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Microsoft Store will stop pushing app updates to Windows 8.x phones next summer, Windows 8.x computers in 2023

If you’re one of the handful of folks still using a smartphone running Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1, starting next summer it’s going to be an even less useful operating system than it already is. On July 1st, 2019, the Microsoft Store will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x. Developers will […]

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Microsoft pulls the plug on push notifications for Windows Phone 8 and below

If you’re one of the three people on earth that still has a phone running Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0, it’s about to get a lot less useful. Microsoft has announced that it’s turning off push notifications for those platforms starting today. That means phones will no longer get notifications, live tiles on […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 released to developers (anyone can be a developer)

Microsoft has released the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, the first version of the company’s smartphone operating system to feature the new “Cortana” voice assistant, a pull-down action center for responding to notifications and accessing settings, and many other enhancements. The first phones with Windows Phone 8.1 are expected to ship later this month […]

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Windows Phone now supports 1080p screens, 5 and 6 inch displays

Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 8 Update 3 will begin rolling out in the coming months, bringing new features and support for phones with larger, higher-resolution displays. Among other things, Windows Phone now supports devices with screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, features an updated Start Screen which makes room for more […]

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Lilbits (7-03-2013): Android 4.3, Samsung acquired Boxee, Feedly gets OPML

One of these days, Google is going to release Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Until then, we’ll have to dig through leaked pre-release builds to figure out what new features may be on the way. We’ve already learned a few things about WiFi and Bluetooth behavior, support for third party […]

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Lilbits (6-03-2013): Chrome for iOS speaks when spoken to, Android on an Ivy Bridge tablet

Android tablets are getting faster and faster, thanks to the latest chips from NVIDIA, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Intel. But even the fastest ARM-based chips still only offer a fraction of the performance you’d expect from an Intel Core processor (their key advantages are that ARM-based chips use less power and cost less). So even though […]

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Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone 8 handset launches for $150 without contract

The Nokia Lumia 521 is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 phone from Nokia to date. It goes on sale this weekend for just $150, and that’s the price without a contract. There are a few caveats. First, the phone will only work with T-Mobile’s network. Second, you’ll have to buy the Lumia 521 from HSN if you […]

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Windows Phone 8 ported to the HTC HD2 (the phone that won’t die)

The HTC HD2 was released in 2009 as one of the most powerful phones ever to ship with Windows Mobile 6.5. Unfortunately HTC and Microsoft never released Windows Phone 7 for the HD2… but that hasn’t stopped hackers from porting WP 7, WP 7.5, and even MeeGo, Ubuntu, and Google Android to run on the handset. […]

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Windows Phone 8 handsets ship first weekend in November, here’s what’s new

Microsoft has announced that the first smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will ship this coming weekend. Phones from Nokia, Samsung, HTC will be available from US carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. At first glance, Windows Phone 8 looks a lot like Windows Phone 7. Both are defined by the colorful, customizable live tiles on […]

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HTC introduces Windows Phone 8X, 8S smartphones

HTC has unveiled its first two handsets that will ship with Windows Phone 8 software. The HTC 8X is the company’s premium offering, while the 8S is a more affordable model with slightly less impressive hardware. Both phones should be available in 50 markets starting in November. In the US, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will […]