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Online UK mobile phone retailer Unlocked Mobiles has the Lumia 620 available for pre-order, with the first batch of stock expected at the end of January. The Windows Phone 8 has officially launched in China, but will be hitting other markets over the holidays and into 2013. As a low-level handset, it might not pack advanced features, but running Windows Phone 8 and at an affordable price point - it's bound to be a popular choice.

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Images leak of unknown mid-range Nokia Lumia phone

New images of what looks to be an unidentified Nokia phone have shown up on the web today. Not much is known about the device revealed in these photos, except that they are of a Nokia phone running Windows Phone 8 at 800x480 resolution. The device lacks the famed polycarbonate body of the high Lumia 9xx series and that resolution makes this a mid-range device, at best.

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While there are a pile of Windows Phone photography apps to help you take quality and sometimes unique pictures with your Windows Phone camera, if you use this camera with regularity, there's one accessory you really need to consider investing in. A tripod and tripod mount.  Okay, so that's actually two but they kinda go hand in hand...

A tripod will help you keep your Windows Phone steady to avoid motion blur with those low light photos, allow you keep your Windows Phone stationary while shooting video and with apps like Camera Timer (free) lets you jump in the picture at times. And we're not talking about a major investment. There are quality tripods out there that range from $20 and higher. Tripod mounts are in the same price range as well.

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Draw Something for Lumia Windows Phones has been updated to match the version the official app is currently on for all other handsets. Unfortunately a changelog isn't available (as usual with most apps and games), but it's believed the latest release, version 1.0.13 fixes bugs that saw the game freeze when waiting for opponents to guess the drawing, and more.

The paid edition of Draw Something saw the updated being rolled out last week. Nokia offers Draw Something for free (but is ad-supported) in its collection of OEM apps.

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It's another editions of From the Forums, folks! It has been a while since we featured some discussions from our Windows Phone community, so what has been happening on our forums? As expected, a number of threads have been created and posts accumulated so we'll quickly run through what's currently hot on the forum.

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Use your Windows Phone to get more miles per gallon


Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Gas Mileage Apps

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many find themselves traveling more. Last week our Windows Phone App Roundup dealt with Windows Phone apps for the air traveler. This week we focus on Windows Phone apps designed for those who stick to the road for their travel needs. In particular, gas mileage apps.

These apps can help you find the nearest gas station, track your car's performance, track the cost of fuel, and some will even help you keep track of routine service on your car. We picked a handful of apps out from the Windows Phone Store that jumped off the page at us for this weeks roundup.

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Windows Phone Central 153


Better late than never? Yes, we're back for another exciting Windows Phone Central podcast. And it's extra long, because we can't stop talking about everything that is happening with Microsoft and the Windows Phone ecosystem.

This week we have the guru of all things BlackBerry and all around hilarious guy, Kevin Michaluk from Crackberry.com joining the podcast to talk about his virgin experience...with Windows Phone 8. Plus we discuss Windows Phone Portico, the Lumia 620, this week's hottest apps and even field your questions. So join in and either stream to your phone or watch the HD video below!

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The Windows Phone team have announced on the official blog that the Windows Phone Store has expanded to cover 37 new locations around the world. With the newly added markets, the store is available in 112 worldwide, while the website is accessible in 191. The team has continued to work on adding more locations to the list since the platform launched back in 2010.

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Virgin Mobile Canada has completely sold out of HTC 8S stock, according to an alert on its website. It's displayed when attempting to add the Windows Phone to the basket for checkout. This is a refreshing look on Windows Phone popularity with HTC hardware continuing to sell as well as Nokia handsets.

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Liquid Labs updated, fixes Windows Phone 8 bug

LiquidLab has been updated yet again, as promised by the developer. We last looked at the puzzle game last month when it was bumped to version 2. The update introduced a number of new levels, new gametype and more. The issue we found was when attempting to play LiquidLab on a Windows Phone 8 device.

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It’s been a little over two years since Windows Phone landed in the market. One of the first devices at that time was from Dell. The Venue Pro was one of the most unique handsets at launch, it was the only device with a portrait-oriented slide out QWERTY keyboard. That device had a small, loyal fan base for being really great at pounding out emails the old way. If you were hoping for Dell to release a follow up to that stoic phone, it’s time to move on as Dell has no plans to reenter the smartphone market.

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Apple loses patent suit to Nokia, Sony

A Delaware jury has ruled that Apple violated three patents owned by MobileMedia Ideas LLC. (MMI), a patent holding company that was created by Nokia, Sony and MPEG-LA.

The original complaint, filed in March of 2010, alleged that Apple's iPhone used technology protected by fourteen patents held by MobileMedia Ideas. However, all but three patents, 6070068, 6253075, and 6427078, were removed from the suit before it began. MobileMedia Ideas describes these patents as relating to "incoming/current call processing", "incoming call rejection", and "image capture/transfer."

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Nokia has just begun rolling out an update for their Creative Studio app for editing your photos. The other day we gave you a tutorial on how to make the best of the app, as it’s quite handy for quickly touching up your images (and not downscaling their size).

Version 4.1.2.4 is now trickling out, updated from 4.0.16.13, though it may take awhile to hit the servers (only a few of our staff were able to see the update, so this is very fresh). 

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Fraud case dropped by angry Nokia shareholder

An angry shareholder has dropped a class-action suit that he filed back in May accusing Nokia of fraud. Robert Chmielinski, a Nokia investor, had claimed that Nokia spokespeople, including CEO Stephen Elop, knowingly made false statements about how its Lumia line of Windows Phones would boost their position in the global mobile phone market. The suit was based declining stock prices.

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Just a few weeks ago Nokia released PhotoBeamer for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices such as the Lumia 820 and 920. Today, the photo sharing app has been released for Lumia Windows Phones running Windows Phone 7.5 such as the Lumia 900 and 610.

Photobeamer allows you to display your pictures on PC's or other web-enabled devices. Just run the app, head over to Photobeamer.com, scan the QR code that appears on the screen with your Lumia Windows Phone and your photos will appear on that web-enabled device.  It can be a computer, tablet, or a friends phone.  You just need a 3G/4G network or WiFi to send the pictures. 

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The updates for Microsoft’s latest mobile OS keep on coming and this one is very welcome indeed. Lazyworm have just released an update to their very popular Metrotube app for watching YouTube videos, joining the other new or updated Windows Phone 8 Apps. The update brings the release to version 4.0.

A long-time favourite on Windows Phone, the app makes great use of the Metro UI, taking full advantage of the new large tiles and introduces the ability to preload videos for later viewing. Read on past the break to find out more.

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The Windows Phone 8 launch activities continue in full with the “Meet Your Match” demo crew hitting various sites around the UK. Today they are in London’s biggest shopping mall, Westfield Stratford.

The holiday season is upon us and this is the best time for Microsoft to make a splash highlighting Windows Phone 8. If you’re in London and want to check out some Windows Phone 8 device and have a chance at winning £100 read on past the break to find out more.

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We reported a few days ago on Alcatel’s entry into the Windows Phone space with their One Touch View smartphone. The budget friendly device will have a four inch display with front and rear facing cameras.

The handset will run the last version of the Windows Phone operating system, 7.5 and provide a solid spec for a very reasonable price but how will it be marketed? Today we see a video where Ricky tells us of his hopes and dreams. Step inside..

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Today we saw an update arrive for Xbox Live title Cut The Rope, this update looks to have cured the graphical bug seen when launching the game from a dedicated tile on the Start screen.

The otherwise excellent app has exhibited a bug whereby pinning the game to the start screen and launching it would display an odd multi-colour screen and a progress bar. That same thing wouldn’t happen if the app was launched from within the Games Hub.

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We contacted Nokia a short while ago to check in on their navigation apps and we were told to expect some updates soon. Today one of the first of the updates has arrived to bring the Nokia Drive+ Beta to version 2.1.

So what’s new? As well as the usual bug fixes they have introduced a better way to manage power consumption. Read on past the break for more details.

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We reported exclusively on Tuesday on the upcoming update to Pictureslab to bring it to version 5.0, at the time it was still in beta. Good news today is that the Windows Phone Store has caught up and the latest version is available to all.

The good news doesn’t stop there as the app is of course available for existing users to update to for free but new users can now grab it for the special offer price of only US $0.99. Read on past the break to find out more.

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Updated Podcatcher: Grab those podcasts

This is something that we have been keeping a close eye on for a while. The app, as the name of it suggests is for subscribing and downloading your favourite podcasts. Things have been moving fairly swiftly from this developer and we’re today seeing some important updates to bring it up to version 1.3.

The app itself has a simple but effective UI and allows the ability to search, subscribe and update automatically. The full list of updates and details follow.

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