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Marko Ahtisaari. You should know that name by now, if not, add to your memory (we’ll wait). He’s the head of Nokia’s product and user experience design, which means he oversees how our Lumia Windows Phones ultimately look. From changing the chrome buttons to black ceramic, to the battery casing, to the overall feel of the device Marko and his team are the one’s doing it at Nokia.

In this latest clip, the designer takes a look at the Lumia 620, one of our favorite phones in a similar manner to the Lumia 920 video. In it Marko details what the goal of the 620 design was and how Nokia achieved it. While not much new information is revealed, you do get the sense once again of purpose in design here.

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It’s hard to get that excited for the Lumia 928 considering how little we actually know, but one thing is for certain: it should have an 8.7MP OIS PureView camera on board a lighter, thinner phone, giving those on Verizon something to brag about.

Earlier today, a single sample shot taken of a beer was posted online by a Nokia employee (and then it was quickly removed) and now two more photos have been found on Flickr by The Nokia Blog (with verified EXIF data)..

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PCMag has conducted and concluded their annual readers’ choice awards for mobile phones and carriers with a surprising winner. That’s right Windows Phone 8 with an average score of 9.0 for user satisfaction was the highest, besting iOS at 8.6 and Android 8.1. Not only that, as PC Mag points out a score of 9 or higher for user satisfaction is quite rare, giving pause to just how pleased customers are with their Windows Phone.

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A shot taken by the Lumia 928 was uploaded to Picasa by a Nokia employee (according to the associated Google+ account). What's interesting is that the photo was quickly pulled, but remains available thanks to @evleaks where the shot was published again. We're still attempting to create a collage with pieces of information on the Lumia 928, but evidence of the Windows Phone in action is certainly pleasing.

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Many in our audience here know our opinion on Samsung—they lead the way with the Focus back when Windows Phone 7 was launched and up until recently, appeared to be a major competitor on the platform.  But with Windows Phone 8 and their ATIV S and Odyssey phones (with on the runt of the litter getting US carrier support), we’re just going to say: Their phones and effort to promote the platform look half-assed.

That’s not to say they aren’t good devices, indeed the ATIV S has quite a few things going for it and we would actually have no problem recommending it. But between the lack of advertising, reported price drops and even the “late to the show” arrival of their flagship phone, one gets the impression that Samsung is not really into Microsoft any more. (Samsung blames the carriers).

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We’ve talked about Grooveshark clients supposedly coming to Windows Phone in the past, and for reasons unknown, they have never materialized. There are “wrappers” for Grooveshark’s HTML5 website allowing users to stream music, but that’s quite far from a full app experience.

Now a fairly well known developer, SciLor, is evidently throwing his hat in the ring to give it a shot. What makes SciLor’s attempt a little more interesting is the fact he makes a popular Grooveshark app for Android called GrooveMobile, a PC downloader app for the service and he even had a Windows Mobile Grooveshark client back in the day. In other words, he has the chops and experience to actually pull this off in a non-amateur way.

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Nokia Lumia 720 pricing surfaces for the Russian Market

Pricing for the Nokia Lumia 720 has surfaced for the Russian market. The 4.3" WVGA screened Windows Phone will run 14,990 rubles. Which comes out to be about $487 U.S.

The mid-range Windows Phone 8 device will sport a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB of storage. You'll also find microSD support, super sensitive display technology (like on the Lumia 920) and 1.3MP front facing camera and 6.7MP rear camera.

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In a one-two punch, Microsoft has published both Galactic Reign for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with full Xbox integration. The game itself is a somewhat typical space-conquest game, whereby users take turns to advance a strategy. But it’s the details in the game, customization and sheer massive gameplay that is really intriguing.

Throw in the fact that you can continue your game on our phone once you leave your desktop and now we’re really intrigued.

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In a new job posting and an employee posting, Windows Phone 9 gets name dropped for the first time publicly. The exact relationship between Windows (Phone) Blue and what is being referred to now as Windows Phone 9 is not too clear—for instance is Windows Phone 9 just what people are expecting Blue to be renamed to or is it another milestone OS upgrade?

Regardless, the job posting by Microsoft acknowledges XAP/APPX deployment from the Microsoft Store to “Windows Phone 9” and the employee name drops Nokia, HTC and Qualcomm as testing hardware with the new OS (Samsung is curiously absent).

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The other day Feed Me, a popular RSS Reader for your Windows Phone 8 device, was pulled from the Store due to problems the latest update created.

The developer burned the midnight oil and quickly submitted a fixed version of Feed Me for certification. The switch was thrown this morning and Feed Me is once again available in the Windows Phone Store.

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Nokia may be set to hop onto the train to join both Apple and Microsoft in signing patent deals with Android manufacturers. Nokia has put forward two patent infringement claims against ViewSonic and it's been confirmed that both parties are willing to strike a deal. This will prove to be yet another blow to Google with a hardware partner validating Nokia's claims that its platform has IP infringement issues.

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The ATIV S has had its priced slashed in Russia, according to a report over at WindowsPhoneLive.ru. It's believed the change is down to the Samsung Windows Phone selling rather poorly, which has led to both Svyaznoy and Euroset dropping the Windows Phone by 5,000 rubles ($160). Should you be looking at the ATIV S, now would be a good time to begin checking it out for a good deal.

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In a recent editorial, I complained that Microsoft has largely stopped announcing or publicizing Windows Phone games in advance. Well, this week we have a prime example of that. Galactic Reign from Slant Six and Microsoft Studios has just showed on Windows 8 and RT with Xbox features and will appear for Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices (also with Xbox features) later today.

Microsoft teased the game back in October but made absolutely no mention of platforms, so nobody really knew it was coming, and especially not as a multiplatform release with connectivity features. But other than the lack of proper PR, a new game showing up on Windows Phone and Windows 8 with cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer is always good news, so we’ll stop complaining. For now.

Since the Windows 8 game launched ahead of the mobile version, we’ve already put several hours into it. Head past the break for our full impressions, plus details about buying the game on one platform and playing it from another!

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I’ll be straight up from the beginning, I’m more of a Halo guy. But that doesn’t mean I’m not stoked that Call of Duty fans get this official app from Activision to track their stats. Yup, that’s right. Activision has released an Elite app for Call of Duty.

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Pencil in another small victory for Windows Phone in your scorebooks, we just picked up SeeClickFix. It’s an app has been out for rival platforms iOS, Android and BlackBerry, but now it’s sitting in the Windows Phone Store for you to download. SeeClickFix is a simple application to help citizens interact with and report non-emergency issues to their local city governments. CitySourced is a similar app, but SeeClickFix looks and performs better. Check it out.

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It's no secret that women face challenges each month and there are solutions out there to help keep on top of everything. Woman Calendar is a Windows Phone app, developed by a small startup in Bulgaria, which aids women in keeping track of their cycle, as well as assisting in the emotional and physical changes that occur. The app is also billed to help men better understand and prepare for such times to arise.

We've previously looked at Woman Calendar a handful of times, but now the app has been bumped to support Windows Phone 8.

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Should you not be familiar with Gibbage Cases, it's a home grown venture that utilises 3D printing to produce protective cases for mobile devices. We previously looked at the HTC 8X Windows Phone, but now Kevin "Gibbage" Miller has returned to our community forum with a sequel - for the Lumia 920. The above is the current design that's being produced as we speak, but Miller is looking out for someone to test the product in every day life.

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Shotly Golf (formerly Executive Caddie) has launched it's 2013 Masters Madness giveaway contest where over forty Windows Phone related items will be given away over the next thirty days. Prizes include Nokia Lumia 920s, Microsoft Surface RT tablets, Nokia Fatboy Charging Pillows and more.

To enter your chance at the giveaway, write a review (good or bad) of Shotly Golf in the Windows Phone Store then comment on the daily drawing post over on Shotly Golf's Facebook page with the word "done".

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If there is one thing Windows Phone users like it’s weather apps. And it’s even better, when they are sale.

Such is the case with Amazing Weather HD, which normally goes for $1.99 (though it was at $1.49 recently) but for at least the next week it can be had for a more reasonable $0.99. The sale only applies to US, UK, France, Spain, Finland and Germany marketplaces.

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Yesterday we brought you the story about Instagram reportedly already in the Windows Phone Store. The app is hidden, presumably for Microsoft eyes only, and we argued that if Microsoft had built the app they could be waiting on some last minute negotiations with Instagram to use their APIs legally.

Now, the same source, @anontechleaks, has a few more tidbits including images of Real Racing 3 and Temple Run—two huge titles that Windows Phone desperately needs. Real Racing 3 evidently requires 1.7GB of free space, putting it probably in 800MB range.

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It’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft’s semi-regular time to push out OS and software updates to our computers. Today is no different, and if you’re on Windows 8 you’ll get at least 13 important updates (83MB) and if you’re on Surface, you’re looking at 14 patches (38-118MB) and a firmware update. (Some of that will vary for you as different Office 2010 and Office 2013 updates are included.)

So what’s new? Well, the biggest news is that Microsoft has enabled Flash to work now in Internet Explorer 10 for RT. If you recall, Microsoft only allowed a few, specific websites with Flash to work on Internet Explorer 10 citing performance and battery life reasons. There was even a neat little work around that you could do yourself to bypass this. Now, Microsoft have reversed that decision, which they say is due to more sites becoming IE10 compatible.

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HTC looking to get into the mapping business?

HTC, much like Samsung, has been targeted by not only ourselves, but consumers too. The companies have been in the heat of complaints when it comes to lack of support for Windows Phone, when compared to Nokia. We'll attempt to not sound like a broken record, but it's long been the case where Nokia has pushed the platform forward, with Samsung and HTC (as well as other manufacturers) taking more of a back seat approach. 

Despite what we all may think of HTC, the company may yet show consumers that the towel hasn't been thrown in when it comes to Windows Phone. The news website Windows Phone Italy has contacted sources familiar with HTC plans in Taiwan and have learnt that the company is looking at a navigation solution for its family of Windows Phones. Could we see the first sign of the company looking to match its unique hardware with software?

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