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2 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 gets slight battery and talk time downgrade

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When the Nokia Lumia 920 specifications hit last month, the rather large battery (2000mAh) was touted as one of the main features, resulting in supposed “all day use”. That’s especially important for consumers on such a powerhouse of a phone since it has all of those bells and whistles on board.

The AT&T version has recently been posted on Nokia’s site and it has some updated specifications from the global version, including some new battery times. The bad news is they have been slightly marked down for the massive 4G network, most likely due to some carrier requirements resulting in some firmware changes in addition to that super fast LTE network.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: GoGetter

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2 years ago

Phone House to offer free Fatboy Wireless Charging Pillow with Lumia 920

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Should you be waiting for the Lumia 920 in Europe, popular retailer Phone House (trading as 'The Carphone Warehouse' in the UK) has reportedly confirmed availability of the Nokia Windows Phone for the end of this month. Not only that, but Phone House in France is also offering a free FatBoy with the first 200 purchases (limited to www.phonehouse.fr only / black Lumia 920).

The retailer states all eligible customers will be sent their Fatboy charging accessory by late October / early November. The Fatboy wireless charging pillow is just one of a few accessories that's offered by Nokia for its new Windows Phone devices. Making use of the Qi standard, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be compatible with a number of charging products.

via: NokiaPowerUser; thanks, Sunny, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Viber HD for Windows Phone returns to the Nokia Collection

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Guess who's back, back again? It's not Eminem.

Viber has had an interesting time on Windows Phone since it launched itself onto the platform. The app is presently available for all Windows Phones but is limited to messaging and sports no voice capabilities. This was to change for Lumia owners with the release of Viber HD in the Nokia Collection of OEM apps last month, which boasted VoIP functionality.

Unfortunately, due to bugs and performance issues, Viber HD was subsequently pulled from the Windows Phone Store and those who wished to download the communication solution for their Lumia Windows Phone were unable to do so. We expected an update to be released for those who already have Viber installed, as well as the app being made available to download once again after all issues were ironed out.

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2 years ago

Existing Orange and T-Mobile UK customers witnessing EE branding on mobile phones

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UK carrier EE (Everything Everywhere) has already begun to migrate existing customers with Orange and T-Mobile UK across to the new brand. Those who own Windows Phones and make use of said networks will see "EE" on the phone Live Tile once the switch has been carried out. The company is also in the process of launching the UK's first 4G LTE network on October 30th.

Taking on the mammoth task of moving both Orange and T-Mobile under the single brand (while forming three separate carriers), as well as firing up LTE, EE is certainly one of the major players in the mobile industry for consumers who reside within the UK. While customers will be seeing a change in branding on mobile devices, their contracts with both Orange and T-Mobile will remain. It's more aesthetics than anything that will affect service provided.

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2 years ago

Confirmed: AT&T launching the Nokia Lumia 920 on November 4th

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The Nokia Lumia 920 - Coming Sunday, November 4th

Recently Windows Phone Central went on record that AT&T’s plans for the Lumia 920 (and presumably other Windows Phones) was to have an in-store sale date of Sunday, November 4th. We now have had another confirmation via a well placed source in AT&T that this is information is accurate.

We also previously mentioned that on October 21st AT&T is planning to finally announce the above release date and the pricing of the Lumia 920. That info is also still precise.

Presumably a pre-order date will follow on that Friday the 26th, giving just over one week time before the phone can be bought in stores. Much like the Lumia 900 release, we assume that if you pre-order, you will get the phone on Friday, November 2nd before residential deliveries stop for the weekend.

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2 years ago

NFC Interactor in the works for Windows Phone 8

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It's no secret that Windows Phone 8 devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X will have NFC integration. We are now seeing that an NFC reader/writer app should be available for these Windows Phone 8 devices. The NFC Interactor was announced at the NFC Congress in Hagenberg last month and will feature not only tag analysis but also a flexible tag composer.

Not really sure what all is involved with a flexible tag composer but our guess is that you can create a NFC tag for... say... your contact information and share it with another NFC integrated phone/device. Much like we can do currently with a QR Tag or Microsoft Tag and our Bing Vision.

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2 years ago

Nokia VP of Product Marketing leaves amid speculation of disappointed investors

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Ilari Nurmi showing off Nokia's Windows Phones

A lot can be said about last months revealing of the Nokia Lumia 920 (and 820). While the device’s design and hardware appear to be outstanding achievements for the Finnish company, the message and how it was delivered left a lot to be desired. In fact, Nokia’s stock famously dropped 16% on that day despite the impressive new devices with speculation pointing to lack of specific pricing, availability and carrier partners as the cause.

Since that time Nokia has recovered a bit, especially with a preliminary tests showing that the Lumia 920’s camera is a contender for the best mobile solution yet. But when times are tough and the message is fuddled, heads roll and that appears to be the case for Ilari Nurmi who was vice-president of product marketing for the company.

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2 years ago

Microsoft drops 'LIVE' from Xbox Extras app for Windows Phone

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A new update for the Xbox Extras app for Windows Phone is being seeded out to the Store. What makes this interesting is the continued purge of “LIVE” from the Xbox brand on the mobile platform.

The latest update has resulted in a few changes (1) The name is just Xbox Extras now (2) the load screen simply says Xbox with the logo and (3) within the app, it just says Xbox.

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2 years ago

Nokia’s online store in Italy now taking preorders for Lumia 920, expected in November

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Nokia’s Italy contingent announced not too long ago that the Lumia 920 will be available for pre-order at the €599 price point and coming in November.

While we still don’t have a firm release date to add to that, we can now direct you to NStore.it, which we’re told is the official Nokia online store for that country. For a deposit of €99, you can reserve your own 920, but only in white or black (insert sad trombone).

We’re not sure if that’s a better deal than what you can get through your carrier (H3G, Telecom Italia, Vodafone or Wind) but if unlocked an non-hassle is your thing, then you may want to give it some consideration.

You can head over to NStore.it’s dedicated pre-order page to get the ball rolling. Thanks, Mirko S., for the tip

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 610 getting new software update to make it better, faster

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"We can update him...we have the technology."

With all the hype centered on the next-generation of Windows Phones, let us not forget that there are large percentages of people who are still on older hardware and plan to stay there.

The Lumia 610, arguably one of the most low-cost Windows Phone on the market that also maintains a premium feel to it, is slated to get an update in the coming weeks. (No, it's not Windows Phone 7.8.)

Specifics are lacking on the update but we do know that it will deliver “improved system performance, camera performance, and usability”. That sounds mighty fine to our ears and we’ll keep a lookout for when that update starts to roll out.

Source: Nokia Developer Blog; via NokiaPowerUser; Thanks, Sunny, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Little Acorns for Xbox on Windows Phone gets a welcomed price chop

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Just two days ago we put the Xbox Windows Phone game Little Acorns though its paces in our detailed review. At the time, the platformer game with super cute graphics was fetching for pricey $2.99. Now, the game has serendipitously dropped to just $0.99, which last we check is the exact price-point many of you go crazy for.

We gave Little Acorns high remarks noting "...objectively speaking Little Acorns works much better as a phone game. If you crave a mobile platformer, you’d be nuts not to get this one." Anyway, if you were on the fence before and hesitant to buy, we think that price cut should change matters. No word if this is permanent or just a sale (it's technically not the deal of the week, which is GeoDefense Swarm).

You can pick up Little Acorns here in the Store for the ultra low price. Thanks, Brad and Andy, for the tips!

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2 years ago

Nokia's Cardboard Challenge offers a creative chance at a Lumia 900 Windows Phone

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We ran across a rather interesting contest from Nokia that tests your creative skills with cardboard for a chance to win either a Lumia 900 Windows Phone or 808 Pureview phone. Partnering with the Global Cardboard Challenge, Nokia is challenging you to create your own Nokia mobile phone from cardboard or make a photograph from cardboard.

Cardboard photographs can be recreations from photos you've taken or would like to take using cardboard cutouts.

Once you've created your cardboard masterpiece and snap a photograph of your creation. The contest's rules state no Photoshop or other image-enhancing software is permitted.

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2 years ago

Looking at Nokia’s carrier exclusives differently and what is Verizon’s Lumia 822?

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With yesterday’s announcement of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 coming to AT&T, the word that caught our eye and yours was “exclusive”. Even Rogers is now in on the "exclusive" action. The term was applied to both Lumia devices, although as pointed out in our forums, the 820’s exclusiveness to AT&T was dropped from Nokia’s site later in the day. 

The tech’o’sphere has responded quite negatively to the news if only because the Lumia 920 has built up such demand that many people are cheering for its success. That success though depends on how many people can actually buy it, which in turn translates into carrier availability. If the Lumia 920 is only available on 1 of 4 major US carriers, well that’s certainly less people than had it been on two or three carriers. A pretty obvious impact.

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2 years ago

Happy Wars and Worms Revolution come to Xbox 360 Live Arcade next week

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Xbox Live Arcade is heating up to a boiling point lately, with top-shelf titles coming out pretty much every week (sometimes more than once a week). We’ve just posted impressions of SEGA’s latest releases, and the quality train doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon.

So what’s in store for next week? Well, on Wednesday, October 10th Team 17’s Worms Revolutions comes along, continuing the awesomely addictive Worms series. Even more exciting, Happy Wars (the first freemium XBLA game) launches Friday the 12th for all Xbox Live Gold members. Head past the break for details of both titles!

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