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Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

This week the Windows 8.1 (formerly known as "Blue") software update continues to roll out as it has for the past several weeks, making way for the same sort of push for Windows Phone devices this spring. What's just appearing this week for news on the generation after this one is the likes of "Threshold", a system that'll further combine the powers of the Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox One software environments. This update series, as it were, will be delivered in the spring of 2015.

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Nokia Lumia 520 continues dominating Windows Phone universe

Nokia Lumia 520 continues dominating Windows Phone universe

It would appear that the first appearance of the Nokia Lumia 520 as the most common smartphone in use across the world earlier this year was not just a fluke. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Instead we're seeing this device continue to grow in popularity, quite likely because of its relative low cost and common smartphone abilities - not to mention the fact that it comes in a variety of fabulous colors.

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Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Microsoft has launched Xbox Video online, expanding the streaming media service from Windows 8.1 PCs and Xbox One to the web, ahead of its expected arrival on Windows Phone. The new site supports consumption of both previously purchased content - once you've logged into your account - and buying new media through the webstore, which can then be played back on a PC, Windows tablet, or Xbox. However, there are a few drawbacks to the new web version, which Microsoft has confirmed will also impact the smartphone release.

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Grand Theft Auto San Andreas hits iOS, Android, Windows Phone next month

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas hits iOS, Android, Windows Phone next month

Having already released GTA III and GTA Vice City, the folks at Rockstar Games have announced this week that they'll be bringing on the likes of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Android this December. This release will be the biggest and the best in this sort of genre for the Android, iOS, or Windows Phone 8 platform without a doubt, coming in after two successful cross-platform releases in the past couple of years. This version of the game will be released in a similar fashion to the previous games, with nearly as much excellence as the full-sized console-level games as they appeared originally.

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Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

You're to blame for the vast Nokia Lumia 1520. "Make a phablet" we kept asking Nokia, "give us a big Windows Phone to compete with the Galaxy Note." That Nokia - and Microsoft - went off to the drawing board and returned with a hand-dominating 6-inch monster is a juicy sort of irony, then: this is a Lumia that not only comes in larger than just about every other smartphone on the market, it could be considered a small tablet in its own right. Problem is, there's a difference between a big phone and a great one, so has Nokia done more than enlarge Lumia? Read on for our full review.

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Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone arrives today, landing in the Windows Phone Store complete with Live Tile support. However, the much-anticipated app is lacking a few features compared to its iOS and Android cousins, most notably that video support isn't present at release. Whereas the existing apps for other platforms allow short video clips to be recorded and shared, Windows Phone users will need to wait for a future update to get that functionality.

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Nokia Music relaunches as Nokia MixRadio

Nokia Music relaunches as Nokia MixRadio

Nokia has relaunched its streaming music service as Nokia MixRadio, dropping the Nokia Music name and updating the Windows Phone app in the process. The reworked software, available only for Nokia's own Lumia Windows Phones, pushes the dynamic Mix playlists to the fore, which offer subscription-free themed tracklistings that can be streamed live over a data connection or cached for offline playback.

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