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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available!

About two weeks ago at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Bringing the highly anticipated Cortana digital assistant, “Action Center” notifications, and much more home screen personalization, Windows Phone 8.1 is an upgrade far more significant than its “.1″ may suggest. Now, registered Windows Phone developers currently running WP8 on their devices can upgrade to the WP8.1 Developer Preview.

There are a few requirements and caveats with this developer preview. To install the upgrade on your WP8 device, you need to either have a Windows Phone Dev Center account, an active App Studio account, or . . . READ ON »

Test the CPU Performance of Your Windows 8/RT Device

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Test the CPU Performance of Your Windows 8/RT Device

Although the spec sheet of your Windows 8 or RT device may give a pretty big indication of its performance, it’s sometimes a lot more helpful if you have an idea of how well it performs in real life. But although there are plenty of software tools available to help you to do this, we thought that XDA members may be much more inclined to try something home-grown and open-source. This is where CPU Performance Tester comes in.

Developed by XDA Senior Member rootfan, CPU Performance Tester performs a large number of mathematical operations on your Windows 8 or RT . . . READ ON »

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How to Download and Flash All Nokia Lumia WP8 Stock ROMs

Once you start mucking around with a device’s firmware to add all your favorite tweaks and whatnot, you’ll almost undoubtedly need to restore to stock at some point in the future. Luckily, there are various device- or OEM-specific tools out there for to help people accomplish this task. Samsung devices have Odin and Heimdall, Sony devices have Flashtool, and Nokia devices have a few different options including Nokia Care Suite.

So how do you use Nokia Care Suite to download and flash your Lumia device to its stock WP8 firmware? XDA Recognized Contributor anaheiim wrote a comprehensive guide detailing the . . . READ ON »

Microsoft Build 2014: Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center, Windows to Bring Back Start Menu

build2014Today in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft’s continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today’s keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn’t intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun.

Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone.. . . READ ON »

[April Fools! Sort of...] Introducing XDA:BOOT

Every year at around this time, we here at XDA-Developers like to take a step back and figure out what we can do to make our little home on the web an even better place. About four years ago, we accomplished this by introducing the world to XDA Core. And then two years later, this meant shifting our priorities to a demonstrably superior operating system.

Today, I’d like to share with you a truly revolutionary idea that was the result of many femtoseconds of reptilian planning. I am, of course, referring to XDA:Ban On One’s Terms, also known . . . READ ON »

Microsoft’s Cortana Digital Assistant Demoed on Video!

Just yesterday, we took a look at a leaked screenshot showing the UI for Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Siri slated for release on Windows 8.1: Cortana. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be worth at least a thousand words times 30 frames per second times 2 minutes and 21 seconds. Continue past the break to take a closer look at Cortana.. . . READ ON »

Leaked Screenshots Show WP8.1′s Cortana Digital Assistant in All Its Glory

It’s no secret that when it comes to digital assistants, Windows Phone is sorely lacking in comparison to Google Now and Apple’s Siri—but let’s not be too quick to count Microsoft out of that arena permanently. Windows 8.1 code name Blue is rumored to hit manufacturers this month and users in April, and with it we’ll see Microsoft’s attempts at taking on the already mature digital assistant market.

So far, we don’t know much about Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. In fact, it’s not even known whether this code name will be preserved in the final shipping version. But thanks . . . READ ON »

Track Who Owes What with Who’s Got My Stuff for WP8

Track Who Owes What with Who’s Got My Stuff for WP8

If you’re nice, you’ve probably lent out something of yours to someone. If you’re really nice, you might have lent out a couple more things to some people. And if you’re really nice, you probably need an app to track all the things you’ve lent out to people so you don’t forget them. But you’re not that nice, because otherwise you’ll just give these things away. So to all the really nice folks who also happen to use a Windows Phone 8 device, there’s now an app that will actually keep track of all the personal belongings that you’ve lent . . . READ ON »

Test Run Windows Phone 8.1 on Your PC with Leaked SDK

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Test Run Windows Phone 8.1 on Your PC with Leaked SDK

If you have been following the Windows Phone headlines the past couple of weeks, you’ve definitely heard of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak. Although neither the rumored digital assistant Cortana nor the OS’s new Action Center are to be seen in the leaked build, there are still quite a few new additions and tweaks to the mobile platform. These include finally being able to install apps onto the SD card with Storage Sense, further UI customization options, better multitasking, and updates of core apps such as Internet Explorer, among others.

If you’re willing to try the leaked WP . . . READ ON »

Forum Created for Mobile Web App Development (Cordova, PhoneGap)

Just yesterday, we talked about how Chrome Apps are making their way to Android and iOS in the form of apps that look and feel like native applications, thanks to the Apache Cordova toolchain. But as many were quick to point out in the comments, Cordova isn’t the only game in town when it comes to developing. Rather, existing solutions such as PhoneGap also enable users to create smartphone applications using open web standards such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

In order to better cater to app developers looking to break into smartphone application development by means of open web . . . READ ON »

Costs Keeper Helps Keep Track of Your Budget on Your Windows Device

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Costs Keeper Helps Keep Track of Your Budget on Your Windows Device

Now that the gift giving season is over and we have all (hopefully) received presents we’ve been wishing for, there are probably a lot of folks who’ve been gifted with a brand new Windows device and are wondering what exactly to do with it. If you are on a budget or are trying to reign in their spending habits, you may want to check out Costs Keeper.

Developed by XDA Forum Member filfat, Costs Keeper is an app compatible with the Windows 8 and RT platforms, and it  and is essentially what one expects of it: a costs keeper. . . . READ ON »

Install Extra Tool Menus on Your Windows 8 and RT Devices

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Install Extra Tool Menus on Your Windows 8 and RT Devices

If you’re using a device running either Windows 8 or RT—be it a tablet, a PC, or a hybrid—you’ll probably be familiar with the tools context menu that pops up when you right click on the desktop. And in all honesty, it’s not that particularly useful other than to organize your desktop. This is a shame because it wouldn’t cause any harm if some more options and actions were added.

Well, XDA Senior Member pbanj thought similarly. And as a result, he developed a batch file that allows you to conveniently install extra tools to the context menu. As . . . READ ON »

Tweak the Adaptive Brightness on Your Windows 8 Device

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Tweak the Adaptive Brightness on Your Windows 8 Device

Automatically adjusting the screen brightness depending on ambient light levels, also known as adaptive brightness, is a pretty standard feature on modern smartphones, tablets, PCs, and anything in between. This is most definitely the case for Windows 8 and RT devices such as the Microsoft Surface RT and Pro (check out the review here), Asus t100, and the Dell Venue 8 and 11 Pro tablets. But if you’ve been having issues with the pre-determined screen brightness levels of your Windows 8 device, or you’re simply not satisfied with them, there’s a fix that may help you out.

Developed . . . READ ON »

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