11 Apps to Put Your Musical Taste Back on the Right Track

Most people probably remember having a song, album, or band change our lives. It's a fairly common experience, even for those unfortunate beings who don't live and breathe music. It's a good thing to have happen to you (unless you've become too obsessed). » 1/16/13 3:40pm 1/16/13 3:40pm

What Is an App Launcher?

You wouldn't initially think it, but your phone's home screen is itself an app. It's an app that launches other apps—an app launcher, if you will. But if the app launcher native to your mobile isn't up to snuff, you can always replace it. » 6/22/12 4:00pm 6/22/12 4:00pm

Current Windows Phones May Not Be Getting Upgraded After All

Earlier this week, a Microsoft spokesman announced that all Windows Phone 7 devices would be getting the upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Today developer evangelist Nino Silva acknowledged that he, uh, misspoke. Apparently he was confusing application compatibility with device upgrades and cleared things up on his blog » 4/19/12 11:34am 4/19/12 11:34am

Every Windows Phone Ever Will Get the Windows Phone 8 Upgrade (Updated)

If your phone is running Windows Phone 7, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 when it comes out. Yes, even if your handset was among the first to market. Hey Android, are you listening? That's how you do upgrades. » 4/17/12 7:04pm 4/17/12 7:04pm

Leak Shows Windows Phone 7 Tango Looks a Lot Like Mango

Purported screenshots of the soon to be announced Windows Phone 7.6 Tango have emerged on a Russian forum. There are a handful of new features, but what's really interesting is how little seems to have changed. » 2/15/12 12:46pm 2/15/12 12:46pm

Amazon's Latest Hire Could Mean More Apps For Kindle

A platform is useless without dedicated developers. Brandon Watson, former head of the Windows Phone Developer Experience, knows this better than anyone. Knowledge he will surely carry over to his new gig as director of Amazon's Kindle Cross Platform team. » 2/04/12 4:00pm 2/04/12 4:00pm

Is Instagram Coming to Windows Phone?

Probably more than any other app, Instagram attracts the envy of many a non-iPhone owners. The insular social network, is simple, fast and easy to use. And while the company has stated plans to release on Android, the latest talk suggests that we might see it on Windows Phone first. » 1/19/12 10:15am 1/19/12 10:15am

Microsoft Wants Your Next WP7 Software Update to Be a Surprise

Getting a firmware upgrade notification is like getting an early birthday present—you're extra excited because it's so unexpected. Now, Microsoft is ensuring that every new WP7 update gives you that "early present feeling" by killing off its popular Where's My Phone Update feature. But why? » 1/06/12 8:42pm 1/06/12 8:42pm

You Can Now Control Your Xbox with Your Windows Phone

That Xbox Companion App we told you about back in October? It's now live and ready to download for your media-playing and friend-tracking amusement. If you've got a Windows 7 phone and a XBL Gold account, give it a spin and let us know what you think in the comments! [WP7 Marketplace via TechCrunch] » 12/07/11 3:31pm 12/07/11 3:31pm

Windows Phone Finally Has a Web Marketplace

It's already a big day for Windows Phone with Mango due out today. And now the web version of its app marketplace is live, giving the platform a way to browse and find apps outside of the Zune client. » 9/27/11 11:44am 9/27/11 11:44am

Pulse Brings Its Pretty RSS Tiles to Windows Phone

Pulse, the slick and pretty RSS reader-ish app on iPhone, Android and iPad, is now available for the equally slick and pretty Windows Phone. If you're not familiar, Pulse takes a bunch of news sources and transforms them into a pretty gorgeous collection of tiles. Reading doesn't have to be a snoozefest, you know. » 9/26/11 12:00pm 9/26/11 12:00pm

Mango Is Coming to Windows Phone in a Week or Two

Mango, you sweet juicy OS update you. We can't wait to taste you. When are you going to come to Windows Phone? According to Microsoft, we can expect Mango to start rolling out "in the next week or two" » 9/21/11 2:55pm 9/21/11 2:55pm

The Best Ways to Kill Your SMS Plan

Your phone company is screwing you on text messaging. SMS messages cost them next to nothing, yet they charge you up the yin-yang. So how's about sticking it to the phone company with some viable alternatives to SMS messaging? » 9/13/11 10:00am 9/13/11 10:00am

Nvidia's Tegra 2 Successors Are Planning a Takeover

At last week's Citi Technology Conference, Nvidia showed off their roadmap for their Tegra line of smartphone chips. The takeaway: their "Wayne" and "Grey" chipsets could give them an in with most handset makers by 2013. » 9/12/11 6:51pm 9/12/11 6:51pm

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Might Be Out September 15th

Windows Phone 7.5, better known as Mango, could possibly-maybe-there's-a-chance be out September 15th, according to the latest round of rumors. » 9/12/11 9:08am 9/12/11 9:08am

Microsoft Discovers Windows Phone Retailers Know Nothing About Windows…

When you're preparing for a not quite make or break but still enormously important launch (hi, Mango!), you want your sales staff on their feet. So when Microsoft's secret shopper snoop squad discovered totally clueless employees, they scrambled. Hard. » 9/07/11 8:39am 9/07/11 8:39am

Will Windows 8 Run Windows Phone 7 Apps?

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang seems to think that Windows 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps in some capacity. While there are parts of Windows 8 that appear very similar to windows 7, could this really be the case? » 9/06/11 8:09pm 9/06/11 8:09pm

Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Is Tracking Every Windows Phone Even if You…

Microsoft is tracking your Windows Phone, and there's nothing you can do about it. A lawsuit filed in Seattle is claiming that Windows Phone's camera app tracks your location and sends it to Microsoft, even if you opt out. We contacted Microsoft and they refused to comment. » 9/01/11 4:53pm 9/01/11 4:53pm

Skypey Wi-Fi Sweetness Coming to Mango

Enough Apple talk! Let's move on to a more tropical fruit. WP7 Mango is coming very soon, and more and more goodies are being revealed. Skype video? Wi-Fi hotspot? Delicious! » 8/25/11 2:24pm 8/25/11 2:24pm