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Category: Windows 10 for phones

HP Elite x3 Review

The most important Windows 10 device in the history of the operating system is also a good one. Read the rest of this entry »

Have a Windows Device? DO NOT install the latest update!

Redmond, Wash. — Today, Microsoft released a build that will brick your computer and phone.

The build is known as 16212 and it is known to cause all computers and phones running the Windows operating system to get stuck in a boot loop and brick.

Dona Sarkar, the chief of the Windows Insider program, issued this tweet:

Here’s how to suspend the downloads of new builds for Windows 10 Mobile.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Insider Program at the bottom
  4. Pick Stop Insider Preview Builds
  5. From the menu select Pause updates for a bit
  6. Under the Pause area toggle the switch to On

Unfortunately, once the download begins, the only surefire way to stop it is by turning Airplane Mode on your phone, disconnecting you and your device from the internet on data AND Wi-Fi.

If you have a MacBook, like we do at Aiken Area Progressive, take solace in the fact that it is one less thing you have to worry about (since your PC does not run Windows), unless you have multiple Windows 10 Phones like yours truly does.

h/t Windows Central

MyTube is free – but only for the Windows 10 Phone users and only until Friday

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If you are among the 2% of Americans – and 1% of global people – who have a Windows 10 Phone, here is some good news if you are looking for a YouTube client app.

Ryken Studio, the creators of the third-party app MyTube, is very appreciative of the Windows 10 Phone users, no matter how small the userbase is. To show their appreciation, the app, which usually costs 99¢ in the Windows Store, will be free until Friday afternoon EDT.

To get the app on your phone, click on this below.

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Facebook has yet to get rid of their sexist, gymnophobic policies, but they found time to remove older Windows and Android apps

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Menlo Park, Calif. — The arrogance and incompetence of Facebook continues to be glaringly obvious.

Since we helped Laura Bates and Everyday Sexism report on #FBrape on May 22, 2013, Facebook has done nada to combat misogyny and excessive violent content on their site. Nor have they done anything to adjust, or get rid of, their arbitrary policies of removing non-sexual nude content (including breastfeeding photos and videos) on any of their sites.

However, they somehow found time to tell users on Android 4.x or lower and Windows Phone 8.x that the Facebook and Messenger apps will be deleted and rendered useless after Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellular PCs are a massive failure in the making

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Redmond, Wash. — When one person thinks of cellular, they think of a Windows phone or a small IPad or Android tablet.

When people think of a PC, they think of a MacBook or a Windows desktop product (desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook and/or tablet).

Now, Microsoft wants to make the Cellular PC a thing.

Big mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s the best Reddit thread you will ever see

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Usually, when we post about Reddit, we post about the armpits of the site (such as the r/mensrights subreddit).

However, today, we have an awesome part of Reddit that I’ve been following since August 2, 2016 that I want to talk about.

It’s the r/windowsphone subreddit, and I could not help but be happy about this particular thread from a user named charlotteplusplus.

There are roughly 1.5% of us in the States using a Windows Phone, which makes great threads like this all the more meaningful.

Other women who loves window phones, say hello!

We could use a lot more women on our platform! Read the link above and prepare to feel awesome!

Gay pride emoji goes live for Fast Ring Insiders on Windows 10 Mobile

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Redmond, Wash. — If you have a Windows 10 Phone and you are on the Fast Ring, you will get a very good surprise.

On Thursday night, unbeknownst to yours truly, Microsoft released the first new build for Fast Ring Insiders in nearly six weeks. This build is the first to be numbered above 15000 – in fact, it is numbered 15007.

It comes with a lot of new features. Although it comes with only one new emoji, it is big, especially if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual or gender non-conforming.

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What that means is that Microsoft’s Windows is the first of the mobile operating systems to have the rainbow emoji available. Hopefully, it will not be too long until the gay pride emoji makes its way to the Slow and Release Preview rings, and the Production side of Windows 10 Mobile.

Apple and Google are expected to release the emoji for the IPad, IPhone and Android devices, respectively, before the end of the winter.

Here are the phones in which the gay pride emoji can be downloaded to (Fast Ring only):

Acer Liquid M330
Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel Fierce XL
Alcatel Idol 4s
HP Elite x3
Microsoft Lumia 550
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
Microsoft Lumia 650
Microsoft Lumia 735
Microsoft Lumia 830
Microsoft Lumia 929 (Icon)
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Microsoft Lumia 1520

Happy updating, Fast Ringers!

Windows Blog

Even with the death of the Lumia, Windows Mobile to maintain 2% market share in the States heading into 2017

Redmond, Wash. — On Friday, the Lumia line was officially killed off, leading to Windows Mobile’s worldwide market share dropping like a boulder from the Kentucky mountains to the bottom.

Heading into 2017, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile’s market share is only decimal points around the everywhere around the world.

Everywhere, that is, except for in Microsoft’s home country: the United States.

Heading into 2017, the market share of Windows Mobile has remained steady since March at 2%. Meaning at 1 in every 50 smartphone users, the US is the nation that you are the most likely to see a Windows Mobile user. Read the rest of this entry »

#RIPLumia: The Lumia line dies today

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Redmond, Wash. — As of 17:00 Vietnam Time (5:00 Williston Time), the Microsoft Lumia line will be executed.

Reports throughout the year noted that Microsoft intends to stop production on the line by the last business day this year. That is today. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcatel Idol 4s is coming to T-Mobile on November 10

Bellevue, Wash. — We now know the final details of the Alcatel Idol 4s.

The device will come to T-Mobile on November 10, and it will cost $502.89 (when Aiken County sales taxes are included).

This is being confirmed by Windows Central.

Click here to see the specs.

This Week in Tech: T-Mobile outs the Alcatel Idol 4s & Apple unveils new MacBooks

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Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile jumped the gun on Wednesday.

Big Pink outed the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, the superphone that many talked about Alcatel working on since January.

The phone showed up briefly on T-Mobile’s web page during the early afternoon, before the company took the page down. Read the rest of this entry »

Instead of trying to fix issues with his app (and his TOS), Mark Zuckerberg is now requiring Windows 10 Phone users to have 2 GB of RAM to use his corporation’s apps

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Menlo Park, Calif. — Facebook has decided to create even more problems by punishing innocent Windows 10 Mobile users.

On Monday, MSPoweruser and WinBeta both posted something about Facebook beefing up its RAM requirements and only for Windows 10 Mobile users. Not desktop users. Not MacOS users. Not IOS users. Not Android users.

Windows 10 Mobile.

From WinBeta:

The new requirement doesn’t mean that phones with 1GB or 512MB of RAM won’t be able to install it. It just means that these phones aren’t officially supported, and there might be problems that may occur only on those devices. MSMobile was able to get the apps to install on a Microsoft Lumia 650, even though it has only 1GB of RAM, and WinBeta confirmed this by testing the same apps on the same device, as well as a Microsoft Lumia 640.

This may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind that the Facebook and Messenger apps now are only officially supported on flagship devices like the HP Elite x3, Lumia 950, Acer Jade Primo and a few others. This might mean that low-end Lumia model user may never see a well working Facebook app on their phone moving forward.

There are only seven US phones running Windows 10 that Facebook support, if these changes are indeed true. They are as follows:

Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel Fierce XL
HP Elite x3
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Nokia Lumia 929 (Icon)
Nokia Lumia 1520

Out of those seven, the Fierce XL (with its cumbersome rear camera) is the cheapest of the phones (at $109.99 at T-Mobile), meaning that many Facebook users who do not have a lot of disposable income just got priced out by Mark Zuckerberg’s fuck up. Almost all Android phones, including the “low-end” devices, now cost $299.99-399.99. And the IPhone is even more expensive, costing between $449.99 and $999.99.

Windows 10, before they went to the enterprise-only route, was the OS of choice for people who wanted a smartphone but did not have a lot of income to burn.

Now, sadly, Facebook has declared Windows 10 Mobile as the problem, not themselves. And it is typical of a good ol’ boy Silicon Valley corporation.

This is not the first time Facebook has pointed the finger elsewhere instead of taking responsibility for the problems they create. In recent years, Facebook has suspended people (both men and women) for posting photos depicting non-sexual nudity (including breastfeeding), despite the fact that such photos are not against their terms of use. Facebook has also suspended African-Americans for confronting racism and hate speech on their social networking site. Additionally, Facebook has suspended drag queens, transgender people, sex workers and other marginalized groups of people for providing their actual preferred names.

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