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1 week ago

What are our favorite Windows Phone 8.1 features?

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Enjoying the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers? We're sure you all are. We can see there are numerous discussions underway as to what are your favorite Windows Phone 8.1 features. Whether you're a Cortana fan or simply worship Joe Belfiore for adding in the Notification Center (better late than never), there's a lot in this preview release.

In this roundup, we'll be running you through some of our favorites, just in case you're wanting to know what the Windows Phone Central team likes most on their smartphones. Head past the break to see our favorites.

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1 week ago

Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1 receiving first update next week; here are the changes

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We've previously looked at how bad Xbox Music is on Windows Phone 8.1 (in the Preview for Developers, anyway), but the experience has never been flawless on Windows Phone. Microsoft evidently knows this as the company is looking to roll out an update next week (April 22nd), which will kick off bi-weekly releases for the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview client.

This is superb news for Xbox Music Pass holders who wish to have a decent experience on the phone.

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1 week ago

Shortcut to Bing Vision makes it easier to scan QR codes again in Windows Phone 8.1

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While the vast majority of changes to Windows Phone 8.1 have been a welcome gust of fresh air to our phones, there are some things that take getting used to. The fact that Cortana doesn’t have Bing Vision may be chalked up to it being in ‘beta’, although we hope Microsoft at some point brings the feature back to search. The Bing service is used by many people on this site for scanning our app QR codes at the end of articles, so not having it readily available is a turnoff.

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1 week ago

Re-installing apps and games with Windows Phone 8.1 is now easier, here's how

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The more we use Windows Phone 8.1 the more features we discover. Such as re-installing apps and games you’ve purchased in the past.

In the past there were basically two ways to re-install an app or game you had deleted from your Windows Phone. First, you could hunt down the app in the Store and re-install it. Second, you could pull up the Windows Phone Store’s website and go into your account to view your purchase history to find the app or game to re-install.

While those two options still exist, Windows Phone 8.1 now offers you a third option.

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1 week ago

Deal of the Day: Body Glove DropSuit Rugged Case for Nokia Lumia 928

For today only, purchase the Body Glove DropSuit Rugged Case for Nokia Lumia 928 and save 40% off the list price!

This Nokia Lumia 928 case is tough. Not just in a protection standpoint, either. We're talking looks, too. It has reinforced corners with a custom shock dissipation system that absorbs nasty impacts. While the screen is left unprotected, the case's edges elevate your display so it doesn't rub against surfaces while faced down.

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1 week ago

How to use the Windows Phone 8.1 camera burst mode

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1 week ago

Nokia suspends European sales of Lumia 2520 due to charger shock risk

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Nokia is temporarily halting sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in several countries due to a risk of electric shock when using the chargers. An issue with the plastic exchangeable plug could cause the plug to come loose and separate on the European and U.K. version of the Lumia's AC-300 charger, which poses a risk of electric shock. Nokia notes that there haven't been any confirmed instances of shocks delivered by a faulty charger, but they're still urging consumers to stop using those chargers until Nokia is able to send a replacement.

In addition to the AC-300 wall charger, the travel charger for the Lumia 2520 that has been sold in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, U.K. and the United States. Sales of the Lumia 2520 have been suspended in all of these countries except the U.S., though sales of the travel charger have been halted. Nokia states that there haven't been any incidents due to the flaws in the chargers, and that only the AC-300, which works exclusively with the Lumia 2520, and the travel charger, have these issues, and that all other Nokia chargers are working normally.

Customers who own the affected Lumia 2520 charger are encouraged to send Nokia their contact details for further updates on progress of issuing replacement chargers with a reduced risk of shocking you.

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1 week ago

Shoot Em All, an urban combat game for Windows Phone

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Shoot Em All is an arcade styled game for Windows Phone where you have to rescue your partner from the bad guys. The game is basically a sniper game that plays like a Hogan’s Alley game, except the targets shoot back.

You are tasked with seeking out the bad guys as they come out of hiding and take them out before they lock on to your position and ruin your day. Shoot Em All has a slight retro arcade feel to it, decent graphics and the need for a quick and steady aim.

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1 week ago

Win the chance to join the aquanauts from Mission 31 with Nokia

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Fabien Cousteau is both the grandson to legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and an aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer. He has partnered with Nokia to live and work underwater for a total of 31 days to break a world record and honor the 50th anniversary of Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Conshelf II expedition.

What's different about the two missions is this time around Nokia Lumia Windows Phones will allow the public to follow the team. Not only that, but you have a chance of spending some valuable hours with the aquanauts during their 31 day mission.

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1 week ago

Some Nokia Lumia Icon users report unresponsive power button after Windows Phone 8.1 update

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We know many of you are really happy about the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, but some people are experiencing issues with it. To be specific, some Nokia Lumia Icon users are seeing problems with the power button not waking up the device at certain times. We are also experiencing this problem on two of our own Lumia Icons. Are you?

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1 week ago

Dear Cortana, do you love me?

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Dear Cortana, do you love me?

Dear Cortana,

You’ve been sassy since we first met in 2001. I was only 13 then and you were busy controlling the defenses on the Pillar of Autumn as we emerged from slipspace near Installation 04. The Covenant was giving us a beat down after we barely escaped the glassing on the planet Reach. We’ve traveled the galaxy, saved it a few times and now you’re living in my pocket. Together we’ve spent the last few days getting reacquainted thanks to Windows Phone 8.1. You were sassy in 2001 and you’re still sassy today. I’ve put together a list of some of the questions I like to ask to get those sassy answers from you I love.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's Susan Hendrich dishes on the development of Cortana

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We’ve been playing with Cortana for the past few weeks and it was just a few days ago that you all joined in on the fun with the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. You know what we think about Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1 because of our review. And the community seems to be responding positively to the feature as well. Now we get to meet the principal program manager lead at Microsoft who spearheaded Cortana’s personality thanks to a new blog posting at Microsoft’s JobsBlog.

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1 week ago

Do you like that Games are listed along with the Apps in Windows Phone 8.1?

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If you’ve installed Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, or read about the same, you would’ve observed an interesting change to the apps list.

On a Windows Phone device, swiping to the right on Start screen brings up the apps list arranged alphabetically. The games though, are listed in the Games app. That, however, has changed with Windows Phone 8.1, and the games also appear in the apps list.

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1 week ago

Here's how to make Windows 8.1 more like Windows 7 (in case you're weird like that)

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Let us be honest, what people really want when they ask for Windows 7 back is that it be done with the modern Windows 8 Start Screen and make their machine more mouse and keyboard friendly.

Windows 8 has placed a large amount of its reliance on touch based PCs that is the Microsoft future. If you do find yourself without a touch screen and are yearning for the days of Windows 7, then read on as we bring you as close to the experience as we can.

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1 week ago

Samsung ATIV SE for Verizon – Unboxing and tour of this sharp looking Windows Phone

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Over the weekend, Samsung and Verizon launched the new ATIV SE sporting Windows Phone 8.0 with Update 3. We sort of forgot about this phone, since the 8.1 news became the main focus for us. But we decided to pick one up and give you a full on tour of the device.

As I mention in the video (which turned out longer than I had anticipated), the ATIV SE is a really sharp and elegant device. Sure, Samsung tends to give Windows Phone the cold shoulder, but even when they seem to be not trying they make compelling devices. The ATIV SE is no different and so far I’m quite impressed with it.

Let’s take a closer look

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