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2 years ago

Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 now at John Lewis in the UK

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Many Nokia Lumia 2520 owners have been waiting for the Nokia Power Keyboard to arrive and now the wait is over. Nokia have told us they started shipping to retailers last week and it appears John Lewis in the UK have them now at their online store. Currently, we only see the black keyboard in stock. We’ll keep checking if the red one shows up, too.

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2 years ago

Time for Curries and Sweets as Indian food channel launches official Windows Phone app

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Launched in 2011 and conceptualized by celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, Food Food is a popular food and food lifestyle channel in India.

The Food Food Official app just landed on the Windows Phone Store last week. The app is published by Zenga Media, a premium mobile TV service in India. Surprisingly, the app is not region locked, so fans of diverse Indian cuisines across the world can learn about the food and culture in India.

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2 years ago

Informed American for Windows Phone 8, helping you keep up with Congress

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Informed American is a Windows Phone 8 app designed to keep you informed about Congressional activities ranging from bill sponsorship, voting, and financial activities of various Senators and Representatives.  Need to see where a bill is at in Congress?  Informed American will display the recent activity on the legislation and let you pull the full text of the bill up on your Windows Phone.

Many States in the U.S. will be holding mid-term Elections this year and Informed American is a Windows Phone 8 app that may help you make a more informed decision in the voting booth.

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2 years ago

Check out these great shots of a Seattle Seahawks game from the Nokia Lumia 1020

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We make a lot of fuss about how kick ass the cameras are on Windows Phone with devices like the Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. That’s great and all, but it’s the person behind the camera that makes the real difference. So what happens when you take an accomplished and skilled mobile street photographer and give him a device like that? You get some pretty great results, especially when you put him on the sideline of a Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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2 years ago

Paid version of Instance v 2.0 is live in the Windows Phone Store

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2 years ago

The Official Windows Phone Central app for Windows 8.1 is now available

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Today I’m experiencing the wide variety of emotions that comes with launching a new app into any store. I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to share it with you, exhausted from all the time spent getting the underlying code functional and incredibly nervous about how it will be received and whether there will be any major bugs!

So with all of that in mind I’m very proud to present to you the official Windows Phone Central app for Windows 8.1, version 1.0 of hopefully many! Windows store apps can take up to 24 hours to show up in search results but you can find our app ready to download right now right here! If you want to go and grab it then come back and read this article please do, but I’ve got a lot to share with you so make sure you come back!

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2 years ago

Google's sale of Motorola may signal a stronger bond between Google and Samsung — and a threat to Windows Phone

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In a surprise move today, Google announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion dollars. On the face of it, that looks like financial loss from the original $12.5 billion purchase price by Google in 2012. However, keep in mind that price for just the hardware division, as Google will retain "the vast majority" of the Motorola patent portfolio (licensing them to Lenovo).

In many ways, it’s a brilliant move. Google is better served by the patent protection, but they probably couldn’t just buy them from Motorola in 2012. Instead, they had to purchase the whole package (hardware plus patents) and get into the awkward device manufacturing game. With today’s deal, they successfully spun off the hardware but retain those patents, which is really what they wanted in the first place.

There’s another reason why this may have happened: Samsung. Grab your conspiracy hats and read on why the sale of Motorola Mobility may be a big threat to Microsoft and Apple going forward.

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2 years ago

Microsoft Research doesn't want you to plug your phone in for a week

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Microsoft Research is looking into white space frequencies, that we already know from an exploration venture kicked off by UK telecommunication regulator Ofcom. So what exactly are white spaces? Just in case you're confused thus far, they're essentially parts of the frequency band that aren't actively being used by digital TV or wireless systems. Making use of airwaves that are currently unused would open up new possibilities for a number of applications, which participating organisations are collaborating to work towards perfecting.

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2 years ago

App Update Roundup: Asphalt 8 and Nokia Storyteller receive bug fixes, while AppQuiz gets more levels

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We're half way through the week and while there are still numerous stories to break before the week ends, not to mention our own Windows 8 app and more, we've got an app update roundup for you all. Today we'll be covering Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft, Nokia's Storyteller and AppQuiz. Head on past the break to see what's new.

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2 years ago

How useful are your Windows Phone Live Tiles?

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How useful are your Windows Phone Live Tiles?

One of the key features of the Windows Phone platform are Live Tiles, which provide a snapshot of information on your Start Screen. We have Live Tiles that will deliver weather information, appointments, TV shows, and even gaming progress.

But how often do you rely on the Live Tile information, or do you overlook it and just use the Tile to jump into the app or game?  Personally, I like how I can glance at the weather and appointment Tiles to see what the current temperature is or how long I have until the next meeting.  Other than that, I generally use the Live Tiles as a shortcut to the many apps I have pinned to my Start Screen.

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches Bing Rewards on iOS and Android; coming soon to Windows Phone

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Microsoft has a Bing Rewards program set up to enable you to earn credits by simply using services available. By earning said credits and redeeming them for rewards, you can pocket awesome items like gift cards for Amazon, Xbox, Skype and more, or even donate your hard-earned credits to schools or charities.

Previously, Bing Rewards was only possible through web browsers on a laptop or PC, but Microsoft has today announced that the program will hit Android and iOS today and soon Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Check this out, Pastry Push launches on Windows Phone 8

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ReFocus Labs has announced the availability of the Windows Phone 8 game Pastry Push.  The game launches simultaneously with a Blackberry 10 version with iOS and Android versions due in February.

Pastry Push is a 3D physics based game where you are charged with feeding Moko, a monster with a vicious sweet tooth.  You swipe and slide pastries through a maze of hurdles, trying to feed Moko in the shortest number of moves possible.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB for $200, 64GB for $250 at Micro Center stores

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While we just placed an order for the Lenovo ThinkPad 8, there’s another 8-inch Windows tablet that has been very popular. It’s the Dell Venue 8 Pro. There’s a really good deal on it right now. You can grab the 32 GB version for $199.99 and the 64 GB version for $249.99. What’s the catch? You have to live near a Micro Center store in the U.S. because the deal is only available in-store.

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2 years ago

Fhotolens for Windows Phone updated, adds HDR exposure controls

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We have covered Fhotolens from the earliest beta versions and for those not familiar with the Windows Phone photography app, it provides your camera a virtual 10-24mm lens and HDR capture capabilities.

The app has been updated several times since its public release and today Fhotolens gets bumped to version 1.5 that mainly deals with the HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature.

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2 years ago

You can now order the most powerful Windows 8-inch tablet, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8

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Earlier this month, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad 8, a new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. We managed to get some hands-on time with the product at CES 2014, but now we're pleased to relay news that the tablet is available for purchase direct from Lenovo. How much will you be required to part with to pick the ThinkPad 8 up? Pricing starts from $429.

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