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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

When you hear of Windows Phone, you usually immediately think of formerly Nokia now Microsoft Lumia devices. That said, there are some hidden treasures in this corner of Microsoft's world, like the HTC One M8 with Windows launched last year. There are also quite a number of device makers that have one or two Windows Phones in their roster, and it seems that LG will be adding to that growing list. A new Windows Phone from the Korean OEM has been spotted and it will be heading to Verizon at a yet unknown time.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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Windows 10 Preview released for phones

Windows 10 Preview released for phones

The Technical Preview for Windows 10 became available for early testers today in Microsoft's latest bid to keep their software universe moving forward. Users wishing to take part in the early preview have to sign up for the Technical Preview program, download a special app for their Windows Phone device, then hit the update button, so to speak. This software is not guaranteed to be as solidly reliable as a normal update, but that's not going to stop the masses from getting the newest bits as fast as they can - right this minute!

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Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Insider information or wishful thinking? That might be the first thing you think when you hear about this latest rumor coming out of Redmond. Several sources are claiming that Microsoft is, at least internally, looking into emulation technologies to make Android apps run on Windows phones. Why? Supposedly to finally resolve the dearth of apps on Windows mobile devices. But is this a solution that could help boost the adoption of Microsoft's mobile platform or will it be suicide for the software vendor in the long run?

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Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

While the Windows 10 upgrade path on the desktop is more or less clear cut, the same can't be said of their mobile counterparts. Last February, Microsoft started handing out preview builds of the upcoming operating system but its coverage was worryingly limited, to at most 6 models. That's not to say that Microsoft will only be supporting those and upcoming smartphones, but it hung a cloud of uncertainty over users. Now Microsoft is clearing the air by revealing as much as 36 models (30 if you count variants as one) who might be in the next round of builds.

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Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

While the gap may be filled by an abundance of iPad apps on the iTunes app store now, Instagram is still without a full-fledged tablet-sized iteration. It's also been a year and a day since the last time the official Instagram app was updated for Windows Phone devices. After the app garnered enough popularity for Microsoft to create their own bootleg Instagram app, the team behind Instagram were encouraged to make their own - one that they've not updated for a whopping 12 months.

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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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