Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS’s first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview starting next week. Understandably, Cortana is on the top of the release notes, because the beta program will officially expand to the UK and China as promised in April. This means users in both countries can enjoy different voices and more localized options, such as air quality info (in China

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Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS’s first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview starting next week. Understandably, Cortana is on the top of the release notes, because the beta program will officially expand to the UK and China as promised in April. This means users in both countries can enjoy different voices and more localized options, such as air quality info (in China

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Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS’s first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview starting next week. Understandably, Cortana is on the top of the release notes, because the beta program will officially expand to the UK and China as promised in April. This means users in both countries can enjoy different voices and more localized options, such as air quality info (in China

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Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS’s first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview starting next week. Understandably, Cortana is on the top of the release notes, because the beta program will officially expand to the UK and China as promised in April. This means users in both countries can enjoy different voices and more localized options, such as air quality info (in China specifically), local celebrities, specialized suggestions

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Here’s what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Here's what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Getting Democrats and Republicans to pass an act of Congress is the exception more than the rule. But if there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the US policy for unlocking phones is backwards. Early last year, it became illegal to unlock your handset for use on other carriers unless your provider directly gives you the permission to do so. Thanks to moves from the Senate and House this month, legislation to remove this restriction is just a presidential signature away from passing; it’s not a permanent solution, but at least it’s a step

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Here’s what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Here's what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Getting Democrats and Republicans to pass an act of Congress is the exception more than the rule. But if there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the US policy for unlocking phones is backwards. Early last year, it became illegal to unlock your handset for use on other carriers unless your provider directly gives you the permission to do so. Thanks to moves from the Senate and House this month, legislation to remove this restriction is just a presidential signature away from passing; it’s not a permanent solution, but at least it’s a step

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Here’s what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Here's what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Getting Democrats and Republicans to pass an act of Congress is the exception more than the rule. But if there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the US policy for unlocking phones is backwards. Early last year, it became illegal to unlock your handset for use on other carriers unless your provider directly gives you the permission to do so. Thanks to moves from the Senate and House this month, legislation to remove this restriction is just a presidential signature away from passing; it’s not a permanent solution, but at least it’s a step

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Here’s what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Here's what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

Getting Democrats and Republicans to pass an act of Congress is the exception more than the rule. But if there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the US policy for unlocking phones is backwards. Early last year, it became illegal to unlock your handset for use on other carriers unless your provider directly gives you the permission to do so. Thanks to moves from the Senate and House this month, legislation to remove this restriction is just a presidential signature away from passing; it’s not a permanent solution, but at least it’s a step

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HTC’s next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

HTC's next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

More than a few eyebrows were raised when talk surfaced of an HTC One for Windows Phone. How close would it be to the Android original? Would it bring anything new to the table? And what’s the name, for that matter? Thankfully, sources for Engadget are happy to answer a few questions. For a start, they tell us that the device (not shown here) is tentatively called the “One (M8) for Windows.” Yeah, that’s not exactly going to roll off the tongue — the device’s codename, W8, is considerably more elegant.

Other details we’ve received mostly corroborate what we’ve

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HTC’s next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

HTC's next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

More than a few eyebrows were raised when talk surfaced of an HTC One for Windows Phone. How close would it be to the Android original? Would it bring anything new to the table? And what’s the name, for that matter? Thankfully, sources for Engadget are happy to answer a few questions. For a start, they tell us that the device (not shown here) is tentatively called the “One (M8) for Windows.” Yeah, that’s not exactly going to roll off the tongue — the device’s codename, W8, is considerably more elegant.

Other details we’ve received mostly corroborate what we’ve

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