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Evidently Windows Phone fans were close to getting the Nokia Lumia 830 with an optional yellow back cover. A recent sale on eBay revealed the "one of a kind" cover that was reportedly made for market testing before the phone's general release.

The phone was purchased by @hasasimo who sold the phone but kept the Qi-enabled back cover. He shared with us two other photos, revealing just how awesome that phone looks in yellow.

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Back in 2013, Nokia released an app for their Lumia line of Windows Phones dubbed Lumia Storage Check Beta. This app was in addition to just Lumia Storage Check, which was the main build of the tool that integrated into Settings and was part of the original 1308 firmware release.

The main difference between the Beta app and main release was the inclusion of offline Map data control in the beta. This new function lets users move offline map data to their storage card at will. At least, it did.

Since then, Microsoft took the idea and built their system called Storage Sense into the OS directly for all phones running Windows Phone 8.1. Storage Sense is also now a part of Windows 10, even for desktops.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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In a new blog post from Microsoft this evening, the company says the next build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones will hit a lot more devices.

In addition to a massively expanded list of supported devices, the blog post notes that Microsoft is looking to increase the frequency at which Windows 10 builds will be released for phones.

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Nearly one year ago, Microsoft began field testing their new 3D Touch navigation system, which at the time was destined for the flagship Nokia phone codenamed Goldfinger (and later 'McLaren'). The phone itself was scrapped at the last minute due to numerous factors and sullying Microsoft's flagship story for the fall of 2014.

In the past, Windows Central has given extensive details about the so-called 'Flyout Tiles' for a new Mixview feature. The system worked by hovering your finger over a Live Tile, which would then explode into smaller tiles. The design was reused from the Zune days where images related to an artist would do the same.

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While we're still waiting for Project Spartan browser to launch on Windows 10, some leaked screenshots have given us a peek at what it will look like on mobile devices.

The folks over at WindowsMania.pl managed to get their hands on the Project Spartan browser running on a Windows Phone, and have provided some screenshots that are a hint of what's to come.

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When it comes to Microsoft's mobile future, everything is on the table, including the possibility of running Android apps to fill in the 'app gap'. Windows 10 for phone is not even out the door yet, but intel on Microsoft continues to keep this strategy alive.

A new report from Neowin sheds more light on this program's status and obstacles.

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Sometimes sales come along that is too good to be true. This may be the case with this promo code through the Microsoft Store, which subtracts a full $200 from a Lumia 830. The deal applies to the unlocked, open carrier version of the Lumia 830 or the no-contract AT&T version, which also includes a free Fitbit Flex.

To take advantage of this deal, just go to the online Microsoft Store and pick which Lumia 830 you wish to purchase. During checkout, enter in Lumia830nt9fvw for the promo code and watch $200 drop off of your total.

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Information security is always one of those topics that is hard to report on, especially with the sheer number of devices available today. The problem lies in what is dangerous, what is bad, or what is no-big-deal. Frankly, opinions vary on the risks and threats involved.

One neat feature in Windows Phone is the ability to select text and hit the Search key. The Windows Phone OS copies the information over to Bing (or Cortana), and it lets you search without having to copy/paste the selection. It is super useful and certainly convenient for speedy searches.

However, there does seem to be one instance where this feature works where it should not: password fields.

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Low-end and entry-level Lumias like the Lumia 535 and Lumia 635 continue to dominate the landscape, Windows 10 preview phones dip and Microsoft owns more than 96% of the Windows Phone market

AdDuplex (AdDuplex.com) have released their Windows Phone Device Stats for March, 2015. The story of low-end and entry level Windows Phones continue to dominate the landscape while new figures for India, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy, and the US reveal their unique stories.

AdDuplex runs a cross-promotion advertising network running on 5,265 different apps on Windows Phone, and the data was compiled on March 20 for this analysis.

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Microsoft's latest addition to the Azure cloud platform comes in the form of an app service. The Azure App Service will allow developers to easily build employee, partner, and customer-facing applications. By utilizing the new App Service platform developers will not only be able to build apps quicker, but also integrate them with popular services, have the ability for the app to autoscale as needed, and easily integrate with Microsoft Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services.

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