Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8.1
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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is clearly more than just a simple step in the right direction. The amount of changes included in the update are significant enough to warrant for another "dot," though Microsoft decided to keep this conservative. That said; as more users continue to receive the update, new details on its features emerge. One of the most praised changes is that now Microsoft gives you the option to select how you'd like to share your Internet connection. In the past you were only given the option to share your connection through Wi-Fi, which is the most ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    For the past couple weeks, we've been following the very swift progress the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act has been making on its way to becoming law in the US. First the Senate passed the bill, and a week later the House gave its own approval. That just left a presidential signature needed before the Act would become law, and today President Obama's delivering just that, restoring smartphone unlocking rights to Americans. What does this law do? It used to be that the process of carrier-unlocking phones was granted a special exemption from the DMCA, which otherwise ...

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    Just a few hours back we were beginning to find ourselves convinced that this Windows Phone 8 version of the HTC One M8 was happening; after a week of unsubstantiated rumors, hard evidence really started pointing to the existence of a new HTC Windows Phone model for Verizon. And while there still hasn't been any official announcement, the next best thing has now arrived, as render of just such a WP8 M8 has been uncovered on Verizon's own servers. There it is down below, and as you can see, this hardware very much looks how we'd expect it to. Which is to say, it's practically identical to ...

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    Are we really about to see HTC release a Windows Phone edition of its Android flagship One M8? A week ago, that sounded like an old rumor that had little chance of coming true, but then all of a sudden all this buzz has descended upon the idea, with proponents not just insisting that this move was going to happen, but that it could occur quite soon, as well. And with HTC sending out invitations to an event later this month, it was like adding fuel to a fire. But where's the actual evidence that this model even exists? Today we bring the goods, and a new certification doc might just out ...

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    As much as we struggle to keep BlackBerry alive in our feeds, the company isn't doing the best job in helping us reach that goal. BlackBerry is more of an uncertainty than it is the aspiring line of products that most of us drooled for in the past. That said, BBM has been doing a decent job in gaining some cross-platform glory, and the next frontier is Windows Phone. The company recently launched BBM beta for Windows Phone devices, but as a closed beta for only a few. Today BlackBerry has launched BBM as a public beta for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the list of ...

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    The great thing about today's approach to mobile voice assistants is that the service lies in the cloud, and as such, can be updated periodically with more features. We've seen both Google and Apple be quite aggressive with the updates they've provided to Google Voice Search and Siri respectively, and now Microsoft takes an extra step. The company has just launched new updates to Cortana, and if you haven't noticed, here are a few new tricks. You can now ask Cortana how old Bill Gates is, and the service will respond verbally, something that has made Google's Voice Search famous for years. ...

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    The next couple months are shaping up to be chock-full of smartphone announcements. IFA in early September is bound to bring us a ton of new devices, and shortly after that we're expecting news of the iPhone 6. We've even been picking up on word of a few possible launches for August, and an invite just landed for what may be a notable one, as HTC prepares for an August 19 event. But what could the company have to share? A few subjects come to mind, like that One M8 for Windows (or W8, if you will) and the recent rumors that the phone could launch sometime this quarter. Sure, there's been ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 has finally seen its public release, following months of availability as a Preview for Developers. But as Windows Phone users all over the world start installing their 8.1 updates, Microsoft already has its eyes on what's next, and today gives us a little taste of what to expect, announcing the coming availability of WP8.1 Update 1 and going over some of the software's key features. Remember that folder support we've been talking about? The update will introduce Live Folders to the platform, letting you group apps for a denser, more feature-packed Start screen. Even ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has proven to be as cool as it is odd. We do praise everything we've seen in our extensive review coverage, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has only launched a few devices running it. If you're wondering when we'll see some dedicated Windows Phone 8.1 hardware, the answer could be just around the corner. Sources close to Microsoft mention that Stephen Elop showed off two devices in an internal company meeting last week. The first of the two is apparently codename "Superman," and according to the source, is Microsoft's selfie phone ...

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    Yesterday morning we told you about the latest rumor to concern HTC's future with Windows Phone, once again bringing up the idea that the company was working on a WP version of its flagship One M8 Android model. But really, outside the assertion that this project was happening (and likely before the end of the year), we didn't have much to go on. We're still anxious to pick up new details, but at least a couple more have turned up since yesterday, looking into possible launch plans and carrier interest. First up, we have a name, with this handset supposedly arriving as the One (M8) for ...

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    Platform exclusivity has always been something smartphone users have had to deal with. There's little worse than hearing about a great new game, or powerful new productivity tool, only to learn that it's not out for your OS of choice. In recent years, the situation's gotten a bit better, especially when it comes to high profile apps, but as wearables begin to descend on the scene en masse, we're seeing history repeat itself, and barriers are once again emerging along platform lines. Even there, we've witnessed some early progress, like Nike finally releasing an Android FuelBand app after ...

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    It's been nearly a year a year now since we saw HTC deliver its last Windows Phone offering, the unremarkable 8XT. And while that model drew its hardware inspiration from the earlier 8X and 8S, we couldn't help but wonder what might be possible if HTC took a few notes from its Android lineup – and specifically, from the metal-bodied One – when putting together a new WP model. The idea of a WP-running One M7 never panned out, but the rumor returned this year, now attached to the One M8. It's been a few months since we heard anything about such a possibility, but those rumors are ...

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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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