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As part of a massive holiday giveaway promotion, Microsoft is offering over 100 MP3 albums through its Music Deals app for free to everyone. That is, everyone who uses Windows 8 or owns a Windows Phone.The promotion is available for a limited time but it is worth taking advantage of. Country, Rock and Roll, Rap, and Pop music are just some of the genres available in the collection Microsoft is offering. Among the free albums are ones from artists such as Eminem, The Rolling Stones, Linkin Park, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Ray, U2, Stone Temple Pilots, Faith Hill, The Who, Bon Jovi, The Doobie... Read more...
It seems like we can't go a single month without seeing a major change happen at Microsoft that wouldn't have likely happened had the company still been under the rule of Steve Ballmer. Today, another such change is tossed on the pile, and it's a great one for anyone using a Windows Phone 8 device. When Windows Phone 8 dropped, it left a lot of WP users in the dark - they simply had no hope of updating their phone to Redmond's latest and greatest. Considering the fact that Microsoft's a follower in the smartphone market, you'd think that it'd try very hard to cater to its pre-existing customers,... Read more...
Microsoft has been updating and improving on Cortana, its personal assistant for the Windows Phone and a popular character from the Halo franchise, since it was rolled out. Microsoft’s response to Apple’s personal assistant Siri has continued to improve and expand with Bing integration and Cortana being brought to Nokia phones. Now, Microsoft is giving its personal assistant the ability to speak Klingon and use pictures. Windows Phone users who ask Cortana questions about Halo, where it is an artificial intelligence that helps the franchise’s protagonist Master Chief, or other... Read more...
As of today, the Spotify app for Windows Phone offers free music streaming. Android and iOS users have been enjoying free music from the streaming service for months, but Windows Phone users have been impatiently waiting – first for a Spotify app, and then for a Spotify app that included the service’s popular free music feature. The wait's over for free Spotify streaming on Windows Phone. Spotify is a “freemium” service, meaning that that it has free component and offers extra features for a premium. The free music streaming is a popular features and the reviews on the Windows... Read more...
A weakness has been identified that could exist in Android, Windows, and iOS devices that can be used to obtain personal information. Discovered by a team of researchers, the vulnerability revolves around multiple applications running on a shared infrastructure that can be exploited. According to their research, they were able to test a method, on an Android phone, that was successful between 82 percent and 92 percent of the time for six of the seven apps that were tested. The apps with such high percentages were Gmail (92 percent), H&R Block (92 percent), Newegg (86 percent), WebMD (85 percent),... Read more...
If you’re a loyal Windows Phone user who’s been ogling the Android version of the HTC One M8, your time has come. HTC released the smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 through Verizon and AT&T is readying a model for its customers.  The HTC One M8 has a sleek metal unibody and solid performance, which snagged it an Editor’s Choice award in our recent review. Obviously, we loved the phone with Android, but we’re pleased to see it available with Windows Phone, too. The more, the merrier. HTC One M8 with Windows Phone for Verizon The HTC One M8 has been getting lots of... Read more...
Microsoft may want to dominate the mobile market, or at least become a competitive force, but the latest market share figures underscore just what a daunting task the Redmond outfit faces. In fact, Windows Phone is moving in the wrong direction -- though worldwide smartphone shipments topped the 300 million mark for the first time in history, Windows Phone volumes declined from a year ago. On the bright side, Windows Phone volume crawled forward compared to the previous quarter and is now the "clear number 3 smartphone platform" behind Android and iOS, but we're still only talking about a miserable... Read more...
Microsoft took the veil off of Windows Phone 8.1 Update last week, and while it's not a "major" update by any stretch, it's certainly one worth looking forward to if you are a WP user. It's also one that could prove very useful to those in the UK, China, Canada, India, and Australia, as it's the update that introduces Cortana to phones in those countries. As discussed last week, 8.1 Update brings a number of notable features, including the long overdue ability to organize apps with folders. Another useful addition for business is "Apps Corner", which lets you choose which apps can be run on a device,... Read more...
When Microsoft released a beta for its Cortana personal assistant this past spring, it came with a major caveat: Only US users could partake. With its just-released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, however, the company is now offering use of the feature to those in the UK and China as a beta like the US release, and as an alpha in Canada, India, and Australia. Microsoft notes that while Cortana is going to be the same as we've seen her up to this point in most of these betas, the Chinese release is a bit special. Here, Cortana has an entirely different form (seen below), and in addition, there are new... Read more...
Mobile phones reveal more about ourselves than perhaps we'd like to admit. Evidence of that can be found in the way we use our phones -- people have been known to walk into traffic and, in once incident, right off a pier and into the ocean while texting. But it's the selfie craze that lets the world know we're all a bunch of narcissists at heart. In an attempt to capitalize on that, Microsoft is planning to launch a selfie phone in the near future. According to The Verge, Microsoft devices CEO Stephen Elop recently showed off a couple of upcoming handsets during an internal company meeting. One... Read more...
Statistically speaking, there aren't a whole lot of smartphone owners rocking Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, at least compared to Android and iOS, the two of which collectively account for around nine out of 10 handsets. Presuming a fear of the unknown is preventing some users from hopping on the Windows Phone train, Microsoft has posted an online tutorial of its mobile platform so you can essentially try before you buy. The timing of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 tutorial comes as the company enters a restructuring mode that will see 18,000 layoffs, including around 12,500 pink slips in its... Read more...
If you want to beat the Las Vegas odds makers, you might want to look at the available software at your disposable. To wit, EA's Madden NFL franchise has correctly predicted the winner of the Super Bowl in 8 of the last 11 tries (but got it wrong this last time around), and Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 devices correctly pegged Germany to win the 2014 World Cup. That alone is somewhat impressive, but even more so is that Cortana was on a 14-game win streak before the digital assistant incorrectly blemished its once-perfect record by picking Brazil to beat the Netherlands.... Read more...
Windows Phone is improving all the time. Sure, there's a huge discrepancy in market share between Windows Phone and either iOS or Android, but Microsoft isn't standing idly by. Just the opposite, Microsoft just released its Files app for Windows Phone 8.1, which introduces a file management system to the mobile OS. Files is free to download from the Windows Store. With it, you can access files stored on your phone and SD card; browse, search, and launch files; easily share one file or multiple files; create folders to organize your files; and copy, move, rename, and delete files. Windows Phone... Read more...
Winds of change are surely blowing now that Satya Nadella has taken over the CEO role at Microsoft. During the company's BUILD conference this week, blockbuster news was announced regarding the pricing future of its most notable product: Windows. Going forward, Microsoft will make Windows free for phones and tablets, likely in a bid to better compete with Android and iOS. Both of those operating systems have monumental slices of market share in the mobile space, which Microsoft is seeking to infiltrate now that sales of laptops and desktops are sliding downward. Up until now, Microsoft was charging... Read more...
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