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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 19: Passport

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Mobile Nations 19: Passport

It's been a while since we've fired things up for a cross-site Mobile Nations Podcast, so on the eve of Apple announcing a new smaller iPad (happening today), we thought the time was right.

In addition to discussing the latest happenings across mobile platforms, we also discuss one of the big changes coming to our Mobile Nations sites. We'll soon be rolling out Mobile Nations Passport, our long-awaited unified account management system. This is the feature request we hear most often from our members across CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central and webOS Nation, and it's launching soon. To give us the overview and get into some of the details, we have a very special guest on the show, Marcus Adolfsson. It's a Mobile Nations podcast you won't want to miss! 

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central's Reader's Roundup Contest Winners

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For this week, the Windows Phone Central Roundup has turned the reigns over to you, our readers. We asked you to nominate three Windows Phone game recommendations and the top five would make it to this week's roundup.

We decided to make a contest out of it with WPCentral Accessory Store gift cards as the prizes.  We have randomly picked five readers from the recommendation entries to win a $50 gift card to the Accessory Store.  While we won't run the roundup until Friday, we thought we would go ahead and end the suspense and announce the winners now.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: NoiseHush NX80 Headphones

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One of the more challenging Windows Phone accessories to review are headphones. Asides from comfort and sound quality it's really hard to dissect headphones. Luckily, the NoiseHush NX80 headphones have a little more to measure than comfort and sound quality.

For starters, the NoiseHush NX80 comes in a nice assortment of colors to match your tastes and style. You have white/black, blue/black, red/white, and red/black. The 3.9 foot long in-the-ear headphones fit comfortably in your ear and is packaged with a nice assortment of rubber earbuds to help you find just the right fit.

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2 years ago

Windows 8 global launch kicked off with event in Shanghai, China

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Windows 8, the much anticipated PC OS, was just launched in China a few hours ago, although many are still waiting for October 26 - the fateful day. As we understand, the global launch of Windows 8 will be marked by not one single event, but a whole series of them. The launch will start in China (October 23rd 10:00am local time), and end with the US party on October 26.

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2 years ago

Dodonpachi Maximum jumps spaceship to iOS this week

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Platform exclusivity isn’t what it used to be these days. Several Windows Phone-exclusive Xbox games have moved to iOS in the past, including Kinectimals, Tentacles, Rocket Riot, Max and the Magic Marker, and more. Microsoft has even published Halo Waypoint and Xbox Live companion apps for Apple's competing platform. We can now add WP7’s sole Japanese-developed exclusive to that list as well. Dodonpachi Maximum from CAVE hits iOS on October 26.

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2 years ago

EE announces first UK 4G mobile phone plans, not quite what was expected?

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One could easily turn this into a hate-filled rant at EE, but we'll remain calm with a cup of tea in one hand and the crumpet in the other. According to a press release sent out this morning (crossing over Nokia incidentally), EE announced its UK 4G plans, and what it will be charging consumers to make use of the extra speeds offered by the UK's first LTE network.

Now don't get us wrong, we expected a slight jump in pricing due to the exclusivity held by EE on the improved network speed, but what has been revealed by the company is almost mind boggling. 

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2 years ago

Nokia announces low level Lumia 510 Windows Phone 7.5 handset

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2 years ago

Microsoft announces new Xbox SmartGlass experiences and commences free streaming Xbox Music

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We wrote yesterday about the things to watch out for with the launch of Windows 8. One of those things was SmartGlass and Microsoft have now revealed more ahead of the launch. They have updated the Windows 8 apps and free streaming is now available for Xbox Music.

As part of a broader roll out of better entertainment services, SmartGlass aims to improve the ability to use tablets and smartphones to better control the experience with the Xbox 360.  The video goes on to show how internet sessions can be shared from Windows Phone 8 to the console, along with bouncing it back from the console to your tablet. It’s looking awesome, check out the video after the break.

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2 years ago

China Mobile officially announces the Nokia Lumia 920T. Coming in November.

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The Lumia 920T for China Mobile

We’ve seen a lot of the Lumia 920T in the last few weeks as the Chinese variant was getting ready for its debut. Now word has it that China Mobile has officially announced the device for a November launch, ahead of the mid December timeframe originally hinted at just a few weeks ago. Rumor has it that China Mobile (and probably Nokia) want to beat the iPhone 5 to market and to be honest we can’t blame them.

The Lumia 920T is essentially the same as the current Lumia 920 but features some different radios to work with China Mobile’s network, including TD-SCDMA ( 3G), GSM (2G) and TD-LTE (4G). Not too shabby. One thing is for certain: having the Lumia 920T on such a large network (655 million subscribers) is a very good thing for Nokia.

Source: Sina Weibo (China Mobile), Winp.cn; Thanks, hengxiang32401, for the links!

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2 years ago

Verizon begins Windows Phone 8 training. Launching early November.

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Verizon HTC 8X

Here we go folks, with the rumor of Verizon having issues with Windows Phone 8 being dispelled by Paul Thurrott recently, we can get back to guessing when it will launch.

Luckily, we don’t have to guess too much as reader Adil T. has tipped us on this image and some launch info for Verizon. The info comes from friend of his who works for Verizon and as you can see, that gorgeous HTC 8X is running on Big Red’s network (check the Phone Tile).

Regarding the launch, HTC evidently has a “save the date” for Tuesday, November 6th with a launch window around the same time—in other words, very soon.

Oh and is that an ATIV S on that screen back there or is that just a generic Windows Phone?  We’ll try to dig up some more info as it comes in. Thanks, Anon, for the info!

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Save up to 70 per-cent on SanDisk memory from Amazon

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2 years ago

Dummy Lumia 820 display unit spotted in O2 UK store

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A Lumia 820 dummy display unit has been spotted at an O2 UK store. the Windows Phone hasn't yet been announced by the carrier, but we've been previously informed that the Lumia 920 will be stocked in due course. While this is by no means official confirmation, there's little reason for O2 to actually have a dummy unit in-store if they weren't at least planning on selling one. 

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2 years ago

Developers of Parcel Tracker abandon Windows Phone due to no revenue

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RIP Parcel Tracker: 2010-2012

We have to paint yet another bleak picture for one of our favorite apps on Windows Phone: Parcel Tracker. The package tracker app was featured numerous times on this site and we always gave it a thumbs up, but evidently that wasn’t enough as the app has been removed from the Store.

The developers have evidently sent a news-update thru the app to current customers letting them know that development has stopped and the app has been withdrawn. While current users can still use the app when it comes to Windows Phone 8, you’ll be out of luck.

The developers cite that most users never bought the app and therefore it wasn’t financially lucrative enough to support it anymore. As we’ve heard from some devs before you have to be in Windows Phone dev as a hobby right now.

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2 years ago

Hulu rolls out Windows 8 RT app. Windows Phone 8 version in the future?

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It’s been two-years since Windows Phone has been on the scene and if there is one app we’re really yearning for (not looking at you, Instagram), it’s Hulu. The app has been available on Xbox 360 for sometime and we use it daily, so it’s with great joy we see it’s now available for Windows 8.

The RT app will run on Surface tablets and of course Pro devices. It’s very metro influenced and the Hulu team even tossed together a demo video of the service (it’s still not available yet in our Windows 8 Store). The app will come pre-loaded on Acer and Sony Windows 8 devices although anyone with Win 8 can just go and downloaded it to the store. Combined with the recently released Netflix app (also gorgeous) and Windows 8 will have some great media services out the gate.

But what we’re really wondering is of course when will the Windows Phone 8 app land? Hulu now has two of the three systems in place, so is it too much to expect them to release a phone version on October 29th? We sure hope not because boy will that be an odd omission. [Note: Embedded video is on Hulu, so you probably can't view it mobile]

Source: Hulu Blog; Thanks, Alan A., for the tip

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2 years ago

Humorous unboxing video pokes fun at Microsoft and the Surface

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It’s never fun to take things too seriously, which is why we like this video of a purported Surface unboxing. Performed with a mock Russian accent, the video takes a jab at the “old” Microsoft (or rather what some people still perceive as being Redmond’s problem: clunky, non-working software and hardware).

We won’t say too much more on this because it speaks for itself. But we definitely got a chuckle out of it.

Source: Puppet Shed; Thanks, 47project in comments for the tip!

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