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Xbox One to finally hit Japan this September

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Xbox One to finally hit Japan this September

Japan and Microsoft do not get along when it comes to the Xbox video game console. That said, the company is looking to release its next-gen video game console later this year. September 4th has been marked in calendars and should you reside in the region, it won't be long until you'll be bale to pick an Xbox One up.

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1 hour ago

Microsoft publishes Remote Desktop Preview for Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows Phone Remote Desktop app on the Windows Phone Store. Should you be rocking the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, you'll be able to take part in this beta program too. The app enables users to connect to remote computers and enjoy the full Windows experience through the small screen, regardless as to where they may be currently located.

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8 hours ago

How to prevent others from seeing your Notification center when your phone is locked

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Personally I've been loving the new Notification center in Windows Phone 8.1. The other day I joked about the Windows Phone dark ages where I’d hear an alert on my phone and would have to search the various Live tiles on my Start screen for which app wanted my attention. Missing that initial toast notification meant you’d need to put in some work to find out what’s going on. The Notification center in Windows Phone 8.1 changes all that of course. Here’s a quick tip on how to prevent others from seeing your Notification center when your phone is locked. A lot of you have been asking, so here’s the solution.  

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10 hours ago

For Windows Phone, changelogs are hard on OSX, too

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The Windows Phone app for Mac OSX was updated this week to version 3.1.1. That's up from 3.1.0, for those of you keeping track at home. And normally we wouldn't bother with what's probably just a quick bugfix, but it's yet another chance to point out that changelogs matter. We can't tell what's new here, as the changelog is the same as we saw a couple weeks ago when the app was updated for Windows Phone 8.1.

Anyhoo. If you're on a Mac and need the full-on app, now's a good time to update.

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10 hours ago

AT&T posts $17.9 billion in revenue, adds 625,000 postpaid customers in Q1

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AT&T reported its first quarter 2014 results, showing impressive growth in revenues, handset sales and customer acquisition for the quarter. While AT&T operates businesses outside of its wireless division, we're going to focus on this portion. For the quarter, AT&T posted $17.9 billion in revenue including handset sales, up 7 percent year-over-year, leading to $5.1 billion in operating income, up 8.1 percent.

On the customer side, AT&T added 625,000 postpaid customers, its largest first quarter gain in five years. It also added 693,000 "connected devices," but saw prepaid customers dip overall in the quarter mostly due to the loss of over 200,000 reseller subscribers. Of those additions, 311,000 were for postpaid smartphones, while 313,000 were tablets.

Source: AT&T

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11 hours ago

Microsoft joins the Power Matters Alliance, the group behind the PMA wireless charging standard

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It’s pretty easy for most of us to rib on the Power Matters Alliance (PMA). They’re the group responsible for the PMA wireless charging, a competitor to the Qi wireless standard that so many of you Windows Phone users are very familiar with. However, many technology companies are PMA members. Organizations like Huawei, BlackBerry, LG, Samsung, Qualcomm, Sony, Toshiba, AT&T and Starbucks all hold PMA membership. Guess who else just joined the PMA today? Yup, Microsoft.

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13 hours ago

Windows Phone 8.1 Preview reportedly installed on over a million devices in one week

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Every month we look at numbers from AdDuplex, the cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps. Those numbers give us an overview of how the Windows Phone market has been doing the past month. It’s also an opportunity to potentially spot some new handsets before they come out.

Today we’re looking at the numbers for the month of April. Windows Phone 8.1 became available last week through the Preview for Developers program. Did it make it into the stats?

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14 hours ago

Dear developers: Please start using changelogs for Windows Phone 8.1 apps

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Changelogs. They’re the list of reasons why we want to update an app or game. It’s the simplest thing that some app creators often ignore. It’s baffling. Version 1.2 of your app is out? Great, umm, why do I care unless you tell me?

Granted, in Windows Phone 8.0, and earlier there was no real region for a proper list of changes, resulting in some developers creating pop-up screens detailing the fixes upon first launch, or a separate area under ‘About’ where they can detail their continuing hard work, or even jamming it under the app description in the Store. It wasn’t ideal, but people definitely appreciated the effort.

But developers, you no longer have such an excuse with Windows Phone 8.1. And we hope you notice.

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15 hours ago

Gold's Gym India release their own personal trainer app for Windows Phone

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Gold's Gym International, Inc. is an American chain of international fitness centers with more than 700 locations in 30 countries. The largest gym chain in the world, Gold’s Gym started operations in India in 2002.

Gold’s Gym India has introduced a personal training app for Windows Phone devices. The My Daily Fitness Guide app is their official app that aims to keep you fit and stay healthy serving as your personal trainer and nutritionist. The app helps you to get exercise and diet plans, log your gym workouts, and track your progress.

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15 hours ago

Microsoft said to be speeding up Windows release cycle

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We're hearing additional confirmation of rumors that Microsoft is speeding up their release cycle for Windows. Mary Jo Foley's sources say we may see Windows 8.1 update 2 as soon as August, which could include a new start menu, but probably not floating modern apps in desktop mode, which may take until Spring 2015 to arrive in Windows 9. We had heard Windows Phone update cycles would be sped up too, so it would be no surprise if Windows had things kicked up a notch too.

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15 hours ago

Two file managers you should download for Windows Phone 8.1

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Some of you were looking for file managers for Windows Phone 8.1, so a couple of developers have quickly delivered. These file managers let you access your Documents, Downloads, and other user folders. You can essentially read, copy, and move files.

The two apps that we’re looking at are Aerize Explorer and Pocket Explorer. They share similar features with a few differences. Both apps are currently works in progress but can already be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store.

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15 hours ago

'Another Case Solved' is a sweet mystery game for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Another Case Solved is a new puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 that has you playing detective to solve the mystery of a curious candy conspiracy. The story line has your city clamping down on candy cravings by outlawing the source. You will need to figure out what is behind the candy craze by gathering clues, interviewing witnesses and solve a series of mind-bending clues.

Another Case Solved has seen a decent amount of success over on iOS and based on tinkering with the game for a short period, it should be well received on the Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms as well.

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15 hours ago

Playing a game? Cortana won't bug you unless you really want her to

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There was nothing worse than accidentally exiting a game on a Windows Phone by hitting the search capacitive button. This turned gameplay into a terrible experience, especially if the game didn't pause and issues arose. It also made it difficult for players to hop back into the gaming seat and pick off where he (or she) left off. This has changed in Windows Phone 8.1.

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16 hours ago

Reuters app lands for Windows 8 — news, politics, and more at your fingertips

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Reuters has released a Windows app for desktop and tablet owners to keep tabs on the world's biggest news. All of the major news topics are covered, including technology, politics, and business. Rich video and imagery keeps things interesting, and sharing options helps you get the word out about important stories to your social circle.

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18 hours ago

Sharing is caring – How the Social Extensibility framework for Windows Phone 8.1 will make things better

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Windows Phone 8.1 has a lot going on under the hood, from unified app stores with Windows 8.1 to new tools for developers. One of those tools is dubbed the ‘Social Extensibility Framework’ and while an odd term, it will have vast consequences for Windows Phone users going forward.

In case you’re wondering, this is the ‘What happened to Facebook in Windows Phone 8.1?’ discussion. While some of you have lamented the changes, no doubt due in part to habit, in the long run this improved architecture alteration will give companies a more consistent and unified approach to Windows Phone.

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