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Besides using your Windows Phone for calls and text messages, the next best thing is evidently media. And that includes watching TV on the go. While Hulu remains the king of mobile TV here in the US, its limited region access prevents it from being a global phenomenon. Luckily, Windows Phone users are about to get another service for their trusty phones.

FilmOn (http://www.filmon.com) is a company started in 2006 and they bring 500 live streaming TV channels and video on demand channels to the ‘net and increasingly, mobile. They already have apps for iOS, Android and even BlackBerry, so it’s about time Windows Phone gets on board. The company has had some legal issues, namely from US broadcasters who don’t want their content re-broadcasted, but evidently FilmOn won an appeals and they can still broadcast. It's seriously a neat service, especially if you're "cord cutters" like ourselves.

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Vector 25: Top tech stories of 2013!

Vector is our cross-site, cross-platform technology show where we discuss the biggest news with the brightest people. To close out the year, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH joins Rene to talk about the top technology stories of 2013, including revelations about government surveillance, social networks and the mob mentality, boredom vs. change aversion, and the internet of things.

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6snap adds big fonts to video caption in latest update

Unofficial Snapchat application, 6snap, has just been updated to version 2.1 for Windows Phone 8. It supports Snapchat’s new video encoding, so your friends’ snaps should be viewable again if it has stopped working in the past week. There’s more to the update, so head past the break to see the full change log.

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The Confusion

If you head over to your local electronics shopping center, the blinking LEDs and flickering screens you witness from the lineup of computers on display, are most likely coming from what OEMs call “consumer machines”.

Since the birth of the personal computer, there have always been Consumer PCs and Business PCs; machines aimed at two separate markets that claim to be focused on what matters most for the particular individual. What truly makes a business machine what it is versus a consumer machine, and what is the state of each within today’s market?

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Agent P dashes into the Windows Phone Store

Still not tired of endless runner games? Agent P has just arrived for Windows Phone 8. The free game features characters from Disney’s animated show, Phineas and Ferb. You can play as Agent P or his fellow O.W.C.A. Agents to chase down the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The game is also available for iOS and Android.

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Cold Space blasts into Windows Phone 8

We’ve been seeing more games from other platforms making their way into Windows Phone 8. Here’s another one. Cold Space is a 3D space shoot-em-up with excellent visuals and sound effects. You control a ship with a mission to destroy the alien-armada in the infinite space before it reaches the earth.

Your ship automatically fires weapons, so all you need to do is maneuver the ship by dragging it on the screen. Head past the break to watch our gameplay video on the Nokia Lumia 1520.

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It’s been good last few months for Windows Phone users in India. There were several marquee apps that made way to the Windows Phone Store from Android and iOS. Also, a lot of companion apps for real-world services arrived on Windows Phone.

One of the domains was telecom service providers or carriers. The apps from carriers are meant to facilitate easier billing and payment for customers, the ability to watch your usage history, and to switch on or off specific services.

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A German Court has ruled in favor of Nokia in litigation against HTC for patent infringement.  The Munich I Regional Court handed Nokia a Germany-wide patent injunction against all HTC Android devices (including the HTC One) that infringes on Nokia’s patent on connecting devices over NFC or Bluetooth to transfer resource information such as a URL (European Patent 1148681).

Under German law, HTC can appeal this ruling but must convince an Appeals Court that they are “more likely than not” to succeed with the appeal.  In the meantime, Nokia can choose to enforce the injunction on a provisional basis by posting a $400 million Euro (a little over $552 million U.S.) bond just in case HTC wins the appeal.  This would include a recall of infringing devices from resellers and commercial users.

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AdDuplex has released data showing the Lumia 520 becoming ever more popular within the Windows Phone ecosystem, low-end hardware progressing strongly in the US and a stubborn Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone is an interesting platform to analyse when you're looking at hardware. Cross-platform advertising network, AdDuplex has published a report for the month of December to provide us with a small insight as to how Windows Phone is looking at the end of 2013. The year has been an eventful one to say the least, so head on past the break for all the details.

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File this under wishful thinking, but the venerable Lumia 920 has allegedly been jailbroken. That’s the claim from hacker poandsou and Silen Tech, who have posted a video supposedly demonstrating a Lumia 920 with the jailbreak enabled. For owners of the Lumia 920, or potentially any other Windows Phone 8 device, jailbreaking could bring a new avenue of development and customization, should this claim prove to be viable for the average user.

We should caution that none of this information has been independently verified, so at this time we are taking them at their word. Even if it is true, there are a lot of details that need to be filled in before this can mean anything.

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Vrooom! Autocar India, one of the top auto magazines in India, arrived on Windows Phone this month. The app brings latest automotive news, comprehensive reviews, videos, and exclusive photo galleries. Autocar India is the Indian edition of popular weekly British automobile magazine, Autocar - The world's oldest car magazine.

Autocar packs a lot of content and multimedia, and has some neat features as well. While you can obviously share each article, photo, or blog post via Windows Phone’s share functionality, the app also has a fine Live Tile which shows the latest headline from Autocar India.

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Hey DJ! for Windows Phone is a hands-free music player that allows you to play music in your collection using your voice. All you need to do is say the name of the song, artist, album, genre or the playlist you want to play.

The version 2.3 of the app just went live in the Store and as part of a New Year promotion, the full version is free until January 14.

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A new job listing by Fitbit confirms an official app is inbound

With Bluetooth 4.0 LE now a viable technology for products and Windows Phone, so-called “smart devices” are the next big wave in mobile technology. Windows Phone, up until this point, has been playing on the sidelines due to lacking hardware or drivers for the Bluetooth 4.0 stack. That, however, has changed as Nokia enables 4.0 on their Lumia hardware.

One big player in wearable technology is Fitbit. We’re big fans of the wrist-bound pedometer and activity level monitor. In fact, some of us own the One, Flex and Force in addition the Aria scale, making us prime candidates for an official app from the company.

Now, the firm has posted a job request on LinkedIn for a ‘Product Manager - Windows Mobile’. Before everyone gets into a tizzy of the usage of ‘Mobile’ over ‘Phone’ let it be known that this position is for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

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It seems like it was just yesterday that 6tag, the popular Instagram client for Windows Phone 8, had yet another update from developer Rudy Huyn. Indeed, it was yesterday that version 3.0.2.0 landed. Huyn whimsically promised on Christmas Eve that it was the last update for this week. Luckily for you, he couldn’t keep his word.

In an odd coincidence, soon after we posted a review of the app InstaVideo Downloader, Huyn saw a challenge before him and he feverishly began working on his own solution to allow users to save Instagram videos. Yes, evidently there are some videos that you folks come across that you want to save for later, and instead of having a separate app, you can now do it all in 6tag. Let’s get the details.

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This week was pretty slow in terms of new apps hitting coming to Windows Phone or even old apps getting updates. You can blame Christmas for slowing down productivity around the globe as everyone took a little time off to be with family friends. Nonetheless, new apps did come and apps were updated, let’s go over the highlights of the Windows Phone Store for the past week.

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Punjab Kesari is a leading Hindi-language newspaper published from many states in north India. With over three million daily readership, the publication has now arrived on Windows Phone.

The beautifully designed app for Windows Phone 8 devices brings you real time news on national and international affairs, sports, entertainment, and religion. The app also features videos and photo galleries for a broad multimedia offering.

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Phototastic is a feature rich Windows Phone photography app that is part photo editor and part photo-collage builder.  For those who like working from a larger screen, Phototastic is also available for Windows 8 devices as well.

To celebrate the New Year, the developer has slashed the price of the Windows Phone version in half.  It also appears that the in-app purchases on the Windows 8 version has been bundled and discounted.   Through January 1, 2014, the Window Phone version will be discounted to $1.49 (regular price $2.99).

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Polish developer Artifex Mundi produces some of the finest hidden object puzzle adventure (HOPA) games in the world. Their games are especially fine because most of them end up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, including the Nightmares from the Deep series.

When we interviewed Artifex Mundi at Casual Connect a few months ago, we learned that they also publish other developers’ games. That applies to their latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 release – 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek. Developed by Tap It Games, 9 Clues still offers an intriguing mystery story and lots of puzzles and hidden object sequences to keep gamers busy. Impressions and Store links after the break!

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The best games for your Nokia Lumia 520

Yesterday we shared with you the best apps for your Nokia Lumia 520. Why the Lumia 520 and not Windows Phone in general? Because if you have a device like the Lumia 920 or 1520 you can run practically any app in the Windows Phone Store. However, the Lumia 520 and other devices with just 512MB of RAM (think Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, etc) might come across certain apps and games that don’t work or don’t work too well.

The overwhelming majority of apps in the Windows Phone Store do work on all devices, including those with just 512MB of RAM. It’s when we look at games that we see the frequency of support drop a bit. All too often this year we’ve seen a highly anticipated game come to Windows Phone, but without initial support for 512MB devices. That said, here are the best games you can run on your Lumia 520.

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