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AT&T Locker, Cloud Storage for Windows Phone 8

AT&T has released the AT&T Locker for their Windows Phone 8 devices. It is a cloud service for U.S. based AT&T customers that provides 5GB of cloud storage for free.

You can upload photos, videos, documents and music files to the AT&T Locker over Wi-Fi or AT&T's wireless network. The app comes with an Easy Upload feature that backs up your photos and videos automatically and images can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter directly from the AT&T Locker.

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Samsung is reportedly working on a new smartphone, running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

According to a new app that has been published to the Windows Phone Store by Samsung, the manufacturer has a new phone on the horizon called the "Cronus", which could well be the next ATIV Windows Phone - Sprint is taking on the ATIV S Neo. That phone is due to hit shelves in the coming weeks.

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We didn’t get a new Xbox Windows Phone game today, a fact that doesn’t hurt if you think about fluffy bunnies hard enough. Still, one thing that eases the pain of a release drought like this is a nice sale. At least, Microsoft and Electronic Arts sure think so. Six games from EA and its subsidiaries Chillingo and PopCap are on sale from now until Tuesday, July 9th – that’s the good news.

The less good news, some might say, is that every single one of these games was just discounted back during the EA publisher sale in March. In fact, that sale consisted of nine games and this one only boasts six. No discounted Mirror’s Edge, Monopoly, or Plants vs. Zombies discounts this time! Many consider Electronic Art’s early Windows Phone games to be boldly overpriced as well. These sale prices are essentially what the aging games should cost anyway.

Read on for the full sale list and descriptions!

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EOS incoming: Images surface for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020

One week from now we’ll be a day away from the big event. July 11th is where we all expect Nokia to announce and detail their upcoming Lumia ‘EOS’ smartphone. The device will be an exclusive to AT&T here in the United States with its 41 megapixel camera sensor. Famed leaker @evleaks has shown off a render of the device with AT&T branding.

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You can never have too many hobbies. You also shouldn’t be living life not accomplishing goals you’ve set for yourself in concrete or passing. Learning how to develop is rewarding in and of itself. But once you learn how to develop there isn’t much standing between you and apps you want to use that don’t exist yet. Odds are you’re reading this on a Windows Phone device, so why not combine all these little things and learn how to develop apps for Windows Phone 8? You can with this new beginners series on Channel 9.

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We’ve been hearing since the beginning of June that Microsoft, and specifically CEO Steve Ballmer, were prepping a major reorganization of the company to better reflect their new role as a “devices and services” company. Rumors were that we would hear about the specifics of the plan by July 1st but that time has come and gone.

Now, Bloomberg is citing a few sources on one possible plan for the company.  One move has Skype president Tony Bates being placed in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, while current head of Windows Julie Larson-Greene (who was on stage recently at Build), would get oversight of hardware engineering for the whole company, including Xbox, Surface and what else Redmond has at their Skunkworks.

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EE announces new 4G speeds and services in the UK

EE has today launched new plans on the UK's only 4G network. From tomorrow consumers will be able enjoy double the speed than what was previous available, with between 24-30Mbps on offer to those who reside in supporting towns and cities. Sporting Windows Phone 8 hardware, this news is of particular importance to subscribers who enjoy speedy connectivity while on the move. As well as the new plans, EE had numerous service announcements to make.

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What seems to have been a lifetime ago, we announced a photo contest where the winner walks away with a Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone from Verizon. Well... the best laid plans of mice and men were overturned by a little event known as //BUILD/ and determining a winner was delayed a wee bit.

Our delay is your gain in that along with a grand prize winner, we're tossing in two runner up prizes (gift cards to the WPCentral Accessory Store). It took a little head scratching but we've pick our three winners.

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Last week we reported that unconfirmed rumors on Reddit had hinted that Microsoft might be expanding it's Bing Audio music matching service. Today, the company announced that it would in fact be expanding the service into 14 new countries around the world. The music matching service is a great alternative to applications like Shazam, as it comes pre-bundled into the Windows Phone operating system.

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It looks like this is the third week in a row with no new Xbox Windows Phone game. That officially makes this the second drought of the year. Now, last week I complained about the lack of release and some people felt I was being too harsh. So this week we’ll look at the bright side of a new game not coming out.

The most obvious advantage of not having a new Xbox release is that it allows us to catch up on our reviews! We published our Tiny Plane review today, and last week our Monopoly Millionaire review ran. If Microsoft bothered to keep publishing a new game each week like gamers want and expect, we probably couldn’t have finished those reviews. What can I say? It takes me a while to play a game and then give it a lengthy and detailed review.

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If you’re running the preview of Windows 8.1 on a machine you’re well aware of the fact that this is basically beta software. And with that said, you’ve probably encounter a few problems here and there. That’s why Microsoft supplies somewhat fast and frequent updates for Windows 8.1 during this period. There’s one important and four recommended updates you might want to install.

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File under interesting but no details, the site mobiFlip has gotten their hands on O2’s (Germany) upcoming smartphone roadmap. While there are the usual Huawei, Sony and HTC devices, two Nokia ones have raised an eyebrow.

The first one goes by ‘Eros’ and could be just a mis-spelling of ‘EOS’, the codename reportedly used for Nokia’s 41MP Lumia 920-esque phone, due for revealing next week. Then again, it could be a whole new device or just a carrier variant. Since there is literally no information about this phone’s specs, we can only guess.

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Independence Day is July 4th, but we're kicking off the celebration savings a little early and going a little long this year, just to make sure all Windows Phone Central readers have a chance to take advantage of this special offer.

Starting now and going until midnight PST on July 7th, customers can save 15% on their Windows Phone Central Accessory Store orders using coupon code 7413 at checkout (and yes Canadians, the coupon will work in our Canada store too!).

The 15% coupon code covers all of our accessories, including those for the Nokia Lumia 928.  So don't delay, head on over to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store now and start saving!

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We've all been there. Whether it be on holiday or simply out and about, there have been those moments when you wanted to take some photos, but add a special element to bring them to life. This is where upcoming Windows Phone app Foundbite comes into play. The new app by Mendzapp, the developer behind VizAge and more, enables you to add sound recordings to photos and share them online. It's an interesting concept that bring photos to life.

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Numerous banks around the world have joined the Windows Phone platform and launched apps for customers to utilise while on the move. We can almost add another bank to the list, BNP Paribas Fortis. The Belgian bank has informed a customer that a Windows Phone app is currently in development and will be released later this year.

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Hulu Plus for Windows Phone 8 was updated today to version 1.1 and adds a little Kids Corner support into the mix. You can now add Hulu Plus to your Windows Phone Kid's Corner for instant access to ad free kids content.

When Hulu Plus is launched from the Kid's Corner all you're kids will have access to is the kid's section of Hulu Plus. It's a nice touch to prevent the younger kids from stumbling on more adult oriented viewing.

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We’ve seen the JBL PowerUp speaker featuring NFC, wireless charging and Bluetooth streaming for you Windows Phone 8 device before, and we’ve even seen it go on sale too (last time was back in May).

Well, if you have an extra $149 to spare, you can head down to your AT&T Store (or order online) to pick one up in black as it is discounted again. That’s a “savings” of 50% as the device normally retails for around $300 (even though it often sells for much lower).

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Despite high expectations, the internet is not a place where you can say whatever you want. There are etiquettes to make sure everyone could have reasonably enjoyable online experience. That's why there are moderators and administrators everywhere to have personal assaults in discussion threads removed, and to have user who spam banned.

The same applies to Windows Phone Store, and Windows Store. The app review you submitted don't just appear immediately. Instead, there is someone (or some bot) at Microsoft having a quick look at it first, and have it published if nothing particularly naught is found. You guys should have been used to it already, after so long time.

However, according to Chinese site WPDang, online etiquette does not exist in the Chinese Windows Phone Store, which is causing a growing problem for user experience.

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Nokia has pushed out a new app a few weeks ago, which evidently received an update today that is simply called Accessory Shop. The app helps you find Nokia Lumia accessories for your Windows Phone right from your device plus it can alert you to deals.

The app is really just a front-end for the Amazon.com store, but it is wrapped up in a nice little user interface.

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Apparently Microsoft aren't the only ones with a new rapid release cycle! Somehow today I get to announce a third update to the official Windows Phone Central app in the same number of weeks. Before anyone gets too excited though, this one is just a quick tune up to the v4.3 feature set, fixing two important bugs and finally bringing forum likes to Windows Phone 7 users.

Yes, we figured out why the Tapatalk API wasn't allowing the WP7 build to send like requests in our forums and that has now been resolved. Still, this isn't the most exciting update, but you can find the change list after the break or download from the marketplace right here (it should be showing up as version 4.3.15).

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In just two days the United States will be celebrating her independence. To celebrate, Nokia and Internet Explorer are teaming up to solve a problem a lot of parties encounter – what music to play. And their solution looks awesome. Nokia Mix Party is a new way for groups of people to work together on choosing what music to listen to. How does it work? What do you need?

Details after the break. 

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