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Halo: Spartan Strike goes official for Windows and Steam

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Microsoft and 343 Industries announced Halo Spartan Strike. The twin-stick shooter game will be available on Windows/Windows Phone devices and Steam on December 12 for $5.99.

The events in the successor of Halo: Spartan Assault take place during Halo 2. Read more »

Nokia Refocus app gets an update, new Lumia name

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The Nokia Refocus app for Windows Phone has been rebranded with a new name. The app is now called Lumia Refocus in the spirit of Microsoft’s recent changes, which saw almost everything drop the Finns’ brand.

Other than that, the app hasn’t been changed in any way. The Lumia Refocus lets you take a shot and choose what you want in focus later. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 730 taken apart, disassembly schematic included

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Tear-downs offer a curious peek into what components go into a smartphone and now thanks to WidnowsMania.pl we have a detailed map of the Nokia Lumia 730.

Aside from the usual photo of the internals, there’s also a helpful disassembly schematic, which shows the components layer by layer with tooltips explaining what each component does. Read more »

Cortana can now lookup song lyrics for you

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Microsoft has added a new ability to Windows Phone’s virtual assistant skill set. Cortana is now capable of looking for song lyrics for you so you can sing along with your favorite artists.

It’s very easy – just ask “lyrics for song name by artist name“. You’ll get the lyrics momentarily. Read more »

Samsung looking to settle its patent dispute with Microsoft through arbitration

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The long-standing patent fee dispute between Samsung and Microsoft, which first made headlines this summer, apparently continues to be an issue as still neither can come to an agreement.

In an attempt to put the issue at rest, Samsung has filed for arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Read more »

Flipboard is now available for Windows Phone devices

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The popular magazine format app Flipboard is now available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The application is currently available to download in the Windows Phone App Store. It will also come pre-loaded on the freshly launched Nokia Lumia 830.

For the time being, Flipboard is available only for Windows Phone smartphones with at least 1GB of RAM. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 735 ad wants you to stop the cutout selfie violence

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Nokia’s latest ad wants to usher in the world of allfies – the selfie that doesn’t cut important people (namely the photo-taker) from the picture. For it Nokia puts forth the Lumia 735 which has a wide-angle 5MP front-facing shooter.

The ad is really hilarious and shows the people shooting cutout selfies as cutouts in the real world and shows the reaction from the people around them. Read more »

‘Asphalt Overdrive’ for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone review

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The Asphalt series of games has been around since pretty much smartphones themselves. I still remember playing the excellent Asphalt: Urban GT and its sequel, Urban GT 2 on the N-Gage. In portrait mode, no less, cause that’s how the screen on those phones were.

Since then the series has gone through a lot of changes and as with most Gameloft games are now some of the most visually impressive games available on the mobile platform. But before we head from last year’s Asphalt 8: Airborne to Asphalt 9: Whatever, Gameloft has a little spin-off called Asphalt Overdrive to keep us busy. Let’s take a look. Read more »

‘Asphalt Overdrive’ now available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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Gameloft has released its newest game in the Asphalt series, called the Asphalt Overdrive. Overdrive is a spinoff of the successful Asphalt series. This isn’t exactly Asphalt 9 that you may have been waiting for and features a different gameplay mechanic.

Asphalt Overdrive is essentially like an endless runner game but with cars. You drive a car (which runs automatically) and dodge obstacles in your path by swiping left or right. You jump off ramps and pull stunts in the air. You ram traffic on the side and when you earn enough nitro boost by doing all this you use it to evade the cops. Read more »

Asphalt Overdrive for Android, iOS, Windows Phone launches on Thursday

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Just two days separate us from the next release in Gameloft’s Asphalt series of games. It’s going to be called Asphalt Overdrive (and not Asphalt 9, as you may have expected), and it will be out this Thursday, September 25, on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. It will be free to download, but will feature in-app purchases.

This won’t be an arcade-style racer, but an endless racer. It’s like an endless runner, but with cars. Interestingly, you’ll play this one by holding your phone or tablet in a vertical, portrait orientation, and not landscape as you’re used to (hence the two screenshots above). Read more »

The Lumia 930 enjoys a lot of purrs in its latest ad

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A new and adorable ad for the Lumia 930 has come out of a Microsoft social media contest. The video features adorable cats using the Lumia 930 and is made by Mia Mullarkey.

We sure hope Microsoft doesn’t think it has to resort to cats in order to charm customers in buying a Lumia 930. Nevertheless, the video is cool and, let’s be frank, dressing up kittens in shirts isn’t an easy job. Read more »

Microsoft gives additional 15GB OneDrive storage for enabling camera uploads

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Microsoft has increased the amount of free space you get if you use OneDrive on your phone. Previously the free space used to be 15GB but now you’ll get 30GB instead.

To get the additional space, you will have to install the OneDrive application, if you haven’t already, and enable camera uploads, which will automatically upload the photos taken by your phone to OneDrive. This works on iOS, Android, and of course Windows Phone. Read more »

Nokia’s UK website gets moved to Microsoft.com

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It’s started. The oft-rumored move by Microsoft to get rid of the Nokia brand for mobile devices seems to have begun today. If you go to Nokia.com’s website for the UK, you’re met with the following message: “Nokia devices and services have moved to a new website”.

Unsurprisingly, that new home is under the Microsoft.com domain. This seems to have only happened for the UK regional site, but undoubtedly more will follow. Read more »

Skype for Windows Phone now features location sharing

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Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 today. Skype 2.22 for Windows Phone has a new feature built-in: location sharing.

It also allows you to save pictures people send you, and control notifications for individual conversations. Read more »