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2 years ago

Windows Phone Central Forums Upgraded!

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And we are BACK! After a few hours of planned downtime, we successfully pushed out a major upgrade to Windows Phone Central's forums tonight. The best Windows Phone community keeps on getting better! In addition to a ton of feature and design enhancements, we also reorganized the structure of the forums to make them more friendly to both new and existing members, and casual visitors browsing the forums while logged out.

The dust is still settling and we have some tweaks and finishing touches left to do over the next couple of days, but the forums are back online and can be put to use. If you come across any bugs or notice anything that seems out of whack, please be sure to report them on our WPCentral Forums Upgrade Bug Reporting thread. Keep reading for an overview of what's new, then hit the forums and take a tour. We're sure you'll love what you see!

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2 years ago

Service Alert - Windows Phone Store temporarily down

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Just a mini-service alert, the Windows Phone Store (for at least those in the US) are having some issues that are "intermittent". Sometimes we can't even view and app let alone download it, yet other times we can get through (error code 805a01f7).

Needless to say it is annoying but Microsoft is aware of the issue and actively working on it. Best bet is just to give it a few hours while they figure it out and hopefully it'll get fixed right quick.

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2 years ago

Heads Up: Windows Phone Central forums getting upgraded tonight, expect some downtime in the forums

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* Update: Success! The forums are back online!! *

With the official launch of Windows Phone 8, our forums have been crazy busy these past couple of weeks. And to make them even better for our active user community that's growing larger every minute, tonight we're pulling the trigger and rolling out a bunch of awesome updates. 

We'll take the forums offline at approximately 8:30pm ET, and a few hours of downtime is expected while we go through the upgrade process. In the meantime, the rest of the site will still be fully usable.

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2 years ago

Prototype malware for Windows Phone 8 OS allegedly created

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Details are murky but according to the site Naked Security, a young “ethical hacker" named Shantanu Gawde has created the world’s first Windows Phone 8 malware. The program can reportedly “…steal contacts, upload pictures and steal private data of users, gain access to text messages etc." and details about the exploit will be revealed at the Malcon security conference in New Delhi, India, later in November.

Gawde is evidently a well-known computer prodigy, being the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) at age 16. What is more impressive is that he earned that designation when he was aged 7. Microsoft has been made aware of the presentation but not the details and are promising action upon any weaknesses found, should they be revealed as legitimate concerns.

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2 years ago

SkyDrive usage stats and new desktop features go live today

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Odds are if you're using Windows Phone that you're using SkyDrive, the cloud storage and syncing product from Microsoft. The file hosting service offers users access to their data through a web interface as well as clients for every major mobile or desktop operating system. The desktop clients in particular were released about six months ago and Microsoft has just shared in a blog post that usage has doubled.

Today, the team has also announced a few new features to the service that make using SkyDrive more powerful. Read on to find out what...

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Camera Faceoff: Nokia Lumia 900 and 920

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What many may see as an unfair fight between Windows Phone cameras, some have asked how the Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 920 cameras compare. We took both Windows Phones out for a comparison shoot and the results weren't too surprising.

While the Lumia 900 has turned out to be a decent little camera, the Lumia 920 has an improved design and the Pureview software.  It's like comparing two sports cars with one having a nitrous booster installed and the other is stock.

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2 years ago

Halo 4 companion game coming to Windows Phone (after iOS and Android)

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Xbox 360 owners who migrated to Windows Phone have long lamented the lack of a proper Halo mobile game. Sure, we have Halo WayPoint and its SmartGlass-style connectivity with Halo Reach, but Microsoft has yet to show us the proper love of an actual Halo videogame. Hey, pretty soon that’s going to change… Sort of… Thanks to Halo 4: King of the Hill, an upcoming augmented reality app developed by AR specialist Ogmento and sponsored by 7-Eleven and Mountain Dew. Yup.

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2 years ago

Verizon to start selling Microsoft Surface tablets?

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2 years ago

Rogers set to get Nokia Lumia 920 in yellow too?

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Rogers has earned themselves some angst from potential customers who want to pick up the new Nokia Lumia 920.  Between making unofficial/official announcements of selling the device (even boldly proclaiming to be the “first” like a child on the internet), they so far have failed to deliver. Stock is barely existent and when it can be found, customers get one choice of color: matte black. That’s especially bad since we all know the 920 comes in many more options.

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2 years ago

Nokia to offer free wireless charging plates for those who purchase a Lumia 920, 820 from Phones4u

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Nokia's 'Free Wireless Charger' page has been live for a while, but registration isn't quite ready / open yet. The Finnish manufacturer has however published the terms and conditions, which reveal exactly what will be on offer and who will be eligible for said free gear. Those who purchase either the Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 through Phones4u will be able to claim a free wireless charging plate.

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2 years ago

Best Buy offering black Lumia 822 in-store for $50

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Best Buy is offering the Verizon Lumia 822 (a version of the Lumia 820) to new customers at just $49.99 when taken out with a 2 year plan. The price undercuts Verizon's own pricing at $150 with a $50 MIR (mail-in rebate). The retailer currently has the same handset priced at $99 online, but in-store (as can be seen above) the Windows Phone can be picked up for $50 off.

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2 years ago

Lumia 920 sold out at Expansys UK, tops chart with HTC 8X closely behind

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The Lumia 920 will be required to be rationed soon if Nokia can't produce enough to meet demand. We've seen retailers and carriers run out of initial stock. Whether this is down to high demand, limited stock or both, we're not sure but the Lumia 920 is proving to be a popular choice if the Exspansys UK Top 20 chart is anything to go by.

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2 years ago

Nokia offers free charging shells for Lumia 820 Windows Phones bought through O2

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 820: First Impressions

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Nokia Lumia 820: First Impressions

Windows Phone 8 continues to provide us with new devices. While much attention has been given over to the Lumia 920, the 820 has some compelling features and specs that should appeal to many. Sharing some key specifications with the higher end Windows Phone 8 devices along with options for wireless charging and expandable storage it’s certainly worth a look.

I have been using one for a few hours and so would quickly like to share my thoughts on it before it gets a full review. Read on to see and hear more..

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2 years ago

FrogSling2: Windows Phone Game Review

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FrogSling2: Windows Phone Game Review

FrogSling2 is the sequel to the popular Windows Phone game from DiNo Games. FrogSling2 picks up where FrogSling left off with you launching the amphibians from a sling shot into various buckets, pales, and other targets.

The multi-level game has quality graphics, interesting animations and game play is challenging enough to keep you interested. FrogSling2 may not appeal to everyone but if you're looking for an entertaining game to pass the time with, it's worth a try.

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