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2 years ago

Microsoft rolls out updates for MixRadio, Display and Network+

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Microsoft rolls out updates for MixRadio, Display and Network+

Microsoft has today released a bunch of updates covering three apps on the Windows Phone Store – two being Lumia system apps affecting how the Windows Phones operate. The MixRadio music service by Microsoft is joined by Display and Network+.

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2 years ago

Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 takes the shot on Windows and Windows Phone

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Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 takes the shot on Windows and Windows Phone

Gameloft has released Modern Combat 5 today on numerous platforms, including both Windows and Windows Phone. We covered the smartphone launch earlier this morning, but now those with Windows-based tablets and other hardware can enjoy the action.

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2 years ago

Moneycontrol app gets a nice refresh for Windows Phone; Windows 8 app also launched

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Moneycontrol app gets a nice refresh for Windows Phone; Windows 8 app also launched

Moneycontrol.com is the leading finance and business portal in India. Launched in 1999, and now owned by the Network18 media conglomerate it's the go to portal for investors, traders, and finance professionals. While the official moneycontrol app for Windows Phone devices has been there since long, it recently got a nice update (v1.5.0.0) with new features and some performance as well as user experience enhancements.

Also, the moneycontrol.com app has made its debut on Windows Store for Windows Phone 8 devices. Yes, the Windows 8 app has a .com in the name, unlike the one for Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Kamera Plus, a Windows Phone camera app with plenty of effects filters and potential

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Kamera Plus, a Windows Phone camera app with plenty of effects filters and potential

Kamera Plus is a Windows Phone camera app that delivers a healthy amount of effects filter that can be applied to both your front and rear facing camera. The effects are applied in real time so you measure the effect before tapping the shutter button.

The photography app includes an in-house photo gallery, camera settings and a simple viewfinder layout.

Available for low-memory devices, Kamera Plus does have the potential of being a nice camera app for your Windows Phone but a nagging lag time kills the experience.

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for Nokia Lumia 920

Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for Nokia Lumia 920

Today only: Buy the Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for Nokia Lumia 920 and save 45%

This durable case combines the protection of a shell case and the power of a clip stand holster. The form fit rear shell is impact resistant and the holster is lined with a soft fabric for a scratch free device. The 180º swiveling belt clip doubles as an adjustable clip stand, too!

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2 years ago

Plex app for Windows Phone and Windows 8 on sale for 99 cents

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Plex app for Windows Phone and Windows 8 on sale for 99 cents

The Plex media streaming app is currently on sale for 99 cents in both its Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions, which is a huge price cut compared to its normal cost of $4.99.

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2 years ago

Modern Combat 5 review - raising the bar for mobile action

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Modern Combat 5 review - raising the bar for mobile action

Modern Combat 5 is the latest in a long series of high-quality first person shooter games from Gameloft. The whole Modern Combat series shamelessly riffs on popular shooter franchises like Call of Duty, and has been doing so well before official mobile counterparts for those games were made.

By and large, Modern Combat 5 is lock in step with Modern Combat 4. It boasts bar-setting graphics, rich multiplayer, familiar experience and achievement progression, a dazzling array of weapon customization, and top-notch voice acting. That's great and all, but there is one distinct difference in Modern Combat 5 which could easily stand as the sole selling point: there are zero in-app purchases.

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2 years ago

Personal Food Trainer, a daily calorie tracker for Windows Phone

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Personal Food Trainer, a daily calorie tracker for Windows Phone

Personal Food Trainer is a relatively new Windows Phone fitness app that will help you track your daily intake of calories and macronutrients. The app will also track your water intake and weight (gain or loss).

Personal Food Trainer has a clean appearance and plenty of charts to track your progress. You can add new food items to the list that helps the app take on a more personal role.

While available for 512MB devices, Personal Food Trainer does have some room for improvement. Still, as is, it isn't too shabby of a fitness app for your Windows Phone should you need to track your calories.

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2 years ago

Vodafone AU Lumia 925 to receive Lumia Cyan update on July 25

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Vodafone AU Lumia 925 to receive Lumia Cyan update on July 25

Vodafone has announced on its support website that the Lumia 925 will be receiving the Lumia Cyan + Windows Phone 8.1 combo update starting tomorrow, July 25. From 2am AEST, the mobile operator will be starting the update roll-out, meaning the Windows Phone owners will be able to enjoy the latest OS features as they surface for the new day (unless there are any night owls reading).

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2 years ago

Looking for an alternative to Xbox Music? Try Beats Music or Spotify

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Looking for an alternative to Xbox Music? Try Beats Music or Spotify

Not happy with the Xbox Music platform? Take Beats Music or Spotify for as spin.

Xbox Music. It's more than just the app you love to hate right now on Windows Phone 8.1. It's also a music streaming and subscription service that spans nearly every device you own. It's available on Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS, and the web. Xbox Music is the successor to the beloved Zune platform.

Right now I'm still happy with the overall Xbox Music service, even though I think there are a handful of ways Microsoft could greatly improve the service. That said, I acknowledge that the Windows Phone 8.1 app is still pretty bad. Though the Windows 8 app was terrible at one point, but now I'm very happy with it on Windows 8.1. So there's hope.

I've been getting a lot of questions about what are some other solid music streaming and subscription services available as an alternative to Xbox Music. I'm going to look at some of those alternatives to Xbox Music that make the most sense to those with a Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Modern Combat 5 now available on Windows Phone [Updated]

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Modern Combat 5 now available on Windows Phone [Updated]

Earlier this week we announced that the long-awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout would be launching on mobile Windows platforms on the same day-and-date as the Android and iOS versions. In the past, Gameloft titles typically arrived on Windows Phone months or even years later than other platforms (just look at Real Soccer!). This year, long-awaited titles like Heroes of Order & Chaos and Order & Chaos Duels finally came over, and new titles will release at the same time as they do on competing platforms. Progress!

Modern Combat 5 is now available on Windows Phone as promised (the Windows 8 version should arrive later today). The Windows Phone version requires at least 1 GB of RAM. Top-end 3D graphics need plenty of memory in order to function, which shouldn't surprise anybody. None of the versions support Xbox Live, something we all should have gotten over a year ago. The game rings up at $6.99 – a fair price for a full console-quality campaign and extensive online multiplayer. Oh, and it supports Moga controllers!

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2 years ago

Razer Nabu will integrate with WeChat, support for Windows Phone being considered

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Razer Nabu will integrate with WeChat, support for Windows Phone being considered

Razer has confirmed that its up and coming Nabu wearable will integrate with the WeChat messaging service. Not only that, but there's a mention of possible Windows Phone support. The wearable is attempting to bind together both the smartwatch and fitness band, offering consumers a single product to carry out multiple tasks. The band itself is set to debut in China, before heading to the US and other targeted markets. As previously touched on, the retail price is expected to be less than $100.

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2 years ago

New Lumia 530 forums now open!

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New Lumia 530 forums now open!

The Windows Phone Central forums are the absolute best place in the world to talk, share, and experience the Windows Phone and Microsoft community. Today Microsoft announced the Lumia 530! We've already got forums and threads aplenty set up for your discussion pleasure. Jump in now and let us know your take on today's announcement!

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2 years ago

Microsoft updates Cortana with recommendations for nearby places and local apps

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Microsoft updates Cortana with recommendations for nearby places and local apps

Yesterday we saw Cortana get updated on the background with a few changes or Windows Phone 8.1. If you went into Cortana's Interests you'd see a local events finder. Microsoft stated that they'd be updating Cortana every few weeks. Today some users see a few more categories under the Interest's section – recommendations for nearby places and local apps.

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2 years ago

Qualcomm announces record FQ3 2014 earnings despite increased R&D expenses

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Qualcomm announces record FQ3 2014 earnings despite increased R&D expenses

It looks like Qualcomm's increased expenses into researching an developing better 3G CDMA and 4G LTE modems are paying off as the chip-maker has announced record earnings for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year. Revenues are up 9 percent year-over-year making a growth in net income of a whopping 42 percent compared to the previous year.

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