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Microsoft updates Cortana’s Live Tile with new weather animation

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Microsoft has issued an update to Cortana’s Live Tile enabling users to have a quick glance at the current weather in their area.

The tile for the voice-activated digital personal assistant now shows a small weather animation (see video below), and flips to reveal weather-related information, including temperature. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on

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Windows Phone has found its niche in the lower end of the market, so now it’s Microsoft’s job to translate that into demand for the more advanced offerings. The Microsoft Lumia 640 tries to coax users with its modest model number, but behind that is a capable mid-ranger.

The early 6-series led their similarly-priced Android counterparts with better screens, cameras and chipsets. Market pressure has brought Androids up to par, but now the Lumia 640 makes a bid to regain the lead. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are the best apps and games that came out this week.

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‘Monument Valley’ comes to Windows Phone

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Popular and award winning game Monument Valley is now finally available on Windows Phone. The Windows Phone release comes about a year after the original iOS and Android launch.

Monument Valley is a 3D puzzle game known for its beautifully designed levels. The game got praises from gamers and critics alike and went on to win many awards. Here at GSMArena, it was chosen as our Game of the Year for 2014. Read more »

Windows 10 will allow developers to quickly reuse iOS and Android code for universal Windows apps

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The annual Microsoft BUILD conference is now well under way and we are happy to report that Windows 10 is making great progress in developing new and interesting features. Despite the slow and heavily developer-centric start, the keynote did get to four new interesting technologies that will debut in Windows 10, helping Microsoft expand its Windows Store.

The company has worked on enabling developers turn their existing Android, iOS, Web and even .NET and Web32 code to the Windows Store ready apps. It boils down to a new added ability to reuse various existing application code and repurpose it as a Windows universal application. Read more »

Windows 10′s Continuum will turn your phone into a PC when you connect it to a monitor

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When it first unveiled Windows 10 last year, Microsoft briefly talked about a new feature called Continuum, but back then it was in the context of switching UIs on convertible devices based on whether you have the keyboard connected or not. And Continuum can still do that, but today at its Build conference, the software giant has announced a more interesting use case, with Continuum for phones.

This kicks in when you connect a smartphone running Windows 10 to a monitor. The UI you’ll see on the monitor won’t just be a 1:1 representation of the handset’s screen. Instead, the phone is basically turned into a makeshift PC, which will even work with a mouse and keyboard for interaction. Read more »

VLC for Windows Phone receives yet another update, now consumes less CPU

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Just a couple of days after its last update, VLC for Windows Phone has received yet another new version, bumping the application to version 1.3.2 and bringing along some performance improvements as well as bug fixes.

The update not only fixes responsive design and UX issues in Search Pages, it also adds a new back button. The updated app now communicates better with the Windows Phone’s background audio task so it consumes less CPU resources and in turn battery. In addition, the update also brings along fixes to “a dozen of tiny bugs/crashes.” Read more »

Microsoft releases a new ‘contacts+message backup’ app for Windows Phone 8.1 users

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Microsoft has released an app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts and messages and store it in your phone’s SD card. Appropriately dubbed contacts+message backup, the app is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

After installation, you can access the app by heading to Settings on your phone – it doesn’t appear in your regular list of installed apps. The backup it creates is stored in a folder named backup+restore. Read more »

Expansys USA offering unlocked Lumia 640 LTE (dual-SIM version) for $220

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The Lumia 640 isn’t yet officially available in the US, but now you can grab one as e-tailer Expansys has started selling the mid-range device (with dual-SIM support and LTE connectivity) in the country. It is available in cyan, black, and orange color options

As for the price, the black color variant is priced at $220, while the orange and cyan models will set you back $245. An important thing worth noting is that you need to check the supported LTE bands to make sure that the device supports your carrier. Read more »

Video shows Office universal apps working on the next build of Windows 10 for phones

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Like we told you a few days ago, Office universal apps are headed to the Windows 10 for phones preview before the end of April. It looks like they will land as part of a new preview release that’s due to be out soon for members of the Windows Insider program. The new build has the number 12544, and it’s been given a short video preview somewhere in China.

Unfortunately if you don’t speak Chinese you won’t understand the audio, but the video is still very useful because it shows us the upcoming Office universal apps on a working smartphone. Read more »

Microsoft outs an infographic for new Lumia users

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Do you think of getting a Lumia smartphone? Those have always been affordable and yet feature packed and thus the Lumia phones have always been an attractive alternative to budget conscious buyers.

Windows Phone 8 is uncharted territory for many, so in case you get or think of getting a Lumia smartphone, Microsoft has this very quick and easy to remember infographic. The image gives you the basics of Windows Phone 8.1 and will allow you to configure your Lumia in just a few easy steps. Read more »

Maps app for Windows 10 phones gets into Technical Preview

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Microsoft is working on an updated Maps app for Windows 10 and thanks to the Universal App platform, the same app that has been running on Windows 10 Technical Preview for desktops is now available for Insiders testing the phone build of the upcoming OS.

The app is designed to work with both mouse and keyboard as well as touchscreens. This includes pinch zooming and two finger map rotation, both familiar gestures. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.

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Snapchat has gone after 6discover app on Windows Phone

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Snapchat is one of those odd niche services that has really exploded in popularity. To stay truly trendy it has really been branching out recently with interesting features, such as sending money and a cool new rich-media content platform, called Discover.

All of this, however, has remained inaccessible for Windows Phone users. Snapchat has really decided to distance itself from the OS, but a few third-party developers have been working hard to bring the experience to Windows users. One such effort is 6discover, an app that lets you access Snapchat’s discover media on a Lumia device. In a recent development, its creator has been under a lot of heat to take the app down, form no other than Snapchat. Read more »

Office universal apps are headed to Windows 10 for phones before the end of April

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The new touch-friendly Office universal apps have made their debut on the Windows 10 preview builds in February, but so far they’ve only been available for tablets, laptops, and desktops.

However, before April is over the same Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps will make their way to the Windows 10 preview for phones, which itself was released a couple of months ago. Read more »