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It looks like Microsoft may be turning to Miracast to allow Windows Phone users to share and beam their phone's screens to a nearby HDTV. Miracast may bring to Windows Phone some of the screen casting and sharing functionality that rivals Apple and Google offer through their "TV" experiences, and it looks like Microsoft may be working on its own dongle to allow the connectivity to happen.

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A new project being undertaken at Microsoft Research involves turning first person videos into smooth timelapses, which Microsoft calls hyperlapses. Normally, when a first person video is sped up into a timelapse, the footage is shaky due to the constant movement. Microsoft's project aims to fix that by running the video through its algorithms to create a smoother camera path.

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Bing, Microsoft's search engine, has made it easier and better to search for technical information like code and application programming interface (API) references. Basically, they're unburying it and making the details more glance-able, so you'll have a greater chance of figuring out whether a particular search result is relevant to you before you waste your precious time clicking on it. Bing has also improved non-alphanumeric character support, and even pulled out the most important information about file downloads — like price, reviews, and safety warnings.

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Microsoft is rumored to finally open a retail store in New York City. Believe it or not, there isn't a bonafide Microsoft Store in New York City. You do have a specialty Microsoft Store, but those are smaller and don't have as large a selection as typical Microsoft Store locations. A new rumor has a Microsoft Store set to open on Fifth Avenue – near Apple's glass cube store.

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If you're getting an error trying to update to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, fret not as Microsoft is looking into the matter, which could be an issue of low memory. Windows Phone head honcho Joe Belfiore stated in a series of tweets that the company is investigating the matter and is hoping to resolve any issues shortly.

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After having struck a deal with Microsoft to license patents that Android may have violated from Windows Phone, it looks like Samsung may not be holding its end of the bargain, resulting in the wrath of Microsoft. In a blog post, the Windows Phone OS-maker has announced that it will sue Samsung for not paying royalties for using patents that Microsoft owns in its Android-based Galaxy phones and tablets.

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