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FM Radio on Windows Phone

FM Radio on Windows Phone

Windows developer Nithin Mohan, in his latest blog update, writes of having discovered that Microsoft has updated the windows phone 8 history page with details of what appear to upcoming features. ‘One interesting feature included among them,’ says Nithin, ‘is FM Radio support, which was earlier announced by Nokia – that all their Lumia handsets […]

Ballmer gears up Microsoft for battle

Ballmer gears up Microsoft for battle

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has realigned his company for the head to head battle with Apple and Google. Key among his changes are breaking down the walls between operating divisions and dealing with technology horizontally rather than in siloes. In the new structure there will be four groups, bringing together engineers working on operating […]

Nokia launches Lumia 1020 Windows Phone

Nokia launches Lumia 1020 Windows Phone

Nokia has launched a new top of the range Lumia 1020, with a 41 megapixel sensor for sharp imaging. The 1020’s sensor has Zeiss optics with six lenses and optical image stabilization for low light conditions. Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides image editing features of the Nokia Lumia […]

Microsoft doubles support time for Windows Phone

Microsoft doubles support time for Windows Phone

Microsoft is to increase the length of its support from 18 months to 36 months, saysTony Mestres, vice president of Windows Phone partner and channel marketing. Beginning with Windows Phone 8 the company says it will make updates, including security updates, available for 36 months. As well as longer support, Microsoft will also be releasing […]

Now go to work on a Nokia

Now go to work on a Nokia

Nokia says that new versions of its Here Drive, Here Drive+ and Here Transit apps will be available for download for everyone with Windows Phone 8 smartphones in days. Both versions of Here Drive get a new user interface and come other improvements. There is a new overview of traffic conditions in and around your […]

New version of Spotify for Windows Phone

New version of Spotify for Windows Phone

Digital music provider Spotify has finally come to Windows Phone 8 in its full form. Spotify first appeared on Windows Phone 7 and then in beta form on Windows Phone 8 in February this year. Now, Microsoft’s Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore has tweeted that the Spotify app is emerging from beta in a ‘big’ […]

LG to market Windows Phone says CEO

LG to market Windows Phone says CEO

Korean mobile phone maker LG is reported to be developing a Windows Phone according to Indian publication, LightReadingIndia. The paper quotes LG India’s managing director Kwon Soon saying, ‘ At home (South Korea), we are actually working on our Windows Phone 8 OS powered smartphone. Android is the major platform globally, given its acceptance and […]

Is Samsung developing a third Windows Phone?

Is Samsung developing a third Windows Phone?

Samsung may be developing another Windows Phone handset called ‘Cronus’, according to information leaked in one of its apps. The existence of Cronus was revealed by Samsung when it published a Windows Phone app called Mobile Care. Mobile Care looks like a feedback app for Samsung Windows Phone devices, as the official description says: ‘MobileCare […]

Turn your Windows Phone into a microphone.

Turn your Windows Phone into a microphone.

Interesting new app turns your Windows Phone into a microphone that enables you to record on your PC or tablet. GoToMyMic is a web-based interface for Windows Phone 8. Using any modern web browser, you can record from your Windows Phone microphone and listen to your recordings on your computer desktop. All you need is […]

Microsoft may put Windows chief in charge says Bloomberg

Microsoft may put Windows chief in charge says Bloomberg

We don’t usually publish rumours on Windows Phone News but the normally reliable Bloomberg has reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is considering putting Windows chief Julie Larson-Green in charge of hardware engineering for the whole company. Ballmer is widely tipped to reveal a reorganization as early as next week that lines up with his […]

Nokia buys out Siemens in Networks

Nokia buys out Siemens in Networks

Nokia has agreed to pay €1.7 billion to Siemens to take over their joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks. The companies say they expect to close the deal before the end of September. Nokia will pay Siemens €1.2 billion in cash and the outstanding €0.5 billion will be paid as a secured loan from Siemens. Nokia […]

Nimbuzz Updates Windows Phone app

Nimbuzz Updates Windows Phone app

Nimbuzz Messenger has updated its Windows Phone app.  Nimbuzz, popular in emerging economis like India, lets you send unlimited chat messages and share pictures and video files) on any mobile device. Nimbuzz Messenger lets you chat, share media with your friends on Facebook, Gtalk, Yahoo free of charge.  Currently there are some 150 million registered […]

Stained glass Windows Phones?

Stained glass Windows Phones?

Whatever this is called, it’s amazing. Nokia has posted this image of Lumia Windows Phones with their live tiles changing at random, resembling a modern version of a stained glass window – or should that be stained glass Windows Phones? http://memories.nokia.com/en/images/b596a1e5-53f6-4a4f-90c1-b0c6f3ffb0e6

Huawei  unveils the Ascend2 Windows Phone

Huawei unveils the Ascend2 Windows Phone

China’s smartphone maker Huawei has disclosed details of its Ascend W2 Windows Phones at Mobile Asia Expo 2013. Ascend W2 is the successor to Ascend W1, launched in January. The new phone is 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm, and is based on Qualcomm’s MSM8230 Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with a dual-core 1.4GHz Krait processor […]

Microsoft previews Windows 8.1 for developers

Microsoft previews Windows 8.1 for developers

Microsoft has previewed Windows 8.1 at its developer conference Build in San Francisco. Its main aim was to encourage further app development. Microsoft says its Windows 8.1 preview is intended to provide an opportunity for developers to design, build and market Windows Store apps. The company is providing a cash incentive to developers by offering […]

Now Shazam reads lyrics while you play music

Now Shazam reads lyrics while you play music

Shazam, the app that identifies music by listening to it, has updated its Windows Phone version. Shazam is rolling out an updated version of the app adding support for LyricPlay synchronization, which enables listeners to view song lyrics at the same time as listening to the music. The upgraded version of Shazam for Windows Phone […]

Telefonica backs Windows Phones

Telefonica backs Windows Phones

Spain’s Telefónica has backed Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system in a bid to end the ‘current duopoly of Android and iOS.’ The companies have signed a one year marketing agreement under which Telefónica will promote Windows Phone 8 devices in Britain, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile. Telefonica says it will ‘provide customers with a […]

Microsoft speeds up voice search for Windows Phone

Microsoft speeds up voice search for Windows Phone

Microsoft has cut down the processing response time of voice input into Windows Phone by half, while improving accuracy at the same time. Microsoft says it is rolling out updates to Windows Phone customers to improve the accuracy of SMS messages that are transcribed using the service, as well as searches performed using voice. The […]

Microsoft reveals NSA requests for spy data

Microsoft reveals NSA requests for spy data

Microsoft, Facebook and now Apple have published details of the requests they have received from the U.S. Government for information about users. The revelations have been made following stories in the Guardian and Washington Post revealing details of the National Security Agency’s Prism spying programme. Microsoft says it had received between 6,000 to 7,000 criminal […]

Nokia ships last Symbian handsets

Nokia ships last Symbian handsets

Nokia has finally shipped the last batch of mobile phone handsets using its now abandoned Symbian operating system, according to the Financial Times. Symbian is the grandfather of all today’s mobile operating systems, predating Windows Phone, Android, iOS and webOS. In its heyday it was the world’s leading mobile OS until Nokia announced in 2011 […]

Microsoft’s Andy Lees takes a sabbatical

Microsoft’s Andy Lees takes a sabbatical

Andy Lees, Microsoft’s vice president of corporate strategy and development, will be stepping down from the position he has held for the past seven months, according to AllThingsD. It’s reported that Lees plans to go on sabbatical to return to his family in the United Kingdom, and will announce his new position at Microsoft later […]

iOS7 – the sincerest form of flattery

The design team at Apple have been very busy redesigning the new iphone operating system. They have come up with many redesigned functions. By a remarkable coincidence, many of them are closely similar to the functions included in Window 8 Phone operating system unveiled last October. The shown here video was taken by Sean Rosairo, […]

Insider app gives you Windows Phone shortcuts

Insider app gives you Windows Phone shortcuts

Insider is an application that shows your phone battery status(on windows phone 8), software version and hardware status information, as well as a ‘Shortcut feature’ that gives you easy access to your Flashlight and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location, Cellular, Airplane mode settings. It also allows you to put shortcuts to those directly on your start screen. […]

Keep in touch with LinkedIn on Windows Phone

Keep in touch with LinkedIn on Windows Phone

LinkedIn must be one of the most under-rated social media platforms. It now has more than 200 million users – almost all professional people from around the world. It has hundreds of Groups – many with tens or even hundreds of thousands of members – on everything from Aardvarks to Zoology. I spend at least […]

Acer plans to launch Windows Phone in 2014

Acer plans to launch Windows Phone in 2014

Tawainese manufacturer Acer chose Computex 2013, held last week in its home town of Taipei, to reveal some of its plans for 2014. Acer intends to deliver hardware based on a number of CPU platforms (including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel). More significantly Acer intends to build on the recent announcement of its Iconia W3 8-inch […]

Now you can stream live video on Windows Phone

Now you can stream live video on Windows Phone

Among its current crop of favourite Windows Phone apps, Nokia has nominated the typographically challenged uTrailMe, an app designed to make sharing streaming videos as easy as sharing still photos. What does it do? Well, have you ever wanted to watch and record live video – maybe a gig or a sports event? uTrailMe does […]

Samsung shares fall on news of cheaper Galaxies

Samsung shares fall on news of cheaper Galaxies

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, may be re-thinking its strategy with its flagship Galaxy. Though the new phone is selling well, Samsung has revised its sales projects down significantly from 100 devices to 80 million. As a result, Reuters, reports, the company lost $12 Billion in market value on Friday, as brokers downgraded their […]

Is this Nokia’s new Windows Phone camera?

Is this Nokia’s new Windows Phone camera?

Only days after Nokia announced its new top of the range Lumia 925 Windows Phone, details are surfacing of what appears to be its long-awaited high resolution camera version of the Windows Phone. The editors of Vizileaks say they have been given access to a prototype long enough to handle it and take photographs.  The […]

Smart watch that works with Windows Phone

Smart watch that works with Windows Phone

Secret Labs, who make electronics platforms for software developers has teamed up with New York watch designer House of Horology to design a smart watch that works with Windows Phone. Called Agent, the new watch talks to you Windows Phone using Bluetooth, so you can control your music library and act as a wrist- display […]

Twitter updates Windows Phone app

Twitter updates Windows Phone app

Twitter has updated its Windows Phone app with new features aimed at photographers. They include artistic filters, lens app integration and the ability to play Vine clips directly within tweets. Twitter has little competition as far as text messages go but is in competition for sending images with flavour of the moment Instagram, and Yahoo’s […]

Cameras: Windows Phone versus iPhone

Cameras: Windows Phone versus iPhone

Microsoft has posted an interesting comparison on its Facebook Page of photos taken on an iPhone, a Galaxy and Nokia’s new top of the range Lumia 928.  The light gathering power of the Lumia lens in low-light condition is certainly convincing. Some commentators have mistakenly imagined that the better imaging was because Nokia’s flash was more […]

Halo game franchise comes to Windows Phone

Halo game franchise comes to Windows Phone

Hard  core game players will be pouring themselves a double Venusian brandy at the news that one of the biggest game franchises is at last coming to Windows Phone – and with a brand new game. Halo is a multi-billion dollar science fiction video game franchise now owned by Microsoft Studios. The series revolves around […]

Adobe launches Acrobat reader for Windows Phone

Adobe launches Acrobat reader for Windows Phone

Microsoft has plugged an important gap in its Windows phone app store with today’s release of a free version of Adobe Acrobat reader. Adobe’s official PDF app, Adobe Reader, includes the ability to copy and paste, zoom in on PDFs, and open password protected files. Bookmarks are also supported, allowing users to move to specific […]

Aussie companies back Windows Phone

Aussie companies back Windows Phone

Survey results released at CeBIT Australia suggest Windows Phone is making an impact on the Australian corporate market. Frost & Sullivan’s head of ICT research, Audrey William, presented The Australia 2013 Enterprise Mobility Report.  She said the research firm had asked a sample of 227 chief information officers what operating system they think users will […]

Windows phone is $600 less than a Galaxy S4

In its latest advertisement for Windows Phone, Microsoft says that users who buy a Nokia Lumia 521 can get it for $600 less than the price of a Galaxy S4. The ad features Ben Rudolph, who has previously fronted Microsoft’s ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ ads that showed how much faster Windows Phone is than Google’s […]

New Microsoft ad goes head to head with Apple

With everyone lining up to take turns kicking Apple (see separate story here about European Commission investigation) Microsoft’s latest Windows advert takes the mickey out of iPhone and its female assistant, Siri. The new video – tagline ‘Less talking, more doing’ – features Windows Live Tiles flipping in real-time on the Asus VivoTab Smart, showing […]

Save the galaxy – on your Windows Phone

Save the galaxy – on your Windows Phone

Fancy saving the galaxy?  Then this could be the app for you! As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far – Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down! Can […]

What has Windows Phone ever done for us?

What has Windows Phone ever done for us?

5 things Windows Phone can do that iPhone can’t 1.  You can view and edit Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint. Not surprisingly Microsoft hasn’t written versions of  its Office apps for the iPhone. Apple has its own Office-alike suite called iWork, but  there are 1 billion Office users. 2. Windows Phone […]

Now Microsoft has ways of making you watch

Now Microsoft has ways of making you watch

Microsoft has filed a patent that seeks to bring back viewers to ads and stop them skipping commercial breaks. The patent will allow its Xbox One to reward viewers for watching ads on the device instead of switching off. The patent application proposes the Xbox One is configured to track the behaviour of viewers via […]

The Windows Phone app that is sweet and spicy

The Windows Phone app that is sweet and spicy

The Sweet ‘N’ Spicy app by Adhish Technologies has adopted the recently launched Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to improve the performance of the application and meet the requirements of a growing user base. Sweet’N’Spicy is an Indian cooking app available on Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms along with all other major […]

Newbies Guide to Windows 8 Phone

Newbies Guide to Windows 8 Phone

Newbies Guide to Windows 8 Phone Published by Minute Help Press Paperback  £4.99 Kindle         £1.94 I recently overheard a conversation in a pub between two middle-aged ladies. One told her friend, ‘I’ve just bought a smartphone, but I’m not smart enough to use it.’ Her complaint is a common one, and it’s not so much […]

Book your table on Windows Phone

Book your table on Windows Phone

Restaurant bookings site Toptable has released a free new app for Windows Phone 8. The new app is designed to help diners find a restaurant and reserve their table. Swiping from the home page displays real-time availability at nearby restaurants. According to Toptable managing director Mike Xenakis, ‘Mobile now accounts for a significant part of […]

See where you are with Nokia’s Here apps

See where you are with Nokia’s Here apps

When Nokia unveiled its 920 flagship Windows Phone back in September 2012, it promised at the same time to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps. Now Nokia has updated Here Maps with LiveSight. The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8. By tapping […]

x-box One raises Microsoft’s game

x-box One raises Microsoft’s game

While Sony decided to stay focussed only on games with its latest Playstation, Microsoft has gone in the opposite direction with its new x-box One – creating a device that enables you to switch instantly between games, films, HD television, and the web. The x-box One can rent films, or play and record live television […]

Not a Windows Phone – the design Nokia dropped

Not a Windows Phone – the design Nokia dropped

A group of ex-Nokia people have formed their own breakaway smartphone company and shown their first product – a phone named Jolla.  They say it is powered by a new operating system which they call Sailfish. Sailfish has been developed from an abandoned Nokia operating system named MeeGo which Nokia dropped in 2011 when it […]

Which smartphone is best?

Which smartphone is best?

This interesting graphic comparing some of the market leading smartphones is doing the rounds at the moment on Facebook. You can check it out and register your vote at https://www.facebook.com/#!/smashinginventions?directed_target_id=0  

Itsdagram app launched for Windows Phone

Itsdagram app launched for Windows Phone

Windows Phone users don’t yet have Instagram but they will find its rival, ahem, Itsdagram in the Windows Phone Store Itsdagram, users can like photos, by simply double tapping on the image. Additionally, users can also add comments directly from the feed view. What Itsdagram lacked were the photo filters for which Instagram has been […]

Angry Birds Rio fly down to Windows Phone

Angry Birds Rio fly down to Windows Phone

This version of Angry Birds, for Windows Phone, is based around the 2011 film Rio, in which the eponymous avians are captured and sent off to Rio de Janeiro, before escaping and causing the usual amount of mayhem. The game has 210 levels and more than 40 bonus stages so even the most dedicate bird […]

New software can guess the age of Tweeters

New software can guess the age of Tweeters

Researchers at the Meertens Institute and the University of Twente have launched TweetGenie, a computer program that can guess the age and gender of Dutch tweeters based on their use of language. The program can correctly guess a tweeter’s gender in 85 percent of cases. When it comes to estimating a tweeter’s age, the computer […]

Now watch BBC iPlayer on Windows Phone

Now watch BBC iPlayer on Windows Phone

One big gripe from Windows Phone users (including my missus)  has been the absence of an app for BBC’s iPlayer. Microsoft has now plugged this gap with a free app. You can watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days on BBC iPlayer using the app which is downloadable […]

Windows Phone beats Blackberry to third place – IDC

Windows Phone beats Blackberry to third place – IDC

Windows Phone has overtaken Blackberry and is now officially in third place, according to the latest market share figures published by IDC. “Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape,” says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team. “Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of […]

Huawei to launch Windows Phone in U.S.

Huawei to launch Windows Phone in U.S.

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has said it will launch its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone for US users later this month.  The W1 phone is a version of the Ascend W1 sold in other markets, according to Microsoft.  The device will be sold at Wal-Mart stores under a no-contract plan. Prices have not yet been […]

Oggl launches app for Windows Phone

Oggl launches app for Windows Phone

As well as unveiling its Lumia 925 today, Nokia also announced that Hipstamatic, who make the Instagram-alike photo app, has launched a new standalone app called Oggl for Windows Phone. This announcement comes just days after Oggl announced a similar app for iOS, and – significantly – Windows Phone is getting the app before Android. […]

Now play Airplanes on Windows Phone

Now play Airplanes on Windows Phone

Airplanes is a cross-platform online game similar to Battleship, but uses airplanes instead of navy vessels. The shape of an airplane allows you to think in 2D instead of 1D and makes the game-play more fun. One hit to the head takes down an entire airplane and no further hits are required. Game developer Mercia […]

First photo app to use face recognition

First photo app to use face recognition

Intellicam is a Windows Phone app that frees your hands and lets you include yourself in the photo. Intellicam is innovative in that it allows you to take control of your phone’s camera using only your voice, and claims to be the only app that uses face recognition technology to focus on the people in […]

Windows apps reach the 145,000 mark

Windows apps reach the 145,000 mark

Microsoft now has 145,000 apps available for its Windows Phone platform, the company has announced. This figure may well be high enough to take Microsoft into third position, overtaking Blackberry. Apple and Samsung still vie with each other at the top of the smartphone market. Microsoft’s latest figures show that it has added 25,000 new […]

Windows Phone increases share of U.S. market

Windows Phone increases share of U.S. market

New figures show that Windows Phone’s share of the market is growing at a slightly faster rate than Android’s in the United States, reports Forbes. Smartphones running Windows Phone accounted for 5.6 per cent of all smartphones sales in the three months ending March 2013, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, up from […]

Nokia announces Lumia 928 for Verizon

Nokia announces Lumia 928 for Verizon

Nokia has unveiled its latest Windows mobile, the Lumia 928 which it says is specifically for the U.S. Verizon network. Nokia has been teasing the market for some time about a major launch on May 14, but the company has told Omio that the 928 is a Verizon specific device and is nothing to do […]

Nokia launches mid-range Lumia 720

Nokia launches mid-range Lumia 720

Nokia has added another colourful Lumia to its range in the shape of the 720, designed to sit between the cheaper 620, but below the top of the range 920. Like the rest of the Lumia range, the 720 runs Windows Phone 8 software. It also and comes with a bundle of Nokia apps. The […]

Vyclone launches video App for Windows Phone

Vyclone launches video App for Windows Phone

Vyclone has launched what it calls a collaborative video editing app for Windows Phone devices.A similar app is already available on Android and iOS and now joins the Windows app store. The app provides “instant video mashups” using footage shot by different users at the same location – such as a pop concert, football match, […]

Test your skills as a Windows Phone app developer

Test your skills as a Windows Phone app developer

Are you a Windows Phone developer? Are you trying to create that killer App? Smarterer has devised an online test for Windows Phone developers to test your skills. It says its test is for anyone building applications for the Windows Phone using specific tools programming languages. http://smarterer.com/tests/windows-phone-development?c=linkedin-wp8

Now you can talk to your Windows Phone

Now you can talk to your Windows Phone

BrilliSoft has announced the release of an all-in-one dictation app for Windows Phone, called Dictate! With the new app Windows Phone users do not need to type a text message, an email, a Facebook post, or a Word document. Instead the app allows users to create or edit notes simply by speaking into their smartphone. […]

HTC drops price of First

HTC drops price of First

AT&T and HTC have dropped the price of the First, a new Android phone that runs Facebook Home, to $0.99 with a two-year contract, according to Business Insider. The phone was launched only a month ago and originally was priced at $99 with a two-year contract. The price drop, says BI, backs up reports from […]

Microsoft introduces YouTube App to rival Android

Microsoft introduces YouTube App to rival Android

Microsoft has introduced a YouTube app to take on Google’s own YouTube app on Android, filling an important gap and enabling Windows Phone to compete directly with Google’s Android. One big advantage of the Windows Phone app is that it enables you to download videos and watch them later – something that Android cannot do. […]