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Microsoft Cuts 2,850 Staff As Windows Phone Runs Out Of Charge
So it probably came as no surprise that when Microsoft announced they were leaving the smart phone business earlier this year, that there would be job losses. What has come as a surprise however is that the company has revealed that number of staff facing the axe is more... Read more
News For Windows Phones Not Good
It does indeed seem that the end is nigh for Windows Phone, in its current form at least. But now even Microsoft have sort of admitted it’s valiant push to become the third viable smartphone ecosystem has come to a close. Earlier in the week, according to a report... Read more
Microsoft Working On Snapdragon 810 Lumia Device
Microsoft’s new mantra for Lumia devices is shoot for the low-end and hope something sticks, but in-between the launches of cheaper and cheaper Windows Phone we might finally get a flagship. That’s according to Microsoft’s Juha Kokkonen in a press release, claiming Microsoft will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip in... Read more
Microsoft Launches Affordable Lumia 435 and 532 Running Windows Phone
Microsoft has unveiled three new budget smartphones today, the Lumia 435, Lumia 532 and Lumia 535, all targeted at developing nations, where Microsoft is throwing all of its money at hthe moment. The Lumia 435 is the most exciting in the pack, since it will start at just $79... Read more
Minecraft Arrives On Windows Phone
It looks like Microsoft has finally persuaded Mojang to port Minecraft to Windows Phone, following the $2.5 billion acquisition of the small studio. Minecraft is available on almost every platform, including iOS and Android, but has not made its Windows Phone until today. The lack of users on Windows... Read more
Microsoft Starts to Accept Bitcoin for Windows, Windows Phone & Xbox
Microsoft is definitely  going through a transformation phase. What, with the latest acquisitions, mobile market changes and Windows developments it looks like the guys over at Redmond have really started to get it together again. So, it comes as no surprise (ok, a little surprise) that the company has... Read more
All NYPD Officers to Get Windows Phones
New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced last Friday that the NYPD is planning to outfit all 35,000 of their officers with a mobile ‘handheld device,’ aka a ‘smartphone’. The technology program; NYPD Mobility Initiative, will cost $160 million. As well as giving all the Police officers a smartphone,... Read more
Microsoft to Launch Wearable Soon
Everybody and their mother is jumping on the wearable bandwagon and Microsoft is no exception. Microsoft is planning to launch their own wearable fitness band in the foreseeable future. Forbes has reported the announcement is due “within the next few weeks.” Apparently sources have said the launch of Microsoft’s wearable fitness... Read more
Cortana Can Predict NFL Games On Windows Phone
With the NFL getting ready to officially start their season soon, I thought I’d let you know of a nifty little perk of owning a Windows Phone. With all the talk in the air of iPhones and Androids, the Windows Phone can sometimes get left in the dust. That’s... Read more
Microsoft Slashes 18,000 Jobs
Microsoft is making big news as of late, and it has nothing to do with Windows or any other Microsoft program. Rather, it turns out that the software giant is making headlines currently for some big and unfortunate job cuts. Just how many people are being laid off? Sadly,... Read more
Microsoft Now Owns Nokia’s Handset Business After Chinese Approval
The deal between Microsoft and Nokia was signed more than seven months ago, but has been pending the final arrangements, thanks to the Chinese regulators who have been looking at the deal really closely. With the Chinese approval now on the table, together with approvals from the European Commission, the... Read more
Halo’s Cortana: Siri’s Nemesis?
It’s not that Siri is all that brilliant. She could be hilarious with her responses, sure, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Ask Apple users just how often they use Siri, or even if they even rely heavily on Apple’s built-in personal assistant. There is,... Read more
Nokia Unveils its First Android Phone
At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Nokia has unveiled a family of Android handsets. Named the X, X+ and XL, these phones will range in price from 89 Euros to 109 Euros. The more basic of the three models, the X, will have a 4-inch screen, 512MB of... Read more
Is Sony Releasing A Windows Phone?
After all the rumours about Sony launching a Windows Phone this year, the company itself has confirmed that it has been, and still is, in talks with Microsoft. Sony’s European mobile chief, Pierre Perron, said last week in an interview that the company does not want to be a... Read more
Instagram Finally Released On Windows Phone
Is it worth the wait? After all, it has been a long time coming but Instagram has finally released a native app for Windows Phone. The long suffering of you out there that use Windows phones (sorry I’m an iPhone man myself), will finally be able to share pictures in new and... Read more
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Update Supports Large Screen
Recently Microsoft announced the imminent launch of the latest Windows update for Windows Phone 8. The timing of the update matches previous updates which tend to be around fall time. The update, labelled GDR3 (General Distribution Release) sees the Windows Phone empire beginning to join the large screen phone... Read more
Instagram Now On Windows Phone – Well, Kinda
How many Windows Phone users do you know for real? I think I’ve said this before, and I can count them on one hand. That’s not to say that Windows Phone may not have its merits, but one thing we know is that there is a good number of... Read more
ZTE Open Runs Firefox OS & Will Be Sold On Ebay
The latest smartphone from the company ZTE, will run the new Firefox operating system. It will be the first mobile manufacturer to run this operating system in the UK and US markets. ZTE have chosen to sell the handset named ZTE Open, exclusively through the e-commerce site eBay and... Read more