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YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

When you want to make a unique mark in the smartphone universe, one of the easiest places to begin is with your device’s name. The name "Billy 4.7" has been chosen by the folks at YEZZ, this being their first Windows Phone 8.1 device to head to market. This device will feature a 4.7-inch display and the thinnest body yet revealed for a Windows Phone 8.1 device.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop app allows distantly fingering PCs

Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop app allows distantly fingering PCs

Windows Phone 8.1 further blurs the lines between smartphone and PC, but there's now a new remote desktop app for those times you really must have full access while you're out on the move. Microsoft's latest preview for Windows Phone can not only mimic a keyboard and mouse, but deliver up to ten points of virtual multitouch for PCs you might normally control with your fingers.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its new smartphone OS version something more impressive: what started out as an aim to bring the virtual assistant Cortana and the useful Action Center to the platform blossomed in the process to include a whole flurry of tweaks and additions. Question is, has Windows Phone kept its crisp, clean charms while still gaining abilities? We’ve been in deep with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview; read on for our impressions.

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Windows Phone 8.1 download available now

Windows Phone 8.1 download available now

Microsoft is now offering a download of Windows Phone 8.1 early. There is a catch though; you have to be registered as a developer to get the download early. You can also be running a smartphone that is "developer unlocked" to get the update. Microsoft said that this preview period is aimed at allowing developers to be sure that their apps will run correctly on a phone before the update launches to the general public.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Highlights: Hands-on

Windows Phone 8.1 Highlights: Hands-on

Windows Phone 8.1's most memorable feature may be Cortana, its Halo-themed personal digital assistant, but the chatty Siri-rival isn’t the only change Microsoft has brought with the new version. Greater customization potential, better control over settings, and improved integration of Skype and third-party services are all incoming. We spent some hands-on time with Windows Phone 8.1 to find out what's special.

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Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Android has Google Now, and now Windows Phone has Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Launching as a beta when WP8.1 hits devices over the next few months, Cortana blends the speech-first approach of Apple's system with the contextual backbone of Google's, throwing in some location-based cleverness and a little AI snark along the way. We introduced ourselves at Build 2014.

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Windows Phone 8.1 launching later this month

Windows Phone 8.1 launching later this month

When will Windows Phone 8.1 launch? At BUILD 2014, we’ve learned that we’ll see the next iteration of Windows for mobile starting at the end of the month. The rollout will be incremental, with existing devices getting it over the next few months. It’s one of the better updates for the Windows Phone platform, and highly anticipated by fans for a few reasons.

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