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Just a short while ago we announced Talk Mobile 2013, our upcoming, summer-long discussion on all things mobile that also involves you. To kick off the event, next Thursday (June 6th) in Manhattan we’re throwing a massive, real life party that will be legendary.

And you’re invited!

You can join myself and all the other editors from CrackBerry, iMore and Android Central plus our special guests Cali Lewis and John P of GeekBeat.TV, and we want to see you there!

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256 GB Surface Pro shows up for Japanese market

Until recently, the largest amount of storage you could pick up for a Microsoft Surface Pro has been 128 GB. Now a version of the tablet has surfaced in Japan with 256 GB and a 120,000 YEN price tag (approx. $ 1,200).

The new larger capacity sized Microsoft tablet will also include a pre-installed copy of Office 2013 Home and Business. Only Surface RT tablets have come pre-installed with Microsoft’s productivity suite, so this marks a first for the Pro model.

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Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013!

We’ve teased it for weeks but now it’s time to unveil what all that ‘TM13’ business was that was such a big secret. TM13 stands for Talk Mobile 2013 and it’s our new program that will elevate the discussion of mobile beyond just platforms and who is better than whom.

The event is based off of our Round Robin program, which we did years ago. That event involved all of the head editors trading phones for a week and then reviewing the experience. While fun, that was a 2008 thing and this is 2013: all the platforms have basically caught up to each other and have become outstanding options. No longer does one dominate the conversation and neither will it here.

Talk Mobile isn't a one day event. It's a discussion that will carry on across Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, Android Central, and iMore for the next several months. We've picked 10 important topics in mobile and cooked up a whopping 50 Talk Mobile features that we'll be publishing across the sites that are going to spark a lot of conversation.

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You have spoken: Itsdagram will be renamed to Instance

Earlier today, the popular (and unofficial) Instagram client for Windows Phone, Itsdagram, faced a dire situation: be renamed or face removal from the Store. Developer Daniel Gary was scrambling for a new name (and font and icon) for his prized app and he had less than 24-hours to do so.

To make the choice more fun and to give you folks a voice, we suggested a survey followed by a poll. From one thousand responses, Daniel Gary and our team whittled it down to five choices. From there, it was all in your hands.

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The basic camera UI for Windows Phone is simple and straightforward. That’s perfectly fine for about 99% of the population, but all the hobbyist photographers might want a little more control over their smartphones camera when out and about. For those people ProShot has been a favorite app in the Windows Phone community. Today it’s getting an update that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Let’s check out what’s new with version 2.7.

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Pouch for Windows 8 - on sale for $1.49

A few days ago I sat down and reviewed one of my favorite news consumption apps, Pouch. The elegant Pocket client for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 brings a clean and uncluttered reading experience to your favorite mobile devices.

The copy of Pouch for Windows 8 used in last week’s review was a private beta, not yet available to the general public. In anticipation of the upcoming software update, the developer has dropped the price of Pouch by 50% to $1.49.

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If you didn’t notice from last week, Microsoft’s Xbox One console made a huge impact on the press and consumers alike. Today the boys up in Redmond confirmed the number of curious eyes watching in on the Xbox Reveal event – 8.4 million.

When Microsoft’s mysterious black tent was opened and the next revolution of Xbox was announced, 8.4 million people were ready to sneak a glance. The event rivaled as one of the top-streamed events of all time; its viewership rate surpassed the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 Royal wedding, and even the 2012 presidential election night coverage.

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UPDATE 7:30ET: After 1K entries, give or take, we've closed off comments! Come back in 60 minutes for the top 5 choices and a chance to vote!

Okay folks, let’s play good news/bad news. The good news is Itsdagram, as an Instagram app, is here to stay for now.

The bad news is it needs a name change, font change and new icon….all in the next 24 hours. We’ll leave the details to your mind as to why that is, but for now, we just need a new name.

That’s where you come in...

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Nokia has updated their Storage Check and Transfer My Data apps to fix a few bugs and add a few new features.

Transfer My Data is a handy utility app to transfer contacts over Bluetooth from your old phone to your new Nokia Windows Phone. The Nokia app was updated to version 4.1 update and with no change log, the changes aren't as obvious. We are seeing that SMS and Photos can be transferred as well as contacts from supported phones.

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Here at Windows Phone Central, we go out of our way to bring you the latest and greatest apps conveniently. For instance, if you use our official app, you get one-tap access to download whatever it is we’re writing about, instead of making you hop out of the app and searching in the Store. If you’re browsing via the web on a PC, you get a nice QR code to quickly scan at the bottom of each article.

Well, ThomasP from the website WP7App.de has written a killer extension for the Chrome browser that goes one step further. The extension simply auto-generates QR codes for any app in the Windows Phone web Store. So if you are just browsing or someone emails you a link, when you head to Microsoft's site you’ll get a nicely accessible QR code for quick scanning.

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Canadian carrier PC Mobile, who currently sells prepaid phones and plans, will be starting up their own plans on postpaid contracts starting June 5. As part of this new service, PC Mobile will be bringing aboard a slew of new phones, including the Nokia Lumia 520. A snapshot of their inventory suggests the Lumia 520 will fetch $180 full retail.

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Update: Fixed link

In case you keep missing these Nokia wireless charging plate deals, here’s another coming from the site Pay Deals.

This time it’s for the DT-900, aka the flat pad for wirelessly charging any Qi-enabled device, including many in the Nokia Lumia range and the one-shot Verizon HTC 8X.  The plate comes in two color options, including black or white and is on sale for just $24 (a 51% savings). You have 5 days too to grab one.

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Ad hoc 3: Xbox One and the state of the living room

Take a bunch of tech geeks who also happen to get their game on, power them up, put them in front of mics, hit the record button, and what do you get? Another impromptu episode of hardest core casual podcast on the system. Join John Siracusa, Guy English, and Rene Ritchie as they talk all about the just-announced Xbox One, how it compares to the kinda-announced PS4, the perplexing Wii U, and what's left for Google and Apple in the TV space.

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When Vampire Rush debuted as a Nokia-exclusive Xbox Windows Phone game at the beginning of April, it won my heart with its mixture of action and tower defense gameplay, humor, and a distinct lack of sparkles. But it did suffer from a couple of broken Achievements as well as a conspicuous lack of the iOS version’s Survival mode. The developers promised a patch, and so I didn’t stress over those issues too harshly in our review.

Not two months later, that patch has arrived. Unfortunately though, applying the update seems to break the game. It crashes on start-up and becomes unplayable. There is a workaround, however: delete the game and reinstall it. You’ll get the updated version, properly working and with some choice improvements.

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It should be clear by now that Microsoft, Verizon and Nokia have decided that the main selling point of the Lumia 928 is its stellar PureView camera, geared especially for photos with minimal available light.

Now in a new infographic, aka those trendy collages that combine stats with bold artwork, we see in numbers just how many use their camera in such conditions. Some of the figures include noting how we spend 90% of our lives indoors, with half of that in the dark or how 52% of people take snaps of their food (presumably at dinner time).

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We’ve seen quite a few projects come from our forums and the latest is from AccentAE86, who took the concept of Nokia’s “dual shot” Lumia 620 shell design and applied it to his Lumia 920.

For those who aren’t familiar, “dual shot”, especially on the Green Lumia 620, is actually a two-layer yellow and blue shell that results in a bright green color. It’s an interesting new design language that Nokia is evidently experimenting with and something we hope to see in future devices.

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Keyboards: Touch the future

The keyboard has long been our best friend, but in an age of tablets and natural user interfaces, such as the touch screen – how long will they last as we have known them?

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Locksider and Locksider+ for Windows Phone have both been updated. We've been informed by the developer, Liquid Daffodil that both releases fix an issue relating to consistent lock screen updates, or rather lack of. The team relied too heavily on consistent patterns in the background agents, which often caused scheduled updates to be skipped. What has been put in place is a more reliable update pattern.

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Samsung is preparing to support Windows Phone consumers with an update for the ATIV S flagship device, according to a report over on WindowsPhoneItaly. This firmware update will take each non-branded ATIV S from 2424.12.12.3 (which is Portico) to 2424.13.13.1. Major improvements? The report states that all owners will finally be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi tethering (or "Internet sharing").

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Official StyleSaint app updated for all Windows Phones

StyleSaint is the official app for the well-known fashion magazine. We previously looked at the app when it was released back in 2012, but since then only those with a Lumia Windows Phone have been able to enjoy the latest features and content. That is until now as the generic version of the app has been bumped to version 1.0.0.391, which is ahead of the Nokia collection listing of 1.0.0.368 / 1.0.0.389.

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Hey Xbox game fans, Windows Phone Central is back with another exclusive and professional-quality Achievement guide. This time we tackle the Windows Phone version of NBA Jam from EA Sports. Whether you’re a Jam veteran or new to the series, our guide will help you knock the game’s Achievements out as quickly and easily as possible, though it’ll still take just over 30 hours to unlock the final one.

Earning NBA Jam’s Achievements also unlocks a variety of characters, but several of the game’s most outlandish characters can only be accessed via secret codes. We’ve got those for you too, right after the break. Boom shaka laka!

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