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3 years ago

Klout Perk giveaway was for a Samsung Focus

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The other day we posted about Klout, the online rating system for individuals, and how they were giving away five-hundred Windows Phones as part of a promotion. The first 100 were for folks who resided in New York City, had a Klout score of 55 or higher (which is pretty high) and were leading in the topic of Technology.

Obviously the idea is to get a Windows Phone in the hands of technology "influencers", those that command a large following on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social networks. They get a phone, perhaps they'll talk about it and bam, you generate buzz. A not too dissimilar approach to getting it into celeb hands, like what Brandon Watson was doing awhile back.

Anyways, the first phones shipped and what everyone was wondering is which device would folks get? Basically Gen 1 or brand-spanking Gen 2 Windows Phones? Turns out, it was Gen 1 and specifically the Samsung Focus, which seems to be Microsoft's work-horse phone for media and contests (not a bad choice). But hey, if you feel bad about not qualifying, perhaps this will lessen the sting a bit. Look for the other 400 to be given out for other cities soon.

Video unboxing after the break. Thanks, Mark G., for the link!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 available from 16th onwards depending on colour

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We've been in touch with Three UK after they announced stocking the Nokia Lumia 800. While the 16th has been announced as the date when the handset will be made available, it's interesting to note that (on Three UK at least) the carrier is only stocking the Cyan and Black colours of the 800 and the dates of availability seem to differ between the choice of colour: 

  • Black Nokia 800 - 16th November
  • Cyan Nokia 800 - 28th November

Quite a large gap, we must say. Have you ordered the Nokia 800 and noticed a delivery delay elsewhere?

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3 years ago

31 Days of Mango [Developers]

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31 Days of Mango [Developers]

For the devs out there who are interested in picking up some new tips or tricks, you'll want to check out Jeff Blankenburg's new project "31 Days of Mango" where he'll be ..."publishing a detailed tutorial on Windows Phone development each day this month, specifically focusing on the new additions that were introduced with the Mango update."

Sounds like a great crash course for those both new and experienced, so you'll want to bookmark and check back every day.

Source: Blankenblog; via @BrandonWatson

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...

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From the WPCentral Forums...

This week in the forums it's all about the hardware. The Windows Phone Central “Nokia Lumia forums” are up and running so come join the conversation and pick up all the need to know info on Nokia’s new devices. We are also talking about the new hardware headed to AT&T. Get in the conversation in our “Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash Forums”. It looks like these two devices are launching this Sunday on the 6th. We have all the talk on the new windows devices plus we're discussing what might be coming down the road in our sub-forum "Upcoming & Rumored Devices". Do you know some hot new info? Let us know!

Forum member olly666 can’t make up his mind do you think you can convince him to get a Windows Phone? He need s your help come give him your opinion in this thread. And d03jke wants to know "How often do you change the theme on your device?"

Don't forget to come visit our developers only Applications and Games Spotlight forums. Check out all the free apps our developers are posting up for your enjoyment. Here are some examples posted this week:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

Just remember to get registered!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 deal on T-Mobile UK

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Nokia Lumia 800 deal on T-Mobile UK

Attention fellow Brits, there's a pretty neat deal that's ongoing with the Nokia Lumia 800 on T-Mobile. You can get the Windows Phone Mango handset for nothing at all, tied to a 24 month contract at £25.54, not bad. What's more is you can get £40 automatic cash back, which brings down the total monthly charge to £23.87 a month.

Source: BuyMobilePhones.net, thanks Ian for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia and Spectrum Interactive offer free WiFi in London

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Heading out to London? Sick of some dead spots caused by the high rise buildings? Nokia is hoping to change this by offering free WiFi for everyone across the capital. 26 hotspots will be made available starting today. Spectrum Interactive is teaming up with the handset manufacturer to offer this free service until December, with speeds being capped at a reasonable 1Mbps download and 500Kbps upload. The beauty of this service is there's no requirement to login, simply accept the T&Cs and you're good to go.

I bet you're wandering what parts of the big smoke will be getting this access? The 26 hotspots can be found in the following areas: Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, Westminster, Sloane Square, Victoria, and Marylebone (the hotspots will be shown on Nokia Maps). All locations fairly well known and touristy. Nokia is looking to take this move further across cities around the world, a bold move. A Nokia spokesperson told journalists this morning:

"It’s something we want to see, how will this be taken up, how will it be used. We’ll look at how we can take those opportunities to other cities in the world... it’s really looking at how we bring all that together."

Where would you like to see free WiFi?

Via: ElectricPig

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3 years ago

Nokia Arch launched at Westfield Stratford

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A brand new Westfield has opened its doors in Stratford and has become the busiest shopping centre in the UK since opening in September this year. The centre is situated next to the London 2012 Olympic park, as well as Stratford International, a connection for the Eurostar. Using this potential stream of traffic (both local and from abroad), Nokia have set up their "Nokia Arch" at Westfield to show off the new Lumia 800 running Windows Phone.

This Arch was also used at Nokia World (as seen below) and proved to be an interesting concept. As well as the innovative arch itself, seating and more demo tables will be available with the Nokia team at hand to provide walkthroughs and to answer any questions that may arise.

Mark Dence, Head of Nokia Branded Retail UK, had the following to say about the unveiling:

"The Nokia Arch at Stratford will provide thousands of customers with a unique opportunity to enjoy the full experience of the Nokia Lumia 800. It’s a fun and chilled retail environment where our expert team will help customers get the most out of their new phone."

We'll head on down tomorrow to have a quick look and see what's what.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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3 years ago

No more Dolby Digital Plus for the Lumia 800

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We're not entirely sure what's going on at Nokia HQ, but whoever has populated the specification sheet on the website is probably being heavily spanked as we speak. We recently covered how the specifications for the Nokia Lumia 800 were updated on the official product page to remove TV Out and Mass Storage capabilities.

We now have word, courtesy of 1800PocketPC, that there's another fault in the Lumia 800 specifications. Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Headphones. The product page has been updated recently to remove these entries, but they can still be viewed on a cached version of the page (alternatively, search for "http://www.nokia.co.uk/gb-en/products/phone/lumia800/specifications/" on Bing, highlight top result and click on "Cached Page"), thanks to Bing. You can find the Dolby audio features under Music & Audio.

So, what's next to go?

Source: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

AT&T Venue Pro joins the Focus 1.4 in testing phase

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Not the best news in the world for AT&T Dell Venue Pro owners but it's a start. Microsoft has updated its "Where's my Phone Update?" page and it indicates the Mango update for the Dell Venue Pro has joined the Focus 1.4 by entering the testing phase.

There is no telling how long it will take for testing to be completed. It is solely dependent on AT&T but we can only hope the testing moves to scheduling sooner than later. Once in the scheduling phase, the update should be pushed out within ten days.

via: wmpu

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3 years ago

Nokia Ace shown on screen at the Design Museum or more unicorns?

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Could the device we see on screen in the above photo be the "Nokia Ace", or are we still beating a dead horse? The look certainly is familiar, it's good to see the Lumia 800 and N9 taking place at the Design Museum though. Two smartphones that really paved the path to great hardware.

But in honesty, it's probably just a generic render for Nokia and not the "Ace".

Source: Facebook, thanks Edward for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Radar available for purchase in India

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The HTC Radar, recently launched in India along with the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, is now available to order online at both Flipkart and LetsBuy. The second generation Mango handset will set the buyer back by Rs. 23,990 ($500). The handset sports a 3.8 screen with a 1Ghz processor.

See earlier coverage of the Radar for more information.

Source: Flipkart, LetsBuy, thanks Rohit for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Crazy Casino - Review

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Crazy Casino - Review

The developers of Mars Runner has released Crazy Casino over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Crazy Casino is a collection of slot and video poker games that become unlocked as you progress through the game an win more coins and tickets.

Tickets are earned as you play to unlock additional slot machines and the more coins you win, the further you progress in reputation or gambler status. There are two video poker games and three slot games.

To read more on Crazy Casino, slip on past the break.

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3 years ago

Nasty Nutz - Mango App Spotlight

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Nasty Nutz - Mango App Spotlight

Nasty Nutz is a jumper styled game for your Windows Phone that has you battling mutated hazelnuts from outer space. The mutated nuts are infecting squirrels and you play the role of the only squirrel immune to the nasty nut infection.

There are twenty levels to the game and your job is to devour the invading hazelnuts. You don't wait for the nuts to come to you, you jump up the screen taking the fight to them. You start by tapping the screen for that initial jump and as you take out a nut, you jump higher. You jump from nut to nut, climbing the screen until you take out your quota of nuts (listed on the side of the screen.

You guide your jumps by tilting the phone left or right. If you miss a nut and start to fall, you can tap the screen for a power jump to give you a fighting chance to reach a nut and continue your journey.  You advance to the next level by taking out a set number of nuts which is indicated to the right of the game screen.  Just below this number is your power jump energy bar.  The more power, the higher your power jump.

Nasty Nutz has an online leaderboard, a bonus level and the "Zombuoulette" mini game. Game play was nice but it took a while to pick up the power jumps and timing to have a decent chance of moving up the levels.  Until you get the hang of things, Nasty Nutz can be frustrating as well as challenging.  It almost comes across as too hard until you get the hang of things.  Then again, I've never been that good at jumper games.

All in all, Nasty Nutz is a fast paced game that is worth a try. There is a free trial available for Nasty Nutz and the full version will run you $.99. Remember, it is a Mango App so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.

You can find Nasty Nutz here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia Maps coming to all Windows Phone devices in coming weeks

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According to ZDNet's Matthew Miller, who we had the pleasure of paling around with last week, Nokia is planning on releasing Nokia Maps for free to all Windows Phone devices "in the next couple of weeks". That's some pretty exciting news and answers the question about what it means for Nokia and Microsoft to exchange services and how it affects us, the consumer.

Now, before you get too excited, we need to clarify that this is not Nokia Drive. Drive is their full-GPS turn-by-turn navigation app that includes voice-guidance and offline maps (see above pic). That bad boy is only reserved for Nokia Windows Phones and and is a completely free service. Nokia Maps, on the other hands, is more like Bing. That's not to say it's useless as our friends in Europe and non-Bing friendly regions will be able to attest. This app should go a long way in making looking for points of interest and local directions a lot easier. Other features in Nokia Maps that we can expect:

  • Local POI details (provides you location, phone number, reviews, and photos of up to 25 locations in your vicinity)
  • Deep link support (you can pin destinations to the Start screen)
  • Detailed maps in satellite, 2D, and 3D views

Sounds good. No word on Nokia Music making the same jump, however. But between Drive and Music, Nokia is launching with some fairly solid services out the gate.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi getting Windows Phone 7 [Hack]

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We know for a fact that Microsoft was using the Toshiba TG-01 aka Tsunagi as a developer device for Windows Phone 7. Heck, we even have one of the rare birds in possession (see above). The device was ahead of its time when released over two years ago, sporting an ultra thin body, large LCD screen and a 1GHz CPU. But fast forward to 2011 and it's quite the clunker.

Now over at XDA, developer Nokser has been successful in porting WP7 to that device for those who only have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. We say successful, but it is full of caveats and lots of early bugs, so this is more a proof-of-concept than a ready-to-install for the masses release. Still, it's a big step in the right direction, even if WP7 is pretty awful on it due to the Tsunagi's resistive touch screen.

Some drawbacks, should all two of you be interested are: no camera, potentially very low memory, poor reception, inability to zoom in on maps and photos, etc. These issues are expected to be fixed, so we'll see where all of this goes soon.

Source: XDA (thread); Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H, for the tip!

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