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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 910 3rd party protective decal skin shows up on Amazon

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Although Nokia likes to deny that there is a Lumia 910, the supposed European counterpart to the "exclusive" AT&T Lumia 900, we have our doubts. For one, it's pretty easy for Nokia to get around an "exclusive" device if they simply make it another model number and change some aspects e.g. adding a 12MP camera.

Either way, a vendor is advertising a "protective decal skin sticker" for the Lumia 900 and 910 on Amazon.com, noting that it's a precision cut protective decal.

Proof that a 910 exists? Far from it. But combined with that earlier listing on a Dutch site and we're starting to see quite a few "910" references out there in the wild.  We'll see what Nokia brings to the table in a few weeks in Barcelona though, but we're betting a 910 is getting more and more likely.

Source: Amazon.com; Thanks, Matt, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Free Dell VoIP Windows Phone app coming for Canadians

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For those Windows Phone owners who reside in Canada and are frustrated with considerably high mobile phone bills accumulated from voice calls, Dell may have a solution for you soon. Partnering with Fongo to launch Dell Voice, a voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, mobile users will be able to make free calls over WiFi (or the 3G network) anywhere in Canada. A free phone number is included to accept incoming calls, and the service also includes free voicemail, Caller ID and call waiting.

The only downside is that users will exhibit advertising while using the app, and a $25 fee is charged should a user wish to transfer their phone number to the Dell Voice service. David Gair, Dell Canada's marketing director for small and medium business, states that a Windows Phone app will be developed to go alongside solutions for iOS, Android, BlackBerry (launching this coming March), and the PC. It's interesting to see the manufacturer head down this route (and to support Windows Phone), perhaps we could see them come back with another device?

Source: MSN.ca, via: iMore, thanks Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Store Lumia 900 pre-order offer withdrawn

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Last week Microsoft was offering customers the chance to pre-order the AT&T Lumia 900 4G Windows Phone for a $25 up-front fee. The Verge has reported today that the software giant has retracted this offer, so those who are eagerly awaiting the handset will no longer be able to act now. A Microsoft spokesperson has stated that those who are interested "should stay tuned to the Microsoft Store Facebook Page".

Microsoft has offered no reason for the withdrawal, but sources have told The Verge that Nokia has plans to announce a price and launch date 'shortly', though it's not known if this has any relation to the offer closure. The rumoured date and pricing of the Lumia 900 were set at March 18th for $99.

Source: The Verge, thanks Brian for the tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 suffering from end call prevention bug

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Nokia has announced that they are aware of a bug with the Lumia 710, where a user disconnects from a call but the screen continues to report the call as being connected. Not only is this a visual irritant, it led users to believe that they were being additionally charged for the delayed call ending.

Owners took to the Nokia support forum to cry out for assistance on the issue. This is not the first problem Nokia Windows Phone owners have come across, with the 800 being plagued by battery life issues. Official Nokia Support representative 'Unwired' published the following statement:

"Nokia is continuing to analyze this software issue and is close to a fix. The fix will be made available via Zune as soon as possible. It is difficult to say when. One other important fact about this issue is that the phone modem is responding to the call disconnect signal from the touch display, the call is taken down as it should. The issue is that the user interface displays the call disconnect button but is should not. Consequently consumer are not being excessively billed for a call that seems to be staying up."

Good news for owners of the handset that a fix is well on its way, and that no additional charges will be applied to your bill, but until the update is released a reboot will be required to rid the pesky call screen.

Source: Nokia Support, via: TNW

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Galaxy Pong

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Simply put, Galaxy Pong is a cool game for your Windows Phone.

Remember the game Pong? The video game that started it all? Now imagine it being played on a three dimensional playing field with bonus targets scattered about between the two players. In a nutshell, that is Galaxy Pong.

To add to the coolness of Galaxy Pong you have the capability to flip a switch in the settings and play the game in classic 3D view (you've got to provide the glasses though). Galaxy Pong is an entertaining, fun, somewhat addictive game for your Windows Phone that definitely taps into the coolness factor.

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3 years ago

Trapster for Windows Phone Beta release

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Trapster was a popular Windows Mobile application that relied on a social network to identify speed traps. The reports would then populate a map for mobile and desktop access. While we don't endorse speeding, we did find Trapster to be a handy app to alert you of speed traps and avoid unwanted tickets.

The developer has been working on a Windows Phone version of Trapster for some time and is now looking for Beta Testers. To add to the incentive of becoming a Trapster Beta Tester, anyone sending in feedback on the app will become eligible to win a $500 gift card.

If interested, you can find the Beta Tester sign up form here and skip on past the break to read the fine print from Trapster on the gift card contest.  Safe driving everyone!

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3 years ago

TextTwist 2 version 1.1 update unscrambles Xbox Live Achievements

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When TextTwist 2 launched less than a month ago, Achievement hunters were thrilled. After all, anagram games are super cheatable thanks to Scrabble helper sites. But alas! The game was glitched, and one mode (Daily Word) didn’t work at all. Thankfully Game House takes their Xbox Live titles seriously, and we already have a patch to fix things.

TextTwist 2 version 1.1 release notes:

  • Daily Word mode can now be played daily after the first round is completed (days are measured in UTC time).
  • Achievements based on completing multiple rounds of games modes (‘Apprentice,’ ‘Journeyman,’ and ‘Grand Master’) can now be unlocked.
  • The ‘Lightning Bolt’ Achievement, for completing a Lightning round with no hints, is now achievable.

The update does what it says, alright. I loaded the game up after patching, and grabbed ‘Lightning Bolt’ and some of the multi-round Achievements. Gotta love it when a developer moves so quickly to fix a game’s problems.

A word of advice: if you plan to complete the requisite 30 rounds of Daily Word by playing with the phone’s clock, make sure to set the clock back as far as possible before launching the updated game. That way, you can hit 30 days on or around the present date instead of waiting for the Achievement to unlock on some future date (a common side effect of playing with the clock). Or you could just be patient.

TextTwist 2 costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

White Lumia 800 available for pre-order in Portugal for €549

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The white version of the Lumia 800 is available for pre-order on Fnac.pt, unlocked for €549, and will be released on February 23rd. Nokia's latest colour features a glossy finish and packs a punch when it comes to resisting scratches/dents with a polycarbonate unibody that has been dyed all the way through.

While the pricing for the mid-level handset is pretty steep, it's a unique choice for anyone still waiting to upgrade from their current device.

Source: Fnac.ptthanks, Joao, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Collapse stacks up as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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The Xbox Live Deal of the Week has been updating rather late these days. In fact, it’s only just turned up. Collapse! from GameHouse is now on sale.

 Collapse! is a simple puzzle game in which players slide blocks up and down to make colored matches. The sprawling Adventure mode offers plenty of twists on the standard gameplay, plus a simple character customization system. For better or worse, Collapse! also has the easiest Achievements of any Xbox Live game, mobile or otherwise. You can seriously get them all in 20 minutes or so. Check out our full review for more details.

Collapse! is on sale for $1.99 for one week only. Pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia slashes a further 4,000 jobs and moves production to Asia

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Nokia has announced plans to slash a further 4,000 jobs by closing down plants in Hungary, Mexico and homeland Finland. The cuts come to light as the handset manufacturer begins to shift production to Asia. As we mentioned with the previous 3,500 positions being hung up to dry, these plants have been under review since.

The cuts include 2,300 in Komarom, Hungary, 700 in Reynosa, Mexico, and 1,000 in Salo, Finland. The Finnish handset maker has had to take drastic measures to cut down costs and reach saving targets, and Salo (the oldest production facility - 1979) has not been spared from this round of job cuts.

Riku Aalto, chairman of the Finnish Metalworkers' Union, has stated that the company will look at possibly providing 12 months of training for new jobs to the fired workers, following its model of the Bochum closure in Germany, in 2008.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Multiplayer gaming with Photon Cloud Network Engine for Windows Phone

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Yet another step in the right direction has been carried out for multiplayer gaming on Windows Phone. Already available on other platforms, Exit Games have released a free Windows Phone SDK that will use their socket-based network engine. While Microsoft was working on "Switchboard", a solution to mobile real-time multiplayer gaming, this solution will be welcomed by developers who wish to implement such functionality into their titles.

Some quick-glance features:

  • Develop in C# .NET 4.0
  • Easy UI creation and view-management via Silverlight/XAML
  • On device debugging
  • Demo containing sample code for easy integration in your Windows Phone Apps 

What's more is that this technology supports cross-platform connectivity. You can head over to the Exit Games website and check out the free SDK for yourself. For consumers, this could mean an MMO (or online FPS) title could be around the corner.

Source: Exit Games

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Touch War

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Windows Phone Game Review: Touch War

Remember the board game Risk? If so, you've got a pretty good idea of what the Windows Phone game Touch War is all about. Touch War is a strategy game where you try to march your Orange Army across the globe in an attempt to achieve global domination.

Touch War has three game levels and if you like the game of Risk, you'll like this Windows Phone game.

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3 years ago

Win 1 of 4 Lumia 800s signed by Tinchy Stryder

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Attention all those who reside in the UK and wish to get their hands on a Lumia 800, Nokia UK is giving away four to lucky winners. What's unique about these Windows Phones compared to a generic 800 you can purchase in-store? It's signed by Tinchy Stryder, a popular British music artist.

To celebrate Nokia UK's Facebook page accumulating 200,000 likes, the handset maker will also award three lucky runner-ups who will receive Nokia Purity HD Headsets by Monster. All that's required to enter are some details and a signed 800 could be heading your way. The promotion ends February 17th. 

As well as the Facebook competition, the Nokia Lumia 800 is featured in his latest single "Bright Lights", featuring Pixie Lott.

Source: Facebook (Nokia UK), YouTube

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3 years ago

Wooter app finally gets Mango update and fixes

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If you're a big fan of Woot.com, the daily deal site with hilarious product descriptions, then you'll want to try out Wooter for Windows Phone. Wooter is one of the oldest apps on the Marketplace with version 1.0 landing in October 2010. That was the first and only update.

Now, version 1.2 has appeared (guess we're skipping v1.1) and thankfully the app is now "Mango" ready with fast app switching, performance enhancements, Home Woot and some general bug fixes. We still would have liked to see a nice Live Tile thrown in but we'll take what we can get with this rare update.

The app is free, ad free and well designed from a Metro perspective. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Have a better Woot.com app that you prefer? Sound off in comments and tell us why.

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3 years ago

Director of User Experience at Microsoft speaks on Android, Windows Phone

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Gizmodo has posted a nice interview with Sam Moreau, Director of User Experience for Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer (LinkedIn) at Microsoft. He's basically the guy tasked with the Windows 8 UI redesign which obviously has taken its cues from Windows Phone (which took its cues from Zune and goes back to Windows Media Center). The interview is quite fascinating as it entails discussions on challenges the team faced, decisions made and what they are expecting.

One interesting area that came up was Windows Phone, where Gizmodo asked about Microsoft's new found "strong sense of vision". Moreau responds and summarizes Android nicely:

"Yeah, because that was the thing that we get blamed for a lot. Or, I would say the thing that annoys me about Android is I don't think it has a point of view. I think it's trying to be this weird sci-fi version of an Apple design language, poorly executed. Some of it is starting to get there, you know, they got Matias (Duarte) there, and some things are starting to get a little better. They're starting to get that—some sense of soul, but I do think that a lot of their soul is derived from some other place."

That sense of soul is something Apple clearly has and now something Microsoft has too. Android and RIM? Not so much. Certainly design-philosophy or as Moreau calls it, redesigning a religion, is no small task and in a lot of ways it's remarkable that Microsoft is leading in this core area. Part of that is due to Microsoft's "low-self esteem" in terms of design and with the combo of strong leadership and strong competition i.e. Apple, Microsoft has turned themselves around.

The Metro design language is just starting to hit the mainstream and Windows Phone, for all intents and purposes, was the first. It should be very exciting to see in late 2012 how the masses react to the "sudden" alignment of Microsoft's three screens of phone, TV and gaming.

Source: Gizmodo; Image credit: Annie Marie Musselman/Fast Company

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