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Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit is cooking up a Windows Phone 8.1 app, the wearable health band company has confirmed, bringing support for the popular tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. News of the app was confirmed by Fitbit on the company's official product forums, after would-be users were vocal in their demands for a version.

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Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft is considering extending its Cortana from Windows Phone to other platforms like iOS and Android, as it explores the value of a more ubiquitous digital personal assistant. The voice-controlled interface, revealed as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 developers preview, uses a mixture of specific user requests and contextual data like calendar entries, previous browsing history, and location to make smartphones running Microsoft's OS more personable and useful.

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New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

Companies like Motorola and Microsoft want you to have smartphones, but don’t seem to want you to touch them. Motorola’s always-on listening mode gave us hands-free search, and a new report suggests Microsoft is trying to do something similar. Relying on gestures, a new handset may end up being the one you set down and never pick back up.

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Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

At BUILD, Microsoft showed what looked to be a more touch-friendly version of Office. While there is already a touchy-feely version available for iOS, those with Android or Windows Mobile devices are currently left wanting. A new round of rumors suggest Microsoft will forgo Windows in favor of Android getting the new Office first, though.

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Windows Phone Files app finally released

Windows Phone Files app finally released

Microsoft has released the much-anticipated Files app for Windows Phone, bringing easier file management to the smartphone platform. One of the top lingering requests from Windows Phone users, the app is a free download and includes support for local storage as well as microSD cards, if the device you're using it on has expandable memory.

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Nanabot to turn Windows Phone into robot brain

Nanabot to turn Windows Phone into robot brain

Windows Phone may not be the first platform you think about for robotics, but one developer is hoping to change all that with WowWee RoboMe integration putting Microsoft's speech recognition engine behind the wheel. Built around the same underlying technology that gives Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana digital assistant her brains and her voice, the Nanabot is intended more for play than for organizing your calendar.

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