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2 years ago

More images of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 show up, show off new colors

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Although we’re less than 24 hours from Nokia doing the big unveiling of their new Lumia range expected for AT&T and other carriers, the leaks are still happening (which may be planned, for all we know).

The latest shows the back of the Lumia 820 in purple—that device is expected to have removable backplates for different colors akin to the Lumia 710.

The other shows the familiar stance of the Lumia 920 and its colors, including Yellow, Red, White, Black and evidently Silver/Grey.

Besides the removal of the chrome bezel for a presumably more scratch-resistant gunmetal grey bezel and matching buttons, there isn’t too much else to be gleaned. But that’s okay, as all will be shown tomorrow morning and we’ll be there live to cover it.

Source: Evleaks 1, 2

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2 years ago

New indie Wikipedia app for Windows Phone sets the bar for quality

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For those familiar with our site, you’ll know we have some developers whose work we consider to be generally the crème of the crop. Rudy Huyn is one of those and he released his new app recently aptly titled Wikipedia (his other apps include TVShow, Friend Tracker, 9Gag and Fuse)

Long story short, Rudy previously had a similar app called MyEncyclopedia. MyEncyclopedia was actually part of a contest involving the carrier Orange. Huyn wanted to control the app and updates  though so he was going to relist it under his account but alas, the developer-bug got him and he decided to redo the whole thing making it even nicer than ever.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone ESPN Radio app promoted on Mike and Mike (Video)

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2 years ago

How to set up playlists on Windows Phone using Windows and Mac

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Enjoying music collections while on the go is a breeze with Windows Phone. Simply synchronise selected media onto a device and either Zune or the Windows Phone Connector for Mac will do the rest. But what if you wanted to organise music into moods, easy-to-sync lists or to quickly extract favourite music? This is where playlists come in.

Many make use of playlists in media players already. Sorting through 30,000 songs to build a collection of favourites is a task majority of music fans go through when wanting to take their sounds on the move. Most devices and smartphones have a limited capacity for media, so until we have 1TB storage options for Windows Phone, it makes sense to move across said playlists.

How does one go about achieving this?

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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 'coming soon' to Phones 4u

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Phones 4u is expected to be stocking the Samsung ATIV S, according to its 'coming soon' arrivals page. The Windows Phone was recently unveiled at IFA 2012 in Berlin, where Samsung announced a number of Microsoft products alongside its Android arsenal of devices. Featuring a dual-core CPU, 16GB or 32GB storage, 1GB RAM, 8MP shooter and a 4.8" HD display, the ATIV S is a beastly Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Nokia publishes another short film for tomorrow's Windows Phone event showing Lumia colours

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Nokia has released another short film on YouTube to further tease Windows Phone fans of tomorrow’s event in New York. Titled ‘Nearly There!’ the film shows a young lady explore the realm of shoes, or rather the colour selection available.

Much like the previous video we covered that hinted at augmented reality, this new clip is believed to be showing off the array of colours available for Lumia Windows Phones. The Nokia range of Windows Phones have sported a variety of themes, which has given the Finnish manufacturer a personalised edge against other platform OEMs.

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2 years ago

Nokia's photography chief shouts out against Pureview and Lumia 920 camera criticism

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Critics of both Nokia's PureView technology and the Lumia 920 camera have been attacked by the company's chief of photography, Damian Dinning. Publishing a series of tweets, Dinning chose to reach out and explain how the PureView technology Nokia is developing is not limited to a single feature on the specification sheet.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Short-take: Sleepy Clock

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Sleepy Clock is a sleep cycle calculator for your Windows Phone. What is a sleep cycle calculator you ask?

A sleep cycle is 90 minutes long and in general, you need 5-6 cycles to be well rested. Sleepy Clock goes about calculating the amount of sleep you need to be well rested from two approaches.

First, you can enter the time you need to wake up and Sleepy Clock will show you a range of times you should try to fall asleep at to get enough rest. Next, if you are about to fall asleep you can see a range of times you'll need to wake up at to be well rested.

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2 years ago

Nokia photo sensor patent looks to take the hump out of Pureview Cameras

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New sensor technology could put a larger cameras into smaller packages

Nokia may have the best smartphone camera system around with its 41 megapixel Pureview camera. We are all hoping to see similar Pureview technology (but on a smaller scale) with the Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 devices. While the Pureview cameras have turned heads, what Nokia has up it's sleeve should take the Nokia cameras to a new level and eliminate that pesky hump in the process.

Nokia has filed a patent application for the sensing of photons utilizing graphene technology. Graphene is a two-dimensional material made of a single atomic layer of carbon layers. It allows photo sensors to be smaller than the current crop of CMOS sensor and capture light photons across a broad spectrum of frequencies of visible light. Combined with the transparency of the graphene layers, this should make the graphene sensors better low-light performers than what we have today.

In a nutshell, we are looking at potentially a smaller, thinner, better low-light performing photo sensor that may give us the 41 megapixel Pureview camera without the hump.

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2 years ago

Nokia Music unveils free music streaming for U.S.

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Nokia has announced that their music streaming service is to finally get launched in the U.S. Whilst many countries have seen the service up and running for a while the U.S. has, to date, been left out in the cold.

Not so anymore, Nokia brags about their service having over 150 playlists from Detroit house to Classical music. U.S. users will also be able to take advantage of creating custom playlists and even downloading the playlist for offline use.

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2 years ago

Nokia 'Stay Tuned' teaser trailer hits the web hints at augmented reality

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With one short day to go before we finally see what Nokia has in its bag of tricks for us, they release yet another teaser, its too much, we know. Tomorrow of course is go day for the Nokia and Microsoft announcement in New York.

This one is very short at sixteen seconds, a lady walks down the street with her cans on whilst images of deals are superimposed on the shops. The information conveys the shops rating from Style Magazine along with “likes” from friends. The obvious thing to think here is of augmented reality, perhaps like that of Nokia City Lens that has just left beta.

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2 years ago

Amazon Mobile for Windows Phone updated, now supporting more countries

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Now supporting Japan, China and Australia

One of our top apps for Windows Phone is definitely Amazon Mobile because we’re Prime junkies, forever ordering things online for that sweet, sweet next-day delivery.

But not everyone can share our joy, which is why we’re always glad to see Amazon update their app to support more countries. Such is the case with version 1.9 that just went live today on the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

Indie game AlphaJax being upgraded to Xbox LIVE status on Windows Phone

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Achievement unlocked: Xbox LIVE upgrade enabled

Back in January 2011, we posted a rumor noting that the Scrabble-like game AlphaJax, one of our favorite indie games for Windows Phone, may be heading to Xbox LIVE.

Flash forward a mind-numbing 19 months later and we’re happy to report that indeed, AlphaJax will be coming to Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone in the near future.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's beefing up security with Windows Phone 8 may make custom ROMs a thing of the past

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While there is a lot to look forward to with Windows Phone 8, some of the changes may not be as noticeable but no less important. Windows Phone 8 will have a number of significant changes under the hood to bolster the security of the platform.

Windows Phone 8 will have device encryption throughout the entire device including the OS and its applications. Designed along the same lines as Windows 7 PCs, encryption kicks in as soon as you power up the device. This system, based off of Bitlocker (but adapted for Windows Phone) was something first reported on back in February as an early rumor.

BitLocker is a logical volume encryption system that is present in Windows 7 and will be present in Windows 8.  BitLocker is designed to protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes or drives within a computer to protect the integrity of a trusted boot path.  The main difference between the PC version of encryption and what we will see on Windows Phone 8 is that the encryption keys are not manageable on our Windows Phone as they are on desktops or laptops.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8 accent colors revealed, offering users many more choices this fall

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Windows Phone 8 and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 

We knew since the Windows Phone Summit back in June that Windows Phone 8 would offer greater accent color selection in lieu of an actual color selector. While that latter option would be more preferred by our uses, surely having a great choice is better than the current 10+1 choice in Windows Phone 7.

The issue though up until this point is exactly what those color choices would be for consumers. Now thanks to that leaked SDK from July, we have an answer.

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