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3 years ago

Poll: Does the Lumia 900 exist? (And what about that Lumia 719?)

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In thinking about Nokia's announcement yesterday for their CES event in January, we began looking for more any evidence of the "900"'s existence. There really hasn't been any solid info about the 900, just lots of un-sourced specs and rumors without any hard evidence. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but if you think back before the 800 and 710's release, we had plenty of leaked video footage, isolated pics and more. And that was from over in Europe. Now we are a few weeks from January 9th and outside some questionable renders, there's nothing really to hang our hats on.

So when we looked at Occasional Gamer's "stats" page and we saw a single instance of the "Lumia 900", our interest piqued a bit. Then again, we're not ready to call this a confirmation as even that info, which is quite generic, could be faked. Likewise, there is a "NOKIA Lumia 719" and "800c" listed there as well--those however, seem more plausible if only because they're less interesting sounding. The "800c" is most likely a carrier-variant and the "719"--yeah, that's a bit odd.

Where does any of this leave us? Lots of speculation and little to go on, unfortunately. At this point, Nokia could really surprise us or just give us what we expect (a Lumia 800 on AT&T). But lets see what you folks think:

 

Is the Nokia Lumia 900 real or a unicorn phone?
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3 years ago

BBC News Mobile is looking for beta testers

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If you use BBC News Mobile, the free and beautiful news app that's in the Marketplace, you may want to take the new beta for a spin. Besides being able to try all the new features, you can also give the dev some feedback before submission to the Marketplace, making this app even better for others.

Version 2.8.2 beta has a main focus for improvements: speed. Sure, the app is already pretty zippy, but why not squeeze some more performance out of it by streamlining some aspects, eh? Some other features include:

  • Background Cache Service
  • Better Live Tiles
  • Faster Loading
  • Reworked GUI
  • Picture quality improvement

Heck, there's even a snooze function for notifications (between 10pm and 8am) that we really dig too. Overall, the app is certainly faster on our end and we like the new UI layout for articles. But you can lend your opinion if you have a dev unlocked devices by heading to Gripper's blog and grabbing the XAP file from his server. And if you just want the current version in the Marketplace, here ya go.

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3 years ago

Nokia announces CES press event--new phones on the horizon for the US?

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Nokia has just sent out invites for their press event next month at CES in Las Vegas. While word is mum on what they plan to show off in the 45 minute event, rumors have been swirling for some time that an AT&T (and maybe Verizon) device announcement could be on the agenda. Such a device (or devices?) could be the rumored Nokia 900 "Ace"--a 4.3" screen device akin to the Lumia 800--destined for AT&T and featuring LTE. Other possibilities include an LTE-enabled Lumia 800, which may lack the punch of a 900-esque device but we think would still be a large seller here.

Verizon is also rumored to be picking up a Nokia device or two, presumably because it would feature LTE on board, satisfying their demands.

Either way, this announcement can only be good news for Windows Phone and Nokia, both of which are vying for the public attention. Landing on AT&T and/or Verizon would be a huge boost in numbers and visibility for both companies, in addition to giving customers what they really want, a high-end "classy" Windows Phone that can compete with the iPhone and Android. It also seems to us that Nokia has really put into high gear getting these devices to the US market, especially with the launch of the T-Mobile Lumia 710 and their media campaign dubbed "Rolling Thunder".

Good news for our readers is we'll be front and center at CES for this press event and others, so we'll have your coverage that you deserve.

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3 years ago

AT&T withdraws bid to buy T-Mobile

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AT&T withdraws bid to buy T-Mobile

There is no joy in Dallas tonight.

After thoroughly reviewing the matter, AT&T has decided to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile. Even though the Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission and other industry members may disagree, AT&T still holds the position that such a merger would have been a good thing citing the need for more spectrum.  Spectrum needed to handle the growing consumer demand.

AT&T pledges to continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile revolution but took the opportunity to challenge policy makers to do their part. Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson stated,

“To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest. However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs."

The penalty for withdrawing the acquisition proposal.. $4 Billion that will be charged against the 4th Quarter of 2011. On the plus side, AT&T will enter into a mutually beneficial roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom. So while the sale fell through, an AT&T and T-Mobile partnership may still be a possibility.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Quick Look: Egg Timer

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Egg Timer by MaginSoft is a handy application for your Windows Phone if your trying to boil an egg just right. The mango app is based on scientific methods and taps into your Windows Phone's GPS to calculate the time an egg needs to cook in order to reach your desired doneness.

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3 years ago

Episode 5 of the 'Little Amazing Show' goes live: Paris

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Nokia has posted episode 5 of the 'Little Amazing Show', which is shot in Paris and focuses on happiness. A pretty neat stunt was on Parisian street, where bubbles flooded the area and excited the public with contagious smiles. The video is perfect media for a rainy day, or to simply lighten the mood. Nokia really is going all out with marketing and advertising, and these video montages compliment their efforts.

Be sure to check out the previous episodes if you haven't already:

Source: YouTube (Nokia)

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3 years ago

The Misfit Toys and Hermey play with Bing on Windows Phone

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In a nice nod to nostalgia, Microsoft has made a Bing commercial featuring the toys from the 1964 TV special 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' in addition to that troubled little elf, Hermey.

While Yukon Cornelius drags the misfits on a sled, he soon pops his back. Hermey, now technologically modern, whips out a little clay-mation Windows Phone and Bings 'hot yoga'. Both hilarious and informative, the commercial is our new favorite. But that's the power of childhood memories for you.

Source: Discover Bing; Thanks, Vector555

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3 years ago

Rumor: HTC introducing 4G LTE Windows Phone early 2012 on AT&T

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According to a report published over at BGR, HTC is set to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone in early 2012, on AT&T. According to 'trusted sources' (get the pinch of salt ready), HTC will be releasing fewer handsets next year, leaving the release schedule "shockingly quiet" (makes sense to focus on quality). Two new devices were revealed, a flagship Android handset and the manufacturer's first LTE Windows Phone. The latter is questionably going to be Titan-like, sporting a 4.7" screen.

The new 4G LTE Windows Phone is slated for an apparent release on February 5th. Should the rumours prove to be true, as well as the ones surrounding the upcoming Nokia LTE device, 2012 will be an exciting year for the platform to move on up. Of course if a 4G LTE Titan is right around the corner, how many of you will be a little annoyed that you just bought the HSPA+ version? Needless to say, CES in January should be interesting...we'll be there to cover it live.

Let us know your thoughts below.

Source: BGR, thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 coming to Three UK

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Nokia Lumia 710 coming to Three UK

Things have changed at Three UK, as it was only a few months ago that we ran the story of the carrier making the decision as to whether or not the company should continue to stock Windows Phones. The carrier was on the wagon back in 2010 with the Samsung Omnia 7, but has now been effectively pushing the Nokia Lumia 800 since its release. Should you be waiting for the Lumia 710 and be on Three, then you'll be happy to learn that the carrier is bringing Lumia 710 back.

Be sure to head on over and register your interest for updates.

Source: ThreeUK, thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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3 years ago

MS buys SkypeSexFinder.com; helps people find Skype sexiness

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Microsoft just scooped up the domain name SkypeSexFinder.com when it recently expired.  While it is likely just a defensive move to prevent others from registering the name, what is fascinating is they are using it.  In the past, such domain names simply pointed to Bing's homepage.  However, in this case, SkypeSexFinder actually takes you to a Bing search for the words.

If you look past the initial results, which are now posts about this story, what you find are some websites that actually facilitate having sexy encounters via Skype and other services.  Chances are that this is a simple oversight on Microsoft's part, and we're thinking they will change it as word gets out.

We chose to leave out the the results page as it originally appeared, but you can see Fusible's snapshot here.

Source: Fusible; Via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 survives multiple drops and screen damage test

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We previously covered the accidental dropping of a Nokia Lumia 800 by a one year-old, yes a one year-old. Now we can take a look at multiple drops to test the strength of not only the shell of the device, but the Corning Gorilla Glass too (see previous screen scratch resistant test). Scratching and scraping is also carried out on the toughened screen, but leave no visible marks.

Please note WPCentral does not recommend that you have your Lumia 800 dropped numerous times, by numerous people.

Source: YouTube (singtel)

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3 years ago

Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

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Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

Wordfeud (Wordfeud.com), a cross-platform multiplayer word game, is coming to Windows Phone, according to an email sent from a member of the team. The game allows players to go up against other players at a personal pace. Multiple games can be played (as illustrated in the above screenshot) and multiple dictionaries are supported (English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish).

Snippet of the email response that was sent to WordFeudPro from the Wordfeud team a month ago:

"At this point we do not have any plans for a BlackBerry version of Wordfeud. This May change in the future though. However, we have started working on Windows Phone 7 version yesterday."

Good news for those who are fans of the game, be sure to keep an eye on the development blog for any articles or announcements relating to the Windows Phone app that may be published there.

Source: WordFeudPro (Translate), thanks Lobbie1978 for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

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Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

Sleep Bug is a Windows Phone health/fitness app that produces ambient scene music to help you relax and doze off to sleep. There are two versions available, Sleep Bug (free) and Sleep Bug Pro ($1.99). For the most part, both versions are essentially identical but Sleep Bug Pro has seven additional sound scenes or themes and Sleep Bug has only nine sound scenes and is ad supported.

The nine scenes that are available across the board include Beach, Music Box, River, Jungle, Weather, Horror, City, and Sci-Fi. Sleep Bug Pro adds Zen Garden, Forest, Train, Dreams, Outback, Airport and Underwater to the mix. Still not sure where Horror comes into play to help you relax and sleep.

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3 years ago

10 Windows Phone apps play "Jingle Bells" [Video]

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Should you be looking for some creative festive fun, then look no further. The above video, directed and produced by "WPMom", features 10 applications and a little girl performing "Jingle Bells". The apps used in the video can be found below (in order of appearance):

  • Xmas Tambourine
  • Sleigh
  • Sleigh Bells Ring
  • Toy Xylophone
  • Christmas Lyrics
  • Christmas Bells Free
  • Holiday Musicbox
  • Happy Xmas Game
  • Holidays Slurpy
  • Tiny Christmas Tree

Anything to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhoneParent), via: WPSauce

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