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3 years ago

Live Blog: T-Mobile US press conference

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3 years ago

Dream Track Nation Review: Race from Texas to the moon on Windows Phone

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Dream Track Nation and Tiny Plane (two games from Canadian indie developer PowPow Games) arrived on Xbox Windows Phone simultaneously a few months back. Electronic Arts’ indie label Chillingo publishes both games, which originated as Nokia exclusives but are now available to all users.

Seeing as how we reviewed Tiny Plane last week, I thought it only fitting that we take a critical lens to its brother Dream Track Nation as well. Is this physics-based racer really a dream or more of a nightmare? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Microsoft teases new Start Screen Innovation plans for Windows Phone in 2014

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Windows Phone 8 came out last fall. October 29th to be exact. It came with some killer hardware between the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X. It also had a slew of handy new features within the OS itself. Its major change, something most consumers will never know or appreciate, was the change to the Windows NT kernel. The same kernel powering Windows 8. It’s been over 8 months since then, what does Microsoft have in store for Windows Phone going forward?

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3 years ago

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

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Microsoft has announced this week that it will be removing Windows Phone apps that the company deems to have critical vulnerabilities. Microsoft notes in a TechNet blog post that developers will be provided 180 days to patch the issues in their app or their work will be pulled from the store, preventing consumers from accessing the app from their smartphones or via the web.

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3 years ago

Nokia brings new “hover” feature to Lumia devices to quickly turn on the display [Video]

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If you like occasionally playing with your display settings on  your Nokia Lumia smartphone, then you’ll want to go and update Display + Touch to version 1.6. That update is now live in the store and brings with it a few changes that are actually documented for once.

While most users won't be able to take advantage of the added functionality just yet, you'll still want to read on about how Nokia is dramatically improving Windows Phone by adding new features. One of those additions, documented below, has you "magically" turn on your display with the proximity sensor (tuned for motion detection). Very cool stuff.

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3 years ago

Nokia updates Smart Cam for Windows Phone 8, adds new filter and more

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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface and Lumia 920 show up in Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” mini-series

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It’s been awhile since we’ve covered some obvious product-placement shots and this time, it’s not too different as US broadcaster CBS is once again at the forefront. The show, or rather mini-series, is Stephen King’s adaptation of “Under the Dome”, which has a group of people suddenly cut off from the rest of the world as a literal invisible dome suddenly surrounds their town.

The show is classified as sci-fi/horror and we just finished watching part 3 last night. Truth be told, it’s been pretty great so far and if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it on there for free (we recommend it).

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 620 exclusively available in purple at O2 UK

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The Lumia 620 is a popular Windows Phone, offering a rich experience at an affordable price. Sporting numerous coloured shells that can be switched to keep the design looking fresh, many have enjoyed the configurability and personalisation options. There's a purple shell that's available at UK mobile operator O2. It's exclusive too, so if you're interested, you'll have to go through the store.

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3 years ago

Cralert for Windows Phone 8, crowdsourcing answers for your entertainment questions

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Cralert is Windows Phone 8 app that lets you post questions concerning entertainment events to a social network and crowd source the answers.

The questions range from when the latest video game is going to be released to finding out information about a local concert. You can pose the questions, answer the questions or up/down vote correct answers.  Cralert has possibilities but needs a little more audience participation to get off the ground.

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3 years ago

Join the public beta for Paper Boy. The fresh news reader from the developer of BBC News Mobile

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BBC News Mobile was one of your (and ours) favorite apps. Unfortunately, it was a third party development effort and was put to pasture from BBC pressure. The app had been a labor of love from developer Lawrence Gripper, our friend across the pond in the UK. Thankfully, the years of work he put into the BBC News Mobile app isn’t going to just sit around unused. He’s taken pieces of the code base to build a generic news reader called Paper Boy. You should join in on the public beta happening right now. You know where to find the link.

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3 years ago

Want quick access to creating notes? You can with OneNote and the GDR2 update

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This is a strange one indeed. OneNote for Windows Phone 7 allows consumers to pin the create note tile to their Start screen, but this feature is amiss in Windows Phone 8.

That is unless you're using the latest hardware with the GDR2 update. We've checked on our Nokia Lumia 925 and it does indeed enable us to pin the tile to the Start screen, which has been confirmed by the OneNote team on Reddit.

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3 years ago

MTS praises Windows Phone, says it's more comfortable promoting Microsoft than iPhone

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The Chief of Russia's largest mobile operator, OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has stated that the company would require better terms to back Apple after Windows Phones advance to almost match iPhones in market share. Ouch. According to Bloomberg, MTS ceased selling iPhones in its stores at the end of 2012 and has strengthened its relationship with other hardware vendors, including those who produce smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

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3 years ago

Halo: Spartan Assault briefly launches on Trinidad's Windows 8 Store. AlphaJax and Ty still available

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Xbox gamers have been eagerly anticipating Halo: Spartan Assault ever since Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game at the beginning of June. Many Windows Phone gamers especially look forward to it since Spartan Assault is likely the only Xbox Windows Phone game that will be released this month (we hear next week, in fact). Be that as it may, Windows 8 users got the first shot at the first mobile Halo game today, however briefly…

For a few hours, the tablet and PC version of Halo: Spartan Assault became available for purchase in the Caribbean island nations of Trinidad and Tobago. People from outside of those countries were able to buy it too, thanks to a little regional trickery and the magic of PayPal. Unfortunately, Microsoft quickly pulled Spartan Assault as we were in the process of writing this story to tell you about it, just hours after the game first appeared on the Windows Store.

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3 years ago

More images of the upcoming camera grip for the Lumia 1020 leak

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We’re less than two days away from officially learning everything about the Nokia Lumia 1020. But the leaks don’t stop coming. We shared an image of an upcoming accessory for that Lumia 1020 that most of us will be picking up on day one. It’s a Frankenstein of shells, adding both more battery and a camera grip for the device. Here are some more images of it.

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3 years ago

The Google & Microsoft lifestyle: a match made in hell

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The War

There was once a time when being a heavy Google services user and a Microsoft fan was the easiest choice on the block. The boys in Redmond could provide a robust and productive operating system platform while the Mountain View search cowboys could back you up with web services. Now, the two companies are going head to head and it might just be causing a hellish nightmare for consumers.

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