Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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

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

Daniel Rubino 172

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...

DEAL ALERT: Amazon has Windows 8 Pro + $30 credit brings price down to online upgrade

DEAL ALERT: Amazon has Windows 8 Pro + $30 credit brings price down to online upgrade

Seth Brodeur 43

As if Amazon wasn't doing well enough with Windows 8 sales, seeing pre-orders dominate it's Best Sellers list, they have decided to sweeten the deal. Now you can pre-order Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 and get a $30 Amazon credit to boot. For those of you who aren't too good at subtraction, that brings the price down to $39.99, the same cost as the online upgrade price for current users of...

Windows Phone Store app reviews start using first names instead of Gamertags

Windows Phone Store app reviews start using first names instead of Gamertags

Daniel Rubino 43

Gamertags—they can be fun but also quite ridiculous. Same with people’s first names but probably less so, which may be the reason why the Windows Phone Store has started to use them. A few readers told us of the changes and sure enough, when you now look at reviews for apps you’re more likely to see “Pat”, “Sarah” and “Kyle” than “Moonstomper82”.  What’s more, you will no longer see...

Russian Federation set to see launch of Lumia 920 and 820 on November 6th?

Russian Federation set to see launch of Lumia 920 and 820 on November 6th?

robert brand 11

Looks like Nokia might be set to have a big announcement in early November for Russia, perhaps to showcase the Lumia 920 Windows Phone.  Or maybe the Lumia 820? Not much is said about what’s to be expected but the invite does reveal some clues. Nokia is rightly pushing photography as the big draw for the next generation of Lumia devices. The Lumia 920 has seen a barrage of OIS video and...

Features of Windows Phone 8 Chinese version leaked, showing signs of extensive localization

Features of Windows Phone 8 Chinese version leaked, showing signs of extensive localization

Kane Gao 27

So... after the Surface frenzy, for October we have another huge expectation left: Windows Phone 8. Microsoft is expected to fully unveil its next-gen smartphone OS at the very end of this month. But as always, things have started to leak ahead of the schedule, and source of the leak is China. Chinese tech site WPDang cited unnamed source who claimed to have tried on the Chinese...