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Travel deals site Priceline.com has put out a hotel booking app for Windows Phone 7 and 8.

The app lets you search for hotels based on location and star level and then book rooms without the need to bid on them. That is because Priceline.com chooses the best deals based on your search and displays them for you, making booking quick and easy. If you're not looking for a specific hotel, you can also check out their daily deals for even bigger discounts.

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Nokia looks at the history of augmented reality

Augmented reality is both fun and a useful way for software to interact with what's presently visible in the real world. It's advanced technology that really brings hardware to life. A perfect example of use is Nokia's own City Lens app that enables users to look up POI (points of interest) while walking down any given street. All locations are displayed on-screen as the camera is panned across. But where has augmented span from?

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We're heading past CES and into 2013 where a lot is planned in the near future. Not just Microsoft either. We've got BlackBerry 10 on the horizon, but also a strong start of the year for Windows Phone marketing and hardware being pushed in multiple markets. The Lumia family of hardware will prove to be valuable assets in the struggle for marketshare, while HTC and Samsung devices compliment Nokia's investment. Let's not forget Huawei too!

With all this action, there must be some hot threads on the forum, right? Correct! We'll be rounding up a handful for you to check out today.

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It looks like AT&T want to really put some Windows Phones in customers hands as a new offer evidently has gone live.  We just got word that AT&T is offering a new deal to help push Windows Phone 8 devices starting…well yesterday and going through February 21st (the same date as the free wireless charger offer).

The new deal is simple: buy one Windows Phone 8 device and get $100 off of the same type of Windows Phone e.g. if you buy a Lumia 920, you can get $100 off of a second Lumia 920. Likewise if you buy an HTC 8X you can get the discount for $100 off of a second 8x.

Of course there are the usual qualifiers but still, that’s a good incentive to push some Windows Phones out the door for at least a few weeks.  No word if this will be offered online or only in-store. Check out the full details from an internal AT&T email after the break...

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We get it, you get it, and everyone gets it, the camera on the Lumia 920 kicks ass. Whether devouring photons in low-light situations or reproducing great audio in videos, the 920 can handle it all with aplomb.

So here is another one of those videos showing off a killer feature unique to Nokia and their PureView technology, specifically the optical image stabilization. The video puts a Lumia 920 and a competitor on a hexacopter at the Nokia Lumia 920 launch event in India.

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Nokia Lumia 505 unboxing video surfaces

The Nokia Lumia 505 has been featured in an unboxing video on YouTube. Mexican mobile operator Telcel is the company behind the video and shows off what consumers can purchase for use on the network. The Windows Phone is exclusively targeted to Mexico and Telcel in particular. It's the sister to the Lumia 510, both are low-end hardware.

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Bus Checker has been released for Windows Phone. Already available on competitor platforms, the app is popular with those who either rely on or frequently use public transport in the UK. Bus Checker (available as both a London and UK version) enables users check real time information for 300,000 bus stops across the country.

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Apple is done and Microsoft's Surface is now down with the kids, according to a report by Buzz Marketing Group. The company specialises in youth marketing and has discovered that younglings are more into Microsoft's Surface tablet than Apple's competing hardware. This might be proof to show just how similar new generation of hardware is to predecessors, with little to excite consumers - teens in particular.

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We’re not sure what’s going on over at Google but either incompetence or the trolling bug has seized control of operations. Last week we saw a purposeful redirect of maps.google.com send Windows Phone users to the search page instead of allowing them to use Maps (Google later backed down) and now today it’s affecting YouTube.

The behavior is specific: head to m.youtube.com and click any video. In the past, such an action would launch Internet Explorer’s HTML5 video player, allowing Windows Phone users to watch just about everything that was mobile (assuming it wasn’t a Flash-only video). Now on Windows Phone 8 devices we get prompted to install an app.

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Evernote, the popular note taking app for your Windows Phone, has been updated to version 2.5.4 and adds a few handy features to the app.

The update adds Evernote Business support to the Windows Phone app and allows you to create searchable Business Notebooks, in addition to the Personal Notebooks. Premium Evernote users now have a PIN Lock that allow you to secure the Evernote app from prying eyes.  The PIN Lock will kick in automatically after ten minutes of inactivity. 

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Microsoft has a nice collection of celebrity endorsements for Windows Phone 8 from Singer Gwen Stefani to Actress Jessica Alba to Olympic Athlete Kerri Walsh. Cam Newton, NFL Quarterback for the Carolina Panthers (and former Auburn University QB), has also jumped into the action.

Cam is featured in four video spots, each with a slightly different ending such as the "Poundcake and French Fries" version above.

To highlight Cam's Windows Phone experience, Microsoft is holding a poll over on Twitter to see which ending to his Windows Phone commercial should be aired on January 20th during the NFC Championship football game. There are four endings to choose from and you can catch the remaining three just past the break.  To cast your vote and to see the live poll results, just head on over to the Windows Phone Blog.

Just a shame they didn't have a "War Eagle" version...

Source: Windows Phone Blog; Thanks, Rodney, for the tip!

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If you're looking for a way to view web pages on your Surface RT, or any other Windows RT device, there's a tool out there to let you update the Default Whitelist. In doing so you can authorize web pages to display Flash content in your browser.

Just download the Windows RT Flash Player Tool here and install it to your Windows RT tablet. You can download/install from the Windows RT browser or transfer it via USB, SkyDrive or other means.

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Hello Friends is a really nifty Windows Phone lockscreen app that generates a wallpaper based off your Windows Phone contact photos. While the original release had Hello Friends only compatible with Windows Phone 8 devices, the latest update brings the app to our Windows Phone 7 devices.

Version 3.0 of Hello Friends is now available for the Windows Phone 7 devices and while it won't automatically change your lockscreen wallpaper, it allows you to create the image collage, save it to your Pictures Hub and set it manually as your lockscreen wallpaper as you would any other photo.

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We’re not going to beat around the bush with this one: Xbox Music leaves a lot to be desired on Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8), so with every little update we get a tad excited.

Today, Microsoft is pushing out an update for the Music portion of your PC or Surface bumping it from version 1.1.139.0 to 1.1.144.0. Luckily for you we also have a corresponding changelog so you know what to look for...

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Our Windows Phones are great devices to keep you in touch. Either through actually using it as a wireless telephone, checking your email, chatting through text messages, surfing the web or accessing your favorite app or game. But there are some occasions where your Windows Phone, or any other smartphone for that matter, can be rather annoying.

Occasions such as a movie theater when someone pulls out there Windows Phone to check a missed call and the screen lights up the room. Or when you're in a meeting and the chime sounds for an incoming text that interrupts your bosses in mid-speech.

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Update: We now have a discount code...see below.*

Moment of humble-brag: I bought a new car recently and since it’s my first new car I’m suddenly into accessories for it. Enter in ProClip, one of the top recommended companies who manufacture in-car mounts for literally everything mobile.

We had a few conversations with Johan van Mierlo, Global Partner Development Manager at ProClip at CES 2013 and truth be told their products are quite compelling for those considering a superior setup for their vehicles.

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Nokia pushes out another Network+ update for Lumias

The boys and girls from Finland are once again actively tweaking their system apps for their Windows Phone 8 Lumias. We’ve received a few tips this morning that their Network+ app has been updated and indeed, we can confirm.

The app is now being bumped to version 1.2.4.18. What’s changed? Heck if we know though we can tell you that the app, formely called Calls + SMS, deals with some cell network settings and is considered pretty important, especially if you’re experiencing any oddities in cell behavior.

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Hamstas 'n Kitties lands in the Windows Phone Store

The developers of the Windows Phone game Pirates Assault have released a new game for our Windows Phone, Hamstas 'n Kitties.

Dagari Studios has developed a rather unique game that draws a little from Tetris, a little from Bejeweled and maybe a dash from Bubble Birds. With Hamstas 'n Kitties you are presented with a playing field with assorted colored hamsters. Your goal is to create combos of three or more of the same colored hamsters. The gathering of hamsters continue with a row of the furry critters dropping from the top of the screen periodically. If the collection of hamster's reaches the top of the screen, game over.

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Sitting down with Chris Weber, Executive Vice President, Nokia Global Sales and Marketing at Nokia, is always a fun challenge here at Windows Phone Central as we want to ask way more questions than we can get answers too.

Still, we try and it’s clear that Nokia for 2013 have specific goals and messages for their Lumia line..

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It appears that Samsung will not be launching the companies Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab, in the U.S. market and the future doesn't look bright for other markets as well.

The reason behind the cold feet? Feedback from Samsung's retail partners indicated demand for Windows RT tablets is modest at best and the investment to sell the importance of Windows RT's benefits was too great.

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