Hands on with the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update (video)

The Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is coming soon and is packing a few noteworthy changes that Mobile users should know about!

Microsoft tells us what to expect in the new Music and Video Preview apps for Windows 10

Earlier today, we reported that the new Music and Video Preview apps for Windows 10 were ready to download. Replacing the existing apps, these new versions strongly resemble the old ones but they are re-written to be universal Windows apps for Phone, Xbox, and PC.

Microsoft has now blogged about the release, remarking on the current status of the apps, what to look for, and what to expect in the coming updates.

Xbox Video for Windows Phone updated, SmartGlass Beta switches up layout

What the what? How many big updates can we get in one day? Let’s recap today, which will go down in history as one of the most updated days of all time for Windows Phone. Spotify got the ball rolling by picking up a major update with a new design. Beats Music followed with some insane optimizations. Readit went hard and gained more features than we could list. Path hit version 2.0 and introduced Path Shops and Xbox Games picked up a quick update. Pretty busy day right? Not be left out of the fun, Xbox Video and Xbox One SmartGlass Beta picked up Windows Phone updates too. Let’s see what’s new.

VLC for Windows 8 is now available in the Windows Store

Not everyone are fans of the native Windows 8 Music and Video apps, but for those who are looking to find an alternative solution – you will not have to wait any longer. Back in November of 2012, VLC announced a Kickstarter campaign to launch the software on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. As of today, the application has passed certification and is now published in the Windows 8 Store for x86 and x64 based machines.

RT and Windows Phone versions will still have to wait, though they are planned.

Windows 8 app update roundup: Music, Video, and Evernote receive new features and performance tweaks

If you enjoy writing down notes while listening to music and watching a movie at the same time, then you are in luck because Music, Video, and Evernote for Windows 8 have received updates. Microsoft’s Music and Video applications serve as the gateway to Xbox entertainment, while Evernote provides a Class A experience for organizing various types of data.

First look at Cortana in action on Windows Phone 8.1 (Video)

Microsoft’s is introducing Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Out of all the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 it’s the one we’re most excited about. As you probably know, Cortana is the forthcoming intelligent personal assistant that will debut in Windows Phone 8.1, but probably seep into other Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Xbox One. We’ve seen screenshots of the UI before, but the video below is the first time the public is seeing it for the first time.

Microsoft shoots their own "selfie" and revisits their accomplishments of 2013

You and your Nokia Lumia aren't the only two buddies who can put together an awesome selfie. Microsoft has decided to assemble what they are calling "A Video Selfie" of some of their greatest achievements during 2013. You can checkout the video and more details below, after the break. 

euronews for Windows Phone 8 now available, the most-watched news channel in Europe

euronews claims to be the most-watched news channel in Europe. They cover world news and broadcasts in various languages 24 hours a day. Their official app has been available on Android and iOS, but Windows Phone users are no longer left out. The official app has just been released at the Windows Phone Store.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.

Lumia 2520's superior outdoor readability featured with heartwarming story in Nokia's latest video

If you didn’t like the dramatic Nokia Lumia 2520 video, maybe this one is better. It shows off the excellent outdoor readability of the Lumia 2520 with a nice animated story that almost makes us cry. Nokia tells us they worked with Blue Zoo, a BAFTA award winning animation studio based in central London. Watch the video after the break.

Kirik Settings - quickly access Windows Phone settings from anywhere via volume controls

On Android and iOS devices, there are shortcuts to settings from any app or screen. Swipe down on Android or swipe up on iOS. Windows Phone doesn’t have those options yet, but an app that has just been released provides a clever workaround.

The Kirik Settings application brings quick access to your settings like Wi-Fi, cellular data, location, rotation lock, Bluetooth and more from anywhere via your volume controls. Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.

Watch live news or read the latest stories from the Sky News app on Windows Phone

Sky News is a dedicated 24-hour, multi-media news channel based in Britain. They have an app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. There have been over 8 million downloads of their app to mobile devices. You can read and watch videos on the latest stories from their newsroom. Their app covers UK and World News, Politics, Showbiz, Sports, Business, and even the Strange.

Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough for the Sky News app on Windows Phone.

Picnic Rumble launches on Windows Phone 8 - smack stuff with picnic baskets (Update)

We love games with great soundtrack and cool graphics. Picnic Rumble from Tree Men Games has both of those features. You control four strange characters and help them find a perfect picnic spot in a surreal world filled with food. It’s really fun and we think you should check it out.

Head past the break to watch some gameplay footage with the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Hands on with the Rail Rush Christmas update

We are having a hard time putting our phones down after the latest version of Rail Rush became available this morning. It’s another endless-runner game, but we like that the latest update gets you in the Holiday mood.

We put it in front of our camera to show you how it looks on our Nokia Lumia 1520. Head past the break to watch the video.

Learn on the Go - take free online courses with this unofficial app for Windows Phone 8

Heard of Coursera? It’s an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. They have over 5 million students from 190 countries taking free online courses in Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and more. Feel like taking a free class or two? There’s an unofficial Coursera app for Windows Phone 8 called Learn on the Go.

You can watch lecture videos and read course notes from your phone. Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.

Microsoft isn’t just attacking Apple – puts down the Galaxy Tab in latest commercial

We have seen a lot of anti-Apple iPad commercials coming out of Microsoft lately; they have been touting the Surface’s ability to manage devices via a built in full USB port and the ability to project to larger displays using the device’s HD video out port. Microsoft also attacks the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s inability to use multiple accounts.

Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video

Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

New video shows off the Nokia Lumia 1320 in 360 degrees

Nokia has released a new promo video for the Nokia Lumia 1320 on their Youtube channel. The video shows off the device with 360-degree views. The big 6-inch display is definitely the highlight. As we go around the device, we see glimpses of Storyteller, camera roll, and Temple Run. We're also liking the background music!

Head past the break to watch the new video.

Reddit Pix - kill time with this simple media browser for Reddit

Looking for an app to pass time? Check out Reddit Pix for Windows Phone 8. It’s a simple media browser for Reddit. Use it to quickly browse images and videos. Reddit Pix is not a replacement for Reddit clients like Readit, and Baconit. There’s no commenting or voting.

Head past the break to watch our video walkthrough.

Microsoft launches web version of Xbox Video prior to Windows Phone app release

Microsoft has released the web version of its Xbox Video service, enabling consumers to enjoy TV shows and movies, much like what's already available on Windows 8.1. We've previously looked at the company planning to unleash an app for Windows Phone, but this remains on the horizon for now.

New Lumia 1020 ad shows off 'better camera', boasts Lumia 2520 $199 AT&T offer

Microsoft just released a new 30-second ad featuring the Nokia Lumia 1020. “Honestly, I wanted a phone with a better camera,” the actress says in the video. Using the 41-megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020, she explains she can zoom way in to her boyfriend even after she takes the picture.

What’s great about this ad is that it shows off a couple of great features. The video displays the advanced controls on Nokia Camera. The actress changes the exposure value on the camera to -1.3 and viewers can see the preview of the image changing brightness as she drags the slider.