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We've closed out mobile creativity week of Talk Mobile, so it's survey time! Yep, another Talk Mobile week, another Talk Mobile survey, and another chance to win some money in exchange for giving us some quantifiable data! Mobile creativity week touched on photography, videography, mobile business, and more, and it was just great.

So, without further ado, here's the mobile creativity week survey - it's not too long, tackling photos and video and business and the like. And it's multiple choice, so don't feel like you have to study or cheat or anything. And as a bit of incentive, completing the survey enters you for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Best Buy. Sounds like a good deal, eh?

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

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For Microsoft, Windows Vista took priority over Mobile. Years later, Steve Ballmer regrets that decision.

As Microsoft’s 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting wraps up, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer fielded questions from the audience of investors about the company. In responding to one inquiry about Microsoft, its direction and reorganization, Ballmer had an interesting confession regarding the last decade at Microsoft.

Although Ballmer has previously acknowledged that Vista was something he wished he handled differently, in tonight's response he was even more specific. Ballmer regrets not putting more resources into what was then Windows Mobile. Instead, the company had invested its talent and resources into Vista, an OS that would forever blemish the reputation of the company.

It would also cause Microsoft to miss the mobile explosion just a couple years later.

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This evening, Microsoft is hosting their 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting, addressing shareholders about the current status of the company and its future. Most of the discussion, which is ongoing as we write, has focused on cloud computing, Xbox, Windows and all of Microsoft’s services.

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage within the last hour and elaborated on many of these areas, including Windows Phone. While not a lot of time was spent on the growing division, Ballmer did of course talk about the recent Nokia purchase.

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Amber now live for the Lumia 920 on EE UK

Nokia promised the world would get Amber by the end of September. There’s only a little over a week left in the month for them to keep that promise. AT&T customers still don’t have it on their Lumia 920s, but folks in the UK on EE/Orange should be smiling right now. Reports are pouring in on a little update becoming available.

Details after the break.

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Just because Nokia owns about 80% of the OEM market for Windows Phone, that doesn’t mean other manufacturers can't get in on the action. There’s a Samsung device coming up around the corner called the SGH-i187, which recently spent some time at the FCC here in the United States. Now, that’s not the same consumers are going to call it, but instead they might refer to it as the Cronus.

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Yammer is Microsoft’s social network for enterprise and a place where companies can let their employees get their Facebook-fix, but in a manner that benefits the company. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 2012, and it’s one of the leading enterprise social networks with a fairly lucrative freemium model.

The Yammer Windows Phone app has slowly been getting better with each update, and today's update is no exception. 

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Did Qualcomm just confirm the Lumia 1520's new advanced chipset? [Updated below]

The upcoming 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 is expected to be announced next month and released in the US for November. While many points about the device have already come forward, it’s still nice to get some seemingly solid confirmation on specifics.

In this case, the official Qualcomm Twitter account responded to a Mika B. regarding the brand new Snapdragon 800 chipset. Mika simply noted “See you in Lumia 1520 with superior 20 Mpx Camera” to which Qualcomm surprisingly replied “You are correct – and we’re proud to be a part of that awesome device.”

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Some new details have emerged on Nokia's alleged "Plan B" to build an Android phone running on Lumia hardware, in case things went South with their Microsoft partnership.

According to CTechCN, a site with a pretty solid history of reporting leaks, Nokia's Beijing Research and Development team designed an Android-powered smartphone codenamed "Mountain View" that was manufactured by Foxconn and had progressed to later stages of testing.

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Two and a half weeks ago Microsoft announced their intent to buy the devices and services division Nokia. At that time, Stephen Elop stepped down as CEO of Nokia to become the VP of the devices and services division. This would allow him to move to Microsoft when the deal completes sometime in early 2014. He’s also getting a hefty payout as part of the deal. How much?

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I wasn’t too thrilled with last week’s Xbox Red Stripe Deal, but this week’s sale title is a much more solid game. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is on sale for $1.99, down from $4.99. This marks the fourth time it’s been on sale, but the last time was back in November so a lot of Windows Phone newcomers probably missed it.

The non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals are pretty good too. The hidden object game Flux Family Secrets from Big Fish Games is on sale for 99 cents. If you like the genre, consider it a must-buy. And JDB Pocketware’s calendar/productivity app AppoinTile is 99 cents as well. Details and Store links after the break!

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Today was supposed to be a joyous day for Telstra customers, a day that they could pre-order the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows phone. Sadly, however, Telstra has run into a software issue on their Lumia 1020s that is bad enough to postpone the release indefinitely, forcing Telstra to cancel all pre-orders for the Nokia flagship phone. Thankfully, the news isn't all bad. As a result of the cancelations, Telstra has generously shipped out free Nokia Lumia 520 smartphones to those who pre-ordered the Lumia 1020.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is already cheap as chips, being the most affordable Lumia Windows Phone on the market. But that hasn't stopped TigerDirect from knocking off a further $60 of the already low price tag with a mail-in rebate. Locked to AT&T, each purchase also comes with a copy of Total Defense Premium Internet Security for your PC. 

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We've all been there. You arrive into a new country or find yourself in a city where you need a taxi (or cab) but can't seem to get hold of one or have some difficulty in getting to the necessary points and locate a free driver. This is where Euro Taxi for Windows Phone comes into play. Instead of faffing about with multiple cards and numbers, simply make a booking while on the go at standard rates. Easy.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is an extremely popular smartphone, in fact it's actually the most preferred Windows Phone around. The device has also taken over the Indian Windows Phone market, according to previous reports released by AdDuplex. Today, news has begun circling around that Windows Phone has surpassed the iPhone in India to take second position behind Android.

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Previously we reported that Microsoft will be giving a special white edition of the Xbox One console to team members of the Xbox division. If you are consumed by the fire of jealousy, consider this to be some good news: supposedly an insider source in China revealed that the white next-gen Xbox One will be available to the consumer market some time after the console's initial launch in late November.

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Just over two weeks ago, Microsoft announced plans to buy the hardware and services division of Nokia. It’s the part of the company that actually makes all the hardware you’ve come to appreciate over the years. The remainder of Nokia will focus on three core businesses: location services (Here platform), Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and its advanced technologies division.

Nokia also keeps its patents portfolio, which Microsoft has licensed for 10 years. For others, they'll continue to need to pay royalties to use patents that Nokia owns and Nokia will continue to protect those patents. It’s happening right now in Germany. And according to one patent analyst, Nokia is closing in on one victory over a USB configuration patent against HTC.

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What’s going to happen to all those Lumia exclusive apps in the Nokia Collection when Microsoft finalizes the deal to buy Nokia? Nobody knows at this point. But until then, a lot of you will just look forward to days like this when an app leaves the Nokia Collection and becomes available for everyone in the Windows Phone ecosystem. Which app jumped the fence? PGA Tour for Windows Phone.

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FlashVideo is a Windows Phone video player that taps into various websites to deliver movies, television series and live sports to your Windows Phone.

FlashVideo normally runs $3.99 but for a limited time only, through a partnership with myAppFree, FlashVideo is...well...free.

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Last week we told you guys about a promotion going on at Microsoft Stores across the nation. Take your old, unwanted, outdated iPad and trade it in for at least a $200 gift card at the Microsoft Store. The catch was that it had to be an iPad 2 or newer and you needed to physically do it at a Microsoft Store near you. Those restrictions have been lifted in a new buyback program from Microsoft. Read on for the details.

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We’re a few years from having the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But if you find yourself in Brazil before then you’ll definitely want to grab Easy Taxi for Windows Phone. You’ve probably heard of Uber here in the United States and elsewhere. Think of Easy Taxi as the same, a service that lets you use your smartphone to hail cabs. Details after the break.

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Just yesterday we reported on how strong of a market India was for Windows Phone. The OS has been the number two in the country for three consecutive quarters now, beating out BlackBerry and the iPhone. Part of that success has been the range of devices released, especially from Nokia. The other piece of the puzzle is the ability for Windows Phone to pick up major apps that consumers are looking for.

Today, two big apps have landed for Windows Phone users in that region: Union Bank of India and KBC, which is better known as ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ to English audiences.

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There are so many great games on Windows Phone, you’ll probably never get the chance to play and beat them all. One developer who consistently makes some of our favorite games is Hexage. They’ve given us great games like Radiant, Radiant Defense, Robotek, Totemo, and more! So you know any new game they release is going to be good. Let’s take look at their latest called Reaper.

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No, it’s not Fitness Month at Mobile Nations. But BodBot is a too cool of a fitness app to pass up. It’s one of those apps that doesn’t come around too often. It’s where a unique idea meets both good app design and performance. It’s also cross-platform, with apps for Android and iOS available in addition to a web presence. BodBot is part personal trainer and part nutritionist all rolled into one app. Let’s check it out.

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