Zuckerberg, Nadella do ‘ice bucket challenge’ for charity

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

ice bucket challenge

If you have been paying any attention to you social media timelines lately, you may have noticed a new fad going around called the ‘ice bucket challenge’

Much like any other social media challenge (remember those idiotic neknominations…) it requires a person to perform – a usually ridiculous – task and then nominate or challenge other friends to do the same.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’, however, seems to support a good cause. Rather than simply dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for no apparent reason, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease much like Motor Neuron disease.

Surprisingly enough, some high profile tech giants have also somehow caught wind of the challenge and has started challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and then donating money towards the fight against ALS. (more…)

Infographic: New Windows Phone 8.1 Features

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, 3 Comments


With the official Windows Phone 8.1 update continuing to roll out for all Windows Phone 8 devices, we thought it would be cool to share this infographic on some of the new features to expect. (more…)

Microsoft teases new camera-focused Windows Phones

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, 2 Comments


If you are waiting for some new Windows Phone devices with great cameras, you may not need to wait much longer. Microsoft has just sent out a save-the-date notice that asks the media if it’s ready for “more face time” at a Berlin event on September 4th, just ahead of the IFA technology show.

The ‘o’ in the word ‘more’ is reminiscent of the camera we saw on the Nokia Lumia 1020, so we won’t be surprised to see the successor, probably called the Lumia 1030, next month. (more…)

Microsoft turns your smartphone camera into a Kinect (video)

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, No Comments


Microsoft’s been very busy at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference. The company’s research division have already illustrated how they can interpret speech based on the vibrations of a potato chip bag and turn camera footage into an experience that feels like flying.

Consider the work of researchers from Microsoft Research’s Redmond and Cambridge outposts – they figured out a way to turn a run of the mill 2D camera like the one embedded in your phone or perched atop your monitor into an infrared camera usable for capturing depth data, sort of like a Kinect. (more…)

Welcome to Windows Phone: Uber and Fitbit arrive

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, 1 Comment


As we reported yesterday, more developers are coming on board to bring the biggest apps to Windows Phone. Now there are two more additions to make your life easier on your Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 device.

Uber (more…)

Microsoft targets Macbooks in Surface Pro 3 ads (video)

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, No Comments


The Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that is supposed to replace your laptop, or at least according to Microsoft. While we don’t feel we’re quite there yet, it is a step in the right direction. To show off some of the functionality of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft are reigniting the Mac vs PC battle from yesteryear with its latest ads.

The first ad called “Power” starts off with a Mac user curious about a full version of Adobe Photoshop running on the Surface Pro 3, demonstrating the device’s laptop and tablet capabilities. (more…)

Windows Phone apps double in a year

Published by on Aug 11th, 2014, 2 Comments


Even though you may not find your favourite apps on iOS and Android if you search for it on Windows Phone, the situation is changing very quickly. We see more and more of our most used apps being ported to Windows Phone and we can’t be happier.

“We have more than 300,000 Windows Phone apps today and the Windows Phone Store continues to grow,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with The Next Web. “In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94%.” (more…)

BBM beta open for all Windows Phone devices

Published by on Aug 4th, 2014, 1 Comment


It seems to becoming more difficult to keep BlackBerry at the forefront of the news, but luckily BBM may be keeping it alive after all. Windows Phone is the next frontier for the messaging service, but it is yet to be seen if it will be successful on the platform. (more…)