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Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Last week has seen a lot Windows 10 goodies drop on our laps, but if you're more of a Windows Phone kind of guy, there's still something for you. The information, though, doesn't come from Microsoft's presentation in China, so take it with a grain of salt. But if the leak is the real thing, then Windows Phone users will be greeting some new abilities on their devices, thanks to Windows 10 for Phones' support for a broader range of sensors as well as for a new Activity Tracking framework.

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Lumia 430 Dual SIM runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

Lumia 430 Dual SIM runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

Microsoft has launched a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming directly at users who need a device that will support dual SIM cards on a budget. The smartphone is called the Lumia 430 Dual SIM and it will be available for $70. The low price makes this device the most affordable Lumia smartphone offered so far. The Lumia 430 runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update.

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

When you speak of Windows Phone phones, one mostly thinks of Microsoft's, formerly Nokia's, Lumia line, except for one or two exceptions. Although Microsoft hasn't been very clear about its plans for other OEMs to join the Windows Phone party, it hasn't stopped others from trying their luck. The latest to join the fray is Acer, who is now unveiling the Liquid M220, an unabashedly low tier smartphone that will rub shoulders with all other low-end Lumias. Of course, it's still running Windows Phone 8.1, but that won't be a problem in the future.

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Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble's new stab at another Kickstarter, this time for the sleeker, more colorful Pebble Time, has renewed interest in one of the pioneers of smartwatches. While Pebble supports both Android and iOS, one of the few smartwatches to do so, it leaves out a portion of the mobile world out in the cold. Granted, the number of Windows Phone users might pale in comparison, but there are always some voices and arms raised in supplication for support. Though things looked hopeful for a while, the reality might be harsher.

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Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

The Microsoft Garage is Microsofts talent incubator known for its after-hours developers, "Do epic s--t." The Garage is where creators go in their free time to work on all of their passion projects. The first wave of Microsoft Garage's apps came out last fall. Today Microsoft released nine apps that have arisen from their developers extra hours. Some are designed to solve problems the developer were frustrated with themselves. Others are designed purely for fun. Right now, the apps are available for Windows Phone or Android.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Windows Phone getting its own find friends app with People Sense

Windows Phone getting its own find friends app with People Sense

There are a number of ways to track and locate friends and family on both iOS and Android devices, but what if you're a Windows Phone user? Well, it seems Microsoft is developing its own app for such features, so you may soon be in luck. Assuming you actually have a friend or family member that owns a Windows Phone. The app is called People Sense and is still in development, but a quick video preview shows that it functions much like Apple's Find My Friends for iOS.

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10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

Android and iOS dominate the mobile world, and any aberrations in that among business users tends to revolve around BlackBerry. Still, Windows Phone has found a fond place in some business users’ hearts, as evidenced by the growing number of business-centric apps available in the Windows Phone store, but as any Windows Phone users will know, picking the useful apps out among the dreck can be time consuming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, hunting and pecking through the myriad of apps available to find the best business apps for Windows Phone.

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