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3 years ago

Liquid Daffodil’s Unification Notification center set to retire at the end of October

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Liquid Daffodil started a project earlier this year to help unify notifications across a variety of products you use and love. Their Unification service was a cross-device notification platform that allowed developers to unite apps spanning Windows Phone 7.x and 8, Windows desktop, and Windows 8. It was an attempt to fill the lack of notifications available to customers using Microsoft’s products. Unfortunately, the Unification Notification Services will be retired at the end of October.

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3 years ago

IM+ gets Skype file receiving and more for Windows Phone; Tumblr app gets a fix too

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Update 5 PM ET: As it turns out the IM+ update is much, much larger than anticipated. See below for the full changelog.

For those of you who use the all-in-one messenger app IM+, both the Pro and Free versions were updated today to 2.9.1.0. The update doesn’t appear to bring any new features but is instead a rapid bug fix for some connectivity issues to Skype and VK that was reported by users.

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3 years ago

Joining Hands 2 for Windows Phone 8, one of the cutest puzzle games around now available

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Some development teams just made solid product after solid product. One of those development teams is game studio 10tons. They’ve given us great (sometimes weird) games like King Oddball, Sparkle, and more. Seriously, if you haven’t played a game from 10tons you need to go to the Windows Phone Store, pick one up and at least play the trial. You’ll probably get hooked. Well 10tons has just recently released another game for Windows Phone called Joining Hands 2, a follow up to their previous puzzle game of the same title. Let’s check it out.

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3 years ago

Nokia closes deals with car makers for HERE Connected Driving development

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3 years ago

Spiegel Online launches official German-language app for Windows Phone

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Update: Hey international readers, as noted in comments, within the app if you click the middle icon "rubriken" and then scroll down to "englisch", you get the International edition

Spiegel Online (www.spiegel.de) is a fairly serious news source on the internets, so it’s exciting to see them launch an official Windows Phone app today. Available in most regions (including the US), the app should give readers of the site a quick and easy way to access it on the go.

Unfortunately it’s only the German-language version and not the International edition, so unless you know the German language well, you’ll have to pass.

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3 years ago

Play games, earn credits, and get cash with the new Xbox Live Rewards program

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3 years ago

Microsoft fires out invites for Surface 2 event in New York on September 23rd

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Microsoft has begun firing out invitations for an event which is to be held in New York City on September 23rd. The media have been invited to what we expect to be the unveiling of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets, running Windows RT and Windows 8.1 respectively.

We've got some bad news for those who are looking for something slightly smaller as sources familiar with company plans have confirmed with The Verge that Microsoft will not be launching the rumoured "Surface mini." So what can we all look to expect from the event?

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3 years ago

What does the internet think of 'Windows Phone'? The results may surprise you

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When it comes to the brand ‘Windows Phone’ everyone has an opinion and everybody is also a self-appointed expert on marketing. Even here at Windows Phone Central, a lot of comments lean towards the idea that Microsoft's brand is baggage, a discussion that is amplified with the proposed purchase of Nokia and the future of the Lumia trademark. The reason for then negative perception most often proposed? Its deleterious association with Windows desktop, of course.

While by no means scientific, the search indexing site What Does the Internet Think? returns some interesting results when looking up ‘Windows Phone’ that may surprise some. The site, which uses a proprietary algorithm to measure popularity and perception of a search term, claims that ‘Windows Phone’, at least how it is being used on the internet, has 56.1% positive coverage. (The term ‘Lumia’, while not popular for search, does bring in an impressive 63.3% positive result).

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3 years ago

Belfiore will lead a team focused on phones, tablets, and PCs as Microsoft's reorganization becomes clearer

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3 years ago

MonsterUp Adventures has its price tag slashed; dev team teases another title in the works

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We've just been informed that MonsterUp Adventures (www.monsterupgame.com), the popular platformer for Windows Phone, has had its price slashed to just $0.99. This is a perfect time to grab the title, which is available for both Windows Phone 7 and 8. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself in Trelloland and help out the cute, cuddly monsters of MonsterUp.

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3 years ago

The mobile photography revolution - Talk Mobile

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The camera. If there's any part of the smartphone that's seen its usage rate skyrocket over the past few years, that'd be it. Smartphone cameras have gone from little VGA shooters barely worthy of being called a camera to 12, 20, and even 41 megapixel beasts with image quality unfathomable just a few short years ago.

We now walk almost everywhere with a small camera in our pockets or purses, logged in to Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, ready to share our latest heartwarming, heartbreaking, intense, intriguing, and inane moments with our family, our friends, and the world.

So are mobile phone cameras really good enough to replace a dedicated point-and-shoot camera? What about a bigger traditional DSLR? With these photos ever easier to share and reshare, how can we be sure that the photos we take that need to be private stay private?

3 years ago

Microsoft is looking to "break even" with Xbox One sales

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Launching a new console usually ends in profit loses for the company who dares to be so bold. Past consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s WiiU, had lost money when they first launched; the hope is to earn back the money in game and accessory sales as the years continue on. Microsoft doesn’t see profit loss in their future though; the company has planned to sell their console close to cost and avoid the financial loss that most companies incur.

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3 years ago

Network Dashboard updated and now a free app for Windows Phone 8

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Network Dashboard is a rather nice Windows Phone app that allows you to pin common network tasks to your Start Screen. Network Dashboard was recently updated to version 3.0 to support Windows Phone 8. With the update the developer has dropped the price to free and brings along a few new features for good measure.

The version 3.0 adds a tile for location services as well as status detection for Bluetooth and Airplane mode. You also have a new default Metro Live Tile style and an in-app purchase for additional tile styles.

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3 years ago

Nokia sales exec confirms plans to unify the Windows Phone and Lumia branding

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Nokia Conversations sat down to speak with Nokia's EVP for sales and marketing, Chris Weber. Going into some detail about what changes are happening at Nokia since Microsoft announced the purchase. So if you've got a few burning questions on your mind about what's going to happen with the new partnership, be sure to head on past the break for some snippets.

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3 years ago

Pictastic joins the Windows Phone Instagram line-up

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If you're looking for a Windows Phone Instagram client app, Pictastic is yet another option to consider. Pictastic is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices and comes across as a fairly standard Instagram client at first glance.

Pictastic allows you to sign into existing Instagram accounts, create a new account, upload photos, like photos, comments on photos and download photos locally.

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