Author Liwen Guo

Fascinated by technology and good design. Also developing for Windows Phone. Visit my website and follow me on Twitter.

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Hacky News (WP8.1) is a new application for the social news site Hacker News. If you read Hacker News, then you know how frustrating the website can be to use on mobile devices, and Hacky News changes that: it provides a fast and easy-to-use way to view stories from the front page and sections like Show HN, and features beautiful…

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One rather annoying Windows Phone “feature” is that it turns off WiFi when the screen is locked, which means that push notifications and other background tasks have to use mobile data even when a WiFi network would be available. This is especially problematic if you don’t have mobile data – when you’re abroad, or run over your data plan, for…

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Data Sense, a new data-saving feature in Windows Phone 8, has to be supported and enabled by the carrier – Microsoft says it “will roll out to select mobile operators this holiday and additional partners next year”, with Verizon currently the only confirmed carrier in the US. After all, the feature compresses web pages to save data, so it makes…

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If you’re living in Germany and looking for a new Windows Phone 8 device, here’s a good deal: you can get the Windows Phone 8X by HTC in California Blue for only 437,22 €, considerably less than the official price of 549 € and well below the usual retail price of 480 € and up. Sounds good? The HTC 8X…

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Want to stream some music from your Xbox Music cloud collection to your Windows Phone 8 device, over WiFi? Not so fast. You might end up eating through your data plan, like I just did. The fundamental problem here is that Xbox Music is unable to switch to a different connection once it starts streaming – so if you start streaming via mobile data…

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Various terms have been tossed around as replacements for “Metro” – Microsoft’s authentically digital design launguage – due to trademark problems. The new class of WinRT apps (which can only be used in Windows 8 and Windows RT and take over the full screen), previously referred to as “Metro-style apps”, have already been renamed to “Windows Store apps” – but…

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We’ve already seen leaked photos of the Huawei Ascend W1, but now the notorious @evleaks Twitter account has posted what appears to be an official render of the upcoming mid-range Windows Phone 8 device. The brightly colored cyan chassis follows the design style Nokia popularized with their Lumia devices, which has been picked up by HTC and now even Huawei.…

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Notice something in the two screenshots above – on the left 768×1280, on the right 720×1280? That’s right, the 720p screenshot actually shows more content – ten instead of nine apps – despite having a lower resolution. Even though a non-final Windows Phone 8 SDK leaked a while back, this fact seems to have been consistently overlooked, so we reinstalled…

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