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Microsoft has a home in the automotive world, but it doesn't have a way to bring a phone's interface to your car's infotainment system -- there's no Windows Phone equivalent to Apple's CarPlay. That might change before long, though. The software giant used a presentation at this week's Build confe...

April 6th 2014 at 2:31pm 0 Comments
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We came, we saw, we barked orders into a phone. Though Microsoft's annual developer conference is technically called "Build Windows," we actually spent far more time at this year's event playing with handsets -- almost no PCs, come to think of it. Indeed, the star of the show was a husky-voiced la...

April 5th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Spring is in the air, our TVs are on Fire, and we're all back together once again for another episode of The Engadget Podcast. Amazon wasn't the only circus in town this week; Microsoft's Build conference enthralled gaggles of developers with talk of Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, and a fictional...

April 4th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Amid the volley of announcements from Microsoft's Build conference, is word that the new Kinect for Windows has a near-future release timeframe for both the hardware and its SDK. The desktop version of Microsoft's do-all sensor will be available to the public this summer, as will its development f...

April 2nd 2014 at 11:47pm 0 Comments
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When Microsoft announced earlier today that universal Windows apps could run on the Xbox One, it seemed pretty...self-explanatory. A developer could easily port any Windows or Windows Phone app over to the Xbox for you to use on your TV. Right? Not exactly. Here at Build, we had the chance to sit...

April 2nd 2014 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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The Nokia Lumia Icon is a fantastic Windows Phone that comes with a bunch of top features that most WP users haven't been able to enjoy until recently, but it had one critical flaw: it was an exclusive to Verizon, which meant that only a handful of users in the US could buy it. For the rest of the...

April 2nd 2014 at 8:36pm 0 Comments
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It's not all fun phones and games at Nokia's Build shindig here in San Francisco. In addition to giving us a closer look at the new Lumia 930, 630 and 635, the company is showing off a Bluetooth speaker to accompany them. The MD-12 (even Stephen Elop couldn't explain the name) is available in the...

April 2nd 2014 at 8:22pm 0 Comments
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Anyone who's played Halo, the iconic first-person shooter based 500 years in the future, knows where Microsoft came up with the name of Cortana, its new voice recognition program on Windows Phone 8.1. Master Chief might be the star of the video game series, but Cortana is the heroic digital sideki...

April 2nd 2014 at 6:08pm 0 Comments