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Deal alert: Nokia Qi wireless charging pad available for just $25 during next 15 hours

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2 years ago

Windows Phone games that could be the next big thing

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: The Next Big Thing
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: The Next Big Thing

Microsoft started adding collections to the Windows Phone Store that groups like minded apps and games. You have a photography collection, the Red Stripe Deals collection and few more.

With this week's Windows Phone Central roundup, we take a peak at the Next Big Thing collection. It's a group of games that have the potential of being big hits. They have strong ratings and it's a nice way to showcase the independent developers.

We picked four from the current collection that we think are quality additions to the Windows Phone gaming library.

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2 years ago

Aluminum form of Nokia 41MP EOS reportedly leaks—prototype or a version 2?

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Ever since the Nokia EOS aka their expected 41MP Windows Phone started having its own picture leaked all over the internet in the last few weeks, a second, less understood rumor had surfaced in conjunction: there are actually two versions of the device.

Personally, Windows Phone Central has no knowledge of a second version of an EOS-line of the Lumia 9xx series, though much like the Lumia 925 with its aluminum body to counter the polycarbonate 920, we suppose a metal-version of the upcoming EOS (or ‘Elvis’ if on AT&T) is hardly out of the question.

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2 years ago

Talk Mobile 2013 Launch Party, live in living color

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Most of you were unable to come to our swinging, swanky, super special launch party for Talk Mobile 2013 that happened exactly one week ago tonight. Because of that, we’ve recapped the event for you some super delicious HD video.

All in all, we had 680 of you phone geeks come out for our 3 hour rager. Truth be told, this was one of those events that could have gone either way: lots of fun with free alcohol and kicking music, or a bunch of dudes hanging around, awkwardly looking at their phone screens. Luckily for us, it was most definitely the former as the party was quite spectacular.

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2 years ago

Fairway Solitaire finally arrives on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Last year, Windows Phone Central brought you an exclusive interview about a Windows Phone 8 title called Fairway Solitaire from Big Fish Games (and ported by Babaroga). Fairway is actually one of the games that Microsoft used during their Windows Phone 8 reveal event to exemplify how quick and easy porting from iOS to Windows Phone 8 can be. Funny thing is: Fairway Solitaire was slated to be a launch window game for the new mobile OS, but it has actually taken far longer than to port.

As a matter of fact, Big Fish Games has just published Fairway Solitaire for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 in celebration of E3 2013. The bad news is they published it as an indie title instead of an Xbox game as originally planned. But on the happy side, Fairway plays great and we’ve got an exclusive video in which Big Fish’s Patrick Wylie walks us through the game’s features. Check it out after the break!

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2 years ago

Microsoft makes fun of Apple's iPad yet again, brings aboard Dell's XPS 10

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Microsoft is once again making fun of Apple’s iPad in its latest commercial; this time, it takes on Dell’s XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet.

The advertisement starts out by picking on the iPad’s home screen; specifically the fact that you can’t zoom around and see an overview of your content. The Apple tablet screams “Ouch” in protest as a user tries to pinch the view unsuccessfully.

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2 years ago

Amazon Mobile app gets small update, a little fine tuning under the hood

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The Amazon Mobile app received a minor update today. Unlike the previous update in May, this bump offers little, other than unnamed bug fixes and performance updates. Amazon was one of the first big retailers to put out a Windows Phone app and it remains one of the best out there.

Amazon Mobile will not only let you surf the aisles of Amazon.com, place orders, check on your account, and more.  We've come to find that the Amazon Mobile app is also a great app to have handy while shopping to compare prices.  It even has a bar code scanner to make searching for products a little easier.  If you're looking for something that you can wait for the UPS man to deliver, it might save you a few bucks along the way.

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches this month's photo contest: Summer Nights

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The Windows Phone team has been impressed by submissions sent in by consumers in previous contests, so here we are again but this time it's all about summer nights. The winning entry for this month's contest will have their submission featured on the Windows Phone Facebook page (as the lead header - see above). Select fan photos will also be highlighted on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and also the Insider newsletter.

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2 years ago

Microsoft pushes a plethora of new Surface updates; still trying to improve Wi-Fi

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that new updates for their Surface tablet devices were being pushed. The updates being pushed include Wi-Fi connectivity improvements, a new Surface USB to Ethernet adapter driver, a collection of improvements for both the Touch and Type Covers, an updated LifeCam driver, and new device firmware.

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2 years ago

Instagraph gets updated, adds Tagsdagram integration and more

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Instagraph is a feature rich, unofficial Instagram client for our Windows Phones. You can create accounts, modify your profile, upload images, enjoy Metrogram integration, and more. The app was recently updated to version 2.5 which most notably brings Tagsdagram integration.

Tagsdagram is one of the top Instagram #tags listing sites and the integration helps finding the right #tag a lot easier.

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2 years ago

Xbox LIVE gets an upgrade; smarter matching and more achievements

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Xbox LIVE has been pushing online multiplayer gaming forward since its launch in November 2002. Microsoft’s online service recently hit 46 million members and isn’t stopping any time soon. With the launch of Xbox One later this year, a collection of new features will be added to the service including smarter matching, a new reputation system, and a new style of Xbox achievements.

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2 years ago

Acer: "We love Windows Phone 8, but..."

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After their Windows Phone 7.5 handset, the Allegro, came onto the scene last year with little fanfare, Acer maintained that they were still committed to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. But after hearing nothing but crickets chirping from Acer's neck of the woods in 2013, many of us are wondering if they have wavered in that commitment. As it turns out, the answer is "yes, but..."

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2 years ago

Camera360 gets updated and takes home global recognition

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Camera360 is a Windows Phone 8 camera app that has a minimal approach to the viewfinder layout. Camera360 has a set of filters that can be easily applied to photos, that in turn can be shared via social networks.

The app was updated today to version 1.0 which adds a "touch shoot" feature, a few new photo editing options and a few performance optimizations.

Additionally, Camera360 has been ranked #2 by the Fortune Global Forum in the Best Startups category. The Fortune Global Forum is an invitation only type event, attended by the CEOs of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Receiving recognition from such an event is rather impressive.

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2 years ago

Microsoft and Best Buy announce new Windows Stores

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Microsoft and US retail chain Best Buy have both announced today a strategic partnership to create a new Windows Store. The set-up stalls will be featured within 500 Best Buy brick and mortar stores across the US and in more than 100 stores located in Canada. The stores will range in size from 1,500 and 2,200 square foot and will include Windows-based tablets and PCs, as well as Windows Phones, Microsoft Office, Xbox and more.

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2 years ago

Nokia teases 41MP EOS reveal in NYC on July 11th -- We’ll be there!

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As E3 winds down, an exciting week is still upon us. Nokia just sent out press invites, including one to your favorite Windows Phone site (that’d be this one, folks) for July 11th at 11am.

The focus of the event (yes, we intended that pun):  If we had to bet our life on it, it would be Nokia’s EOS for AT&T, which is expected to punch with a 41MP camera and the latest iteration of the Windows Phone 8 OS.

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