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2 years ago

What we’ve got here is a failure to stream - Talk Mobile

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Our media lives in a world of clouds, and those clouds have to be frustrating and secure. Who's gonna do it? You? You, media consumer? I have greater obstinance than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your MP3 and you curse the studios. You have that luxury.

You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your your music, while delightful, doesn’t belong to you. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, could be improved. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't want to talk about at parties, you know I'm blocking that cloud. We use words like copyright, streaming, licensing. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something broken. You use them as a rallying cry.

I have neither the foresight nor the inclination to explain myself to one who listens and watches from the cloud the very media that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said 'thank you', and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you build your own cloud and stream yourself. Either way, I clearly don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

*ahem*

Media in the cloud is broken. It's hampered by bandwidth, protectionist contracts, and entrenched short-sighted interests. How do we overhaul the system and get to a bright future of online media?

2 years ago

Microsoft wants to help you go green with your PC - launches new website

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2 years ago

Lumia Pusher gets pulled but NOKIA COLLECTION takes the baton to keep your apps up-to-date

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Nokia Windows Phone owners will have used Lumia Pusher in the past to see if the plethora of apps and system apps installed require updating. The app has unfortunately been pulled for some reason, but fear not as another developer has picked up the baton and launched NOKIA COLLECTION.

The new app shares similar functionality to Lumia Pusher in that you can hit multiple entries to be beamed to the store. It's a solid replacement.

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2 years ago

Nokia pushes out small updates for HERE Drive+ and Maps

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Although it may be the slow weeks of August, Nokia is not braking at all in keeping their Collection up to date. Today, they have pushed out updates for their HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps, giving users some satisfaction in knowing where they are (and going).

First up is HERE Drive+ which is bumped to version 3.0.4121.0 and brings some “bug fixes and stability improvement” aka the usual tidying up.  We’ve had some performance issues when using the app in New York City, so we’ll be curious if it has improved at all with this update, though the changes could be small.

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2 years ago

Official: Windows 8.1 to be released on October 17th

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2 years ago

Service Announcement: Outlook and SkyDrive experiencing downtime for some

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2 years ago

Nokia unlocks Video Trimmer with GDR2 for Lumia 92x series of Windows Phones

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Nokia's Video Trimmer app enables you to trim and easily edit videos recorded on your Lumia Windows Phone. Launched alongside the Lumia 1020, Video Trimmer was previously unavailable on hardware other than the latest flagship Windows Phone. This has since changed as it's now possible to download Video Trimmer if you're running GDR2 and rocking a Lumia 920 or above. 

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2 years ago

Sprint finally announces Samsung ATIV S Neo for Friday, August 16th at $149.99

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There has been plenty of information that we presented recently leading up to August 16th as the release date for Sprint and the ATIV S Neo. Now the CDMA carrier has come forth with an official announcement on the device and have confirmed that date.

According to the press statement, the Samsung ATIV S Neo will go on sale Friday, Aug. 16, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, for $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card, confirming what we reported earlier.

The rest of the specifications are also in line with what we previously reported, including a dual core 1.4GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (and up to 64GB expandable), a 4.8-inch TFT LCD display (1280x720) and a removable 2000 mAh battery.

Full press release below…

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2 years ago

Forbes: Nokia positioned to own the low-end smartphone market against Samsung, HTC, Blackberry and Apple

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So far the Nokia Lumia 520 has been a sleeper hit. It’s the cheapest Windows Phone to date and it is constantly topping charts for in emerging markets. It seems we hear stories weekly on how the device is selling well in market after market. Here in the United States it’s available for AT&T as a GoPhone and T-Mobile sells a variant called the Lumia 521.

So how’s it going to fare against further attacks in the low-end smartphone market against competitors like Samsung and Apple?

Over at Forbes, Tero Kuittinen outlines a brinkmanship scenario where Nokia comes out on top. Don’t worry, I wasn’t familiar with the term either. Brinkmanship is the situation where you push dangerous events to the verge of disaster in the hopes that your opponents will have to make concessions and/or back down. In this case, Nokia is in a position to own the low-end smartphone market because companies like HTC, Blackberry, and Apple won’t be able to make appealing devices at low prices.

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2 years ago

Pepper for Windows Phone receives massive update, further bringing music to life

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Pepper is a popular Windows Phone app here in the UK (www.pepper.so). The service is essentially a music social network that helps you check out live events and gigs across the country with friends you know and share interests with. Venues and events are listed with times, artists and other details that make it that much easier to get down and enjoy local music.

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2 years ago

O2 UK unveils 4G LTE plans, kicking everything off later this month

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O2 has unveiled more details on its 4G LTE pricing. The company announced earlier this month that 4G will be launching at the end of August, and while some hints to pricing were provided, today we've got some idea as to how much you'll be looking to fork out each month to take advantage of the increased data speeds. Starting at £26 for SIM-only plans and £32 a month with a 4G handset, O2 is clearly looking to compete with EE.

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2 years ago

Phox for Windows Phone, easily add effects filters to your photos

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Phox is a Windows Phone photography app that offers an easy way to add creative effects filters and frames to your pictures. The app does have a respectable selection of filters and frames along with the ability to save your edited image at three different sizes.

But the user interface needs a little fine tuning and the ability to stack filters is a little confusing. Still, none of these issues are devistating and Phox has potential.  Phox isn't a bad app to have in your Windows Phone photo app library and worth a try.

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2 years ago

Nokia launches the Lumia 625 Windows Phone in the UK, available August 28

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2 years ago

Flight Factory for Windows Phone gets updated, adds even more flight details

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Back in late May we showed you guys an app called Flight Factory for Windows Phone. It pulls data from FlightStats, one of the largest, most accurate, and up-to-date supplier of flight information. It takes that data and puts it into a beautiful app for Windows Phone. The latest update improves on already great foundation. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Tide for Windows Phone is a beautiful way to view the surf forecast for your favorite beach

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Way back in December of last year Microsoft and design blog Core77 teamed up for the second time to launch another design contest. It was called App to the Future. The goal was to produce app designs for Windows Phone and eventually pair those designs with developers. Winners were announced in March and ever since we’ve been waiting to see those app designs come to fruition. One of those winners, Tide, is now available for download. Let’s check it out.

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