#WinPhan Scavenger Hunt: Round 6 Target

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Round 6 of the WinPhan Scavenger Hunt is here! Find it, shoot it, and share it for your chance to win. So you like the Lumia 1520 and you wanted the MOGA controller? What a coincidence, that’s what we’re putting in one lucky Grand Prizes Winner’s hands! The #WinPhan way says that’s just not enough though! Just for entering, I’m going to give you a chance to win a Lumia 1020, so come join the fun! Oh yeah, did I mention we have weekly prizes too! Read on to find out the 6th Round’s target theme that can make you a winner as well! Read more »

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WinPhan Phocus: Jim Ireland!

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We think that each one of you is special and unique as a WinPhan and we want to bring attention and gratitude to each and every one of you for all that you do for our WinPhan community! Thanks for taking the time to share something about yourself to other WinPhans out there and thank you for your continued support! ^The WinPhan

Before your answer the questions below…

* Can you start by introducing yourself (be sure to include your Twitter handle) and telling the WinPhan community something about you?

I’m @jimboireland on Twitter,

Nokia fan from the Nokia 5110,ever since this phone released i have had or owned every make and model available in the Irish market since,always been into phones since I was aged 20 or so when I started working for a telecoms group where I managed a team of 15 people, this was the mobile phone took off in Ireland in a big way and I had to manage calls and teams to do cold calling and company calls to sell contracts.

Nokia forum supporter some 7 years now ranked 5 in the world on Nokia support discussions where I continue to help out today alongside local forums too where I am top man, to me support is vital.

Phone collector, some 140 Nokia models in my possession now including all Nokia Lumias for our market.

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Got Windows Phone 8.1 Dev Preview, Is Cortana Playing Hard To Get?

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The Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview became available yesterday, and the frenzy it created was palpable and continues still at this point. I think the bulk of the excitement was for folks getting their hands on Cortana, the new Personal Digital assistant from Microsoft. It is in fact in limited Beta, available legitimately for users in the United States only at this point, but the work around was to simply change your region to US and it would become available. The main issue seems to be affecting HTC devices, the 8X and the 8S. Confirmed here on two devices, HTC has locked the default language down on their phones, so without being able to change the language to English United States, you cannot enable Cortana. The other issue that has arisen is that you cannot access the advanced settings in Internet Explorer. At this point in the proceedings, it is probably a little early to expect a fix for the issue, but their are certainly a lot of people making noise about it over on the MSDN Forums.

For other users, not in the US the process of getting Cortana can be more complicated than just changing the region on the phone also

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#WinPhan Scavenger Hunt: Round 5 Winner

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Woohoo, we have a winner for the 5th round of the WinPhan Scavenger Hunt! Round 5’s target theme, in case you forgot, was centered around the release of WP8.1 and our favorite AI, Cortana. We saw some awesome entries, thank you everyone for your super creative submissions! I wish that I could have picked each one of you as a winner, however, that isn’t the case. To keep things fair, we’re using software that randomly draws the winning entrant. This week we are proud to announce Paul Klose or as most of you know him as WinPhan_PHK on Twitter, as the winner of Round Five! Read more »

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#WinPhan Scavenger Hunt Reminder: Round 5 Ending On Sunday

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Just a reminder that Round 5 of the #WinPhan Scavenger Hunt ends tomorrow, Sunday April 13th at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced Monday morning to welcome in the release of the much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 Developers Preview scheduled for early next week. What better way to start your week, winner of a contest and a shiny new OS to boot! This week’s target is of course, is none other than the much hyped AI, Cortana herself! Get your entries in now! Read on to see some of the other entries! Read more »

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TSR 2014: An Exciting 3D Dohwnhill Skiing Game

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I don’t play many games and I write about even fewer, I’ve never really been much of a gamer. From time to time though, I find something I really like and today I’m compelled to show this beauty to you. Get ready to hit the slopes! Do some fast paced downhill skiing in this free and beautifully animated 3D game, TSR(Top Ski Racing) 2014 for your Windows Phone. Read more »

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Windows 8.1 Update 1, It’s Here Folks!

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It’s a big day for Windows Users, with the 8.1 update 1 becoming available to all running Windows 8.1, and while it’s not the hugest of updates, the touches that some call a concession, and others call a reality of the market are quite small, but nice.

It really isn’t the largest of updates, with the bulk of the update 1 portion being , varied. The bulk of it was 887.6 Mb on my old PC, and took about 50/55 minutes from go to whoa, with some security extras, the largest of which were for IE11. Of course total size will vary by PC.

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Build 2014: Learning To Tell “The” Story

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It’s now 5:00 am on Wednesday morning and I’ve managed to convince myself that the 3 hours of restless sleep, like that of an over eager child on Christmas Eve, is sufficient and my day begins. The normal stuff: get ready, check-out, my truck delivered to me by valet…valet!? I haven’t even made it to Build and I’m feeling like a million bucks, Windows Phone really takes care of their people! I open Here Drive+, select favorites where I’ve already saved the Moscone Center’s coordinates, and off I go. Read more »

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