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Hidden USB settings found in Windows Phone 8.1

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It turns out if you search for the world “USB” in the built-in Bing app in Windows Phone 8.1 it pops up an option to choose to see USB settings, above, which offers the ability to be asked before letting your phone connect to a computer to synchronize, and also to be notified when you connect to a slow charger.

Unfortunately at present the settings do not work, but presumably this is one of those unfinished bits which shows Windows Phone 8.1 is not quite polished yet.

Unreal Engine 4 Now Adds Support For Xbox One

Epic games has announced that Engine source for Xbox One is available to subscribers who are registered developers with Microsoft. For now, deploying projects to Xbox One requires compiling source from GitHub using a Windows computer. Since releasing Unreal Engine 4 to the community last month, Epic was working with Microsoft on a process for opening the engine up to all subscribers seeking to build games for Xbox One. All Unreal Engine subscribers who are registered Xbox developers (including members of the ID@Xbox indie program) can receive access to UE4’s complete source code for their respective console platforms, at no extra cost. For the past two years, some of the world’s leading console developers have been using UE4 to build their next-generation games. They are doing some amazing things, and we’re very excited to be able to open up the console code and tools far more widely! We’re also grateful to our partners Microsoft and Sony for their efforts in making this release possible. This first console release is provided…

Read more at Microsoft News

Nokia To Leave Out Chennai Factory From Sale In Microsoft Deal

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Nokia is fighting a legal battle against Income tax department in India regarding the tax issue. Nokia requested the court that it would pay a deposit 22.5 billion rupees ($368 million) into an escrow account, so that they can continue the Microsoft deal including the factory sale. While the issue is still in court, Nokia decided to shut down the factory and offered VRS to its employees. Now, Nokia has confirmed to Bloomberg that they are excluding the factory from this deal which will be completed tomorrow.

“We are leaving out the plant because of the tax issues,” Poonam Kaul, a Nokia India spokeswoman, said by telephone today. The plant, one of the Espoo, Finland-based company’s largest phone factories, will make products for Microsoft as part of a servicing agreement, according to Kaul.

Source: Bloomberg

Red Stripe Deals For This Week In Windows Phone Store: Free Xbox Game Rabbids Big Bang, Sleep Bug Pro, Mini Dash And More

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Phone Store. There is a free Xbox Game Rabbids Big Bang, indie games King Oddball, Yoga.com Studio, Sleep Bug Pro, Mini Dash and utility app CarDash.

Rabbids Big Bang: Free

Forget the Milky Way! This is the Rabbids Way!
Rabbids Big Bang is the first Rabbids physic-based game on mobile devices that lets you pilot a Rabbid in space with the tip of your finger!

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

King Oddball: $1.49

Blow up tanks! Crash helicopters! Squash puny humans! Collapse structures! Hurl boulders until nothing remains! END THE WORLD!

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

Yoga.com Studio: $1.49

Yoga.com Studio is beautiful, simple and delightful to use. 289 poses and breathing exercises, all shown in stunning HD video, make it the largest database of yoga poses. Search for poses by skill level, your fitness goal or by type.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

Sleep Bug Pro: $1.49

Sleep Bug Pro is an ambient sound mixer that produces a variety of scenes and music with random sound effects. The built-in sound generator creates a realistic listening experience to help calm a busy mind and is perfect for adults, children, and babies who are having trouble sleeping.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

Also find CarDash for $1.99, Mini Dash for $0.99 here and here respectively in Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft, Facebook And Others Join Hands To Prevent Heartbleed OpenSSL Like Crisis In The Future

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others have formed the Core Infrastructure Initiative which is a multi-million dollar project that is aimed to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions. They want to prevent events such as the recent Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis. Read more about it below. What is the Core Infrastructure Initiative? The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure…..

Read more at Microsoft News

Project Tripod App Now Available For Windows Phone Devices

Project Tripod enables anyone to capture and visualize this change. It showcases the changes between photos over time. Project Tripod is an interesting project and it was chosen as part of Nokia/Microsoft AppCampus program last year. You can download this app from Windows Phone Store now.

Features:

Project Tripod will make Physical Tripods Extinct by giving everyone:Project Tripod QR code
• Ability to take perfectly aligned snaps over time – be it seconds, weeks, months or years – without needing a physical tripod!
• Anyone with the app can add to these Virtual Tripods
• Which means they are adding to and viewing a living history – an endless book with endless chapters
• You can Chronicle milestones – man made (buildings, damns, infrastructure) or natural (flora and ecosystems)
• With the images that are collected, you can create beautiful art using the in app tools
• And use the social Sharing aspects to share your creations & tripods with the world.

You can get started by viewing the more than 1,000 Virtual Tripods already in place across the globe – or create your own and you too can see that it’s what changes between the photo’s that’s really important.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Possible Photos Of Upcoming Microsoft Surface Mini Accessory Listings Spotted On Amazon

We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking.  As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office…..

Read more at Microsoft News

Nokia app voucher promotion now also available in Germany

Nokia-Ent-Camp-Wide-Games2x1-jpgToday Nokia officially announced the app voucher promotion in other countries. While so far the app only worked in countries like the UK, for example Germany was not able to download the app.

With the app everyone who bought a Lumia 1520, 1320, 1020 or 625 after the 21st April (beginning with the 22nd) can verify themselves and get a 25€ app voucher for their apps.
However, there are two restrictions: You need to be at least 18 years old and the voucher expires after 120 days.

The promotion is going until the 30th July 2014 and the needed app can be found here.

Source: Nokia

Following Don Mattrick, Another Xbox Executive Jumps To Zynga

Microsoft Xbox executive Don Mattrick joined Zynga as its CEO last year. During their earnings call today, Zynga announced that Alex Garden, currently the general manager of Xbox Music, Video and Reading at Microsoft, will become the first president of Zynga Studios, a new role reporting to Mattrick, on May 5. Alex Garden held various positions like General Manager, Xbox LIVE,  General Manager, Xbox Music,….

Read more at Microsoft News

Lync 2013 And Xbox One SmartGlass Apps Updated With Bug Fixes In Windows Phone Store

Xbox One Windows Phone SmartGlassMicrosoft has today updated Lync 2013 and Xbox One SmartGlass apps for Windows Phone devices. These are minor updates with no new features.

Lync 2013:

Lync 2013 app today got updated to v5.4.1087.0.

What’s new in version 5.4:
•         User experience improvements
•         Bug fixes

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Xbox One SmartGalss:

Xbox One SmartGlass app got updated to v1.0.3.3.

New in this release:
•   Bug fixes

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

eBay App Redesigned For WP8 Devices, Now Supports More Global Markets

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eBay has revamped their app for Windows Phone devices. It allows you to conveniently manage all of your eBay activity like browsing for products, listing items, buying items on the go. Since this version of the eBay app has been rebuilt and redesigned for Windows Phone 8, you can now pin items as Live Tiles and receive notifications when your purchases have sent, and track with ease.

Features:

• Searching made easy! Use our refinement carousel to find the exact item you want, at the price you want.

• Need more filtering options? A quick swipe from the right side will bring up our complete list of advanced search options.

• Browse Daily Deals or your personalized eBay feed right from the home screen!

• Find what you like? Hit the Buy it Now button and make your purchase straight from the app.

• Want to try an auction instead? Bid with confidence knowing our improved notifications will notify you when you’ve been outbid or an item is ending.

• Shop globally! You can change your eBay site in Settings, giving you access to eBay markets all over the world.

• Receive notifications when your purchases have sent, and track with ease.

• Pin an item as a Live Tile and track its status on your phone’s home screen!

• Review a seller’s profile and Feedback, allowing you to shop with confidence.

• List your own items to sell, auction, or both!

Download and update it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

New Promotional Video For Microsoft Surface Involves Founder Of Sweet Loren’s

Microsoft today posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. This video shows how the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Dual-position Kickstand: The integrated Kickstand features two positions, so you can choose the one that works best for you. On your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle. Productive….

Read more at Microsoft News

Gold’s Gym India Releases Its Official App In Windows Phone Store

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Gold’s Gym India has released their official My Daily Fitness Guide app for Windows Phone devices. It features personal trainer and nutritionist that helps you reach your ideal body weight and stay fit.

Get Exercise and Diet Plans, Log your Gym Workouts, Track your Progress and Much More. No more excuses for not having a trainer/dietician or time to workout. Our top dieticians and trainers with years of experience have come together to give you this app and help you lose or gain weight the right way.

Features:

1. Get a Customised Workout and Diet Plan according to your weight Goal
2. Detailed Explanation of each exercise
3. Daily Work Out Reminders
4. Log Your Workout in a quick easy step
5. Track Your Progress with photos
6. Share your achievements on Facebook and get cheered by your Friends
7. Vacation Mode

Right now, the app has many bugs, couple of bug fix updates should make this app more usable. Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

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