Microsoft http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/videos en-GB Windows Phone 8.1 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android and iOS users, take note: Windows Phone is finally a contender </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 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen-transparency.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Only a year ago, buying a Windows phone was a declaration of insanity.</p> <p>You were throwing cash at a novelty that imposed too many compromises - in the user experience, in the choice of available apps, and in the platform&#39;s laggardly disregard for the cloud. In the process, you were rejecting two rivals that were demonstrably superior.</p> <p>But that was 12 long months ago.</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"> £0.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Review based on the Developer Preview </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and now more customisable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cortana&#039;s powerful and effective </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications have finally arrived </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start can look messy if you arrange it badly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Settings and multi-tasking could be cleaner </div> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS and Android still ahead on apps </div> </div> </div> <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"> SAY HELLO TO A PRETTIER, MORE FLEXIBLE START SCREEN </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>Back in the early days of Windows Phone 8, the fly-in Live Tiles that are the signature of the OS drew praise and criticism in equal measure - praise for their novelty and potential, and criticism for their inflexibility and occasionally sluggish performance.</p> <p>In one update, WP8.1 remedies both flaws. The animations are now lightning fast and ultra-smooth, and you can customise the Live Tile interface to your heart&rsquo;s content.</p> <p>In fact, we reckon the new features may even seduce Android aficionados, renowned for their addiction to fiddling. Although Windows Phone has only two &lsquo;home&rsquo; screens (Start and All Apps), you can now lose hours of your life to re-sizing and arranging the Start tiles to precisely fit your daily needs.</p> <p>And if you want to take things to a logical extreme, there&rsquo;s a new option to fit another column of tiles on the Start screen (you&rsquo;ll need to activate it first in Settings - it&rsquo;s set to Off by default), and the tiles themselves have new re-sizing options (so you can fit six across the width of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> screen).</p> <p>And if that wasn&rsquo;t thrilling enough, Microsoft&rsquo;s native app tiles are now transparent, with your chosen wallpaper showing in the background. Couple that with the long-standing ability to change the accent colour and switch between dark and light backgrounds (the latter of which will chew through battery faster), and the options are enough to keep all but the most ardent tweaker happy.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7uurrzuXl/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The only thing that has us slightly baffled is why the Nokia apps bundled into Windows Phone (Here Maps, Here Drive+, MixRadio etc) lack the transparency of the native Microsoft apps - we&rsquo;ll hope that&rsquo;s sorted by the time of the full and final release in the summer.</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="Windows&#039; own Live Tiles are now transparent in WP8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Live Tiles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> CORTANA: THE PA THAT READS YOUR MIND </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 Big New Feature in 8.1 is a merger of the best features from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. Cortana is a personal assistant that aims to learn about you and your habits, and adapt its answers accordingly, with results improving over time. Microsoft claims that Cortana is the result of a research effort that began back in 2009, and makes use on the company&rsquo;s rich well of enterprise and search data (not to mention the Halo license).</p> <p>And on the whole, it works well - at least it does, once you discover how to activate it. We had to change our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> Region and Language settings to United States and reboot before the Cortana icon would appear in the apps menu.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prod the Cortana icon for the first time, and you&rsquo;re launched into a set-up routine that lets you tune the service according to your interests and daily routine - as such, it&rsquo;s similar to Google Now, with options for sports, headline news, places to eat, the weather and a trip planner.</p> <p>The similarity to Now continues with the landing page that greets you once you&rsquo;ve finished the set-up - a stack of information that includes news updates, your appointments and maps for any imminent journeys.</p> <p>Tap the microphone icon to the bottom right of the landing page, and you&rsquo;re into Cortana&rsquo;s voice assistant. Since it&rsquo;s officially US-only for now, we had to temper any verdict on its performance with the knowledge that it may stumble on our plummy English tones. But even with that caveat, it seemed as accurate as Google&rsquo;s voice recognition (which is high praise indeed). And oddly, it appeared happier recognising the UK English pronunciation of mobile (&lsquo;mow-bile&rsquo;) than the American (&lsquo;moh-bil&rsquo;). Go figure.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7zv9w5Teh/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft is clearly bullish about Cortana&rsquo;s capabilities. If you tap your Lumia&rsquo;s search button, it launches straight into voice recognition, which then slides into the Cortana landing page if you scroll upward (compare this to Google Now, which launches into the landing page first).</p> <p>Expect Cortana to land on your UK Windows Phone in late 2014, by which time - if rumours are true - there will also be a Cortana Notebook online that let&rsquo;s you control how much information is shared with the program.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay puts Siri on your dashboard</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="Cortana looked different in Halo" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-voice-assistant%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Cortana&#039;s voice recognition is surprisingly capable, even at this stage" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-news_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> AT LAST - WINDOWS PHONE GETS NOTIFICATIONS </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>You can stop holding your breath, Dear World: 8.1 brings a notifications screen to Windows Phone. And just in case you&rsquo;re worried that Microsoft has invented some kind of unique twist on a well-established system, you can relax - 8.1&rsquo;s new Action Centre borrows happily and heavily from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p> <p>You access the Action Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen (sound familiar?), to be greeted by notifications sorted and stacked by type (novel, ay?). You only need to swipe to get rid of them, although curiously, you can&rsquo;t banish individual alerts - you either swipe away all of your Facebook notifications, or none at all.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find four quick settings buttons atop the notifications screen that would look at home on any Android handset, along with a shortcut to all of your settings. By default, the four quick links are set to WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and Rotation Lock, but you can change them to your heart&rsquo;s content in Settings.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7ahKvWndE/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>So there&rsquo;s nothing new or crazy in the long-overdue debut of notifications on Windows mobile, but that&rsquo;s absolutely fine by us. During our week with 8.1, we found everything where we expected it to be, and working as it should. For a platform that has sometimes refused to do either of those things, we couldn&rsquo;t ask for any more.</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="Notifications have finally hit Windows Phone" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 notifications screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Windows-Phone-8.1%282%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Getting to Settings via the Action Centre is a snap" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> An impossible fight for Windows Phone? Not at all. </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>Microsoft could do with a reward for its bravery. For all of its failings, the non-phone Windows 8 at least tried to meet the challenge set by the proliferation of devices and screen sizes head on - albeit with the risky strategy of gluing touch and desktop interfaces together. And despite resulting falls in PC sales and several failed attempts to usurp the iPad with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface</a>, Microsoft has stuck to Windows 8, convinced that its solution would pay off in time.</p> <p>In the case of the recent update to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>, Microsoft&#39;s latest tweaks haven&rsquo;t cured all of the ills - the new dabs of glue joining touch and desktop are too obvious (and with, in some cases, seriously illogical results).</p> <p>But Windows Phone 8.1, due for final release this summer, has no need for glue - it can focus on refining one experience, with the singular aim of dislodging <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. And while 10% market share in the UK may not sound like the stuff of victory, it&rsquo;s enough to take Windows Phone from obscure irrelevance to interesting underdog.</p> <p>Even better, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hello-micro-kia-microsoft-buys-nokias-device-arm/news" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s &pound;4.6bn buy-out of Nokia</a> means that it has control over its mobile hardware in a way it never enjoyed with laptops or desktop PCs. Windows Phone OS can be tuned to suit its hardware and vice versa, a benefit that Apple has exploited for years - and there&rsquo;s a range of new Lumia smartphones arriving at around the same time as the 8.1 update to reinforce the point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </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"> UNIVERSAL SEARCH: BETTER THAN ITS DESKTOP EQUIVALENT </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>If you&rsquo;ve recently updated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> on your PC, you&rsquo;ll recognise Universal Search immediately.</p> <p>Run a query, and you can swipe between the Bing-powered results across five tabs - Web, Local, Images, Video and Phone. The results are accurate, look great, and the layout is eminently sensible and quick to access (compare this to the desktop Windows 8 version, where the horizontal scrolling of results is something of a barrier).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7W56TLnEB/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Quite how useful you find it day to day will naturally depend on your habits - as we found over weeks with 8.1&rsquo;s desktop equivalent, there&rsquo;s usually a quicker way to access a contact, for example, by pinning them to your Start screen. But if you&rsquo;re the type who fires off high volumes of random queries, Universal Search is a useful second home.</p> <p>The only slight foible we could find was the short delay before results appeared as you swipe between the screens - it&rsquo;s not long enough to be off-putting, but noticeable enough to make you wonder why Microsoft didn&rsquo;t choose to have the tabbed results load in the background, while you scanned the first screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-now-now-available-your-desktop/news" target="_blank">Google Now - now available on your desktop</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="Universal Search, powered by Bing, is a useful tool in the power user&#039;s arsenal" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Maps showing local services are included in Universal Search" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search uses your location" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-maps-WP-8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> GOOGLE SYNC: THE CALENDAR’S BACK… </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>As a result of a wrangle between Google and Microsoft over Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Windows 8 users with Google Apps for Business accounts have been unable to sync their Google Calendars with the default Windows Calendar app since March 2013.</p> <p>The good news is that 8.1 ends their misery - add a Google Apps account in Settings, and your Windows Phone will happily start syncing both your GMail and Google Calendars.</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 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"> IMPROVED DATA AND BATTERY CONTROLS </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>You&rsquo;ll find one new screen to join an older partner in Windows Phone 8.1 settings - Data Sense, meet Storage Sense. The former&#39;s a welcome addition to Windows mobile, to the point where it&rsquo;s easy to overlook it in a review (&lsquo;what do you mean it wasn&#39;t there before?&rsquo;).</p> <p>As with Notifications, Microsoft has kept to the basics and presented them well: Storage Sense shows how much space you&rsquo;ve used (both on internal and external storage), while letting you switch storage locations for music, photos, apps and downloads. Data Sense lets you cap your data usage, both with a hard limiter, and also through restricting background data. Simple, unoriginal, but very effective.</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="Storage Sense gives control over where your files go" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Storage Sense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Data-Sense%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Data Sense is the quick way to keep those monthly bills under check" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Storage-Sense-in-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> How to get the Windows Phone 8.1 update now </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>We&rsquo;ll safely assume you have a Windows Phone device (or you&rsquo;re about to buy one). If so, and if you&rsquo;d like the 8.1 update for free, head on over to the <a href="http://appstudio.windowsphone.com" target="_blank">Windows Phone App Studio</a>, and login using your Microsoft account.</p> <p>Once that&rsquo;s done, go to the Store on your Windows Phone, and search for &lsquo;Preview for Developers&rsquo;. Install it, then find and open the Preview app on your device. Again, login using your Microsoft credentials.</p> <p>Now head back to Settings, find Phone Update, and check for updates - lo and behold, Windows Phone 8.1 should begin to download. Job done.</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 class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><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 DID MICROSOFT MISS? </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>Although Windows Phone 8.1 is a real leap forward, there are still aspects of the OS in need of polish.</p> <p>For example, Live Tiles can look a mess - a flashing wall of animations, none of which make much sense. Combine the wrong set, and you end up with a screenful of bad advertising, none of which you particularly recognise or want to tap. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> widgets, at their best, are still a superior life form (not least because many actually facilitate actions, more than giving information).</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the Windows Phone Settings screen, which is still a headache: too many entries, with no categorisation and often baffling decisions as to what gets filed where. If Microsoft are happy enough to borrow from the best of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and Android, this looks like the next logical place to run the photocopier.</p> <p>Lastly, Windows Phone&rsquo;s multitasking could be easier to use; although it&rsquo;s quick enough to access with a long press of the Back button, you only see one app pane at a time. Compare that to stock Android, where you can see up to four, and scroll quickly through them (or even better, the nine-pane set-up in the latest cut of HTC&rsquo;s Sense).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn77XF5Unap/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></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="The Settings menu is still a rather cluttered, confusing place" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen could do with a spring clean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Settings-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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-7"><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"> Windows Phone 8.1 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>Windows Phone 8.1 may only be an evolution of Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile OS, but there&rsquo;s enough spit and polish in this update to make it a serious alternative to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>.</p> <p>Cortana shows real promise, and Universal Search is an addition you can imagine using every day. But ironically, it&rsquo;s the fluffier aspects of 8.1 that may win Windows Phone new friends - the endlessly adaptable Start screen, the new tile transparencies, and the refinements to the animations.</p> <p>Our only reservation, for now, remains the breadth and quality of apps available in the Windows Store. Yes, it&#39;s now filled to the point where most of the mainstream apps are represented - but there still isn&rsquo;t the depth of choice and consistently high quality that you&rsquo;ll find in the Play Store or iTunes App Store.</p> <p>But we&rsquo;re at a point where the strengths are beginning to outweigh the weaknesses; 8.1 means that Windows Phone is ready for prime time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 4.5 Preview</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="Windows Phone 8.1 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer 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section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </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-12"><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-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-13"><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-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-14"><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-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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.1 sees Windows Phone starting to realise its potential - with a couple of caveats this is now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android</p> </div> </div> </div> <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"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <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 Phone 8.1 review: &quot;Finally a contender&quot; </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"> Microsoft&#039;s mobile OS is &quot;now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Windows Phone 8.1 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:47:01 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434104 at http://www.stuff.tv Is Nokia set to rebrand as Microsoft Mobile? http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/nokia-and-microsoft-deal-complete-will-it-be-renamed-microsoft-mobile/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25 April marks the end of the era for the Finnish phone company – and the possible birth of a terribly uncreative brand name </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="Nokia Microsoft Mobile" alt="Nokia Microsoft Mobile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-microsoft-mobile-phone.jpg?1398165031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia could be set to rebrand as Microsoft Mobile, following its acquisition by Microsoft.</p> <p>A memo leaked by website <a href="http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/04/19/nokia-oyj-to-become-microsoft-mobile-oy-nokia-to-retain-its-suppliers-base-post-the-deal/" target="_blank">Nokia Power User</a>&nbsp;reveals that &quot;upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy.&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="/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although&nbsp;sales for both Microsoft&#39;s Windows Phone and Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia smartphones pale in comparison to those of iOS and Android phones, Microsoft is aggressively pushing Windows Phone. The recent&nbsp;launch of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1</a>&nbsp;adds an array of new features including the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Cortana</a>&nbsp;digital assistant, while Microsoft is also rolling out universal Windows apps that work across PCs, phones and tablets.</p> <p>What Microsoft&#39;s plans for its Nokia acquisition will mean for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-x-x-xl-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Nokia X</a> phone&nbsp;&ndash; which runs a modified version of Android&nbsp;&ndash; is open to question. </p> <p>One thing is clear, though: Microsoft has big plans for Windows Phone and its Nokia acquisition.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/04/19/nokia-oyj-to-become-microsoft-mobile-oy-nokia-to-retain-its-suppliers-base-post-the-deal/" target="_blank">Nokia Power User</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2146203/its-official-nokias-phone-business-will-become-microsofts-on-april-25.html" target="_blank">PC World</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">&ndash;</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;everything you need to know</a></strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Cortana" alt="Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cortana_0.jpg?1398165031" /> </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/microsoft/nokia-and-microsoft-deal-complete-will-it-be-renamed-microsoft-mobile/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/nokia-and-microsoft-deal-complete-will-it-be-renamed-microsoft-mobile/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:54 +0000 Will Findlater 1435918 at http://www.stuff.tv How to get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and its nifty Siri alternative Cortana http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t wait for the update? Here&#039;s a way to get your hands on it before it officially drops </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="Get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and famed Siri alternative, Cortana" alt="Get early access to Windows Phone 8.1 and famed Siri alternative, Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows%20Phone%208.1%20preview_0.jpg?1397554913" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With all the positive buzz about the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update &ndash; which brings with it Cortana, Microsoft&#39;s impressive answer to Siri &ndash; Windows Phone 8 users are likely itching to get their hands on it right now rather than have to wait for it to arrive on their phone at some point &quot;over the next few months&quot; (Microsoft&#39;s words). Well, for these people we have some good news: you can (sort of) get the update early by installing the developers&#39; preview.</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="/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"> Hello, Cortana </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>If you&#39;ve been lusting after Siri-alternative Cortana, you will need to change your settings to make Windows think you&#39;re in the US. Change your language to &quot;English (United States)&quot; and the phone&#39;s region to the US as well.</p> <p>Then you should be getting all the pre-event access delivered to your phone - but not before a few reboots.</p> <p>To find out what to expect from the update, read <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">our take on the Windows Phone 8.1</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/heres-how-to-get-windows-phone-8-1-and-cortana/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</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="Hello, Cortana" alt="Hello, Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Windows%20Phone%20Store_0.jpg?1397554913" /> </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/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-famed-siri-alternative-cortana/news#comments Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:45 +0000 Will Findlater 1435486 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: 4G Surface 2 hits the UK, Sony’s new zombie MMO and the working Rubik’s Cube Lamp http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-4g-surface-2-hits-uk-sony-s-new-zombie-mmo-and-working-rubik-s-cube-lamp/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coffee, a danish and our tech news round-up – the absolute best way to kick off your day </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="It&#039;s a lamp, it&#039;s a Rubik&#039;s Cube – it&#039;s the Rubik&#039;s Cube Lamp innit" alt="It&#039;s a lamp, it&#039;s a Rubik&#039;s Cube – it&#039;s the Rubik&#039;s Cube Lamp innit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rubiks-cube-light.jpg?1397204388" /> </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="/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"> Brighten up your day with this puzzling lamp </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 Rubik&rsquo;s Cube has just turned the ripe old age of 40, and to celebrate Firebox has launched a nifty twist on the (already twisty) puzzle-box: the Rubik&rsquo;s Cube Light. Not only is this a fully playable &ndash; if slightly oversized at 12cm squared &ndash; Rubik&rsquo;s Cube, it&rsquo;s also a lamp that&rsquo;ll stay bright for two hours on a charge. It comes with a 1.2m USB cable for power, and is available exclusively through Firebox for &pound;30.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6529/Rubiks-Cube-Light">Firebox</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"> 4G edition of Microsoft Surface 2 arrives in the UK next month </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>Microsoft has announced that the Surface 2 (4G) will be on sale in the UK on 8th May, with pre-orders for the tablet now open.</p> <p>The Surface 2 (4G) comes with a micro SIM slot allowing you to use a high-speed LTE connection when you&rsquo;re out and about, but in other respects it appears to be identical to the Wi-Fi-only Surface 2: 10.6in full HD screen, 64GB of storage and an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. It&rsquo;ll cost &pound;540.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review">Microsoft Surface 2 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="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="The Surface 2 (4G) is on sale from 8th May" alt="The Surface 2 (4G) is on sale from 8th May" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-2_1.jpg?1397204388" /> </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"> Sony confirms massively multiplayer zombie game </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>Sony Online Entertainment is working on a massively multiplayer survival horror game, according to company president John Smedley.</p> <p>The game is called <em>H1Z1</em>, a reference to an internet hoax that claimed swine flu had mutated into a virus that was transforming the dead into zombies. In a video posted to Reddit&rsquo;s H1Z1 subreddit, Smedley showed off gameplay footage of the PC game, in which player take on the role of a survivor 15 years after the initial outbreak. But zombies are only a small danger compared to other human players.</p> <p>If you think that all sounds a lot like <em>DayZ</em> (and it does), there may be a couple of major differences: you can build and own things; and you can set things on fire. Smedley also points out that <em>H1Z1</em> will be set in a &ldquo;massive, massive&rdquo; world rather than just one server, and that Sony would be increasing its size as time goes on.</p> <p>The game will be available first via Steam Early Access (priced at US$20) and may be playable in the next couple of months.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://www.h1z1.com/home">H1Z1</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/10/5600294/H1Z1-mmo-coming-4-6-weeks?">The Verge</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/Wu-bpNaNw88" 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"> Deezer hits Mac and brings free radio to mobile </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>Spotify rival Deezer just added a couple of new feathers to its cap. For starters, its desktop edition is now available on Mac (albeit in a beta version), allowing you to stream music from Deezer&rsquo;s 30 million-strong track archive as well as merge in songs from your own music collection (which can then be listened to through Deezer&rsquo;s mobile apps too).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also brought a couple of free radio modes to its mobile version. Flow works by examining your music library and streaming history to create a playlist tailored (in theory) to your tastes. You can skip songs you don&rsquo;t like, but only six per hour in the free mode. Then there&rsquo;s Playlist Radio, which takes this personalised playlist and adds more tracks &ldquo;curated&rdquo; by Deezer&rsquo;s editor. Again, only six songs per hour can be skipped.</p> <p>Deezer costs &pound;10 per month for unlimited ad-free listening, and is free if you&rsquo;re willing to put up with ads. You can download the Mac beta <a href="http://www.deezer.com/beta/formac">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://blog.deezer.com/music-on-your-mobile-for-everyone-and-a-new-desktop-app/">Deezer blog</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128394-deezer-update-brings-free-radio-on-mobiles-mac-beta-and-integration-of-local-files">Pocket-lint</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/TzAB1pbNCLo" 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> Apps and Games Microsoft Tablets Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:19:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435215 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s new mobile OS is stuffed full of seemingly clever features - but how useful are they in reality? We go hands-on to find out </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="The new Windows Phone 8.1 home screen" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia and Microsoft are right in the midst of a Cronenbergian combining in which they hope to emerge as a suitably powerful hybrid super-soldier to take on the likes of Android and Apple.</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="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</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 a difference a fraction makes </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>Microsoft has been listening to your feedback about Windows Phone &ndash; a statement that brings to mind <a href="http://www.art.co.uk/products/p10030553-sa-i859865/posters.htm" target="_blank">Hitachi&rsquo;s iconic Blown Away Man image</a>. It&rsquo;s very proud of the widespread changes it has brought to this latest version, and that all those changes only represent a .1 increase in the version number. Suffice to say, not all of its changes were consumer-focused &ndash; there&rsquo;s a whole bunch o&rsquo; graft that&rsquo;s gone in to the back end of WinPho8.1 to make it more fun for developers. Now code-monkeys can integrate their apps right into the heart of the OS &ndash; for example, something like Waze might integrate with the addresses in the core People app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia Icon 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="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="And very pretty it is too" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-002.jpg?1397092579" /> </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"> The phone arriving at Platform 8.1… </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 talk of developers came while chatting to the Windows gurus about the Phone OS&rsquo; position within the larger Microsoft ecosystem. Apparently it is now easier than ever to write apps destined for tablet, PC and phone. And even Xbox.</p> <p>Other funky sync technologies mean that if you change your desktop colour on one device, it can automatically change on your other devices. Save a website password on your phone, it&rsquo;ll auto-fill on your Xbox. Pause a video on your tablet, it&rsquo;ll start from the same location on your PC. It all worked like a multi-screened dream in the demos. Will it work in real life? We&rsquo;ll have to wait until the May arrival of the Nokia 630 &ndash; the first of the 8.1ers &ndash; to find out.</p> <p>Incidentally, we asked whether this synchronicity of version number &ndash; Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 &ndash; was a deliberate, and perhaps on-going, dollop of clarity for consumers. To which the answer was, predictably enough: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t talk about future products.&rdquo; Oh, Microsoft. Don&rsquo;t go changing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-what-s-new/news" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 update - the return of the Start Menu</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="WinPho8.1 will better integrate with other Windows products" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-003.jpg?1397092579" /> </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"> Cortana is listening </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 big new feature is Microsoft&rsquo;s answer to Siri and Google Now, which is Cortana, the voice assistant. Named after a sub-character from the game <em>Halo</em>, she promises to be cleverer and more helpful than either Android or Apple&rsquo;s offerings&hellip; but, as she is yet to be taught about Britain, there was little opportunity to test her during our UK launch event.</p> <p>Where she should differ from her rivals &ndash; there&rsquo;s no option to make her male, by the way &ndash; is a list of your likes and dislikes, which is stored locally rather than in the cloud. This should make Cortana more intuitive, with a higher hit-rate of successfully answered questions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">Apple iOS 7.1 review</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="Cortana could be Windows Phone 8.1&#039;s killer app" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-cortana-003.jpg?1397092579" /> </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"> Form vs function, a clear winner </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>Another widely reported feature of 8.1 is that you can make your app icons &ndash; AKA Live Tiles &ndash; transparent, and it&rsquo;s true. Very pretty it is too. Even if your desktop wallpaper is a satanic puppy de-skinning itself, you&rsquo;ll still do a little &lsquo;aww&rsquo; when you see how the icons move over the background image. Plus, it&rsquo;s not an ergonomic disaster because the thick black lines that separate the icons in full-colour mode remain when they are transparenterised.</p> <p>But, not all of your icons will go clear &ndash; it&rsquo;s a dev-selectable option. So you have a choice of moving your icons around until they are aesthetically pleasing, but perhaps less well placed for productivity. Decisions, decisions.</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="It&#039;s... transparent!" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-003_0.jpg?1397092579" /> </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"> Take notice </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>Windows Phone has always been about Live Tiles. What&rsquo;s clever about Live Tiles? They provide you with updates and notifications right there on the icon. What does that mean? No need for a notification bar or area. What did the Windows Phone community want anyway? A notification bar!</p> <p>Swipe down from the top of the screen and you&rsquo;ll get a fairly by-the-numbers notification area, with four customisable shortcut keys for commonly used settings, plus a list of updates from various apps. We&rsquo;ll have to wait for a full version to see how useful the Action Center is; whether, and to what extent app devs make use of it. One thing&rsquo;s for sure: whether or not we really needed a notification area, we sure ain&rsquo;t going to kick it out of bed if it&rsquo;s happy to lie there quietly and not use up any resource.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/here-s-what-ios-8-going-look/news" target="_blank">Apple iOS 8 images leak</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="Action Centre. Sorry, Center. Damn UK/US spellings" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-action-centre-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </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"> A sense-able choice </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>Windows Phone 8.1 also brings a number of behind-the-scene bots to make your phone life easier. One is Battery Sense, which kicks in to eke out 24 hours from your last 20 per cent of battery life. Data Sense tracks the weight of your browsing, compressing webpages and warning you if you&rsquo;re going to hit limits, while Storage Sense lets you flip apps and content between internal and SD memory to keep things sweet. The Nokia 930 doesn&rsquo;t have an external storage option, so you&rsquo;ll either have to have a lesser Nokia 635 to play with this feature, or wait for something else to come along.</p> <p>Other new features which we didn&#39;t get a chance to try out properly include the Word Flow keyboard and Internet Explorer 11. Word Flow is a Swype-style keyboard, and it seemed to work perfectly well. But it&#39;s the kind of feature you need to use for a few days minimum before you can judge it. So we won&#39;t. Ditto Internet Explorer 11, which brings bags of new functionality - Reading View, private browsing, sync across devices, etc - but which again we&#39;d need to live with for a while before passing judgement on.</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="Storage Sense does its thing" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-storage-sense-001.jpg?1397092579" /> </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-6"><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 Thoughts </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>Windows Phone is gradually becoming more sophisticated, apparently heeding the cries of its user base. Having the hardware nous of Nokia on board should help to keep things in check, but our feeling is that WinPhone 8.1 is getting away from the crisp simplicity that made it a genuine alternative to the other smartphone platforms. We should be getting our hands on a ready-to-rumble 8.1-packing Nokia in just a few weeks, at which point we&#39;ll bring you a full review.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1 preview</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="Looking good, WinPho8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-hands-on-review-004.jpg?1397092579" /> </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/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81-hands-review/feature#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone 8 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:43:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435128 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox 360 game emulation is coming to the Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At some point, anyway. But the fact that it&#039;s in the pipeline is still a reason for celebratory cake </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="940" height="705" title="Can you spot the 360 in there?" alt="Xbox 360 game emulation is coming to the Xbox One " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-main.JPG?1396923656" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many a gamer cried out in tearful rage at the lack of backwards compatibility for both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, but now it looks like Microsoft will bring last-gen gaming to the table. Eventually.&nbsp;</p> <p>The news comes straight from the mouth of Microsoft&#39;s Partner Development Lead Frank Savage who confirmed that plans for Xbox 360 emulation are on the way.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news#comments Console games Games consoles Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:06:45 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434972 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows 8.1 update: welcome back, Start menu (for real this time) http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-what-s-new/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft has updated its full-fat OS with plenty of tweaks. But will it keep the Windows faithful happy? </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="717" height="538" title="We missed you buddy." alt="Windows 8.1: what’s new?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8.1-new.jpg?1396582171" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Along with introducing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news" target="_blank">Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1</a>, Microsoft has outlined what changes it&rsquo;s introduced to Windows 8.1 to address the list of niggles users still have with it.</p> <p>Criticised for cramming the made-for-touch tiled UI of Windows 8 down PC users&rsquo; collective throats, Microsoft has faced cries of &ldquo;where&rsquo;s the bloody Start Menu?&rdquo; ever since its latest OS was released.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>You can also now pin Metro (sorry, Windows 8) apps to the taskbar for easy access. And that&rsquo;s not all. Windows 8.1 apps now have title bars at the top, making them easier to drag around to snap them to the side or close them completely.</p> <p>While it might not quite fit the design of some Windows 8 apps, the taskbar can now be overlaid on top of them. But screw looks, we say. This is what we&rsquo;ve wanted since the very beginning, and we&rsquo;re happy Microsoft has finally delivered.</p> <p>The hot corners that bring in Charms have also been tweaked. They&rsquo;ve now got a delay to ensure that they don&rsquo;t pop up unexpectedly, which is another very welcome improvement.</p> <p>While you can already change the settings to boot straight to the classic Windows desktop, Microsoft it working with device manufacturers to implement the more sensible option so that it&rsquo;s ready to roll out of the box.&nbsp;</p> <p>While tablets will still boot directly to the touch-friendly Start Screen, desktops and non-touch laptops will now kick you straight into the old-style desktop.</p> <p>Oddly enough, if you boot to the classic desktop then that affects which apps open certain files. Music and video files, for example, won&rsquo;t be opened up by the newer touch-friendly Windows 8 Photo and Music apps.</p> <p>The classic photo viewer lacks Microsoft&rsquo;s OneDrive integration, while Windows Media Player can&rsquo;t access Xbox Music, so this isn&rsquo;t the neatest of solutions.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re hoping this is just a temporary arrangement until Microsoft provides us with a way to run newer Windows 8 apps that float over the classic desktop, but we&rsquo;ll just have to wait and see.</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="765" height="574" title="Windows 8 apps can now be pinned to the traditional taskbar" alt="Windows 8.1: what’s new?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-8.1-new-1.jpg?1396582171" /> </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>The last of the major changes to Windows 8.1 won&rsquo;t be noticeable, but they&rsquo;ll be welcomed with open arms. A whole host of under-the-hood tweaks means that Microsoft has managed to reduce its Windows image by up to 60%.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means that devices with a paltry 1GB of RAM and just 16GB of storage can technically run it, although we can&rsquo;t speak for their performance.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty to be happy about here, and hopefully this process has been a valuable lesson for Microsoft &ndash; don&rsquo;t you ever mess with our Start Menu again.</p> <p>Hopefully the stigma associated with Windows 8 will dissolve after the new tweaks have been rolled out. Windows Vista&rsquo;s initial problems gave it an unshakeably bad reputation, despite it blossoming into a perfectly useable and stable OS.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s definitely a situation Microsoft will want to avoid again, and it&rsquo;s now well and truly on the right track to ensure that it does.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news" target="_blank">Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 complete with Cortana, an amazingly powerful virtual PA</a></strong></p> <p>[image credits: <a href="http://microsoft-news.com/yes-microsoft-is-bringing-back-start-menu-to-windows-8-1/" target="_blank">Microsoft-News</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5573258/windows-8-1-update-download-april-8th-features" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</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="Classic desktop mode" alt="Windows 8.1: what’s new?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-8-1-verdict_0.png?1396582171" /> </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/microsoft/windows-81-what-s-new/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-what-s-new/news#comments Microsoft Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:01:23 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434785 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 complete with Cortana, an amazingly powerful virtual PA http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New mobile OS brings a raft of rival-besting features. Is this Windows Phone&#039;s time? </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="The new Windows Phone 8.1 home screen, complete with Cortana" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8.1-main.jpg?1396516810" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The days of Microsoft playing third fiddle to Apple and Google&nbsp;in the smartphone OS stakes may soon be over, after the software giant unveiled its new&nbsp;Windows Phone 8.1 OS.</p> <p>The update brings a multitude of new features to the mobile platform, including the Cortana digital assistant - Windows Phone&#39;s answer to Siri - the notifications-friendly Action Centre and a Swype-style keyboard.</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="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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"> Say Halo to Cortana </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>If the name Cortana sounds familiar, you&#39;re obviously a fan of classic Xbox FPS <em>Halo</em> - in the game, she was an advanced AI which acted as faithful personal assistant to the lead character Master Chief. Microsoft clearly intends for the WinPho8.1 version to fulfil much the same role, though presumably without helping you get all kill-happy.</p> <p>The service will be heavily linked to Microsoft&#39;s Bing search engine and will be fully voice-controllable. You&#39;ll be able to use it for standard tasks such as setting calendar entries, but more impressively, it will learn about your habits, tastes and contacts, and understand natural language. Introducing the service, Microsoft&#39;s Joe Belfiore gave the example of telling Cortana to &quot;remind me to ask my sister about her puppy next time I speak to her&quot;; Cortana worked out instantly who his sister was and set a reminder that would flash up next time he called her.</p> <p>Chief to this working properly will be the Notebook feature in which Cortana will store information about your interests, the people who matter to you and what your daily habits are. As she learns more about you, Cortana will add entries to the Notebook, which you&#39;ll be able to approve or otherwise. If she comes to the conclusion that your wife is someone important to you, for instance, she&#39;ll add her to your &#39;Inner circle&#39;. If you don&#39;t correct that information, she might make the decision to put a call from your wife through to you even if it comes in during your designated &#39;quiet hours&#39;.&nbsp;</p> <p>So in short, Cortana will meld Siri-like talents with Google Now-style capabilities, but judging by the demonstration given by Belfiore,&nbsp;she looks twice as clever as the pair of them put together. We&#39;re interested to see how smart she is in the real world.</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="Meet Cortana!" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cortana.jpg?1396516810" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Cortana will be able to work with other apps and services" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-cortana-4.jpg?1396516810" /> </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"> Other new talents </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>If Cortana is the big new feature arriving in Windows Phone 8.1, there are several others that you&#39;re likely to use far more regularly.</p> <p>Action Center is a notifications hub; pull it down from the top of the screen and you&#39;ll have access to settings such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as seeing a list of recent texts, emails and app updates. Yes, it&#39;s a feature that&#39;s been available in iOS and on Android for a while, but better late than never.</p> <p>The new lock screen, meanwhile, can also display notifications and calendar entries, while there&#39;s also now the ability to set the background behind the Live Tiles on your home screen.</p> <p>Finally, the Work Flow keyboard now supports swipe-based text input - and impressively so. Belfiore used the new input method onstage, and also revealed that it recently claimed a world record previously held by the Samsung Galaxy S4. Yes, there&#39;s a world record for speed-typing-on-a-phone.</p> <p>The OS will roll out on to existing devices &quot;over the next few months&quot;, but may arrive before then on new handsets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-930-mighty-lumia-icon-coming-uk/news">Nokia Lumia 930</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630-and-635-have-neon-swappable-covers-plucked-straight-90s/news">Lumia 635</a>&nbsp;this May/June. We&#39;ll review it in full just as soon as we can.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 preview</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="The new swipe keyboard function in action" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-keyboard-1.jpg?1396516810" /> </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"> Availability </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Siri, meet Cortana – Microsoft&#039;s Bing-powered digital assistant </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows 8 Windows Phone Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:40:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434737 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft looks set to join the smart glasses party with Kinect Shades for Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-looks-set-join-smart-glasses-party-kinect-shades-xbox-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out OculusRift and Project Morpheus - there could be a new headset in town </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="818" height="613" title="Sam Fisher called. He wants his specs back" alt="Microsoft looks set to join the smart glasses party with Kinect Shades for Xbox " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-ar-glasses.jpg?1396316094" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is reportedly working on its very own headset to rival the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> and Sony&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-project-morpheus-vr-headset-hands-review-round/feature" target="_blank">Project Morpheus</a>.</p> <p>Unlike its rivals however, Microsoft&#39;s offering is expected to make use of augmented reality as opposed to full-blown virtual reality.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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/microsoft/microsoft-looks-set-join-smart-glasses-party-kinect-shades-xbox-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-looks-set-join-smart-glasses-party-kinect-shades-xbox-one/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:07:43 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434592 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft announces Office for iPad http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-announces-office-ipad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s available right now – but you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to edit files </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 announces Office for iPad" alt="Microsoft announces Office for iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/excel-on-ipad.jpg?1396601342" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Own an iPad? Love Excel, Word and PowerPoint? Then today&rsquo;s your lucky day, because Microsoft has just launched a version of Office specially tailored for Apple&rsquo;s tablet.</p> <p>The three separate apps (the fourth part of Office, Outlook, is not getting its own app) boast an interface designed with touch control very much at the forefront, as well a beautifully clean look. Documents can be retrieved from and saved to a OneDrive or SharePoint account.</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="/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can download the apps from today for free, although if you want to edit documents in any of them you&rsquo;ll need a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, which costs &pound;80 a year (a more affordable Office 365 Personal option will arrive in the spring). You can view documents or give presentations without having to pay a penny, however.</p> <p>With over a billion people using Office every day, Microsoft clearly thinks that there&rsquo;s plenty of call for it on the iPad. And that it&rsquo;ll sell a lot of new Office 365 subscriptions. But there is the possibility that, having waited so long to bring Office to the iPad, Microsoft has already lost the battle for tablet productivity apps. Apple&rsquo;s own iWork productivity suite has been available on the iPad from day one, while Google Drive (which is free, of course) allows users to create and edit documents across all sorts of devices, including the iPad.</p> <p>Nonetheless, Microsoft appears to have done a good job in bringing a functional Office to Apple&rsquo;s tablet, and once we&rsquo;ve spent some time with it we&rsquo;ll let you know what we think.</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="Word on iPad" alt="Word on iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/word-on-ipad.jpg?1396601342" /> </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/apple/microsoft-announces-office-ipad/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iOS apps iPad Microsoft Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:04:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434433 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft’s Oculus Rift rival http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-info-revealed-sky-s-new-epg-and-microsoft-s-oculus-rif <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s time to round up all that’s happening in the world of tech </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="Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft’s Oculus Rift rival" alt="Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/star-wars-logo.jpg?1395214381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></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="/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"> Disney reveals new Star Wars: Episode VII info </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>Now listen here, young Padawan: Disney and Lucasfilm have just released some new information about the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed <em>Star Wars</em> movie.</p> <p>In a post on starwars.com, the companies revealed that <em>Episode VII</em> will begin shooting in May 2014 and will be in cinemas on 18th December 2015. Also interesting is the confirmation that the film will be set around 30 years after the events of <em>Return of the Jedi</em>, and that the cast will feature &ldquo;a trio of young leads&rdquo; alongside some familiar faces.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-vii-set-to-roll-cameras-may-2014.html">starwars.com</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"> 
Sky rolls out swanky new EPG </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>Sky has launched a new electronic programme guide (EPG) for its television service which, for the first time, puts on demand content front and centre alongside broadcast channel listings.</p> <p>The change is an acknowledgement that watching on demand shows and movies has become as important &ndash; if not more important &ndash; for viewers as watching live TV and Sky+ recordings.</p> <p>The update is rolling out to customers with Sky+HD boxes right now, and the Sky+ app has also been refreshed to reflect the new look.</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="
Sky rolls out swanky new EPG" alt="
Sky rolls out swanky new EPG" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-sky-epg.jpg?1395214381" /> </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"> Report: Microsoft developing its own Oculus Rift-style VR headset </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>If a rumour reported by The Wall Street Journal is true, Microsoft is working on an Xbox 3D virtual reality headset to rival Oculus Rift. According to &ldquo;people familiar with the project&rdquo; the technology is currently codenamed Fortaleza and Microsoft has already filed one patent related to it.</p> <p>Interestingly, the report claims that augmented reality is one area being explored by the project. That means the headset could have transparent screens that overlay computer-generated images on top of real-world objects.</p> <p>Sony is also <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news">rumoured to be developing its own VR headset</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303546204579439864044706836?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303546204579439864044706836.html">WSJ</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/18/rumor-microsoft-also-developing-3d-virtual-reality-devices/">Joystiq</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review">Oculus Rift 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="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-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"> Watch the Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes launch trailer </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>Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes</em> is out tomorrow, and you can get yourself in the mood for some stealthy military action by clamping your eyes onto this launch trailer, which serves up a little of the plot and a lot of the action of this (apparently very short) &ldquo;prologue&rdquo; game to <em>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain </em>(which will reportedly be 200 times larger).</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/iqxZNg4z-w8" 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> Film and TV Microsoft Sky Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433907 at http://www.stuff.tv Cortana will be Windows Phone’s answer to Siri http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 7/3/2014: Microsoft will be naming its intelligent voice assistant after Halo’s beloved AI character, and there&#039;s video to prove it </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="Cortana in Halo 4" alt="Cortana in Halo 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cortana-halo-4.jpg?1394246127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, Halo there. Microsoft is to name Windows Phone&rsquo;s virtual assistant Cortana, according to reports.</p> <p>For our non-gaming readers, Cortana is a highly-advanced AI character from the (Microsoft-owned) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-4/review">Halo</a> franchise. She accompanies the series&rsquo; hero Master Chief on his adventures, and becomes something of a tragic love interest for the taciturn super-soldier.</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="/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"> Cloud-based, personalised intelligence </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><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jul13/07-11memo.aspx">Back in July</a> Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of Windows&rsquo; future UI being &ldquo;deeply personalised, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in the cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what people need before they ask for it.&rdquo;</p> <p>It sounds amazing, of course, but then again this is exactly what both Google and Apple are doing with their own virtual assistants, by integrating more and more services with them over time. Cortana will have to be almost as special as her fictional namesake to stand out from the pack.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/cortana-more-on-microsofts-next-generation-personal-assistant-7000020602/">ZDNet</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 7/3/2014:</strong>&nbsp;A video showing Cortana&#39;s functionality on a Windows Phone 8.1 device has been posted on YouTube.</p> <p>Reports have highlighted that Cortana will be an opt-in service, so you don&#39;t have to worry about her (or it) tracking you. Similar to Siri, Cortana will learn and adapt to your interactions and perform basic features such as setting an alarm when prompted to. And she has a lovely voice.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://unleashthephones.com/2014/03/05/exclusive-cortana-voice-assistant-windows-phone-8-1-video/" target="_blank">Unleashthephones.com</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wkgJwGzsn3Y" 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/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:02:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426625 at http://www.stuff.tv Behind enemy lines: Microsoft's Xbox Live service could land on iOS and Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/behind-enemy-lines-microsofts-xbox-live-service-could-land-ios-and-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out iOS Game Centre: Microsoft has you in its sights </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="Behind enemy lines: Microsoft&#039;s Xbox Live service could land on iOS and Android" alt="Behind enemy lines: Microsoft&#039;s Xbox Live service could land on iOS and Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MyXboxLIVE-iPad-1.jpg?1393980528" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android devices.</p> <p>According to The Verge&#39;s unnamed sources, Microsoft is planning on infiltrating iOS and Android smartphones and tablets in a bid to win back game developers.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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/android/behind-enemy-lines-microsofts-xbox-live-service-could-land-ios-and-android/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/behind-enemy-lines-microsofts-xbox-live-service-could-land-ios-and-android/news#comments Android Apple Google iOS Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Xbox LIVE Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:46:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433227 at http://www.stuff.tv MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the £15 Firefox phone, Moto's smartwatch and S5 cases break cover http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-day-2-round-stories-you-missed/news-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take you on a swift jog through all the rest of the stories from the Barcelona show floor </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="604" height="453" title="MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the stories you missed" alt="MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the stories you missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobile-world-congress_0_1.jpg?1393426762" /> </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="/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"> Motorola working on a smartwatch that’ll be seen as a “style item” </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>Motorola has revealed that it is developing a smartwatch with a view to launching it &ldquo;in a few months&rdquo;.</p> <p>And the company is concentrating on style. Moto&rsquo;s Rick Osterloh said that the focus of the as yet unnamed watch would be to &ldquo;solve a real user problem in that there are no wearable products you want to wear&hellip; because they are all extremely ugly.&rdquo;</p> <p>The watch will use Android (no surprise there) and will feature Moto branding, a sign that the company will be retaining its brand identity in the wake of its acquisition by Lenovo.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/portable-devices/other-devices/motorola-reveals-it-s-developing-a-smartwatch-1228561">TechRadar</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="Motorola" alt="Motorola" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-logo.jpg?1393426762" /> </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"> Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm </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>Mozilla&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2013-%E2%80%93-firefox-os-review-%E2%80%93-hands/news">Firefox OS</a> might not be making huge waves in the developed world, but it could be the platform that helps spread smartphone use through emerging markets &ndash; a place hitherto ruled by cheap feature phones made by the likes of Nokia.</p> <p>Key could be the Flame, a handset that costs next to nothing yet features all the traits of a smartphone: Firefox OS, a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and a 4.5in touchscreen (with an 845 x 480 resolution). It can run a selection of HTML5 apps and will cost US$25 (&pound;15).</p> <p>Mozilla suggests that people think of the Flame as a more powerful feature phone than a full-on smartphone, but as Firefox OS expands there&rsquo;ll be access to more and more apps. The rock bottom price should also force competitors like Nokia (which just launched a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-x-x-xl-hands-review/feature">trio of cheapish Android phones</a> that seem destined for developing markets) to lower their own prices.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/02/23/new-developer-hardware-and-tools-show-firefox-os-ecosystem-momentum-2/">Mozilla</a> via <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/24/the-newly-announced-25-firefox-os-smartphone-is-being-heard-clearly-by-nokia/">Venture Beat</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="Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm" alt="Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mozilla-flame-firefox-os.jpg?1393426762" /> </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"> Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases </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, that didn&rsquo;t take long. A mere 24 hours after Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5 to the world, the first batch of third-party cases have landed in our inbox.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t have the space or frankly the willpower to write about them all, but you can see Proporta&rsquo;s range <a href="http://www.proporta.co.uk/catalogsearch/advanced/result/?name=&amp;description=&amp;sku=&amp;price%5Bfrom%5D=&amp;price%5Bto%5D=&amp;pp_device%5B%5D=4098">here</a> and Griffin&rsquo;s <a href="http://store.griffintechnology.com/galaxy-s5">here</a>. Griffin&rsquo;s priciest case is the rugged &ldquo;military-duty&rdquo; Survivor while Proporta&rsquo;s is a rather fetching &ldquo;brand collaboration&rdquo; with waxed jacket experts Barbour &ndash; it even has a tartan interior.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re all available for pre-order now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on review</a></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="Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases" alt="Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/barbour-samsung-s5-case.jpg?1393426762" /> </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"> Ex Nokia boss Stephen Elop heading up Microsoft’s Xbox division </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>Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will soon be ruling over Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox division, it was today revealed.</p> <p>Julie Larson-Green, who has been in charge of Xbox as head of the Devices and Studios Group since Don Mattrick left Microsoft seven months ago, announced in a leaked internal memo that she will be moving to the company&rsquo;s My Life &amp; Work team and that Elop (who worked for Microsoft before becoming Nokia CEO) will be taking over as part of the transition from Nokia.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/24/ahead-of-stephen-elops-return-microsofts-julie-larson-green-picks-up-new-internal-role/">TechCrunch</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</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="Stephen Elop" alt="Stephen Elop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Stephen_elop.jpg?1393426762" /> </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> Galaxy S5 Microsoft Motorola Mozilla MWC 2014 Smartphones Smartwatches Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:21:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432896 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One price drops to £400, comes with a free copy of Titanfall http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-price-drops-400/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft slashes the price of its next-gen console in the UK – but it&#039;s still more than the PS4 </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 Xbox One" alt="Microsoft Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_0.jpg?1393259740" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news for bargain-hunters: Microsoft has lopped &pound;30 off the price of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>, bringing it down to &pound;400.</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="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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/microsoft/xbox-one-price-drops-400/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-price-drops-400/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:00:05 +0000 Stephen Graves 1432805 at http://www.stuff.tv