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2 years ago

The new Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter shows off Windows screens on big TVs

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The new Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter shows off Windows screens on big TVs

After months of leaks, Microsoft has finally and officially announced its plans to release its own Wireless Display Adapter, designed to project the screen of any Miracast-enabled device, including some of its Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones or its Surface tablets, onto a big screen television or monitor.

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2 years ago

Open and edit RAW image files with Rawer for Windows Phone

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Open and edit RAW image files with Rawer for Windows Phone

Rawer is an image editor for your Windows Phone. While many will shrug their shoulders and mutter, "Ugh, another photo editor!?" what sets this image editor apart from other editors is its ability to open and edit RAW image files.

Rawer will not only open and edit RAW (DNG) images captured by a Lumia 1020, 1520, 930 or Icon but the app can also open RAW files from several DSLR cameras. The app has OneDrive support and has the ability to check the image EXIF information.

Rawer is a Windows Phone photography app that definitely has a certain level of appeal for those who like to dabble with RAW image files.

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2 years ago

Cortana release for Europe 'in the coming months' according to rep for Microsoft France

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Cortana release for Europe 'in the coming months' according to rep for Microsoft France

According to a tweet shared by Microsoft's Lawrence Schlosser, French consumers won't have much longer to wait before Cortana is available. The tweet by Schlosser, who is a Senior Director of Operator Channels at Microsoft France, notes that Cortana is on an accelerated pace and it should hit France "in the coming months". A familiar but somewhat reassuring expression these days for Microsoft fans.

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Krusell Malmo FlipCase Stand for Nokia Lumia 1520

Deal of the Day: Krusell Malmo FlipCase Stand for Nokia Lumia 1520

Today Only: Buy the Krusell Malmo FlipCase Stand for Nokia Lumia 1520 for $24.95 and save 38%

This Lumia 1520 flip case combines a smooth, textured exterior with a classic design that provides storage for personal items and protection against damage. The case even folds into a stand, great for watching movies or browsing the web. Colors include black and white.

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2 years ago

VLC for Windows Phone 8.1 won't be out soon, Windows 8.1 update may launch today

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VLC for Windows Phone 8.1 won't be out soon, Windows 8.1 update may launch today

There's good news and bad news for fans of the popular free VLC media player. The good news is that the long awaited Windows 8.1 version could be out as soon as today. The bad news is that the long promised VLC port for Windows Phone 8.1 could take much longer to be released than first thought.

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2 years ago

Asphalt Overdrive from Gameloft is coming Thursday

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Asphalt Overdrive from Gameloft is coming Thursday

During E3 this year, Gameloft announced the latest game in the Asphalt series of racers. Surprisingly, the next Asphalt won't be Asphalt 9. Instead, the series is spinning off in a new direction with Asphalt Overdrive. Instead of a serious arcade-style racer, the new Asphalt will be an endless racer – sort of like Gameloft's recently released Spider-Man Unlimited or Sega's Crazy Taxi City Rush.

Players who are wondering how well Asphalt works as an endless racer plays won't have to wait long to find out. Today Gameloft announced that Asphalt: Overdrive will be coming to Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 this Thursday, September 25! The publisher also released a new trailer to celebrate the news. Keep reading for both the trailer and gameplay details.

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2 years ago

Buy a Lumia 530 on September 25 and get one free in the UAE

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Buy a Lumia 530 on September 25 and get one free in the UAE

Nokia UAE (United Arab Emirates) has announced a new promotion for the Lumia 530 Windows Phone. This offer will see consumers able to purchase the Lumia 530 and get a second unit absolutely free on one day only – September 25.

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2 years ago

Eggies review – Raise a virtual pet and play minigames for free on Windows Phone

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Eggies review – Raise a virtual pet and play minigames for free on Windows Phone

Earlier this year, Czech developer Alda Games (no relation to Alan Alda) released a couple of kid-friendly games for free on Windows Phone: Save the Snail and World of Cheese. At that time, the developer teased an upcoming tower defense game called Defend Your Life. Development on that one is nearing the finish line, but in the meantime Alda has published another new game: Eggies.

Eggies is a virtual pet simulator, sort of like Tamagotchi. It also offers nine minigames to play, some of which are pretty fun. Like Alda's previous games, Eggies is free and supported by ads. This one does have some in-app purchases, but they're totally optional and unobtrusive. It also works on 512 MB RAM devices – always a good thing for kids games. Continue reading for our full review and hands-on video!

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2 years ago

Create custom Windows Phone 8.1 backgrounds and wallpapers with Tile Background

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Create custom Windows Phone 8.1 backgrounds and wallpapers with Tile Background

If you are in the mood to create custom Start Screen backgrounds and Lockscreen Wallpapers, there are plenty of Windows Phone 8.1 apps to choose from. Tile Backgrounds is one option that hopes to catch your attention and find its way onto your Windows Phone.

Tile Backgrounds has options to crop and edit your photos so they fit your needs. The layout is simple and the app does have the potential to create some fantastic looking backgrounds and wallpapers. However, there is one aspect of Tile Backgrounds that may not be very appealing to some.

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2 years ago

Microsoft cuts the price of the Xbox One in the UK to £329.99

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Microsoft cuts the price of the Xbox One in the UK to £329.99

Microsoft has quietly revealed a £20 price cut on the Xbox One in the UK, reducing its cost in that country down from £349.99 to £329.99, just a few weeks before the holiday shopping season begins.

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2 years ago

Xbox One back on track in China with official launch slated for September 29

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Xbox One back on track in China with official launch slated for September 29

After pushing back the original launch of the Xbox One in China (which was yesterday), Microsoft is announcing that it will launch the console in six days' time. Chinese customers will be able to get their hands on the Xbox One starting September 29.

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2 years ago

Selfie aficionados can grab the Lumia 735 in Australia for 399 AUD

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Selfie aficionados can grab the Lumia 735 in Australia for 399 AUD

Like what you see with the Lumia 735, the LTE-enabled sibling of the Lumia 730? Well then, we have good news for you, as the device is officially launched in Australia. The Lumia 735 will be available from October 1 from retailers like Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-fi for 399 AUD ($356) outright.

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2 years ago

Joe Belfiore: Microsoft could offer new Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview updates this week

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Joe Belfiore: Microsoft could offer new Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview updates this week

Microsoft's Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the company plans to issue new updates this week to people who have smartphones with the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview build, and offered a little more information on what will be contained in those updates.

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2 years ago

Watch the archive of our Forza Horizon 2 Twitch preview right now

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Watch the archive of our Forza Horizon 2 Twitch preview right now

The latest in Microsoft and Turn 10's Forza racing series, Forza Horizon 2, will arrive on Xbox One and 360 next Tuesday, September 30. We plan to have a comprehensive review ready to go at that time.

In the meantime, Windows Phone Central is celebrating Forza Horizon 2's upcoming release with a Twitch streaming session! Tune in to my channel at Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch tonight at 7pm CST (-0600 GMT) to see me play the full Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 for one hour. Let's chat and have some fun as we preview one of this year's hottest Xbox titles.

Read on for a quick rundown of Forza Horizon 2 and why we're so excited to play the game on Xbox One.

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2 years ago

Head to head: iPhone 6 Plus vs Lumia 1520 camera samples

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Head to head: iPhone 6 Plus vs Lumia 1520 camera samples

It's hard not to compare the recently launched iPhone 6 Plus to Nokia's phablet, the Lumia 1520. Last week we showed you a size comparison. Today, let's have a camera comparison.

The Lumia 1520 features a 20-megapixel camera with f/2.4 Zeiss lens. The iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel camera. It has f/2.2 aperture, and larger 1.5-micron pixels compared to 1.2-micron pixels on the Lumia 1520. Which one takes better photos? Let's look at the following camera samples.

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