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3 years ago

Xbox Games for Windows Phone 8.1 updated again, returns to the App list

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Xbox Games for Windows Phone 8.1 updated again, returns to the App list

Ready, set, update! Today has been a very, very busy for big updates in the Windows Phone Store. We saw Spotify pick up a major update with a new design, radio support and more. Path finally went to version 2.0 and picked up Path Shop. Beats Music had an update that introduced some crazy optimization that made it faster and Readit picked up a ton of new features. Now we’re looking at an update for the Games hub.

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3 years ago

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition coming to Xbox One and 360 this August

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Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition coming to Xbox One and 360 this August

It’s a huge day for Xbox console hype with news that the Xbox One will now be available without a bundled Kinect, the Games with Gold and weekly deals programs coming to Xbox One, and video apps no longer requiring Xbox Live Gold on either the One or 360 (see the whole list of announcements here).

All fantastic news, but I’m almost as excited for another announcement coming from Blizzard: Diablo III is coming to Xbox One! In fact, the Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition will come to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Playstation systems this August. The Ultimate Evil Edition collects both the main Diablo III game (which we reviewed for Xbox 360 back in September) and the “Reaper of Souls” expansion pack that landed on PC in March. Read on for pricing and character transfer details!

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3 years ago

What else would you want Cortana to help with?

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What else would you want Cortana to help with?

Microsoft is pushing Cortana in the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which is currently available as a Preview for Developers. The personal assistant has been a large hit with consumers (and developers) so we can see why people would like to see Cortana helping out more with their daily lives, but just how far would you be wanting to integrate the assistant?

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3 years ago

Path updated to version 2.0, introduces Path Shop

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Path updated to version 2.0, introduces Path Shop

Path for Windows Phone was announced last July at the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event. It took a half a year for the app to make the jump from the PowerPoint slide to your phone, which it did earlier this year in January. Since then we’ve seen three minor updates for the app that didn’t help shake the beta label. Today Path hits version 2.0 in the Windows Phone Store. 

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3 years ago

Readit picks up massive update, includes Gold account support and much more

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Readit picks up massive update, includes Gold account support and much more

Aw yiss. One of our favorite Reddit apps on Windows Phone has been updated. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll find version Readit at version 1.8. Today’s update is pretty big and introduces new features and many refinements. Let’s check out all that’s new with Readit.

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3 years ago

Beats Music for Windows Phone gets big performance update

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Beats Music for Windows Phone gets big performance update

Spotify finally picked up a big update this morning. Now we’ve got one for Beats Music, the newcomer in the music streaming game. Today’s update is all about speed and optimization. Let’s check out how much faster they made Beats Music today. 

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3 years ago

Plex updated for Windows Phone with camera upload and more!

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Plex updated for Windows Phone with camera upload and more!

Popular media sharing app Plex has added camera uploading for its Android and Windows Phone apps, as well as sync for Windows 8. This means pictures you shoot on your phone will be automatically uploaded to your Plex library. The Windows desktop app now lets you keep media access identical with other devices.

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3 years ago

How often do you change your Windows Phone Start Screen?

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How often do you change your Windows Phone Start Screen?

Our Windows Phone Start Screen is an easy way to make our phones our own. Even before Windows Phone 8.1 introduced transparent Live Tiles and Start Screen background images, through third party apps and in-house settings you could customize things quite a bit.

There is a Windows Phone Central Forums discussion, started by Forum Member Sir William Wiener that asks how often do you change your Start Screen background images and accent colors? Sir William finds himself tweaking the Start Screen a lot while the habits range from daily changes to weekly to "every once in a while".

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3 years ago

Outlook's new advanced rules let you get hyper-specific

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Outlook's new advanced rules let you get hyper-specific

Outlook.com is an incredibly popular email service from Microsoft, taking over Hotmail back in 2012. Today, the team have announced new features to help keep your inbox clean and organized to ensure you can easily find emails without having to go through countless messages. These features will compliment functionality already in place, such as Sweep and general rules.

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3 years ago

Microsoft overhauls Windows 8.1 Store, makes finding things easier (and handsomer)

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Microsoft overhauls Windows 8.1 Store, makes finding things easier (and handsomer)

This morning, Microsoft is pushing out another serious update for Windows 8.1 consumers that will greatly improve the Store experience. Although the Store was redone for 8.1, there were still many refinements needed that were missed with the spring update a few weeks back.

The updates concentrate on usability, mouse and keyboard users and bring some parity with Windows Phone, greatly improving the experience of finding new apps and games.

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3 years ago

Have a Lumia Icon with 8.1 Preview? Hold off on that Treasure Tag purchase until Cyan

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Have a Lumia Icon with 8.1 Preview? Hold off on that Treasure Tag purchase until Cyan

File this under ‘beware early adopters’, but in case you haven’t heard, Verizon has started selling the $29.99 Nokia Treasure Tag accessory. Pairing via NFC and Bluetooth, the little gizmo allows you to track via HERE Maps whatever possession you attach it to, making it perfect for your keys or new baby (I jest).

Unfortunately, if you buy one today – like I did – then you’ll find yourself with a useless purchase if you’re on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. That’s because it says you need Lumia Cyan for it to work. As a reminder, Lumia Cyan is the forthcoming firmware update that will roll out with Windows Phone 8.1 in the coming weeks and months.

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3 years ago

This is where Microsoft Specialty Stores are opening this week in the US

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This is where Microsoft Specialty Stores are opening this week in the US

Microsoft is continuing to open up more special stores in the US. We've been sent in some photos from a reader who attended today's opening of the Microsoft Specialty Store in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington was joined by three other malls in the US where similar stores opened up, kicking off this week's batch.

We previously looked at the company's plans to roll out this month's eleven stores, with four already open. Think of this article as a friendly reminder that you can head on down to enjoy some cool deals.

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3 years ago

CoPilot GPS simplifies your life with CommuteMe and voice commands for Windows Phone 8

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CoPilot GPS simplifies your life with CommuteMe and voice commands for Windows Phone 8

GPS navigation apps are like Twitter apps: we all have our favorite for various reasons, and one of the more popular ones out there is CoPilot from ALK Technologies. Version 9.6 has gone live in the Store today, and it brings along with it quite a few new features, including a commuter function and some voice-commands.

We managed to get our hands on the full changelog, so let's see what's new!

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3 years ago

Vector 40: The future of screen size and display density

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Vector 40: The future of screen size and display density

Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis show tackling the biggest stories and issues in tech. On this week's episode Marc Edwards of Bjango talks to Rene about screen sizes and display densities, the different implementations choices made by the different platforms, the road to 1080p and @2x, the advent of 2K, the possibility of @4x, and the question — how big and dense to phones really need to get? Subscribe and listen along!

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3 years ago

Xbox One without Kinect for $399 in June, Netflix and HBO Go to be decoupled from Gold accounts

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Xbox One without Kinect for $399 in June, Netflix and HBO Go to be decoupled from Gold accounts

Microsoft has just announced that a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will go on sale for $399 starting in June. What's more, Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live Gold will no longer be required for any entertainment apps, including Twitch, YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu. Users will still also be able to watch live TV and use OneGuide as well as Skype and OneDrive.

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