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2 years ago

Survey of Windows Phone devs shows high interest in Windows 8 opportunity

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The big news for developers with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is of course the coming together of the two platforms under the same core. While it is far from being a 1:1 overlap in terms of coding, it is clear that developing on one platform will naturally lend itself to developing on the other, often with devs being able to recycle much of their code and design.

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2 years ago

AT&T planning Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 launch, training dates set

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AT&T has big plans for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

It looks like once again AT&T in the United States will be taking the helm for Windows Phone 8 and even Windows 8 come October and November. Windows Phone Central has now confirmed information about AT&Ts upcoming plans, including employee-training dates for the big launch. The info comes via two known and trusted sources who wish to remain anonymous to the public.

First up are Windows 8 tablets.  With Lenovo’s ThinkPad 2 officially having AT&T’s LTE on board, it’s not too much of a surprise that the mobile carrier will be looking to sell the tablets in their store direct to customers. We were quoted the $799 price-tag by Lenovo last week for the 10.1” tablet and we’re confident that you will be able to pick one up there come October 26th.

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2 years ago

Huawei: We are not releasing Windows Phone any time soon

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A few days ago the Chinese tech site Winp.cn cited its sources, indicating Huawei would be releasing its first Windows Phone device on September 25th. This came as probably mildly exciting news, because although Huawei isn’t exactly well known for producing super duper cool phones, from Windows Phone the ecosystem’s point of view, the more the merrier.

However, September 25th came and went, rather uneventfully. There was a moderately heavy rain in Beijing, causing epic traffic jam across the whole town, maybe the most interesting news of the day. Yet Huawei didn’t break a move. Disappointing.

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2 years ago

New Xbox Music Pass info leaked or just the same old Zune Pass?

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Looks like the same old Zune Pass to us

Engadget managed to get their hands on some Xbox Music Pass screens from the Xbox 360 beta program.

The images supposedly reveal the new pricing program and feature set though to our eyes, we’re not actually seeing anything different here besides a little more control over content. In the images, clearly from the UK, we can see the pricing of £8.99 ($15) for a month, while £89.90 ($146).

But does that carry over to the US? We have a few screenshots too sent in to us and the US pricing is exactly the same as the current Zune Pass: $9.99 a month or $99 a year, masking the implied price jump here.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Pickr

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Windows Phone App Review: Pickr

Pickr is a photography app for your Windows Phone that lets you browse and search for images that are posted to Flickr. It's from the same developers that brought us Video Diaries and isn't a bad image surfing app.

Pickr offers pages to view images uploaded to Flickr for the past seven days, which keywords are hot for today, and a favorites page to pin your favorite images to. At the bottom of the Pickr's pages is a magnifying glass button to let you search for images by keyword or by photographer.

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2 years ago

Real Soccer (and Real Football) now available for Xbox on Windows Phone

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Gooooooooaaaaaal!

As promised, Gameloft’s long-in-development soccer simulator, Real Soccer (also known as Real Football in Europe) has made it to the Windows Phone Store. It took some digging to find the North American download link, as the European version counts as a separate title and can’t be downloaded from the US. But our friends Judbud and Zebrasqual came through!

Head past the break for our impressions and download links for both versions of the game.

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2 years ago

From the Forums: Nokia's apparent desire to sue HTC, and potential iPhone refugees

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2 years ago

Video Challenge: Nokia's Lumia 920 takes on the iPhone 5

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One of the more anticipated features of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the camera. The optical image stabilization (OIS) should make for better still and video imaging. The OIS will aid in taking low light pictures and smoother video footage.

But how does the Nokia Lumia 920's video capture compare to say... the iPhone 5? Engadget conducted a side by side comparison of the two phones and the results are as expected.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8 OS video walkthrough via the finalized emulator and SDK

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We managed to finally get our hands on the finalized (or very near finalized) software development kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8--the one where only select developers were given access too. The SDK had surfaced on the internet a few days ago via WinUnleaked and has been floating around ever since.

After spending a few hours configuring our PC for the SDK (you need Windows 8 Pro RTM 64-bit, seriously), we fired up Windows Phone 8 OS...

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2 years ago

St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup on September 29th, mark your calendars

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Earlier this year Nokia helped sponsor a Windows Phone developer workshop in St. Louis, MO. On September 29th, a more informal Windows Phone Meetup will take place in St. Louis.

The event will be held at the Triumph Grill from noon until 4pm. If you're in the St. Louis area, these meetups are a great opportunity to meet other Windows Phone enthusiast, enjoy some good food and share your ideas on apps, games and the Windows Phone ecosystem.

There will be a few giveaway prizes and attendees are responsible for their food and drinks. Event organizers are asking that you register (so they can enough seats) at the St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup Page and there is a discussion going on here in the WPCentral's Forums on the event just in case you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Thanks, Rob, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Stephen Elop gets interviewed by Engadget using a Lumia 920 for video

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Engadget is playing around in Helsinki these days and hanging out with Nokia. They just posted a 12 minute video interview with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who gave the usual Nokia lines for their company, boasting about location services, the Lumia brand, working with Microsoft and more.

Elop even faced some tough questions about HTC's recent new Windows Phone 8 lineup and whether or they copied Nokia (or at the very least, were inspired).

While no new nuggets of information really came forward, the more impressive part is that the video for the interview was shot completely on a Lumia 920 (audio was done via regular microphones). While the video quality is no highend HD Sony cam, it's not half bad for a camera phone, actually it's pretty great for a prototype. We especially like the color saturation and white balance and clearly its stable.

Check out the interview and sound off in comments.

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2 years ago

Canada's Weather Network app hits the Windows Phone Store

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The Weather Network app is a new weather app for your Windows Phone that is powered by Canada's national weather service that shares the same name. The user interface is simple and straight forward and has a decent feature set.

The Weather Network has a "Follow Me" setting that will automatically adjust to your current location as you travel and has notifications for severe weather alerts.

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2 years ago

Visual comparison of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Apple iPhone 5

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2 years ago

Xbox 360 Impressions: Kinect Nat Geo TV and Sesame Street TV

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While the Kinect has yet to win over a sizable portion of gamers, I’ve always been a fan. Anything that gets me off the couch and moving while still earning Xbox Live Achievements is okay with me! Of course, previous Kinect games have all been positioned as either entertainment or fitness products. Microsoft’s new Playful Learning initiative takes a new approach: making learning both fun and physical. Lofty aspirations!

I’ve spent some time with both Playful Learning launch titles, Kinect Nat Geo TV and Kinect Sesame Street TV. Check out my full impressions after the break.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone challenge heads to Sweden

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A new video has been published on YouTube that shows the Nokia Lumia team in Sweden challenging the general public to see if their competitor smartphone can best a Windows Phone at common tasks. We've previously seen similar campaigns in the UK with the "Dare to Live" tour and Ben Rudolph's Smoked by Windows Phone that started the challenges off at MWC 2012.

You know the drill already, whether it be uploading a photo to Facebook or locating the nearest restaurant for directions, the smartphone to complete said task is crowned the winner. As one can see from the video, the Nokia Lumia held its ground.

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