With the rumored upcoming version of desktop Windows, Microsoft is said to be introducing some major visual changes. One of those changes has been rumored for some time, and that's a new Start menu. However, the second rumor is news to us, and we're beginning to hear that Microsoft may be extending its Cortana digital assistant to the taskbar in new next iteration of Windows, codenamed Threshold.
Microsoft was a little humble today as it agreed with recent statements from the research firm Gartner that the Windows platform as a whole can only claim to be installed on a small percentage of the total worldwide device market, which include PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Yesterday, @evleaks noted that the Nokia Lumia 1020 with its 41 MP camera is reaching 'end of life' status on September 14, effectively ending the renown camera-phone's run. However, we inquired with some of our sources and learned October 15 as the date Microsoft and their Stores are using for sending back and ending sales of the Lumia 1020. One-month difference though does not change the fact that the Lumia 1020 is indeed reaching its finish.
We're always glad to see developers bringing over their games from other platforms to Windows Phone. Here's yet another one. Cut and Hack is an abstract hacking simulator. Combined with a storyline of being a hacker, the main objective is to rush and slice all the geometry shapes with perfectly drawn lines. It looks great. Head past the break to see some gameplay with our Nokia Lumia Icon.
Microsoft's chief operating officer Kevin Turner told the audience today at the company's 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference that the next version of Windows will have 'game changing' features for enterprise users, but did not offer any specific details.
File this one under obvious, but as Microsoft continues to rebrand previous Nokia app releases for their Lumia line, the Nokia Camera app is most likely up next. Nokia Camera is perhaps the most high profile app for Nokia as it encompasses all of their photography might on Windows Phone, offering unique manual controls to mobile shutterbugs.
The apparent replacement name for Nokia Camera is of course Lumia Camera, a trend we saw kick off with the Lumia Help + Tips app. Evidence for the change is found under the app settings in the latest Nokia Camera release from this morning. Below the default settings, reference to 'Lumia Camera' instead of Nokia Camera, is found, giving substantial credence to the expected change.
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Microsoft has updated its Nokia Camera app to bring the photography solution up to speed with the beta counterpart. Since it was previously updated (to version 184.108.40.206), the Nokia Camera Beta has received a bunch of bug fixes and improvements to further enhance the user experience. These have now made their way to the live release for version 220.127.116.11.
Edmodo is a popular online resource for teachers and students to connect and collaborate. The service didn't have official offerings on Windows or Windows Phone, leaving those with Microsoft-based hardware in the dark, but now the company has released an app for tablets and PCs. It's worth noting before we begin that this is a Windows 8 release (no Windows Phone just yet) and is a wrapped web experience matched with Windows 8.1 features - also known as hybrid apps.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is well underway in cinemas, but Windows Phone owners are now able to transform the real world into the fantasy realm they know and love from the films. DreamWorks Dragons Adventure is a new game that really lets the player immerse themselves in a world with dragons and there are some neat graphics and animations to boot. Previously available for the Lumia 2520, it's now out for Lumia Windows Phone owners.
TicketGoose.com is a popular service which allows users to book bus tickets in India. The Bangalore-based company offers a wide range of bus operators for bookings.
Last week, the company launched their official app for Windows Phone that offers a simple and easy way of booking bus tickets from 700-odd top bus operators to more than 3,000 destinations, with 20,000+ trips every day.
Naukri.com is a popular destination in India for those who are searching for work. The service enables job seekers to get all the help they require to land employment and start earning a living. An official app for Windows Phone has been released, pulling search functionality from the website down to the mobile device. Looking for ways to browse latest postings while on the move? This app is well worth checking out.
It's better late than never. Another puzzle game from iOS and Android has just made its way to Windows Phone. Huebrix by Yellow Monkey Studios is a color puzzle game about filling spaces on a grid with paths of blocks. It has over 1.6 million downloads on other platforms, and now it's ready for Windows Phone users.
Head past the break to watch our gameplay video with the Nokia Lumia Icon.
Earlier today, we asked if you thought Windows Phone digital assistant Cortana would accurately predict the final game of the World Cup with Germany playing against Argentina, and as it turns out Cortana's prediction was correct with a German win. "Thanks to Bing, Cortana has accurately predicted the winner in 15 out of 16 games of those popular soccer matches (a perfect bracket in the knockout rounds)," Microsoft said.
Have a Lumia handset that is bricked or not turning on? You could it send it back for repair. Or you could take the DIY approach and try fixing it yourself using the Nokia Recovery Software Tool. It's a desktop application that is aimed at getting your ailing Lumia back up and running. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use the software.
Hey. Did you know there's a major sporting event happening right now!? It's the 2014 World Cup final with Germany and Argentina battling for the prize. Cortana has made some stellar predictions during the World Cup tournament, but she did get yesterday's game between Brazil and Netherlands wrong. She predicted that Brazil would prevail. However, the Netherlands took that game 3-0. Someone on Twitter said that Cortana's match prediction algorithm didn't account for a team giving up. Anyways. Is she going to be right today? Will Germany beat Argentina? Sound off below.
It looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 may soon be reaching "end-of-life" status. End-of-life generally refers to the point in time when a product is no longer manufactured or supported. For the 1020, that time looks to be September 14, according the Evleaks.
Etisalat is a carrier covering the UAE (United Arab Emirates) region and the company has already launched an official app for Windows Phone. With this app installed consumers on the network are able to check out services and account features. It's fairly simple to use and enables users to receive support, locate service centers and even hotspots to connect to.
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