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SwapChat is an unofficial Snapchat client for our Windows Phone. There's already a paid version of SwapChat and now we can add a free version to the mix.

The free version is ad-supported and has most of the features the paid version has. You can take pictures, add captions, set a viewing time and send it to your friends. You also can view your friend's photos and see when they open your messages.

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Nokia Lumia 925 takes an Italian twist through Vodafone

Yesterday, Nokia announce the availability of the Nokia Lumia 925 in the United Kingdom and today, the latest Lumia Windows Phone has made an appearance in Italy.

Vodafone Italy has the Lumia 925 in both 16GB and 32GB flavors in white or black finishes. The 16GB Lumia 925 is running €599 outright with the 32GB version running €649 outright. Both phones can be purchased for €15 by subscribing to one of the tariff plans offered by Vodafone.

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Back in April we told you that the official Tapatalk app, which is on iOS and Android now, is coming to Windows Phone 8. That app is now in private beta, which means only one thing: it’s close, darn close, to being released.  Additionally, a Windows Phone 7.x version is in the works.

For all you forum hounds out there, having an official Tapatalk client is great for not only continuing the discussion on the go, but for discovering new ones as well. Tapatalk, as some of you may not know, powers many of today’s discussion forums on the ‘net—they’re like the Disqus of more in-depth, online communities.

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You may think to yourself that you’ve heard the name WebApps before. You’d be correct in thinking exactly that as we’ve covered the interesting suite previously. It’s a superb concept, enabling Windows Phone owners to check out apps that aren’t currently available on the official store. These aren’t native apps, however and are instead web app counterparts.

The team behind this incredibly useful app are preparing to unleash a rather important update to introduce Live Tile support.

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There are many fans who actively follow the Game of Thrones series and with the finale of season three already being broadcast, those who wish to stay within the fantasy realm can do so with their Windows Phone. Nokia has highlighted numerous unofficial apps on its blog that are already available on the Windows Phone Store. 

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Yesterday Windows Phone Central posted exclusive first footage of Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 for Windows Phone 8 in action. We showed you just how the game plays, but we couldn’t talk about the release date. Well, thanks to a little marketplace slip up on Microsoft’s end, it quickly became apparent that N.O.V.A. 3 would be coming out very soon indeed. In fact, it released in India ahead of the rest of the world!

Now we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that N.O.V.A. 3 is this week’s Xbox Windows Phone release. All Windows Phone 8 users with 1 GB RAM devices (cue complaints from 512 MB phone owners and insensitive complaints about the original complaints) can now purchase the game for $6.99 or the regional equivalent thereof.

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The Nokia Lumia 521 is a very nice, budget oriented Windows Phone. To keep cost low, Nokia trimmed back some of the features part of which was the camera light.

Admittedly, I've yet to meet a camera light that performed very well. They often lack the power to distribute enough light to your subjects or create a blue color cast. While I'm not particularly fond of these lights, others may feel differently. Which brings us to this comparison.

In low lighting situations how does the Lumia 521 measure up against a comparable camera that is fitted with a light?

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The Windows Phone Central crew is down here at E3 to bring you the latest in gaming. While E3 isn’t heavily focused on mobile gaming, there are some treats to be found on the showroom floor if you’re wanting to get your game on with Windows Phone. One game that is highly anticipated in the community is Halo: Spartan Assault. It’s a twin-stick, top-down shooter for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Videos after the break.

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We're fans of numbers and quantifiable data here at Mobile Nations, and so following after the first week of Talk Mobile 2013, we're turning to our good friend the survey to help compile some data. We looked at mobile gaming and consoles, the dark underbelly of mobile gaming, multiplayer mobile gaming, why our current games aren't better, and what the future of mobile gaming might look like. And now it's time to put some numbers behind all that, thus the survey.

Before you head off for the survey, however, we wanted to tell you that later this week we will be posting a Talk Mobile 2013 Week 1 wrap-up podcast, as well as highlighting the best comments from the week - and recognizing the very best among those. But back to the survey - you'll find that here. And notice that putting in your email address while you complete the survey enters you for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy. Is it a blatant incentive? Perhaps, but at least it's not an in-app purchase beckoning for you to hit the buy button to make this level that much easier.

Click here to take the Talk Mobile 2013 State of Mobile Gaming survey!

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The Nokia Lumia 925 has been unleashed on the United Kingdom and is expected to be on a few retailer's shelves this week.

The Lumia 925 is being described as a new interpretation of the Lumia 920. The Lumia 925 sports a 4.5" AMOLED WXGA (1280x768) screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2 and with Clearblack, Super Sensative Touch technology.

The rear camera is a 8.7MP Pureview shooter with optical stabilization and short pulse, high power, dual LED lights. As far as memory goes, the Lumia 925 has 1GB of RAM with internal storage differing a little between carriers.

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Last night on our adorable BlackBerry Q10 for T-Mobile (don’t ask, we like to drink and dabble in technology), we received a text message that no doubt many T-Mobile users received: an advertisement for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 925.

The message was simple: “Where style lives, this phone rules. Get the sleek, new Nokia Lumia 925—only from T-Mobile.” followed by a pre-registration link.

Sure, you can’t have the phone now but we’re thinking it’s just a matter of weeks before the Magenta carrier unleashes Nokia’s thinnest and sleekest phone yet. While our Q10 was not really a long-term investment for us, it must sting a little if you just bought it or a Samsung GS4 and are now learning about the Lumia 925.

What do you think? Too aggressive by T-Mobile or just right? Let us know in comments.

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E3 2013: Microsoft Xbox Meet and Greet

Today is the first “official” day of E3, but yesterday Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and EA had their big press conferences where they announced games for this year and next. It also happened to be the same day that Xbox’s Major Nelson and company put on an Xbox meet up at the local Microsoft Store in the Westfield Century City mall.

I decided to check it out while Dan was busy in New York City watching the world premiere of the Man of Steel. Pictures of the Xbox meet up after the break!

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Yesterday’s E3 2013 press conferences gave us lots of juicy console news and game announcements, but our gaming readers who don’t play consoles didn’t get much to chew on from the conferences. Hey, we haven’t forgotten you guys (or me since I love gaming on my phone). We squeezed in a few meetings yesterday and came away with…

Exclusive first footage of N.O.V.A. 3 in action! That’s right, we played Gameloft’s sci-fi First-Person Shooter for Windows Phone 8 and lived to tell the tale. I actually had a little more time to play than usual, and so we can show you lots of highlights of the first level. Head past the break for the video and more details!

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Last night in the heart of New York City, Nokia co-sponsored the world-premiere of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”. We, along with the usual Manhattan glitterati, we lucky enough to attend the red-carpet gala on a rain-soaked Monday.

Yeah, this job has its privileges sometimes, we’ll admit it.

Nokia is one of many companies that have a sponsorship deal with the movie, though they are cited as the largest global partner. Such deals are used to off-set the high costs of the film, associated with production and later promotion of the summer hit, and it helps to have someone else help pick up the bill. In exchange, those companies can have their products featured in the film—sometimes subtle, other times not.

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Indigo is a voice controlled personal assistant for your Windows Phone 8 device. The app was recently updated to version 1.0.38.0 which gives the app the ability to launch the app from the Windows Button.

Now according to the change log you should be able to execute some predefined inputs by pressing the Windows Button but the best we could do is simply launch the app itself. Every time I said "Indigo + [your question/request], a Bing search was launched.  Granted my Southern accent could be getting in the way but it feels as a little more fine tuning is needed.

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UPDATE: Apologies, but the beta for 6Sec is a private beta, not a public one. That was a screw up on the part of this here writer. Sorry about that.

Last week we gave you a little peek at Rudy Huyn's unofficial Vine (www.vine.co) client app for Windows Phone 8. That app, 6Sec, is now available for download in PRIVATE beta form in the Windows Phone Store for you to evaluate.

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We gave you a sneak peek last week of Simple Calendar version 2.0, featuring a swanky new Modern UI inspired Live Tiles and easy to read calendar system. While version 1.2 had been sitting on the Store we promised we’d update you when that major revamp went through and sure enough, it’s live now.

Version 2.0 brings with it a bunch of new changes, including another new Live Tile that we didn’t show you the last time: Gob. That’s in addition to Frodo, which we used in the hands on video. Gob has a background which matches your theme (dark or light) and dare we say it’s our favorite.

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We can argue about DRM, privacy issues, hardware differences, specs sheets and more till we go blue in the face. But there’s one thing that triumphs all when it comes to launching a new console – games. Below are games you’ll be enjoying on the Xbox One (and a few for 360!). Videos, pictures, and more after the break.

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Okay - the Xbox One isn’t actually watching us shower, but Microsoft doesn’t want us to go even a few minutes without seeing an ad for their latest console. Our Editor-At-Large, Simon Sage, tweeted this picture after getting back to his Los Angles hotel room.

The advertisement states: “Drive fast. Defend Rome. Skype on your TV. All in one. – Xbox One” The first two statements are references to Xbox One exclusive games including Forza Motorsport 5 and Crytek’s RYSE. The third statement is reference to the console’s new ability to make Skype calls via Kinect in full screen or snap mode, while playing a game.

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After attending Microsoft’s knock-out Media briefing this morning, Sam Sabri and I enjoyed a quick lunch at Freebird’s with a Windows Phone developer. Then we were off to EA’s E3 2013 Press Conference at the Shrine Auditorium. Now that the conference has wrapped, we follow up with a summary of the conference and the games EA announced – all of them for Xbox One!

The EA press conference was bookended by Peter Moore, the company’s chief operating officer. Moore previously worked for Microsoft on the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles from 2003-2007. Many consider him one of several talented people who were instrumental for the 360’s success. He left in 2007 to head EA Sports but eventually ascended to his current position overseeing multiple EA gaming divisions.

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E3 2013 Re-Cap: The future of Microsoft's Xbox console

With the Xbox media briefing the 2013 E3 conference is in full swing. This morning we saw Microsoft reveal its launch lineup for the Xbox One, new features coming to Xbox Live, and more. Full recap after the break.

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