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3 years ago

Nokia denies rumours they are being taken over by Microsoft

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Many technology blogs have been reporting the rumour today, started by Eldar Murtazin (a known rumour founder), that Nokia will be acquired by Microsoft and Stephen Elop, CEO of the Finnish manufacturer, will be stepping down. While this would provide Microsoft to scope to become Apple and produce handsets themselves, it would mean ditching OEMs (who have provided much support to the new platform), sacrifice choice for a tighter ecosystem, to name just a few negatives.

Of course (should you remember), this has ran the grounds before and the rumours were subsequently killed by an official statement. SlashGear, who also ran the story today, received word from Nokia:

"We've put these rumours to rest a long time ago. The focus for Nokia is on executing on our partnership around Windows Phone and growing the ecosystem, and each company has the tools they need to do so."

So, again, this is not going to happen. Even if it were fact, is there any need for Microsoft to buy Nokia? Sure, the manufacturer is having difficulties, but the funding for large scale marketing campaigns suggests there are deep pockets backing the company, and there is hope with Windows Phone. We'll have to see how 2012 fares before any talks are to take place about the next step, opposed to a take over. To sum it up - move along, nothing to see here.

Source: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Quick developer comparison of available Windows Phone advertising networks

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Xeno bits, the developer behind Belote WorldTour for Windows Phone, has been taking a look at in-app advertising on the platform. While Windows Phone is still the baby of smartphone operating systems, it does provide developers a few paths to take when it comes to advertising solutions. Xeno bits took a look at Microsoft's Pubcenter, Inneractive and Smaato for revenue from advertisements loaded within their app.

Google's AdMob received no attention due to issues with the SDK having a negative impact on performance. Accumulating over 4,000 downloads, and taking a look at graphs reported by three chosen publisher networks, led Xeno bits to the following conclusion:

  • "Smaato will not let you earn much, but at least today they are the only ones from who I received money. Their SDK is pretty good and site is the best I tried so far, especially regarding analytics."
  • "Inneractive tools are easy to use, I was easily able to contact their support and they spent some time to help me solve my issues by chat, but I was disappointed by their answer to my displayed ads amounts issue."
  • "The Pubcenter SDK is the best for sure, their site not so much (I need to use IE (32bit) version in order to use it). I finally succeed to setup my account in order to be paid at the end of November, as they were opening pubcenter to new countries including mine. But I still have not received any money from them so far... I heard many times that I had to be patient with microsoft (same thing for paid version of my app...)"

What's interesting to note is how low eCPM is on the smaller networks. Smaato reported just $0.075, Inneractive at $0.2, while Microsoft was at a reasonable $0.56. An issue many developers have with Pubcenter is the limited availability. While there have been a few user stories (such as this) being published, it's still a game of which one is best for you, as is the case with general website monetisation. Trial and error.

Read the full report and gander at the pretty graphs over at Xeno bits.

Source: Xeno bits

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3 years ago

Microsoft to publish Arkadium games for multiple platforms, likely including Windows Phone

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Today Microsoft and Arkadium, a developer of casual and social games (as well as socially casual games), announced a multi-year, multi-game publishing agreement. Microsoft Studios will bring several of Arkadium’s titles to multiple unnamed platforms over the next few years. Truth be told, the platforms have names, but the two companies just aren't sharing them yet.

Arkadium’s expertise is with highly casual Facebook and Flash games – they haven’t made of an impression in the mobile arena yet. Still, this agreement could be extremely promising. Arkadium’s best known title, Mahjongg Dimensions, is their single iPhone game of note (pictured below) and an extremely good candidate for a Windows Phone port. Dimensions basically brings the classic game of mahjong solitaire (AKA Shanghai) to the third dimension, allowing players to rotate the field of mahjong tiles as they search for matching pairs. Mahjongg Dimensions would also translate easily to Xbox Live Arcade, maybe even with Kinect support.

As for Arkadium’s hefty library of Flash games, Dethtris (pictured at top) would most appeal to the mainstream crowd. It mixes platforming with the falling block genre – kind of a reverse take on Tetris Plus. Here, players take on the role of a hapless young explorer as he runs, jumps, and climbs through bite-sized jungle-themed levels, collecting treasure and dodging giant falling blocks along the way. Dethtris could work on mobile phones thanks to its simple controls and short levels, but an Xbox Live Arcade release is even more likely. We’ve seen such a transition before with last year’s XBLA port of Fancy Pants Adventures, another Flash platformer from Armor Games and EA.

Of course, Arkadium’s press release does not mention actual titles, so that’s my own speculation. But the release does spell out the reasoning for both parties behind the deal. Arkadium wants to expand their development to new platforms, while Microsoft hungers for a piece of the social games pie. Hey, maybe the partnership will motivate the big MS to finally bring some actual social features to Windows Phone games! We can only dream…

Source: Arkadium via Joystiq. Thanks Mike to the Peck for the tip!

Head past the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Office File Uploader is direct portal from PC to phone [Homebrew]

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XDA forum member Thunder_ has created an app called Office File Uploader that allows you to move MS Office files directly from your PC to your phone's Office Hub.  Using it is easy. Simply extract the ZIP file from the source link below, connect your phone to your PC and double-click the bookloader.exe file.  Once connected, go to the Office tab and choose what file you want to add to your device by clicking on the upload arrow icon at the bottom.  Make sure your phone is not screen-locked.

Thunder_ discovered that Office File Uploader will also port PDFs over to the Office Hub, which displays them with the red PDF icon that launches Adobe Reader.  However, because the Adobe Reader app does not have access to the My Documents folder on the phone it fails to open them.

Source: XDA; Via: Plaffo

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Bubble Popper XXL

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Bubble Popper XXL isn't your bubble popping game for your Windows Phone. Sure, you have to pop bubbles of two or more of the same style to gain points but there's a little more to it with Bubble Popper XXL.

Bubble Popper XXL is a multi-level game that calls upon you to remove a certain number of bubbles in a limited number of moves per level. You've got a few bonus bubbles to help you along the way and even with the help, Bubble Popper XXL can be somewhat of a challenge.

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3 years ago

WPCentral mockup: HTC Radiant

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WPCentral mockup: HTC Radiant

Our go-to-guy for device renders, Brian, is back with another high quality mockup of the HTC Radiant (click to zoom) The Radiant is thought to be basically the HTC Titan but with LTE on board, slightly thicker for the larger battery and some minor cosmetic changes.

Pocketnow leaked the blurry image the other day and now Brian has gone ahead and made it much nicer to look at with more detail. By all accounts, it looks like a Titan to our eyes, but we're sure once we hold one the differences will become more obvious.

Follow Brian here on Twitter and see his work with the LG Fantasy and Nokia 900.

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3 years ago

Pre-order T-Mobile Lumia 710 from Wirefly for $0 on contract or $359 without

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For those looking to pick up the T-Mobile Lumia 710, you may want to head to Wirefly. The site is now taking pre-orders for the phone, available in white or black and they're offering it for $0 on new contracts. That's not too shabby of a deal if you ask us.

Oh, what's that? You want it without contract? We can do that too for a very fair $359

The Lumia 710 comes with a 1.4GHz CPU, 3.7" ClearBlack screen, 5MP camera and 8GB of on board storage. While not a flagship phone by most standards, it is a very nice mid-level device and makes a perfect give for a friend or family member who's not as into phones as you. No word on when Wirefly will ship it, but you should have it by the 11th.

Source: Wirefly (black), (white)

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3 years ago

Mysterious LG Windows Phone shows up on Sina Weibo

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Not much to go on here folks which is what usually happens before CES. But what we have here in a new LG Windows Phone that hasn't seen before. It also doesn't look like the LG Fantasy, which we saw a few days ago, unless this is a later build.

For one, the front-facing camera is more to the right than the Fantasy. Also, the Bing Search button is designed a bit differently. All we know is what the poster of the image has told us (translated):

"LG's engineering machine, etc. when you can see at CES. Not for sale."

So there you go. Is it something to get excited about? As of late, LG has hardly thrilled us with their devices but as far as mid-range ones go, they do all right. We'll make sure to swing by the LG booth though next week to see what this thing is.

Source: chenkaiHome (Sina Weibo); Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums: Come see our new look!

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We have been hard at work in the forums making changes and thanks to the ONE of a kind talents of Cory Streater, Mobile Nations Admin Extraordinaire, we now have the greatest Forums on the Internet. (I might be biased on this but I am entitled to my opinion, or maybe not.) If you haven't been in the WPCentral Forums lately, you should stop in and take a look around. It's a brand new year so it's time for a new 2012 look. In addition, we have a new set of forums tools and gadgets to get us all started.

It's not just the look that has changed though. This face lift involved a total rebuild of the website. We added the WPCentral ad banner to the right hand side of the forums home page. This is where WPCentral will place ads (you know, a place to help pay the bills) but you wont see this ad space if your signed in to the forums. Our registered Members get to enjoy the forums ad banner free.

What else is new? I'm glad you asked. Look under the Search for more search options

  • Tag search
  • Advanced search
  • All Thanked posts
  • Unanswered threads
  • My threads
  • My posts

Look under Community Links to find

  • Forums leaders
  • Social Groups
  • Pictures and Albums
  • Contacts & Friends
  • Members List

When you have a second, check out Pictures and Albums. This is where you can put those pics then add them via image links to your posts in the forums. And that is just a few of the gadgets and tools that were added. The groundwork has been laid for even more so jump in the forums and take advantage of all WPCentral has to offer. So get registered today.  

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3 years ago

Is HTC working on an HD8? [Rumor]

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Is HTC working on an HD8? [Rumor]

The idea that HTC would be working on an HD8 is probably would not be too surprising--after all they do have an HD2 and HD7 (really it was the HD3, renamed at the last minute). So in maybe it's not that odd that we caught an HD8 showing up in some app stats recently.

By it's name alone one would think that this was destined for "Apollo" aka Windows Phone 8. However, the information we have right now via device statistics from "...I'm a WP7!" says that it is only running 7740 and it first appeared on December 30th, 2011. This could hint to some real early testing by HTC of this hardware.

We also know it is on a Romanian network (Vodafone.RO) which at first sounds odd until you remember that the recent leak of the LG Fantasy was purchased from a tester-developer in, you guessed it, Romania (and one of first pics of "Tango" came from Slovakia).

Still, we're treating this one with caution but as we mentioned earlier...this is HTC and an HD8 seems like a logical continuation of that series. Hopefully we'll find out more soon.

You can pick up "...I'm a WP7!" here in the Marketplace

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3 years ago

Indian Airline Jet Airways has planes painted with Nokia Lumia 800 ad

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Now that the Lumia 800 is going big world wide, including India (see earlier "flash mob"), we can see the fruits of their advertising campaign. Evidently, Jet Airways had made a deal with Nokia to paint their plans with the Lumia colors and Nokia banner.

Not a bad look, if we say so ourselves.

Once again, we can see the power of Nokia to turn heads and get their hardware noticed. We can't see what they have in store for the States.

Source: ZOMGITSCJ

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone OS update rolling out. Addresses disappearing keyboard and more.

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Just a few hours ago we just posted on the 810x builds of Windows Phone and now Italian site Plaffo is noting that their LG Optimus 7 just received the very same update: OS build 8107. More exciting is the news that it came with a list of changes, most of which will make most folks very happy:

  • It solves a problem of the keyboard on the screen, preventing the keyboard to disappear while typing
  • Resolves an issue with syncing Gmail
  • It solves a problem of access to the location. After the upgrade, the function IO hub sends to Microsoft anonymous information contact the Wi-Fi access points and antennas for mobile phones in the vicinity, only if you have allowed access to and use of location information from part of the "I'm here."
  • Revocation of certificates issued by DigiCert Sdn Bhd to solve a problem of encryption
  • Fixes a problem with the e-mail related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. When you reply to or forward an email, the original message is now included in the response.
  • Fixes an issue of notification of voicemail

As you can see, this is a maintenance build, addressing many ongoing bugs and issues including the troublesome "disappearing keyboard" which plagues all Windows Phone Mango devices. That keyboard problem occurs when the on-screen keyboard will suddenly disappear when typing, due to certain background tasks "stealing" the focus, resulting in much user frustration. What is not clear, however, is what are the plans for Microsoft and the carriers for rolling this out. This looks to augment the 7740 OS package with even more fixes (if users don't have 7740, this new OS update will add those changes). Since US carriers skipped the 7740 build, they would seem obligated to roll this out to their customers.

In addition, since the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 are running that update too, users of those devices should expect to see an update as well.

Once again, we expect more info about this OS build next week at CES but perhaps Microsoft will chime in on their blog before then with more details.

Update (6:08PM MST): Microsoft has sent us a statement:

Our engineering team has developed a service release which has been delivered to our carrier partners for their assessment. Details on specific improvements contained in these releases are available via the Windows Phone Update History page.

We're told the history page is lagging behind a bit but should reflect changes soon.

Update II: No shocker here, but the update doesn't fix the "SMS bug" according to Tom Warren who tested it. That's expected as it is not listed in the changelog.

Source: Plaffo

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3 years ago

T-Mobile U.S. stores receiving Nokia Lumia 710 handsets

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T-Mobile U.S. is set to launch the Lumia 710 in just under a week's time (for just $49.99 - not available for pre-order), and the stores are now starting to receive units (as can be seen above). The 710 is Nokia's first Windows Phone to launch in the states, and will mark the birth of a huge marketing campaign

With how Nokia has tackled Europe and the far east, it'll be interesting to see how the 710 is received in the U.S. and how the manufacturer pushes the handsets out the doors to consumers. Of course, we're still waiting on the Lumia 900 announcement, which will be the brother that's just finished working out at the gym.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Microsoft settles advertising lawsuit

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Microsoft settles advertising lawsuit

Really?

It is being reported that Microsoft has settled with the novelty company Cellrderm following mediation. The litigation, filed back in July, that claimed Microsoft infringed upon copyrighted content with their "Really?" Windows Phone ad campaign.  Cellrderm ran a similar set of commercials for their novelty cellular abuse aids.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Who knows if Cellrderm had a leg to stand on in this suit but with Microsoft settling, they can concentrate on more important matters at hand. Like the U.S. launch of the Nokia Windows Phone and a $100M+ marketing campaign for Windows Phone.

If you're curious how similar the Microsoft and Cellrderms ads are, just hit the break to catch all four.

Source: paidcontent; Via: neowin

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3 years ago

Upcoming app allows you to save Bing search results to People Hub [Video]

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Though we love our Windows Phone, there are certain areas that need work. Certain areas that we know Microsoft will fix, given enough time and feedback, of course.  Such is this scenario: You do a Bing search for a local business, restaurant, etc. Upon glancing over the results, you decide you would like to save this company's information to your People Hub which is when you realize you can't do it.

As it turns out, if you want to save a Bing search result to your People Hub, you'll have to do it the old fashion way: by hand. Very frustrating, to say the least.

Now, a new app landing next week in the Marketplace promises to fix that problem. The app is called BizSaver and is made by BC3 Technologies and we got an early look at the app which you can see in the above video. In short, once you install this app you really don't run it anymore. It simply adds itself to the related-apps under your search results, allowing you to directly save the contact's information to your People Hub with a couple of taps.

It's easy, elegant and just works. The best part? As usual it will be completely free with one-nary ad. Look for the app next week in the Marketplace and we'll of course let you know when it is available.

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