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Nokia announces the Lumia 1320

Nokia’s portfolio of devices this past year have been remarkable at hitting a variety of price points for consumers. The lineup they’re announcing here at Nokia World 2013 appears to be following that same theme with the Lumia 1320. Here’s a device that’s set to appeal to shoe on a budget, but still wanting a large phone. Let’s check out the full specs of this 6-inch device.

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Instagram and Nokia have announced that an official app is due for Windows Phone

The day has finally arrived, folks. Instagram is officially heading to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”. Announced this morning in Abu Dhabi during Nokia World 2013, the longtime thorn in the heel for Microsoft’s struggling platform has finally been pulled.

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram had this to say of the announcement:

"Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it…We're looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks."

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This morning in Abu Dhabi, Nokia revealed their latest creation for mobile photography: StoryTeller. The app, available on their Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet and Lumia 1520 Windows Phone, allows users to maintain their photos in mini collections, organized for them automatically.

The app works off of Nokia’s HERE Maps, points of interests, time and date. StoryTeller works by using all of that available information to categorize your photos, even selecting the best photos (weeding out blurry ones) for you, to give a unified retelling of your night out.

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Microsoft has had to endure complaints surrounding an issue since Windows Phone originally launched back in 2010 - not enough official apps. It's true the platform is still missing a number of official solutions, but since Windows Phone 8 was released, support has slowly been growing at a slow, but steady rate. The Windows Phone Store now has more than 160,000 apps.

We've seen banks, mobile operators, broadcasters and more pop on to the Windows Phone Store, but there's always that one app you need but it's just not there (and there's no decent third-party alternative). Microsoft is looking to address this problem by packaging mobile websites and packaging them as web apps.

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If you happen to be in Edmonton, Canada on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and are looking for something to do, Microsoft is slated to hold a Grand Opening celebration at the West Edmonton Mall.

Tagging along for the excitement is Dierks Bentley of Country Music fame and fortune. Bentley will hold a concert that evening at the Ice Palace in the West Edmonton Mall.

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Want access to over 70,000 radio stations all over the world? With TuneIn Radio for Windows Phone you get your favorite music, sports, and news from around the globe on your smartphone. The app has been wildly popular on Windows Phone, but has had its shares of ups and downs on the platform. Looks like we’re about to have another up as the app has just been updated. Let’s check it out.

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Surfy is a tabbed web browser for our Windows Phones. It was initially released for Windows Phone 7 and was overhauled earlier this year for Windows Phone 8. However due to a few stability issues publicizing the app was held off until those bugs could be addressed.

The updated version went live over the weekend and delivers a rather peachy tabbed web browser with voice command support. Version 2.1 of Surfy also adds a text to speech feature that adds an audio reading of web pages.

In the short time we've tinkered with Surfy this afternoon, it makes a nice impression. It might just be that Windows Phone web browser you've been looking for.

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If you've been following news of the Windows RT 8.1 update, you'll know that Microsoft has pulled the release due to some issues that consumers have experienced while attempting to upgrade their tablets (be it Surface RT or other models from OEM partners). Redmond has now released a Surface RT 8.0 recovery image, which can be used on a "bricked" tablet to take you back to original factory configuration.

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It’s go time, people! In just under 12 hours, Nokia will be unveiling all of their new devices, including a couple of new rumored Windows Phones, a possible Windows RT 8.1 tablet and some accessories. You want some new apps? Reports are circulating tonight that there will be some big ones dropped (feel free to speculate in comments).

Nokia will be streaming the event, which will be embedded right here at Windows Phone Central. What’s more, myself, Sam Sabri and Richard Devine will be live blogging it with added photos and commentary. Later, we’ll hit the floor for hands on with the devices and interviews.

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Peppa Pig has arrived on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Not familiar with the name? Peppa Pig is a large pre-school property, and is particularly popular here in the UK. Originating from an animated TV series, Peppa Pig has grown into a massive IP. The show revolves around Peppa, an anthropomorphic female pig, her family and friends. You can now take Peppa with you when out and about.

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Travel a lot and/or wish there was a better way to update your lockscreen with your current location as an image, without having to screenshot the Maps app and add the image manually? You're in luck as Nokia has published LockMapper to the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store. The exclusive app enables you to add your current location to the lockscreen as the background, no matter where you are.

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DEAL ALERT: Amazing Weather HD 50% off

The makers of Amazing Weather HD, the weather app that beams stunning pictures to your lockscreen, are celebrating this year's Nokia World event by slashing its price in half. For the duration of Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the self-proclaimed "only app in full Arabic," will be dropped from its regular price of $1.99 to just 99 cents.

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Microsoft is currently running a cool deal at supporting stores across the US, where you can trade in your old iPad and get a minimum $200 gift card for your troubles. We last covered the offer back in September when the website stated the deal closes on October 27th. The official Microsoft website now shows an expiry date of December 31st, so you have more time if you haven't already taken advantage of the offer.

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The Sims FreePlay was a very big game when it arrived on Windows Phone 8 in September. So big that we published a two installment Achievement guide and an In-App Purchase guide on top of our usual review. But even then, our version lacked some content from the iOS version, including all social features. The iOS and Android games received a new update on October 11, pushing even farther ahead of our version.

Only one month after its initial release, The Sims FreePlay has just received a massive update. Windows Phone players now have access to the Mysterious Island area, teenage Sims, a whole new quest system, tons of new items, and much more. However, the update also makes a few Achievements much more difficult and time consuming. Head past the break for detailed descriptions and screenshots of the many changes!

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According to a comScore report, European smartphone owners accessing retail websites has grown by 43 per cent in the last year. The company used data across five leading EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.  The study showed that the European mobile retail audience grew significantly over the past year, with 20 per cent of smartphone owners shopping while on the move.

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Media Browser (www.mediabrowser3.com) is one of those solutions that helps make your multimedia-based lives that much easier. The main selling point of the service is the ability to remotely access a server (be it hosted or simply a box at home) while out and about with mobile apps.

An official app has now been released for Windows Phone, bringing Microsoft's platform up to speed and allowing owners to connect and stream media content. Not familiar with Media Browser? Read on and we'll explain what it's all about.

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Nokia World 2013 kicks off in Abu Dhabi this week and while the company is expected to unveil numerous new devices, it's also believed we'll see more details emerge surrounding "Bittersweet Shimmer." What is Bittersweet Shimmer? It's Nokia's next major update for Lumia Windows Phones. Alongside Microsoft's Update 3, Nokia will bundle its own firmware and software updates.

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Virgin Media announces MVNO extension with EE

Virgin Media and EE have both announced an extension to the MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) partnership for Virgin Mobile, the UK's largest (and oldest) MVNO to continue operations with over three million customers to boot. EE has the largest network coverage in the UK, along with the controversial head start with 4G, both likely played a major deciding factor in the deal.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Nokia has sold at least 8 million Lumia Windows Phones during the period of June through September this year. According to people familiar with the situation, the Finnish manufacturer has experienced a fourth consecutive quarter where the sales of its Windows-based mobile phones have increased compared with both the prior quarter and year.

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Clever advertisement highlights App Social from Nokia

How do you find out about apps? Blogs, browsing the Windows Phone Store, or maybe asking friends? App Social (previously called App Highlights) from Nokia is one of our favorite ways to discover new apps.

The hybrid social network allows for users to create lists of their favorite apps. And like any good social network, you can follow users if you want to see what sort of apps they recommend. It's another tool for users to discover new and exciting apps. App Social itself is fairly new to the scene. So to help promote it, Nokia's made a pretty funny video. Check it out after the break.  

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Even though we’re a day away from Nokia World, it doesn’t mean leaks can’t still happen. The latest this morning is for the Nokia ‘Guru’, which was revealed by evleaks to be akin to an “iPod Shuffle with NFC” built in.

While Nokia has been known for their phones and well-made accessories, it’s not too farfetched to imagine them making a music accessory.

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Find yourself on the Arabian Peninsula? Using the free and awesome photo-weather app Ciel? Then head to that app’s built in store to pick up the free Arabian Nights Pack, which features 14 new templates.

Some of those templates feature Arabic writing, while another has ‘Nokia World’ emblazoned across while most are “neutral”, meaning you can easily use them after Nokia’s big event on Tuesday. The bonus pack, which was launched in addition to the $0.99 Halloween themed one, is a nice nod from the developer for this momentous occasion.

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