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The official Flickr app for Windows Phone is slacking off. It hasn’t been updated since 2012 in March. Thankfully, we’ve got a ton of great developers stepping up to the plate to provide solid Flickr experiences on Windows Phone. Some of our favorites include Pixl, Indulged, and Viewr for Flickr. Feel free to add newcomer 2flicka to that list of awesome Flickr apps for Windows Phone. Let’s check it out.

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We recently reported that Windows Phone is the world’s fastest growing smartphone operating system with a 275% percent growth rate, but that might not be Microsoft’s only reason to smile. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 8 now owns 9.25% of the desktop market. Breaking that number down even further, we find that 1.72% of all market share belongs to Windows 8.1, while the other 7.53% belongs to the vanilla version, Windows 8.

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Quality apps that are exclusive to Windows Phone make us very happy. Foundbite is one that we’ve covered in the past in beta form and it’s now available for you to download. This is an app we’ve been looking forward to hitting the Store for a long time. Now that it’s here we’ll check it out and hopefully help convince you to get on board with one of the coolest apps to come out of AppCampus.

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Although Windows Phone 8 is nearly one year old, the promise of numerous VOIP apps is still not quite a reality. Yesterday though, Nimbuzz, an old school messaging service, finally delivered on free voice calls for their Windows Phone app.

Version 1.1.4.0 is now live in the Store for Windows Phone 8 devices. Free voice calls (with your Nimbuzz contacts) and bug fixes are the two features on order.

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Grab the Verizon HTC 8X for $199 with Deal Steals

We all love a good bargain, especially with the festive period coming up. We've come across a superb offer to tempt you to the platform (or for yet another phone for the collection). The HTC 8X is available for just $199 on Daily Steals. The Windows Phone from HTC is a premium smartphone with an array of features, including Beats Audio. While locked to the Verizon network, it's a great upgrade should you already be on the network.

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Data from Strategy Analytics suggests sales of Windows Phone units were up over 275% year-over-year for the third quarter. 

Windows Phone has been in third place for mobile operating systems for quite some time. The latest developments around BlackBerry only widen the lead for Windows Phone, while cementing its spot in third. However, to catch up to the likes of Android and iOS it has a lot of work left to do. The latest numbers in market share and global shipments show Windows Phone making solid progress in the third quarter of 2013.

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Movember (a charitable spin on November) is an important month of the year, enabling every man to grow a moustache for charity. These "Mo’s" raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. It's a worthwhile cause. If you remember last year, we also got involved with Movember, but Nokia has now released an unofficial Movember (www.movember.com​) app, titled #MoWithLove.

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Nokia's Fred Patton has taken to the Developer blog to announce the Create competition winners. Developers are tasked to create apps for Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia. The previous contest, Nokia Future Capture, was centred on imaging and the Lumia 1020. This contest however, has multiple categories, opening up the flood gates for different types of apps.

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Huawei have made the Ascend W2 UMTS version official - giving consumers in the smartphone market yet another option when deciding on which smartphone to purchase. According to the below press release the device should be available now in China (but has already been listed at retailers) - with roll outs later this month to Russia and the Netherlands, and further markets to follow in due course. 

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Windows Phone Central App and Game Roundup: Are you ready for some Football?

This time of year many will find themselves pre-occupied with the American pastime football. Be it fixated on Saturday with College Football or glued to the screen on Sunday with the NFL, we love our football.

The sport now transcends the weekend with games during the week as well as on the weekends.  For the times we can't be anchored to the couch, taking in all the games, our Windows Phones are a great way to stay in touch with the sport.  This week's Windows Phone Central Roundup focuses on those gridiron apps.  Apps that focus on delivering all the news, scores, stats and standings from the football field.  We also throw in a few football games for good measure just in case you need something to help you pass the time with during those extended t.v. time-outs.

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For those with Xbox Live Gold Memberships, every month Microsoft tags a few games and offers them as free downloads. The Games with Gold program offers two free games to Xbox Live Gold Members each month.

One of the two titles becomes available on the first of the month and the second title lands on the 16th. For November, your Games with Gold titles are A World of Keflings (available on the 1st) and Iron Brigade (available on the 16th).

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Mint.com has had a rollercoaster of a relationship with Windows Phone. Earlier this year they said they had no plans for Windows Phone. Fast forward a few months and we’re looking at them instead confirming a Mint.com app for Windows Phone before the end of the year. Not only are they working on Windows Phone support, but they also confirmed a Windows 8 version of Mint.com in time for the holidays.

Want in on the beta for Windows 8 and Windows Phone? Yes you do. Details below.

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Download the latest App Social beta to discover new apps

Nokia’s App Social is a clever app for users. It’s in the Nokia Collection, so exclusive to Lumia owners. However, it’s still a pretty fun way to discover new apps in the Store. App Social is a place where a social network becomes a great place for app discovery. It started out in beta as App Highlights before graduating to App Social. Now there’s a new a new beta version of App Social for you to try out, so let’s check it out.

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Today is Halloween so this is your last chance! Today when you're out trick-or-treating, heading to your kids Halloween parade or just slumming around the house in costume, don't forget to snap a photo for our #TrickOrWP contest. It can be pretty much whatever you want, just be sure to show off your phone or tablet in the picture.

Send us your photos (details below) and we'll pick the best of the best to win some awesome prizes ... or will we?

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Dell released the Latitude 6430u Ultrabook as a notebook as an affordable light and portable machine for the business professional. We have been quite happy with the new direction of design Dell has been headed in, but there is one problem – one of their laptops “smell of cat urine”.

According to reports from the BBC, “a number of users” have been complaining that some of their Latitude Ultrabooks “smell of cat urine”. While not a very appealing scent, Dell engineers have assured that the machines have not been biologically contaminated and there is no health hazard.

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We all are familiar with myAppFree and the latest partnership delivers the Windows Phone 8 game Zombies Can't Jump for free.

Zombies Can't Jump is a multi-level games that has you facing waves after wave of the walking dead, exploiting their inability to jump.  The game has two game modes, twenty levels of play, a healthy assortment of weapons and is a fun game to pass the time with.

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A contest being held jointly by Nokia and concert ticket sales giant Live Nation seems to have confirmed one of Nokia's rumored upcoming handsets, the Lumia 525. the Nokia All Access contest is offering the winner two tickets to a Live Nation concert of their choice in Canada, as well as a Nokia Lumia 525. Oops.

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There used to be the days of woe when new buyers brought home their newly purchased Surface RT device, only to discover that they would never be able to hook it up to a wired network. Then, a few days ago, word had leaked on the internet that the Surface Ethernet Adapter would finally work, but users plugged in their devices and found disappointment when it continued to not work.

Don't fret though, someone has the steps to get you up and running.

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PSA: WhatsApp is not in open Beta for Windows Phone

Over the weekend, we started receiving a truckload of tips regarding the WhatsApp beta being “opened to the public”. For those who don’t know, WhatsApp maintains two branches, one being the public release the other one for beta development. The second branch is closed and “invite only” (yes, we’re a part of it) while the other one is for general release.

We obviously didn’t write anything on the story because frankly, it didn’t seem right. Why would WhatsApp suddenly open a beta that had been private for a very long time? Publicizing it as an "open beta" when it in fact was not, would do nothing but contribute to misinformation. So we held off.

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Nokia announced both the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 at Nokia World 2013 earlier this month. The two Windows Phones will be launching soon in multiple markets, adding a "phablet" option to the Lumia family of smartphones. Should you reside in Russia and wish to get your hands on the Lumia 1320 before it's released, you will son be able to pre-order the device from the N-Store.

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We've received a tip that the New Zealand mobile operator Telecom is currently rolling out a firmware update for the Nokia Lumia 920. It's believed the update unlocks 4G connectivity, which was previously disabled. The network will be launching its 4G upgrade next month and this update will ensure Lumia 920 owners will be able to enjoy faster data transfer speeds.

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