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Microsoft Kin resurfaces, selling for $25 on deals site

Remember the Kin, the ill-fated phone from Microsoft? Its life was so short — roughly two months in the spring of 2010 — that you can be forgiven if you don’t. And Microsoft would certainly like to forget. But it’s back as of today, available for $25 through the website DailySteals.com. Apparently the demand was… Read More

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Windows Phone gets new Shazam app with Start screen song tagging

Shazam is rolling out a redesigned Windows Phone app with features including the ability to start identifying songs directly from the Start screen, using the operating system’s Live Tile feature. The app, which recognizes music out of the air, is already a longstanding staple on other smartphones. The new release is part of Microsoft’s effort… Read More

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Take a picture with your voice? Microsoft wants a patent on it

Tired of using a timer to snap a picture? Microsoft has a solution for you. Well, it’s not a particularly original solution, at least not at this point. But the company is hoping to patent the approach. A newly surfaced patent application, first reported by Patent Bolt, describes a method for “voice-controlled camera operations,” in… Read More

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PHOTO: Come on, where’s the love for Windows Phone?

Windows Phone just can’t catch a break, it seems. The ad above, for the popular TuneIn radio app, is appearing as part of a big transit campaign in the Seattle region, a.k.a. Microsoft’s backyard. There happens to be a very nice version of TuneIn available for Microsoft’s Windows Phone. But you wouldn’t know it based… Read More

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Windows Phone exec throws cold water on rumors of Microsoft phone

The Microsoft executive who leads the company’s Windows Phone group, this morning came very close to outright denying any plans by Microsoft to come out with its own smartphone hardware, despite past reports that it was moving in that direction. Speaking at the All Things D “Dive Into Mobile” conference, Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson… Read More

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Report: Lumia 920 rises to top of Windows Phone market

Nokia’s Lumia 920 is now the most widely used Windows Phone device, reaching 14 percent of usage, and Nokia is by far the biggest maker of Windows Phones, with upwards of 80 percent of the market for Microsoft-powered devices. That’s the word from AdDuplex, an app-promotion service for Windows Phone and Windows 8, drawing from its latest… Read More

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Microsoft pokes at Facebook, says new ‘Home’ is like Windows Phone in 2011

Microsoft is a longtime Facebook partner and investor, but that isn’t stopping the Redmond company from making some jabs over Facebook’s choice of Android for its new “Home” user interface — a replacement home screen centered around the user’s social network and friends. In a post this morning, Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw says he… Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone getting faster speech input

One of the difficult parts about shifting from iPhone to Windows Phone has been giving up the (near) real-time speech recognition that Google has been offering as part of its native iOS search app. The feature was impressive enough to make the updated Google app for iPhone and iPad our App of the Week last… Read More

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Microsoft’s Photosynth gets a big Windows Phone update

Microsoft this morning released an update for its popular Photosynth app, bringing the panoramic photo-stitcher to Windows Phone 8 with an expanded feature set. The app lets users take pictures of a scene from a variety of angles and directions. It then stitches the photos together into a smooth interactive experience that can be navigated… Read More

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Rhapsody app arrives for Windows Phone 8

Less than a week after Spotify jumped onto Windows Phone 8, Rhapsody is doing the same. Seattle-based Rhapsody just debuted its new app for Windows Phone 8, which was built specifically for Microsoft’s newest mobile device. Though the app is free, only members who pay $10-$15 per month can stream the 13 million tracks. So… Read More

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Windows Phone 7.8 update: Users reporting Live Tile glitch

At long last, Microsoft has started rolling out its Windows Phone 7.8 update for users of older Windows Phones, giving them some of the basic features of Windows Phone 8 even though their devices aren’t compatible with the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. New features include the ability to set the tiles on the… Read More

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Windows Phone 8 gets Spotify, still waiting on Pandora

Spotify, the popular streaming music service, was released this morning for Windows Phone 8, adding an important music app to Microsoft’s mobile lineup. Spotify was previously available for Windows Phone 7 but hadn’t been issued for Windows Phone 8. The download is free but the mobile version of the service requires a Spotify Premium account,… Read More

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Microsoft’s U.S. smartphone market share slips below 3%

Where’s Windows Phone? Despite a push to get its mobile platform into the hands of more consumers, Microsoft’s share of smartphone subscribers in the U.S. continued to decline as 2012 drew to a close, according to numbers released this afternoon by the comScore Networks research firm. The result is notable in part because new devices… Read More