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2 years ago

Nokia announces winners of Future Capture contest; some amazing imaging apps are coming soon

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Shortly after the Lumia 1020 launched, Nokia announced an open contest to developers around the globe. It was called Nokia Future Capture. The contest aimed for developers to dream up imaging apps and hacks to take advantage of some of the new hardware in the Lumia 1020. Nokia then chose ten ideas, flew the developers with those ideas to Sweden, and had a hackathon to see which ideas proved strongest. These are the results.

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2 years ago

Numerous new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps launch down under

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Microsoft has announced a handful big names that are on the way to the Windows Phone and Windows stores. The same comment has been made many times before, "the Windows ecosystem is empty." Hopefully this collection of apps for Australia will help provide functionality and warm consumers to the switch. It's worth noting that we've managed to find a few of them on the stores already, but the rest may be stuck in store approval somewhere.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 entering the Netherlands at the end of September

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We know what you wish. You wish that from day one the Nokia Lumia 1020 was available on every carrier in every country. But that’s not quite how things worked out for the device that was exclusive to AT&T in the United States. Slowly but surely, we’re seeing more regions and carriers announce their plans and dates to carry the 41 million pixel smartphone. Now the Netherlands is getting in on the action.

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2 years ago

Sony introduces a variety of personal computers at IFA

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2 years ago

Official Starbucks app comes to Russia and Mexico for Windows Phone with exclusive features

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Although people in the US can benefit from the CBS Sports app released today, what a lot of users are looking for is one from those caffeinated gurus at Starbucks. Yes, the mighty coffee giant has so far been MIA on Windows Phone, but things are starting to change.

Back at the beginning of August, Starbucks did release an app for Mexico and today, Russia gets ones too. We were planning to report on the Mexico app (the site WinPhollowers originally found it), but even Microsoft were unable to confirm its authenticity for us or future plans for the Seattle based company.

That tells us that Starbucks is going market by market akin to Domino's Pizza and not necessarily coordinating with Microsoft on a global level.  Still, it is a sign of good things to come. Let’s take a look at each app.

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2 years ago

New "Power Cover" to be released for Microsoft's Surface tablets

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2 years ago

Official CBS Sports app is ready to kick off on Windows Phone 8

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It has been some time since a big titled, official app landed for Windows Phone 8, so it’s great to see CBS Sports launch theirs today. The app, resting at version 1.0 (although it oddly says 2.0 on the About screen) and freshly published to the Store, comes in at a modest 3 MB and will surely keep you up to date in the sporting world.

The app comes with numerous features and is generally what we would expect from such a high caliber media company.

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2 years ago

Microsoft will keep loving your Xbox 360 with support until 2016

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2 years ago

Explore space on your Windows Phone with your very own SimpleRockets

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SimpleRockets is an interesting game for Windows Phone 8. You're tasked with designing, building and launching your very own rockets into space and explore the solar system. It's a fun little indie game, which has launched on not only Windows Phone, but also Android, iOS and PC. So head on past the break and find out why you should waste countless hours travelling through space.

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2 years ago

Exclusive: Electronic Arts confirms Tetris Blitz for Xbox on Windows Phone 8 [Updated]

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The days of Xbox Windows Phone games being announced in advance are pretty much behind us. Most weeks we get no game at all, and the games that do pop up were either announced long ago (such as this week’s Six-Guns) or just pop up out of the blue. Blame changes within Microsoft for the dwindling quantity of titles and lack of PR for mobile Xbox games.

But but but! Nokia has actually put a fair amount of time and money into bringing new Xbox games to Windows Phone in the last year or two. Two recently announced games: Angry Birds Star Wars II and Tetris Blitz both come from Nokia’s strong relationship with Rovio and Electronic Arts. But Nokia’s Facebook page announced Tetris Blitz for the end of August and it never showed up. Could the game have been announced in error?

Windows Phone Central has finally received official confirmation from EA: Tetris Blitz is definitely coming to Windows Phone 8 soon. Head past the break for exclusive details!

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2 years ago

HP introduces all-in-one Envy Recline; wants you to take your desktop off the desk

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All-in-one desktops don’t seem like an area that need much revolutionizing; they are essentially monitors that tilt and feature an integrated PC – features stop at folding the monitor down flat to use as a tabletop PC. HP believes they can take all-in-one desktops PCs a step farther by bringing them off your desk and into your lap.

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2 years ago

Super Calendar now available for Windows Phone 8, full of features and flexibility

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If you feel that the native calendar app for your Windows Phone is somewhat lacking, take a look at the new Windows Phone 8 app Super Calendar.

Super Calendar has multiple views, taps into your Windows Phone calendar automatically, is easy to navigate around and has live tile support. First impressions are nice and Super Calendar is well worth a try.

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2 years ago

myAppFree gets new features in latest update, helps you nail those Windows Phone deals

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When it comes to bargains, we like to think Windows Phone Central does an admirable job of bringing you the latest and greatest. At the very least, you can consider us a filter on what is worth looking at. But even with all of our efforts, we still miss occasional offerings or niche apps that may of interest to you.

Luckily, the developers behind myAppFree have you covered. We brought you news of this app back in March and since then, it has been continuously developed. We also have many new Windows Phone users, and we figured we’d play catch up.

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2 years ago

IDC: Bright future for Windows Phone with 10 percent of the global smartphone market by 2017

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The latest predictions from the analysts at IDC see steady growth for Windows Phone, picking up 10% of the global market share by 2017

Windows Phone is on the up, even if not everyone agrees. Microsoft and Nokia have been working hard to build market share in multiple markets, including the all-important US. Recent data collected by Kantar Worldpanel claims increasing sales for Windows Phone, especially in emerging markets like Mexico. But the bigger picture of market share is a different story since numbers are relative.

IDC has released its predictions for how it sees the smartphone market to be shaped in 2017, putting Windows Phone comfortably in third and closing the gap on Apple's iOS.

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2 years ago

Lenovo bends over backwards to get your attention at IFA – launches new YOGA machines

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