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There's already an aray of apps available on Windows Phone to help out with your fitness, but now Adidas is entering the game with its Nokia exclusive miCoach. Launching today, miCoach is an interactive personal training solution that will aid you in keeping fit, while being able to synchronise with Adidas services (micoach.adidas.com) and take advantage of Windows Phone features.

There are numerous features included, as well as some unique additions not found on other platforms. So let's jump straight in and see what all the fuss is about.

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Nokia is expected to unveil quite a few new devices next month in UAE for what may be their final Nokia World. Whether it is the Lumia 1520 or their tablet, the rumored Lumia 2520, Nokia is sure to have a great show.

One of those items due for release will be the Bluetooth charm called ‘Treasure Tag’. The item will reportedly work with Bluetooth 4.0 LE devices and allow users to track things like keys, bags or whatever it is attached too. NFC will be on board too for quick and easy pairing. As the Verge reported earlier this summer, the device will have a button on it to ID phones that it is attached to and its battery should last 6 months while always being on.

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We're already aware of Microsoft's interest in Nokia and how the two companies are looking to secure a deal for 2014, in which the former will purchase and take over Nokia's devices and services division. While this includes the Lumia line of Windows Phones, we're all eagerly awaiting to see what will happen to future products regarding branding and more, what about Nokia imaging?

Vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business, Samuli Hänninen sat down with Nokia Conversations for a Q&A on the future of photography development at the company. tl;dr version? Expect to see some positive changes.

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The Lumia 1020 by Nokia continues to launch around the world and soon India will be able to get its hand on the Windows Phone in stores. Until Nokia officially launches the product in the region, consumers have been able to place pre-orders at participating retailers, including Snapdeal. The retailer has now sold out of the Lumia 1020 in yellow, black and white.

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While the flow of new Xbox games for Windows Phone has slowed this year, the number of free to play games in the Xbox lineup continues to grow. These titles rely on In-App Purchases (IAPs) for revenue. Users who enjoy a game and feel motivated to purchase content can do so, while other players can simply play without spending.

We’ll be profiling the In-App Purchases of each new free to play or IAP-heavy mobile Xbox title that comes along. We’ve already looked at the IAPs of Six-Guns from Gameloft; this week we explore the purchases in Electronic Arts’ The Sims FreePlay for Windows Phone 8. Read on to learn exactly what IAPs the game has in store and which offer the best values.

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If you’re up in Canada and are rocking the super cool Lumia 520, get ready as Nokia and their carrier partners are in final checks for releasing the Amber/GDR2 update.

Looking at Nokia’s support page, we can see updates for the Lumia 520 on Chatr Wireless, Koodo, PC Mobile, Rogers and Telus have all switched from ‘Waiting for approval’ to ‘Coming soon’. That means last minute preparations and the updates should flow within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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Fancy yourself the next Daft Punk or Deadmau5 and you can’t wait for the Surface Music Kit to hit? Then you might want a new Windows 8 from Belgian software company Image-Line, the company behind the massively popular FL Studio. That’s right, there’s finally a Windows 8 version called FL Studio Groove that came out a few weeks ago and it just received its first update. Let’s check it out.

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Windows 8.1 reached RTM status earlier in August and a few weeks later developers had the chance to download and start testing their applications with it. But Windows 8.1 isn’t done. Microsoft initially wanted to not even let developers download the bits until October 18th (public release).

So what else are they working on before the public get to play with Windows 8.1?

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The rumour mill is still churning with speculation that Microsoft will launch a "mini" version of its Surface Windows tablets. According to a report over on ZDNet, we could well be seeing the product launch in early 2014. Microsoft has recently announced its second generation of Surface tablets, so what could we be looking forward to regarding a smaller form factor?

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September has been a strong month for Xbox games on Windows Phone, especially given the scarcity of titles in previous months. Six-Guns, The Sims FreePlay, and Angry Birds Star Wars II have all debuted as free or 99 cent titles. Now we can add another free to play game to that list with Tetris Blitz from Electronic Arts.

Tetris Blitz is a fast-paced two minute version of the classic puzzle game. It runs on Windows Phone 8 devices (including those with 512 MB of RAM). Head past the break for plenty of gameplay details and Store link!

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It’s not exactly a secret that Nokia’s forthcoming ‘Bittersweet shimmer’ firmware update, which will coincide with the GDR3 OS release, will sport Glance screen notifications. Indeed, we speculated as much before it was confirmed two days later in the famous leak of the new Lumia build.

Interestingly, Microsoft Norway just posted this above photo to their Instagram account and if you look closely, you’ll see a few notifications awaiting the owner of that Lumia 925.  Of course the rest of the image is actually highlighting the Surface 2, Xbox controller and Halo Spartan Assault, but that’s still a neat confirmation of this new feature.

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There has been a steady stream of banking apps released for Windows Phone. Since Lloyds and TSB have broken up, it only makes sense that we see two new apps launch on the platform. If you're a customer with either brand, you'll now be able to login and connect to your accounts, taking full advantage of mobile banking in a Windows Phone experience.

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Nokia will be looking to unveil six new products at its Abu Dhabi event next month, according to a report over on The Verge. We'll be looking at two new Lumia Windows Phones and four other devices that could include the Asha feature line. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans also tease that a range of new accessories will be announced to compliment the main show.

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Microsoft is still frantically running around guns blazing while the company works towards securing the deal with Nokia. To provide an incentive for consumers to move to Windows Phone from other platforms, Forbes reports Microsoft is looking to launch a buyback program with a minimum pay out of $200 for the iPhone 4 and 5.

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Do you find that there's too much talk about creating beautiful photos with the Lumia 1020 and other Windows Phones? You'd not be alone, but there's a handy solution for you. Photo Glitch is an interesting little app that makes it easy for you to corrupt and distort images captured by or stored on a Windows Phone. The end result can be fairly awesome indeed.

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There are many ways to locate the perfect home to turn into your humble abode, from local media to websites and estate agents. Rightmove (www.rightmove.co.uk) is a leading UK property website that specialises in helping you find your next property. With over a million properties to search through, the Rightmove team has released an app for Windows Phone for mobile browsing.

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Mobile operators in numerous regions around the world are beginning to stock and sell the Lumia 1020. Nokia's rather niche flagship Windows Phone is an expensive delight that's packed with innovation and functionality, boasting a 41MP shooter, 2GB RAM and more.

So how much will you be looking to pay with Three? Contract pricing starts from £34 a month. You get unlimited data, 500 minutes and 5,000 SMS.

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Back in early August, Microsoft announced a new program aimed at empowering you to create your own apps. Windows Phone App Studio may not be for guys who know their way around Visual Studio, but it’s a great way for people to create niche apps that only they will use. That program is still in beta, but has continually received new updates. The latest came out today. So let’s check out what’s new.

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Just in time for the holiday season, Dell has announced a few new additions to its line of PCs. Typically Inspiron has served as the company’s budget line of machines, but with these latest editions, Dell is going above and beyond to make budget seem premium for Windows 8.

The first introduction is a selection of new Inspiron 7000 series laptops. Typically, Inspiron units have been made from plastic, but not this time; this time, the 7000 series is made of “forged aluminum” and features “diamond-cut beveled edges”. According to Dell, the 14-inch model that measures in at .6 inches is 27% than its predecessor. The 15 inch and 17 inch models are just as impressive, coming in at .9 inches and 1.1 inches respectively (Remember, these are budget machines).

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Yesterday Microsoft officially announced and detailed the upcoming Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. They also revealed over half a dozen new accessories for the Surface family and all those new gadgets went on pre-order this morning. Surface boss Panos Panay also did an AMA on Reddit yesterday where he and the Surface team answered hundreds of questions. If he didn’t answer one of yours, you might be able to ask him in person at your local Microsoft Store.

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New data shows entry level Windows Phones doing very well, while the Lumia 1020 remains niche; Nokia near 90% of the Windows Phone market

AdDuplex have released Windows Phone ecosystem data for the month of September. The company powers the ads that are found in Windows Phone apps worldwide and have become a solid metric for platform statistics.

This month's data continues a few trends, including steady growth of Nokia's dominance and the rise of low-cost Lumias. However, the high-end market, including the Lumia 1020, have so far not sold nearly as much. Expectation due to niche device or market failure?

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