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2 years ago

How to change the language on Windows Phone 8.1

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How to change the language on Windows Phone 8.1

Have you ever held a Windows Phone device 8.1 with a language you didn't understand? Perhaps you purchased a device overseas, or someone accidentally changed your settings. I tried setting up a new Lumia 535 over the weekend, but it came out of the box with the Chinese language. Going through the menu was difficult, but I eventually found a way to change the language to something I understand. Want to know how I did it? Watch our quick how-to video.

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2 years ago

Microsoft reportedly working on a fix for Lumia 930 display woes

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Microsoft reportedly working on a fix for Lumia 930 display woes

The Lumia 930 is likely to go down as one of the most divisive Lumias to date. It has not quite lived up to the Lumia 920 legacy, and there are still numerous reports of overheating and screen discolorations. The latter issue is likely due to the use of AMOLED instead of LCD and Lumias have always had some purple tint issues with those types of displays.

Now, the @LumiaHelp account, which offers "global help from Microsoft technical experts for Lumia and Nokia-branded devices" has informed one owner of the Lumia 930 that a fix is on the way.

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2 years ago

New report claims Windows 10 for desktop could have two browsers: IE11 and 'Spartan'

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New report claims Windows 10 for desktop could have two browsers: IE11 and 'Spartan'

Windows 10 will reportedly have two different web browsers for desktop users when it is released in the fall of 2015. One will be the current Internet Explorer 11 for backward-compatibility with older websites, while the other will be a brand new, light-weight browser that is currently being developed under the code name "Spartan".

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2 years ago

New Lumias via Denim support downloading OS updates to memory card

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New Lumias via Denim support downloading OS updates to memory card

When it comes to updating the operating system, the Windows Phone experience leans towards the positive when compared to the competition. Apple's iPhone notoriously need a huge heaping of space due to backups and Android, like all things, can vary from device to device.

However, one area that is of concern is Windows Phones with low internal memory. Even though some phones have a micro SD card for expansion, they can prove to be problematic for OS updates if there is not enough internal space. One minor fix in build 14219 of Windows Phone 8.1.1 aka Lumia Denim is the ability to install those updates using the expansion card.

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2 years ago

These beautiful Lumia 1520 flip cases are marked down 40% today!

These beautiful Lumia 1520 flip cases are marked down 40% today!

This Lumia 1520 case opens like a book and features a storage slot on the inside, perfect for carrying a credit card, business card or cash. The interior even has a soft microfiber lining that compliments the entire case's design. The front flap stays securely closed thanks to the magnetic closure which is built inside the cover.

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2 years ago

Halo 5: Guardians pre-orders begin, including a $249.99 Limited Collector's Edition

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Halo 5: Guardians pre-orders begin, including a $249.99 Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft will begin the multiplayer beta test for Halo 5: Guardians later today, but the company is already taking pre-orders for the full version of the upcoming Xbox One sci-fi shooter, several months before its release sometime in the fall of 2015. There will be three editions of the game, including a Limited Collector's Edition that will cost $249.99.

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2 years ago

Samsung to show off Windows 8.1 all-in-one PC with curved display at CES 2015

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Samsung to show off Windows 8.1 all-in-one PC with curved display at CES 2015

Samsung will be showing off two new Windows 8.1 products next week at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, including an all-in-one PC with a curved display.

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2 years ago

From the editor's desk: Different editor, different desk and getting ready for CES

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From the editor's desk: Different editor, different desk and getting ready for CES

And so here we are, at the end of another eventful 12 months. Looking just in-house here at Mobile Nations, we've seen a number of big changes this past year. We brought in a dedicated newsroom team to get you the news you want, faster than ever, WPCentral re-branded to reflect a renewed focus on the entire Microsoft/Windows ecosystem, people came and people left.

That last one is particularly fresh in the memory. Our friend and colleague, Sam Sabri, departed his post here as Managing Editor to board the 'Mothership' and work for Microsoft. Life is full of new opportunities, new challenges, and that's exactly what stands before me as I attempt to replace Sam as the new Managing Editor in these parts.

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2 years ago

Mi Challenge Alarm for Windows Phone, a testy way to avoid nodding back to sleep

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Mi Challenge Alarm for Windows Phone, a testy way to avoid nodding back to sleep

Mi Challenge Alarm is a uniquely designed alarm clock for your Windows Phone that hopes to make it difficult to constantly hit the snooze button or to sleep through your alarm. Being a challenge alarm, Mi will present you with a series of questions based off your music and image files. If you fail to answer one of the questions, the alarm will resume its annoying clammer.

Mi Challenge Alarm has a bit of appeal and is a nice addition to the growing alternatives to the native Windows Phone alarm. However, it is a little dependent on your music and photo libraries having plenty of material to choose from.

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2 years ago

Total Conquest update adds Xbox Live support and more for Windows Phone and 8.1

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Total Conquest update adds Xbox Live support and more for Windows Phone and 8.1

Gameloft continues to update a number of its games for the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 platforms. Today, it released a major update for its free-to-play historical strategy game Total Conquest that adds Xbox Live support along with some other new content, features and improvements.

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2 years ago

British singer Charli XCX gives out phone number for fans to ring her Lumia

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British singer Charli XCX gives out phone number for fans to ring her Lumia

Charlotte Aitchison is a British singer, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, who recently used a Windows Phone. The singer gave her trusty Lumia device a workout by supplying fans with a mobile number so they could contact the pop singer after appearing on the Elvis Duran Show.

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2 years ago

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is today's Xbox One Countdown to 2015 deal

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Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is today's Xbox One Countdown to 2015 deal

Today's Xbox One Countdown to 2015 deal sees Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag on sale with 50% discounted on the original listed price. It's a superb offer should you not already have this popular title in your collection. For Xbox 360 owners, Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is 75% off today only.

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2 years ago

India's HDFC Bank revamps its app as part of a new Go Digital campaign

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India's HDFC Bank revamps its app as part of a new Go Digital campaign

On the sidelines of the launch of HDFC Bank's Go Digital campaign in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, the bank's Windows Phone app got a fine update as well, with more capabilities coming soon. The launch saw HDFC Bank announcing a technology agnostic Bank Aap Ki Muththi Mein (Bank in your hand) offering which aims to turn a mobile phone into a bank branch.

The official HDFC Bank app has been very efficient, and has garnered positive reviews and small updates every now and then, but a major refresh in the first week of December went awry. The update brought a set of new features allowing customers to use the app without logging in for contacting the bank for various services and support channels, sharing feedback, and locating nearby ATMs and bank branches.

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2 years ago

The Halo 5 multiplayer beta can now be pre-loaded by Master Chief Collection owners

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The Halo 5 multiplayer beta can now be pre-loaded by Master Chief Collection owners

Owners of the Xbox One-exclusive game Halo: The Master Chief collection can now pre-load the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta test before it officially begins on Monday, December 29.

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2 years ago

Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems

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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.

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