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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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Skype TX to pipe pro-audio & video into broadcast

Skype TX to pipe pro-audio & video into broadcast

Microsoft has revealed Skype TX, a new version of the voice and video calling platform designed with studio-grade audio and video in mind for broadcasters. Set for release later this year, as a combination of hardware and software, Skype TX better integrates with existing broadcast equipment and software for more professional-looking and easier to set-up podcasts, radio shows, and video interviews.

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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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Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber has been bought by Rakuten, the rapidly growing Japanese internet commerce firm, in a $900m deal that will see it push the call and messaging service as a social gaming platform. Rakuten, which already owns online retailer Play.com, ebook platform Kobo, and digital mobile content platform Viki, aims to transform Viber - which already has around 300m registered users - into a communications gateway for its other services, such as contacting online retailers with questions before a purchase is made.

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Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

A report on AllThingsD this weekend made a case for Tony Bates to take outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's title. Bates is currently the EVP of business development, strategy and evangelism at Microsoft and formerly oversaw the Skype division (Microsoft took over Skype in 2011.) It would appear at least a dozen Silicon Valley "tech leaders" interviewed for the report feel Bates is the best choice for MS CEO.

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Surface 2 Review

Surface 2 Review

Microsoft really, really needs the Surface 2 to succeed. Praise around the first-generation Surface RT's hardware and design was tempered with more than a little criticism of Windows RT, and confused consumers left tablet manufacturers focusing on Windows 8 until only Microsoft's slate was left running the pared-back version. The Surface 2, then, aims to give Windows RT a second chance, but is Microsoft finally onto a winner or simply flogging a dead horse? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype will no longer support third-party desktop application development beginning in December, the company has announced. This includes all recording, broadcasting, and other kinds of apps, but it also includes third-party hardware such as headphones with on-board call controls. Skype is offering no exceptions to the rule, as far as SlashGear can tell, and its official replacement offerings are slim to none.

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Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype has detailed some upcoming changes it is working on, all of which aim to improve the overall experience for its users. Said the company, the change in how the average consumer utilizes the service -- with mobile devices, often smartphones and tablets -- has prodded it towards beefing up its P2P connectivity technology, using the cloud to help serve as a buffer of sorts between the device and clients. With this comes new features, some of which are already available, and more that are in the works.

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