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6 days ago

Do you want to enable Cortana outside the US? Here's how you do it

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Cortana is a super useful personal assistant now available for Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft released the Preview for Developers today and we're sure you're all eagerly wanting to test out the Halo AI on your smartphone.

But how does one manage to interact with Cortana when it's only available within the US, at least for the time being? After a few simple steps to alter your region and language settings, it's possible to get Cortana working outside the states. Read on past the break for all the details!

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6 days ago

How to find anything on your phone with Windows Phone 8.1

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Windows Phone 8.1 brings a wealth of new features and improvements to the table. Some of these changes are meant to bring Windows Phone more in-line with Windows 8. The more closely the two operating systems resemble each other, the easier it is for users to transition between phone, tablet, and PC. And of course, any such changes would qualify as improvements even if you’ve never touched a Windows 8 device. Microsoft is simply smart enough to pick and choose better implementations where they see them.

One such change comes with Windows Phone 8.1’s new and improved search feature. The Search button and Cortana app (US only) now searches not only the web for queries but also the user’s actual phone (much like Windows 8 and RT). This makes it easier than ever to find specific information and files on your phone. Even the actual web search results share a cleaner, slicker look as well. Head past the break to see how convenient searching can be on Windows Phone 8.1.

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6 days ago

Eight tips for Windows Phone 8.1 that you may not know about

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With Windows Phone 8.1 being released today to those participating the Preview for Developers program, there is a lot to chew on. I wrote about the OS in a 5,500 word review and overview, but there’s so much in there, I figured you folks needed some quick tips on features you may not have known about!

Head past the break to see our eight must-know tips for Windows Phone 8.1!

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6 days ago

Microsoft to host new Publish Windows developer days with awesome prizes

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Microsoft will be kicking off a new worldwide campaign for developers to help drive some new apps and games to its app stores. Next month, the company will host a number of day events for content creators to pop along and receive some advice and support from experts.

Attending the days, developers will enjoy free consulting time with a Microsoft engineer who will provide guidance on a number of Windows development related topics – perfect if you're eyeing up the Windows and Windows Phone ecosystems for your next deployment.

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6 days ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 521

For today only, purchase the Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 521 and save 50% off the list price!

This Lumia 521 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while providing you with a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

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After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every year.

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6 days ago

Here's how to do a screenshot in Windows Phone 8.1

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One of the many welcomed features with Windows Phone 8 was the ability to capture a screenshot from your Windows Phone. For those of us who write about Windows Phones it was a fantastic feature to allow us to better illustrate what we write about.

For the average consumer, having the ability to capture a screenshot can come in handy in the same manner. You can share a screen capture of your high score, a glitch in the programming or for those times you just want to share screens that appear on your Windows Phone.

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6 days ago

Upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? Join the conversation on our forums!

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With the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers today, Microsoft has refreshed its mobile operating system with a plethora of new features and functionality. We're seriously excited to get started with the update and we know you all are too. To help you all out, should you have any questions or simply wish to scream out, we have Windows Phone 8.1 forums set up and ready to go.

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6 days ago

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now

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Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now

This morning, Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 was unleashed to the US through the Preview for Developers program. Microsoft’s new personal voice assistant is taking aim against Apple’s Siri on the iPhone and Android’s Google Now.

But how well does Microsoft do out the gate? Will Cortana’s beta status hold her back?

We pitted Cortana against an iPhone 5S and a Motorola Moto X to see just how good (or bad) the new flagship Windows Phone feature compares. Head past the break to catch the video!

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6 days ago

Windows Phone 8.1 Review

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Windows Phone 8.1 Review

Our comprehensive overview and review of Windows Phone 8.1

After eighteen months of being, Windows Phone 8 is getting its first major OS update from Microsoft. While Windows Phone 8.0 has had three minor updates between late 2012 and 2013, it is Windows Phone 8.1 that will finally bring a small avalanche of new features and improvements to users. The update is free and expected to arrive for all current Windows Phone 8 devices in the coming months, though starting today, a Preview for Developers is now live should you want to take the OS for an early spin.

I have been using the Preview release of Windows Phone 8.1 for nearly the last two weeks on a Nokia Lumia Icon. Reviewing a whole OS, especially one as robust as Windows Phone is no small feat. Regardless, I’ll go through what I think are the biggest new features and even some small changes that I think users want to hear about.

Is Windows Phone 8.1 really a game changer? And has Microsoft finally delivered a product that the masses can adopt? Let’s find out.

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6 days ago

Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers is now live

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It’s finally here. Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download for those in the Preview for Developers program. Windows Phone 8.1 is the next big version of Windows Phone that introduces new features like voice assistant Cortana, a notification center, automatic app updates, VPN support and much more.

Even if you’re not really a developer you can join the Preview for Developers to get Windows Phone 8.1 today. Every handset running Windows Phone 8 in the wild now is capable of the upgrade. Here’s how to get Window Phone 8.1.

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6 days ago

Microsoft and Nokia codenames get leaked for this summer

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This week is certainly expected to be a rather busy one for Windows Phone and what better way to kick things off than with some leaked codenames. Courtesy of @evleaks, the popular leakster Twitter profile, new Nokia codenames have been published for everyone to begin speculating with. In addition, we figured we would toss in a few Microsoft codenames to make it all even more interesting!

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1 week ago

3D face scanning using Windows Phone being explored by Microsoft Research

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If you don't love Microsoft Research then you don't love ice cream sundaes or anything else good in the world, because who else is busy figuring out how to make Windows Phone scan faces and build 3D models? So what if they call it "Skynet UI", what bad could come of this?! Zhiwei Li, Richard Cai, and Jiawei Gu are even sharing their work on the web, making sci-fi look just a little more real.

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1 week ago

IRS reportedly paying Microsoft millions for Windows XP support

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1 week ago

Deal of the Day: Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for Nokia Lumia 1520

For today only, purchase the Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 and save 32% off the list price!

The Lumia 1520 NGP case blends the perfect mixture of plastic and silicone into one streamlined design. These cases wrap all the way around your device for a snug, sure fit. The skin itself is completely stretch and tear resistant, yet the exterior's smooth matte finish almost feels like a hard case.

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