If you’re into some more minor updates this morning, we (and Nokia) have your back. The Extras + Info app has been updated, though if you’re interested in some new features, you’ll be hard pressed to find ‘em.
Are you picking up the Xbox One today with Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4? If you’re into first-person shooter games, then there’s an interesting accessory you might want to check out. It’s called HipShotDot, and we’ve got a demo to show you.
Head past the break to watch the video walkthrough with its creator, Tim Murphy.
Good news for those on Verizon and yearning for the official version of Update 3 aka GDR3. Verizon is now pushing out that update (3 for the OS, 1 for firmware) to all HTC 8X Windows Phones now, though of course you could manually force-check the update. We hear nearly 1 GB of spare storage may be needed to install the update, which should be done over Wi-Fi.
Update 3 brings a cluster of new features to Windows Phone, including Driving Mode, Bluetooth fixes, enabled Wi-Fi during device setup and of course, screen orientation lock. You can read the full changes in our Update 3 article to learn more.
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Bowling Games
Sports games for our Windows Phones can have great entertainment value. These games can help you pass short bits of time or handle the longer gaming sessions when you plenty of time to kill. Bowling games fit that bill and are are the subject of this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup.
Bowling may not appeal to everyone but they are simple games to pick up but challenging to master. You often have customizations to make the game reflect more of your personal tastes and just when you think you have game play down pat, you roll a gutter ball.
These Windows Phone games may not turn you into the Big Lebowski but they are entertaining, all are free and well worth the try. We will focus on four of the more popular bowling titles in the Windows Phone Store and if we've missed your favorite bowling game, let us know in the comments.
It's been fairly quiet in terms of updates to our own official app for Windows Phone in the last couple of months, other things tend to get in the way especially when the big focus is something for bigger screens. That said we have some good news today in that version 4.4 of our app has just gone live and is available for you to download to your Windows Phone 7 or 8 device right now from the marketplace.
You'll likely only notice a few of the changes straight away so as usual you can read all about them after the break, as well as an important announcement about our Windows Phone 7 support from here on in.
In what is probably the biggest non-secret of the night, Mint.com has officially launched…their public beta for Windows Phone. Sure it’s not the app-app for the public to go use and manage their finances with, but it’s a sure sign that it’s coming soon. And even though people are required to sign an NDA to enter the beta, some of you folks are so darn excited you’re sending in screenshots.
Truth be told, there’s not a whole lot to the app. In the images below you can sections for your accounts, budgets, transactions, location info and even push notifications. There’s even a swanky pass-code lock to keep people from prying into your biz, should you leave your phone unattended.
It’s Friday, and it looks like the hardworking folks at WhatsApp are busy churning out more updates. I mean, why do in one update what you can do in five? Tonight, the popular messenger app has been bumped to version 2.11.312.0 and yes, it does come with a changelog. That’s the second update this week.
Unfortunately, no new features are available but if you speak Arabic or Hebrew, start high-fiving your friends, because you just got a “fix for difficulties entering your verification code”. Bam! How awesome is that?
We are just a few hours away from the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone over at AT&T and some are receiving emails from AT&T and the Microsoft Store they would rather not read.
Citing overwhelming demand both AT&T and Microsoft's online store dispatched emails and text messages to customers alerting them that their Nokia Lumia 1520 would not be arriving as first planned.
If you’re one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of people out there who signed up for the Mint.com beta test for Windows Phone, you should check your email. Invites just went out and looking at the sheer number of ‘tips’ we received, a lot of you are anxious to get started.
Of course, the email sent merely states that they will add you when they have room, and that’s only after you agreed to a lengthy NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Or so we’re told, we would never break an NDA with Mint.com, which we’ve heard is some sort of financial service.
Running Office 365 as an IT administrator? Then you’re definitely going to want to get the new Office 365 Admin app for Windows Phone 8. Office 365 Admin gives you power over your organizations service status while you’re out and about. Let’s check out what else you can do with Office 365 Admin for Windows Phone after the break.
Down for everyone or just me? That’s basically the conversation Daniel and I just had. We’re having difficulty getting some of Microsoft’s online services to work. Head to the Xbox’s website or some other sites and you might be met with a DNS failure message. What’s up?
Yes we're back for another jam packed WPCentral podcast. This week it's exactly 1 sleep until the Xbox One, Lumia 2520 and Lumia 1520 - can we contain our excitement? We'll be starting at around 16:00 EST/20:00 GMT so join in the chat below and you'll see the video here once we're live!
We love updates for our apps, especially when they bring new features to the table. Twitter for Windows Phone just received an update that does in fact bring a few new features. Let’s check out what’s new in the latest version of Twitter.
The Nokia Lumia 520 can make a strong contender for Windows Phone of the year when we look back at 2013. The device is responsible for massively increasing the number of Windows Phone devices out there roaming the streets. We’ve seen rumors of its successor, the Lumia 525, coming soon, but the Lumia 520 is still an excellent smartphone for a number of users. Want one? Pick it up next week from Tiger Direct for a song as part of their Black Friday deals.
Comparing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One side by side makes Microsoft’s unit look a bit… chunky. But Microsoft has its reasoning for making its next generation system the size of a large concrete brick – ventilation. While Sony has decided to go for the sleek racing car style approach, Microsoft has longevity and stability on their list.
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Acacia Research Corp on Wednesday for breaking a contract to license various smartphone and mobile computing technologies. The litigation has been filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, but is currently under a seal. There are not a lot of details available, but this follows a number of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Acacia subsidiaries against Microsoft in October in Texas, Delaware and Illinois.
Microsoft wants to know where your hands are at all times, and has filed a patent to do so. A new patent filed by the Redmond based company depicts a device that is able to sense a person’s grip on the border of a tablet. The patent itself shows “Skin Sensors” embedded around the entire screen border and filed under what Microsoft is calling “Touch-Aware Skin”.
It's almost Black Friday in the US and the festive season of sales are commencing, but that hasn't prevented folk waiting eagerly for the weekly Red Stripe Deals from Microsoft. This week we have Farm Frenzy 2, Fuse, and Joining Hands 2. If you've been holding off on one of these titles or wish to bag a bargain, now's your chance.
Nokia is moving out of its current headquarters in Espoo, Finland when the sale of its Devices & Services unit to Microsoft gets finalized in the first quarter next year. Most of the people currently in the building are working on Devices & Services related activities. The 32,000 employees who aren’t transferring to Microsoft will relocate to Nokia’s own premises in Karaportti, Espoo, while others will set up in Otaniemi.
Huawei has officially announced the availability of Huawei Ascend W2, their new Windows Phone 8 device. The device will be available in Russia and Netherlands from November, and while the press release doesn’t specify availability for other countries like India, it should follow soon.
The Xbox One launch is going to be massive. Stores are struggling to keep up with pre-orders (I've personally had my own order put in "queue three" with my local GAME store), but fear not if you've yet to pre-order the console. UK supermarket chain, Tesco has some stock put to the side at its Extra stores that will go on a first come first serve basis.
Tomorrow's the big day (unless you reside in New Zealand and Australia). The Xbox One will be launching in multiple markets on November 22nd and it's not farfetched to assume everyone's real excited to get their hands on the next-gen console.
The only issue is that the launch day is a Friday, but what if you could have a Xbox One Doctor's Note to pull a sickie and get out of whatever is planned for you?