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3 years ago

Telstra rolling out update featuring Internet sharing

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It appears that Telstra is rolling out the Windows Phone tethering update, and has enabled Internet sharing for customers, following Vodafone AU. We've received multiple reports from readers (some using the HTC Mozart - new FW version: 2250.21.510002.841) that they've successfully updated. It's good to see the Australian carrier still keeping up with updates.

Should you be on the network and have received the notification to update, let us know in the comments below with what handset you're packing.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Nokia hitting the U.S. with operation 'Rolling Thunder'

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Nokia and T-Mobile U.S. are in full swing with their announced launch party of the Lumia 710, but what's coming up next for the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer? Operation "Rolling Thunder", as it's internally referred to, is Nokia's plan for rolling out a number of handsets next year and aiming for multiple price points. Chris Weber, head of U.S. operations at Nokia, explained that the company will be at CES in January making a noise as they have been doing in Europe.

"We will be launching a portfolio of devices in the U.S. across a range of price points, user experience and operators. The rollouts are referred to internally as "Operation Rolling Thunder". We’ll have a very large presence [at CES] and it’ll be clear that Nokia is back in a quite strong way in the U.S."

We'll be sure to check out CES in Las Vegas to see what Nokia will be bringing to the event. The Nokia Lumia 900 is still on the list, a more powerful option for U.S. consumers, and is set to hit the states early 2012 if rumours are to be valid. Nokia has the daunting task of getting carriers on side to stock their Windows Phones. Battling hard against the iPhone and a plethora of Android handsets will make a successful and effective marketing campaign all that more important.

Source: Bloomberg, thanks to Baljinder for the heads up!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile-Nokia Lumia 710 launch event in NYC [Video]

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Howdy folks, we're still here, rocking away at the T-Mobile-Nokia Lumia 710 launch event in SoHo, New York. Anywho, above you'll find out hands on with the 710, which we're impressed with. The screen is gorgeous, the camera is great and it feels perfect in the hand.

The device features a powerful 1.4Ghz CPU, 3.7" "clear black" screen, 8GB of memory and low-aperture camera which should meet most people's needs who are entry or mid-level smartphone users. Heck, even we want one.

Nokia is planning on supporting this device through their "concierge service" which allows customers to basically interact with Nokia directly for support on their phone--not just problems, but on how to maximize the device's use to its fullest potential. That sounds a lot like an Apple-experience, but you didn't hear that from us. In addition, expect some Nokia-backed advertising for this device--not Deadmau5 kind of things, but strong, consistent support which is a win for the Windows Phone ecosystem as well as Nokia/T-Mobile.

Look for this phone for $49.95 come January. Finally, we're expecting a large Nokia presence at CES in Vegas, where we we'll be reunited for whatever they have to announce or show off. Stay tuned! A few more pics after the break...

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3 years ago

Quick Look: RedLaser

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3 years ago

Scam alert: Dudley is back with Final Mission

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  Back in September, we covered a number of Nintendo-owned games illegally sold in the Marketplace by “Windows Phone developer” Jesse Dudley. As a result of what we can only imagine as a nasty letter from Nintendo, Microsoft took these titles offline. Unfortunately, Dudley – or what he’s now calling Dudley Studios – is back with a freshly uploaded title this week – Final Mission.   Final Mission isn’t actually a game developed by Dudley Studios. It’s a Japanese NES game owned, developed and published by Natsume Co., Ltd, reminiscent of Konami’s awesome Contra series. (Old hats in the U.S. may remember this title as S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team.)   Cracking the XAP open, we discovered the usual infringements:

 

  • Logo – Stolen from Dark Void game art.
  • Emulator [FinalMission.dll] – Unknown fork of the XNA SharpNES project. While its use isn't infringing, its BSD license states "Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice [...]". That didn't happen.
  • ROM [Final Mission (Japan).xnb] – Dump of a Natsume Co., Ltd’s retail cartridge.

Let’s hope that after a few rounds, Microsoft will revoke Marketplace accounts of this type and/or change their reactive stance on policing obvious infringing titles that appear in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Update: Only an hour after writing this post, Dudley uploaded yet another game, this time based on Sivak Games' game Battle Kid: Fortress Of Peril (under the title of Battle Mech Kid.)

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3 years ago

Bubble Birds getting into the Holiday Spirit

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XIMAD has released their popular Windows Phone game Bubble Birds with a dash of holiday spirit. Bubble Birds Christmas is a special edition of the game that ads a wintry scene in the background and gives the games' music a holiday twist.

Game play is the same with your goal being to match three or more birds of the same color to remove them from the playing field. You do this by shooting colored birds from the bottom of the screen. If the playing fields of birds reaches the bottom, game over.

Bubble Birds Christmas is a festive rendition of the original game (here's our review) that is just as entertaining. It is a free, ad supported game that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

12 days of freebies from AJ Troxell: wallpaper pack for today

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AJ Troxell, the brain behind WP7 Lock Screen, is getting into the swing of things with the festive season by kicking off a 12 days worth of freebies. We can hope to see some exciting content from the talented mind. Today we have a Windows Phone wallpaper megapack, containing 4 styles and 43 wallpapers. See the preview on the right for a quick glance at what's included. 

Check out the pack and download the wallpapers at Troxell's website, link below.

Source: AJ Troxell

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3 years ago

Tweet MS to win $25 in apps

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Tweet MS to win $25 in apps

From today until Friday, Microsoft will be giving away $25 to use toward apps in the Marketplace.  In order to enter the contest, you must follow @windowsphone on Twitter and then tweet them the name of your favorite app using the following phrase:

"@windowsphone My must-have #WindowsPhone app is _______."

Each day of the contest, Microsoft will choose eight winners to receive $25 credit toward apps.  Be sure to include the hashtag #WindowsPhone and reply to @windowsphone.  You can check out the full contest rules on the source link below.

Good luck!

Source: Microsoft (Thanks for the tip, Aaron!)

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3 years ago

Dream.Build.Play Challenge 2012 to include Windows Phone games, awesomeness

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For years, Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play Challenge has showcased and inspired some of the best and most innovative indie games around. Developers get the chance to compete for cash and prizes as well as showcase the fruits of their labors to the world. Most winners produce their games on Xbox 360 and XBLIG titles, with many seeing PC releases as well.

The 2012 competition looks to be the best one yet. For the first time, the contest will feature a Windows Phone category. The winners will likely go on to be hit indie titles in the Marketplace, but there’s always a chance they’ll be picked up as Xbox Live titles instead. The 2008 winner, Carneyvale: Showtime, went on to become a Games for Windows Live title on PC and Xbox Live title on Windows Phone.

The Dream.Build.Play Challenge is open to developers from around the world. Games are evaluated on the criteria of Innovation, Fun Factor, and Production Quality. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2012. Learn more about the contest and past winners at the official Dream.Build.Play web site and the Facebook fan page.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Lumia 710 coming January 11 for $49.99

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In anticipation of T-Mobile's event tonight in NYC, Nokia has posted a press pamphlet for the T-Mobile-branded Lumia 710, which will be available on January 11.  The packet includes a full spec sheet as well as some press shots.  Nokia has also revealed that the Lumia 710 will sell for a downright steal of $49.99.  It will be available in black or white, with the option to swap out the backplate for something flashier.  There is also a wealth pre-loaded apps:

  • Nokia Drive
  • The Weather Channel
  • ESPN
  • Netflix
  • App Highlights
  • T-Mobile TV
  • My Account
  • Slacker Radio
  • TeleNav GPS

Despite the early spoiler from Nokia, we are looking forward to tonight's event and will be there in full force.  Check back here to get the latest tidbits from NYC and hit the jump to read the full presser from Nokia.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases HealthVault app for Windows Phone

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Keeping up-to-date with health information, accessing medical records (for yourself and family members), and retrieving prescription history is now easier than ever while on the move. Microsoft has released HealthVault for Windows Phone, which ties into their HealthVault service. HealthVault account data is synchronized so users are able to track and manage chronic conditions, insert health information, and more while on the go.

You can download HealthVault from the Marketplace (US only).

Via: Mobility Digest

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 Australia page is live

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Nokia Lumia 800 Australia page is live

The Nokia Lumia 800 (our review) is already available unlocked at Australia's MobiCity, but now Nokia have put up the AU Lumia 800 page on their website, which features a store finder for those who are interested in purchasing the handset. The Lumia 710 also has a page up and both devices are labeled "coming soon". The Lumia family of Windows Phones were stated to be hitting countries outside Europe this fall, and we could possibly see a push from Nokia in Australia to help combat carrier and retail store issues.

Source: Nokia AU

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3 years ago

We're giving away a Samsung Focus S

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While AT&T is busy with their Season of Gifting, WPCentral has a few gifts of our own to give away. We have a shiny new AT&T Samsung Focus S to give one lucky reader.

How do you enter to win the Windows Phone? Just go to this WPCentral Forums discussion and post your version of a WPCentral lockscreen wallpaper. It could be a wallpaper filled with tiles displaying our logo. It could be a 3D version of our logo that jumps off the screen. It could be our logo done in tie die. To help you out, we're attaching a copy of our logo in the discussion.

You have to submit a wallpaper to be eligible and while comments on the submissions are welcomed, they won't be eligible. We can't make getting a free Windows Phone too easy.

We'll let this run up until 5:00pm CST on December 22, 2011 and we'll pick the best wallpaper of the bunch. One contributor will win the Samsung Focus S and we'll even select two runners up for WPCentral Accessory Store Gift Certificates. We can't say you'll get the Samsung Focus S by Christmas but we'll get it to the lucky winner shortly thereafter.

We would like to thank AT&T and the WPCentral Store for sponsoring this giveaway. Now get going and create that WPCentral wallpaper!

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3 years ago

Official Newegg app is ready to do business in the Marketplace

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Newegg.com--it's a geek's dream. It's also where we all go to build our own PC. Between their fast shipping, low prices, individual parts and even being tax-free here in New York (they're in Jersey, ahem), what's not to love about this place? Well, up until this morning you could have said they don't have a Windows Phone app. But now, my nerd friends, they do and it's great--smooth, slick and smartly laid out.

The app is Mango-ready out the gate, allows you to access your account and all your shopping right from your phone. But really, you want it for the ease of browsing their daily deals, right? Other notable features:

  • Comprehensive product specifications.
  • 1.7+ millions customer reviews.
  • Detailed item image gallery
  • Quick and simple shopping flow.
  • Simple and quick search function.
  • Search by category
  • Guided search
  • Advanced search
  • Sorting
  • Good for deal hunting: Shell Shockers, Daily Deals and Free Shipping.
  • All purchases made on Newegg Mobile are routed through Newegg's secure servers.

Sure, it has no Live Tile or pinnable subsections, so there's room for improvement. But as for the basics, we're giving it a thumbs up. Pick it up here for free in the Marketplace. Thanks, Ryan S., for the tip!

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3 years ago

MonWindowsPhone interviews Olivier Lagréou from Nokia FR

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MonWindowsPhone has interviewed Olivier Lagréou, Product Marketing Manager at Nokia France, for some insightful answers into how the company is performing with their newly adopted platform - Windows Phone. Questions included why the Finnish manufacturer went with Microsoft's OS as opposed to the more established (and dominating) Android. Lagréou goes into explain that Android would have been almost suicidal for Nokia, who needs to push forward the brand and not be lost at sea in an ocean of OEMs and handsets. Windows Phone was the perfect match for the DNA of the manufacturer with simplicity among other strong features.

As well as talking about the company and its partnership with Microsoft, Lagréou also provided some details for when we can expect to see the magenta flavour of the Lumia 800. 

"We should be able to provide Lumia 800 in magenta (pink) for Christmas. The color is also expected soon from Orange, available online only. As for the color cyan (blue), you can already find at The Phone House."

Good news for those who are excited to match the pink handset with other valuables and accessories from your dress code. We might not be stuck with just three colours, though. The Nokia employee went on to explain that should demand and projected sale figures for more colours be strong, the company will look to produce more accents. He mentioned yellow, green, and white as examples (check the above image for more "potential" colours). Should any new colours be decided on, 2012 will be the year where the Lumia 800 gets a nice refresh.

The big question is, as always, how is the handset selling?

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