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3 years ago

Microsoft releases Earnings Report, First Quarter sees declines

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Microsoft has announced it's first quarterly report for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The company reported a quarterly revenue of $16.01 billion for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. This is down 8% from a year ago and likely due to consumers holding off on computer purchases until Windows 8 hits the shelves.

Other key numbers from the FY13 Q1 Earnings report has Operating Income at $5.31 billion and Diluted Earnings Per Share at $.53 per share. Both Income and Diluted EPS were down 26% and 22% respectively from last year.

The Entertainment and Devices Division that is responsible for the Xbox and Windows Phones posted revenue of $1.95 billion. This represents a 1% decrease from the previous year. On the positive, Xbox consoles continue to dominate with a 49% market share and the newly acquired Skype continues it's positive growth with over 280 million users.

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3 years ago

Surface RT poll results show a divided reaction for Windows Phone users

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3 years ago

Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets demoed in hands on video [Update]

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A reimagined Skype client is on the way

Update: As we suspected this video was is no way sanctioned to be released publicly and as such, a copyright claim by AOL/Engadget has had it removed. Translation: this was suppose to be under wraps but was made public on accident.

Update 2: We found a second source of the video, catch it while you can

Skype for Windows Phone 8 has been demoed by Derrick Snyder, now head of mobile marketing at Skype. In the video, Snyder runs viewers through what we can all expect from the new client. Now, before we crack into what's shown in the video, it's worth noting that this is a brand new application for Windows Phone, though many of the new features have been covered before.

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3 years ago

Xbox on Windows Phone: Gerbil Physics update details and mini-interview

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone Store web badge available for developers

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New look and new options

For those of you who are looking to promote your Windows Phone app on the web, you’ll want to go grab these new virtual badges from Microsoft.

The new design comes in 3 resolutions (125 x 40; 208 x 67; and 376 x 120), two colors (blue and black) and reflect the more Modern UI look that we’re accustomed to with Windows Phone including the new Store logo. In addition, Microsoft explains how to do the all important region-neutral deep link for the Store for your app. That’s the method we use here at Windows Phone Central so that the link will redirect you to your localized market.

More information can be found on the Windows Phone Developer blog.

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3 years ago

Elop believes a Surface Windows Phone from Microsoft would 'stimulate' the ecosystem

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All is rosy between the two chaps at the Lumia 920 announcement

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop appeared to welcome the idea of Microsoft creating its own Windows Phone in an investor call today. Elop has previously declined to acknowledge or confirm such a project was underway at Redmond, but we later covered news that Microsoft does indeed have its own Windows Phone in the works.

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3 years ago

Google panics with Windows Phone 8 announcement, schedules Nexus event same day

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Last we checked there are 31 days in the month of October, which means 31 opportunities to schedule press events. And if you were feeling randy, we hear that November has 30 more occasions.

So we can’t help but cast astonishment at Google’s insistence on having a big reveal on the very same day that Microsoft is holding its Windows Phone 8 announcement. With Microsoft on the West coast (San Francisco), Google has opted for New York City giving tech blogs a headache for travel plans.

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3 years ago

Don't want Verizon collecting information on your mobile activity? Opt-out now.

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Verizon has begun selling customer information, according to a report by Yahoo!. The carrier is passing on geographical locations, app usage and even web browsing activities to third-parties. This - as one would expect - has raised privacy questions.

The start of October saw Verizon start offering reports to marketers showing what subscribed customers are doing on mobile phones, including what iOS and Android apps are used in locations.

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3 years ago

Ascend W1 from Huawei gets rendered in new leak

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Although we’ve already seen actual photos of the Ascend W1 from Huawei, which were leaked last week, we guess seeing a render is also somewhat interesting.

The Ascend W1 is due out sometime next year and that should give Huawei ample time to further copy HTC and Nokia to make this phone just right. Seriously, we don’t mean to rant here but between the cyan color, the 2D glass and the 100% lifting of the HTC One X’s camera housing, Huawei is doing nothing for their reputation as a copycat firm.

Of course we think the device might actually be nice to use---after all if you go through and pick and choose the best of everything, how can you go wrong?

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 610 starts getting firmware update for camera and device performance

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3 years ago

ZTE confirms Windows Phone 8 handset in Q1 2013

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ZTE confirms Windows Phone 8 handset in Q1 2013

Remember the alledged ZTE Windows Phone 8 hardware we took a look at last month? In that article we also looked at some colourful devices that sported a centralised USB port, which is the norm with latest Windows Phone hardware. Could they have been the real deal? We're still not entirely sure which way to lean, but what we do now know is ZTE has confirmed at a conference that they'll be supporting Windows Phone 8.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Tola

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Windows Phone App Review: Tola

deviantART is a website dedicated to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. Tola is a Windows Phone app that taps into all that artistic greatness and delivers it to your Windows Phone.

While not an "official" deviantART app, Tola is a nice app to surf around the photography and paintings that deviantART has to offer. You can browse through the various categories of art or take a gander at the daily Deviations which is a random collection of pieces from deviantART.

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3 years ago

Nokia releases Q3 financial results, Lumia sales fall to 2.9 million

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Nokia has published its financial results for Q3 2012, which shows the interesting position the company has found itself in. Smartphone sales have fallen drastically, as well as net sales from the division. Likely down to the imminent Windows Phone 8 release and new Lumia family of smartphones, Nokia experienced a 56 percent drop in net sales. In Q2 the company shipped 4 million Lumia devices, a steep decrease indeed.

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3 years ago

NewsSpot Version 2.7 released to marketplace

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We looked at NewsSpot back in September and have since been contacted by the developer to advise that version 2.7 is now available.

The Google Reader client was well received by us and we were looking forward to seeing the updates trickle through so we’re glad things are now on track. To get the update you will need to hit a new link in the marketplace which you can find below.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 920T spotted with China Mobile logo

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