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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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Nokia phone brand dies with a charger

Nokia phone brand dies with a charger

It’s finally time. The brightly colored Lumia-toting design language we’ve gotten to know over the past several years is officially under a different roof. Microsoft has owned Nokia for some time now, to be fair, but the "Microsoft Portable Power" charger will be the first device that looks distinctly Nokia that’ll be released with Microsoft branding exclusively.

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Lumia 530 release set for T-Mobile USA

Lumia 530 release set for T-Mobile USA

The successor to the best-selling Windows Phone device of all time, the Lumia 520, is coming to T-Mobile USA. That’s the T-Mobile Lumia 530, carefully sent out in press releases to the press (like SlashGear) without the name Nokia attached. The time has come!

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Cortana scores Concert Watch feature

Cortana scores Concert Watch feature

Microsoft's Cortana assistant for Windows Phone users has just gotten a bit smarter, scoring a feature called Concert Watch. As the name suggests, this feature dishes up information about concerts near you that you might find of interest.

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Flipboard released for Windows Phone [UPDATE: Testing]

Flipboard released for Windows Phone [UPDATE: Testing]

After our preview this early April of Flipboard for Windows Phone devices - it’s finally here. Finally, after months of development and preparation for release. At last, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users can have access to one of the most popular news aggregators in the land.

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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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First Windows-branded phone coming to the UK

First Windows-branded phone coming to the UK

Of all the major mobile OSs, Windows has done the best job of making sure the mobile and desktop experience are nearly identical. A recent report suggested they’d continue that effort by dropping “phone” from “Windows Phone” on future handsets. Now we’ve got our first look at a new smartphone that follows that dictum, dropping “phone” from the hardware badging on the rear of the device.

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Microsoft to “break even” with Minecraft in 1 year

Microsoft to “break even” with Minecraft in 1 year

Let not a single person speak badly of the people at Microsoft who signed the deal to acquire Mojang this year. Though they’ve agreed to pay $2.5 billion dollars for the developer group and the game Minecraft, they "expect the acquisition to be a break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis."

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Microsoft phasing out Nokia, Windows Phone brands

Microsoft phasing out Nokia, Windows Phone brands

When Microsoft snapped up Nokia, we all knew things would be changing. The original darling of the mobile phone world had long been pandering to Windows Phone, eschewing better avenues like Android. While the purchase sealed Nokia’s fate as an actual Windows brand, a new report suggests it may now be branded as Windows rather than Nokia.

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Jawbone opens UP coaching system to embrace more devices

Jawbone opens UP coaching system to embrace more devices

True to its promise, Jawbone today is expanding its UP app beyond the confines of its own fitness band, turning the personal digital coach into a platform of its own. The timing is perfect, too, since the new UP will also tie in with Apple's own ecosystem via the new M8 motion coprocessor on the new iPhone 6 and the newly unveiled Apple Watch.

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Jawbone UP API opening to iPhone, Android, WP8.1, more

Jawbone UP API opening to iPhone, Android, WP8.1, more

Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.

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Meet Microsoft’s “other” artificial intelligence

Meet Microsoft’s “other” artificial intelligence

If you live in China, you may already know about Microsoft’s "other" artificial intelligence. Cortana lives in the United States and is spreading across the world - but we’re not talking about Cortana. We’re talking about XiaoIce - aka "Little Ice."

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