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2 years ago

Halo: Spartan Assault updated on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8: brings new missions, support for devices with 512 MB of RAM and more (updated)

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Yes! It was just yesterday we told you folks about Halo: Spartan Assault picking up an update sometime this week. Looks like that time is now, both the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versions have updates waiting for you in their respective Stores. Let’s see what’s new for Halo: Spartan Assault.

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2 years ago

Extract text from photos on SkyDrive with the new optical character recognition (OCR) tech from Bing

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2 years ago

Shrinkit for Windows Phone 8, an easy way to down-size your photos

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If you have the need to down size photos on your Windows Phone 8 devices, Shrinkit is an easy way to go about it.

For example, you've downloaded your high resolution, DSLR images to SkyDrive and need to email a lower resolution copy. You're on the road, hundreds of miles from the nearest computer and all you have is your trusty Windows Phone. Enter Shrinkit.

Shrinkit has a simple user interface and saves resized images as a separate image file so you won't lose the original. Not everyone may find a use for Shrinkit but for some, it could come in handy.

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2 years ago

Instance v2 Beta: the first Windows Phone app with direct uploads to Instagram returns with a new UI, video support and more

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Guess what, Android and iOS may have official versions of Instagram, but they don’t have choices. On Windows Phone we have two solid apps to go with right now, 6tag and Instance. 6tag is the newcomer to the scene, while Instance has been around for quite a bit longer. Instance was the first app to bring direct uploads to Instagram on Windows Phone. Daniel Gary, the developer, has been hard at work on the next version of Instance. So let’s take a look at it.

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2 years ago

Dell launches new Latitude Ultrabook line - really starts to understand design

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Lenovo has been generating some noise in the enterprise sector with their famous ThinkPad line (formally an IBM brand), but Dell is a bit tired of going unnoticed. The company’s last generation of Latitude business notebooks made us questions who exactly was in control of the horrendous design, but with this latest series refresh – we are impressed.

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2 years ago

First photo of the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet revealed, dwarfs the Lumia 1020

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The first purported photo of the rumored Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone with a 6-inch 1080P display

At the end of September, Nokia is reportedly going to reveal at least two new devices here in New York: their Windows 8 RT tablet, codenamed Sirius and the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet.

The Lumia 1520 will feature a huge six-inch 1080P display, a polycarbonate body (not metal) with a 20 MP PureView camera akin to the Lumia 925’s design, specifications that we revealed last week from our verified sources. The device will also feature a quad-core Snapdragon CPU and Windows Phone 8 GDR3 for the new 1080P support.

The image above was leaked to us and while we cannot confirm it, we have a suspicion that is accurate. For one, it comes with what looks like an optional back case with a front cover to protect the display. We also wouldn’t be surprised if it adds Qi wireless charging capability as well. It's placed next to what appears to be a Lumia 1020 for size comparison. 

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2 years ago

AdDuplex data shows a Microsoft Surface 2 and various Nokia tablets

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When Microsoft and its partners don’t share actual numbers with us we have to go elsewhere to get our data fix. AdDuplex is one of those places where we can get an overall look at the current Windows Phone landscape in terms of which devices are popular (hint: it’s the Lumia 520). What is AdDuplex? It’s a cross-promotion network where developers can advertise their apps within each other’s apps. It also happens to have a Windows 8 network and what’s what we’re going to look at today. Which device is king of the hill when it comes to Windows 8?

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia W3 and Nokia's Lumia 520, Lumia 900 go on sale

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We've covered numerous deals recently, but here are a few more for you to digest. The Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet, Lumia 520 and Lumia 900 have each had their prices slashed. So how much will you be looking to be forking out should you wish to invest in one of the products?

The Iconia W3 from Acer is its 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, sporting the full version of Microsoft's desktop OS. Live Hot Deals has spotted the tablet going on sale at the Microsoft Store for just $249. Whether you're up for reading, browsing the web or cracking on with same gaming, the Iconia W3 is a sweet investment. Check out our hands-on footagefor a quick peek at what you'd be getting.

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2 years ago

Verizon to pick up Nokia Lumia 928 in Red? NaviFirm hints at a new version of the popular Windows Phone

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By all accounts, the Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon, an exclusive variant of the 92x series, is doing quite well. Verizon has steadily picked up Windows Phone market share in the US, mostly at the expense of AT&T and it helped bring a flagship Nokia device to one of the most important carriers in the States.

Currently, the Lumia 928 is only offered in glossy White or Black and while the device has a solid specification list, it could stand to be spiced up a bit in the looks department. That’s why the 1328 OS ROM spotted on NaviFirm Plus with the label RM-860 VAR VRZ RED (059R227) has piqued our interest. The other two versions, both white and black, are already listed but that Red variant and product code is something new.

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2 years ago

NARR8 app brings interactive books to Windows 8

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NARR8 app brings interactive books to Windows 8

Reading electronic books on your phone or tablet can be more convenient than toting a physical book collection around, but otherwise most e-books don’t take advantage of the power of modern computing devices. Motion comics on the other hand, can spice up traditional comics with movement and even voice.

A group called NARR8 (sister company of Game Insight) has taken the digital comics-style multimedia reading approach and applied it to a variety of book styles, including nonfiction, children’s, and educational books. All of these exclusive books can be sampled and purchased through the NARR8 app, now available on Windows 8 and RT devices.

We recently sat down with Alexis Valerio, NARR8 Senior PR Manager to check out the app and a few of its books. Full video and download link after the break!

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2 years ago

Bright Weather offers a visually striking Live Tile and great graphics for Windows Phone 8

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What is it, weather week around here? That’s what a few of you may be asking yourselves but hey, we don’t plan these things, we just report on ‘em. Yes, another new weather app has gone live in the Store this week with the name Bright Weather by LevelUp Studio. While not a game changer, we are really liking the doublewide Tile that you see in our lead image and it’s worth taking a look.

Bright Weather offers a few unique things that make it worth your consideration, including pulling data from Accuweather. That’s a good thing as we tend to find Accuweather’s data quite reliable (though you may disagree) and it means we get access to their patented “RealFeel” temperature, which takes into account humidity and other factors for a more realistic current conditions reading.

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2 years ago

Hipstamatic updates both Oggl and Oggl Pro, improves sharing and more

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Hipstamatic’s Oggl and Oggl Pro have been highly anticipated apps since their announcement in May. However, when they launched a month ago both apps received mixed reviews. You wanted to love them and use them, but performance issues hampered that desire. Since then both apps have been receiving fairly regular updates to address the shortcomings. Let’s see what’s new in the latest update for both Oggl and Oggl Pro.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Amber/GDR2 update continues to roll out in Europe, still no sighting for AT&T

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Reports of the Windows Phone Amber and GDR2 updates continue to roll in from various parts of the globe.

The latest updates are being reported for the Nokia Lumia 920 in Germany for T-Mobile, unlocked 920's in the United Kingdom, for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in Italy, and the Lumia 920 in Belgium.

Still no sighting on AT&T's update and hopefully that will change shortly.

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2 years ago

PSA: Rowi Lite Twitter client reaches token limit and is pulled from Windows Phone Store

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It's a sad day, folks. Rowi has announced that their free version of their popular Twitter client for Windows Phone has reached the 100,000 user limit for tokens.  This has provided the team with no other choice but to pull the app from the store. The paid version is still available though and if you previously purchased it, you'll have no problems should up switch to a new phone. In fact, there's nothing for paid users to worry about.

So what does this mean for Windows Phone consumers who are using the free, lite version?

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 Windows Phones are tops at Amazon.com

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The Nokia Lumia 521 from T-Mobile and the Lumia 520 from AT&T are sitting atop Amazon.com's list of the most popular no-contract phones.

The two Windows Phones are essentially the same with both sporting 4" screens, 5MP rear camera, micro-SD card expansion, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The T-Mobile 521 is listed for $124.20 with the Lumia 520 running $99.99 as an AT&T pre-paid GoPhone.

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