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Windows 10 upgrades coming to all Lumia Windows phones

Windows 10 upgrades coming to all Lumia Windows phones

If you are the owner of a Nokia Lumia smartphone running Windows Phone as the operating system, Microsoft has some good news. The software giant has announced that all Lumia Windows Phones will be getting an upgrade to Windows 10 next year when the latest flavor of the operating system launches. A lot of Windows Phone users have been wondering if they would get the update, so it's nice to hear something from Microsoft on the subject.

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Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

You can say what you want about Microsoft's mobile platform, but apparently, Windows Phone is a rather tough nut to crack. This revelation came on the second day of HP's Pwn2Own hacking contest, with this round targeting browsers of mobile devices. One contestant tried to gain control of the phone by attacking the browser but ultimately failed to break through the sandbox. That said, there was still some access gained, so Windows Phone didn't completely emerge unscathed, surviving with just some war wounds and probably a bit of pride.

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Windows Movie Creator hits Beta

Windows Movie Creator hits Beta

There's a Movie Creator app out there today for Windows 8 and 8.1 is set to be an essential experience in the oncoming Windows device age. Developed by Microsoft, the Movie Creator app works for both Windows on the desktop and Windows Phone, made to roll with devices both large and small. This app is made for all skill levels, created for an age in which both mice and touch screens are used to control Windows devices. The Movie Creator BETA app is optimized to the specifications of each unique device it's made to run on, including everything from the least to the greatest - Lumia 530 to Surface Pro 3.

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Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

It may finally be time that Nintendo loosens its iron-tight grip on regions and accessibility for their many ultra-popular titles, characters, and games. The first baby step in this process is the opening up of regions for Amiibo. These tiny figurines are not region locked, as was previously suspected. Now if the ultra-popularity of Activision's similar gaming enterprise, Skylanders, is any indication, we can hope, pray, cross our fingers and toes, for mobile applications of Nintendo power next - Android, iOS, Windows Phone, the works.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

Windows Phone devices outside of the Nokia, now Microsoft, Lumia line do exist but they might as well be non-existent given the rather low profile they have. HTC and Microsoft, however, wanted to change all that and offer the platform's fans a truly high-end option. Now, the HTC One M8 with Windows edition has finally completed its US carrier round, rather quietly creeping into T-Mobile's online catalog. With HTC's admirable design and hardware, this smartphone could very well be the Windows Phone flagship, if the OS can catch up.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

There are two new Lumia devices rumored to be in the works, a smaller Lumia 535 and a murkier Lumia 1330. But with the myriad, though not exactly ubiquitous, Lumias around, what makes these two devices special? If these turn out to be the real deal, the two smartphones would be the first to bear the new "Microsoft Lumia" branding being pushed by the company. And if so, we are likely to see the two of them unveiled in Microsoft's #MoreLumia event scheduled this Tuesday.

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Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Does anyone really care the Nokia mobile brand is dead?

Nokia’s mobile brand is officially dead. After Microsoft bought the company, it took only months for it to decide that using the Nokia brand meant little and it could walk away from it without offending too many customers or worrying about losing market share. It was an historic moment, but it was a necessary one in Microsoft’s mind, and it was perhaps an end of era in the industry.

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Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

This morning we've caught our first full glimpse of what it'll look like to own a smartphone made by the Nokia crew under Microsoft. Microsoft of course purchased the Nokia devices business earlier this year, and just now we're seeing the first device they've released without the Nokia brand. Unlike renderings we've seen before, this brand has no "Lumia" or "by Microsoft" at all - it's just Microsoft and the Windows logo, the same logo enacted for the first time back in 2012.

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SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

The connected home doesn’t have to be limited to Android and iOS any more. SmartThings, which notes their “commitment to build an open platform for the smart home”, has officially announced their app for Windows Phone. Though aesthetically different, the Windows Phone variant of the SmartThings app mimics the functionality of its Android and iOS counterparts. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll still need some hardware. If you’re in the market for connected home products, though, SmartThings is a good option.

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