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3 years ago

Google releases statement, Samsung sends out internal memo on $1 billion US patent battle verdict

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We're already aware of the result for the Apple versus Samsung US patent battle, which left Samsung with a $1 billion bill. It really couldn't have gone worse for the smartphone manufacturer who has interest in both Android and Windows Phone (the penalty phase returns on September 20th though). Google remained fairly quiet on the front, but has released a statement that details an expected stance on the court results.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Tiny Bee

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Tiny Bee is a fun time waster of a game for your Windows Phone. For the lack of a better word, it's a slider game much like Rainbow Rapture. Instead of navigating a rainbow, you're sending a tiny bee over hill and dale.

Tiny Bee has two gaming modes, Scoreloop integration, and a handful of achievements to pursue. Graphics and animations are nice, sound effects good and with three levels of difficulty Tiny Bee won't grow stale quick.

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 featured in latest BetVictor television advertisement

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The Nokia Lumia 800 has been featured in a recent BetVictor television advert, which we spotted on Comedy Central. BetVictor (Victor Chandler International) is a leading British bookmakers and has a strong television presence. At the 16 second mark in the advertisement, we can clearly see the Lumia 800 on the table, but unfortunately both the Windows Phone UI and Nokia branding are absent for brand-free purposes.

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3 years ago

Microsoft reportedly implements album art support for music uploaded to SkyDrive

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SkyDrive and punk rawk go well together, says our editor

Microsoft has reportedly added support for album art in its SkyDrive cloud storage service, which could be the first step in the direction of a Windows integrated Xbox Music solution. Xbox Music is set to replace the current Zune Pass that many have grown fond of with unlimited access to a large library of music. Should one happen to upload music files to their SkyDrive account, album art is reported to be automatically added once detected. 

Like Liveside.net who first reported this, we're not entirely sure if this is new or we're just noticing it for the first time. Either way, consider it as more evidence that indeed SkyDrive is quite awsome.

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3 years ago

Exclusive first footage of Ascend: New Gods for Xbox Live on Windows Phone

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During my recent trip to Casual Connect Seattle, I enjoyed a fantastic visit to Signal Studios, the developer of upcoming Xbox Live title Ascend: New Gods for Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and PC. We’ve already posted a photos and video interview with studio president D.R. Albright III, and now it’s time to share something even more exciting: the first hands-on footage of Ascend: New Gods running on Windows Phone 7!

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3 years ago

Nokia Six Flags app gets new Family Locator and Day Planner additions in latest update

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Thrill seekers, rejoice!

Nokia keeps trucking along with their exclusive apps and the latest coming in the form of their exceptionally well done official Six Flags tool.

The update found in version 1.26 just went live in the Nokia Collection and it has some added new features in addition to what appear to be standard performance enhancements (the app feels less sluggish to us now).

The two new additions we saw right away were on the Menu screen near the bottom: day planner and family locator.

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3 years ago

Poll results - Overwhelming majority approve of Microsoft’s new logo

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3 years ago

What grinds our Gears? The game Gears, which just got a free version.

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Last year we mentioned the game Gears on the Windows Phone Marketplace, noting it was quite a fun little puzzler. The goal of the game is to connect two stationary gears on the screen with a finite selection of variable sized gears from your collection. You simply drag-n-drop them on screen, connecting them up to each other and the gears start spinning.

The game starts off easy but quickly ramps up to being more challenging. With 100 levels it should keep most users busy for sometime but replay value is obviously low since the puzzles aren’t randomized.

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3 years ago

Keep Alive for maintaining Wi-Fi connections now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace

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From homebrew to err...publicbrew

A few days ago we reported on a new homebrew app called Keep Alive from Windows Phone Hacker. The app basically pings a server every once in awhile to maintain a constant Wi-Fi connection. It’s better than having to reconnect to your Wi-Fi connection each time you turn the display back on and has little impact on battery.

The app though was homebrew meaning only those with developer-unlocked phones could take part by sideloading the XAP file. Since the program itself does not use any illegal hooks, Jaxbot, the developer behind it has submitted it to the Marketplace and almost surprisingly it has passed.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Hurricane Season

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Windows Phone Central's Roundup of Hurricane Apps

We've touched on Windows Phone apps to help everyone stay up on Hurricanes at the start of Hurricane Season back in May. With Tropical Storm Isaac brewing in the Caribbean we thought it would be a good time to revisit the Hurricane app roundup.

These Windows Phone apps keep you informed of the tropical systems as they develop into hurricanes, monitor the storms track, help you weather out the storm, and monitor any systems that may follow Isaac.  So far this season tropical activity has been light and hopefully it will continue to be quiet once Isaac passes.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: NRGdeck Power Bank 5000

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If you use your Windows Phone a lot on the go – whether to play games, watch videos, or plain old make calls and text – you’ve probably run into the dreaded ‘Critical Battery Warning’ once or twice. As the phone’s battery ages, it starts holding less of a charge, thus making battery life an even greater concern. You can always buy a new battery, but people like me who plan to replace their existing phones with a shiny new Windows Phone 8 handset later this year probably don’t want to spend too much on an accessory they won’t be needing any more in a few months. That’s where the NRGdeck Power Bank from Porta Solutions USA comes in.

The NRGdeck is an external battery pack/charger for USB devices, so it’s not strictly a Windows Phone accessory. But it is a versatile charging product that can power two devices at once, helping keep your phone and other electronics going when wall outlets are in short supply.

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Other Windows Phone manufacturers and what keeps you around?

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The Windows Phone Central community forums is a top destination for all platform followers and fans to mingle and engage in lengthy discussions and heated debates. This series of roundups are for those who have been absent for the past number of days and will serve as a notification of sorts for all popular threads on the forums.

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3 years ago

Samsung found guilty of most patent-infringement charges from Apple. Fined $1 billion.

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Samsung got served.

With a slow day suddenly getting very exciting, the jury-verdict for the Apple versus Samsung case is just coming in over the wires.

Like the trial itself, things are quite complicated as the verdict is spread over various devices, including the Captivate, Continuum, Showcase, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Galaxy Tab and others.

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3 years ago

What would you do for a Lumia Windows Phone? Would you allow Nokia to paint your car?

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Nokia has painted a Peugeot 107 in Lumia colours following a tweet from Damien in Wexford, Ireland, who stated that he’d let the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer add something extra to his car for a new Lumia 900. This was an odd request, but one Nokia simply couldn’t pass on. 

Not only does it provide free advertising for the Windows Phone platform and the Lumia family of smartphones, but it also engages the social community with another "wow" marketing stunt. 

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 available once again at The Carphone Warehouse from just £7.50 a month

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The Carphone Warehouse has revealled an exciting deal for the Lumia 710, available on most major UK carriers. The Windows Phone, which sports a 3.7" display, 5MP rear shooter and 1.4Ghz chip, is now available on contract from just £7.50 a month.

Those familiar with Lumia 710 deals will remember the same price tag being covered earlier in the month for The Carphone Warehouse Smart Deal of the Week. This is a perfect opportunity for those who may have missed out on the previous deal. Included in the cheapest plan (with TalkMobile - The Carphone Warehouse's virtual UK mobile operator running on the Vodafone network) are 100 minutes per month, accompanied by 5000 SMS and 250MBs of data.

This current offer is open until August 30th, celebrating the month's bank holiday so be sure to act quickly should interest spark. Of course, one who does not desire the Windows Phone on contract can pick up a SIM-free version for £99.95 - an irresistible bargain for anyone seeking a cheap-yet-sturdy smartphone. 

Source: The Carphone Warehouse

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