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Nokia today announced in London a collaborative partnership with Entrepreneur First (www.entrepreneurfirst.org.uk), alongside the UK release of the JobLens app. EF is a London-based non-profit start-up accelerator with multiple sponsors, including BSkyB, Microsoft, Experian and also sports a working partnership with the UK government. Nokia has now hopped aboard and will provide resources to graduate innovators.

The main goal is to build new businesses, especially ones founded on the design, architecture and functionality of Nokia's JobLens app. As well as offering new opportunities, the Finnish manufacturer will also be hosting a contest for universities in the UK with prize money awarded for breakthrough ideas and concepts. Utilising JobLens, Nokia hopes the partnership will launch new companies that result in hiring new workers through the company's services.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Travel Apps

There is a wide assortment of travel apps available for our Windows Phones. You have navigation apps, city guides, translation apps, currency converters, and more.  In this week's Windows Phone Central app roundup we're focusing on apps that will help you find local establishments/attractions/businesses while you are visiting unfamiliar locations or if you're looking for something new in your home town.

We've all been there. Vacationing in a new city and really wanting to find a good restaurant?  Check out the local shops to find the deals?  Find a tourist stop to spend the afternoon at?

These apps should help you find such locations and more.

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Nokia has today unveiled a new application for the UK on Windows Phone. JobLens, exclusively available for Lumia hardware, enables job seekers to view more than 500,000 available job vacancies in the UK. Powered by big names in the industry, JobLens is set to open up new functionality to consumers. But there’s “lens” in the title so it should support augmented reality, right? Correct, this is a big one, folks.

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Handyscan from JDB Pocketware is a popular Windows Phone app that lets you scan, adjust, and share documents. Handyscan supports multiple page scans as well as Skydrive and Dropbox support for backing-up your images to the cloud.

Normally the ad-free, fully leaded version of Handyscan will run you $2.99. If you've been on the fence about Handyscan because of the price, we've got some good news. It's on sale.

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What’s better than a new Microsoft Store opening up? Nothing in our minds!

Microsoft just posted a bulletin on their site noting that a new retail store would be opening up at some point in the near future at the Burlington Mall in Massachusetts. Our friends over at Neowin claim the store will be opening September 19th, but we cannot find a source to confirm or deny that fact.

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Sami Niemi, one of the co-founders of Scalado, a Swedish-based imaging firm which has been renowned for its innovative mobile imaging experiences has spoken to Nokia Conversations about what the team has achieved since being gobbled up by Nokia last year.

Niemi became Nokia's director of Capture & Relieve software product management after the move and within months Nokia Smart Shoot was released, alongside an alpha version of PhotoBeamer was being demonstrated to operators. It's quite the adventure.

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NBC News Digital LLC, who previously released their NBC News and NBC Nightly News apps, has released the Today app that delivers all the goodness of the Today Show to your Windows Phone 8 device.  It gives you a way to catch all the news stories from the Today show just in case you miss something when the show airs on television in the early AM.

The Today app has pages for the top news stories of the day, stories categorized in sections and videos from the NBC morning show. News stories can be saved for later and has an audio playback option where you can have the news stories read to you.

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For those of you who can’t help to wave around your tablet and take photos, we have an exciting announcement. InstaPic, a full featured Instagram client will be headed to Windows 8 device shortly.

The application will allow users to view timeline and popular posts, search for users and tags, pin favorites to the Start Screen, locate friends from Facebook and their address book, and even upload photos to the popular social photo sharing service.

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We know a lot of you have been itching for some low-light camera samples from the Nokia Lumia 1020, a device that should be landing on your doorsteps as early as today if you pre-ordered from AT&T.

Last night, we hopped into mid-town Manhattan to grab some samples with the 41MP beast and they’re posted below. We also have four samples comparing to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925, so you can see the differences therein and two video clips as well.

The images have been resized for the web (click to enlarge) but as always, we’ll give you the full resolution ones here on our SkyDrive (link, 149MB ZIP), should you want to pixel peep...

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview introduced their latest version of the Trident based web browser, Internet Explorer 11. Today the company has released the developer preview of IE11 for those still on Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 11 promises to bring improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and a completely redesigned “F12” developer toolkit.

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The 2013 Formula 1 season may be half over, but we’re now getting some official love from the action packed sport.

An official F1 timing app has been released taken from Android/iOS and released on Windows Phone. This is Timing ’13 CP, the only app for both Windows Phone and Formula 1 fans. Let’s check it out.

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Nokia has been rumoured to be planning a Windows 8 tablet along with a "phablet" running Windows Phone. Both products have never seen the light of day, but we could well be getting closer to seeing a large Windows Phone from Nokia, if the above image published on Chinese website Weibo is anything to go by. We know many consumers will be looking forward to see just what could come of this, especially if we're to follow the route of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Nokia has published to the store their YouTube Video Upload app that enables users to simply and easily post their video creations to their accounts.

The app loads just fine on the Nokia Lumia 1020, which means this app may be exclusive to that device initially. Though being Nokia, we’re sure that they will deliver for their other Lumia line as they’re pretty good like that.

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Two popular photography apps for your Windows Phone 8 devices has been updated. ProShot and Camera360 both have received updates that mainly address fixes and tweaks to their user interfaces.

ProShot jumps to version 2.8 and adds a new focus dial with fixes for the burst mode and UI tweaks. The focus dial sits to the side of the viewfinder and is a nice addition and should be more convenient for those who prefer to manually focus on things.

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Desire a quick way to share videos easily online? Nokia is planning to release an app for Lumia Windows Phones, aptly titled YouTube Uploader. I don't believe there's much we can say about an app with such limited functionality, except you will be able to upload videos to YouTube. Unfortunately, while the app is listed on the store, you can't yet download it (even on a Lumia 925 with the GDR2 Amber update).

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Liquid Daffodil has added support for the Aviary image editor (www.aviary.com) to all available Twitter clients on the Windows 8 Store. This brings new features and editing functionality to the table for consumers to take advantage of. Instead of wasting time through third-party apps to get the picture just right before uploading, Aviary support in apps provide users the tools to get the job done efficiently.

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Microsoft has taken a lot of flak for how they’ve handled communication with the Xbox One since it was unveiled in mid-May. The product itself wasn’t terrible flawed, just how they communicated ideas to the public was really off. Here’s a move that could go a long way in repairing relationships with consumers and developers with the Xbox One. Self-publishing is coming.

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Security and privacy are two things that nearly every one of you value in some shape or form. Recent news about the NSA potentially spying on your communications with the cooperation of internet giants can be quite disturbing. You may have nothing to hide, but the fundamental problem is some entity other than you have access to your data. Hemlis is a beautiful and secure messenger service from the same minds that brought you the Pirate Bay. They’re launching on Android and iOS, but you could help Windows Phone launch alongside them.

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One design choice on the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a small handful of people a little flustered: you cannot share the full-resolution photos on Windows Phone using any of the built in social networks. No email, no NFC, no uploading to SkyDrive, etc.  The reason for that is because each 38MP image is between 9 and 15 MB in size and that would chew through bandwidth.

The oversampled 5MP images you can do anything, including all the above and auto-uploads to SkyDrive. Those weigh in at a more reasonable 3MB and are meant for sharing.

But for AT&T users (and only AT&T customers), there is a way to auto-upload your full, high resolution photos to the cloud for backup: AT&T Locker. And if you act fast, you can bump their free 5GB of storage to a whopping 50GB, which is ideal for you future Lumia 1020 owners.

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We aren't sure when this happened but Wal-Mart is now carrying the Microsoft Surface Pro and RT tablets. You can also find the type and touch covers as well as adapters and power supplies for the Windows 8 tablets.

Online, Wal-Mart has the 32GB Surface RT for $349 or $449 with the touch keyboard. The Surface Pro is running $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version. Keyboards are running $129 for the type cover and $119.99 for the touch cover.  The bad news is that it appears that supplies are limited.

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