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Live from the AT&T Developer Summit! [#CESlive]

We're live this morning from the AT&T Developer Summit at the Palms in Las Vegas.

What's in store if history repeats, a bunch of network news, and maybe a few device announcements.

The talk kicks off at 9 a.m. PST — that's noon on the East Coast. Hit us up after the break for the liveblog. 

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Turkish regional bank, Akbank has released an official app for Windows Phone. The app, Akbank Direkt was published last month, but has already accumulated numerous positive reviews from consumers. Should you have an account with the establishment and are looking for a mobile banking experience on Windows Phone, this is the app for you.

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Based on the Dreamworks movie, starring Hugh Jackman, Real Steel is an underworld fighting Windows Phone 8 game set in the near-future, where 2,000 pound robots fight in a no-holds barred battles to the death. In many respects, Real Steel is a futuristic version of the classic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

The game has been available on XBox Live Arcade, iOS and Android for a while and has now made its way to the Windows Phone Store.

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Amazon Instant Video is an Internet on-demand service available in the US. Fans of series and movies are able to enjoy access through rental or straight purchases and it has proven to be a rather popular alternative to the likes of Netflix (and the iTunes store to some degree).

The company currently sports an app for iOS, but we could well see some support for Windows Phone in the future. According to a shared chat log between a support representative and a customer, there's a definite hint of development on a Windows Phone app.

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In media invites sent out today, Nokia India has announced an event tomorrow for ‘The New Chapter of Nokia Lumia story as it unfolds in India.’ While the invite does not share any specific details, we expect Nokia India to launch Nokia Lumia 1320 and Nokia Lumia 525.

Nokia might also swing a surprise by launching their maiden tablet - Nokia Lumia 2520 - since it has been listed on HomeShop18, a popular online retailer in India, with an expected availability of fourth week of January 2014.

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2014 is just getting starting and we already have one of the biggest tech events of the year getting underway. CES 2014 doesn’t officially start for another two days, but we’ve got press releases coming out and a big press day tomorrow. Lenovo just unveiled a handful of new devices, like the successor to the popular Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook and a new 8-inch tablet that looks like a winner already.

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While we are not expecting much Windows Phone news out of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, rumors are making the rounds that Huawei will unveil the Ascend W3 Windows Phone at this year’s show.

We have heard rumblings of a new Windows Phone in the works for Huawei with the Ascend W3 but very little specifics.  The major line of thought is that the Ascend W3 will have an aluminum body, a 780x1280 display and overall loosely resemble the Nokia Lumia 925.

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While the Nokia Lumia series has had great imaging capabilities, Nokia also delivers a brilliant software experience to harness the optics. Nokia Camera app is best in the business and recently won four awards including the Best Overall Windows Phone App in our Windows Phone Central Best of 2013 Awards.

Now a new photography app, CamFish, has just arrived on Windows Phone and might just give Nokia Camera some stiff competition. Also, if you’ve got a non-Nokia Windows Phone, CamFish may be one of the better camera app options available.

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Mehdoh is an old Twitter client, and by old I mean it has been around for some time. Forming a large user base through Windows Phone 7 and now on Windows Phone 8, not to mention the numerous releases pushed to the store, the app has come a long way. Today, you can pick up Mehdoh for free, thanks to a sweet deal offered by the developer.

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Should you somehow be unfamiliar with Formula One racing, the sport is extremely popular with some of the fastest circuit cars in the world. Keeping on top of coverage throughout the season can prove to be rather troublesome, should you not be connected to a viable source. This is where the official ESPNF1 (www.espnf1.com) Windows Phone app comes into play. Overtake the break to see what the app is all about.

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The calm before the storm. Tomorrow a good chunk of the Windows Phone Central crew heads off to Las Vegas for CES. This past week also saw a relatively slow news period for the world of Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox. Between Christmas ending and New Year’s there wasn’t much happening. Nonetheless, some new apps did come to the Windows Phone Store and some of your other favorite apps were updated. Missed out because you were too busy recovering from festivities? We got you covered. Let’s check out the app highlights of the Windows Phone Store for the past week.

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If you’re a Windows Phone user in Romania, we thought you might like to know two official apps that have recently become available. The first app is from Enel, which is one of the two major players in household electricity in Romania. The other app is from BRD, the second largest bank in Romania.

Head past the break if you’re from Romania and would like to learn more about the apps.

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Calendars, calendars, calendars. If there was one category of apps that Windows Phone has nailed is the calendar. There's a huge selection of solutions available, each with unique and interesting UI elements and features. 2014 has kicked off with multiple updates already pushed out for calendar apps and today we're looking at another two; Calendar Calleague and Simple Calendar.

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Craigslist (www.craigslist.com) is a popular classified advertisements website, sporting sections covering jobs, housing, services, community, gigs, résumés, and more. Windows Phone currently lacks an official app from Craigslist and thus developers are tasked with filling the gaping hole. Introducing 8list, an officially licensed Craigslist client for Windows Phone 8.

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Smartwatches are a hot item these days and the Pebble Smartwatch may be the hottest potato in the bunch.  Our Mobile Nations teams recently visited the Pebble Factory in Palo Alto, California and were rather impressed with what they saw.

With the recent launch of the new Mobile Nations site Smartwatch Fans and the rising popularity of the Pebble watch we here at Windows Phone Central became curious as to what apps are available in the Windows Phone Store for these smartwatches.

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The Windows Phone ecosystem has been on a roll in India over the last year and the juggernaut appears to be powering on into 2014. While one of India’s leading airline, Jet Airways, released a Windows Phone exclusive app last year, competing carrier SpiceJet has joined the party by launching their mobile app, exclusively for Windows Phone devices.

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Chozen premieres on Xbox One a week early

On Monday, January 13th, FX is premiering an animated comedy called Chozen. It’s about a gay white rapper fresh out of prison. With a new worldview shaped by his time in prison, he is on a quest for redemption and to claim his rightful position as the world's top rap artist.

Sounds interesting? Xbox One users get an exclusive look at the premiere a week early.

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If you're not familiar with Cal, it's a new minimalist calendar client for Windows Phone. While this category of apps is already overflowing with different developers attempting to offer the perfect calendar solution, Cal is a unique experience and is well worth the download should you still be seeking that superb app.

Today, we're looking at version 1.1.0, which has just been published to the store. This is a rather large update so be sure to head on past the break to see what's new.

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If you own an icomfort Wi-Fi thermostat, we have good news for you. Lennox, the makers of icomfort, plan to release a Windows Phone 8 application in February. The Android and iOS apps are already available, but we’re glad to hear Windows Phone users won’t be missing out much longer.

The icomfort Wi-Fi thermostat lets you set your home's temperature and save energy from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It also provides live weather forecast and automatic updates.

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There is an official Pandora app for Windows Phone, but before that came out, we relied on third party applications like MetroRadio. Metro Pandora, the SDK that third party applications have relied on has just been pulled due to infringement notice from Pandora. The complaint will go undisputed.

Pandora’s DMCA Notice mentions the unauthorized use of their registered trademarks and API. We can’t blame Pandora for protecting their property.

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6snap updated with option to draw on videos and more

6snap, Rudy Huyn’s unofficial Snapchat client, has been picking up update after update since it first launched at the end of November. Not only does it have all the features of official Snapchat clients on other platforms, but a few extra tricks unique to Windows Phone. His latest version of 6snap brings even more features to the app. Let’s check them out.

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Rudy Huyn teases his Tinder app for Windows Phone

Rudy Huyn is known around these parts for his work putting out high quality apps in the Windows Phone Store. He has a mix of both original, official and unofficial apps published under his name. His Wikipedia app was so good it received the blessing of the Wikimedia Foundation. TVShow and Fuse are some of his more original work. He really gained the support of the community for his efforts on making unofficial apps for Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat. Now he’s tackling another unofficial app that many users have been waiting for –Tinder.

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