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Microsoft has slashed its Surface RT pricing in the UK. Through official channels, the Windows RT tablet (32GB model) can now be picked up for just £279, a massive drop from the usual £399. If you're into more storage, the 64GB version is available for £359. This is the base price point so if you're wanting a keyboard and other accessories, you'll be further adding the cost up.

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This is a quick reminder to those who are looking at T-Mobile for their next Windows Phone or are already a customer. The US mobile operator has launched its new family plans today, alongside the new JUMP! program. The latter enables customers to upgrade their smartphone up to twice per year with protection against malfunction, damage, loss and theft for $10 per month. The former unlocks a new, cheaper plan for families.

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Windows Phone consumers have enjoyed a spur of official apps released for hardware running Microsoft's mobile OS. To follow suit, we're rather pleased to report that 9GAG and RoboForm have both confirmed to be working on a Windows Phone app. Good news if you've been holding off the giggles or resorting to an alternative password manager.

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We've followed the development of 6Sec, an unofficial Vine app for Windows Phone, for some time. Being part of the beta program has also enabled us to bring to you the latest features that have been implemented, prior to the app being published to the store. Rudy Huyn, the developer behind 6Sec, has now tweeted that the app will be going live later today at 7pm GMT (or 19:00 for us 24-hour folk).

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Microsoft has been reported to be planning numerous new features for its popular cloud storage service, SkyDrive. LiveSide has published a handful of new features that we can expect to see in a future update. We're talking about shared lists, folder mounting and Windows hardware settings backup management. Sounds interesting, right?

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Everyone has been continuously wondering why Nokia has chosen to get with Microsoft, leaving Google and Android in the dark. We've had numerous reasons in the past, the most prominent being that the Android ecosystem is simply too crowded for Nokia to effectively compete in (just look at HTC to see how this can damage a company), but now Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has expanded on why he chose Windows Phone.

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Last night, we reported how AT&T was planning on launching the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a few third-party accessories, mostly including various cases for the high-end camera-phone.

Now, the site PureView club has turned up this image of what looks to be a premium leather case with an included protector for the lens housing. No word on pricing, availability or model name but in our searching endeavors, we did find another company, Noreve.com, who also have a leather case in the process of being made for the 1020.

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Nope, you’re not alone if you’re seeing Windows Phone Store errors. After hearing that the HERE Drive+ was updated, we tried to download the latest Nokia innovation only to be met with a download glitch on our Lumia 920. Same on the Lumia 928. And soft-resetting has no effect either.

We then jumped to our inbox and sure enough, quite a few of you are reporting to us that you are seeing c101b000 error messages when trying to download apps.

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We’ve seen the Nokia wireless charging pad go for as little as $25 in recently but so far, its fluffier cousin, the “Fatboy” has not had such a deal. Yesterday we reported an offer for $45 but today we can beat that. Truth be told, the Fatboy pillow is the very same wireless charging pad but with a wraparound bed for your precious Lumia.

That wireless downy combo used to cost upwards of $100 but now you can pick up both for $35 using the Daily Steals website. Even if you don’t like the bed, you can pull away the Velcro and slide out the wireless charging pad to use it naked.

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Well this is certainly a real bummer, folks. Swapchat, the popular unofficial Snapchat app for Windows Phone, has been pulled due to a copyright complaint filed by Snapchat. While there's the potential good news of an official client on the way for Microsoft's platform, until that day comes consumers are going to be stuck with no third party alternative.

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Microsoft has accused US Customs officials of refusing to adhere to the ITC's (International Trade Commission) order to block import mobile phones manufactured by Motorola, owned by Google. The ITC issued the import ban back in May 2012 after it was concluded that Motorola hardware infringed a Microsoft patent for synchronising calendar events with other computers.

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The developer network AdDuplex, which specialises in advertising across the Windows ecosystem, has released figures for the month of July. We've followed the data released by the company for months, providing an insight into how the Windows Phone platform is shaping with a sample taken to see exactly what's going on. This month we've got news that the Lumia 520 has become the most popular Windows Phone. Let's jump in and see what's new.

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In just two weeks’ time, consumers in the US will be given the opportunity to buy the most advanced camera and smartphone combo in the world. Fetching for $299 on contract ($659 off), the game changing Nokia Lumia 1020 is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Now, three internal videos from AT&T have managed to find their way to our YouTube channel, which detail various aspects of the 1020, including Pro Camera, AT&T Locker and accessories. The videos appear to be meant for training of AT&T employees, to familiarize them with the new product and thus are not listed on AT&T’s public site. Such videos may be released later during the official release to help consumers as well.

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One good thing about betas is they tend to get a lot of updates. One bad thing about betas is they tend to get a lot of updates. See what happened there?

In this case, Facebook beta has graduated to the not so exciting number 5.0.2.2 with no changelog present. That means we can surmise it has “bug fixes and optimizations” aka the catch all for all app updates.

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First look at Vixl for Windows Phone

Remember Pixl? It’s a pretty cool Flickr application for Windows Phone. It allows you to capture images and share them to your Flickr account. It’s got a beautiful UI and some pretty creative filters to use with your photographs. The team behind Pixl have been working on a new app for Windows Phone. They took what they learned with Pixl and created an app centered on video instead of photography. It’s called Vixl and it’s coming soon.

Let’s check it out.

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WhatsApp for Windows Phone has finally updated

There hasn’t been a single day over the past few months where you folks haven't asked about the status of WhatsApp. We don’t blame you, it’s a popular app that’s been lagging in the development department for Windows Phone. It has also been since early April that we saw the beta of WhatsApp. Well, hit up the Windows Phone Store, search for WhatsApp and hit update. Today is the day.

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Nokia finally unveiled the Lumia 1020. It’s unique in the world of Windows Phone (and smartphones in general) for packing 41 million pixels into the camera module. Nokia is taking advantage of this power with their Camera Pro app. Other app makers, like Hipstamatic/Oggl Pro and Vyclone are doing the same with special apps tailored for the Lumia 1020. What’s happening in the world of hardware accessories? In another first for Windows Phone, a company is preparing to offer up a drone that pairs with your Lumia 1020 to capture high-resolution aerial photographs. Um, press review units please?

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Halo: Spartan Assault will be a landmark game when it launches on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 later this month. It marks the first mobile entry in Microsoft’s Halo franchise, something fans have been clamoring for ever since Windows Phone 7 debuted back in 2010. While it took a long time for the game to actually be revealed to the world, the wait between the June announcement and Spartan Assault’s undisclosed July release date will be relatively short.

It turns out that some Windows Phone 8 users will need to wait a bit longer for the new Halo game than others, however. Today Microsoft and Verizon revealed that the Windows Phone 8 version of Spartan Assault will launch first on Verizon phones in the US before eventually becoming available to all domestic customers. This timed exclusivity does not affect countries outside of the US, nor does it affect the Windows 8 version of the game.

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ProShot for Windows Phone 8 has made the jump to version 2.7.3 that addresses a collection of bugs and adds two new features.

The version 2.7.3 update addresses issues with SD card saving, histogram views, and improves ProShot's startup time. The update also adds the option to modify the duration for time lapse photos and adds the date/time information to your camera roll.

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 was officially announced yesterday. The device will be an exclusive on AT&T here in the United States. Abroad we’re looking at Telefonica/O2 getting it in September (and they have a 64GB version to boot). It’s a sweet smartphone and there are about 41 million reasons you should get one. It’s also launching with a camera grip that adds more battery life and improves ergonomics when taking pics. Get it for free through the Microsoft Store.

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What’s better than getting some new gear for your smartphone, but not quite as good as getting it for free? Saving money on that very gear! Here are some deals for you smart readers who might want to get in on the wireless charging game or add to your ever growing quiver. Because there’s nothing wrong at all with having a wireless charging plate in every room in your house.

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Nokia unveiled the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone to the world yesterday in New York City, but already we're seeing operators and retailers fire out press releases and announcements to attract custom for the only smartphone with a 41MP shooter. Here in the UK we can add the Carphone Warehouse to the list. As an added bonus you can register your interest in the handset today.

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