Are you a UK Windows Phone developer who has been waiting for some Cortana love on your side of the pond?
Well you won’t have to wait much longer, as the Windows Phone team has revealed that the Cortana developer preview will be released within two weeks. Read more »
Microsoft’s recent big corporate changes are having other, far-reaching implications for its newly acquired Nokia Devices and Services.
As a result of Microsoft’s latest shake-up, the Nokia MixRadio application will become its own independent app. Read more »
Nokia’s latest Lumia offering has hit our offices, and we’ll be giving you a quick tour of the Nokia Lumia 930 before it gets whisked away for our comprehensive review.
The Lumia 930 is the international variant of the Nokia Lumia Icon released in the US for Verizon earlier this year, and is one of the first devices to sport Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 update out of box.
The Lumia 930 sports a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED of Nokia’s ClearBlack variety, which we unfortunately found to color shift severely towards red/blue when viewed from different angles – a problem that we’ve also seen in past Nokia AMOLEDs. The chipset is of the MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 variety, with four 2.2GHz Krait 400 cores, and an Adreno 330 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM on board alongside 32GB of non-expandable storage, all powered by a 2420mAh battery. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 930 is starring in a new advertisement accenting in its wireless charging capabilities. The ad is posted by the UK branch of the company and displays the Lumia 930 in various environments doing its wireless charging thing with the DC-50 portable wireless charger.
It’s not really surprising that the ad is coming from UK, considering the phone comes with the accessory as a bonus in the country. You also get the MD-12 Wireless speakers if get the smartphone in Britain. Read more »
Microsoft has been working on incorporating academic materials and research into Bing’s search results.
The educational data that you find on Bing will work closely with Cortana, the Windows Phone voice assistant. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.
The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »
Move over, iPhone 6. Sure, your rumored sapphire display can withstand pretty much anything one throws at it (except a car running it over, as it turns out), but in this regard the Nokia Lumia 930 is no slouch either.
Its super-sensitive touchscreen adorned with Gorilla Glass 3 has in fact wonderfully survived an encounter with a knife – which was used to play Fruit Ninja, believe it or not. Video proof follows. Read more »
CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella sent a company-wide email that promised big changes for the Redmond based tech giant, altering what the “core” of the company will be.
Apparently the new direction that Microsoft will be taking will focus heavily on mobile and cloud services. Read more »
When Adidas announced that it would be making it’s own fitness tracking wearable, everyone assumed that it would be a device that would rival Nike’s FuelBand.
However, Adidas Director of Product Creation, Simon Drabble says that the Fit Smart is more for training and fitness, and is not a lifestyle tracker, as the FuelBand is. Read more »
Microsoft’s spanking new voice assistant that premiered on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, predicts that Argentina has the edge over The Netherlands in today’s World Cup semi-final clash at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians stadium.
If you ask Cortana on your phone which team will win in the match Cortana will do some clever behind the scenes match to tell you the most probable outcome. And for the upcoming Argentina – The Netherlands clash it thinks it’s a close call but still favoring the Argentinian side. Read more »
BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. After being exclusive to the BlackBerry OS since its inception, the app was released on iOS and Android last year but it took its usual time to arrive later on Windows Phone.
But even though the app is on Windows Phone now, you may not be able to download it. BlackBerry, in its infinite wisdom, as decided to keep it a private beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. Read more »
This year will see another big rise among smart devices shipped to retailers and sold to customers – by its end more than 2.43 billion units will have left the manufacturing facilities which compares nicely to to 2013′s 2.34 billion.
The numbers come from Gartner which breaks them down by traditional PCs, ultrabooks and premium laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly the PC market will account for 308 million devices with tablets closing in at 256 million. Gartner’s projection for 2015 is that tablets will overtake PCs with roughly 4 million more shipments. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 930 is getting ready to go on sale in Europe with several retailers listing the product and a few of them accepting pre-orders. It looks like the sales of the Lumia 930 will be accompanied by an official flip cover that has been designed to complement the phone.
Although, Nokia hasn’t officially announced any accessories for the Lumia 930, the protective case for the smartphone has surfaced in Italy. The cover has precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons and for the 20 megapixel PureView camera on the back. Read more »
Nokia, or should we say Microsoft, has introduced its latest monthly competition through Instagram, where Lumia users are given the chance to showcase their macro-shooting skills.
All you have to do to enter the competition, is take a macro shot with a Lumia device, and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LumiaMacro. Read more »
When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 back at its BUILD conference, one of the features that was mentioned included dynamic lockscreens, which would allow developers to make custom lockscreens. Unfortunately, this feature was not included on the test build that was released to developers.
Now, a new video has surfaced that shows one example of customizable lockscreens. The lockscreen has fullscreen album art and music player controls that allow complete control over the playback from the lockscreen. Read more »