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Temple run scores 1 billion downloads

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Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.

The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »

Official infographic touts the advantages of a dual-SIM Lumia 630

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Nokia Conversations has summarized the advantages of the Lumia 630 is a short and sweet infographic. Of course, the opponent in question is not named, but Lumia team is certain Windows Phone 8.1 is better than having a “lesser OS.”

To be fair, a lot of the comparison ring true when you put up the Lumia 630 next to the most popular WP phone in the world, the Lumia 520. Read more »

WhatsApp returns to Windows Phone after a brief hiatus

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Couple of weeks ago, WhatsApp pulled their app from the Window Phone. The reasons were cited to be technical issues without further elaboration on the issue.

Since then, WhatsApp has been working with Microsoft to fix the issue. Whatever the issue was, the app is now back on the store. Read more »

Windows Phone finally gets an official file manager

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We knew that Microsoft was working on a native file manager for its Windows Phone eco-system and the app is now officially available from the Windows Phone Store. The Redmond giant had recently enabled the APIs for file picker and file access for third party developers, and it was about time the company built its own app.

The app is dubbed ‘Files’ and can be used to access all the data stores on your phone and SD card. Read more »

Microsoft’s smartwatch may be compatible with Android and iOS

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There have been murmurs and mumblings about Microsoft’s smartwatch which has reportedly been in development since last year, and a new report indicates that the Seattle-based tech giant may make their upcoming wearable play nice with multiple platforms.

Big M’s smartwatch will purportedly work with Windows Phones, as well and Android and iOS devices and will also measure your heart rate and push the data to your handset of choice. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 Store now shows reviewers’ devices

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The first device to run the final Windows Phone 8.1 revision is out now – the Lumia 630. We’ve met with the little fella and already done a proper review. But as it seems we’ll be unveiling new features for days to come.

The latest update we find in the Windows Phone 8.1 concerns the Store. Read more »

Cortana to support English UK soon

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Microsoft announced via its official Windows Phone UK Twitter account that its brand new Cortana voice assistant will be supporting English UK soon.

Currently, Cortana is only officially supported in the US and only works with US English. Read more »

Nokia shows popular apps in action on Lumia 630

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Nokia has just uploaded a very interesting ad focusing on how the Lumia 630 will help you every day.

The video is about Lumia 630 running the most popular apps available on the WP platform, which turn out useful in various scenarios. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars II gets Rise of the Clones update

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Angry Birds Star Wars II is getting an update today. The new episode is called Rise of the Clones and brings over 40 new levels.

The first platform to get the update is iOS, but Rovio promises other platforms will join the fun shortly. Read more »

Nokia Children of the Revolution ad has colorpop done right

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It its latest ad Nokia is focusing the attention on its Creative Studio and more importantly the Colorpop feature that allows you to only display one color channel on an otherwise black and white photo.

The ad is dubbed Children of the Revolution and, you guessed it – comes with the epic T-Rex song as background. The ad itself is a sequel to Nokia’s last ad – Not Like Everybody Else (that epic Kinks song) and has the first ad cameo at the end. Read more »

Microsoft outs April 2014 app store statistics for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has published its Windows and Windows Phone Store statistics for the month of April 2014 on the Most downloaded apps by category, country and markets. The stats aim to give developers a better idea what the “app ecosystem” needs developed and what consumers are more likely to purchase.

The statistics show that the US is still Microsoft’s largest market for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps with the former boasting more downloads. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 battery life

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Nokia Lumia 630 is the first smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. It is also the first WP handset ever to offer dual-SIM support, but we had the single-SIM version at our disposal.

We weren’t particularly optimistic about the phone’s 1,830 mAh battery, but the quad-core Cortex-A7 processor should be quite energy-efficient. Anyway, Nokia promises 600 hours of stand-by or half a day on 3G talks in one charge. Let’s check if we can squeeze the same from our Lumia 630. Read more »

Nokia posts the complete guide to using Cortana

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Voice assistants are now pretty much a staple of any major Smartphone OS.

Apple has its trademark Siri, Google has its Google Now service, and now Windows Phone has Cortana. Nokia has decided to list a complete guide on how to utilize the virtual assistant and post it online. Read more »

IDC survey shows battery life is most important when buying smartphone

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Analytics and research company IDC has conducted a survey asking some 50,000 people across 25 countries what are their main drivers when it comes to getting a new smartphone.

The results are quite interesting as they show what customers are looking for in a smartphone and 40% of buyers who went the Windows Phone route looked specifically for a device running Microsoft’s operating system. Read more »