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2 years ago

How to disable the new window animations in Windows 10 Technical Preview

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How to disable the new window animations in Windows 10 Technical Preview

Beginners' Tips Series!

If you have been keeping up with the news on Windows 10 Technical Preview, you have seen a plethora of new features, both functional and aesthetic.

Amongst the latter, is the new animation when opening and closing windows. These arrived as part of the latest version, Preview Build 9860. Reception of the look has been mixed. Some people find the animation to be snazzy while others are just annoyed by it.

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2 years ago

Join Office Sway without an invite for a limited time

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Join Office Sway without an invite for a limited time

Sway is the latest product to the join the Office software family. It was first announced at the beginning of this month and is currently available in a preview version. You'll need to request an invite at the Sway.com website if you're interested in trying out the preview. Except today, you have a chance to join without waiting for that invitation.

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2 years ago

OneRoom, a minimalistic approach to photo editing for Windows Phone

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OneRoom, a minimalistic approach to photo editing for Windows Phone

No argument here. We have a ton of photo editors available in the Windows Phone Store. Which one is best? Your guess is as good as mine and one of the latest offerings hoping to catch your eye is OneRoom.

What sets OneRoom apart from the cornucopia of photo editors already available in the Windows Phone Store? You do have editing presets that helps you edit photos quickly and the app can handle images up to 38MP in size. The app is also minimalistic in design that hopes to make the editing flow more user friendly.

In just tinkering with OneRoom for a short time, it does have a bit of appeal but may struggle to knock off the more popular editors such as Photoshop Express, Fhotoroom or Fantasia Painter due to a few missing features. Still, if you are looking for another photo editor to add to your Windows Phone Library or are still searching for that one editor that fits your tastes bests, OneRoom is worth a try.

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2 years ago

Mildly interesting: Windows 10 is really just Windows 9 underneath

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Mildly interesting: Windows 10 is really just Windows 9 underneath

On September 30, 2014, Microsoft finally revealed to the world their next version of Windows. Speculation about the name had been ongoing for months, especially with the known internal name of 'Threshold' being used widely in the press. Would Microsoft call it just Windows? What about Windows One or the more traditional Windows 9?

Microsoft threw everyone a curve ball by announcing the name as jumping from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. No official reason is known, although the most obvious is to make Windows 10 seem like a big deal as an update.

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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV S getting Windows Phone 8.1 Update? Kind of

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Samsung ATIV S getting Windows Phone 8.1 Update? Kind of

Starting about ten days ago, reports that Samsung was pushing out Windows Phone 8.1 Update for ATIV S users began circulating the 'nets. We have our own ATIV S here in the house, which is an unbranded UK release, and were not able to get any such update. Instead, we are stuck on Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3 (Build 10517; Firmware 2424.13.10.1).

As it turns out, a very select few ATIV S users are getting Windows Phone 8.1 Update (Build 14157; Firmware 2424.14.9.3), which is splendid news. The bad news is it is isolated to specific regions like Austria and maybe Hong Kong.

Samsung ATIV S devices released through carriers and most other areas are not seeing the update yet, although obviously this can change. Let me try and explain and give you the full story.

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2 years ago

Freaky Friday Sale: This durable Lumia Icon skin case is just $4.95 today!

Freaky Friday Sale: This durable Lumia Icon skin case is just $4.95 today!

Made from multiple thermoacrylics, this Nokia Lumia Icon skin case is highly elastic and resistant to oils. Say goodbye to annoying fingerprints! The back features a matte finish with a glossy edging that enhances the grip around your device.

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2 years ago

Deezer acquires Stitcher, adding talk radio and podcasts to its collection

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Deezer acquires Stitcher, adding talk radio and podcasts to its collection

Cross-platform music streaming and discovery service Deezer has purchased Stitcher. The company plans to aid efforts worldwide and break into the US by acquiring the podcast and talk radio service to provide more content on its own platform.

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2 years ago

What will this iPhone user miss after switching to Windows Phone?

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What will this iPhone user miss after switching to Windows Phone?

Windows Central forums member, Panmoria, is about to leave the iPhone for a Lumia 930, but there are questions that need to be answered. Maybe you can help. Panmoria wants to know what you'd be really missing about iOS? Is Windows Phone 8.1 stable?

Several forums member have responded already, and maybe you can join the conversation with your opinion.

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2 years ago

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release on October 26

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release on October 26

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is being re-released on the Xbox 360 on October 26. The open world action game was released on the first Xbox in 2004, making its way to the 360 as an Xbox Original. This new release will have some enhancements, including better graphics and achievement support.

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2 years ago

Movie Quizz, a motion picture poster trivia game for Windows Phone

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Movie Quizz, a motion picture poster trivia game for Windows Phone

Movie Quizz is a Windows Phone trivia game that tests you skills at identifying movies through their posters. The game takes a bit of a casual approach with seven level of movies to identify that are grouped into movie genre or leading actor categories. Movies range from the more current titles as well as those from 50's and 60's.

Movie Quizz is available for low-memory devices and while it takes on movie trivia from a slightly casual approach, the game is an enjoyable way to pass short bits of time with.

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2 years ago

Quantum Break's new trailer makes us wish we could time travel to its release

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Quantum Break's new trailer makes us wish we could time travel to its release

Still on the fence for next year's Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break? Perhaps, this new 16 minute gameplay trailer will sway you. Today, Remedy Entertainment released a new extended gameplay trailer of their Gamescom one in order to give you a deeper look into Jack's survival strategies via time manipulation.

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2 years ago

A new Microsoft Lumia device is coming 'soon' as the Nokia name fades from Windows Phone

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A new Microsoft Lumia device is coming 'soon' as the Nokia name fades from Windows Phone

It is no secret at this point that the Nokia name was going to be eventually supplanted by something else. Nokia lives on as a separate company, while Microsoft takes ownership of the Lumia brand and brings the new employees into the fold.

Speculation about the name change has been going for months but on October 21, Microsoft made it official by stating the new name will go from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.

Tonight, the Conversations blog has more on the name change, including what it all means.

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2 years ago

Weekly photo contest: Boats

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Weekly photo contest: Boats

I'm on a boat! Well, not really, but you might be. This week we're going to go out and capture some boats for our weekly photo contest. Those boats don't have to be in the middle of the Pacific, as you can see the image above here is on dry land. Just go find a boat and take a cool picture with your Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Use POP Messenger to chat with pictures, now available for Windows Phone

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Use POP Messenger to chat with pictures, now available for Windows Phone

POP Messenger is a new app in the Windows Phone Store. It comes to us from Pinger, the company behind other popular apps like GIF Chat and Doodle Buddy. POP Messenger allows you to easily create and send customized visual text messages. You just pick a font, change the background color (or select a background image) and send the POP to a friend.

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2 years ago

How to stream YouTube videos from Windows Phone to the Xbox One using Tubecast

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How to stream YouTube videos from Windows Phone to the Xbox One using Tubecast

Windows Phone users currently do not have an official YouTube application, but there are third-party apps available. One of those awesome apps is Tubecast, which we've recently reviewed. If you haven't installed it yet, you definitely should. It has an amazing feature that lets you "cast" videos from your phone to the Xbox One. Don't believe us? We'll show you how it works.

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