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Lumia 520 runs Windows RT thanks to Windows Phone tool

Lumia 520 runs Windows RT thanks to Windows Phone tool

When people talk about smartphones running custom operating systems, they are mostly talking about Android, since the platform makes it possible, though not always easy, to do so. While that is still virtually, if not practically, impossible to do on an iPhone, Windows Phones might be the next breed to get this custom ROM fever thanks to a new tool called Windows Phone Internals. And the first proof of concept? Running the now practically dead Windows RT on a year-old Lumia 520 smartphone.

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Microsoft tries to sell Lumia 950, 950 XL camera prowess

Microsoft tries to sell Lumia 950, 950 XL camera prowess

Smartphone makers more or less have CPUs and display down to a T, so they are moving the fight over to one of the trickiest features to pull off: cameras. Every high end smartphone you'll hear about these past year or so will advertise some professional photography feature or two. Some even make it their main attraction. While iOS and Android have mostly dominated that scene, Microsoft isn't going to fall behind, especially with the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their PureView cameras.

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Satechi Wireless Gamepad for mobile devices now available

Satechi Wireless Gamepad for mobile devices now available

Satechi has introduced and formally launched its new Wireless Gamepad, a Bluetooth gaming controller that works with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The controller can be used with both smartphones and tablets, featuring a spring holder for attaching phones. The controller brings with it a total of three gaming modes, each of which are tailored to a specific platform.

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Windows 10 Mobile coming in December

Windows 10 Mobile coming in December

Microsoft has just unloaded a couple of interesting new devices, including adequate yet disappointingly plastic new Lumia smartphones. One thing it didn't announce, however, was when the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system will arrive. After all, a new flagship smartphone deserves a new flagship OS right? Sadly, that might not be the case. In on its Facebook account, Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 Mobile won't be rolling out until December, a good month after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL go to market.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Lumia fans have been a patient bunch, not entirely by choice, waiting on a new set of flagship phones. Despite Microsoft's various and vocal commitments to Windows 10 on smartphones, it hasn't given much outward sign of what hardware might have been in the pipeline. Today that all changed, of course, with the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, which filled the gap in Microsoft's top end (as well as bringing along a low-cost model too, the Lumia 550).

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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft may have been focusing on Windows 10 lately, but it also has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, photos of one of which have now leaked. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL - otherwise known by their codenames, Talkman and Cityman - are expected to make their official debut in September or October this year, but the larger Lumia 950 XL has apparently escaped early in prototype form, at least.

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BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

Previously greenlit on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, BEAT DA BEAT will be released for Android and iOS in August. Created by the folks at Nekki in Moscow, this game takes the music of some heavy dubstep musical artists and creates a bullet-hell genre game that dances to the beat. BEAT DA BEAT has flying enemies jamming lasers down your phone while they appear, blast, and shine to the music. "Absolutely everything - enemy's actions, moves, shooting - is build on the base of the song that is currently playing."

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Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

This week the folks at Microsoft have been rather up-front about their plans to expand their mobile devices front. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, the company's COO Kevin Turner suggested that they were at work on a second version of Microsoft Band. He also suggested that they were working on "a few killer devices" for Lumia. For Windows Phone, that is to say, and the future of mobile devices from Microsoft that, earlier this month, seemed to be in question.

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Microsoft Garage apps aim at business users on the Go

Microsoft Garage apps aim at business users on the Go

Microsoft has rolled out three new apps in its Garage Apps segment and are all productivity apps that aim at helping business users and executives become more efficient. All business types need to keep track of various meetings, conferences, and receipts during their work. Microsoft has three apps to help with Join Conference, InstaNote, and Receipt Tracker.

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Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Just a while ago we looked into the reasons why it wouldn't be in Microsoft's best interests to suddenly switch to Android as its mobile platform. And then head honcho Satya Nadella dropped the huge bombshell. Microsoft has, for all intents and purposes, stricken off Nokia from its books. This has lead many to conclude Microsoft's surrender in the smartphone market. And they might very well be right. Or not. Like many things in life, things aren't as clear cut as we would like, and Microsoft's struggle with mobile is far from over.

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Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Satya Nadella insists Microsoft is still "committed" to making its own smartphones, the CEO arguing today's massive $7.6bn write-off is refocusing not abandonment. The company announced this morning it would cut 7,800 jobs, predominantly from its phone business, as well as write-off what it spent on acquiring Nokia. "I don’t take changes in plans like these lightly," Nadella wrote in an email to all employees, "given that they affect the lives of people who have made an impact at Microsoft."

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