Windows Phone 8: 3 Things Microsoft Needs to Do to Catch Up

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is a thing of legend. Having completely and utterly reached a breaking point with Windows Mobile, Microsoft later spent the next four release cycles building a new mobile operating system from the ground up. It was a calculated risk that, in the end, mostly paid off. Microsoft might have counted on iOS […]

Windows Phone-Powered HTC One Could Arrive This Fall

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Rumors that HTC may be abandoning its commitment to Windows Phone should be laid to rest as HTC’s Jeff Gordon has confirmed to ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley that the company will indeed be releasing a new Windows Phone 8 handset this fall. After asking if HTC is planning an HTC 8X successor for the fall, Gordon […]

Did Google Just Block the YouTube App It Co-Developed with Microsoft?

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It appears Google did block the YouTube application that it co-developed with Microsoft for the Windows Phone operating system. Google confirmed that it was in fact blocking the recently re-released application in a statement to The Verge, saying that “Microsoft [had] not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has […]

Relaunched YouTube App for Windows Phone Already Broken

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After a spat between tech giants Microsoft and Google, the Microsoft-made YouTube client for Windows Phone was pulled from the Windows Phone store. After the company had seemingly reached an agreement–Google ads within the YouTube videos in the client and the removal of the ability to download videos–over disputed features of the Microsoft-made app, the […]

How to Turn on Kids Corner on Windows Phone 8

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Just as smartphones have become essential to productivity, for parents they’ve become essential to keeping kids occupied on long road trips and errands. Unfortunately, handing your child your Windows Phone could leave you vulnerable to whatever mistakes or changes they make to your device. Thankfully, Windows Phone 8 enables an option called Kids Corner. With […]

How to Customize the Windows Phone 8 Start Screen

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Windows Phone’s stark Metro-design language doesn’t earn it any favors when it comes to users looking for customization. Its plain blacks and limited use of gradients are seen by many to be boring and too much of a straightjacket for those who wish to bring their own personality to their phones. In this tutorial we’ll […]

Next Windows Phone 8 Update in Testing, Will Enable a Nokia Phablet

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Just as the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update’s rollout is starting to gain steam, rumors of its successor, and the smartphone that it’ll power are solidifying. The Verge is citing sources that believe the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update is actually already in testing, and that it’ll finally add the ability for Windows Phones users […]

Windows Phone Continues App Winning Streak, Scores MLB At Bat 2013

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With arrival of MLB’s At Bat 13, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has just scored another big win in the application availability department. Starting today, users can download Major League Baseball’s premiere guide for free in the Windows Phone Store. Perspective users will need to move though, as the application’s description does note that it’ll only be […]

Nokia Adding SMS Filtering and Call Blocking to Lumia Windows Phones

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According to Windows Phone Central, a new update to the settings application for Nokia Lumia users adds the ability call and message blocking lists. With the features Windows Phone users can finally block the numbers responsible for sending them unwanted media messages and sales calls. Unfortunately, the application update requires that the Lumia Windows Phone […]

As Bing Apps Arrive and Windows Phone Sales Thrive, the iPhone Stalls

Just as Microsoft is announcing new Bing Apps meant to bolster the user experience on its mobile platform, new market share numbers seem to indicate that Windows Phone is finally starting to affect one of the biggest players in the smartphone market: Apple. The additions to the Windows Phone Store were detailed today on the […]

ESPN Fantasy Football Drops Nokia Exclusivity, Highlights Problem

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Windows Phone users all now have access to the ESPN Fantasy Football application that made its way to some Windows Phone users a while ago. Starting immediately, every single Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 user will be able to log into their ESPN Fantasy Football account and manage their roster of players and […]

How To Install Applications on Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft put a heavy emphasis on integrating functionality into its Windows Phone operating system. But just like as with iOS and Android, applications are the easiest way to add functionality that simply isn’t built into to the operating system. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install applications on Windows Phone. It’s important to remember […]

Instagram Blocking Third-Party Instagram Replacements on Windows Phone

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Following a night filled with reports that users of the third-party Windows Phone Instagram client Instance couldn’t post their photos, the developer of the application is now confirming that the social network is actively blocking photo uploads from the application. According to a tweet by Daniel Gary, the developer of Instance, “evidently Instagram has little […]

Nokia’s Greatest Obstacle with Windows Phone 8: Microsoft

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Comments made by a Nokia executive highlight one of the biggest obstacles facing Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8: Microsoft itself. At least that is the sentiment coming from Nokia. During an interview for the International Business Times, Nokia vice president Bryan Biniak shared his expectations for the platform, along with his feelings on things that are holding […]

Three Camera Features Sorely Missing From the Lumia 1020

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It’s been almost a week since my review unit of the Nokia Lumia 1020 came in, and as impressed as I’ve been by what Nokia has done with its astounding 41-megapixel camera sensor, there are still three major features that have been omitted from the camera that may may limit the appeal of the Windows […]

How to Turn Off Picture Geotagging on Windows Phone 8

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Though most users don’t know it, their Windows Phone 8 device is actually collecting information about them when they take photos and videos. Here’s how to turn off picture geotagging on Windows Phone 8, and why you might want to do so. By default, Windows Phone’s camera application uses geotagging technology to automatically attach the […]

Hipstamatic Oggl Brings More Instagram Support to Windows Phone

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Windows Phone might not have an official Instagram application, but the platform has at least scored another high-profile application that supports uploading to Instagram. Starting today, all Windows Phone users can download the Hipstmatic OGGL application in two slightly different versions. The first version of the application is available to all Windows Phone users for […]

Nokia Already Has An Update to Pro Camera App for Lumia 1020 [Updated]

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Late Thursday ahead of the Friday official availability of the PureView flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone, Nokia had already issued a software update for its Pro Camera app, which allows finer creative controls in the photography process. The much lauded Pro Camera app brings DSLR-style controls to the 41-megapixel point-and-shoot smartphone camera, and it does a […]