Microsoft http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/all en-SG Fully Charged: iPhone 6 notches record pre-orders, first Windows-only branded phone spotted, and Apple releases U2 album removal tool http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the quick-hit tech news you need to begin the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus.jpg?1410927643" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple posts record iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Apple opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bright and early last Friday, many potential purchasers complained of issues with both the Apple Store and various carriers. But that doesn&rsquo;t seem to have stopped anyone from actually placing an order, based on the numbers.</p> <p>Apple says that more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets were pre-ordered during the first 24 hours or availability, though it remains to be seen what the total actual first weekend sales tally will be once next Monday rolls around. Some nine million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets were sold in the first weekend of availability last year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/15Apple-Announces-Record-Pre-orders-for-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Top-Four-Million-in-First-24-Hours.html">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6-vs-apple-iphone-6-plus-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: the weigh-in&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Windows phone without “Windows Phone” spotted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Late last week, multiple reports claimed that Microsoft will stop using the Windows Phone moniker for its smartphones and instead brand them with the basic Windows logo and name (effectively making them &ldquo;Windows phones&rdquo; instead - a subtle distinction). Now we have a glance at how that&rsquo;s going to unfold.</p> <p>A non-public page found on carrier My Go&rsquo;s website reveals the Windows GoFone GFW47 handset, with an image of the backing showing only the plain Windows logo on the bottom. The page also consistently refers to it as a Windows device, yet still calls the OS &ldquo;Windows Phone 8.1,&rdquo; suggesting that the software will keep the old naming, but the devices themselves likely will not.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.my-go.co/en/project/4-7-inch-gofone-windows-phone-8-1-smartphone-gfw47/">My Go</a> via <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/official-handset-image-shows-new-windows-phone-with-windows-branding">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Windows GoFone GFW47" alt="Windows GoFone GFW47" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gofone-windows.jpg?1410927643" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Official tool to remove free U2 album from iTunes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not every iTunes user was pleased to receive U2&rsquo;s free new album, <em>Songs of Innocence</em>, and we dug around and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">shared a multi-step process</a> for hiding it from your library last week. But in the wake of consistent complaints, Apple has made it so easy that you can now click a button and truly <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">remove it from your library</a> forever.</p> <p>Yes, forever. So if you change your mind after 13 October when the free download promotion ends, you&rsquo;ll have to pay real money to purchase the album from iTunes. But you&rsquo;re probably not ever going to do that, right?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6153165/apple-u2-songs-of-innocence-removal-tool">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="U2" alt="U2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-u2.jpg?1410927643" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-#comments Apple Gaming iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447861 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s new Bluetooth keyboard is designed for Android and iOS too http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’ll work with your Windows tablet, but you can pair competitors as well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" alt="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-tabletkeyboard.jpg?1410918204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own portable hardware to mind, but it&#39;s clear that the company still wants to play nice with the competition. Case in point: its new Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is designed for Android and iOS devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The build is attractively minimal and designed for portability. In use, it looks like a lot of existing iPad keyboard options, but it folds in half for storage, plus you can detach the stand half of the contraption to give yourself space between the keys and your device.</p> <p>Opening the cover triggers the Bluetooth connectivity, while closing it powers down the keyboard. It promises up to six months of battery life when filled to capacity and can get eight hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s Universal Mobile Keyboard is due out in October for US$79.95 (about S$101). No word yet on international pricing.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6189075/microsoft-universal-mobile-keyboard-features-pricing">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sdPT-TzgU84" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news#comments Android iOS Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:49:17 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447848 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows 9 preview confirmed this Sept 30 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-9-preview-confirmed-sept-30/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The preview will primarily focus on enterprise tech, so don&#039;t expect mobile announcements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Windows 9 preview confirmed this Sept 30" alt="Windows 9 preview confirmed this Sept 30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows_preview.jpg?1410844557" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The invites are out and it seems Microsoft will be giving users a preview of what its next operating system update will look like. Codenamed Microsoft Threshold, there&#39;s still no word on whether the company will keep that name or just stick to calling it Windows 9.</p> <p>No other details were furnished in the invite besides &quot;Join us to hear about what&#39;s next for Windows and the enterprise.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A return to the old in the new </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s uncertain whether the date will also see public betas or at the very least technical previews released for developers and the media. But a preview of the upcoming Windows Server is also being held on the same date so there is a likelihood developers might get an early peek.</p> <p>While the preview is unlikely to be a full demonstration of the final release, what is most likely is that the changes reported to the OS will be unveiled. Among these would be the return of the Start menu, the removal of the Charms bar, a change to the desktop interface to move away from the mobile and tablet-ready UI of Windows 8 and perhaps the integration of Microsoft&#39;s answer to Siri, Cortana.</p> <p>There has also been buzz that Microsoft is considering making Threshold a free download for current Windows 7 and 8 users to get them to upgrade. Perhaps this might finally get those still holding out on new Windows releases and still using versions like Windows XP to finally step up with the times.</p> <p>As to Windows Phones and tablets running on the ARM processor, a preview of the new Windows on those devices isn&#39;t expected until early next year in 2015. For those who have bought PCs this year, prepare to mull whether you&#39;re willing to upgrade your OS next year.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows">We keep you updated on more Windows news</a><br />[Source:<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-to-preview-next-version-of-windows-sept-30/" target="_blank">CNet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Windows 9 preview confirmed this Sept 30" alt="Windows 9 preview confirmed this Sept 30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows%20start%20stuff_0.jpg?1410844557" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-9-preview-confirmed-sept-30/news#comments Microsoft Windows Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:15:58 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1447758 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massively popular building game will remain on competing platforms, it seems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1410834748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m">the sensational rumour</a>, Microsoft today announced that it has acquired the Minecraft franchise and its creator, Swedish studio Mojang, at a price of US$2.5 billion (S$3.2 billion).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve become a symbol. I don&rsquo;t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don&rsquo;t understand, that I don&rsquo;t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me,&rdquo; he writes. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not an entrepreneur. I&rsquo;m not a CEO. I&rsquo;m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.&rdquo;</p> <p>For now, it&rsquo;s likely that we&rsquo;ll see no change in course for Minecraft. It&rsquo;s selling tremendously on all platforms, with more than 54 million copies purchased to date, and now Microsoft will reap all of that immense profit.</p> <p>As noted, this move isn&rsquo;t likely made to restrict Minecraft as we know it to Microsoft-supported platforms. But don&rsquo;t be surprised if the next generation of Minecraft is limited to Microsoft&rsquo;s own platforms, at least at first, or perhaps has exclusive features or functionality not seen on competing platforms.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-to-join-microsoft">Xbox Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sept14/09-15news.aspx">Microsoft</a>, <a href="https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/">Mojang</a>, <a href="http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/">Notch Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EkKEd4Y8GIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:37:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447747 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Formula E’s truly electric debut, and 3DS can be used as Wii U controller for Smash Bros http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continue the week by catching up on the most interesting tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Formula E" alt="Formula E" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/formula-e-race1.jpg?1410833652" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Formula E: electric in more than design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FIA&rsquo;s new Formula E racing series started off on Saturday with the Beijing ePrix at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, and it showed that even electric cars can put on one heck of a show.</p> <p>On the last lap, Venturi driver Nick Heidfeld attempted to pass Renault&rsquo;s Nicolas Prost, but Prost clearly aimed his car towards Heidfeld&rsquo;s and spun him out of control and into a wall in a violent crash. Both drivers are luckily fine, but Audi Sport ABT&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi ended up taking the flag. It was the first race of the first-ever 10-event Formula E season, but those tensions will have to simmer for a bit as the next race isn&rsquo;t scheduled until 22 November in Malaysia.</p> <p>All of the drivers this season are using the Spark-Renault SRT 01E featuring the same electric engine first designed for the stunning <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mclaren-p1-gtr-concept-ultimate-track-day-toy/news">McLaren P1</a>, so if the spectacle recapped above doesn&rsquo;t entice you to watch, perhaps that fact will.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/september/lucas-di-grassi-snatches-win-after-dramatic-last-corner-crash.aspx">FIA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/formula-e-race-series-sets-out-replace-v8s-volts/news">Formula E race series sets out to replace V8s with Volts</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D2y1hFuGDD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be played with 3DS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nintendo 3DS version of <em>Super Smash Bros.</em> debuted in Japan over the weekend, in advance of its impending worldwide launch early next month, and it turns out there&rsquo;s a fun surprise within for the still-in-development Wii U iteration.</p> <p>According to a series of tweets and images from a player based in Japan, the 3DS version notes that you&rsquo;ll be able to use the handheld (running the 3DS game) as a wireless controller for the Wii U game when it releases. Might we see this kind of functionality pop up with future games, as well? After all, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS</a> out next year has additional buttons, making it an even better Wii U GamePad substitute.</p> <p>The Wii U version is due out this winter, a nebulous window that could mean the holiday season or early next year - which is why it&rsquo;s not currently on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">just-updated list</a> of the 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014. You&rsquo;ll also be able to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">use a GameCube gamepad</a> with a special adapter, in addition to the 3DS and standard Wii U and Wii controllers.</p> <p>However, 3DS owners will be able to try that version out later this week with a free demo <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/510480751385919490">launching on the eShop</a> on 19 September, with some Club Nintendo members gaining early access late last week. The full version is due out in the UK on 3 October, alongside a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-suphttp://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">bundle with Nintendo 3DS XL</a> hardware.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/FarmboyinJapan">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/12/report-3ds-can-be-used-as-a-wii-u-controller-in-super-smash-bros">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9w5oyAiBNe0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m#comments 3DS Cars Electric cars Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Nintendo Wii U Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447742 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser, now you have two hours to return Android apps, and an NES-themed 3DS XL incoming http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get caught up with the rapid-fire news bits you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One UI" alt="Xbox One UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-home.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Might Xbox be making the leap from consoles to true cross-hardware gaming platform? That&rsquo;s the indication of a report from Neowin, which suggests that Microsoft has Xbox 360 games running via a web browser over the cloud - and Xbox One games are next.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the first we&rsquo;ve heard of Microsoft&rsquo;s cloud gaming ambitions. Last year, Microsoft <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/report-microsoft-making-game-cloud-streaming-service">reportedly showed <em>Halo 4</em></a> running on an array of platforms at a company meeting, while just weeks ago, <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=226843">a Microsoft Research project</a> surfaced that claimed to mask extensive cloud-based gaming lag via predictive technology.</p> <p>According to Neowin, Microsoft has the service running games at upwards of 60 frames per second, which paired with the predictive tech could deliver streamed games that perform quite similarly to a native download or disc. Now we&rsquo;ll have to see if Microsoft opts to release it out to consumers, like Sony has with its PlayStation Now streaming platform.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-is-testing-playing-xbox-games-in-your-browser">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play app return period extended </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got buyer&rsquo;s remorse about something you spent money for on Google Play for Android? Whether it&rsquo;s mere dislike or perhaps a performance issue, you only previously had 15 minutes to change your mind and get your money back.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s two full hours, so worry not about taking a chance on something. However, note that you can&rsquo;t repeat the refund process twice for the same app - so if you decide to buy it again after an initial return, be absolutely sure before confirming the purchase.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/134336?hl=en">Google Play</a> and <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/google-play-support-page-confirms-new-2-hour-refund-window-apps-and-games">Android Central</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/10/google-play-returns/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="721" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-play-paidapps.png?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NES-themed Nintendo 3DS XL revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing its legacy of releasing current handheld systems visually <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/12/03/20th-anniversary-game-boy-micro">inspired by classic platforms</a>, Nintendo yesterday announced a sweet Nintendo 3DS XL model based on the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. And the packaging might be even better than the handheld!</p> <p>Additionally, a <em>Persona Q</em>-themed 3DS XL is in the works, and the <em>Super Smash Bros</em>-skinned handheld will also launch in the U.S. without the game included with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">previously-announced bundle</a>. Each will sell for US$199.99 (about S$253) without any games bundled, and GameStop will have an exclusive on the NES and Persona Q handhelds.</p> <p>No word yet on whether either of those handheld versions will also launch in the UK. Also, please note that this isn&rsquo;t the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS XL</a> recently announced to come out next year with an enhanced processor, additional inputs, and a revised look. It&rsquo;s the same old guts inside.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.com">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated 3DS and 3DS XL designs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-nes.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-personaq.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-ssb.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wander the Pyramids of Giza in Google Maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently content with with its mapping of the world&rsquo;s active streets and paths, Google Maps has increasingly turned its attention towards novel sights - like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">World Cup stadiums</a>&nbsp;and now the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. With Street View, you can explore around the stunning ancient structures while commuting or killing time at work. Score.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/walk-like-egyptian-with-street-view-in.html">Google</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-maps-adds-explore-feature/news">OK Google, entertain me: Google Maps&rsquo; new Explore feature finds stuff to do nearby</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Cd3E5dWunKo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro#comments 3DS XL Android Gaming Google Maps Microsoft Nintendo Xbox One Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447388 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the Lumia smartphones and the unknown features of Windows Phone packed into this Smartphone 101 lesson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows%20Phone%20main.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Before you buy that smartphone you&rsquo;ve been eyeing, there&rsquo;s one important decision to make - Android, iOS or Windows Phone?</p> <p dir="ltr">Windows Phone, you ask? &ldquo;Is it even worth my time&rdquo; is what you&rsquo;re thinking right now. Truth is, Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile operating system has been a neglected kid, much like the middle child that gets little attention from parents.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">For far too long, Windows Phone has been the butt of the joke. Not anymore. Its latest Windows Phone 8.1 build is much more robust and has corrected all the wrongs it has committed over the last two years.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some might say that it has finally caught up to where Apple and Google are, though not for long. Bottomline? Microsoft&rsquo;s OS for its recently acquired Lumia phones is now a worthy opponent to both iOS and Android. Better late than never, and it&rsquo;s time to familiarise yourself with the inner workings of Windows Phone</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What is Windows Phone 8.1" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen%285%29_0_0_0.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn more about Windows Phone 8.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let there be Lumia phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">For now, you&rsquo;ll be seeing only Microsoft Devices&rsquo; Lumia phones. Nokia Lumia phones, if you insist on calling them that. Like its Android counterpart, there&rsquo;s a wide range of devices powered by Windows Phone. On the budget-friendly spectrum, you have the Nokia Lumia 530 that packs modest hardware. Of course, there&rsquo;s also the latest Nokia Lumia 930 and its PureView imaging wizardry that&rsquo;ll make any photographer green with envy,</p> <p dir="ltr">Question is, which is the right phone for your needs? Have a look at our reviews before you make that all-important decision.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Let there be Lumia phones" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-1_2.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Choosing the right Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Nokia Lumia 930 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">Nokia Lumia 1520 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-520/nokia-lumia-520/review">Nokia Lumia 520 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Nokia Lumia 1020 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps, you complete Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">A smartphone is incomplete if there aren&rsquo;t any great apps to complement it. Windows Phone&rsquo;s very existence relies on apps and games that complete the experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">As of August 2014, there are <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bythenumbers/index.html">300,000 apps to choose from on Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows Phone Store</a>, a sharp jump from its 200,000 number in December 2013. It&rsquo;s undeniably nowhere near the impressive numbers of iOS or Android (both stores have already breached the one million mark). But that doesn&rsquo;t mean there are no gems available on the Windows Phone Store. The usual suspects such as Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and other popular apps are now downloadable on Windows Phone. If you look hard enough, you might find even more apps that harness the power of Windows Phone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Or, you could read the best apps available on Windows Phone, which we&rsquo;ve curated just for you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apps, you complete Windows Phone" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Windows%20Phone%20apps.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best apps and games for Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 best and free games for Windows Phone</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-8/15-best-free-windows-phone-apps/feature">15 best apps for Windows Phone</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tools of the trade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Like iOS and Android, Windows Phone is a powerful tool, if you know how to untap its potential. From hidden shortcuts to features you never knew existed, these Windows Phone devices have more to offer than what it presents on the surface.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Tools of the trade" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onedrive_0.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your essential Windows Phone tips and tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cloud-drive/have-windows-phone-here-s-5-ways-you-can-put-your-life-online-onedrive/feature">Integrating Windows Phone with OneDrive</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/6-features-windows-phone-camera-got-right/feature">6 camera features Windows Phone gets picture perfect</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything else about Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">These are just the bare essentials of what you need to know about Windows Phone. For more Windows Phone related news, reviews and features, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apps-and-games/windows-phone">click here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 101 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your essential primer to Microsoft&#039;s Windows Phone family </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Windows%20Phone%20main_0.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature#comments Microsoft Smartphone 101 Smartphone 101: Windows Phone Windows Phone Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:19:02 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446331 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft might buy Minecraft maker, Little Printer creator folds, and October’s Xbox One update overhauls Snap access http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soon after the Apple event, this is all of the other news that popped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone_0.jpg?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang and Minecraft going to Microsoft? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is a surprise: According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is seeking to purchase <em>Minecraft</em> developer Mojang AB. The discussed deal is reportedly worth more than USD$2 billion (S$2.5 billion), which seems downright crazy for a studio that has shipped only one major game.</p> <p>Then again, the block-based, world-building favorite has sold more than 54 million copies across platforms and spawned an insane amount of top-selling merchandise - and there might even be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">a movie adaptation</a> in the works. A deal could be finalised within days, says the report.</p> <p>Bloomberg adds that Mojang founder Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson reached out to Microsoft about a potential acquisition months back, and that he is not likely to stay on longterm should the deal go through. And Microsoft reportedly won&rsquo;t pull other platforms&rsquo; versions of <em>Minecraft</em> in this proposed acquisition, perhaps wishing to keep growing the brand while hurrying to concoct an exclusive sequel.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213">The Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html">Bloomberg</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/9/6128819/microsoft-buying-mojang-minecraft-report">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news">Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Printer maker Berg shutting down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Berg, the London company behind the adorable Little Printer nano-printer, has announced that it&rsquo;s about to shut its doors after failing to create a sustainable business around its products. A small team will continue to support Little Printer until March, at which point Berg may sell it to another company or open up the source code to all.</p> <p>The Little Printer was a charming way to physically print out small notes and the like from a paired smartphone, but its practical purpose was rather limited. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see if anything more comes out of this group next year, but if not, at least they made something memorable.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.bergcloud.com/2014/09/09/week-483/">Berg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/just-because-they-could-–-nano-printers/news">Just because they could - nano printers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="795" title="Little Printer" alt="Little Printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-printer.png?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> October Xbox One update overhauls Snap access </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is a standout feature of the Xbox One experience, or at least it should be - but getting apps into and out of the side frame while playing a game can be a real headache. Luckily, next month&rsquo;s planned system update will make it possible to pull up and close Snap apps with a double-tap input, rather than needing to back out to the main console menu. Better yet, Friends and Messages will soon be Snap-compatible.</p> <p>Additional video-related features are coming too, including DLNA streaming support - initially only to members in the preview program - and a live TV trending app. You&rsquo;ll also be able to hide installed games and apps from view, and some other aspects of the overall UI have been tweaked.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/09/08/xbox-one-system-update-preview-improvements-snap-tv-experiences/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rC7gUspzS9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em> looks to be one the best licensed games in ages, however the open-world action game set in the same universe as the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> has been delayed - but only for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Indeed, those last-gen versions - which to date haven&rsquo;t been shown, and reportedly don&rsquo;t feature the full set of gameplay features as the others - have been delayed from 3 October until 21 November. All publisher Warner Bros. said is that they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;take more time in development,&rdquo; but luckily the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions are still on track to debut in a few short weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespress.com/release.asp?c=7c7eb7%2D%2D116441">Games Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447275 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The general Windows banner will soon cover phones as well, but Lumia lives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1410399226" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to multiple reports out tonight, Microsoft intends to discontinue use of the Windows Phone and Nokia brands for its smartphones and mobile OS, all in hopes of simplifying its message.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Windows Windows Phone Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:18:41 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447252 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why you should buy a Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re sick about hearing all about Android one week and Apple the other, Microsoft&#039;s Lumia devices can present quite an intriguing option </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="655" height="430" title=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/THVtaWFfODMwX0hlcm9NV3RxYUhO-2.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I spoke to Chris Weber,&nbsp;Microsoft&#39;s&nbsp;corporate vice president of mobile devices sales, in Berlin during IFA 2014, I asked&nbsp;him why people should buy Windows Phones. He said that if he had 10 minutes with 10 iOS or Android users, he&#39;d be able to get nine of them to make the switch.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone talks about how it&#39;s usually Android versus iOS, or Apple versus Samsung. It&#39;s easy to get caught up in big-name flagship phones like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Note Edge</a>, after all.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, at the lower and mid-priced ranges, Apple isn&#39;t a factor at all, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/battle-budget-best-smartphones-you-can-buy-under-s250-singapore/feature">leaving only Androids to choose from</a>, mostly from Chinese manufacturers such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi">Xiaomi</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news">ZTE</a>. That&#39;s not much in the way of choice, especially since Androids aren&#39;t for everyone.</p> <p>Microsoft has played their cards right here, because they dived right into this arena as the only other viable OS option, with phones such as the S$159 Lumia 130, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/nokia-lumia-630-and-635-have-neon-swappable-covers-plucked-straight-90s/news">S$239 Lumia 635</a>, and the affordable-yet-powerful mid-ranged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review">Lumia 830</a>. If they can build enough momentum with this, more people would come to know Windows Phones, with the feedback they offer paving the way for improvements in the future.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature">Is this the era of budget phones?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3072" height="1728" title=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_20_12_Pro.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More importantly, Microsoft&#39;s been taking steps to exploit their biggest advantage - other Microsoft hardware users. With the launch of their Universal Apps, they could soon have the largest ecosystem in the world across Windows Phones, Surface devices, PCs, and Xbox consoles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Imagine having a phone that worked seamlessly with all those devices, with everything in your home synced on OneDrive, OneNote, and other cloud services. It&#39;s something nobody else would have. The closest competitor in this arena would be Sony, but they don&#39;t have millions of PC users worldwide to bank on.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s going to need time of course, because Nokia&#39;s only been part of the fold for a few short months. But so far, the signs are encouraging, and hopefully, their efforts will pay off. Not for me, but for all of you as consumers to have better choices in the future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="955" height="955" title="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/946002c9-dfc7-44fe-b20a-abf175c49d42.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1400" height="720" title="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01dd9c8c-e40a-4b2b-a419-d2fbea76d0cd.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:13:37 +0000 Melvin Tang 1447158 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Minecraft a real possibility? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-minecraft-real-possibility/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang, the creator of Minecraft has often been critical of Windows so this comes as a big surprise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Minecraft a real possibility?" alt="Microsoft Minecraft a real possibility?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft_halo.jpg?1410321253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the talk of the Internet right now (besides a certain fruity phone) that Microsoft is trying to buy the makers of Minecraft, Mojang. WSJ apparently talked to an insider with knowledge of the deal.</p> <p>How much money is there on the table? US$2 billion and perhaps the only reason Mojang is considering the deal at all.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not like Mojang is hurting for money. Over 50 million copies of Minecraft have been sold since 2009 and the game runs not just on PC but the Playstation, Xbox and on Android and iOS.</p> <p>What perhaps &lsquo;sells&rsquo; Minecraft to Microsoft is that its sandbox nature makes it appeal to a far bigger demographic than titles like Halo or this year&rsquo;s big hit, Destiny.</p> <p>You could either play Minecraft as a game or use it as a digital Lego of sorts, where your only limitations are time and patience. There&rsquo;s a Minecraft movie in the works, Minecraft editions used in schools,</p> <p>Still, videogames are seen as Microsoft&rsquo;s new hope for the future and rather than try and carve out a new digital niche for mobile gaming, why not just go to the experts? There is nothing quite like Minecraft right now or at least, nothing that has quite captured the public&rsquo;s imagination.</p> <p>Or perhaps this is the only way the company can get Minecraft for Windows Phone? Mojang&rsquo;s founder Markus Persson is known for being ornery about big corporations. He cancelled a planned Minecraft for Oculus Rift and told Microsoft to &lsquo;stop ruining the PC&rsquo; with Windows 8.</p> <p>The reason Minecraft isn&rsquo;t on Windows Phone is that the company deemed the platform far too small to be worth developing for. That is precisely the problem with the Windows Phone platform in the first place &ndash; too few developers willing to write compelling apps for it.</p> <p>Maybe adding Mojang to the fold might change that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft">What else is the big M up to?</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213" target="_blank">WSJ</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Minecraft a real possibility?" alt="Microsoft Minecraft a real possibility?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft_pocket.jpg?1410321253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-minecraft-real-possibility/news#comments Apps and Games Microsoft Xbox Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:49:54 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1447151 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These days, it’s all about having the best tools for the perfect shot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " alt="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_10.jpg?1409887938" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking pictures is one of the main purposes of a smartphone in this day and age. Microsoft realises that and in support of &ldquo;the perfect shot&rdquo;, it&rsquo;s unveiled its next major Nokia Lumia update, called Denim, with a better Camera app among other features.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s more... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all that comes with this <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/stuff-cover-girl-search-2014/promoted-11-windows-phone-81-features-thatll-unleash-your-nokia-l">Windows Phone 8.1 </a>update 1. The other <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news">major improvement is Cortana</a> &ndash; you&rsquo;ll be able to launch it from any point of the interface or when it is idle by saying &ldquo;Hey Cortana&rdquo;. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t confuse it with &ldquo;Okay Google&rdquo;. It&#39;s worth taking note that it will now be made available to the US first, and to the UK and China as a Beta version.&nbsp;India, Australia and&nbsp;Canada will have it as a public Alpha.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lumia Denim update will be rolled out to all WP 8.1&nbsp;Lumia devices sometime in Q4 this year &ndash; watch out for it. It will first be available on the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and Lumia Icon, then extend to the rest of the compatible Lumia smartphones shortly after.</p> <p>But, the Camera app will only be available on the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and Lumia Icon. It will also come pre-installed on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review">newly launched Lumia 830</a>; however, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review">recently unveiled Lumia 735</a> will be excluded from it. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nokia-x2-microsoft-just-launched-its-first-android-phone/news">With the X2, Microsoft just launched its first Android phone&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/microsoft_announces_lumia_denim_update_available_q4-news-9551.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-microsoft-unveils-lumia-denim-update-faster-better-camera-app" target="_blank">Hardware Zone</a>] &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " alt="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cort.jpeg?1409887938" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news#comments Lumia 830 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:02:36 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446647 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft promises a flagship-level phone at a very reasonable price with the new Lumia 830. We check out its Lumia-ffordability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/WP_20140522_18_15_25_Pro_1.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Microsoft&rsquo;s really been emphasising lower-budget devices recently to complement their flagship phone lineup. Just ahead of IFA 2014 in Berlin, it&rsquo;s just announced two phones to flesh out their mid-range mobiles.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The few and the proud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Besides being one of the three phones to come with Lumia Denim preloaded &ndash; with the other two being the Lumia 730 and 735 &ndash; the Lumia 830&rsquo;s &ldquo;flagship&rdquo; status also affords it Denim&rsquo;s top-end features. The only other devices to get these premium features are Microsoft&rsquo;s actual flagship <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">1520</a> devices, so it really is the most affordable device with the best Windows Phone has to offer at the moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some of these features include: a new Lumia Camera app, which is both faster to start up and shoot with; 4K video recording at 24fps with each frame able to be used as an 8.3MP image; and Rich Capture, which integrates automatic HDR and a new Dynamic Flash feature that allows you to tweak the amount of flash present in a picture... after you&rsquo;ve already taken it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Given what Nokia Camera is currently capable of, this much-needed update definitely improves the cameras on Lumia devices by leaps and bounds, correcting one of the main niggles with Windows phones.</p> <p>Also, while all Lumia devices in the selected markets will get an improved Cortana with Denim, the Lumia 830 and its fellow flagship devices have the ability to call up everyone&rsquo;s favourite Halo AI just by saying &ldquo;Hey Cortana&rdquo; even when the phone is idle, thanks to SensorCore technology. Isn&rsquo;t it ironic that you don&rsquo;t use &ldquo;Glass&rdquo; on a Windows device?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-phone-8" target="_blank">all the latest Windows Phone 8 news and reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_08_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_11_41_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_30_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Size matters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 830 looks almost identical to the Lumia 930, save for a few minor details and a markedly thinner profile at just 8.5mm with a weight of 150g, making it the thinnest and lightest Lumia smartphone made. </p> <p>Still, it feels very comfortable in the hand, with the phone being so light and thin that people with smaller hands will be able to use it one-handed with ease. The buttons on the right edge of the phone are positioned nicely as well, being easy to reach in either hand, with operation accompanied by satisfying haptics.</p> <p dir="ltr">The phone itself feels decidedly premium, with the metal casing giving it a sense of sturdiness. The plastic cover on the back of the phone feels rather pleasant to the touch as well, and provides good grip without coming across as cheap. Integrated with QI wireless charging (more on that later), the cover is removable too. Available in black, white, green and orange, these additional covers are sold separately, and allow users to switch the colour of their device to complement their outfits, if that&rsquo;s their sort of thing.</p> <p>Call us old-fashioned, but we liked the black device the most, as it comes with a dark metal casing that looks very classy indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature">Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_14_36_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_03_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_21_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_15_33_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mid-range phone, mid-range performance? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Despite being tagged as &lsquo;affordable&rsquo;, it doesn&rsquo;t mean the Lumia 830 is a slouch. Performance from the phone&rsquo;s 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM was generally very smooth with nary a hiccup. Everything looked great while we were going through the phone&rsquo;s various features, and while the 5-in screen is only HD at 1280x720, it still looked decent, with clarity and brightness that held up to scrutiny. </p> <p>The user experience on Windows Phone 8.1 itself remained largely similar too, though Microsoft has added the ability to organise your Live Tiles into folders for the first time. A simple drag-and-drop affair, it&rsquo;s something that should&rsquo;ve been added from the start, but it&rsquo;s good to finally see something we&rsquo;ve had on Android and iOS devices for years already.</p> <p>The device is also equipped with LTE, Nokia Rich Recording with Dolby 5.1 surround sound capture, and active noise cancellation, though we didn&rsquo;t really have an opportunity to try those out properly in an actual setting. We also didn&rsquo;t get the chance to see how the removable 2200mAh battery would hold up to heavy usage, so we&rsquo;ll just have to wait for an actual review unit in the future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_13_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_12_28_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 830 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 1280x720p ClearBlack IPS-LCD</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>OS</strong>: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Camera</strong>: PureView 10MP 1080p/4K video (rear), 1MP 720p (front)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Battery</strong>: 2200mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.4x70.7x8.5mm</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Weight</strong>: 150g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new PureView camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Accompanying the new features on the Lumia Camera app is a 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics and Microsoft&rsquo;s most diminutive Optical Image Stabilization system to date. As opposed to the Lumia 930, starting up the camera from standby to an actual snap is much, much faster now, with the lag time between shots pared down to mere milliseconds. It&rsquo;s definitely a much-needed improvement to the shooting experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Images shot with the camera were bright and sharp, with decent levels of saturation, white balance, and dynamic range. It&rsquo;s not as good as what you can find on a Lumia 930 or even a 1020, but the improvements to performance more than make up for it.</p> <p dir="ltr">We also tried out the phone&rsquo;s 4K video recording capabilities. Microsoft tells us that this feature isn&rsquo;t meant so much for shooting actual movies, but for better Moment Capture, allowing you to select the best moments as individual 8MP pictures. Essentially, the phone will use too much power and overheat during extended 4K recording, just like on any other phone, so their emphasis is on generating better continuous shots. The camera shoots 4K at 24fps, giving us a wide range of images to choose from, and from what we saw, each individual frame was indeed pretty detailed.</p> <p>The front-facing camera on the other hand, is a paltry 1MP affair that&rsquo;s only capable of 720p videos. Maybe that&rsquo;s why the Lumia Selfie app (read more about it in the Lumia 730 hands-on review here) skips the front camera altogether, prompting the user to listen to audio cues while pointing the rear camera at their faces instead. We don&rsquo;t expect the front camera to be great, but 1MP sounds almost prehistoric in this day and age.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The new PureView camera" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_52_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless charging and screen mirroring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Also announced during Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event were a new Smart Wireless Charging Plate and Screen Sharing solution that were pretty cool when used with the Lumia 830. </p> <p>Available at just USD$59 (S$75), The Nokia Smart Wireless Charger is almost an essential to get for your Lumia. In fact, since it&rsquo;s Qi wireless charging, you can use with any Qi-compatible device. Supported by Bluetooth LTE, the charger can connect to your phone and glow every time you get a notification or when your phone needs charging, explaining its &ldquo;Smart&rdquo; moniker.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also the new Microsoft Screen Sharing Solution, a USD$79 (S$100) Miracast wireless display adapter attachment that connects to your TV via HDMI, mirroring what&rsquo;s on your Lumia in 1080p full HD. However, what sets this one apart is the magnetic NFC-enabled coaster, allowing users to switch the screen-mirrored device with just a simple tap. The coaster also magnetically integrates very nicely for storage on the adapter itself. You don&rsquo;t have to use it with just your Lumia device either, since it&rsquo;s Miracast-compatible.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_20_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_10_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_20_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s easy to be skeptical of the phone&rsquo;s flagship credentials at first, given its affordable price and less-than-cutting-edge specs. However, Microsoft more than makes up for everything with great features and UX tweaks in the Lumia Denim update, giving way to a Lumia 830 that punches above its weight.&nbsp;And with the Windows Phone Store having over 320,000 apps now, you can&#39;t say there aren&#39;t any apps for it either, making it one less reason to make the switch.</p> <p>The cheapest phone you can buy while still having access to the best of everything Windows Phone has to offer, it really presents itself as quite a compelling buy. In fact, it&rsquo;s so good that you could be tempted to buy this instead of an actual flagship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you really need top-end specs anyway, and can you really tell the difference? Looks like Lumia-ffordability is very real, and it&rsquo;s happening this September for just &euro;330 (S$535).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Initial verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/THVtaWFfODMwX0hlcm9NV3RxYUhO_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Lumia 830 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:39:22 +0000 Melvin Tang 1446604 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rumours were true – Microsoft did launch a selfie phone in Berlin, and we took a closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_7830_0_0.JPG?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Seeing as the official invite for Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event featured a selfie, we weren&rsquo;t surprised to see that there really was a selfie phone announced at the event. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ultimate selfie phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The main focus on the Lumia 735 is of course it&rsquo;s front-facing camera. A 5MP wide-angle affair of 24mm, it&rsquo;s even capable of full HD 1080p videos. Microsoft&rsquo;s even thrown in three months of free Skype worldwide subscription for people to try it in real-world scenarios. True, other phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-n1/review">Oppo N1 </a>have put large-sensor cameras on the front for better selfies before, but this time Microsoft&rsquo;s even built an entire app around selfies to make them better. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Very simply named &ldquo;Lumia Selfie&rdquo;, the app and camera combine to shoot selfies that aren&rsquo;t just better in quality, they&rsquo;ve got a larger field of view too. Images taken on the front camera are some of the best we&rsquo;ve seen from a narcissistic perspective, while a demo during the MoreLumia event highlighted that the phone could comfortably fit over 11 people in one picture. ]</p> <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s more, Microsoft has done something very Japanese/Korean and added photo editing tools to enhance your facial features. That includes being able to alter your eyes, smile, teeth, and even smooth out wrinkles. It&rsquo;s almost like digital plastic surgery.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the rear shooter is a 6.7MP unit with an LED flash, but since the Lumia 735 isn&rsquo;t privy to the Lumia Camera app found in Microsoft&rsquo;s flagship devices, isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as good as that in the Lumia 830. The fact that it isn&rsquo;t a PureView camera doesn&rsquo;t help, but at this price, there&rsquo;s no cause for complaint. Image quality in general is acceptable, though we didn&rsquo;t really have much opportunity to test it fully. We were preoccupied with the front camera, after all.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The ultimate selfie phone" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_09_25_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic all around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Sporting Nokia&rsquo;s signature polycarbonate design, the Lumia 735 doesn&rsquo;t particularly stand out besides the fact that it&rsquo;s got the same bright colours as Microsoft&rsquo;s recent phone offerings. At 8.9mm thin and weighing 134g, the curved plastic back fits comfortably into the hand, with good grip and feel on the matte plastic. </p> <p dir="ltr">The back of the phone is removable as well, and swappable with other covers available in black, white, orange, and green. The orange cover we encountered had a glossy finish though, which honestly felt quite clammy and attracted smudges. It wouldn&rsquo;t be good for humid environments at all. </p> <p>While the phone&rsquo;s button layout is sensible and easy to reach, Microsoft decided to do away with the dedicated camera shutter button. It&rsquo;s probably because you won&rsquo;t need that button for selfies, but it was still a convenience that&rsquo;s conspicuously missed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_31_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_11_15_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same, but different </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Internally, the Lumia 735&rsquo;s almost identical to the Lumia 830, with the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, and connectivity options such as LTE. However, Microsoft chose to exclude the phone from Lumia Denim&rsquo;s premium features, possibly to emphasise the distinction between this and the Lumia 830 as a flagship phone. Without those features, the Lumia 735 does feel like a budget phone, though it does have Cortana in the selected markets. </p> <p dir="ltr">Also, since it&rsquo;s got the same processor and all, performance in terms of user experience is practically identical. Besides the difference in build material and the cameras, other areas the phones differ are a smaller internal memory of just 8GB &ndash; though the SD card slot with storage expandable to 128GB should render that largely irrelevant &ndash; a 4.7-in HD 1280x720 screen compared to a 5-incher, and a battery with 20mAh more at 2220mAh. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s all quite minor, so there&rsquo;s really almost no disparity in performance. It was just as fluid and lag-free as the Lumia 830, though we would have to test the phone with more intensive use and apps to make a more accurate assessment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Same, but different" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_10_51_Pro_1_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 735 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Screen: 4.7in 1280x720p ClearBlack HD OLED</p> <p dir="ltr">Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400</p> <p dir="ltr">RAM: 1GB</p> <p dir="ltr">OS: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update</p> <p dir="ltr">Camera: 6.7MP 1080p video (rear), 5MP wide-angle 1080p video (front)</p> <p dir="ltr">Storage: 8GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Battery: 2220mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr">Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr">Dimensions: 134.7x68.5x8.9mm</p> <p>Weight: 134g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We talk about the 735 as one model, but really it&rsquo;s two &ndash; there&rsquo;s also a dual-SIM Lumia 730. Available for just &euro;199 (S$325), it&rsquo;s also cheaper, though you also lose built-in wireless charging. You could always just buy the wireless charging shell for &euro;15 (S$25) though.</p> <p dir="ltr">Without Lumia Denim&rsquo;s extra features, the Lumia 735 is strictly a budget affair, and it seems Microsoft hopes to make up for this by focussing on its selfie capabilities. We&rsquo;re not sure this is enough to make it a very compelling option, unless you really like taking photos of yourself or suffer from extreme narcissism, of course.</p> <p>However, at just &euro;219 (S$355), it&rsquo;s still a very good phone for its price, with solid build quality and value-for-money.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lumia 735 or 730?" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_02_16_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:13:11 +0000 Melvin Tang 1446618 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft China confirms that Windows 9 is “coming soon” http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-china-confirms-windows-9-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The OS cat was let out of the bag, mistakenly, before being stuffed back inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft China confirms that Windows 9 is “coming soon”" alt="Microsoft China confirms that Windows 9 is “coming soon”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-9-logo-leaked.jpg?1409756857" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has yet to officially confirm that Windows 9 is even &ldquo;a thing&rdquo;, but its Chinese division appears to have mistakenly let the cat out of the bag.</p> <p>&ldquo;Microsoft&rsquo;s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the Start menu at the left will make a comeback?&rdquo; was posted by the company&rsquo;s reps on Chinese social network Weibo, along with the above logo. It was swiftly removed, but not before being spotted by Chinese site Cnbeta. Oops.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not out until 2015? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, few people had any doubt that a new edition of Windows was imminent, so all this does is add some extra confirmation. Microsoft is rumoured to be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-9-be-unveiled-30th-september/news">planning an event for 30th September</a> at which it will officially announce Windows 9 to the world. This will be followed by a Technology Preview of the operating system, aimed at developers, that will be available in October.</p> <p>The full release for Windows 9, which is currently codenamed &ldquo;Threshold&rdquo;, won&rsquo;t take place until 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnbeta.com/articles/324529.htm" target="_blank">Cnbeta</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/2/6096207/windows-9-microsoft-china-teaser" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 9 &quot;coming soon,&quot; says Microsoft </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-china-confirms-windows-9-coming-soon/news#comments Microsoft Windows Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:24:40 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446390 at http://www.stuff.tv