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2 years ago

User experience report praises iOS 7, slams Windows Phone 8 on customisation, OS annoyances

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With both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C announced already, just how good is Apple's iOS 7? We've been using it for a short while and we'll admit that it doesn't feel half bad, but Pfeiffer Consulting has taken a rather in-depth look at how Apple's new OS ranks against Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10 and Google's Android (note the firm used Samsung's implementation of Android over the stock version).

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2 years ago

Smartphones in the car: entertaining, powerful, and distracting - Talk Mobile

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When it comes to expensive purchases, cars rank right up there. Not only are they designed to go fast, they're designed to do so in relative comfort and safety, while costing as little to do so as possible. Even with all of that design they're still complicated machines to operate. Yet, they can simultaneously be boring. What's engaging about coasting down an open stretch of highway? Nothing.

So we've devised ways to keep ourselves entertained, typically through passive entertainment from the likes of music or talk radio playing through the car's stereo. But recently the smartphone has stood to change the way we think about entertainment in the car, along with disrupting other things.

So how can we put mobile to work to provide the same level of entertainment in our cars as it does in our homes? Are the mapping services on our smartphones good enough to replace a dedicated GPS unit in the car? And is it even safe to be using these things while we drive?

2 years ago

iBlast Moki and ProShot are the latest Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals

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It’s another good week for Xbox Windows Phone 8 gamers with yesterday’s release of Tetris Blitz. But more games are always better, and Windows Phone 7 users need stuff to play too. So perhaps the Xbox Red Stripe Deal will do the trick. It’s a blast from the past with iBlast Moki from Godzilabs going on sale for 99 cents. iBlast Moki has only been on sale once before, way back in October 2011, so this will be many deal hunters’ first chance to get it on the cheap.

In non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals news, Anshar Studios’ popular puzzle game The Path of Kara (totally not supposed to sound like Path of Korra) is down to a buck as well. Meanwhile, Rise Up Games’ photography app ProShot lens for Windows Phone 8 is the same price. Details and Store links after the break.

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2 years ago

Photography app OneShot gets a glut of new features in 3.0, including auto-leveling and more

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OneShot, developed by Andy Stumpp, has quickly become one of our go-to apps for snapping photos on Windows Phone 8. With each update, the app becomes more user friendly, adds new features and brings new innovation.

The last time we visited this app was back one month ago when version 2.0 landed. Today, version 3.0 has gone live and if you know anything about version numbers that’s a big one.

So what’s new in 3.0? You’ll have read on to find out, but if you like taking photos, you’ll certainly want to see what’s new.

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2 years ago

Nokia Singapore announces the Lumia 1020, due October 5 with free camera grip

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia exclusive Adidas miCoach launches on Windows Phone 8

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There's already an aray of apps available on Windows Phone to help out with your fitness, but now Adidas is entering the game with its Nokia exclusive miCoach. Launching today, miCoach is an interactive personal training solution that will aid you in keeping fit, while being able to synchronise with Adidas services (micoach.adidas.com) and take advantage of Windows Phone features.

There are numerous features included, as well as some unique additions not found on other platforms. So let's jump straight in and see what all the fuss is about.

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2 years ago

Nokia’s Bluetooth accessory ‘Treasure Tag’ render gets leaked

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Nokia is expected to unveil quite a few new devices next month in UAE for what may be their final Nokia World. Whether it is the Lumia 1520 or their tablet, the rumored Lumia 2520, Nokia is sure to have a great show.

One of those items due for release will be the Bluetooth charm called ‘Treasure Tag’. The item will reportedly work with Bluetooth 4.0 LE devices and allow users to track things like keys, bags or whatever it is attached too. NFC will be on board too for quick and easy pairing. As the Verge reported earlier this summer, the device will have a button on it to ID phones that it is attached to and its battery should last 6 months while always being on.

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2 years ago

Nokia's Samuli Hänninen talks about the future of imaging and development under Microsoft

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We're already aware of Microsoft's interest in Nokia and how the two companies are looking to secure a deal for 2014, in which the former will purchase and take over Nokia's devices and services division. While this includes the Lumia line of Windows Phones, we're all eagerly awaiting to see what will happen to future products regarding branding and more, what about Nokia imaging?

Vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business, Samuli Hänninen sat down with Nokia Conversations for a Q&A on the future of photography development at the company. tl;dr version? Expect to see some positive changes.

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2 years ago

Reaper, a eye-catching RPG game for Windows Phone 8

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 shows demand by selling out at Indian retailer before official launch

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The Lumia 1020 by Nokia continues to launch around the world and soon India will be able to get its hand on the Windows Phone in stores. Until Nokia officially launches the product in the region, consumers have been able to place pre-orders at participating retailers, including Snapdeal. The retailer has now sold out of the Lumia 1020 in yellow, black and white.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Unlocked HTC 8X with 16GB for just $179

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2 years ago

Guide: The In-App Purchases of The Sims FreePlay on Windows Phone 8

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While the flow of new Xbox games for Windows Phone has slowed this year, the number of free to play games in the Xbox lineup continues to grow. These titles rely on In-App Purchases (IAPs) for revenue. Users who enjoy a game and feel motivated to purchase content can do so, while other players can simply play without spending.

We’ll be profiling the In-App Purchases of each new free to play or IAP-heavy mobile Xbox title that comes along. We’ve already looked at the IAPs of Six-Guns from Gameloft; this week we explore the purchases in Electronic Arts’ The Sims FreePlay for Windows Phone 8. Read on to learn exactly what IAPs the game has in store and which offer the best values.

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2 years ago

Canada’s Lumia 520 about to get Amber’d on Telus, Rogers and more

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If you’re up in Canada and are rocking the super cool Lumia 520, get ready as Nokia and their carrier partners are in final checks for releasing the Amber/GDR2 update.

Looking at Nokia’s support page, we can see updates for the Lumia 520 on Chatr Wireless, Koodo, PC Mobile, Rogers and Telus have all switched from ‘Waiting for approval’ to ‘Coming soon’. That means last minute preparations and the updates should flow within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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2 years ago

Beta Preview: Dark Lands, a shadowy combat game for Windows Phone

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We first mentioned Dark Lands a few months ago. It's an action/adventure game for our Windows Phone that is being developed by Mingle Games and is one of the many projects associated with the Microsoft/Nokia sponsored AppCampus.

Dark Lands is an infinity running game that also has elements of a fighting and RPG game. A battle runner game if you will.

We have been given access to the beta version of Dark Lands and it makes a very admirable first impression. Graphics are well drawn up, game play challenging, and controls nicely responsive. It's a fast paced game that should appeal to many.

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2 years ago

Climb EDM charts worldwide with FL Studio Groove for Windows 8

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Fancy yourself the next Daft Punk or Deadmau5 and you can’t wait for the Surface Music Kit to hit? Then you might want a new Windows 8 from Belgian software company Image-Line, the company behind the massively popular FL Studio. That’s right, there’s finally a Windows 8 version called FL Studio Groove that came out a few weeks ago and it just received its first update. Let’s check it out.

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