Microsoft once again teases a double-height Live Tile

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Not for the first time Microsoft/Nokia have posted a picture suggesting it is possible to enlarge a live tile to not just double width, but also double height.

This new tile size option has been rumoured repeatedly, but so far there is no indication that it is on the way, even in the next GDR1 update to Windows Phone 8.1.

We suggest Microsoft either deliver this new feature, or fire the artist that keeps teasing it.

The image can be seen on Microsoft’s Facebook page here.

Via WindowsPhoneApps.es

Microsoft files legal action against Samsung for breach of their cross-licensing agreement

Posting on the Microsoft blog, David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft has confirmed that it has filed legal action against Samsung, asking the court to hold the company to a 2011 cross licensing agreement which saw Samsung pay Microsoft to use some of their technologies.

According to Microsoft Samsung unilaterally stopped honouring the agreement in September 2013 after Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Nokia’s handset business.

Microsoft says protracted negotiations have failed, and they expect the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York to settle the disagreement, and expressed confidence the contract will be enforced.

Microsoft’s IP licensing deals is believed to bring in several billion dollars in revenue each year, likely largely from Samsung, the largest and most profitable Android OEM.

Read more detail at Microsoft here.

Samsung Is Now Promoting Windows 8 Style Multitasking In Its Galaxy Tablets

Microsoft introduced the concept of multitasking in modern touch based world with Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft made multi-tasking even better by allowing users to put more apps on screen (up to 4 on a large screen). It was rumored recently that Apple is planning to similar feature in the iOS for iPad in the near future. Samsung too copied this feature……

Read more at Microsoft News

Nokia Train chugging to AT&T soon

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Neowin reports that the Nokia Lumia 830 is heading to AT&T soon.

The handset, code-named Train is expected to be a mid-range device and may be the device in the picture leaked earlier.

The device will join the Nokia Lumia 530 on AT&T’s network, with the company still missing a new high end handset, after the rumoured cancellation of the McLaren.

Windows Phone climbs to 2.5% worldwide web usage

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NetApplications data for July 2014 shows a significant boost in Windows Phone usage in July 2014, with the combined total for WP7.5, 8 and 8.1 coming to 2.48% of all mobile usage, up from 1.99% in June 2014 and 1.14% in July 2013.

The number exceeds the usage of all of Kindle Fire, the iPod Touch, the Nook, Galaxy tab, many less popular older versions of Android and all of Blackberry.

As a real world reflection of the data, Nilay Patel recently posted some Verge mobile usage numbers, revealing the following:

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That stats gives Windows Phone 3.2% mobile usage share of their website in July. While not a massive number, it is certainly not so small to be trivially ignored, and NetApplication’s numbers certainly suggest this will only be growing.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 Coming As Part Of August Patch Tuesday Updates

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update few months back. Windows 8.1 Update included lots of improvements for keyboard and mouse users. It also enabled new low-end hardware to be built by OEMs on top of Windows. With the recent reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on the second update for Windows 8.1. So far, we referred it as……..

Read more at Microsoft News

Verizon leaks HTC One for Windows Phone render

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Verizon has a habit of leaking their new handsets from their own handset.

The latest “victim” is the HTC One for Windows Phone, leaked from their own servers, the Windows Phone version of HTC’s high end Android offering.

The handset is very strongly expected to be announced by HTC on the 19th August and the company has already sent out invitations to many Windows Phone reporters.

The HTC One features a brushed-metal body with a 5-inch, 1080p Gorilla Glass LCD screen and antennas integrated into the case, front-facing Boomsound speakers, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a MicroSD slot.

The screen shot shows the handset will have virtual buttons that can be hidden, will come with HTC’s TV Guide service (and presumably also the infra-red remote control feature) and will have HTC’s camera software.

The handset unfortunately is a Verizon exclusive – hopefully we will see an equivalent offering from other OEMs.

Via PCMag.com

Microsoft Is Celebrating 25 Years Of Office With A New Marketing Campaign

Microsoft today revealed that Microsoft launched Office 25 years ago on this day. Since then, Microsoft Office has helped million of people get things done in their work and personal lives. Office apps and services has transformed from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive……..

Read more at Microsoft News

O2 UK delivers visual voice mail to their Windows Phone handsets

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As promised, O2 has delivered visual voice mail with their Windows phone 8.1 update.

Neowin reports that the service is now in place on the Nokia Lumia 925, 625 and 1520 running WP8.1.

Unfortunately they are not available on carrier unlocked handsets or ones running WP8.1 Developer preview.

The WP8.1 update brings a new Visual Voice mail toggle under Phone Settings and produces a new section under your Phone hub (above) where the calls are collected.

O2 has earlier revealed they are working “tirelessly” to bring their O2 WIFI, TU Go (which lets you send text messages using your tablet or PC using your phone number) and My O2 apps to Windows Phone 8.1 also.

Have our WP8.1 users on O2 activated this feature? Let us know below.

Internet Explorer Continues To Lead The Web Browser Market In July While Chrome Is Rapidly Gaining From Firefox

Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of July. Internet Explorer market share is up 0.37%, from 58.38 percent to 58.01 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a slight slip by 0.25% from 17.03 percent to 16.78 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular…..

Read more at Microsoft News

Bing Vision now no longer offering to scan barcodes

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It seems Microsoft has something against the Bing Vision team. First they moved access to the app from the search button to the awkwardly accessible camera lens in WP8.1, and now they have removed another significant element of the app, the ability to scan barcodes.

Users are still able to scan QRCodes, but who knows how long this will last.

The removal of these features would not matter so much if Microsoft added them elsewhere, like in Cortana, but I think we have seen over the years that Microsoft has little compunction about removing features users regularly rely on and then leaving them in the lurch for months to years afterwards.

Do our readers regularly use Bing Vision, and have you noticed this newly missing feature? Let us know below.

Via Reddit.com, thanks Omar for the tip.

Official Paypal app for Windows Phone gets its first update in over a year, does not add much

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PayPal app for Windows Phone 8 devices has today been updated to version 4.0.0.7. The last update for the app was in March 2013, and it seems Paypal did not spend the time developing any new features, suggesting the best we can hope for is the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

Update:

They have changed the app UI theme and added new “Local” feature where you can find local merchants who are using our PayPal Here™ service and pay them with PayPal.

Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.

All Surface Pro 3 Models Are Now Available For Order From Microsoft Store, Intel Core i3 Model Costs Only $799

As announced earlier, Microsoft is now taking orders for Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i3 based Surface Pro 3 to pre-ordered customers. Last month, Microsoft started selling Intel Core i5 based version alone and Microsoft announced during their earnings call that Surface Pro 3 is selling well. Making all SKUs available will further improve the sales of Surface Pro 3 units…….

Read more at Microsoft News

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