Wireless Continuum using Lumia 950XL

Here is a short video of continuum in use wirelessly using a Lumia 950 XL and a Microsoft wireless display adapter.

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Lumia 950 XL Unboxing

Reposting a video that actually works. Check out the video of the unboxing of the Lumia 950XL.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Launch

Here are some pictures from the COD: Advanced Warfare Launch at the St. Louis Microsoft Store on 11/2. Also included is a picture of the new Microsoft Band.


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BLU Windows Phones & the Lumia 830

My most recent trip to the St. Louis Galleria resulted in me being pleasantly surprised to find the Blu Windows Phones on display. Blu devices are designed in Miami, Florida but built overseas and offer another affordable dual SIM options to the Windows Phone family. The BLU Win HD is the yellow phone in the images below. The Win JR are the white and pink phones. Unlocked the HD goes for $179 and the JR goes for $90. Both seem to have a strong build quality and decent screen and camera. The only major drawback from a hardware perspective is the lack of a dedicated camera button. Both of these also have front facing cameras and dual SIM capability. When compared to something like a Lumia 520/ 530 I’d argue these are a better choice if you can live without some of the Lumia (formerly Nokia) specific apps.

The ATT Lumia 830 was also on display. This device also was a pleasant surprise. It’s a good size and has a solid but light feel when compared to my Lumia 920. And that begs the question, is this finally a Lumia 920 successor? I’d argue no, but if my 920 died tomorrow and I was replacing it with a current Lumia it would be either this device or the 1520. With that being said if you’re happy with your 920 or similar device I wouldn’t rush out to replace it with this device, especially at its current price point of $449 unlocked. Despite that I really like the design and the screen looks very good. If you’re in the market for a Windows Phone and looking for a good mid-range device give this a look.

BLU Win JR and Win HD


Lumia 830

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Nokia teasing something

Nokia’s vine account posted this video teasing something for tomorrow 5/8. I’m not sure whether this represent the new “Microsoft” Nokia or the remaining Here division but my guess would be the former. I’d also guess its eluding to a Cyan device of some kind. Check back tomorrow for more info.

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Found! Another Cortana feature in text messages

Being as familiar with windows phone as I am, the ahhah moments come less frequently. As I continue to play with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview I feel like I did when I first got the platform. Today’s moment came via a text message from a friend. He asked if we could meet up tomorrow at a popular restaurant chain. I immediately noticed a small underline under the words tomorrow night. When I tapped those words I was surprised to find Cortana offering to add an appointment to my calendar for tomorrow night with that restaurant as the destination. I hadn’t heard this feature being described but was pleasantly surprised by it. I can’t wait to see what I find next.

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Zune Music Pass Credits Work in Xbox Music

When Xbox music beta released for windows eight I was disappointed to find out that Xbox music credits couldn’t be used to purchase songs. As someone who continues to party the extra amount for the legacy Zune pass with credits I was seriously fretting finally giving that up. After updating to Windows phone 8.1 update with the updated Xbox music I’m happy to report that you can in fact still use Zune pass credits to purchase music. See attached screenshot. Good job Xbox music team… Although I still miss Zune.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Screenshot Button Combo Changed

While downloading and playing around with windows phone 8.1 today I found that the typical volume down + windows key combo that used to take a screenshot has been updated to volume up + power key. I assume this has been done to allow for the new devices that may have on screen buttons rather than physical ones.

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The Official Facebook App is coming to Windows 8.1

The Windows Facebook account has just announced that the Official Facebook App will be coming to Windows 8.1. Up to this point Windows 8 users had to use the Facebook website, the Windows People App, or third party apps like Fliptoast to use Facebook. None of those were ideal so it’s refreshing to see the the Official app be announced. No word on release date yet, bit we’ll. Keep you updated.

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Nokia offers cash for your trade-in phone

Nokia announced on its Facebook page today that they are now offering you cash, up to $3oo, when you trade in your old phone towards the purchase of a Lumia with Windows 8. Just for grins I checked an ATT Lumia 900 and as of today Nokia is offering me $84 for that. Interested in finding out more? Just visit http://www.nokia.com/us-en/tradeup and take the first step towards owning an amazing Lumia. You won’t regret it.

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