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Nanabot to turn Windows Phone into robot brain

Nanabot to turn Windows Phone into robot brain

Windows Phone may not be the first platform you think about for robotics, but one developer is hoping to change all that with WowWee RoboMe integration putting Microsoft's speech recognition engine behind the wheel. Built around the same underlying technology that gives Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana digital assistant her brains and her voice, the Nanabot is intended more for play than for organizing your calendar.

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WhatsApp Windows Phone fix in works after IM app pulled

WhatsApp Windows Phone fix in works after IM app pulled

Microsoft is working with WhatsApp to fix the notifications problem some Windows Phone users have observed, and get the popular messaging app back in the Windows Phone Market, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed. The cross-platform IM app was yanked from the download store around a week ago, after widespread reports of message notifications not being delivered correctly, and persistent error messages every time the app was opened.

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Windows XP may be dead, but it’s still getting patched

Windows XP may be dead, but it’s still getting patched

Microsoft may have walked away from Windows XP, blinking away the tears as it refuses to look back at its old OS, but some relationships are apparently too tough to quit with news of an updated patch for the deprecated platform. "Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft," exec Dustin C. Childs reminds us today, before going on to confirm that despite that it'll still be getting some degree of support.

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Getac T800 rugged tablet features 8.1-inch screen and quad-core Intel CPU

Getac T800 rugged tablet features 8.1-inch screen and quad-core Intel CPU

Getac has rolled out a new tablet that aims directly at the mobile worker called the T800. The new tablet is a fully rugged device that is compact at less than 9x6 inches total, has a large 8.1-inch screen and runs Windows 8.1 Pro. That 8.1-inch screen is made to be sunlight readable and is 34% larger than similar 7-inch tablets. Despite the large screen and rugged design, the tablet is thin and light at under an inch thick and weighing in at 2.1 pounds.

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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Windows XP is either dead or dangerous, depending on who you ask, but no matter which it's about time to move away from the old platform before stalled security updates leave you open to hacks. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 may be the most obvious option, but it's not the only one: head on past the break as we look at how you can refresh your existing XP computer, discuss replacing it, and explore some safer ways to reuse the hardware you already have.

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Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP end-of-life: the day that, for a very long time, seemed like it would never come. Microsoft has officially washed its hands of XP after twelve years, prompting celebration from security experts tired of the old OS' holes. Yet the shift in focus to newer platforms - like Windows 8.1 - means that many at-risk users will simply be left behind, despite Windows XP's still considerable footprint.

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Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Apple has CarPlay, Google has the Android Open Automotive Alliance, and now Microsoft has Windows in the Car, its own take on piping smartphone content from your Windows Phone directly to the dashboard. Quietly demonstrated at Build 2014 this past week, in concept form at least, Windows in the Car pares back the standard Windows Phone interface to suit center console touchscreens and safer use while on the move thanks to features like Cortana.

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Xbox One to launch Windows Universal Apps eventually

Xbox One to launch Windows Universal Apps eventually

After introducing the idea of Universal apps across all Windows devices earlier in the day, Microsoft let it be known that Xbox One would be participating in the layout in the future as well. With the launch of the latest Windows 8.1 Update, Universal apps will be pushed as well. This means developers will be able to use a lot of the same code for all platforms, be they Windows, Windows Phone, or Xbox One.

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