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Samsung Focus

The Focus gets some life breathed into it

The other day we gave you folks a quick tour of some bits of Windows Phone 7.8. The upcoming OS update is not yet finished but pieces of it are being incorporated into custom ROMs and are hitting all generation 1 and 2 devices, including the HTC Arrive, Titan and even now the Samsung Focus.

The Focus is considered by many to be the “classic” Windows Phone as it had a great design, sold well and many are in fact still using it. For that reason, it’s kind of neat to see it get this cobbled together 7.8 ROM, which has some other nice bonus features like some Nokia apps and USB Video out.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Low Light Comparison

While we have seen first hand how well the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone camera performs in low light, we are seeing more signs that the Pureview Camera really shines when lighting is limited.

A Lumia 920 prototype, like the one we saw in the iPhone 5 video comparison, was put up against the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 in a low light test. Lights were dimmed to 5 lux on a static scene. Generally speaking, a city street lamp illuminates the area with about 10 lux. So five lux isn't much brightness.

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Devs

The big news for developers with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is of course the coming together of the two platforms under the same core. While it is far from being a 1:1 overlap in terms of coding, it is clear that developing on one platform will naturally lend itself to developing on the other, often with devs being able to recycle much of their code and design.

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AT&T Tablets

AT&T has big plans for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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It looks like once again AT&T in the United States will be taking the helm for Windows Phone 8 and even Windows 8 come October and November. Windows Phone Central has now confirmed information about AT&Ts upcoming plans, including employee-training dates for the big launch. The info comes via two known and trusted sources who wish to remain anonymous to the public.

First up are Windows 8 tablets.  With Lenovo’s ThinkPad 2 officially having AT&T’s LTE on board, it’s not too much of a surprise that the mobile carrier will be looking to sell the tablets in their store direct to customers. We were quoted the $799 price-tag by Lenovo last week for the 10.1” tablet and we’re confident that you will be able to pick one up there come October 26th.

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Huawei: We are not releasing Windows Phone any time soon

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A few days ago the Chinese tech site Winp.cn cited its sources, indicating Huawei would be releasing its first Windows Phone device on September 25th. This came as probably mildly exciting news, because although Huawei isn’t exactly well known for producing super duper cool phones, from Windows Phone the ecosystem’s point of view, the more the merrier.

However, September 25th came and went, rather uneventfully. There was a moderately heavy rain in Beijing, causing epic traffic jam across the whole town, maybe the most interesting news of the day. Yet Huawei didn’t break a move. Disappointing.

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Xbox Music

Looks like the same old Zune Pass to us

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Engadget managed to get their hands on some Xbox Music Pass screens from the Xbox 360 beta program.

The images supposedly reveal the new pricing program and feature set though to our eyes, we’re not actually seeing anything different here besides a little more control over content. In the images, clearly from the UK, we can see the pricing of £8.99 ($15) for a month, while £89.90 ($146).

But does that carry over to the US? We have a few screenshots too sent in to us and the US pricing is exactly the same as the current Zune Pass: $9.99 a month or $99 a year, masking the implied price jump here.

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Real Soccer lead

Gooooooooaaaaaal!

As promised, Gameloft’s long-in-development soccer simulator, Real Soccer (also known as Real Football in Europe) has made it to the Windows Phone Store. It took some digging to find the North American download link, as the European version counts as a separate title and can’t be downloaded from the US. But our friends Judbud and Zebrasqual came through!

Head past the break for our impressions and download links for both versions of the game.

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5 video capture

One of the more anticipated features of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the camera. The optical image stabilization (OIS) should make for better still and video imaging. The OIS will aid in taking low light pictures and smoother video footage.

But how does the Nokia Lumia 920's video capture compare to say... the iPhone 5? Engadget conducted a side by side comparison of the two phones and the results are as expected.

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We managed to finally get our hands on the finalized (or very near finalized) software development kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8--the one where only select developers were given access too. The SDK had surfaced on the internet a few days ago via WinUnleaked and has been floating around ever since.

After spending a few hours configuring our PC for the SDK (you need Windows 8 Pro RTM 64-bit, seriously), we fired up Windows Phone 8 OS...

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St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup

Earlier this year Nokia helped sponsor a Windows Phone developer workshop in St. Louis, MO. On September 29th, a more informal Windows Phone Meetup will take place in St. Louis.

The event will be held at the Triumph Grill from noon until 4pm. If you're in the St. Louis area, these meetups are a great opportunity to meet other Windows Phone enthusiast, enjoy some good food and share your ideas on apps, games and the Windows Phone ecosystem.

There will be a few giveaway prizes and attendees are responsible for their food and drinks. Event organizers are asking that you register (so they can enough seats) at the St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup Page and there is a discussion going on here in the WPCentral's Forums on the event just in case you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Thanks, Rob, for the tip!

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Engadget is playing around in Helsinki these days and hanging out with Nokia. They just posted a 12 minute video interview with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who gave the usual Nokia lines for their company, boasting about location services, the Lumia brand, working with Microsoft and more.

Elop even faced some tough questions about HTC's recent new Windows Phone 8 lineup and whether or they copied Nokia (or at the very least, were inspired).

While no new nuggets of information really came forward, the more impressive part is that the video for the interview was shot completely on a Lumia 920 (audio was done via regular microphones). While the video quality is no highend HD Sony cam, it's not half bad for a camera phone, actually it's pretty great for a prototype. We especially like the color saturation and white balance and clearly its stable.

Check out the interview and sound off in comments.

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The Weather Network

The Weather Network app is a new weather app for your Windows Phone that is powered by Canada's national weather service that shares the same name. The user interface is simple and straight forward and has a decent feature set.

The Weather Network has a "Follow Me" setting that will automatically adjust to your current location as you travel and has notifications for severe weather alerts.

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How grand do they look together?

Russian Windows Phone community WP7forum.ru has managed to upload a video comparing the iPhone 5 to the Lumia 920. Both were recently unveiled and while the former will be available shortly running iOS 6, the Lumia 920, Nokia's flagship Windows Phone, is expected to be released later this fall.

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Kinect Nat Geo TV and Sesame Street TV boxes

While the Kinect has yet to win over a sizable portion of gamers, I’ve always been a fan. Anything that gets me off the couch and moving while still earning Xbox Live Achievements is okay with me! Of course, previous Kinect games have all been positioned as either entertainment or fitness products. Microsoft’s new Playful Learning initiative takes a new approach: making learning both fun and physical. Lofty aspirations!

I’ve spent some time with both Playful Learning launch titles, Kinect Nat Geo TV and Kinect Sesame Street TV. Check out my full impressions after the break.

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Nokia Lumia Windows Phone challenge heads to Sweden

A new video has been published on YouTube that shows the Nokia Lumia team in Sweden challenging the general public to see if their competitor smartphone can best a Windows Phone at common tasks. We've previously seen similar campaigns in the UK with the "Dare to Live" tour and Ben Rudolph's Smoked by Windows Phone that started the challenges off at MWC 2012.

You know the drill already, whether it be uploading a photo to Facebook or locating the nearest restaurant for directions, the smartphone to complete said task is crowned the winner. As one can see from the video, the Nokia Lumia held its ground.

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Lumia 920 and HTC 8x now available for pre-order

German electronics retailer, Handytick, has updated their website in anticipation of offering the flagship Windows Phone 8 devices by HTC and Nokia. The HTC 8X is already available for pre-order for €549.00 ($711.00) straight up, or at varying prices on-contract. Choose from two colors, California Blue or Graphite Black, on five different carriers: Telekom, Vodaphone, O2, e-plus and BASE.

Handytick has the HTC 8x for pre-order

Handytick is also advertising that they will be offering the Nokia Lumia 920 starting October 17. It is expected to fetch €749.00 ($970.00) unlocked and without a contract. No carriers are listed yet, but colors include black, white, yellow and red.

Handytick is getting the Nokia Lumia 920 on October 17

Source: Handytick; Via: Ubergizmo

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Let's Golf 2 Lead

It’s Gameloft week on Windows Phone, folks. Not only do we get a long, long, long-awaited new Xbox release from the big G (Real Soccer), but another one of their titles is going on sale as well. Let’s Golf 2, normally priced at $4.99, drops down to an affordable $1.99 this Wednesday. This continues the awesome trend of greater-than-50-percent discounts on Xbox titles.

Let’s Golf 2 is an arcade-style golf game modeled after Sony’s popular Hot Shots Golf franchise. Features include cartoony players, clean 3D graphics, six 18-hole courses, and both Career and Challenge modes. Even if you don’t care about the sport of golf at all (like me), the game is actually very enjoyable and easy to learn. Check out our full review for more details.

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HTC 8X

We previously covered UK retailer Unlocked Mobiles who has the HTC 8X listed for just £399. Now we've got Amazon UK who has published the product page for the recently announced Windows Phone, and the price tag is a steep one - £531.43 (SIM-free). 

We're yet to see final pricing which will be available near or after Windows Phone 8 launches and the new Apollo hardware is released to consumers, but at least we can have an idea as to what we'll be looking at in the near future. The product page also states November 8, 2012 as the release date.

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Real Soccer Live Tile

The July release of Gameloft’s Asphalt 5 surprised us in more ways than one. First, a non-Mango Xbox Live game in mid-2012 is entirely unheard of. Second, before hearing otherwise from Microsoft, I’d have bet money that the game was quietly cancelled. Asphalt 5 was one of 50 Windows Phone 7 launch titles announced way back in 2010, so clearly the game endured a series of delays before managing to launch at last.

This week another of those ‘launch titles’ finally squeaks out of the gate: Real Soccer, also from Gameloft. Color me surprised again!

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Viber Windows Phone

Now you see it, now you may not.

Viber has been pulled from the Marketplace, according to multiple sources which include reports from Windows Phone Central readers. The app, which is currently a Nokia exclusive, was released over the weekend but is no longer available to a number of consumers. We're still able to access the listing and download the Nokia exclusive Viber from the UK. So, has it vanished? If so, why?

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Outlook Safe Blocked Senders

Spam? SPAM!? No spam for me!

We've continuously explored the functionality of Microsoft's Outlook.com, the Hotmail email service successor, in our how to / tutorial series of articles. Today we'll be looking at setting up and managing blocked and safe senders that protect against spam and useless emails but ensure all wanted mail gets through filters and junk protection to your desktop and Windows Phone.

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MintWallet by Coronox

The Windows Phone app MintWallet has been tapped as the Best Overall App in the Royal Canadian Mint MintChip Challenge. What is the Royal Canadian Mint MintChip Challenge you ask?

The Royal Canadian Mint has developed an digital currency, the MintChip. To promote this new technology, the Royal Canadian Mint sponsored the MintChip Challenge and invited software developers to create innovative digital payment applications using MintChip. The Mint was looking for apps that best demonstrated the potential value of the MintChip technology and the greatest potential impact on the technology. Overall, $50,000 (in gold) worth of prizes was at stake.

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Hero phones

Our poll results show Nokia still riding high

Windows Phone Central conducted a poll over the weekend about which “hero” Windows Phone 8 device readers were yearning to make their own. And although carrier offerings will ultimately affect user choice, word on the street is that a lot of these flagship phones will be widely available on launch in early November.

With this poll, we had the largest turnout of respondents, resulting in some solid data. The question of which is the most desired Windows Phone 8 device is quite stark and will make for some interesting discussion on Windows Phone 8, OEMs and where the market is headed.

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HTC Titan with Windows Phone 7.8

A custom ROM with Windows Phone 7.8 bits on the HTC Titan

Although Windows Phone 7.8 is not expected to arrive until after Windows Phone 8 launces, bits of the OS are evidently floating around and are being incorporated in custom ROMs for various 1st and 2nd gen Windows Phones.

One of those is the ‘EB Edition’ found at XDA Forums and meant for the venerable HTC Titan. We decided to flash it on to one of our devices and give it a go, so make sure to check out the video after the break…

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