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3 years ago

Surface Tablet ads begin appearing, Microsoft gets fresh with urban art

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Looks like Microsoft might be trying its hand at a viral advertising campaign in the lead up to the release of its Surface tablet.  The advertising, in the form of hipster compatible urban art has been spotted in a couple of locations such as the one above in Brooklyn. The pseudo graffiti seems to continue with the imagery we first saw at the Surface reveal.  The theme is of an elegant two-part diagram, depicting tablet with detachable keyboard.

The Surface device is going to be big news for Microsoft on a number of levels. Surface is not only going to be the first Microsoft designed computer, it will be the poster child for Windows 8. When we see the new OS advertised and demoed, we can be pretty certain it will be on a Surface tablet. We’re expecting a marketing tsunami with the combined Windows 8 and Surface product launches. 

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3 years ago

HTC Windows Phone passes Bluetooth Certification, destined for Verizon with LTE

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We've heard rumors of a handful of HTC Windows Phone 8 devices and now we are seeing a HTC Windows Phone device pass Bluetooth Certification.

The request for certification was filed on July 16, 2012 and passed August 13, 2012. Not much to see other than the HTC 6990 LVW is LTE equipped and likely headed to Verizon. The LVW corresponds to the method of communications for the Verizon Wireless LTE Network here in the States. Much like with SGH-T is what T-Mobile Samsung devices use.  

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3 years ago

Homebrew BluePhoto beta looks to fill in missing transfer gap on Windows Phone

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Pretty app but needs work

Over at XDA, the lads are focused again on adding new homebrew features to our current Windows Phone devices. One of the big complaints from a handful of users is the inability to share photos or documents via Bluetooth. Windows Phone 8 will fix this by adding that function (and of course its newest brother, NFC) but what about current phones?

Navisluni has released a beta of an app he calls BluePhoto that should give you the ability to share photos via your phone’s precious Bluetooth. We say ‘should’ because it is a hack and it doesn’t work as universally as one would like.

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3 years ago

When old becomes new. Samsung and HTC’s Windows Phone 8 rumoured launch hardware.

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The last few weeks have been exciting for Windows Phone with all the leaks concerning Windows Phone 8 hardware. The launch is almost upon us and of course, we’re all excited about the phones we’re likely to see. The next gen specs, even on the rumoured low end devices, are a big jump for Windows Phone. But will high-end devices from Samsung and HTC excite? Let’s look at the situation.

As we only have rumours so far, you’ll have to take the following with pinches of salt as we speculate somewhat. To start with, let’s cast our eye over the proposed Samsung devices. No doubt on paper these devices look the part but delving deeper we can clearly see that their high-end device is likely along the lines of a Galaxy S3. Will a recent flagship Android device serve as the high-end launch device for Windows Phone 8?

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3 years ago

Ask WPCentral - Does the Nokia Lumia Phi for AT&T have a curved screen?

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Flat or curved for the Phi--Why not both?

Although details are not confirmed and scarce at this point, many in our audience are asking and debating if the new Lumia phone headed to AT&T, codenamed ‘Phi’ has a curved screen or not.

For some, the Lumia 800’s curved glass was the pinnacle of design and elegance. Indeed, it does feel exceptionally nice in the hand both for holding and swiping across the screen. When the Lumia 900 forgo this detail, some were disappointed as the 900 instead has a completely flat screen with a raised edge.

What many in our audience may not know is that Nokia actually gave an official reason for this design change on the 900 during a Q&A sessions on their blog...

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3 years ago

Microsoft's new logo has ties to the past

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Earlier today we shared that Microsoft was changing its logo and based on our poll, most seem to like it. The logo is simple, effective and more closely matches the Modern UI. But is has strong ties to Microsoft's past.

The above commercial is from 1995 for Windows 95. While most will remember the 1995 era logo being more of a wavy flag, Microsoft did use the more simplistic tile box.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Store opens in Boston with a massive crowd and loud cheers

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This morning in Boston, Microsoft dropped the curtain on their latest store at the Prudential Center to a massive crowd, loudly celebrating the grand opening. 

Considered to be one of their new flagship stores (located very closely Apple), the Boston Microsoft Store managed to garner a large crowd who cheered the countdown and opening--certainly exciting to see. In addition to the new store, Microsoft of course also showed their new company logo.

Windows Phone developer Lance McCarthy was on hand to video the unveiling and it is certainly thrilling to see. It looks like Microsoft has some fans, after all. Thanks, Lance, for the video!

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3 years ago

Poll - Do you like the new Microsoft logo?

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3 years ago

Nokia seeking to advance indoor positioning with In-Location Alliance

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Nokia has announced today a big link up with more than twenty tech firms to create an In-Location Alliance.  The Alliance was created to advance efforts to promotion of a new standard-based short-range wireless technology that will make it possible to locate objects or positions indoors with extremely high accuracy using mobile devices.

Remember our article about Nokia becoming the Where platform? Well, this just shows how serious Nokia is about this technology. Navigation outside has become something we take for granted, the next big step is high accuracy location inside. There are a number of hurdles to overcome and Nokia is doing the right thing here and establishing an alliance to get things moving. The potential applications for this type of location-based services are likely even more far reaching than its outside variant.

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3 years ago

Nokia design patent finally reveals mysterious Phi Windows Phone 8 device

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The Nokia Phi as seen by the USPTO

Adding to the earlier news about the new Nokia phone, codename ‘Phi’ coming to AT&T, the site Liveside have managed to uncover a new patent filing that appears to reveal the new device in submitted drawings.

At first brush, the device looks a lot like the Lumia 800 and 900 but upon closer inspection, it matches nearly to the ‘t’ the previous images of the Phi that were leaked out earlier this month.

One immediate item that we noticed is the screen is not curved. Although the Verge this morning mentioned this as a feature, from the images and bezel leak that we’ve seen, curved glass does not appear to be a feature and these drawings confirm that notion.

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3 years ago

Microsoft changes their company logo after 25 years, intended to ‘signal the future’

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The new official logo of Microsoft, revealed this morning

Microsoft this morning has unveiled their new company logo featuring the Segoe font and new multi-colored Windows symbol. It’s the first change to the logo in over 25 years and is intended to "signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness" according to Jeff Hansen, Microsoft's general manager of brand strategy.

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3 years ago

Report – Nokia to unveil Arrow and Phi Windows Phone 8 devices for AT&T, T-Mobile in September

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For the last few weeks we’ve mentioned how Nokia will be unveiling three new devices for the US and that now looks to be the case.

The Verge is reporting via an unmentioned source that on September 5th, Nokia will unveil two new devices—code-named Arrow and Phi—with a third named Atlas for Verizon in coming weeks. Those names are of course just placeholders until marketing names are decided upon. With an 88% accuracy rating on rumors according to Tracour, there’s a good chance that this is accurate.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Time After Time

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Time After Time is an interesting reminder app for your Windows Phone. The app not only lets you set reminders for tasks, events and other what nots but also helps you manage re-occurring items or events that you may want to keep track of. Such as changing the oil in your car, taking your wife out to dinner, or treating your kids to a zoo trip.

Time After Time is a very clean looking app that utilizes tiles for quick reference to your tasks/events, offers five color themes, and a menu page gives you access to a list view, about screen and instructions page.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Central 147 - Verizon, Sprint, Nokia and Windows Phone 8

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We're back for another exciting chat on all things Windows Phone. This week we catch up with Rafael, Jay and myself for the last two-weeks of exciting Windows Phone news including a Verizon Nokia phone, Sprint going on hiatus, what September 5th will bring and the disappointing Sally's Spa. Tune in as we agree and disagree plus take your questions.

HD video and show notes after the break...

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3 years ago

Windows 8 RTM now available to DreamSpark Premium members

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We usually don’t cover these types of stories, especially since there will be many, many avenues for Windows 8 Desktop to become available over the next few weeks, but what the heck.

If you’re a DreamSpark Premium member e.g. a college student or professor engaged in science, math, engineering or other programs sponsored through the DreamSpark program. Earlier prediction via Neowin suggested the 25th was the release date, so it's a bit early. Still, if you’re a DSP member, head here to grab your order. Thanks, Jey Si, for the tip

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