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How to Install the Cortana Touting Windows Phone 8.1 Update on Your Device

Officially, Cortana won’t be making its way to Windows Phone handsets for a few months, but there is a way to install the new Windows Phone 8.1 update on your Windows Phone device at this very moment! The process isn’t too involved, and will take you just a few minutes to get the sassy Cortana on your device. Before we get started, there are a few things worth noting. Your Windows Phone device must be running Windows Phone 8 Update 2, and once you turn on the update, there’s no Read more

Ian Kersey

Fight! Cortana, Siri and Google Now Battle it out in Video

It’s a battle for the ages, folks! Behold, the ultimate virtual personal assistant showdown! WP Central pitted a Moto X against an iPhone 5S against the Nokia Lumia Icon. It’s Siri vs. Google Now vs. Microsoft’s own Cortana! You’ll pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need THE EDGE! Cortana is the new entry into the personal assistant field, created by Microsoft as a direct competitor to the likes of well-known Siri and Google Now. Windows Phone owners everywhere can get their hands on Cortana today, as Microsoft has Read more

Ian Kersey

T-Mobile is Giving Overage Fees The Boot This June

T-Mobile is getting rid of overage fees once and for all, great news for data hungry customers of every stripe. As of June, T-Mobile customers will no longer receive overage charges for going over their allotted minutes, texts or data. This probably won’t affect most users, as most T-Mobile plans supply customers with unlimited voice minutes and texts. As for data, it looks as T-Mobile will stick with throttling data speeds once a customer uses up all of his or her data. “The worst thing about these overage fees is Read more

Ian Kersey

Nokia Lumia 635 to be offered by T-Mobile as Nokia Monarch

We’ve already told you that the newly announced Nokia Lumia 635 is heading to T-Mobile; now we know (compliments to EVleaks) how the Magenta un-carrier will call it — this mid-range Windows Phone will be known as Nokia Monarch. Specs wise, the Lumia 635 / Monarch comes with a 4.5-inch 480×854 pixels screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz, LTE connectivity support, 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, only 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable storage. Windows Phone 8.1 is running the show. In addition to T-Mobile, this Read more

Watch Siri and Cortana Duke it Out on the Arsenio Hall Show

It looks like Siri and Cortana have a beef, one that rivals the east cost west coast rivalries on the 90′s. Arsenio Hall hosted an epic cage match between the two digital personal assistants, and it got downright ugly. Siri has been around for a while, while Cortana is fairly new to the scene. At first, it seems like the sassy Cortana has put the old-ass Siri to shame. But it doesn’t take long for Siri to get nasty, proving that she’s not all sunshine and butterflies after all. So, Read more

Ian Kersey

John Legere Slaps Verizon and AT&T on the Ass Again: T-Mobile Cuts Tablet Prices, Ups Free Data

Wow T-Mobile, just when we think you’re done shaking things up in the wireless industry, you come creeping back up, tapping us on the shoulder and delivering a big ol’ “HELLLO!” Um, in other words, T-Mobile and the company’s CEO, John Legere, just can’t stop attacking the big boys of the wireless industry, namely AT&T and Verizon. It’s like an ongoing David and Goliath story, and it ain’t showing no signs of slowing down. T-Mobile’s moves today impact the tablet biz, dropping the price of LTE enabled tablets to the Read more

Ian Kersey

First Sony Windows Phone device to launch in the summer?

We know Sony plans to launch a Windows Phone at some point this year, and now we have an indication such device could be unveiled during the summer. According to senior editor at the Verge Tom Warren, the Japanese company’s first smartphone with Microsoft’s mobile platform will debut in July, making it ready for the back to school shopping craze. Sony’s very own Pierre Perron recently said that they are in “discussions with other partners, including Microsoft,” as part of the partnership on the “broader Sony spectrum.” That’s a somewhat Read more

Here are some of the Windows Phone 8.2 features

We still wait to see the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices but that won’t (and shouldn’t) stop the leaks about the next version of the platform. The information we gathered comes from a Redditor who claims to be a 15-year veteran at Microsoft; here’s what he had to say about features expected in the next version of Windows Phone. First of all, we should expect shorter update cycles, with feature updates every 6 – 8 months, and major OS updates every year or two. In that sense, Windows Phone 8.2 Read more

Nokia Lumia 930 to come with Dolby Digital Plus audio recording

There are no doubts in my mind that the newly unveiled Nokia Lumia 930 is one of the best camera-phones, ever. When it comes to mobile camera technology, the Finns are the best. What we didn’t know (until now) is that the Lumia 930 will be the world’s first smartphone with Dolby Digital Plus audio recording. According to WPcentral, this feature is still technically in development and should be ready for prime time in the next few weeks. The technology relies on the built-in four HAAC (high-amplitude audio recording) microphones Read more

This Terrifying PSA Makes Sure You Will Never Text and Drive Again

Texting and driving is dangerous business, and we all know it. A new PSA from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration takes just 30 seconds to scare you into never picking up your phone while driving again. The ad’s debut coincides with the kick-off of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The ad begins with three high-spirited teens chatting and laughing away when suddenly the driver receives a text message. She picks up her phone and wham, a truck slams into the car, sending the teens into a terrifying death spiral. Read more

Ian Kersey

Watch Episode One of Mike Judge’s ‘Silicon Valley’ on YouTube for Free

As I’m sure you all know, HBO Go crashed last night, denying millions of people access to the season four premiere of Game of Thrones. GoT wasn’t the only season premiere last night, though. Mike Judge’s new half-hour show that takes on the tech scene, Silicon Valley debuted right after GoT on HBO. In case the HBO Go crash made you miss last night’s premiere, HBO has uploaded the first episode of Silicon Valley to YouTube, allowing us all to enjoy the first episode of the awesome new comedy for Read more

Ian Kersey