As if you needed more proof that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the best camera on a smartphone. We’ve seen it pushed to the limits with a photographer for National Geographic. And just earlier today we saw the results from giving snapping on a macro lens to the already impressive camera magic in the Lumia 1020. So what happens when the Lumia 1020 is put in a studio setting? Very impressive results. Check them out below.
Ah yes, the FCC. The Federal Communications Commission is responsible for a lot of things here in the United States. They’re primarily responsible for regulating interstate and international communications over radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. There are many bureaus within the FCC, with various offices to support those bureaus.
One office we’re big fans of is the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). The OET is responsible for overseeing the authorization of various equipment that use electromagnetic energy and maintains this database, which the public can access. That’s where we come in and find out when cool products like the Nokia Lumia 1520 visit the FCC and get ready for market here in the United States. Which it just did.
Question. How do you go about deleting the high resolution image files from you Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone without deleting the 5MP, lower resolution copies?
That's a question Windows Phone Central reader Binson#WP has tossed out over in the WPCentral Forums. There's no way to sync just the low resolution images and you can't see the high res image file from your phone. So what's the solution?
The GDR2 update for Windows Phone starting rolling out for a lot of folks earlier this summer. And if you had a Lumia device you’d be getting the Amber update alongside it. Nokia also promised that their handsets would get both updates before the end of September. Depending on where you are, today is the end of September. So where’s the GDR2/Amber update for all those Lumia 920 customers on AT&T?
Macro photography is close-up photography typically captured at life-size resolution and at really close distances. While the Nokia Lumia 1020 may not be able to capture images at life size resolution, WPCentral reader AccentAE86 has found a way to boost the magnification of the 41MP PureView camera by taping a close-up filter to the camera.
The filter magnifies the image to pull in more detail and coupled with Nokia's zoom feature, the results can be fantastic. Hit the break to see a few of AccentAE86's macro shots and the macro set-up he's using.
Weave is a popular news reading app for Windows Phone, developed by Seles Games- a well-known and respected developer for the Windows platforms. Development has been well underway for some time for a Windows client. This app has now been released and is available for download on your Windows PC, perfect for tablets owned by those who are active and on the go.
Last week Windows Phone Central brought you a guide to the In-App Purchases of The Sims FreePlay for Windows Phone 8. Today we’re back with part one of our exclusive and thorough Achievement Guide! It will take many, many hours to get The Sims FreePlay’s 200 GamerScore, but we’ll help you do it.
Before we get to the strategies, note that Sims FreePlay does have some Achievement glitchiness. The game MUST be connected to Xbox Live in order for an Achievement to unlock. Sometimes it drops the connection during gameplay – without warning the player. If that happens, any Achievements you unlock won’t count.
To avoid unlocking Achievements while offline, always save and exit the game by pressing the Save and Exit button at the bottom right corner of the main menu. You can also do this right before you expect to earn an Achievement. That way, whenever you restart the game you’re sure to be connected.
Bing Translator is the official Windows Phone app from Microsoft, which enables you to connect to and utilise the online translation service. Originally released for Windows Phone 7, the app has been continuously bumped to new versions and now we're looking at version 2.7. This is a sizeable update, so let's see what's new after the break.
Next month in Abu Dhabi, Nokia is expected to unveil quite a few new devices including a phablet and tablet. Now leakster Twitter account Evleaks is claiming that the ‘Nokia Glee’ is really the Lumia 525, a follow up of sorts to the Lumia 520.
Nokia is currently in a $333 million tax dispute with Indian authorities, but the company has reported that the Delhi High Court last week ruled in their favour. This ruling was in a case where the tax office froze some owned assets. Nokia also states the company is working closely with authorities to ensure that a solution to remaining issues is found.
Update 10:30 AM ET: Nokia PR in Germany is now saying BT 4.0 LE will come to all Lumias but via future update, as we originally thought:
"BT LE is enabled on Nokia Lumia 520, 620 & 720 by Nokia Lumia Amber update – planned for all Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphones via future update"
We’re filing this one under ‘maybe’ but Nokia Australia, via their Twitter account, are claiming that current high end Lumias won’t be able to support Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE).
The Tweet was in response to a question from Gary C., who asked Nokia about the status of the technology, which was expected to come to all Lumias at some point, perhaps through a firmware update.
Back a few months ago, Adobe finally gave their Reader app a solid overhaul for Windows Phone 8. Today, they have pushed out another update to bring the app up to version 10.3.0.0 and it reportedly brings along with it Adobe Cloud support.
Kantar Worldpanel's latest numbers shows continued rapid growth for Windows Phone sales in European markets, but heavier drops are highlighted in China and Italy.
Kantar WorldPanel today released market share figures for the smartphone market. For three months to August 2013, the report shows Windows Phone posting its highest ever share of sales, with 9.2 percent across five European markets. Compared to last month's report, this is substantial growth. Android remains dominant across the board, as is to be expected, but there's certainly a change in the winds.
While the app has received mostly positive reviews, at least where it is regionally available, the app never worked on 512 MB devices. But like most limitations, that one is one that can be overcome with some clever optimizations.
Verizon is expected to launch the new Nokia Lumia 929 in early November, sources familiar with the matter have revealed to Windows Phone Central. An inventory date of November 6th is listed for the phablet device, which may range in the 5-inch range as opposed to AT&T’s expected 6-inch device codenamed “Beastie” (also known as the Lumia 1520).
The off-contract price is listed at $500, which is far below the earlier-reported $699 off-contract price for AT&T’s Lumia 1520. While the specifications of Verizon’s Lumia 929 have yet to be detailed, the pricing and FCC documentation seem to suggest the device won’t be the same as found on AT&T. While both devices will have a 20 MP PureView camera (with oversampling and dual shot akin to the Lumia 1020) and 1080P displays, AT&T seems to be going for a truly massive Lumia while Verizon appears to be opting for a more conservative device.
Microsoft announced the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last week at an event in New York City. The two devices, along with their new accessories, are due out on October 22th. Pre-orders started last Tuesday online and in-person. If you wanted to pre-order online you’d have to pay the full price of the device or accessory. However, if you did the pre-order in person at your local Microsoft Store you had to put at least $50 down to reserve your device.
Starting today, you can reserve your Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 without paying until you pick it up.
In about three and a half weeks we’ll be live from Abu Dhabi where Nokia is expected to release a handful of new devices for Windows Phone and even Windows 8. Of course there will be some Asha devices as well, but you really want to know about the higher-end hardware. Nokia is also known for releasing new software and apps alongside devices. And it looks like an app called StoryTeller is coming for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
The middle of August is when the NFL released their official app for Windows Phone 8. NFL Mobile was a very welcomed app for fans of American football around the world. Then came the announcement that official NFL Fantasy Football apps would be coming to Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone. We’ve seen the Windows 8 and Xbox versions and they’re pretty darn good, but the Windows Phone version was absent from the Store. Today, the official NFL Football Fantasy 2013 app for Windows Phone finally comes to the Store and is unfortunately a disappointment.
Super Calendar is a solid Windows Phone 8 alternative to our native calendar app. The app is full of features and flexibility that allows Super Calendar to better fit your individual needs. It's an attractive app to consider if you're wanting a little more out of your Windows Phone calendar.
Super Calendar was recently updated to version 1.3 that addresses a few bug issues as well as adding a little more meat on the bone.
Nokia has a strong following who still look forward to a Windows tablet. Speculation and rumours have been in the spotlight since the company started making Windows Phones and Microsoft released Windows 8 to the world. Currently being purchased by Microsoft, should the deal go through, we'll see future handsets be released by Redmond, but that doesn't stop Nokia from innovating and launching new hardware in the mean time.
The FCC has now approved a mysterious device, the RX-114. Require some proof that this is indeed a Nokia tablet? Feast your eyes on the above image pulled from the documentation, courtesy of Engadget. While the details are rather pixelated, it's clear to see exactly what we're looking at with multiple references to "tablet" alone. This could well be the tablet we've been covering the past months.
Portable chargers are becoming more and more popular, especially with Windows Phones. Nokia is pushing forward with wireless charging and its own family of chargers that can be carried along for the ride. The Lumia 1020 also has a portable charger inside its camera grip accessory. Now Mugen Power will be unleashing a 4800mAh wireless portable charger, and it supports the Qi standard.
Microsoft is looking to invest in the planning and construction of a new data centre at an industry site in Noord-Holland, Netherlands. The price tag on the project? 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion), which would see a new "green" data centre built on a site that will take up 40 acres worth of ground near the A7 highway.
Microsoft's next-generation video game console is well on its way, with the official launch date of November 22nd. Until this date comes and goes, consumers around the world will be eagerly anticipating the new console and what content will be included. To quench some of the thirst prior to launch, Microsoft will be taking the Xbox One on tour at numerous cities and events around the world.
What would Friday night be without Microsoft pushing out yet-another-update for their Facebook Beta program? Facebook mobile is kind of like NASA but a smidge less important, and evidently just as complex.
That’s the only reason we imagine there are so many updates from Microsoft, and yet oddly none of you are ever satisfied.
The video also touches on personalization options for your Start Screen such as the Live Tiles we've all grown rather fond of and Windows ability to multi-task and move between running programs with a simple swipe.