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Hands-on with Cortana (video)

WPCentral have posted the above video showing Cortana in action.

The app appears pretty powerful, even in beta version, and seems to be able to do everything the competition can do, but also integrate with 3rd party apps, a unique feature of Windows Phone.

See the Wall Street Journal’s, the Verge and Engadget’s hands-on videos after the break.
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BUILD Keynote supercut (video)

The full 3 hour BUILD 2014 keynote is now available to stream at Channel 9.

If however you do not quite have 3 hours, the Verge have posted a supercut of the event which is just 7 minutes, and which seems to touch the main points of the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 update 1.

If you do however have 3 hours you can see the full keynote after the break.

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Nokia’s Refocus app compared with HTC One M8’s uFocus

HTC has a new camera feature in the HTC One M8, which features dual cameras, one just for measuring depth.

This allows the phone to use all kinds of re-focussing photo manipulation effects, much like the original Lytro camera and also of course Nokia’s Refocus app, currently available to all Lumia handsets.

Pocketnow posted the above video comparing the two features, using the Nokia Lumia 925 for the Nokia version.

They found that while HTC’s version has some advantages, being available for all photos taken while the Nokia version only being available for photos taken specifically using the Refocus app, and the HTC version having more photo manipulation features, including changing the angle a photo was taken for example, the Windows Phone version produced better quality pictures, and also allowed people to share refocusable pictures, and was better overall.

With a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 being rumoured, and Nokia’s custom apps presumably soon being available for all, maybe future Windows Phone users will have access to the best of all worlds soon.

Via MNB

Another WP8.1 video showing start screen customization and background images

CoolXap.com have posted another video from their captured Nokia Lumia 630.

This video shows the process of Start Screen customization, in particular background images.

The video shows that users will be able to crop pictures from their own library, meaning they will not be stuck will a small collection of pre-selected images, which can of course be both a good and a bad thing.

Does it look better than expected? Let us know below.

Via Windows Phone Lovers

Windows Phone 8.1 demoed on the Nokia Lumia 630 (video)

Chinese site CoolXAp.com have managed to get their hands on a Nokia Lumia 630 and posted the above video showing off the OS.

The video shows:

  • Virtual navigation keys.
  • Action center
  • New Podcast app
  • New FM Radio app, pulled out of Music hub
  • Video and Music Xbox apps separated into two apps
  • New Store layout, as we recently reported
  • IE changes, including new Tab section, private tabs
  • IE tabs are displayed in multitask view
  • Pull down to close apps in multitask
  • New stock Photos app, with sections All, Albums, Favorites now on separate panels
  • New stock camera layout
  • Apps that are installed on the device: Storage Sense, Battery Sense, Data Sense

The Chinese NL 630 do not appear to have Cortana enabled, so there is clearly one surprise left for next week.

Via WPC

Nokia challenges developers to create a Tricorder

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Nokia has launched its second Nokia SensingX Challenge, in which they challenge entrants to revolutionize health care with new sensors which can deliver the benefits of a fully staffed healthcare facility with unlimited resources and top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, entirely though a device that’s totally portable and requires very little power to run.

This year is the second phase of the competition, with Nokia already awarding $525,000 to Nanobiosym Health RADAR for its ground-breaking Gene-RADAR sending concept.

Now, the second round of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is asking teams to push the edges of innovation even further.

Some examples of sensing include:

  • Speed the detection of cancer through the use of a highly sensitive electronic nose that detects the presence of early tumors and abnormal cell growth.
  • Assess potential life-altering conditions with an ECG heart monitor connected to a mobile phone, making critical information instantly available to individuals and their healthcare providers.
  • Discover patterns of behavior in an individual’s physical motion that predict the emergence of a disease or medical condition long before it presents itself.
  • Reliably predict a woman’s fertility with a continuous, portable sensor that measures very subtle changes in body temperature, replacing the costly and invasive methods used today
  • In a single exhaled breath collect the diagnostic markers for a range of diseases including asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, lung cancer and stomach ulcers.
  • By scanning the inner eye measure the likelihood of stroke as part of a general retinopathy assessment that can indicate the presence of many other diseases.

The contest has taken on a new significance with Nokia’s sale of their handset division to Microsoft, with the company being rumoured to expand into the wearables arena, presumably with a health focus.

Registration for the the contest, which has a total of $2.25 million in prizes, closed on the 16th April.

See a video describing the challenge after the break and read more about contest here.

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WhatsApp beta gets another new feature

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Nokiateca.net have noticed a new feature in the latest beta of the WhatsApp app for Windows Phone.

New in version 2.11.406 of WhatsApp beta is now a progress bar which allows you to see how rapidly a video is downloading to your handset.

The progress bar unfortunately does not herald the arrival of larger videos on WhatsApp, as video size is still limited to 16 MB.

Other recent features include chat backgrounds, custom notification sounds, broadcast list management, privacy controls, settings backup and a lot more.

Users of the official WhatsApp app for Windows Phone remain eager to have all these new features pushed out to their handsets, and the information still remains that this is imminent.

A video demo of earlier revealed features in the beta can be seen after the break.

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WhatsApp Beta improvements shown off on video

While we are all still waiting on tenterhooks for the official WhatsApp app for Windows phone to be updated, the beta version has of course received quite a few major new features, and Brazilian site MinutoGeek have managed to catch it on video.

The video shows features like chat backgrounds, custom notification sounds, privacy controls, settings backup and a lot more.

We expect the official update to roll out imminently, which I think will cement WhatsApp as the premier messaging app on Windows Phone.

Via WPmania.br

Thanks May for the tip.

Goodridge UK explains why they dumped their Blackberrys for Windows Phones

Goodridge, a high end manufacturing company in UK, has posted a testimonial for their Nokia Lumia enterprise solution, after deciding to replace their current fleet of Blackberry handset with the new Windows Phones.

They were impressed with the Office integration, Nokia’s Drive maps, the great security and the high level of functionality in the smartphones in general.

Nokia currently claims 17% of the UK enterprise market, and are working towards reaching 20%.  It certainly appears Windows Phones have found their niche in the UK.

Read more about Nokia’s enterprise ambitions at www.nokia.com/business.

via MNB

Windows Phone 8.1’s Cortana gets name checked by Jimmy Fallon

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In the most recent episode of the Tonight Show amongst a long list of things to be thankful for, one of the first was to thank Microsoft for creating a personal assistant for Windows Phones called Cortana.

Despite being met with quite a bit of fanfare at its introduction, Apple’s Siri is increasingly being seen as annoying and inaccurate. By sticking with a well known character from more than a decade of gaming  already known to be helpful Microsoft won some goodwill from the start, which will hopefully lead to a good reception when the software does actually become available to the general public.

See the video after the break.

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Windows Phone 8.1 WIFI sense shown off

Unleashthephones have posted another instalment of their Windows Phone 8.1 reveal, this time of WIFI Sense.

WIFI Sense will let you join WIFI hotspots without having to manually accept the terms & conditions or enter your personal details like Name, Phone Number or Mail id.

Another major addition is the ability to share your WiFi Networks with your Outlook, Skype & Facebook friends allowing them access to the internet connection without having to share the password with them.

Read more at Unleashthephones here.

Nokia addresses the App Gap directly in new video

The days the App Gap is the biggest excuse we hear for not switching to Windows Phone, and today Nokia has posted a video indicating they will not be taking the criticism any more.

Nokia Canada posted the above 2 minute video making it very clear Windows Phone has all the apps that are used commonly and matter, and who needs 1000 flashlight apps in any case.

I believe that the fact is now being increasingly acknowledged, which is why we are now hearing a new term, the App Lag, which refers to the months or years Windows Phone users have to wait before an app inevitably end up on our platform. In the end what we are seeing however is the OS rapidly catching up, and the trend to parity is looking pretty clear.

What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Official TopGear Race the Stig game comes to Windows Phone same day as iOS and Android

TopGear is a universally popular car show, not just known for showing off the latest cars, but also for the crazy stunts they pull with the same cars.

BBC’s TopGear Race the Stig game is therefore pretty much in the vein of the show, allowing players to take on  the mysterious Stig and drive a collection of crazy cars, dodging traffic, jumping caravans and speeding through famous Top Gear locations in an epic race that will push you to your limits.

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  • Race in iconic vehicles from the TV show
  • Customize yourself with a wide selection of helmets
  • Soar over the traffic in the Rocket Robin or become invincible with the Indestructible Pickup
  • Show off your high scores and challenge your friends via Facebook and Twitter

The free game, which was released simultaneously on iOS, Android and Windows Phone,  can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store here.

See the trailer after the break.

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