Give your Windows Phone Start screen a completely new look (video)

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Believe it or not, the above screen shot is from the actual start screen of a Windows Phone.

The appearance is not due to an app or a hack, but a clever manipulation of the background image in Windows Phone 8.1.

See a video explaining how you can achieve the effect yourself after the break, and read more at WindowsPhoneViet.com.

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Microsoft Releases Updated Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 With Over 200 Improvements

Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications…….

Read more at Microsoft News

CoPilot GPS App Updated In Windows Phone Store With New Maps And Features

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CoPilot GPS app for Windows Phone devices allows you to plan and explore with free offline maps, route planning and directions. This app was today updated to v 9.6.2.705 in Store. This includes updates to several maps and new features like ActiveRoutes.

New Features:

• FREE North America & Europe map update with the latest, most accurate maps
• New ActiveRoutes™*calculates the best route to your destination based on actual road speeds at the time of day
• Time settings added CommuteMe™ feature
• Map of India now available
• Enhanced Motion Lock functionality

You can upgrade to full in-car navigation features via in-app purchase and enjoy unlimited use of turn-by-turn guidance with voice instructions, 3D maps, speed limit warnings, ClearTurn™ display, lane indicator arrows and more.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft To Reveal Windows 9 On September 30th

Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft is planning to preview Windows 9 in a press event on September 30th. Last week, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by…….

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Microsoft Partners With TracFone For Offering Windows Phone Based Mobile Health Management Solution

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Microsoft today announced their collaboration with TracFone Wireless that will bring the benefits of Windows Phone and services through a new mobile health management solution offered for high-risk populations through providers and insurers.
Microsoft and TracFone will work with Health Choice Network (HCN), a Miami-based company that manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states, to conduct a pilot project where HCN will provide smartphones to diabetes patients to help them better manage their care.

Building on the success of TracFone’s short message service, text and phone programs, the new solution will be offered on a Windows Phone and feature Microsoft’s familiar suite of services and solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft HealthVault, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and a variety of smartphone applications. It will combine enterprise-grade security and privacy features to allow security-enhanced, HIPAA-enabled email and messaging communications to patients regarding their health and regimens. In addition, it will provide appointment reminders with calendar functionality and remote device management that is standard with a Windows Phone.

Read more about it here.

China Approves Sale Of 5 Million Microsoft Xbox One Units

Microsoft last month officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. Now, Chinese Government has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country’s emerging console sector. This number was revealed……..

Read more at Microsoft News

Nokia Lumia 530 Is Available For Pre-order From Unlocked Mobiles UK

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Microsoft recently announced that the availability of Nokia Lumia 530 WP8.1 device in the UK from September 4th. The device will cost £60 without contract. Now, it is available for pre-order from  unlocked-mobiles.com for £86.98 inc VAT.

The device comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB Internal memory. The device will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey. Nokia Lumia 530 will also be compatible with Nokia Shell for Lumia 530 and Nokia Flip Shell for Lumia 530 protective covers.

Find the listing from Unlocked-mobiles.com.

Microsoft Planning To Add ‘Free Game Day’ Feature To Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

With Xbox Live Gold subscription, you get free games every month, the multiplayer gaming, exclusive member discounts up to 75% on games in the Xbox Store and more. Microsoft is planning to add one more benefit to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Few Xbox beta testers noticed that this new feature named ‘Free Game Day’ allows users to try select games for 24 hours, giving them a chance to preview games before making a purchase…..

Read more at Microsoft News

HTC One for Windows confirmed to be GSM SIM unlocked

It has been confirmed that Verizon’s HTC for Windows is GSM SIM-unlocked, and will accept SIM cards from carriers like T-Mobile USA.

Unfortunately the device is still designed for a CDMA carrier, and does not include the ability to set up MMS messages for example.

Nevertheless the other data features work well, but the smartphone only officially supports LTE on Verizon’s Band 4 and 13, though we note the handset has been certified for bands 3 and 7 also widely used in Europe.

At only $600 commitment-free (452 Euro, £362) without tax of course, are any of our readers tempted to import? Let us know below.

Opera Mini Becomes The Default Web Browser For Microsoft’s Feature Phones And Asha Phones Portfolio

Opera today announced that their Opera Mini will become the default web browser for Microsoft’s existing feature phones and Asha phones portfolio, Opera Software today announced. This includes mobile devices based on the Series 30+, Series 40 and Asha software platforms. Microsoft is planning to send notifications to existing Xpress browser users and they will be encouraged to upgrade to the latest Opera Mini browser. Factory-new devices will have Opera Mini pre-installed. “We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want…..

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Rudy Huyn working on a Secret app

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Secret is a new anonymous social network designed to make it easy to spill secrets without being discovered. Secrets range from the the mundane to the industrial to national security (mostly mundane however).

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(An example of some Secret posts)

The app is currently not available on Windows Phone, meaning we are missing out on some of the hottest gossip, but fear not, as Rudy Huyn is ready to plug the gap.

He has started development on a Secret app for Windows Phone called 6cret, which should tap into Secret’s network.

The app is nearly complete, but has not entered beta yet, but it should not be long.

Is this an app many of our readers are waiting for? Let us know below.

Microsoft Announces The Release Of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2

Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 which includes updates to the Visual F# compiler and F# IDE tooling for Visual Studio. Microsoft is continuing to expand .NET portable library support in Visual F#, with this release you can find F# project templates, along with compiler and runtime support, for two additional portable profiles: Profile 78 (.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows Phone Silverlight 8) Profile ……..

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PayPal Talks About The New Revamped PayPal App In Windows Phone Store

Last week, we reported about the updated PayPal available in Windows Phone Store. PayPal today detailed the update on their official blog. The app was made available globally and with that you can users can enjoy the same seamless PayPal experience when using your Windows Phone to shop and pay as they do on Android and iOS platforms.
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They also highlighted the strong partnership with Microsoft,

At PayPal, we’ve had a long history of working with Microsoft to create seamless payment experiences across more devices – from the Xbox to Microsoft Excel and Windows Phone.  We’re always looking for ways to make it even easier for you to use PayPal across devices, online and in-stores, and our revamped Windows Phone app is just the latest example.

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Source: Paypal

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