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A few days ago, photos of an alleged Lumia 1020 successor appeared online in China. The pictures were clear, bright and provided multiple angles of what many are calling the 'Lumia 1030', which follows the current x30 series of Lumia releases.

Now, a site called PhoneDesigner.eu has made some renders based off those images to give an even clearer look at what may be the next-big-thing from Microsoft. The renders are, of course, based on many assumptions, so take them with a grain of salt.

Normally we do not post fan renders of phones, but in this case, due to the original photos being of such high quality, we are making an exception.

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The Lumia 520 was in many ways just as iconic as the Lumia 920 but for very different reasons. The unassuming low-end device took the Windows Phone by storm, quickly becoming one of the top-selling devices ever for the fledgling OS. Fast forward to 2014 and low-end Windows Phones dominate the scene.

The Lumia 535 is the first Windows Phone with the Microsoft banner emblazoned across it instead of Nokia. The phone likely emerged during Nokia's tenure, but Microsoft is taking the credit on the packaging. Budget phones are tough to write about, but the Lumia 535 appears to get so much right when compared to the Lumia 530 and Lumia 635 it is hard to not get a little excited about it.

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In a bit of non-news news, many Lumia owners are wondering about the status of the Lumia Denim update. Some sites had reported that Lumia Denim would begin rolling out sometime in November, but such claims have since proven to be false.

However, Microsoft did note in September that at least some Lumias would get the update by the end of the year, with older devices continuing into 2015 as carriers approve the update.

Today, there are two bits of information to add, although some context is needed. First up, news site Puhelinvertailu is reporting that Denim is not due until early next year, implying that the Q4 time-frame has been pushed back.

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Every once in awhile the Windows Phone Store throws a small tantrum causing apps to not be properly indexed by the system. As a result, many of you begin to think your favorite apps have been "pulled" or "deleted" or "removed" from the Store, all due to some mysterious reason.

As it turns out, nine times out of ten the apps are still there, accessible via a direct Store link. Very rarely are apps actually removed. Case in point, Skype, Vine, and Rudy Huyn's apps are all still alive and well on the Store.

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Porting games to Windows Phone and Windows 8 is about to get a whole lot easier. A new company called 'Game Troopers' has launched as an independent game publishing service today, and claims to be solely devoted to bringing games from other platforms to the Windows ecosystem. The first batch of games slated to be ported by the company includes Tiny Troopers, Make it Rain: The Love of Money, and Abyss.

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Microsoft is planning to release an update for both the Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020, to hopefully address freezing issues many owners have been reporting since updating to Windows Phone 8.1. There has always been the odd issue with the two Windows Phones since both were launched, be it freezing, random restarts or even the occasional serious brick.

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Yep, it's Windows Phone's Cortana poking fun at Apple's Siri in a commercial. Again. Highlighting how Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1 are able to do things like offer reminders when a contact calls or prompt you with traffic reports, the ad definitely emphasizes the strong points of Cortana (notably, they're not poking at Google Now, which offers many of the same features). Meanwhile, the iPhone's gotten bigger with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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If you are using a Windows Phone 8.1 device and use the offline maps option, you may want to check for an update. Users are reporting to us, and we have confirmed that multiple states in the U.S. – and likely elsewhere – are flagged for some map refreshes.

We can confirm that at least New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California all have fresh maps to install. To clarify, this is not an update to the HERE Maps app, but rather the downloaded maps data for offline usage.

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PayPal Here (site), a credit-card scanner and app service akin to Square, is set to debut on Windows and Windows Phone sometime in early 2015.

The information comes via an email sent to a reviewer asking about the app, who is informed that a pilot program is set to begin in "January-February 2015". The PayPal Here app is releasing to Windows 8.1 first and then Windows Phone 8.1 shortly thereafter.

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A new Windows Phone with a 5-inch display is currently being developed, at least according to leaked photos from a Chinese factory and published by the site IThome.

The photos appear to show hardware test samples of new displays being developed for a forthcoming Windows Phone. During this process, companies usually experiment with different variations and test the quality of the factory producing the part.

It is not clear if the displays, which clearly reveal a Windows logo for the Start key, are destined for a Microsoft Lumia or if these are for some other manufacturer.

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What happens when you take a National Geographic photographer and send him to Africa with a Nokia Lumia 830, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and not his DSLR? You still get fantastic photos and video, as evidenced in the above video partnership between photographer Alvarez and Microsoft's #MakeItHappen campaign. The video itself was even shot with Lumia phones (pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures...)

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Earlier today, Windows Central began receiving reports from users that their Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Store had altered to Lumia Collection. Sure enough, hours later the conversion is going wide as our Store now reflects the new name as well.

The shift in branding should come as no surprise, as for months now Microsoft has been scrubbing the Nokia name from apps, websites, Twitter, Facebook and more.

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