ICYMI: August 2, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It.

Windows Phone

  • Microsoft reveals Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1, due next week for Preview users [Coverage]
  • Microsoft announces Cortana for China, UK with 'alpha' status for India, Australia, and Canada [Coverage]
  • Should you get the Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 Update? We tell you. [Coverage]
  • IE11 renders websites better with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 [Coverage]
  • Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 update hits AT&T's Lumia 520 and 925 [Coverage]
  • Here is how to discover what region your 'CV' Lumia is for the Cyan update [Coverage]
  • Unlocked Nokia Lumia 1520.3 available from Newegg for $494 [Coverage]

Microsoft + Windows

Surface Pro 3

  • Microsoft retail stores now stocking i3 and i7 variants of the Surface Pro 3 [Coverage]
  • Smaller Windows 8.1 Update 2 reportedly on track for August 12 [Coverage]
  • Surface Pro 3 tested and highly praised for its 12-inch display [Coverage]
  • Microsoft sues Samsung for violating Android licensing agreement [Coverage]
  • Employees in China protest Microsoft's massive layoffs [Coverage]



  • Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 is here [Coverage / Download]
  • Readit gains 1080p support and more for Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • Fix your face with Facetune for Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • Microsoft delivers a massive and gorgeous update to Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 [Coverage / Download]
  • PayPal 4.0 for Windows Phone brings fresh new UI and keeps up with other platforms [Coverage / Download]
  • Wakie Windows Phone app lets users 'wake up' with a new person every day [Coverage / Download]
  • Atmosphere Weather hits 1.3 milestone today with updated design, new themes and more [Coverage / Download]
  • BBM beta for Windows Phone begins its public roll out [Coverage / Download]
  • Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone adds video sharing in new update [Coverage / Download]


  • Shoggoth Rising looks absolutely insane, from iOS and Android to universal app on Windows and Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • Kitty in the Box slides into Windows Phone immediately after iOS launch [Coverage / Download]
  • Subway Surfers heads to Hollywood in latest update to the endless runner [Coverage / Download]
  • Awesome car-chasing game Pako adds premium version with 3 new levels [Coverage / Download]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy game for Windows 8 and Windows Phone on sale [Coverage / Download]



  • EA Access for Xbox One will charge $4.99 a month to play four full games [Coverage]
  • Two free games each for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in August via Games With Gold [Coverage]
  • New Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer gives us more Kevin Spacey [Coverage]
  • Xbox One to make its Chinese debut on September 23, priced at 3,699 RMB [Coverage]
  • Microsoft still developing Deadlands as original Xbox TV series [Coverage]
  • Titanfall Frontier's Edge DLC now available for $9.99 on Xbox One [Coverage]
  • P90X will get Xbox One owners ripped with new Xbox Fitness edition [Coverage]



  • Weekly photo contest: Sunrise [Coverage]
  • 3 reasons you should get your kid a Windows Phone [Coverage]
  • How to take better photos using framing grids in Nokia Camera [Coverage]
  • The Best of everything Windows Phone [Coverage]
  • Review: Nokia MD-12 Portable Bluetooth Speaker [Coverage]

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