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The Lumia 930 is likely to go down as one of the most divisive Lumias to date. It has not quite lived up to the Lumia 920 legacy, and there are still numerous reports of overheating and screen discolorations. The latter issue is likely due to the use of AMOLED instead of LCD and Lumias have always had some purple tint issues with those types of displays.

Now, the @LumiaHelp account, which offers "global help from Microsoft technical experts for Lumia and Nokia-branded devices" has informed one owner of the Lumia 930 that a fix is on the way.

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When it comes to updating the operating system, the Windows Phone experience leans towards the positive when compared to the competition. Apple's iPhone notoriously need a huge heaping of space due to backups and Android, like all things, can vary from device to device.

However, one area that is of concern is Windows Phones with low internal memory. Even though some phones have a micro SD card for expansion, they can prove to be problematic for OS updates if there is not enough internal space. One minor fix in build 14219 of Windows Phone 8.1.1 aka Lumia Denim is the ability to install those updates using the expansion card.

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Happy holidays to everyone! At this time of year gifts are given and gifts are received, and that includes smartphones, tablets and all manner of other techy products. If you were lucky enough to be gifted a new Windows Phone, then we're here to help you get the best out of it. If it's your first, then welcome!

But whether you're new to the platform or returning with a newer device, here's everything you need to know to get up and running with the best experience on your new Windows Phone.

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If you're looking to get an HTC One M8 for Windows without a contract, now would be a good time to do so. As part of their latest "Hot Deal" HTC is offering all of their devices for 20% off, including the One M8 for Windows on AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. That brings the price of the device down from $650 to $520 without a contract.

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Over the weekend, Windows Phone fan Luke Rodriguez decided to take it upon himself to demonstrate some of the new Lumia Denim Camera improvements on his Nokia Lumia 930. For many of us, we are still waiting for the update for Lumia Denim to hit along with the new Camera app. However, for those who are lucky enough to have both a PureView Lumia and Denim proper, the wait appears to be worth it.

The video by Rodriguez is quite thorough coming in just over five minutes in length. The camera app is shown launching along with some of the new menu features like Rich Capture, Lumia Moments, and even some 4K video samples towards the end, which look exquisite.

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As Microsoft rolls out the Lumia Denim update, one feature those with newer Lumias are looking forward to is 'Hey Cortana'. Based on passive-voice activated technology similar to the Kinect, the forthcoming feature lets users call up Cortana by merely using their voice. The feature works even when the Lumia is in standby with the display off.

The images and accompanying video, shown below, come from the site MSFTPlace who picked up the Lumia Denim update on their Lumia 1520. As they note in their article, Hey Cortana is not yet available in Spanish, so they needed to change to English in order to enable the feature.

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Looks like another Verizon phone is getting an update today. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also getting some new firmware and an OS update if not on the Preview for Developers program. This news follows updates to the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 announced earlier this morning.

The update bumps the OS to version Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, and it also picks up new firmware, jumping from 10602 to firmware build 21705.

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The Lumia Denim update is most certainly underway worldwide. With reports from all corners of the globe coming in thick and fast, it's tough to keep up. Fortunately help is at hand, and as we've collated for Asia and Europe, below you'll find a comprehensive list of the what (device) and the where the Lumia Denim update is pushing out for Latin America.

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Verizon has started rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 for the Lumia 928 and Lumia 822. Among the other features of Update 1, the 928 and 822 owners are also getting access to Cortana. Better yet, this update will also take both phones onto the latest Lumia Denim software, which is currently pushing out to other Lumia phones all around the world.

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Fitbit is on a roll this holiday season as update after update keeps coming out. This list is in addition to new devices like the Charge and – in super limited supply – their Surge 'super watch'.

Tonight, version 9.2 of the firmware for the Surge has trickled out, and we can confirm that the activity tracker now syncs directly with Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The update requires version 1.5 of the Windows Phone app along with an updated Surge.

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If you are Finland and own a Lumia 1520, you are one of the lucky few to get officially the new Lumia Denim OS and firmware update.

Heading to the Microsoft support page, Finland's Lumia 1520 'country variant' is marked as eligible for the Lumia Denim update (firmware 02540.00019.14484.37004). In checking other regions and countries, Finland appears to be the only one with a Lumia 1520 and Denim.

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It looks like the Lumia Denim software upload is now starting to hit a few of Microsoft's smartphones in Europe. The Lumia-maker has published a support page for the Denim update where owners of Lumia devices in Europe can check their country and phone model to see if the update is available. For now, it looks like variants of the Lumia 625, Lumia 520, Lumia 530 and Lumia 1320 are starting to see Denim in select countries.

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Earlier this morning, the Lumia Denim update began rolling out in China for numerous Lumia phones. A bit later, Microsoft published a video detailing the how to get the update on their YouTube channel (it was posted earlier on their support site). Now, Windows Central is receiving reports from users that Lumia Denim is rolling out on a broader scale.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made an official announcement about the update, unlike Nokia in the past. Likewise, the official update page does not yet reflect the Lumia Denim update, making verification a problem. The third issue is there is a bug with Extras + Info that causes false-positives for the Lumia Denim update. All three are making this job of verifying the true Lumia Denim update slightly challenging.

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Microsoft has promised that the Lumia Denim update would kick off before the end of the year. This morning, updates reportedly have started in China and our bet is more carriers and phones will begin getting this new firmware and OS update soon.

Earlier this week, Microsoft updated their Software Update page with a new video discussing the Lumia Denim update. Now, that same video has been published to YouTube, signaling a small but growing planned release.

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Sprint has today announced the US carrier has rekindled its partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone. The company will be offering the Lumia 635 across multiple brands, including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The device, running Windows Phone 8.1, will be available through those two brands from December 23, with Sprint postpaid customers having to wait until January 16.

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