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3 years ago

Microsoft revokes Windows Phone app that undermined developers’ paychecks

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In doing this job, there’s the easy news – apps, device reviews, leaks – and then there’s the hard news, like criticizing Microsoft, leaking too much or talking about illegal apps. Today’s story falls into the latter category, but it’s more about the aftermath.

Long story short, a developer named Al Gihuni released a free app called ‘Free Market’. The app did something unique: it allowed you to find an app listed in a different region, perhaps at a lower price. The idea here is that some developers price their apps differently based on the market, or sometimes they run regional sales. ‘Free Market’ though took advantage of that by letting users find those price differences with a few clicks and the app tagline – “Download paid apps for free!” – was quite inflammatory.

Developers were not pleased, to say the least.

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3 years ago

Magnify Beta receives massive update, Today's Word gets a new look

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Magnify Beta is a beautiful RSS reader for Windows Phone which has gone through numerous updates, including one changing the branding. It’s still currently in open beta and today we're looking at version 3.0.7 being released to the store. As well as Magnify Beta, vocabulary assistant Today's Word has also been bumped, hitting version 1.5 with a new design.

Head past the break to check out the full list of changes.

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3 years ago

Nokia will unveil #moreLumia to the world on April 2nd

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It’s been rumored and now confirmed: Nokia will be in San Francisco the same day Microsoft launches their Build 2014 developer conference. Coincidence? Of course not. Microsoft is expected to announce Windows Phone 8.1 in the early morning keynote, with Nokia taking their stage later in the day at 5 PM at their own event.

The last time Microsoft announced a major OS update – Windows Phone 8 – there was a delay of a few weeks before Nokia was ready to launch the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. This time, that gap has closed.

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3 years ago

Official Twickets app launches on Windows Phone

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Official Twickets app launches on Windows Phone

Popular UK-based ticket exchange service Twickets (www.twickets.co.uk) enables consumers to trade their unwanted event tickets, handy for anyone who can't attend an event they've already paid for. Currently there are apps available for iOS and Android, but the official Twitter account recently announced that a Windows Phone client is on the way.

Just like magic, the app is now available on the store. If you own a smartphone running Microsoft's operating system, you too are able to trade tickets.

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3 years ago

Super Polygon, a deceptive puzzle game for Windows Phone 8

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Super Polygon is a deceptively simple puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 that has you navigating through a psychedelic maze that is in constant motion.

The game has simple mechanics where timing is key and the pace of game play can get the best of you. Your score is based on how long you can survive the shifting, rotating puzzle and don’t be surprised if it is only for a few seconds. Super Polygon comes across as an entertaining and challenging puzzle game for your Windows Phone gaming library.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 may allow developers to directly respond to store feedback

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A week from now we’ll be packing our bags and getting ready to head to San Francisco. This is where Microsoft’s 2014 Build conference will take place. The focus is on developers and upcoming product innovation Microsoft is making for them. We’ll see what Microsoft has in store not just for developers, but consumers as well, when they unveil Window Phone 8.1.

Not only will developers be treated to an updated mobile operating system with new APIs and features, but we’ll also see changes on the backend. Changes to the Windows Phone Dev Center are expected to come as well.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central 167

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Windows Phone Central 167

We're back for another podcast episode, number 167. This week we talk Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, the Lumia Icon, Nokia's Android phones and dual booting devices. As well as sharing some of our favourite apps and updates from the past couple of weeks.

Missed our live show? Then tune into the HD video replay below, stream the audio or download the podcast in your favorite app.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Store slashes the price of Xbox One to $449.99 USD

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A few days ago, Microsoft dropped the price of their Xbox One Titanfall bundle to $449.99. We are now receiving reports that the Microsoft has slashed $50 off their entire line of Xbox One units.

As of now, the Xbox One Titanfall Edition and Xbox One with Forza Motorsport 5 both are running $449.99 at the Microsoft Store and a few other retailers..

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Get a free folio case with a Dell Venue 8 Pro (India)

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3 years ago

Another white edition Xbox One hits eBay – still expensive as hell

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It was not long after the reveal of the special edition white Xbox One units for employees, before they began to show up on eBay for large sums of money. The announcement of the console was made in August of 2013 and the following months brought in cash for those employees willing to part with their systems. Recently there has not been any listing for the Xbox One treasure, until today – an Xbox One special white edition unit has shown up on eBay yet again.

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3 years ago

Get secure by encrypting your PC with Microsoft BitLocker for Windows 8 Pro

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While the release of Windows Vista was plagued with burden and its legacy was remembered as such, one excellent feature to rise out of the wreckage has served its way through Windows 7 up to current day Windows 8 operating systems. The feature that we are referring to is, of course, Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption – full disk encryption at the click of a button.

WARNING: Disk Encryption is a delicate process, please be sure to backup your data before beginning. WPCentral, Mobile Nations, Smartphone Experts are not responsible for any data loss caused by a failure to read instructions carefully or ignoring our recommendation to backup ALL of your data before beginning. Please be sure to read the entire article before beginning your encryption journey. If you have doubts about anything, please ask in the comments below before proceeding.

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3 years ago

Purple Cherry X picks up MOGA controller support and more in latest update

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We reviewed Purple Cherry X for Windows Phone nearly a month ago. It’s a relatively new GameBoy Advance emulator for Windows Phone that promised to bring support for MOGA controllers in a future update. That future update is now here and we’re sure there are a handful of you looking forward to it. Let’s check out the latest version of Purple Cherry X.

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3 years ago

How do I block unwanted calls on my Nokia Windows Phone?

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There will be a time in life when you need to block someone, be it a cold sales contact or someone who may be harassing you. Unfortunately, Windows Phone 8 doesn't currently have a built-in blocking feature to prevent numbers from sending messages to your smartphone, nor can the operating system halt calls in their tracks. But Microsoft did make tools for manufacturers to enable this feature, should they want to make it for their customers.

This is where Nokia came in with its 'call + SMS filter', which launched on Windows Phone 8 last year for Lumia devices (Samsung has it in their ATIV line of Windows Phones too).

We'll quickly walk you through how to set everything up, just in case you've yet to fire up the filter settings area for the first time.

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3 years ago

Deal alert: Get a free Touch Cover when you buy a Surface (US only)

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Deals are how we’re able to afford so many Windows Phone devices. Saving money on apps, accessories and other gadgets is a great way to get the gear you want without ending up in the poor house. Microsoft is doing their part by offering a free Touch Cover with any Surface purchase for this week. Details on how to save $80 below.

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3 years ago

Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone destined for Verizon on April 18th, $599 off contract

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Next week, Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8.1. Usually with big OS refreshes you get a few hardware launches, as well. That’s no different this time around as we’re expecting the Lumia 630 (aka ‘Moneypenny’), Lumia 930 (aka ‘Martini’, a non-Verizon version of the Icon) and eventually ‘Goldfinger’, which we hear is going to be a somewhat radical departure in terms of user interaction.

One of those 8.1 launch devices is reportedly the Samsung ATIV SE, another refresh from Samsung destined for Verizon. Not much is known about this device except that it may have a five inch, 1080P display and that it’s being built for Windows Phone 8.1. A render has been leaked by Evleaks that suggests a strong similarity between it and other ATIV devices in terms of aesthetics.

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