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Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

For our ninth day of 12 Days of Hidden Gems, we are looking into family safety. Combined with a SmartThings setup and the highly rated Life360 Family Locator app and service, your smartphone can be an all seeing eye to keep track of children and family members. Life360 is not a new app, but it...
Windows Phone frans rage

In VideoLAN versus fans of Windows Phone, no one wins

A few days ago, VLC – the popular video app for playing odd Codecs – made its appearance on Windows Phone for the public. At the time, it was not clear if this was the official release or the public beta of the app. As it turns out, it was the latter. As such, some negative user complaints came...
Rdio, the tenth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

Rdio, the tenth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

For our tenth day of 12 Days of Hidden Gems, our focus is shifting to entertainment. Music is something everyone loves but choosing which service – if any – to use for streaming can be challenging. So why use a streaming service at all? Discovery and variety are the main reasons and Rdio, available...
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Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

With the end of the month upon us, it's time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.
Cortana on iPhone

AI Wars Part I: 'Hey Cortana is that you on my iPhone?'

"Our top priority and showcase device for Cortana is Windows Phone. Any discussion or commentary about us giving up or abandoning Windows Phone is crazy talk. Our top priority is to make Cortana so fantastic that it pulls customers to Windows Phone. Period…And if that happens, then we can stop...
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Futurology 1.1: Smaller, higher-capacity batteries are closer than ever before

Recent advancements in Lithium Sulfur and Lithium metal anodes pave the way for smaller, safer batteries with higher capacities. Back at the start of the year in our Smartphone Futurology series, we discussed the technology behind the battery in smartphones and what's to come in the future. This...
Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

Should Microsoft scrap hamburgers for waffles? Why menus in Windows 10 matter

We take on the hamburger menu debate in Windows 10 on phone, discuss alternatives and then give you a poll to vote on! One of the most controversial aspects of the design language of Windows 10 has been the near ubiquitous adoption of so-called hamburger-style menus. Microsoft has used the three...
How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

Am I really positing that the Microsoft Band will beat the Apple Watch? Yes, I am. How will they accomplish this you ask? While Apple is diligently courting the elite, Microsoft is purposefully launching out into the deep, and they are aiming to commandeer the seas. Today Apple is priming the...
What it's like to live in the HTC Vive virtual world!

What it's like to live in the HTC Vive virtual world!

I am under water. Still standing, but under water. Deep in the ocean, actually. Schools of tiny fish are swimming by. Rays float overhead, just under the surface. A whale saunters over. Is it deep enough for a whale but not too deep for the light to penetrate down to the deck of the sunken ship...
My thoughts on the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL and why this is a turning point for Microsoft

My thoughts on the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL and why this is a turning point for Microsoft

This morning, Microsoft has – as expected – unveiled two new Lumias for the Windows Phone line: the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.With the announcement of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, Microsoft demonstrates it can handle Lumia hardware (and improve where Nokia failed) Announcing mid-range phones...
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What Richard's taking to Mobile World Congress

It's that time again. The time to say goodbye to families, pack a couple of bags and hit the dusty trail for another major show. This time out it's Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the world's biggest and best that the mobile industry has to offer. For me, MWC is what I'd class as a...
Mobile Nations Community Update, February 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, February 2015

It's that time again. Time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.
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Telling a tale of superb Microsoft customer service

No-one ever talks about great customer service. As someone who spent a past life working in retail, I'm only too aware of this. Not once would you hear of one of your customers seeking out the manager to praise your efforts, no matter how much you had done. But should a customer be unhappy, well...

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