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Nokia’s Storage Check gets a small update today

One of the more popular system apps that Nokia makes for its Lumia line would be Storage Check, a tool that allows the device’s memory to be broken down to see where everything is going. But besides just g a pretty graph of storage layout, users can delete Temporary files and manage maps (including moving them to a SD card).

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Huawei is one of the few Windows Phone OEMs that have not been discouraged by the dominance of Nokia. Recently the Chinese phone maker just released its Ascend W2 to the Chinese market. We have heard quite a bit about the successor to the W1 in the past. But today we finally get to see it in full function.

Let's go over the specs of W2 first. It's not a superstar device by any definition: 4.3" touchscreen with a resolution of 800x480, dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera that does not come with a LED flashlight like most other smartphones do these days, and no front-facing camera at all. That's right. It's not a high end phone, and never intended to be sold as one. Ascend W2 is currently sold on Chinese e-commerce website 360Buy for CNY 999 (US$ 163), or even cheaper if you are of higher-tiered membership at 360Buy.

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Developers! Developers! Developers! Live it up, folks. Get as much Ballmer as you can because the Microsoft CEO is stepping down and retiring in the next 12 months. The company fired out a press release today detailing the news that while Steve Ballmer will continue on as CEO and lead Microsoft through the next steps of the transition to a devices and services company, a successor will be selected as a replacement.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Football Apps

Our Windows Phones are great tools to keep up with life while on the go.  Be it checking your email, making calls, surfing the internet or checking in on your favorite social network.  With football season being right around the corner, many will be turning to their Windows Phones to keep tabs with all the scores, standings and stats from their favorite College or Professional football team.

To help you get ready for some football, this week's app roundup, we take a peak at four football oriented apps for our Windows Phone. 

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Since the Windows Phone community is still relatively small, we get the chance to know developers on a first name basis. One of those developers is Rudy Huyn, who has been behind some very popular apps on Windows Phone. There’s the Wikipedia app, which won Microsoft’s Next App Star contest. He also has some other fun apps like TVShow and recently released 6tag. He also reached a milestone in the Windows Phone Store. What happened?

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YouTube launched back in early 2005 as a video-sharing website. A lot has happened since then. The company was acquired by Google in 2006 and since then it has only exploded in popularity with new features and redesigns. As of March 2013, over 1 billion unique visitors use YouTube monthly. Which is a shame with all the recent controversy surrounding an official app on Windows Phone.

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If you have a Surface RT or Surface Pro and were thinking of picking up one of the colorful Touch Covers, you may want to hold off for eight more days. It has been revealed to Windows Phone Central that Microsoft is planning to drop the price on the accessory from the regular $119 to a more reasonable $79.99.

The new price will be permanent.

The Touch Cover was one of two keyboard accessories that launched with the Surface RT late last year, the other being the more robust Type Cover with mechanical keys. There is no evidence to suggest the Type Cover will receive a similar discount but we’re waiting on more information to see if that changes.

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Foundbite is a unique concept. We previously looked at the beta stage kicking off with a superb looking app that allows you to capture photos with a whole new level of depth. Not only can you casually browse a gallery of photos taken by friends, but you'll be able to hear ambience recorded with the Windows Phone when the shots were taken. It's a great way to immerse yourself.

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If you're a fan of the classic arcade game Missile Command, you'll enjoy the Windows Phone game Vectored. Just like the classic game, with Vectored you are tasked with protecting a collection of cities from waves of incoming missiles.

Vectored is now a free game for our Windows Phone (down from $.99) making Vectored all the more attractive.

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Ciel is a fantastic Windows Phone 8 app that lets you tag your images with location and weather information then share them on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram (via Instagraph) and check in with Foursquare.  Templates for weather and location information can be applied to new images or existing photos stored in your Pictures Hub.

Ciel was recently updated to version 3.0.3.570 to address some buggyness the last update created, fixes an Instagram sharing issue, and adds a few improvements to the overall performance, lens integration, and the saving/sharing algorithm.

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Microsoft has started teasing and showing off the next-generation of video game consoles at its stores across the US. The Xbox One is shown in the above video to be sat comfortably, being fed grapes, behind some Smart Glass (you saw what I just did there, right? I'll show myself out). Not quite ready to be unleashed to consumers until November this year, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the console in all its glory at your local.

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While some Lumia owners with the GDR2 OS and Amber update can now use the Nokia Pro Cam app to leverage advanced camera features on their device, the original ProShot continues to evolve and it still offers a noteworthy alternative.

Today, version 2.8.3 is available on the Store and it now controls some GDR2 features that weren’t previously available in earlier builds. It’s also touted as being faster than Nokia Pro Cam, though at least for Lumia 1020 owners, you won’t get those 38MP photos. So what’s new?

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Back at the end of April, Microsoft teamed up with well-known director Roman Coppola to release what was arguably one of the funniest smartphone commercials of the year. Featuring a wedding where everyone was trying to capture the moment, it quickly fell into a fight over who’s smartphone was better. In the end, Windows Phone (featuring the Lumia 920) was left standing with the slogan “Don’t Fight. Switch”.

It was short, funny and catchy, so much so that even non-Windows Phone fans gave it a nod of approval.

Now, a sequel to that commercial has been released with the Lumia 1020 taking center stage. The scenario this time happens at a children’s recital with parents eagerly trying to get the perfect photo. In the process, they shove each other out of the way to get closer to the stage with your typical chaos ensuing. The TV spot concludes with only two parents left and the wife asking “Why aren’t we getting closer?” to which the husband quips back “With the Nokia Lumia 1020, we have the best seats in the house”. He then zooms and re-frames a photo of his kin, nailing the shot.

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Nokia has announced that Delta Airlines will be rolling out the Lumia 820 Windows Phone to more than 19,000 of its flight attendants. The hardware will be used for on-board payments and to improve the overall experience for customers. Not only is the device sleek looking, but you've got better security and of course the Modern UI that makes it a perfect choice for the company.

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Nokia Lumia 820 available for just £179 at Tesco

UK retailer Tesco has a great deal on at the moment should you be looking for a new Windows Phone. The mid-range Lumia 820 is available for just £179 when taking into account an applicable discount code coupled with an already established deal. Listed with a £199 price tag (£100 off already), you'll be able to walk away with the Lumia 820 SIM free at an awesome price.

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Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8.1 internally

A Chinese developer just caught an interesting record in its server log, saying that a mysterious running Windows Phone OS version 8.10.12166 has downloaded his app. Considering the latest version of Windows Phone that we consumers have direct access to is 8.0.10328.78, the higher version in question has to be Windows Phone 8.1 being tested somewhere inside Microsoft.

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Tonight, Rudy Huyn’s long awaited Instagram client 6tag has gone live in the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was recently renamed from 6tagram due to copyright issues, is the first 100% API compliant Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices (Windows Phone 7.x support is expected later).

The app is a free download with in-app purchases to remove ads ($1.29) and to enable optional video uploads ($1.49), though users get one-free upload to test the experience. The app, loosely based off of Huyn’s other work, 6Sec (for Vine), features the same easy to use design along with every feature that Instagram offers, plus more.

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Windows Phone Central first brought you the news about SongArc, a music game that’s reminiscent of Guitar Hero and Audio Surf that will utilize your stored music for exciting gameplay. The game is the brainchild of Turtle Games, who make the popular game Rum Run and András Velvárt, who is the mind behind SurfCube 3D Browser and is an extension of the AppCampus project.

Tonight, we can give you an exclusive first look at the game in action.

We’ll be forthright: this game has all the makings for a hit arcade game on your phone. For one, it’s very well polished in the graphics department, with an eye catching and intuitive UI. Next up, you can bring your own music to the game—who doesn’t want that? Finally, if your song isn't programmed for play, you can just make a “sheet” for it and you’re good to go.

Music, fun and creativity? All checked off.

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Update 8:15PM: Windows Phone Central can now confirm a few things about this story. The phablet will be a 6 inch, 1080p, quad core device with gdr3 and a 20MP camera. It will be reportedly very thin with a slight camera hump akin to the Lumia 925. The tablet, a separate device, will be RT based.

We have it on good authority that Nokia is planning an event for the end of next month. It’s expected to take place in New York City over two days, September 26th and the 27th. What’s happening? We’ve seen leaks for a Nokia branded tablet running Windows RT, but we’ve also heard rumors of larger smartphones on the horizon.

Sources with Reuters are backing up that idea of a “phablet” coming soon.

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