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Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 now available in the Microsoft Store

Windows Phone always leant itself to reading and apps designed around reading due to its foundation being built on those Metro design principles for typography and layout.

Nextgen Reader has been a popular favourite with us at wpcentral and with readers alike. We just had a note today from the developers to say they have rescued Windows 8 users by launching their app in the store.

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Get yourself a Lumia 710 on Groupon for $159

You know, we’re never shy of a great deal and it looks like we just turned up a corker of an offer. How does a Lumia 710 unlocked and offline sound to you?

That’s a cool $141 saving on the list price which is normally $300.00.

The Lumia 710 was Nokia’s first budget handset and came out along with the Lumia 800 but was a little overshadowed by the polycarbonate hero phone. The Lumia 710 has tons going for it, often the photos of these devices does not do it justice, its actually quite distinctive. I have had plenty of time with the 710 and highly recommend it, it has the same internals as the 800 too. Want to know more....?

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Microsoft releases 3.0 of Windows Phone sync app for OSX

Microsoft has never been shy about supporting Apple users with their software and that is especially true with Windows Phone 8. For instance, Microsoft announced that importing iTunes DRM-free music will be much easier on PC now, not requiring a conversion/import process.

Tonight, Microsoft has released ‘Windows Phone’ for OSX. The software, previously known as ‘Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac’, has undergone a substantial rebranding and has received numerous new features. The naming may seem odd—Windows Phone—but it matches the Windows 8 sync app’s name and it actually makes sense. When you look at your PC or Mac and see the icon, it says Windows Phone because it is your Windows Phone. Microsoft has simplified syncing by making it very minimalist and barebones: just drag and drop whatever media you want...

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AT&T's HTC 8X gets extra Accent color, less labeling

File this under good news. The AT&T HTC 8X actually has less labeling than we have come to expect from the carrier.

Our international HTC 8X has the 'HTC' label on the front with the Beats Audio logo on the back (also with and embossed HTC logo). We assumed that the AT&T variant would be like the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920--with a HTC and AT&T blazoned on the front--but as it turns out, the 8X is quite conservative.

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New Emoticons for Windows Phone 8

If you like sending text messages (SMS) on Windows Phone, you'll love the new emoticon system that Microsoft has put in place. Previously, Windows Phone allowed you to easily send some basic smileys and if you wanted some more advanced symbols, you had to dig out some codes or use a 3rd party app.

This time around, Microsoft put in a selector at the bottom with visible choices for each symbol. You even have categories like faces, food, symbols and more. If you use the same symbols repeatedly, they will show up in a frequently used area for quick access the next time you message. 

We should also point out that they work in all apps. We used them in Kik messenger with no issues (they just don't have color). All in all, it's these small changes that make Windows Phone 8 quite an improvement.

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Lawsuit filed against Microsoft and its Live Tiles

A Federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Maine claiming Microsoft's Windows Phone Live Tiles infringe on four patents. The patents in question are held by SurfCast and the litigation involves Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 devices.

SurfCast is asking the Court to declare Microsoft directly and indirectly (through encouraging app development) guilty of infringing on their patents. The want Microsoft to be responsible for financial damages to SurfCast for this infringement.  No injunctive relief has been requestion preventing Microsoft from continuing to produce, sell or distribute the involved systems.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 customizations

Nokia has done some under the hood tweaks to Windows Phone 8 to enhance the user experience. For instance, that Super Sensitive Display that some of you were worried would turn on or cause issues? Well, you can just switch it off. Or if you really like music, why not toy with the seven-and graphic equalizer, 18 custom presets or turn on some Dolby sound?

Yes, Nokia has done a few changes to the Windows Phone, similar to HTC. They're not dramatic by any means but they are certainly welcomed. Speaking of, the changes fall under an app called Nokia Extras that will update via the Store (it happened to us once already). Because of that, we're certain that Nokia could add more things in the future to their device.

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Verizon Lumia 822 hands-on at Windows Phone 8 launch

The Nokia Lumia 822, a variant of the Lumia 820 that's heading for Verizon, was spotted at the Windows Phone 8 launch event on Monday. CNET managed to get some hands-on with the white version, and boy does it look stunning when not displayed in a promotional video. 

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The Windows 8 Live Tile experiment in Norway

An interesting video has been published on the Microsoft Norge YouTube channel, which takes place on October 26th in Oslo, Norway. The video shows a team setting up a stage for the popular Norwegian electro rock band Datarock. This platform for the band to perform on is hidden behind a false wall on a street. The band, along with volunteers, will then surprise the general public.

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Before today, I didn’t realize there was something missing in my life. That something is Big Buck Hunter Pro, the new Xbox Windows Phone game from Texas-based Merge Interactive and Microsoft Studios. Now I realize a great truth: I should have been shooting virtual deer all along. They probably deserve it!

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Windows Phone 8 and media file synchronisation

Windows Phone 8 syncs in a whole new way to what we saw with Windows Phone 7. No longer does it work with the Zune desktop software client, instead it has a new client and drag and drop functionality.

Turns out the new way of synchronising files obviates the need to convert common video files, in many cases you can just drag and drop your films right onto your phone and they just play. Sound good?, read on to find out more.

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It has certainly been an incredibly busy start to the week here at Windows Phone Central. We published a special From the Forums yesterday that went into changes that are currently happening here on-site with the new design and backend improvements being applied, not to mention our Windows Phone 8 contest!

Today we're back with a true From the Forums, so what's been happening in our community?

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Wheel of Wealth spins its way to Windows 8

The popular Windows Phone word game Wheel of Wealth has found its way on to Windows 8. The free game just went live over at the Windows Store and currently only has the online, turn based mode.

Game play against the computer and the pass and play mode should be added with the next update to Wheel of Wealth.

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If you're taking part in Movember this November, be sure to join our Mobile Nations Network at Movember.com! Full details below...

November is almost here which means one thing... soon you'll be seeing loads of self-confident men walking around in glorious moustaches. That's right, November is MOVEMBER and this year we're going to join together across our MO-bile Nations communities to grow out our facial hair and raise funds and awareness of men's health issues.

If you're not familiar with Movember, jump on over to Movember.com and learn about it. Once up to speed, make the decision to REGISTER as either a Mo Bro or Mo Sista (that's right, ladies can participate too, no moustache required). Don't overthink it it. Commit to it. Join in as your fellow members, writers and moderators of Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and webOS Nation put their smartphone differences aside to come together next month for Movember.

For those who make the brilliant decision to participate in Movember, be sure to join the Mobile Nations Network we've setup on the Movember website. You can join the network as an individual or as part of another Movember team. Through the Network page we'll be able to track everybody who's participating and see how much we can raise together as a community. Come the end of Movember, we'll be awarding lots of prizes to those who participate. Best Moustache. Most Money Raised. Best Moustache Photo. You name it. Expect lots of awesome prizes and recgonition for those who join in.

November 1st is just around the corner. The good news is it doesn't take much effort to prepare for Movember. All you need to do is shave your face clean when you go to bed tomorrow night after eating your Halloween treats. If you're still on the fence, hit up the links below for more information. And if you're ready to join us on our Movember challenge -- YOU ROCK -- and should keep reading for more important details.

Learn More About Movember at Movember.com
Check out the MO-bile Nations Network Page on Movember.com

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Samsung shows off ATIV products in commercial

A video of what appears to be a rather unusual commercial is by Samsung has been uploaded to YouTube. The advertisement shows off he Samsung ATIV Windows product line-up. Using an odd script with cheesy acting, the company presents its Windows Phone 8 handset, Windows 8 tablets and laptops.

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Big Buck Hunter Pro iOS

You know what Windows Phone needs? A good hunting game. I mean, Deer Hunter 3D suffered from a broken Achievement and cost three times as much as the iOS version (see above photo for iOS screenshot). Who wants that? Thankfully, this week hunting gets another chance with Big Buck Hunter Pro, which was previously announced for Windows 8 but not Windows Phone 7. Surprise! The game comes from Merge Interactive and Microsoft Studios.

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