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Starting with the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 and Nokia Amber updates, Nokia was able to offer new options for the Lumia line, including the coveted Glance screen and Touch features. Glance enabled the onscreen clock with vibration and charging alerts, while Touch allows users to modify screen sensitivity.

Both features are essential in getting the premium Nokia experience, but there was one problem: discoverability. In order for a new customer to learn about those features, they would have to do some deep digging in the myriad of options under Settings.

Well today, that is no more.

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It's been an eventful week for Windows Phone with Microsoft purchasing Nokia's hardware division. Many of us welcomed the deal that went down the other day, but some are sceptical and believe it to be a sign of how the platform is failing. This includes ex-Nokia employee Thomas Zilliacus, who's now executive chairman and founder of Mobile FutureWorks. His response to Nokia's sale? Newkia.

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Nokia has joined forces with the University of Bristol in the UK to develop the first practical way of processing quantum cryptography on a mobile phone. What does this mean with a mini jargon buster? It would essentially enable you to send encrypted messages or data in secrecy. Currently utilised by banks and other organisations who can afford such expensive technology, the work carried out by Bristol University and Nokia could integrate simple client electronics on a single chip - perfect for a mobile phone.

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This isn’t Android Central, so any time we write about Motorola they seem to be duking it out with Microsoft. It looks like we’ll be hearing less of them going forward. Mostly because Microsoft just won the second of two trials against Motorola. Details after the break.

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One way to spend marketing dollars is to place your product as nonchalantly as possible into television, music videos, movies and anything else you can think of. You might take a somewhat famous YouTuber (is that a word?), give them a Nokia Lumia 1020, and have them make a video. You can also pay millions of dollars and have your products appear in a summer blockbuster. But does any of that really compare to having Katy Perry use your phone in a music video? Let’s find out.

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Monday night was supposed to be the end of a holiday here in the United States. Not the start of one of the biggest tech news of the year. It was just two days ago we learned of Nokia agreeing to be bought by Microsoft. Over the course of the evening and subsequent days we read, analyzed, and discussed the issue.

Over at AllThingsD.com we learn the inside story of how the Microsoft/Nokia deal came to be from Ina Fried.

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Apict updated, can now upload to Instagram through 6tag

When it comes to photography apps on Windows Phone the selection of quality apps rises every week. There are new apps like OneShot and then there are old apps like Apict. An app that’s been around for quite some time. It also recently was updated with some killer features. Killer features like uploading to Instagram. Let’s check it out.

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If you’re a news junky or just enjoy having a solid app around, then you should really take a look at Paper Boy. The app comes from developer Lawrence Gripper who previously made BBC News Mobile. That app was our go-to news source until the BBC pulled some legal machinations to have it removed. But the soul of BBC News Mobile is back in Paper Boy.

We first informed you of Paper Boy back in July when the app was announced as a public beta. Today, it received a substantial update, including a new color scheme, drag down to refresh, and multiple performance enhancements to improve the user experience.

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Evernote Desktop gets "dramatic update" with version 5

Around these parts the majority of you might be using OneNote as your note taking application. It has applications on most platforms, syncs across devices and more. One of the biggest competitors to OneNote in both features and users would be Evernote. They too have apps on nearly every platform, strong syncing, and more. They also just recently updated their desktop application for Windows to version 5. This is what’s new.

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Since today there’s less news about the Microsoft-Nokia acquisition floating around, we can return to business as usual: writing about Windows Phones. Specifically, the Nokia Lumia 1520 aka the rumored 6-inch device that is expected to launch in November.

There have been two high profile leaks of this device lately, including a real photo of the 1520 and a screenshot from the 1080P display revealed by @evleaks.

One of our Windows Phone Central Forum members, Rohan Vg, threw his modest PhotoShop skills at the problem and combined those two images into one (seen above). It gives us a better look at what the finalized device may look like.

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If you're just not getting enough battery life out of your Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone, Mugen Power may have a solution for you with their 3000mAh and 4700mAh battery cases.

Mugen Power offers a wide assortment of extended batteries, including power sources for the Samsung ATIV-S and the Nokia Lumia 820.  We previously reported that Mugen Power was researching an extended power source for the Lumia 920 and now it looks like the battery will be available October 2nd.

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Update: This app has been removed from the Store. We're unsure if it is due to a bug or another issue, though we'll try to find out.

Xbox Music on Windows Phone isn’t perfect yet. Sure, GDR2 brought some improvements to the app, like fixing duplicate songs and improving sync with the cloud collection. But it’s still not perfect, it’s still now where it should be on Windows Phone. We’ve covered an app called MPAtool in the past, it helps you manage missing artwork in the Xbox Music app. It just received an update fixing some limitations. Let’s check it out.

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With carrier week of Talk Mobile done, it's time for another survey, because darnit, we love numbers here. The survey will let us pull together the numbers to put together more awesome infographics like the ones we've done for gaming and keyboards. Carriers week was full of awesome, including lots of sage and common sense advice on how to make the carriers into organizations that don't come across as so consumer-hostile.

So here is the carriers week survey - it's a few dozen questions so it shouldn't take too long. They're all multiple choice, and there's no right answer to any of them, so we don't want you to feel like you should be stressing out on whether or not you're going to pass. To sweeten the pot a bit, we're also throwing in a $100 Best Buy gift card to one lucky survey-taker. We've got your attention now, eh?

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Carriers Survey!

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It’s been a rough few weeks for Xbox Windows Phone games. We haven’t seen a new Xbox-branded game since UNO & Friends released at the end of July, for crying out loud. Sure, the new version of Fruit Ninja and Chaos Rings’ recent Windows Phone 8 compatibility have helped, but mobile Xbox fans still thirst for brand new games and Achievements.

Today that thirst gets quenched for a while! Like a much-needed whisky on the rocks after an afternoon showdown, Six-Guns has finally arrived on Windows Phone 8. First announced back in March, Six-Guns is one of the 15 games that Gameloft recently promised in August. It also happens to be free! See our first impressions video and more details after the break!

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When it comes to gaming on mobile devices, there are two groups: the hardcore and the casual gamer. Our in house gamer Paul Acevedo falls into the former category, where I, your humble Editor, prefer the latter. Gaming for me is something I do for a few minutes here and there, with nary a thought on nailing those achievements.

That’s why Armed Strike, for Windows Phone 7.x and 8, has piqued my interest. It reminds me of the classic game ‘1942’ but updated for 2013. For one, it scrolls to the side (instead of up) and the graphics are quite tantalizing. It’s also that whole World War II plane thing, though it doesn’t look like you can do a flying loop.

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The critically acclaimed interactive action-adventure video game, Heavy Rain, landed on Sony’s PlayStation 3 in February 2010 and was an instant hit with fans around the world. Heavy Rain landed impressive scores including a 9/10 from IGN and a 9.5/10 from Game Informer. What has recently been unveiled is that Microsoft had a chance to publish the game, but decided to pass it up.

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HTC and T-Mobile have finally released the GDR2 OS and firmware update for the 8X Windows Phone. The information, posted on T-Mobile’s support forum, confirms the new OS as 10327 and Baseband 3030.0.33501.531. The update can be installed over-the-air, so long as the recipient is on Wi-Fi at the time due to the file size.

Windows Phone Central originally reported a planned rollout of GDR2 back in July and although HTC did have their support page up for that OS change, the update never materialized. Some users had complained that the 8X became more unstable after GDR2 and perhaps T-Mobile decided to do further testing before rolling it out to their customers.

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Nokia has pushed out an update for its Feedback to Nokia system application on Lumia Windows Phones. The app is pretty neat, enabling you to provide feedback to Nokia, rating its hardware, software, services and offering comments on how the company can improve its game. As well as the feedback provided, Nokia also collects some information on how your Windows Phone is used.

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Nokia has taken to their Conversations blog this morning to answer some questions regarding the recent Microsoft announcement. The most frequently asked inquiries were taken to Tuula Rytilä, who heads up Nokia’s marketing, for clarification on exactly what is happening going forward.

For the most part, Nokia illuminates questions on branding transition, including the relevant “Nokia Lumia” name. The Microsoft-Nokia deal transfers the name “Nokia” over for mobile phone use to Microsoft for ten years, along with the ‘Lumia’ and ‘Asha’ brands, which will be owned by Microsoft.

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IDC has released data showing an increase in smartphone shipments in Q2 2013 in Vietnam. 32.7 percent of total mobile phone shipments were smartphones, up from just 14.7 percent in Q2 2012. The good news here for Windows Phone is not only are we looking at a larger market for OEMs to take advantage of, but the platform has increased its share of the smartphone market in the region by a fair amount.

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