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2 years ago

Microsoft refuses to sell Xbox One without Kinect - will win the motion gaming space as a result

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Microsoft has been facing a slew of battles with the announcement of its latest Xbox One console. The launch event was riddled with DRM woes, a required Kinect accessory and a higher price tag that Sony’s PlayStation 4. The company has backtracked on its original DRM mission, making players more comfortable with the idea of purchasing games for the unit, but questions about the Kinect sensor still remain.

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2 years ago

Can we end carrier exclusives and bloatware? - Talk Mobile

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We will always advocate picking your carrier before picking your phone, but sometimes the allure of a specific phone can be too much to overcome. Millions switched to AT&T to get access to the first four iPhones, BlackBerry faithful jumped to Verizon and Vodafone to get the first BlackBerry Storm, and old Palm fans moved to Sprint to pick up a Palm Pre. They made these moves not out of interest in monthly savings or coverage, but for a specific device - one exclusive to that carrier.

These carrier exclusives have long been a fact of life in the smartphone space, but with smartphones becoming something that even the average consumer has an opinion on, they're increasingly becoming more of a headache. When it comes to smartphones, there's little worse than the new hotness landing on a different carrier than yours and you finding yourself a year away from getting out of your contract without forking over a heft ETF.

Exclusives can be good for manufacturers, no doubt. But can they be bad for them too? And are they bad for consumers outside of the frustration of denial? And what about all of the apps and services that the carrier insists on loading on these handsets - are they useful, or just useless bloat?

2 years ago

Nokia teases HERE Maps imminent announcement with automakers

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2 years ago

Vodafone, O2 begin 4G roll-out in the UK while Three plans for December

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The UK is still catching up when it comes to 4G. Even though major operators are backing LTE with new plans and upgrades in the works, the process is slow and consumers are having to deal with a rather long wait. While EE continues to expand on its LTE lead, Vodafone and O2 have begun slowly rolling out upgrades across their networks. Three on the other hand are looking at December to unleash the high five kitty. 

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2 years ago

Official Facebook app for Windows Phone gets updated

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2 years ago

Developers: Work some magic with App to App and connect to Liquid Daffodil apps

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Liquid Daffodil is quite the name within the Windows Phone community. We've covered the developer numerous times here with multiple apps, services and incredible deals and offers for both consumers and developers to get involved. Through receiving a number of requests from developers, today we'll be looking at App to App protocols and how simple it is to connect to Liquid Daffodil apps.

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2 years ago

Terraria launches on iOS; Android and Windows Phone to follow along with 1.2 update for PC

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Terraria is a popular indie RPG (think 2D Minecraft with more focus on adventure) on its way to mobile platforms. Launching today on iOS (iPhone and iPad), the title is being ported by Codeglue who also plan to release the title on Android and Windows Phone. 505 Games (who developed the Xbox 360 version) has announced on fan website Terraria Online that both Google and Microsoft's platforms will see Terraria soon.

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2 years ago

MonsterCam for Windows Phone 8 gets a face lift, adds new user interface and taps into Nokia's Imaging SDK

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MonsterCam is a special effects photography app for our Windows Phone 8 devices. The app was recently updated to version 2.0.0.2 that gives the app a new layout and makes use of the Nokia Imaging SDK.

MonsterCam takes an ordinary portrait and give you the ability to monsterfy the image through a small collection of transformation filters. The use of Nokia's Imaging SDK that helps the app match up better with Nokia's hardware and provides full resolution support.  Additionally, the updated version gives the interface a more fluid feel to things and adds real time effects in your camera's view finder.

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2 years ago

According to Nokia you don’t need the gym with the Lumia 625 (video)

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2 years ago

Nokia and National Geographic partner up to highlight the Lumia 1020, produce incredible results

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What you’re about to see is pretty incredible when you think about it. These aren’t images from a DSRL, they’re from a smartphone. One that a lot of you are fairly familiar with. You either have it or you’ve seen us wax on about how awesome it. National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez recently took the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the Southwestern United States. What happens when you give 41 million pixels to an award winning photographer from National Geographic? Incredible things.

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2 years ago

Audiocloud updated on Windows Phone, squashes bugs and enhances stability

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The development community around Windows Phone may be small, but it is incredibly passionate and talented. There are times when an official app doesn’t exist on Windows Phone. And it’s those situations where developers rise to the occasion and create either killer alternatives or amazing unofficial versions of those apps. Audiocloud is an app that fits that description if you’re wanting to get your SoundCloud fix on Windows Phone. It also just picked up an update.

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2 years ago

AT&T updates their FamilyMap app for Windows Phone 8, allows you to track your kids

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So AT&T has a service called FamilyMap. It’s available for Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry (and for the iPhone through the web browser). FamilyMap is a service basically aimed at parents to monitor their kids, the app/service allows parents to see where other members are on an interactive map. It’s been out on Windows Phone since launch in late 2010, but it’s finally moved to version 2. Let’s see what’s new.

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2 years ago

Best Buy for Windows Phone updated, addresses authentication errors

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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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