Windows Phone 8

Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

The next Halo title will be a spiritual successor to Halo: Spartan Assault, but this time it’ll be coming with a single release schedule. In this case, it means you’ll be able to purchase it once, on one platform, and you’ll own it on the rest. You’ll be able to save the same in one location and pick up in another. This game will be released on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and through Steam (still on Windows) this December - very soon, that is.

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Nokia Lumia 530 Review

Nokia Lumia 530 Review

When we posted our review of the Nokia Lumia 520 and subsequently the Lumia 521 for T-Mobile, it wasn’t yet entirely clear the impact they’d have on the Windows Phone universe. Now that we know that Nokia’s efforts allowed it to dominate the Windows Phone universe, we can see how important it is that the brand was able to create a generally OK phone as an extremely low-cost deliverable. They’re trying to do this again with the Nokia Lumia 530 around the world - today we have a peek at the T-Mobile USA edition.

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Research Fuse Labs have created an app that’ll allow you to share galleries of photos between devices with great ease. Instead of focusing on a social network like Facebook, or an old technology like email, they’ve created Xim, an app that does not require every user to download. This app works on Windows Phone (of course), as well as iOS for iPhone / iPad, and Android. It’s cross-device and super simple to use - and it’ll be out immediately if not soon.

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Cortana speaks Klingon in Star Trek update

Cortana speaks Klingon in Star Trek update

This week Microsoft is launching the Lumia 830 in the UK. At the same time, they’re sponsoring a big chunk of the "Destination Star Trek" convention a London’s Excel center. What better way to connect the two than to update Cortana with a bit of the ol’ Star Trek language modifier?

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INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be Tony Stark, Iron Man with a home automation system that speaks with you when you speak to it? Lucky you, the folks at INSTEON have begun releasing their app for Windows Phone 8.1 for full home automation action - complete with Cortana. This means you’ll be able to interact with your home automation system the same way you’d speak with Windows Phone 8.1’s own friendly voice assistant.

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