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Official NBC News app hits Windows Phone 8

You know what's crazy? Microsoft and NBC once ran a joint news channel and website called MSNBC. But back in 2005, NBC bought the stake that Microsoft had in the news channel and only last year completed the transaction to completely take over the website. It then went from being msnbc.com to nbcnews.com. And now you've got an official Windows Phone app to keep tabs on the latest news from that very site.

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A lot of you love mobile games. And Windows Phone doesn't exactly have a shortage of great games to keep you occupied for hours and hours. Mobile gaming on a phone hasn't always been this awesome, touchscreens really took it to another level. They aren't without their faults though and some games work best with tactile controls, something like a gamepad. Is there one for Windows Phone? Yes, MOGA.

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Good news for our friends up north on Rogers as their Lumia 920’s should be receiving the coveted 1308 firmware update, starting in the last few hours.

The 1308 firmware brings with it numerous under the hood fixes and improvements to sensors, screen brightness, the camera and allows the addition of the Storage Check option, giving users more oversight on their app space.

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Believe it or not, there are some settings where you shouldn't have your smartphone around. Places like a doctors appointment, job interview, or court hearing are fairly obvious places where you should leave it in the car or at least put it on silent. So what happens when the professional across the table breaks this rule, especially if it's your own? In the case of a Michigan judge, you hold yourself in contempt. No, this not the Onion. 

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My Nokia Blog is reporting on specifications the next Nokia flagship Windows Phone (possibly the RM-877) will feature. Mentioning sources familiar with company plans, it's believed that the device will indeed have a superior camera to what's currently available on the platform. That we can be sure of as Nokia is pushing optics even further, but what about the other entries on the specifications sheet? According to the source, Nokia is working on two different models of the EOS, which we've previously looked at numerous times.

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DualCamPhoto is one of the more interesting Windows Phone 8 camera apps in that you capture photos using both the front and rear cameras with a single press of the shutter. DualCamPhoto was recently updated to version 2 and adds a nice set of features to the mix to give users a little more control over the end product.

You now have post editing capabilities with DualCamPhoto to allow users a choice in how their dual photos are presented. You have the traditional side-by-side plus picture-in-picture and a split image view.

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Good news for those who reside in the UK. Telecoms regulator Ofcom is looking to finally tackle the confusion over dialling 0845 and similar dialling codes used by many businesses from mobile phones. Not only that but the organisation has also released a number of videos to help avoid accumulating a huge bill from apps and stores.

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The popular unofficial Google Maps app for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.1. gMaps has been available on the platform for some time and it's good to see more updates published by the developer. gMaps (both the free and pro version) were previously bumped to version 2.0, adding Windows Phone 8 support. So what's new in this latest release? Street View has been refreshed and a number of improvements have been implemented.

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UK technology retailer Clove has slashed its pricing for the HTC 8X Windows Phone, which is now available for just £276 (including VAT). While the price still remains high for many consumers, it's now a more affordable smartphone. The high-end device is HTC's current flagship Windows Phone and we painted a positive painting with our in-depth review

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Shh, don't tell Nokia, but the Lumia 928 isn't exactly a secret. The high-end Lumia is destined for Verizon Wireless here in the United States. Further adding to the growing evidence are these parts for the Lumia 928. If you're planning on some DIY repair adventures you'll want to check this out. 

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Microsoft reportedly working on smartwatches

It seems these days that smartphones have relegated watches to be wardrobe accessories. While you and I may still keep those wearable clocks on our wrists, there is a good percentage of the population that doesn't necessarily need them anymore. Don’t tell Microsoft though, the Redmond company is supposedly working on a smartwatch. SPOT take two?  Four screens and a cloud?

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First impressions are everything and Windows Phone has that covered. It’s by far one of the most unique and beautiful operating systems at first glance. Its beauty is also more than skin deep, spend a few minutes playing around and you’ll know something is different about it. Albert Shum recently sat down with Jay Greene at CNET to talk Windows Phone and design.

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Chip magazine, reportedly among the most popular technology resources in Turkey, has carried out an interesting test with the Lumia 920. The test has seen the Nokia Windows Phone sent into space. This isn't the first time the device has been used in the name of science as a Finnish retailer previously fired a handful up into space. So what's new in this experiment, compared to the one carried out in 2012?

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Death of the PC era, or just a load of garbage?

Many have been (and continue to do so) predicting the end of personal computing as we know it today. But it's a bit like global warming - a controversial topic. Windows 8 has been available on the market for a number of months and while sales haven't been as strong as one hoped, it's not the sole reason the PC being in a potential situation. A new article on the Forrester blog really goes into some detail about why such thoughts should stop.

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Earlier today we shared with you guys news about Microsoft looking to add more live tiles to Windows Phone. It would allow the interface to look better on displays with larger and higher resolutions, something that Windows Phone 8 currently might not excel at. A reader sent a quick mockup of what that would look like. We figured we’d share it with you all.

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Some time ago we took a look at Gibbage Cases for the HTC 8x. The cases are 3D printed shells that snap on to your 8x to give the Windows Phone a little bit of style and protection. There was mention that cases were in development for the Nokia Lumia 920 and it looks like the Lumia 920 cases will be here before you know it.

While the 920 cases are still in the prototype stage Kevin Miller, the designer behind Gibbage Cases, has posted the above video over on YouTube and is going to give away a 3D printed case to five viewers who subscribe and comment to the video.

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Nokia Lumia 720 up for pre-order in India

Seems like just yesterday we gave you our unboxing and first impressions of the new Nokia Lumia 720 (it was). It is an amazing phone, Daniel shared some of the images from the camera – spoiler alert, they are awesome and you’ll be seeing them in a few days in the review. If you can’t wait for our word on whether or not to pick up this phone and happen to be in India, you can go ahead and preorder now.

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Ruzzle, the popular word game akin to Boggle but with the ability to play with friends across iOS and Android, has managed to get a decent update today. Version 1.1 is now live in the Store and brings Toast Notifications and user stats for your game history.

Boasting over 35 million players, the game was first launched on iOS back in March 2012, later going to Android and finally landing on Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices just over two weeks ago. Much like Wordament, the game involves users trying to find words in a grid of letters, scoring higher points for larger, more complicated ones.

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