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.
As Microsoft and the Cortana team continue to refine the powerful AI and assistant, more features are slowly popping up online. A new one noticed by numerous people in our audience is definitions, powered by Oxford Dictionaries.
Load up Cortana and directly ask her 'What does _____ mean?' alternatively, 'What is the meaning of ____?' and the personal assistant from 500 years in the future pulls up a nice little card, complete with the word category and multiple definitions while exclaiming "I've found the meaning of…".
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Photography Apps
While it may be a coin toss as to which genre of apps, weather or photo, are more numerous in the Windows Phone Store there is little doubt that we are fortunate to have plenty of quality choices with both.
I have got several photography apps installed on my Windows Phone and this week's roundup is going to focus on some of my favorite photo editors. These are photo apps that I have found helpful for quick fixes of photos as well as apps that can add a creative flair to images.
Now before you pass out the pitch forks and torches, there are plenty of photo apps out there that are solid Windows Phone apps such as Fhotoroom, Nokia's Creative Studio, , ProShot, Phototastic and even Fantasia Painter. While these are all quality apps, the apps in this week's roundup are ones that I currently find myself using with regularity.
Originally set to launch next week, the launch of the Xbox One in China has been pushed back to the end of the year. Microsoft has stated that customers who have pre-ordered the console in the country will be among the first to receive it once it launches in the country, along with "an added bonus."
Earlier on Friday, popular third-party Instagram app, 6tag, stopped working. Don't worry, because a fix has just been released. Just make sure to get the latest version of 6tag from the Windows Phone Store. Superstar developer, Rudy Huyn, said Instagram has changed some value format in the backend, which caused the errors. He was quick to fix the problem, so go update the app and continue uploading those selfies!
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Update Microsoft has just announced on their forums that this particular issue has now been fixed
Original story In the Xbox One system preview program? You're going to want to decline any system updates you're asked to download in the near future. Microsoft has identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles in the public preview to factory reset after downloading.
There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
Phil Spencer, the current leader of Microsoft's Xbox division, has promised to a fan on Twitter that Minecraft will indeed be ported to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, a few days after Microsoft confirmed it will acquire the Minecraft franchise and its development team at Mojang for $2.5 billion before the end of the year.
Tonight OneDrive is upping it's free cloud storage to 30 GB. Microsoft is doing this to help all those folks with new iPhones needing more storage, but it applies to anyone with a OneDrive account. That means you with your Windows Phone or those using OneDrive on Android also get 30 GB as the base storage.
If you haven't heard by now, the iPhone 6 Plus came out today along with the iPhone 6. Windows Phone fans are probably wondering how Apple's new phablet compares with Nokia's own phablet, the Lumia 1520. We'll have an overall comparison ready for next week, but first let's compare their size.
We've placed both the Lumia 1520 and the iPhone 6 in front of our cameras. Make sure to watch our video.
It's Friday, so we should have some fun. What's more fun than talking about your favorite Windows Phone game with Xbox? Earlier this week Microsoft released Age of Empires: Castle Siege for Windows Phone (and Windows 8.1). It's an awesome new game that plays similar to mobile games Clash of Clans and Cloud Raiders. Unlike those two games, you can directly control your troops during attacks AND you get Xbox Live integration.
The most recent update to the evolving Skype client for Windows Phone brought location sharing, a useful feature if you use Skype for frequent peer to peer messaging.
Users can just tap the '+' sign and instead of sharing a photo, they can choose their position, creating a little map and a hyperlinked address within the chat. Tapping that address brings up a full-screen map and you can then use the up arrow icon near the top to send to the Windows Phone mapping system to get directions to the location.
Nextgen Reader is a popular RSS client on Windows Phone. It's also just been updated! Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find version 6.1.918.0 sitting there. Today's update is notable for introducing some new design improvements.
Turkish Airlines is the world's fourth-largest carrier in the world by number of destinations and the national flag carrier airline of Turkey. They're huge company and they've finally launched a new app for Windows Phone. The official Turkish Airlines app is available for free in the Windows Phone Store and allows you to buy tickets, check flight status and much more.
There's even more signs that Microsoft could be slowly leaving the "Phone" part of "Windows Phone" behind, at least in terms of marketing and promotion, in the form of two new TV commercials that show both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps being used but with an overall "Windows" app theme.
Been eyeing a Surface Pro 3? Then you might want to check out this deal on eBay where you can buy a Surface Pro 3 (i5/4GB RAM) and get a free Type Cover. A purchase you'd normally have to make when buying a Surface Pro 3 if you plan on being productive.
Popular third-party YouTube app Metrotube has just received an update on Windows Phone. Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find version 184.108.40.206 live and ready for you to download. Today's update is notable for a redesign of the video page redesign.
It's been several months since the launch of the Windows Phone version of RoboForm, an excellent password management app. This week, the app got a new and big update that adds a password generator to the mix, along with other new features.
If there were any doubt of Samsung's commitment, even if it is half-hearted, users can now put their worries aside as the Korean company has a new app on the store dubbed ATIV Clock. Ironically, it is only for Windows Phone 8.1, as the new OS gives developers the ability to update the Live Tile in real-time.
Microsoft's second wave of layoffs on Thursday that affected 2,100 employees hit two of the company's divisions. One is the Silicon Valley office of Microsoft Research while the other will cause the Trustworthy Computing division to be reorganized.