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Yesterday's match between Germany and Brazil ended in record books of Germany and as well as on FIFA records. The historic Germany-Brazil match will not just go down in the history books for Germany's score but also for Bing and Contana's, who have now racked up 13 (Better make it 14 now) correct predictions.

A blog post written by the Bing team last month explains how Cortana predicts each game.

For the tournament, our models evaluate the strength of each team through a variety of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualification matches and other international competitions and margin of victory in these contests, adjusted for location since home field advantage is a known bias.

Cortana has now taken down Paul the Octopus, the star of 2010 FIFA World Cup by giving 13 correct predictions (Better make it 14 after Argentina's win over the Netherlands).

In the same blog post Microsoft wrote:

Further adjustments are made related to other factors which give one team advantages over another, such as home field (for Brazil) or proximity (South American teams), playing surface (hybrid grass), game-time weather conditions, and other such factors. In addition, data obtained from prediction markets allows us to tune the win/lose/tie probabilities due to the 'wisdom of the crowds' phenomenon captured by the people wagering on the outcomes.

Cortana has maintained its performance by going with 14-0 and is currently predicting that Germany is going to be the winner of FIFA World Cup 2014. So cheers to our German readers and sorry to Argentina's fans as it is going to be the runners up this year.Whatever happens in the finals, but we are sure that Microsoft has made a great prediction system which is unbeaten till now. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft does this with other games also or this system will be exclusive to Football only.While the Cup is exciting all by itself, I suspect Cortana and Bing will be one of the big winners of the tournament. Do our readers agree?


As expected Indian OEM Lava has announced their first Windows Phone under the Xolo brand, the Xolo Win Q900s.

 Trusted leaker, @evleaks is back again with some news especially for Verizon users. This is the second time we are seeing news for this device but be sure we have some details this time.  

Well, this is a bit of a surprise. It seems a whole range of Lumia 63x handsets are in production, including a new variant, the Nokia Lumia 638, which is currently on pre-order in China.

You may now ask: "what's so worthy of being noticed in this image?". And I'd respond: "Can't you see anything different from what you are used to seeing in the store?"

Well, apart from the voices in my head, reportedly Windows Phone Store has been enriched with a very important feature: device enumeration in reviews.

Gameloft released this game based on Despicable Me in Windows Phone Store last year. The app got updated to v1.7.1.6 recently with lots of new additions. 

Just a few days ago, we reported that WhatsApp has been pulled out from the Windows Phone Store by the team. The team has acknowledged that it was due to a critical bug and has been working closely with Microsoft to remove it. They have still not specified the date on which users can download WhatsApp again. I have found a E-Mail spreading over the internet which states that the Beta Test is over and it also promises to give $15 to all the tester as a reward for testing. The Mail is obviously a fake one and it has been published just to grab attention. As I am a Beta Tester for WhatsApp and I have not received any E-Mail like this from WhatsApp team. Check the comparison of a genuine E-Mail and the Fake E-Mail from WhatsApp below. 

The Nokia Lumia 636 (Nokia RM-1010), Nokia's TD-LTE version of the Nokia Lumia 635, has just passed through Ministry of Industry Approval in China.

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