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Microsoft Announces Age of Empires: Castle Siege For Windows Devices

Microsoft today revealed that new mobile game Age of Empires: Castle Siege is coming to Windows Phone and Windows devices coming next month. This will be a free game with in-app purchases to accelerate the game play. As any other Age of Empires games, you build a castle city, defend against marauders and, when your army is ready, lay siege to opponents.

“Be the first to demo the new touch-based, free-to-play game, Age of Empires: Castle Siege, grab medieval weapons and get your picture taken in the OneDrive booth, or compete in other Age of Empires games on our daily Twitch stream at the Age of Empires booth! All will earn you your own limited edition Castle Siege Pinny Arcade pin and your Castle Siege bandana (while supplies last). Join The Siege!”

They will be showing off Age of Empires: Castle Siege gameplay with the devs live on at 1 PM Pacific/GMT-7.

Know more about it here.

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s mobile division delayed HTC One for Windows release

Speaking to CNET, HTC USA chief Jason Mackenzie revealed that it was Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset division which led to the large delay between the HTC 8X and the HTC One for Windows.

"We were waiting to see how the relationship would take shape," he said. "Then there was the acquisition and a regime change at Microsoft. We weren’t sure what their strategy was going to be."

What clinched the deal was Microsoft laying off nearly than half of the employees they acquired from Nokia.

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OneDrive For Windows Phone Updated With Recycle Bin Access And Bug Fixes

OneDrive Windows Phone update

Microsoft today updated the OneDrive for Windows Phone app to v4.3.0.0. This app update includes one minor feature, the ability to access OneDrive Recycle Bin from your Windows Phone. This update also includes number of bug fixes and stability improvements. With this app, you can

• Browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you
• Upload multiple photos, videos and files at once
• Share files by inviting people, getting a link to copy and paste, or posting to your social networks
• Move, delete, and rename files, and create new folders
• Quickly get to documents you’ve recently opened
• Pin folders to your Start screen
• Share files to OneDrive from other apps
• Sort files and folders
• Open files from OneDrive in other apps
• Download files to your phone and pick where to save them

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

HTC One just one of 17 new non-Nokia Windows Phones on the way

PCWorld reports that a whole bevy of Windows Phones from OEMs other than Microsoft Mobile are on the way.

Greg Sullivan, the director of Windows Phone at Microsoft, said:

“It’s been interesting to see that of these 17 devices that have been announced or are available, most of them are for emerging markets or are lower-cost devices. But we’ve always known that there is this spectrum of devices that this would range from all the way from affordable devices up to the marquee and high-end devices like the HTC One. While this is the first flagship, we’re open for business.”

HTC worldwide communications manager Jeff Gordon revealed HTC had always planned to release the HTC One in both an Android and Windows Phone version.

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The Verge: Microsoft may show off Threshold for Windows Phone on the 30th September

The Verge has revealed the date Microsoft is showing off the next version of Windows, Windows 9 code-named Threshold.

The software will be demoed at a special press event Microsoft is expected to  offer an overview of key new features of the upcoming operating system, with a technical preview ready for developers and enthusiasts.

The Verge also claimed Microsoft may demonstrating Threshold for ARM devices, which will be a combination of Windows Phone and Windows RT.

In June Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley said Threshold may bring side by side apps to Windows Phone, writing:

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Microsoft Patents Above-lock Camera Access In Mobile Devices

One of the key innovation that Microsoft developed with the launch of Windows Phone 7 was the camera key that can be used even when the mobile device is locked.

Mobile devices with cameras often have a locked mode to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to the device. However, in many situations it is desirable to capture a photograph or video without needing to unlock a mobile device (e.g., by using a key combination, entering a personal identification number (PIN), or using fingerprint recognition) in order to quickly and spontaneously “capture the moment.”

Today, all leading mobile operating systems like iOS and Android have emulated this same functionality in one way or the other. Recently, we came across that Microsoft has now applied for a patent for this process.

If Microsoft gets this patent approved, they will add this patent to the list of 300 or more patents that Android devices already violates. Read the abstract after the break.

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HTC One M8 Windows Phone Confirmed By Leaked Promo Material

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In the last of couple of weeks, we came to know via several reports that HTC is working on a Windows Phone version of its flagship One M8 device. HTC is expected to reveal this new WP8.1 device during the press event scheduled for tomorrow. Today, WPCentral posted the above in-store promo material which will be kept at Verizon’s stores. As you can see, the promo clearly states that HTC One M8 will be available both on Android and Windows from Verizon.

HTC One M8 for Windows will have 5-inch Full HD LCD Display, 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 128GB microSD Support, 2600 mAh Battery, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers and IR Blaster. Are you looking forward to this device from HTC?

Source: WPC

Microsoft inviting mobile photographers to showcase at Social Media Week

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Many Windows Phone users have above average smartphone cameras, and now Microsoft is inviting those users to submit photographs to a contest which could see their work exhibited at Social Media Week 2014 from Miami to Johannesburg and São Paulo to Berlin.

Social Media Week is attended by more than  60,000 people and is THE place for brands and agencies to share the best digital and social insights, trends and information.

Mobile photographers are invited to submit their best work (newly created or already existing) that captures the theme ‘shared experience’. You can interpret the theme in whatever way you want – make people laugh, cry,  think. The choice is yours. The only stipulation is that it was created on a mobile device (though, not necessarily a Windows Phone).

Microsoft will be choosing only one winner, who will have their work seen and displayed across the eleven cities hosting Social Media Week this September 2014.
They will also receive an all expenses paid trip to either London or Los Angeles for the five-day Social Media Week event. They will meet leading brands and agencies, participate in workshops and sessions and enjoy VIP access to the after parties.

The contest of two rounds. Read more here.

A parallel contest is also running for mobile videographers.

Thanks James for the tip.

See what the Lumia 830 will look like in different colours

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Yesterday, we reported that some images of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 830 device got leaked online via a Weibo account. Today, more images of the device got leaked via Chinese website Baidu. In addition to the earlier leaked Verizon version, Lumia 830 variants will be coming to T-Mobile and AT&T as well.  These devices are expected to have lots of similarities with minor differences in cameras. Also, the AT&T version of the device will not have wireless charging supported in it.

The Verizon device is rumored to have the following spec:

  • 4.5 inch 720p display
  • 20.1 MP PureView Camera
  • microSD card support
  • Windows Phone 8.1

See the images, which appear to be renders or recoloured, after the break.
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Microsoft Annoucnes New Home For Beta Trials For Lumia Apps, Nokia Beta Labs Website To Be Discontinued

Lumia Beta Apps User Voice Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that the Nokia Beta Labs site that is now available at http://betalabs.nokia.com will be discontinued on September 5, 2014. Also the content hosted at the Nokia Beta Labs site will no longer be available after the site is discontinued. Microsoft is moving the projects to the new UserVoice website which will start hosting all new beta trials for Lumia apps from now on.

That site will be the new home for beta trials for Lumia apps.  There you will find info about ongoing trials, instructions to install beta apps, and notes about app features and known issues.  And for each beta app there is a feedback forum where you can give feedback about the apps, vote on others’ feedback, and interact with the teams developing the apps.

Trialing beta apps with our most passionate lead users remains a key phase of our product development and helps us to build better products.  By switching to a new site built on the UserVoice service we focus on what’s most important – gathering feedback and interacting with people testing our apps – while at the same time simplify the end-to-end experience of participating in beta trials.

Check out the new website at https://lumiabetaapps.uservoice.com/.

Nokia Cyan Update Rolling Out To Lumia 520 And Lumia 720 Users In India

Nokia Cyan Update

As Microsoft announced earlier, they have started the roll-out of Lumia Cyan update for Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 users in India. Many of our readers have already updated their devices with this latest firmware. The Lumia Cyan update gives you new Windows Phone 8.1 features like a more personal Start screen, Action Center and the Word Flow keyboard. It also includes improved favourite Nokia imaging apps like Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller and Creative Studio.

If you have Lumia 620, Lumia 820, or Lumia 920 devices, expect the update for your devices next month.

Cortana Comes Up With Two Different Settings In Windows Phone?

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When you ask Cortana to open settings, Cortana will open the settings on your Windows Phone device. Recently, a Windows Phone user who tried the same on Cortana Alpha in the Indian region got different response from Cortana. There are two different settings displayed as above and one of them takes us to regular settings app while the other takes to Start Screen.

Do this:
1. Open Cortana.
2. Ask Cortana to “Open Settings”.
3. She shows you this screen asking you, which settings to open, whether 1 Settings or 2 Settings.
If you ask to open 2 Settings, it opens the normal settings of your Windows Phone. But, if you ask for the 1 Settings, it just shows the Start Screen.

Source: WPCyte