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Site Admin and Windows Phone enthusiast, he has been using Windows Mobile devices since before they were called PocketPC’s. He is currently sporting a Nokia Lumia 920.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout coming to Windows Phone 24th July

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On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that Modern Combat 5: Blackout is coming to Windows and Windows Phone on the 24th July.

The game is expected to take players on a tour of the world, tracking a terrorist gang through numerous iconic location.

Gameloft, the developer has also announced that all of their Gameloft HD titles in 2014 will release simultaneously with iOS and Android on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. This is a verification of the news we first posted in August 2013 from an interview with Gregory Wintgens .

See the trailer after the break.

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FourSquare Swarm coming to Windows Phone “very soon”

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Swarm is a new app from Foursquare that helps you keep up and meet up with your friends.

The app automatically keeps track of your location, and can automatically upload your rough location to the service, or specific locations manually.

The app is an offshoot from the usual FourSquare app and is currently available on iOS and Android, but not on Windows Phone.

The app is however coming to Windows Phone “very soon”, according to FourSquare’s twitter support.

Microsoft has recently signed a $15 million deal with FourSquare to share their location data for use with Cortana, so even if our readers are not particularly into the app, we will still be benefiting from the more hip smartphone users using it.

Nokia Lumia 520 gets WP8.1/Cyan on Orange France

Great news for all Nokia Lumia 520 owners is that Orange France has now started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to their 520 owners.

The handset is the first besides the 925 and 625 to get the update, and suggests the roll-out will soon start in earnest for all 520 owners.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most popular WP8.1 handset, with Microsoft saying more than 12 million have been sold.

See the update page at Nokia here.

Hack brings Cortana’s Quiet Hours to Interop-unlocked Windows Phones

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If you have a Windows Phone that can be Interop Unlocked like the Samsung ATIV S you do just about anything, including it appears porting features from Cortana to your handset.

WIndowsMania.pl reports that a hack is now available which will allow you to bring select features from Cortana, in this case Quiet Hours, to the Samsung ATIV S.

On their site they include a package of files and the procedure for activating it on your handset, but note you need a handset with full access to the file system, only available with Interop Unlocked devices, and also that the hack is optimised for Polish users at present.

Cortana is expected to roll out to UK and China soon, but will likely hit the rest of the world only in 2015.

Read more about it at WindowsMania.pl here.

Carphone Warehouse in UK and Ireland now selling the Nokia Lumia 930

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The Carphone Warehouse has started selling the new Windows Phone flagship, the Nokia Lumia 930.

In UK they are now offering the handset from £28 on contract on O2, EE and Vodafone.

NokiaNewsIreland also reports in Ireland CarphoneWarehouse.ie are also offering the device on O2, Vodafone, Meteor, Three and eMobile, usually from around 429.99 Euro on contract.

They do seem a bit confused however about which OS the handset runs:

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See those offers here.

Future merged Windows/Windows Phone kernel to be called “Windows OneCore”

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Microsoft watcher WalkingCat has uncovered some references to the new merged OS we will expect to see in Windows Threshold.

According a job post on Microsoft Careers the “One Microsoft” OS will enable apps to work across phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox and will feature a XAML UI that will let developers code across all the devices.

An SDE Intern on LinkedIn writes that he was:

-Porting trademark Windows Phone features for use in any Windows operating environment through Windows OneCore

and a slide with a resume on Slideshare says:

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Some speculate that OneCore is what used to be called MinWin, a minimal kernel for Windows that has now been renamed.

It seems pretty clear however we will soon see the next major evolution (and possibly disruption) of the Windows Phone OS is vaulted onto a common core with desktop, tablet and Xbox operating systems.

Fan-made Nokia Lumia 930 video shows off WP8.1 features

Techrum.vn reports on fan-made promotional video produced by the Nokia Lovers Association in Vietnam, showing off the features of the new Nokia Lumia 930.

While the video, shot in Hanoi, has variable production quality, it does do a good job of showing off a wide range of features such as notes with OneNote, Micracast wireless screen casting, photography and photo sharing, the new Word Flow keyboard, and more.

See Microsoft’s own effort after the break.

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Fail Hard, a new biking game by the makers of Hill Climb Racing, hits Windows Phone

Fingersoft, the developers of Hill Climb Racing, has brought their app to the Windows Phone Store.

In the game you play a stunt man taking on ever more daring stunts and jumps while trying to make it big in the stunt show business.

Along the way you collect coins to upgrade your equipment and rise from the bottom as an promising up-and-comer to true stardom.

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The game features:

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  • Different and fun stunts with amazing obstacles and multiple goals in each level.
  • Smooth and intuitive controls.
  • Earn 3 stars on each track to brag to your friends.

Find the game for free in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WindowsPhoneApps.es

Microsoft patents object-recognizing Augmented Reality smart glasses

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We are pretty sure Microsoft is working on augmented reality smart glasses, with a number of patents already published for the device, and of Microsoft’s purchasing of Osterhout Design Group’s virtual reality patents for $150 million.image

Microsoft has continued to work on cool applications for the unannounced and unreleased device.

The latest to pop up is a patent application for a WEARABLE BEHAVIOR-BASED VISION SYSTEM which takes augmented reality a step further.

Not only will the system recognize real world objects, but it will also assess and predict their behaviour e.g. it would recognize cars and the direction in which they are moving, overlaying this on the display and alerting users of threats or obstacles.

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Adidas miCoach train & run for WP8.1 with Bluetooth LE support now available

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Adidas has updated their miCoach app to support the final release of Windows Phone 8.1 with Bluetooth LE/Smart support.

The app, now called miCoach train & run supports the newly announced Lumia 630/635/930 and will now work properly with the Bluetooth® Smart support enabling miCoach Heart Rate Monitor and SPEED_CELL™ to work as a Stride Sensor. Support for the miCoach X_CELL as Heart Rate Monitor is also promised in the future.

The app offers access to hundreds of miCoach training plans and real-time coaching and the latest version of the app also features Music and MixRadio integration, Lumia exclusive voice packages of Johan Blake and Ana Ivanovic and much more.image

The app of course still works with WP8, but WP8.1 Developer Preview devices will not have access to the Bluetooth LE sensors until the Cyan update.

Download the free app from the Windows Phone Store here.

Anti-Google bundling case could help Microsoft

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Reuters reports that a new anti-trust case against Google could help Microsoft.

Google is currently being sued in California federal court, being accused of forcing companies like  Samsung to only use Google’s apps as default and restrict competing apps like Microsoft’s Bing search on Android phones.

Microsoft is not a plaintiff in the case, but could benefit from the discovery phase, which could expose details of Google’s negotiations with OEMs.

During discovery the complainant’s solicitors will be able to delve into internal Google emails and contracts with smartphone companies, and could interview Google executives under oath, said Steve Berman, who represents the consumers.

"I’m confident we will get into juicy stuff, and I think that will up the pressure on Google as some of the material we discover becomes public," he said.

The main issue for U.S. courts will be whether Android and mobile services like search are "technically separate, or tied in ways that impedes competition for consumers," said Michael Cusumano, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cusumano said the U.S. class action could hurt Google if a judge finds that it improperly pushes its mapping and location services, which is embedded across the Android system.

It’s "kind of a Pandora’s Box to look inside what Google does, and the relationship it has with all these smartphone and handset manufacturers," he said.

The information discovered could help Microsoft in Europe, where they and a coalition of other companies have filed a complaint with European antitrust regulators over some of the same issues in the U.S. lawsuit.

Google apps "are widely used on Android by requiring default placement and other mechanisms for disadvantaging competing apps," the companies said in a summary of their complaint.

That case has not yet proceeded to a formal investigation.

Android currently has 81% smartphone market share according to IDC, a dominant position which could easily confer on Google additional anti-trust responsibilities.

Read more at Yahoo.com here.

Thanks Aaron for the tip.

WP8.1 Update 1 build number bumped to 8.10.14140.0

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NokiaPowerUser reports that a new Build number of the next update to Windows Phone 8.1 has leaked via WPBench.

The software now has build 8.10.14140.0, a small increase from 8.10.14130.0 we reported on 2 weeks ago, and of course a completely different branch from  Build 8.10.12397.895, which is what’s running on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets currently in the market.

Update 1 for Windows Phone is rumoured to be nearing release, with the roll-out expected to start as early as Mid-August, and is expected to bring new features to Windows Phone such as native folder support and more.

Read more at NokiaPowerUser here.