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3 years ago

Rumor: HTC introducing 4G LTE Windows Phone early 2012 on AT&T

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According to a report published over at BGR, HTC is set to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone in early 2012, on AT&T. According to 'trusted sources' (get the pinch of salt ready), HTC will be releasing fewer handsets next year, leaving the release schedule "shockingly quiet" (makes sense to focus on quality). Two new devices were revealed, a flagship Android handset and the manufacturer's first LTE Windows Phone. The latter is questionably going to be Titan-like, sporting a 4.7" screen.

The new 4G LTE Windows Phone is slated for an apparent release on February 5th. Should the rumours prove to be true, as well as the ones surrounding the upcoming Nokia LTE device, 2012 will be an exciting year for the platform to move on up. Of course if a 4G LTE Titan is right around the corner, how many of you will be a little annoyed that you just bought the HSPA+ version? Needless to say, CES in January should be interesting...we'll be there to cover it live.

Let us know your thoughts below.

Source: BGR, thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 coming to Three UK

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Nokia Lumia 710 coming to Three UK

Things have changed at Three UK, as it was only a few months ago that we ran the story of the carrier making the decision as to whether or not the company should continue to stock Windows Phones. The carrier was on the wagon back in 2010 with the Samsung Omnia 7, but has now been effectively pushing the Nokia Lumia 800 since its release. Should you be waiting for the Lumia 710 and be on Three, then you'll be happy to learn that the carrier is bringing Lumia 710 back.

Be sure to head on over and register your interest for updates.

Source: ThreeUK, thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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3 years ago

MS buys SkypeSexFinder.com; helps people find Skype sexiness

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Microsoft just scooped up the domain name SkypeSexFinder.com when it recently expired.  While it is likely just a defensive move to prevent others from registering the name, what is fascinating is they are using it.  In the past, such domain names simply pointed to Bing's homepage.  However, in this case, SkypeSexFinder actually takes you to a Bing search for the words.

If you look past the initial results, which are now posts about this story, what you find are some websites that actually facilitate having sexy encounters via Skype and other services.  Chances are that this is a simple oversight on Microsoft's part, and we're thinking they will change it as word gets out.

We chose to leave out the the results page as it originally appeared, but you can see Fusible's snapshot here.

Source: Fusible; Via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 survives multiple drops and screen damage test

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We previously covered the accidental dropping of a Nokia Lumia 800 by a one year-old, yes a one year-old. Now we can take a look at multiple drops to test the strength of not only the shell of the device, but the Corning Gorilla Glass too (see previous screen scratch resistant test). Scratching and scraping is also carried out on the toughened screen, but leave no visible marks.

Please note WPCentral does not recommend that you have your Lumia 800 dropped numerous times, by numerous people.

Source: YouTube (singtel)

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3 years ago

Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

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Wordfeud coming to Windows Phone

Wordfeud (Wordfeud.com), a cross-platform multiplayer word game, is coming to Windows Phone, according to an email sent from a member of the team. The game allows players to go up against other players at a personal pace. Multiple games can be played (as illustrated in the above screenshot) and multiple dictionaries are supported (English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish).

Snippet of the email response that was sent to WordFeudPro from the Wordfeud team a month ago:

"At this point we do not have any plans for a BlackBerry version of Wordfeud. This May change in the future though. However, we have started working on Windows Phone 7 version yesterday."

Good news for those who are fans of the game, be sure to keep an eye on the development blog for any articles or announcements relating to the Windows Phone app that may be published there.

Source: WordFeudPro (Translate), thanks Lobbie1978 for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

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Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

Sleep Bug is a Windows Phone health/fitness app that produces ambient scene music to help you relax and doze off to sleep. There are two versions available, Sleep Bug (free) and Sleep Bug Pro ($1.99). For the most part, both versions are essentially identical but Sleep Bug Pro has seven additional sound scenes or themes and Sleep Bug has only nine sound scenes and is ad supported.

The nine scenes that are available across the board include Beach, Music Box, River, Jungle, Weather, Horror, City, and Sci-Fi. Sleep Bug Pro adds Zen Garden, Forest, Train, Dreams, Outback, Airport and Underwater to the mix. Still not sure where Horror comes into play to help you relax and sleep.

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3 years ago

10 Windows Phone apps play "Jingle Bells" [Video]

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Should you be looking for some creative festive fun, then look no further. The above video, directed and produced by "WPMom", features 10 applications and a little girl performing "Jingle Bells". The apps used in the video can be found below (in order of appearance):

  • Xmas Tambourine
  • Sleigh
  • Sleigh Bells Ring
  • Toy Xylophone
  • Christmas Lyrics
  • Christmas Bells Free
  • Holiday Musicbox
  • Happy Xmas Game
  • Holidays Slurpy
  • Tiny Christmas Tree

Anything to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhoneParent), via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 tops o2 Germany best selling list

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The Nokia Lumia 800 seems to be selling relatively well, probably thanks to the sheer size of the marketing campaign that the Finnish handset manufacturer has embarked on across Europe, and soon the U.S. Websites such as Expansys in Australia have the Lumia 800 ranking #1 in top seller lists. The handset is also packing a punch in Germany (on o2 of all carriers), beating the Samsung Galaxy S II, Nexus, and more.

Nokia were previously setting up blocks of ice that contained a Lumia 800, which made it possible for viewers to watch as the public attempted to smash through the element and get their paws on the Windows Phone. It's good to see the German public are actually purchasing the device as well as wandering around with a pickaxe.

Source: o2, thanks Dirk for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Buzzwords bringing word-finding fun and lots of honey to Windows Phone

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In WPCentral’s review of indie puzzler Pirate’s Mind, I praised the game’s polish and professional-quality graphics. We learned soon after that M80 Games had a follow-up game in development. The wait will soon be over, as Buzzwords will soon reach the marketplace.

Buzzwords is a puzzle game that draws clear inspiration from the original Bookworm. In both games, you try to spell as many words as possible from a field of letters. Buzzwords adds several unique touches to the formula, such as a cool combo system. After spelling a word, you’re given a brief time to build another word off of the previous one, increasing your combo multiplier. You’ll also have to watch out for beetles; if they reach your honey pot at the bottom of the screen, it’s game over. Stars earned from gameplay can be spent on game modifiers, enhancing replay value.

After playing a near-final version of the game, I’m highly impressed with it. The word-hunting gameplay is fun and easy to learn. It's also well-suited to play on the go or at home thanks to the availability of both a 3-minute game mode and a Marathon mode. Graphically, Buzzwords looks just as great as Pirate’s Mind thanks to some sharp art and visual effects. Catchy music, robust stat tracking, and online leaderboards round out the package.

Buzzwords should launch by the end of the year for 99 cents. It requires the Mango update.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 top selling phone at Expansys AU

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In what has to be a great sign for Nokia (and Windows Phone), the Lumia 800 is the top selling phone at the Australian site in the last week.  And the popular Windows Phone has some stiff competition to boot, beating out the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPad 2. The black, 16GB version is selling for a very reasonable $578, which is helping sales.

While reports of the Lumia 800 selling well have been coming in, they're mostly anecdotal. This information from Expansys seems to be the first, really solid evidence from a reseller that Nokia's marketing efforts are paying off and resonating with the public.

Still, the UK version of the site has the Lumia 800 at #7, which isn't too bad but obviously it can stand to gain some ground.

Source: Expansys AU; Thanks, rxsoob, for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums

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From the WPCentral Forums

Bust...Busy...Busy the forums are going crazy with everything from Tokens for the ChevronWP7 Labs unlocker to lots of new apps in our Spotlight forums. Let's talk about tokens first you can join the discussion in this thread: Tokens are available! Now that you have the necessary information to get your device unlocked it's time stop in at out Custom Windows Phone Themes forum and pick up a couple of themes. This Clear Blue theme looks really sweet I also like this Red Velvet Tile Theme so stop in and pick your favorite.

We have some good beta tests going on in our Developers Beta Testing forums, Do you feel like testing some apps what better way to help Windows Phone grow. Here are a couple of examples of beta testes that you can join:

Judge_Daniel needs your help he has broken his phone lets help him make the rite decision shale we. You can help him out in this thread; The Worst Possible Thing Happened. :P

If that's not enough to get you into the WPC Forums maybe our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums will entice you. Here are a few of the great titles posted this week:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

Just remember to get registered. I want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: December 12-18, 2011

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Welcome to another Windows Phone weekly recap! Kicking us off is Dave Blake from the WPCentral forum with some updates. Two new forums have been added, Custom Themes and Beta Testing will both open up new discussions to be held between developers and consumers. We've got episode 133 of the WPCentral podcast up and ready for your viewing.

We're also running a contest for wallpaper designs to be made for Windows Phones. The winning reader will receive a brand new Samsung Focus S, be sure to get your entry in now as the closing date is December 22nd. Head on past the break for the full summary.

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3 years ago

WeatherMaster gets bumped to v2.0

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WeatherMaster gets bumped to v2.0

WeatherMaster is a simple, yet detailed weather app for your Windows Phone. When we first took a look at WeatherMaster we found it to be a very nice weather app choice for your Windows Phone.  WeatherMaster was recently updated to version 2.0 to bring mango features into the mix.

Some of the key features to the update include:

  • You can add new cities/locations (unlimited) or use your current position (GPS) as well
  • Seven day forecast with detailed view and temperature chart
  • US and Metric units are supported (Fahrenheit/Celsius, mile/km)
  • Mango Live Tile support with current weather condition and two days forecast info for selected city / current location
  • Pin as many Live Tiles (with city weather) as you want
  • Weather Map with Weather/Cloud/US Radar layers to check out nearby locations quickly
  • Supports Dark/Light mode and Tile icon uses your Accent color as background to integrate perfectly
  • Intelligent caching of weather data to avoid unnecessary data transfer

You still can't animate the radar layer on the weather map view (maybe in the next update) but it's nice to be able to add locations to your city list from the map view.  There is a free, two-week trial version available that is fully functional. The full version of WeatherMaster is running $1.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nextgen+ ROM hits version 2.0 for the HD7

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If you fancy yourself a custom ROM, you may want to take a peek at the latest version of Nextgen+ which just received a nice little makeover. We covered the previous release here, noting that it offered some very interesting additions, including a stripped down core and new color emoticons for things like messaging and system icons. Version 2.0 looks to go even further and is now available in 'lite' or 'full':

  • Windows Phone 7.5 (Build 7740.16)
  • MultiLanguage (in Full Version)
  • High Speed
  • Full-Unlocked
  • Installing *.xap from IE
  • The easy, optimized and modified ROM
  • New exclusive iconpack
  • OEM apps, Wallpapers, ringtones, sounds from Nokia Lumia 710 / 800
  • Internet Sharing
  • Visual Studio Debugging
  • Colored Themes
  • New, great wallpapers, pictures, sounds
  • Some minor reg Tweaks
  • OEM apps from HTC Omega / Eternity

Not a bad set of features, in fact we may have to fire up our HD7 and throw this on there to see how it performs. Plus you can expect some excellent battery life and the usual speed improvements, which is great for that Gen1 hardware.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, volpi3000, for the link!

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