ICYMI: August 9, 2014

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

Cortana Car Kit

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 rolling out to Developer Preview users [Coverage]
  • These are the first photos of the Lumia 730 and new 'Debian Red' firmware [Coverage]
  • New Nokia 'Lumia 730' to include 1 GB of RAM, Quad-core processor and dual-SIM [Coverage]
  • Microsoft's OEM Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 site now lists full OS changes [Coverage]
  • Here is how to use Cortana in your car with Bluetooth [Coverage]
  • You can now use Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 even when the phone is locked [Coverage]
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators now available for developers [Coverage]
  • Check out the new Live Tile for the Windows Phone Store [Coverage]
  • Microsoft found an 'issue' with the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Preview for HTC devices, working on a fix [Coverage]
  • Chinese Cortana has 24 personae, US version gets 6 new animations [Coverage]
  • AT&T's super green Lumia 1520 finally gets official [Coverage]
  • There are now over 300,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store [Coverage]

Microsoft + Windows

Surface Pro 3

  • Windows 8.1 to get a few new features in August 12 update [Coverage]
  • New Windows 'Threshold' rumor claims virtual desktop support is being tested [Coverage]
  • Surface Pro 3 headed to 25 new markets from August 28 [Coverage]
  • Windows 'Threshold' could do away with Charms bar for desktop users [Coverage]
  • Microsoft Store allegedly coming to New York City next to Apple's glass cube [Coverage]
  • Microsoft goes back in time 20 years with recreation of its first website [Coverage]


Fantasy Premier League

  • Xbox Music update adds Recent Plays feature, Kid's Corner support and more! [Coverage / Download]
  • Wunderlist now available for Windows Phone as a public beta [Coverage / Download]
  • There is now an official Novell iPrint app for Windows Phone 8 [Coverage / Download]
  • Office Lens for Windows Phone updated with improved algorithm and more [Coverage / Download]
  • Newsly Reader is a beautiful and functional news reader for Windows Phone [Coverage / Download]
  • OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast [Coverage / Download]
  • Bing Sports updated with detailed game experiences and more [Coverage / Download]
  • Official Facebook app for Windows Phone updated with recent beta features [Coverage / Download]
  • Microsoft adds photo sharing and more to Skype for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 [Coverage / Download]
  • NFL Fantasy Football 2014 Windows Phone app is hopefully an improvement [Coverage / Download]
  • Fantasy Premier League 2014/15 Windows Phone app released [Coverage / Download]


Hungry Shark

  • Ubisoft's Hungry Shark Evolution comes to Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 8 [Coverage / Download]
  • Platformer game Hyper Cell launches on Windows Phone first, iOS and Android soon [Coverage / Download]
  • Tentacles: Enter the Mind for Windows 8.1 now available to download in some regions [Coverage / Download]
  • Ice Age Adventures game for Windows Phone puts players on a rescue quest [Coverage / Download]
  • The original Timberman is now available for Windows Phone too (Digital Melody) [Coverage / Download]
  • 250K Games - Timberman, a delightful game that will bring out your inner lumberjack [Coverage / Download]


Xbox One Console

  • Microsoft offers Xbox One with Madden NFL 15 for $399.99 [Coverage]
  • Destiny Ghost Edition sold out but priced well above normal on eBay [Coverage]
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner brings live TV service to European customers [Coverage]
  • Ubisoft brings Valiant Hearts and Tetris Ultimate to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this summer [Coverage]
  • Transformers, Sniper Elite III, and Valiant Hearts come to Xbox One and 360 this week [Coverage]


  • Weekend entertainment: Spoon, Wu-Tang Clan, The Strain and more! [Coverage]
  • Poll: How many apps do you have on your Windows Phone? [Coverage]
  • The best Wi-Fi routers you can buy right now [Coverage]
  • Weekly photo contest: Coffee [Coverage]

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