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3 years ago

Omnia W hits Swedish/Norwegian carrier Telenor

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The Samsung Omnia W is now available at Sweden's Telenor.  For 219 Swedish Krona ($33.00) you can get one on a 24-month contract, which comes with free data.  If you choose to go contract-free, the Omnia W will run you 3600 Swedish Krona ($533).

The Samsung Omnia W is nice handset, sporting:

  • Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
  • 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.4 GHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera

Source: Telenor; Via: WINGadget.se (Thanks for the tip, Peter!)

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3 years ago

Evernote updated to version 2.1

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The popular cross-platform note app Evernote has been updated to version 2.1, bringing a number of features and fixes to the table. The most appealing feature that has been implemented is the ability to literally pin anything to the home screen, including new note options which can be added via the settings, note templates or individual notes. Making a template is pretty straight forward too, creating a new note and selecting "Pin as Template" from the menu will allow the user to create a text, audio or image note template and pin it to the home screen.

Included in the update is improved text editing, with rich text content being the same experience as plain text and editing works just like creating a new note. New languages are supported: Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, and Polish. If that wasn't enough already, here's some more:

  • Background sync: The app will complete a sync when the device is on a WIFI connection, even if the phone is locked.
  • Search integration: Evernote is integrated with the Windows Phone search. If you swipe across on a search result, you will see notes in Evernote related to that search.
  • More social: You can now share a note to Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live.

Hats off to the Evernote team, a superb update for consumers. You can download Evernote from the Marketplace.

Source: Evernote Blog, via: @leoberto

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3 years ago

Go to CES 2012 on Microsoft's dime

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Go to CES 2012 on Microsoft's dime

Tired of your editors being the only ones who get to go to CES?  Er...um, anyway, Microsoft is giving away a trip for two to Las Vegas to CES 2012.  Should you be lucky enough to win,  you will receive two round trip airfares, accommodations at The Palazzo hotel, and passes to CES, including keynote access.  You will also get $500 in gambling (Ahem!) spending money and a digital camera to snap pictures of the event for that Windows Phone site you write for...Oh, I mean...nevermind

To enter, go to the source link below and click Enter Now.

Source: Microsoft (FaceBook); Via: Microsoft News

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3 years ago

Official WPCentral app updated to v1.8 - bug fixes!

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Yes, another week, another small update to the official WPCentral app. Our developer Jay Bennett has been hard at work with fixes for the app since our site-overhaul and this makes things right again.  Here are the big difference with v1.8:

  • Bullet points and numbers are now aligned properly [Fix]
  • Toast notifications will now bring you to the article directly when tapped [Fix]

With that out of the way and the app looking snappy again, Jay is hard at work with the big v2.0 update, expected to bring commenting, amongst other new features. Have something you want for v2.0? Lets us know in comments and we'll consider it!

As usual, get the app here in the Marketplace for free (with ads) or unlock it for it $0.99 for more advanced features and ad-free.

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3 years ago

Reality check: SkyDrive not getting unlimited storage for pics & docs

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Back in early September, LiveSide ran a story about the recent SkyDrive update. Specifically, Wave 5 was to offer a hefty helping of unlimited storage for your photos and Office documents that you've stashed away. The idea seemed reasonable, after all they were limiting it to specific media types, so why not?

Well, it turns out the SkyDrive team is not so confident in that new feature. When asked about it directly on Twitter they said flat out that's it is a rumor:

"We don't offer unlimited photos and docs. Unless it came from our official blog, it's a rumor."

Okay, we suppose we can angle it that they never said it wasn't coming later on. But at least for now that terse wording is leading us to believe that this whole idea of unlimited storage for pics and docs just ain't true. Maybe next time? For now, you'll just have to suffer with your free 25GB of storage. /sarcasm

Source: @SkyDrive; Thanks, Edwin, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia working on indoor navigation for Maps using WiFi and BT 4.0

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We do love our GPS and navigation. Heck, we now confidently strut around foreign countries like we've been there for years now, instead of gazing and gawking at a giant map, walking in circles. But one problem we still have is once we're at our location, we're back on our own once inside. Clearly a #firstworldproblem.

Nokia is working on this solution by using WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 in an attempt to maximize accuracy indoors. What's more, they're reaching out to partners to make this happen quickly, with a goal of about 18 months. Recently, Google announced indoor navigation with Google Maps 6.0, which will help steer conference attendees to their right spots. In that sense, Nokia is playing a bit of a catch-up to Google for once, but at least the video above shows that the Finns are well on their way to making this happen too.

Side note, anyone else worried that we're just going to be staring at our phones incessantly, walking around, bumping into things as we find where we are going?

Source: NokiaBlog; via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

Lenovo confirmed to be launching a Windows Phone in 2012 in China

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This is some good news for Microsoft's growing platform. Lenovo, a well known brand for quality computer hardware, has confirmed what we suspected with earlier images of a Lenovo S2 Windows Phone being used. The manufacturer is jumping on-board and is set to launch a handset in the second half of 2012. According to product manager Chen Yue, he told iMobile in an interview that the company is looking for a second-half 2012 release, but failed to specify any details regarding price, specification or countries that will see the handset.

Of course, Nokia are looking to launch the Lumia 800 in China so it'll be interesting to see Lenovo rise to the challenge of taking on the Finnish manufacturer in the Asian market.

Source: iMobile, via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Free version of Tank Battle now available

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Birchwood Games released Tank Battle some time ago (here's our review) and we found it to be an entertaining game for your Windows Phone. Controls took a little to get used to but overall, a decent battle game on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Tank Battle is now being offered in a free, ad-supported version.  Tank Battle Free has the same battlefield action, same tanks, same game... it's just now has a banner ad running across the top of the screen.

If tanks are your thing, you can find Tank Battle Free here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. If your not a fan of banner ads, the ad-free version is running $1.29 and you can find that version of Tank Battle here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7740 update being pushed out for Lumia 800, Omnia 7

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Looks like some more folks are getting the carrier-endorsed OS 7740 update. According to reader theWeeBear, he just got the mini update to his Samsung Omnia 7 on "3" there in the UK. Likewise, our Nokia Lumia 800 was also updated to 7740 as you can see above. The odd thing? We don't remember updating it (cue conspiracy music). In addition, our own Rich Edmonds confirms his Lumia 800 just received an update notification when plugged in to Zune.

The 7740 update was detailed a few weeks ago by Microsoft and is considered to be an isolated but important update. In short, it fixes two things: a voicemail notification bug and an Exchange 2003 email error. Not every carrier will be pushing it out, however, meaning a lot of may have to wait to either another bug fix (keyboard, anyone?) or "Tango".

Update: looks like lots of folks in various countries are getting this. Even Rogers in Canada for the Focus v1.3. Thanks, Se1fcr3ation, for the screen cap.

Did you get the update yet? List phone, carrier and country in comments!

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3 years ago

Jewel Tower goes ad-free but is still free

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Jewel Tower is a "tetris-like" game for your Windows Phone (here's our spotlight on the game) that was first released about a month ago as a free, ad-support game. Well that's changed.

XIMAD is still offering Jewel Tower for free but has dropped the ads. The ads-free version is fully functional and just as entertaining as the original, ad-supported version. You now just have a little more screen space to view the game with.

If you're looking for a simple, yet challenging, game for your Windows Phone you can find Jewel Tower here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

ITC rules HTC cameras are not infringing on FlashPoint patent

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The United States International Trade Commission ruled in favor of HTC in a battle over intellectual property with FlashPoint Technology.  FlashPoint filed suit with the ITC earlier this year, claiming that cameras on some HTC Android and Windows Phone devices infringed on patents held by FlashPoint, a former subsidiary of Apple.  A trade commission judge decided back in July that this was not the case, and rest of the commission agrees.  The official ruling on the case said:

"The Commission has determined to affirm the judge’s determination of no violation of Section 337 with respect to the ’769 patent on the bases that (1) the accused HTC Android smartphones and the accused HTC Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphones do not infringe the ’769 patent, and (2) respondent has established that it has an implied license to practice the ’769 patent with respect to the accused WP7 smartphones."

FlashPoint Technology has made similar claims against Nokia, RIM and LG under a different patent, but those were settled before a ruling took place.  HTC is no stranger to getting sued over intellectual property, having fought a long battle with Apple, who they in turn filed a countersuit against.  This is just one more intellectual property battle in what has become an ugly and all-too-familar sight.

Source: US International Trade Commission; Via: The Register

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3 years ago

Nokia's Amazing Vans tour and contest promote the Lumia 800 in France

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Riding their slogan of "The Amazing Everyday," Nokia will be riding around France to promote the Lumia 800 in their "Amazing Vans" contest.  Starting today, Nokia reps will be making stops in several cities in specialized vans, each equipped with an acrobatic mixologist, dispensing fancy coffee and juice beverages to passers-by.  Those who partake will also be handed tickets to enter a sweepstakes to win a Lumia 800 phone, or possibly, a custom Volkswagen van designed by artist Vincent de Colagene.  Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, and The Phone House are all taking part.

If you live in France, or find yourself so desperate for a Lumia 800 that you will travel there, here is where the Amazing Vans will be visiting starting today:

  •     Paris : place du Châtelet, boulevard Sébastopol, rue Pierre Lescot
  •     Paris : boulevard Haussmann, rue Saint-Lazare
  •     Paris : boulevard Saint Germain, rue Saint Jacques, boulevard Saint Michel
  •     Lyon : rue de la République, rue de Grenette
  •     Bordeaux : rue Sainte Catherine
  •     Nantes : devant le centre commercial Beaulieu
  •     Strasbourg : rue des Grandes Arcades, place de la Cathédrale
  •     Boulogne Billancourt : rue Jean Jaurès, rue Gallieni

The promo runs until Friday, December 2.

Source: Professor Thibault (Thanks for the tip, Professor!)

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W available at Orange FR for €51

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There is a great offer at Orange FR for the Samsung Omnia W. You can get your hands on the Mango handset for just €1 after a €50 reimbursement. The offer is valid from November 24th to February 8th, 2012, and will require a contract to be taken out. €39/mo for 24 months, or €45/mo for 12 months. The specifications for the Omnia W include a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 1.4Ghz processor and a 5MP rear camera (with FF VGA camera).

Source: Orange FR, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Board Express updated to version 2.8

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Board Express updated to version 2.8

Board Express, the companion app for forum users (works with our Windows Phone forums too) which uses the TapaTalk standard, has been updated to version 2.8 and brings more functionality to the table. For a full run through on what's new:

  • Thanks-feature implemented. You can now see how many thanks a user got for his post, and who did thank him (press on the thanks-link). And you can thank yourself by press and hold on a post and then click on "Thank!"
  • Better handling of page loading
  • Fix for loading CRM-pages in vBulletin
  • vBulletin: Option to open a thread in the internet explorer
  • vBulletin: Option to send a thread as link by email
  • When entering a thread, it only gets marked as read when the last page has been opened. There was a bug while browsing in the thread-view. Now the thread gets marked as read as soon as the last paged has been browsed to.

You can download Board Express from the Marketplace for $0.99, and a free version can also be picked up.

Thanks Bearach for the changelog submission!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Holiday Gift Guide: General Accessories

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