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2 years ago

Microsoft Store's Windows Phone app updated, brings a handful of new features like side-by-side product comparison

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When it comes to consumer electronics and the retail space, Apple does a pretty good job dominating the spotlight. That’s not to say that Microsoft with isn’t doing a good job with the Microsoft Store, there just isn’t as many out there yet. Which is a shame, because if you’re lucky enough to be near a Microsoft Store you know how the experience of buying a PC is leaps and bounds better than elsewhere. The stores offer knowledgeable salespeople, quality hardware with no crapware, and some solid deals throughout the year.

Thankfully, you can take advantage of those deals and hardware online through the Microsoft Store. Or through the mobile app on Windows Phone, which just got updated today. Let’s check out what’s new.

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2 years ago

Review: Sony VAIO Pro 11 - elegance in Ultrabook form

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2 years ago

Microsoft reveals retail packaging and pricing for Windows 8.1

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Didn’t you hear? Windows 8.1 is coming to consumers on October 18th, which is about one month away. Of course if you’re a developer with MSDN or TechNet subscription you’re probably already on it. It’s a pretty big deal, Windows 8.1 improves on the foundation laid by Windows 8 last year. Improvements are both technical and functional for end users.

It will be a free download for anyone on Windows 8. But some consumers will be picking up their installs via discs and so Microsoft has just released the packaging and pricing. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Unlocked Samsung ATIV S for just $259.99

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Are you one of those who always ask about the availability of a Windows Phone 7.x version of a particular app? One quick way to stop worrying about whether or not an app works is to make the jump to Windows Phone 8. There are inexpensive paths like the Nokia Lumia 520. But if you’re yearning for a device with slightly higher specs you might want to take advantage of the following deal for the Samsung ATIV S.

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2 years ago

Rogers puts Nokia Lumia 1020 up for pre-order, offers free camera grip too

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Those folks who are up in Canada have good reason to rejoice as Rogers has finally put the Nokia Lumia 1020 up for pre-order. Customers can now head to the Rogers website and start the process through their online reservation system (good for new lines or upgrades).

What’s more, if you pre-order by October 3rd you can nab yourself the awesome camera grip. The PD-95G from Nokia adds an extra 1000 mAh of battery power, better shutter button and a tripod mount making it the perfect accessory for dedicated-shooting days.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone picks up all nine FIPS 140-2 certifications, clears path for government customers

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2 years ago

Music jam game SongArc finishes hugely successful beta, due to launch this month

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SongArc is a forthcoming rhythm game for Windows Phone users that we think could be a huge hit. We’ve covered the game in the past, even giving you a sneak peek of the gameplay. Think of Guitar Hero but tailored for Windows Phone and you’d be on the right track. By picking music from your library, you can load up sheets to enable a fast paced rhythm matching game, perfect for playing anytime.

It’s creative, it has a community aspect and it’s darn fun.

The last time we wrote about SongArc, it was just kicking off its beta program. That was nearly one month ago and over 450 of you managed to get in on that action. The game has now wrapped up its beta and it’s starting down the trek of getting certified in the Store (and AppCampus approval).

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2 years ago

Shell Brazil chooses Windows Phone to fuel its entire distributor sales team

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2 years ago

Make your photo the first thing you see with Lockscreen Lens

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Have you ever taken a picture with your Windows Phone and thought it would make a great lockscreen wallpaper?

Lockscreen Lens is a Windows Phone 8 lockscreen app that lets you snap a photo, edit it and set it as your lockscreen wallpaper in just a few easy steps. Lockscreen Lens has Lens support to make it easily accessible from your Windows Phone camera app and overall, the photography app makes an appealing first impression.

If you are looking for a simple way to convert your photos into lockscreen images, Lockscreen Lens isn't a bad option and well worth a try.

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2 years ago

Microsoft takes out ad affirming Nokia acquisition, removes logo from the Lumia 520

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2 years ago

Liquid Daffodil releases piehole, an app that provides you with random Vines

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Liquid Daffodil is best known for their incredibly random, but useful Windows Phone apps (let's not get started on branding). The developer has got in touch with us to reveal numerous new apps that are well on the way to the Windows Phone Store. One of these apps is called piehole, a unique app that enables you to enjoy random Vines submitted by the community.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 available to pre-order at Telecom New Zealand for September 26 release

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Telecom New Zealand looks to be the first mobile carrier on the island nation to be taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1020. Despite earlier rumors that the Lumia 1020 would be priced at $1299 outright, it will in fact only run you $1149. You can also opt for different contract lengths to knock the upfront cost down to as low as $149.

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2 years ago

Talk Mobile Daily Hangout (Replay): Photography, Business, Music and more

2 years ago

Windows Phone maintains second position in India for third consecutive quarter

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According to the IDC, Microsoft is still doing well in one of the largest and most important emerging markets, India. Latest figures have Windows Phone at a 5.4% market share, giving Microsoft’s mobile OS a ranking of second most popular OS in that country, ahead of the iPhone and BlackBerry.

This will be the third-consecutive quarter that Windows Phone has held that position in India, meaning this is not a variance.

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2 years ago

Nokia to hold event on October 22nd to "reinvent innovation"; expect the Lumia 1520

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Nokia never ceases to innovate. That's the mind-set for the majority of it customers and also the company, who has taken to Twitter to unveil an event happening on October 22nd.

What makes this date so special? Nokia cancelled a New York event for this month, which was to announce the Lumia 1520, a 6-inch Windows Phone and also a Windows 8 RT Tablet. There's not much to go on regarding location, but there are some subtle hints in the image, we're sure.

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