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Cortana’s ‘Best Nearby’ Feature Powered By Foursquare Is Now Rolling Out To More Users

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Over the last weekend, we reported about a new feature in Cortana that lets you explore places nearby. Under ‘Interests’, you can now add ‘Best Nearby’ option in Cortana. Once you have added it, Cortana will recommend you the places worth visiting nearby you. The recommendation service is powered by Foursquare in which Microsoft has invested over $15 million.

When you tap the places recommended to you, Foursquare app will be opened to show more details like photos, reviews and more about the place.

Source: Reddit

Another Report Claims That Selfie Focused Mid-range Lumia WP8.1 Device Is Coming Soon

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Back in April, we reported that Microsoft is working on a selfie focused Windows Phone 8.1 device that will be released later this year. The device which is being developed under the codename ‘Superman’ will feature a 5MP front cam will be a 4.7-inch mid-range Windows Phone device that will be released during the release of second update for Windows Phone 8.1 in later part of 2014.

Today, NokiaPowerUser reported that this device will be Lumia 720′s successor with product codes RM-983, RM-984 and RM-985. The device is expected to be revealed at the end of August and will be initially coming to Verizon and AT&T in the US followed by global roll-out.

NPU claims that this device may have 5-inch, 720p display, Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 MP Carl-Zeiss rear camera with low-light improvements, a “big selfie cam” in front and it will run Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 out of the box.

Source: NPU

Beats Music App Updated In Windows Phone Store With The Ability To Tune Your Music Taste In The App

Beats Music Windows Phone DownloadBeats Music, which will soon become a part of Apple,  has updated their app to v1.15.0.0 in Windows Phone Store. This new update has support for Verified Badges, Tune Your Taste feature and more.

What’s new in version 1.15? Beats Music Windows Phone QR

  • Tune Your Taste — Want to switch up your Just For You recommendations? Change your favorite genres and artists with the Tune Your Taste feature in Settings
  • Verified Badges — That red check mark means the profile is certified as legit by Beats
  • We’ve also fixed lots bugs you’ve reported.
  • Want to get in touch with us? Gently tap “Contact Support” and email us. We dare you.

Beats Music subscription service costs $9.99 a month with a free trial up to 7 days.

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here .

Fitbit Fitness Tracker App Finally Comes To Windows Phone Devices

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Microsoft today announced that the official Fitbit app is coming to Windows Phone devices. The Fitbit Windows Phone app features all the basic things you expect from a fitness tracking app.fitbit Windows Phone Store  You can use it to start tracking all-day activity, workouts and health. This app makes use of Bluetooth 4.0 LE to sync your Fitbit device with your phone.

You can start downloading the app from Windows Phone Store here in few hours.

via: The Verge

Microsoft Promotes Lumia 930 At Cornbury Music Festival In The UK

At the Cornbury music festival in the UK, Microsoft promoted the Lumia 930 device among the visitors. To showcase the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 930, Microsoft created the ultimate ‘One Experience’ for people, allowing them to star in their very own immersive film. People were allowed to dress up in costumes and they interacted with fantasy animations in front of a green screen setup. A Nokia Lumia 930 captured all these and editors in the background used the recorded content to prepare a movie. Later, the footage was showcased to thousands of festival goers.

Costas Syrmos, Head of Microsoft Brand Lab said,

“The Nokia Lumia 930 is an exceptional device running Windows 8.1 with superior sound, video and imaging capabilities. By creating the “One Experience”, we demonstrated the unique qualities of the Nokia Lumia 930 and OneDrive as a perfect way for people to capture, share and relive amazing moments”.

via: Conversations

Cortana Takes On Apple’s Siri In The Latest Windows Phone Commercial (Video)

Microsoft today released a new commercial to promote Lumia 635 devices running Windows Phone 8.1. All Lumia 635 devices in the US is powered by Cortana, new digital personal assistant. In this ad, Microsoft compared Cortana’s features like setting reminders when you call next time, traffic levels, etc, with Apple Siri.

Say hello to Cortana, your new personal assistant. Cortana will remind you to leave early to beat traffic and help you get to your destination on time, will remind you that you need milk when passing the grocery store, and will remind you to say happy birthday when your mom calls. Available now on the new Nokia Lumia 635 and on other Lumia phones.

Grab Lumia 635 at Microsoft here.

Flipkart Sending Android Version Of Xolo Q900s Device For Those Who Ordered

Xolo-Win-Q900s-598x600_thumb.jpgLast week, we reported that Xolo Q900S Windows Phone 8.1 device is available for order from India’s largest online retailer Flipkart. The device was originally announced as a Snapdeal exclusive, but was made available from its competitor Flipkart. The bad news is that Flipkart is delivering Android version of Xolo Q900s to those who  ordered it. In case you experienced the same, you can mark it for free return on Flipkart website and wait for Windows Phone version.

Specs:

  • 4.7-inch Touchscreen
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8212 Quad Core Processor
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 2 MP Secondary Camera
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)

Order it here from Flipkart. Find few images of the actual device after the break.

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Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker Now Available For Order From Microsoft Store

Nokia-Portable-Wireless-Speaker MD12Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker is now available for order from Microsoft Store. It is available in yellow, green, orange and white colors and priced at $49.

Product Description:

Don’t let its size fool you—this little guy packs a punch. Engineered with the latest technology, the MD-12 has an actuator built in, creating a big bass effect when you set on nearly any surface.

With NFC (Near Field Communication) included, just tap your NFC-enabled phone to the speaker and the music starts flowing. Or use Bluetooth and stream your tunes wirelessly and dance the night away with a guaranteed 15 hours of music play on the rechargeable battery. All this in a speaker that’s just 1.5 inches high and weighs only 6.3 ounces.

Order it here from Microsoft Store today.

Thanks Mahil for the heads up.

Indian Air Force Releases Air Combat Mobile Game ‘Guardians’ For Windows Phone Devices

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The Indian Air Force, which is the air arm of the Indian armed forces has released a mobile game to promote career in Indian Air Force among the youth in India.

Game Description:

WANT TO BE A COMBAT PILOT? WANT TO FLY FOR INDIA?
This is the Official Indian Air Force 3D Air Combat Mobile Game. Live the life of an Indian Air Force Combat Pilot and Fly for India!

THE GAME!
‘Guardians’ puts the player in the hot seat as an Indian Air Force Combat Pilot and takes you through one training and ten combat missions. The player learns to fly the SU 30 high performance jet and subsequently flies as a Mi 17 pilot. While the training mission teaches the player the basics of flying training, the two operational missions lay down the foundation for the story in which war clouds are hanging over India and Zaruzia, a country planning to wage war on India. The eight subsequent missions will see a full fledged air war between Zaruzia and India and will feature all operational mission profiles as flown by the IAF and feature the SU 30, M2000, Tejas, Phalcon AWACS, C130, Mi 17, Mi 35 and ALH Dhruv aircraft.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free. Find full list of features of this game after the break.

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Foursquare Releases Screenshots Of Upcoming Swarm For Windows Phone App

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Foursquare team today confirmed via their official blog that they are working on Swarm app for Windows Phone devices. They even provided screenshots of this upcoming app which you can see above. The app is almost is ready and their team is putting on the finishing touches and will release it for is as soon as possible(in the next few weeks).

Until Swarm is out, you’ll be able to check in on Foursquare for Windows Phone.

Source: Foursquare

Microsoft Compares Lumia 530 With Other Competing Sub-€100 Smartphones(Video)

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Microsoft today posted a video to promote Lumia 530 Windows Phone 8.1 device. In the video, Microsoft directly compared Lumia 530 with several other competing sub-€100 smartphones in the market.

Microsoft compared the Qualcomm Snapdragon Quadcore chip, internal memory, RAM, built-in Office, MixRadio, ability to run latest OS, etc, to claim that Lumia 530 is the best of its class. What do you think of this ad?

Watch the comparison video after the break.
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Microsoft Updates Display And Network+ App In Windows Phone Store

 

Microsoft today updated two of their system apps for Lumia Windows Phone devices. The Display was updated to v3.1.2.6 with the old change log of improved usability and brightness profile for all Lumia devices in the Store. Network+ app was updated to v2.3.0.0 with the same old change log of support for dual SIM and smart dual SIM feature in the Store.

The latest version of the Network app can be downloaded here and Display app here from Windows Phone Store.

‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

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As announced earlier, Gameloft has released their ‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ game for Windows Phone 8 devices.

Game Description:

Step into the action as the latest instalment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads!Modern Combat 5 QR

Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $6.99.

Find the full list of features in the game after the break.

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