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According to the latest rumor, Nokia has just cancelled its plan of showcasing new products at the upcoming CES in January 2013. Instead, the Finnish phone maker is now cooking up some surprises for Mobile World Congress 2013, about one month after the CES (Windows Phone Central will be at both events).

People have been expecting Nokia to bring up the next wave of Lumia devices, and probably more powerful Pureview goodies, for CES 2013. The month-long postpone could be a sign that Nokia indeed has something up its sleeves, and is needing a little bit more time to polish it. Let's just be patient.

Meanwhle, Huawei's first ever Windows Phone device the Ascend W1 is expected to be revealed on CES 2013.

Source: WPDang

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Shoot 1up Windows Phone 8 incompatible

Windows Phone 8 hasn’t exactly been kind to the mobile lineup of Xbox games. To say nothing of the disheartening scarcity of WP8-specific games, more than 20 Xbox WP7 games simply aren’t available on WP8 due to incompatibility. In my opinion, Microsoft has handled these incompatibility issues quite poorly.

Still, in my original article about the mass delisting of WP8-incompatible games, I did predict that some of those games would eventually be patched and become available for WP8. Over the weekend we saw a semi-incompatible game BulletAsylum (which hadn’t actually been partially delisted like other affected titles) get patched to work properly on WP8. And now the first game from the ‘delisted’ list has appeared on WP8 as well: The Oregon Trail HD from Gameloft.

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Well folks, the response so far has been tremendous in The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience. The list of entrants is growing steadily, and we would like to thank ALL that have entered thus far.

That said, if you haven't submitted your entry yet, what are you waiting for??? If you're selected, you could join us and NVIDIA at CES 2013. Airfare, hotel and a pass to the show is all included… along with 'insider access' to some cool events, and even a few nights out with the Mobile Nations and NVIDIA teams. It's going to be a blast.

For all the details, check out the official post. Keep those submissions coming in!

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Fat Fingers is the official Windows Phone app for FatFingers.com and allows you to search for eBay bargains that are often overlooked due to spelling errors.  Such errors prevent these auctions from being noticed or picked up on keyword searches allowing you to sweep in and win the auctions for a steal of a price.

The version 1.2 update of Fat Fingers brings new logos to match the Windows 8 app and support for Windows Phone 8 resolutions.

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HTC Windows Phones available at retailers in India

The HTC 8X and HTC 8S is readily available in India, with the likes of retailer Saholic stocking both the flagship and mid-level Windows Phones for Rs. 34,149 ($624) and Rs. 19,359 ($354) respectively. We've just covered news that Lumia hardware will be heading to the market early 2013, but it's good to see other Windows Phones available in the meantime, and HTC hardware isn't necessarily a bad choice.

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Win a Lumia 820 with the Nokia Paper Challenge

Just as the Nokia Cardboard Challenge comes to a complete closure the company has kicked off another competition for consumers to participate in. Also celebrating the festive period, the Nokia Paper Challenge is a perfect opportunity to use up the leftover wrapping paper (or newspaper, magazine, flyer, pamphlet, etc. if you don't celebrate with presents in December) to create Nokia products and win prizes.

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DEAL ALERT: Get a 16GB AT&T HTC 8X on Amazon for $50

AmazonWireless is offering the 16GB HTC 8X for $49.99 if you sign up for a new AT&T individual or family plan. That is $150 less than what AT&T is selling the 8X for themselves. If you are already an AT&T subscriber and want to extend your contract, you can pick up the 8X for $99.99, or $129.99 if you are adding a new line of service to your account. All orders include free two-day shipping and come with Amazon's Best Price Guarantee.

The 8X is HTC's hero Windows Phone 8 device. It features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 Display with 1280 x 768 resolution, 8MP BSI rear camera, 2MP front camera and a dedicated HTC ImageChip. It also sports a dual-Core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1800 mAh battery, NFC, LTE, and built-in Beats Audio.

Source: Amazon; Thanks for the tip, Armando!

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FlashStrobe: A Windows Phone 8 strobe light solution

If you are looking for a simple, bare bones Windows Phone 8 app to turn your camera LED light into a strobe light, take a look at FlashStrobe. Not sure it could get any more simpler.

The one screen app has a settings bar to regulate the strobe speed. You can set your Windows Phone light to flash any where from 0 to 20 flashes per second. Once you've set the pace, just tap the screen to turn on the strobe.

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For the first since mid April, Nokia’s stock has bounced nearly 5% on the day to put it at $4 a share. The news appears to be due in part to a report from Liberum Capital (reported by the Economy News) that the Lumia 920 is still selling well and what’s more, that it’s coming back in stock.

We reported yesterday that Amazon Wireless and even AT&T stores were now stocking the white, matte black and glossy red Lumia 920s for immediate purchase. The timing is crucial as we head into the last two weeks of the sales quarter and of course the holiday shopping season, as this gives Nokia an opportunity to try and meet presumed demand for their flagship phone.

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The Lumia 920 has impressed many with the PureView camera technology Nokia has installed inside the Windows Phone. The optical image stabilisation (OIS), software enhancements and Carl Zeiss lens are just a few features that work together to create some truly astonishing magic when taking shots in low light. 

However, there's an issue with photographs taken in good amounts light. Lack of detail, sharpness and while it's not a deal breaker, it does cause alarm especially when low light shots are that good. Thankfully, Nokia is set to release a firmware update to address problems raised by consumers.

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One step forward and two steps back. Sometimes that old saying can be applied to Microsoft, who despite doing their best to stay ahead is often slightly behind.

Such is the case with Windows Phone 8 and the ability to now have 720P and 763x1280 resolutions. On screens that are 4.7” or smaller, it’s simply stunning and a nice treat to have but its apparent limits may now be its undoing as HTC has reportedly cancelled a new Windows Phone because of it.

The phone, possibly the rumored HTC Zenith, has allegedly been abandoned due to the fact that Windows Phone 8 cannot do 1080P resolution, which would scale nicely on post 4.8” devices. The boundary, something for which Android has no problem with, is said to have been the deciding factor for HTC as anything less than 1080P would not be as competitive.

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We've followed the development of Pictures Lab, by René Schulte fairly closely since it was unveiled to be updated for Windows Phone 8. The latest release adds more functionality, applies performance improvements and more for users to take full advantage of. While the app itself sports Lens support in Windows Phone 8, Schulte has released Face Lens on the Windows Phone Store.

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Synchronising Windows Phone on a Windows PC or Mac

How does one synchronise content between a Windows Phone and a Windows PC or Mac? Microsoft is continuously developing two separate clients, one for each platform, enabling consumers to charge, synchronise, update and backup their Windows Phone. While both clients are not identical in features and functionality, basic tasks can still be completed.

Moving content between smartphones and computers on competing mobile platforms is pretty much identical to Windows Phone. Apple makes use of iTunes for its management of the iPhone (as well as media players and other devices), while Android opts for a more integrated experience through the use of a file manager.  

So how does one get started with available clients?

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Calculator Toolbox getting bumped to Windows Phone 8

The popular Windows Phone calculator app, Calculator Toolbox, has been updated to version 2.0 and brings Windows Phone 8 support to the table. The version was submitted to the Windows Phone Store for certification the other day and should start to push out in the next few days.

For those not familiar with Calculator Toolbox, it is a one stop source for your calculating needs. The app offers thirty-five different calculators that span six different categories. You have the traditional styled calculator, a calculator to determine discounts, one to determine Adult BMI (Body Mass Index, six different mortgage calculators, three different financial calculators and many more.

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There's a lot of excitement in the air with the new Windows Phone 8 devices that are now on the Market. Part of that excitement centers around Windows Phone photography.  With it's Pureview Camera, the Nokia Lumia 920 has definitely sparked this interest.

While there is room for improvement, the Lumia 920's camera is capable of capturing quality photographs. With interest high, we'll walk you through the settings on the Lumia 920 to give you a feel for what each does.  While the nomenclature will be similar for HTC Windows Phone cameras, we'll take a look at the HTC 8X and get a similar guide up shortly.

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John Lewis announced last week that it would work with Microsoft to bring retail availability to the UK for  Surface tablets running Windows RT. The devices have previously been showing as available online through the website even though Sat 15th was said to be when the devices would be widely distributed.

Microsoft has to date only been selling the devices through its own online store here in the UK even though it has been promoting the tablets on TV and through billboard advertising. Today marks the first store appearance for Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet.

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We’ve already shown a video with a Lumia 920 guts displayed, but it wasn’t a pleasant sight (I personally cringe when people destroy phones for no purpose). Now we’ve got a video where you can see the insides of your Espoo flagship device, but in a much more civilized manner. We’ve got a video of the process to disassemble and assemble a Lumia 920, in great detail too.  

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In a recent interview Google stated they will not devote any resources to making apps for either Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. They have also now ceased consumer support for ActiveSync.  Some are calling it ‘war’ while others passionately question if Windows Phone can survive without Google products and services.

The relationship between Google and Microsoft has always been somewhat hostile. In many ways the battle they engage in now can be seen as a kind of echo from a distant technological past. Google have dug in their heels and to some degree shown their true colours by declaring zero support for Microsoft’s newest operating systems, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

But does it matter and has anything really changed?

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Good news if you’re looking to pick up the Nokia Lumia 920 on AT&T as that phone is back in stock on Amazon Wireless, fetching for the low price of just $39 with a new two year contract (upgrades are $69 and $449 no contract).

What’s more they actually have it in glossy red in addition to glossy white and the matte black (cyan and yellow though are no where to be found).

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A few days ago, two photos were revealed of a new Nokia prototype phone codenamed ‘Juggernaut Semaphone’. Not much is known about the device except that it has an 800x480 resolution and run Windows Phone 8. Presumably Nokia has called it ‘Juggernaut’ for a reason though, right? Indeed as this video from two weeks ago reveals, in comparison to the 4.3” Lumia 820, this is one big phone.

In the video, reportedly posted by Igor Shastitko from Microsoft Ukraine, we get to see some new features in Windows Phone 8, including Bluetooth file transfer and performance gains in comparison to a Lumia 800 running Windows Phone 7.5—nothing ground breaking there...

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