After our preview this early April of Flipboard for Windows Phone devices - it’s finally here. Finally, after months of development and preparation for release. At last, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users can have access to one of the most popular news aggregators in the land.
Ever wonder what it’d be like to be Tony Stark, Iron Man with a home automation system that speaks with you when you speak to it? Lucky you, the folks at INSTEON have begun releasing their app for Windows Phone 8.1 for full home automation action - complete with Cortana. This means you’ll be able to interact with your home automation system the same way you’d speak with Windows Phone 8.1’s own friendly voice assistant.
Of all the major mobile OSs, Windows has done the best job of making sure the mobile and desktop experience are nearly identical. A recent report suggested they’d continue that effort by dropping “phone” from “Windows Phone” on future handsets. Now we’ve got our first look at a new smartphone that follows that dictum, dropping “phone” from the hardware badging on the rear of the device.
Let not a single person speak badly of the people at Microsoft who signed the deal to acquire Mojang this year. Though they’ve agreed to pay $2.5 billion dollars for the developer group and the game Minecraft, they "expect the acquisition to be a break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis."
When Microsoft snapped up Nokia, we all knew things would be changing. The original darling of the mobile phone world had long been pandering to Windows Phone, eschewing better avenues like Android. While the purchase sealed Nokia’s fate as an actual Windows brand, a new report suggests it may now be branded as Windows rather than Nokia.
True to its promise, Jawbone today is expanding its UP app beyond the confines of its own fitness band, turning the personal digital coach into a platform of its own. The timing is perfect, too, since the new UP will also tie in with Apple's own ecosystem via the new M8 motion coprocessor on the new iPhone 6 and the newly unveiled Apple Watch.
Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.
If you live in China, you may already know about Microsoft’s "other" artificial intelligence. Cortana lives in the United States and is spreading across the world - but we’re not talking about Cortana. We’re talking about XiaoIce - aka "Little Ice."
Microsoft has a new upper-midrange Windows Phone for IFA 2014, the Nokia Lumia 830, a 5.5-inch PureView smartphone that will debut with the latest Lumia Denim OS. Toting a 10-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization, along with LTE, the Lumia 830 should hit shelves this month.