Windows Phone hits 10% sales across Europe, but still struggles in China and the US

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3 years ago

Microsoft ‘completes’ user feedback requests for new file manager and more, but what does it mean? (Updated)

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Going into Monday morning and the world is aflutter with talk of Microsoft’s User Voice feedback forum. Specifically, some user-requested features like a file manager, swipe to close an app (like on Windows 8) and storing apps on the SD card have been relisted as being ‘completed’.  The requests, submitted and voted by consumers, can only be closed by an administrator, in this case someone named ‘Mobile Guru’.

One of the requested features is “Add File Manager to Windows Phone”, which has had over 77,000 votes, another is “Allow a flick down to close applications like you can on Windows 8” while a third that is now closed falls under “Store apps & attachments on external storage and improve/provide micro SD support”.  All three are now listed as complete and are “available for Windows Phone 8”, though of course that is not true.

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3 years ago

Move, a simple Windows Phone puzzle game (Updated)

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If you like puzzle games to pass the time with, check out the Windows Phone game Move.  Move calls upon your skills of logic to move colored circles into matching squares.

The challenge is that the colored circles move in unison and at times the direct path to solve the puzzle is blocked.  The goal is to navigate all the circles on to their matching squares in the fewest moves.

The game has hundreds of levels and three different game board sizes.  Move is not a very complicated Windows Phone game but challenging enough to keep things interesting.

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3 years ago

NewsSpot for Windows Phone updated, adds support for three additional sync services

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NewsSpot is a popular news reader app available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices.  It originally was developed as a means to synchronize your Windows Phone with your Google Reader account.  However, since Google killed off that service the developer has turned to other news services to synchronize with.

The app has been updated to version 3.2.0.6 and adds three new sync services along with a few additional tweaks to improve performance.  The update adds a good bit of gusto to what was already an impressive Windows Phone app.

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3 years ago

Crimson Dragon review: The Dragon escapes from Windows Phone to Xbox One

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It has been quite a while since Crimson Dragon: Side Story debuted on Windows Phone back in September 2012. Believe it or not, Side Story was originally intended as the follow-up to an Xbox 360 Crimson Dragon title that would have launched earlier that year. Shortly before the (seemingly complete) 360 version’s release, Microsoft delayed it indefinitely. The unofficial but obvious reason? So that Crimson Dragon could be retooled as an Xbox One launch title.

With Crimson Dragon’s long delay and Windows Phone origins in mind, we’ve chosen it as our first Xbox One game to review. Many of the larger console sites reviewed a prerelease version of the game whose difficulty and rewards system differed from the final version of the game. I played through the actual release game, so you can look forward to one of the most accurate and comprehensive reviews around.

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3 years ago

The rebranding of Nokia Music to MixRadio; say hello to Ike

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3 years ago

Microsoft dominated Black Friday with the Xbox One, according to US market research report

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3 years ago

Today Widgets - add weather forecasts and quotes to your lock screen

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3 years ago

CamScanner for Windows Phone 8 adds Japanese and Korean support in latest update

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CamScanner, an app that turns your Windows Phone 8 device into a scanner, has just added Japanese and Korean support in its latest update. Version 2.0.0.21 also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. CamScanner arrived to the Windows Phone platform last month, but their app has already been available on Android and iOS. According to the store listing, they have 60 million people using their service for document scanning worldwide.

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3 years ago

Cyber Monday 2013 Deals

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Black Friday may be over, but the holiday sales season is just getting started - there's Cyber Monday coming up! So we're gathering the very best deals in tablets, smartphones, and other cool electronic stuff for what's come to be known as Cyber Monday. It's the day that online retailers decided to get in on the stupid good savings game, and unlike Black Friday you don't have to line up or deal with crowds of insane people. So click on through and check out all the greatest deals that online retailers have to offer on their big holiday sale day.

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