Battle of the 20s: the 20MP Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia Lumia 930 cameras go head-to-head #PhotoWeek

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Microsoft, Nokia, Phones, Photo Week, Photography Leave a Comment

At the culmination of #PhotoWeek, we’re pitching two rival flagship phones with 20-megapixel cameras against each other in an epic duel of flash and film. Who’s fastest? Who’s brightest? Who takes the best selfies? It’s the waterproof Android Sony Xperia Z2 vs the weighty Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 930 in a fight to the photo…

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Nokia Lumia 930 review: Nokiasoft’s first flagship is pretty good – for a Windows Phone

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps, Microsoft, Nokia, Photography 4 Comments

With Nokia’s devices division now completely owned by Microsoft, the happy couple’s first high-end joint venture is this glossy, blocky handset with the best Windows Phone specs we’ve seen. The Lumia 930 certainly looks the part, but is this the phone to finally tempt Android and iOS fans into the Windows Phone stable? The handset…

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Is Apple set to make the iPad more like the Microsoft Surface?

Hayley Minn Apple, Microsoft Leave a Comment

IOS 8 looks set to make the functionality of the Apple iPad a whole lot better. Introducing a new split-screen multitasking feature, allowing users to run two applications at once, Apple looks like it could be taking a leaf out of Microsoft's book. In Apple's quest to make the iPad a true laptop replacement, despite…

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Microsoft unveils its first Nokia ad with help from The Kinks

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Last week Microsoft announced that it had completed the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business and today the company has launched its first Nokia ad on Youtube. Called 'Not Like Everyone Else', Microsoft enlisted the help of The Kinks as a soundtrack to highlight Nokia's expertise in design and its own Windows Phone platform.…

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Cortana: Microsoft's Siri clone is a friendly circle

Becca Caddy Microsoft, Phones Leave a Comment

Microsoft's new voice-activated personal assistant, called Cortana, is expected in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update and The Verge got its hands on a set of leaked images that reveal the Siri clone is a small, blue animated circle (nothing like the AI woman also called Cortana who features in the Halo game series). Although…

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Dodgy analogies – why Apple are Republican, Catholic, Blur, Nigella, Cavalier and, err Swap Shop

Ashley Norris Android, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung Leave a Comment

As you may have read there is a bit of spat going on in the US over whether bloggers love or hate Apple. The source of the debate is conservative political pundit Rush Limbaugh who said on a radio show. "'As you know, I spend a lot of time as a hobby reading high-tech and…

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Nokia Lumia 625 unveiled. UK launch at EE, Vodafone, CW and more in September

Ashley Norris Gadgets & Apps, Microsoft, Nokia, Phones 2 Comments

And yet another new Windows-powered smartphone from Nokia. Yet the Lumia 625 which was unveiled today, is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is a budget-ish smartphone which has plenty of features by coming in at around £200 isnlt that pricey. Secondly it is the biggest Nokia Lumia phone to date with a…

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Now Microsoft preps a smart watch

Ashley Norris Microsoft Leave a Comment

It appears that smart watches are like buses... For after rumours emanating from Apple, an announcement from Samsung and a big hint from LG, Microsoft is now also reportedly working on an intelligent smartphone friendly watch. A story in The Wall Street Journal, which quotes 'anonymous execs' suggests that company exces have been chatting to…

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ASUS's Transformer AiO – the desktop PC that can double as a tablet!?

Ashley Norris Computers, Microsoft, Tablets Leave a Comment

Trend alert. Desktop PCs that can moonlight as tablets. Well it had to happen and ASUS claim to have got there first. They have just released the Transformer AiO, which it is billing as the world's first All-in-One PC with a detachable display that can also be used as a standalone tablet. So for money…

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Kinect PlayFit dashboard comes to Xbox users in the US

Becca Caddy Gaming, Microsoft 2 Comments

Microsoft has launched a new feature for the Xbox console today called Kinect PlayFit, which collects data about your activity and the calories you've burned playing a whole host of popular titles, such as Dance Central 2, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 and even Kinect Star Wars (yeah, really), as well as a number of…

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Microsoft's Spotify rival Xbox Music is set to arrive later this year

Becca Caddy Microsoft, Music 2 Comments

New details have been released today about Xbox Music, a digital streaming service that's set to rival Spotify and will run on an Xbox 360 console. We first heard about Microsoft's music offering at the E3 conference and now it's emerged that it's set to launch later this year along with an annual subscription model…

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Doctor uses Kinect imaging on the operating table

Becca Caddy Gaming, Microsoft, Science Leave a Comment

The last place you'd expect to see a Kinect is on an operating table, but the device could be the ideal way for doctors to consult medical images during complicated procedures. Last week a surgeon at the Guy's and St Thomas' hospital in London started using a new system that relies on an Xbox Kinect…

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The Kinect is being used to detect signs of autism in children

Becca Caddy Gaming, Microsoft 2 Comments

Kinect motion sensors are being used by a school in Minneapolis to identify the early signs of autism in young children. Over the past few years we've seen the Kinect's innovative technology being hacked in countless ways, whether it's to make your room a touchscreen, talk to your pet when you're away, create a robot…

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Windows Phone Mango: Screenshots of Groups, Threads, Bing Image search & Voice Control

Anna Leach Microsoft, Top Stories 2 Comments

We really liked the new features in the Windows Phone Mango. We grabbed some on-the-fly screenshots of the key updates.. Notably: - Bing image search - The Voice control service - The new Groups feature - The new Threads feature See a write-up of key features in our 10 Things You Need To Know post.

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Mango – we're not going to tell you whether it's 7.1, 7.5 or anything, it's just Mango right

Anna Leach Microsoft, Top Stories 2 Comments

They will only keep repeating the name of the fruit when you press them. "It's Mango! It's Window Phone Mango". In response to a question about whether this was genuinely a new release, or just a few nice little tweaks one Microsoft rep said: "You tell me - you've seen all the features? does that…

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Windows Phone Mango: 10 Things You Need To Know

Anna Leach Microsoft, Top Stories 2 Comments

Only 7 months after Windows Phone 7 was released, comes Windows Phone Mango. Their vow to base the phone around: communications, apps and web is not mind-blowing but we really liked what we saw. In many ways it dots the is on Windows Phone & and delivers a really polished top-of-the-market mobile OS. Key feature…

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Microsoft close to buying Skype for $8.5 billion – a good idea?

ShinyJess Microsoft, Skype 2 Comments

It's not final yet, but speculation has it Microsoft is close to bringing onboard calling service Skype. The deal would set Microsoft back $8.5 billion, and it would be its biggest acquisition to date. Skype has 124 million monthly users, although many of them do not pay for their usage. Overheads are low, though, as…

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Microsoft could pull Nokia out of the fire with strategic mobile partnership

ShinyJess Microsoft, Nokia 5 Comments

Only days after new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop issued that damning comment about the company standing on 'a burning platform', the mobile group has confirmed a 'strategic partnership' with Windows. 'A new mobile ecosystem' will be the result, if the companies are to be believed. No tall order, then. The Windows Phone 7 OS will…

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