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Back in 2007, Nokia bought mapping powerhouse Navteq. The move pumped up Nokia’s mapping position in mobile, which has grown and evolved over the years. Last fall, Nokia announced the HERE platform that combines Nokia’s mapping and location assets under one brand. Like most data, mapping data is constantly changing. To keep up, Nokia is rolling out a serious assault on Google with its street level 3D photography.

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A few weeks ago we mentioned that InstaPic, a fully featured Instagram client, had been released for Windows 8. Over the weekend, the developer released the Windows Phone 8 version of InstaPic but with a slight name twist... InPic.  

The name change is likely in response to Instagram's request that unofficial client apps not use "insta" or "gram" in their titles.

InPic for Windows Phone 8 shares the same feature rich environment the Windows 8 version offers. InPic includes most of the features of Instagram including account log in, uploading photos (no videos), viewing videos, comment on photos, and follow other Instagram members.

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Screenshots from the final version of Windows 8.1 RTM have begun to surface on the web and we are happy to make them available to our readers. The shots show the default start screen, lock screen, and desktop screen backgrounds. Windows 8.1 was finalized on August 23rd and we are more than excited to get the final build in our own hands.

Check out the screenshots below and let us know what you think. They might just be collections of new operating system wallpaper, but when it comes to technology – design can be the first and longest lasting impression.

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The recently leaked details of Nokia's upcoming "Sirius" Windows RT tablet, has been generating a lot of buzz on what exactly will be under the hood. The tablet was first revealed ten days ago in leaked photos from Digi-wo.

WinSuperSite's Paul Thurrott says that he can confirm that the Nokia will indeed be releasing the 10.1-inch tablet and has offered up some specifics about it, including some specs, pricing and accessories.

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Even monkeys in Finland enjoy using Windows Phones

Who said it were only humans who could work a smartphone? Pictured above is a cheeky little chap who's currently wielding a Lumia Windows Phone. Visitors were not only able to take shots of the monkey enjoying some tunes through Xbox Music, but they probably found themselves being filmed for the others in the pack to have a gander at later on in the evening. So how does a primate come to own a Lumia smartphone?

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The television network in the Middle East, MBC has launched an app on the Windows Phone platform. Already available on the Apple iPad, it's noted the network does not currently have solutions loaded on iPhone or Android. Nokia has seemingly struck a deal to have the app launched on Windows Phones. Good news if you reside in the region and rock a smartphone running Microsoft's OS.

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One of our top calendar apps for Windows Phone 8 would be the aptly name Simple Calendar. The replacement scheduler app has one of the nicest looking Live Tiles that we’ve come across and the unpretentious UI makes using it a breeze to operate.

Version 2.4 just went live in the Store and it finally brings small and medium versions of the Gob and Frodo themed tiles, allowing you to customize the look even more. While version 2.4 isn’t a major overhaul, it does bring with it a lot of small but tremendously useful additions.

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Nokia was dealt a blow by Moody's Investors Service, a substantial downgrade after the company purchased Siemen's share of the Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions and Networks). The company was lowered one level to B1 with a rather negative outlook stated by Moody's. Nokia executive VP and CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, today commented on the rating decision.

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According to a report over on AllThingsD, the departure of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is more sudden than what was portrayed by the company's announcement. Ballmer will be retiring within the next year in a planned transition with a replacement to be found. The board of directors will be working with executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles International to get the best name for the job.

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It was only on Friday that Microsoft announced that current CEO Steve Ballmer would be exiting the company in the next twelve months, but that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating on who will replace him. The Sunday Times of London is now reporting that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who used to work under Ballmer as a senior executive—something that always bothered Nokia advocates who saw him as threat to the Finnish phone maker—as one of the favorites for the position.

One could argue that Elop does have the skills to turn around companies who are seemingly set on a wrong course, though he doesn’t come without controversy either. Many former Nokia supporters have consistently called for his ouster since his famous burning platform memo, which called for drastic change within the company for it to survive.

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Lively (getlive.ly) is a new startup service founded by entrepreneur Dean Graziano and it seeks to capitalize on the growing trend of selling live concert recordings to audiences. The company recently just raised half a million through a seed round of investors and they already have apps on iOS and Android.

A few days ago, an official Windows Phone 8 also launched, allowing Windows Phone users to jump in on the music craze. As pointed out by GeekWire, sales of live recordings and merchandise directly through the artist is helping make up for declining sales in albums. Lively looks to be at the forefront of that change by giving artists another venue to reach their fans.

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Nokia has a rather sweet deal currently going on in India. Should you be looking to get involved with a brand new Windows Phone or would like to check out the manufacturer's Asha series of mobile devices, you'll be able to take full advantage of free data. Pairing with numerous mobile operators, including Vodafone and Airtel, there's an enticing offer whether you're after a Lumia 520 or Lumia 925.

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Team members of the Xbox One division might just find a special gift under their trees this holiday season – a special white edition of Microsoft’s latest gaming console.

An image was leaked on Reddit by user Kinect10DLL and showcases a white Xbox One unit with the inscription “I MADE THIS” engraved on the front. Xbox team members will also receive all one player launch titles, a year of Xbox live (something you imagine wouldn't be hard to obtain for someone working on the Xbox team), and a special Live achievement.

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Do you trust Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8? If you are the Federal Republic of Germany, the answer to that question is "no". Last week internal documents from IT professionals within the government showed a strong rejection of the new operating system calling it "unacceptable for the federal administration and the operators of critical infrastructure".

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While it’s not uncommon to see new phones get price drops, especially through third party retailers like Amazon.com whose business is to undercut the carriers, it is a bit unusual to see a carrier lower the price too quickly. Such is the case with the HTC 8XT (review) and the Samsung ATIV S Neo.

The HTC 8XT, which was released on July 19th, initially sold for $99 on a two-year contract. Starting this past weekend, the price has dropped to free, though you still need to send in the $50 mail-in rebate. Likewise, the Samsung ATIV S Neo, which has only been available for 10 days (with a limited rollout), has also had a $100 haircut going from $149.99 to a more reasonable $49.99 (also after a mail-in rebate).

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Want to get a hands on demo of the Xbox One and a chance to play a few launch titles before any of your friends? If you live in the Seattle, Washington area then you are in luck.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson will be holding an Xbox Meet Up at the Microsoft Store in University Village on Thursday, August 29th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. According to the Major’s blog post, attendees will be able to join members of the Xbox team to play a selection of Xbox One games that will be featured at PAX the day after.

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A couple of weeks ago we interviewed Canadian indie developer the Coding Jar about their premiere Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game, Fling Theory. We discussed the game’s origins, how it plays, and the studio’s future plans.

What Coding Jar didn’t reveal was that the game would be getting an update soon. They’ve just published a major update to the Windows Phone version that makes the game entirely free to play, with no need to pay for new levels. The update for the Windows 8 version is still pending. Full details and the download link after the break!

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Microsoft is ready to go all out for their new video game capture suite, Upload Studio.  The recently announced Xbox One application will allow gamers to capture video game footage, edit to their heart’s content, and then upload it to the web to share with friends. In an attempt to attract users to the new service, Microsoft is launching the Upload Outreach Program.

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As the world slowly moves to IPv6, essentially the next version of IPv4, which mobile platforms are embracing the future? Latest data, published by content delivery network (CDN) Akamai shows that Microsoft is in front with Windows Phone. This could well be down to the increased enterprise usage we're reporting on. So why are we upgrading to version 6 of the protocol? Simply put: the world has ran out of IP addresses. 

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Style Jukebox is an interesting, cloud-based service that enables you to enjoy your music collection wherever you may be. Available for Windows and Windows Phone, as well as competitor platforms, we've followed the development of Style Jukebox since the original version of the Windows Phone app was released some time ago. Today we're revisiting the app, which has been majorly updated with a new look and premium account support.

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