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Infographic: New Windows Phone 8.1 Features

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, 3 Comments

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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

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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

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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…)

Microsoft targets Macbooks in Surface Pro 3 ads (video)

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, No Comments

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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

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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…)

Cortana keeps getting smarter

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

CortanaMobile voice assistants are becoming much more than a party trick nowadays. The modern voice assistant approach allows the service to emanate from an online cloud perspective. Thus the developers can update the service with more features when ever they are developed. Recently both Google and Apple has been furiously updating their voice assitants (Google Voice Serach and Siri) to try and gain an edge in the market. Microsoft has also joined the party by recently launching new updates to Cortana. And they have a few neat tricks up their sleeve… (more…)

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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The software giant from Redmond has announced its biggest job cutting effort in its entire history, saying they have to axe 18,000 employees in a new effort to streamline operations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut the 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for about 70 percent of those.

The number is rather high, but not as much if you consider that it is mostly Nokia staff that is being cut. Microsoft started in the hardware game before the Nokia Devices acquisition, with the advent of the Surface tablets. After announcing the Nokia deal, Microsoft promised its investors $600 million in annual cost savings within 18 months. (more…)

Future Nokia Lumias might feature Canon camera tech

Published by on Jul 7th, 2014, 1 Comment

MS Canon DealThese days the smartphone is becoming the all-round gadget. Communicator, web browser, music player, gaming device as well as high-end camera. Microsoft and Canon have recently announced a broad cross-licensing agreement which could see Canon’s technology in terms of optics, lens and image processing technology find a way into future Nokia Lumia smartphones. (more…)

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