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3 years ago

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud - Talk Mobile

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The cloud. It has become just about synonymous with internet data storage, and for good reason. No longer does uploading your data to a server mean that you're uploading to a specific server. Now your data is stored on a network of servers, and can be accessed from practically any web-connected device, be it through dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets, automatic drag-and-drop syncing conduits for desktops, and browser-based interfaces.

Chances are, something you do involves the cloud. You might not even realize it. Is that a good thing? Is the cloud something we should embrace, or fear? Just what all is the cloud good for? Is it just for email and contacts and calendar, or are we talking about music, photos, documents, and more?

Can you back up to the cloud? Should you back up to the cloud? Just what is the cloud, anyway?

3 years ago

Hands on with FBX Review for Windows 8 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco

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You might know Autodesk for their 3D design tools like AutoCAD and Maya, or their game design middleware like Autodesk Scaleform. They also make a couple of Windows 8 apps for consumers: Sketchbook Express and FBX Review, which we discussed when it released back in July.

During my recent trip to San Francisco for Casual Connect, I stopped by the Autodesk Gallery for a quick visit. From a quiet corner of the Gallery, Wes Adams, Autodesk’s Games Industry and Product Marketing guy walked me through some of the cool things FBX Review can do. Head past the break for our hands on video, plus a photo tour of the Autodesk Gallery.

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3 years ago

Pinterest is asking about your interest in official Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

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You may not believe it but in the U.S., Pinterest is the third most popular social network behind Facebook and Twitter. Worldwide it has an estimated 70 million users (70% of which are female). That makes it a big player in the social network universe and one that should not be ignored. Because of those numbers, it’s worth pointing out that there is no official Windows Phone or Windows 8 apps for the fast-growing service.

That’s a bit of a bummer though Windows Phone users do have some solid Pinterest third-party apps like Pinsation that do an admirable job of filling in the gap. But an official app that doesn’t go against the company’s APIs is something that the Windows Phone platform needs in order to push forward—the same with Windows 8.

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3 years ago

Stunning Amazing Weather HD updated with more Live Tile and localisation goodness

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Amazing Weather HD is one of those lockscreen apps that are a must-download for many Windows Phone owners. As the name suggests, you're looking at high-definition images, not only on the lockscreen integration, but also throughout the app. It truly is a gorgeous UI. The app has recently received an update that introduces a few new features and changes.

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3 years ago

Vector 5: Tim Stevens and intelligent connected electric cars

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Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode, Tim Stevens, star of auto and gadget blogs, joins Rene to talk about the computerization of cars, including launch controls, self-driving vehicles, Microsoft Sync, BlackBerry QNX, and iOS in the Car, and the explosive potential of hacking engines.

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3 years ago

PuTTY Windows Phone port currently in development, bringing the SSH client to the small screen

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PuTTY (www.greenend.org.uk) is a popular telnet/SSH client for Windows, enabling those with remote access to servers and devices to connect and perform an array of tasks through the terminal or command line interface. A developer has taken to Reddit to announce that he's currently at work on porting the PuTTY Windows client to Windows Phone.

While numerous apps are already available for Windows Phone that support SSH, it'll be good to see such a popular Windows client be brought across to the mobile world. No ETA has been provided, but a screenshot has been teased and we're stoked to finally be able to use PuTTY while on the move.

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3 years ago

Samurai vs. Zombies Defense for Windows 8, slicing and dicing the undead

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Samurai vs. Zombies Defense is a action packed tower defense styled game for your Windows 8 computer or tablet. You play the role of the heroic Samurai that must defend his village against brain hungry hordes of zombies.

Samurai vs. Zombies Defense has power-ups, upgrades, and a mini-game to keep things from getting stale. Add attractive graphics and challenging game play and Samurai vs. Zombies Defense is a welcome addition to our Windows 8 Xbox gaming library.

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3 years ago

Nokia's affordable Lumia 520 range storms the Amazon Best Sellers chart

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Nokia launched its most affordable Windows Phone this year, the Lumia 520. T-Mobile, being a US mobile operator, had to have its own version of this handset for its customer base, so you then had the Lumia 521 released. Both of these Windows Phones are currently topping the charts over on Amazon US, when looking at best selling no-contract mobile devices.

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3 years ago

Netflix for Xbox 360 receives update; sports new design and separate user profiles

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3 years ago

Xbox transitioning to local currency - will continue to accept Point gift cards at "equal to or greater" marketplace value

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We’ve known it for a long time already, but today Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer for Xbox, Marc Whitten, officially announced that local currencies would be brought to Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to replace the soon to be defunct point system. The change was stated as being made as "a direct result of customer feedback."

The change allows customers to purchase content without the need to calculate how much an item actually costs in its default point listing. Microsoft states that you will still be able to purchase content from the Xbox store using current forms of payment presently available in your region. In addition, the new Xbox gift cards will be available for purchase online and through local retailers in late 2013.

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3 years ago

Windows 8.1 Build 9471 leaks - apps get redesigned and new frills are added

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3 years ago

Avirall, arguably the best stopwatch app for Windows Phone, is now available and temporarily free

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We’re not huge on stopwatch apps for Windows Phone if only because there are so many of them it makes it hard to pick the top ones. Often enough, it comes down to which you think is the prettiest, which let’s be honest, is slightly subjective.

However, we’re making an exception today for a special app: Avirall. For one, it’s feature packed, so much so, we’ve barely figured out all of the app’s capabilities. There’s an interesting selling point: it has so many features, it’s almost overwhelming. The other reason we’re mentioning it is the app was just launched and it is temporarily free—at least for the first 10,000 downloads. We hear that the app will fetch for $3.50 regularly, so free is a big deal here.

As you can discern from our quick video review (below), Avirall has some of the most impressive graphics we’ve seen. It’s 98% Modern UI with a splash of a super realistic stopwatch, complete with “working” buttons that click when you enable them.

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3 years ago

Windows 8.1 might be just around the corner; gets pushed to OEMs

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3 years ago

Instagram, Windows Phone and the great Tag kerfuffle using third party apps

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While users on Windows Phone have been enjoying the ability to post to Instagram both unofficially (Instagraph, Instance, etc.) and officially (Hipstamatic Oggl), there has been one complicated and vexing issue haunting people: tags.

The concern can be best explained as thus: when users post using third party apps from Windows Phone, those images are not searchable if they use a hashtag. For example, if you publish using Instance with the hashtag “#wp8” in theory when you use the search key to find other photos with “#wp8”, you should see your latest post indexed. However, this is not the case as your image will be hidden.

Rudy Huyn, the developer working on the forthcoming 6tagram app has posted an article via his blog explaining the situation. The news is not very good and highlights the continued cat and mouse game between Windows Phone developers and the services they are trying to make apps for.

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Windows Phone App Studio beta saw 30,000 projects created in just 48 hours

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Microsoft launched its new online tool for new Windows Phone developers earlier this week, enabling those with app ideas to easily create and deploy working concepts. If you're a novice at app development, or simply reside in emerging markets and don't have an endless supply of funding, the Windows Phone App Studio beta is a simple solution that helps you get cracking without any obstacles. It's time to turn that app idea into reality.

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