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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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2 years ago

Sprint ATIV S Neo all but confirmed for Friday release

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What started as a trickle has turned into a flood as more and more evidence is confirming a Friday, August 16th release for the much anticipated Sprint Samsung ATIV S Neo with Windows Phone 8. Earlier we had accessories begin to arrive in stores and then Samsung listed the device with full specs on their website. Now, Sprint store and Samsung reps are starting to talk about the flagship Sprint Windows Phone.

Reader of the site Michael V. went to his local Sprint store this evening and while the store employee did not know the release date, she did have an information packet on the device, as seen below. However, what is more revealing was that a Samsung representative was there (they often stop by for training and device support, like Nokia) and he was able to look up the date and confirm a Friday launch.

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2 years ago

Video Tour: Official YouTube app for Windows Phone

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Today saw the surprise (yet anticipated) reappearance of the Microsoft YouTube app for Windows Phone. This time the app evidently has the consent of Google, who took issue with some of the features in the app and had asked Microsoft to pull the original. The bold move by Microsoft though has evidently paid off—Google has finally agreed to what looks like most of Microsoft’s requests for the app.

Our readership requested a video tour of the app and since we’re here to serve, we have obliged. Granted, we’ve only had the app for less than 60 minutes, but we can show you the basic functionality and even a few changes from the previous 3.0 release.

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2 years ago

OneShot for Windows Phone updated, adds new filters and nukes bugs

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About two weeks ago we showed you guys and gals a new app for Windows Phone called OneShot. It’s a photography app that lets you take photos with real-time filters and adjust camera settings on the fly with a beautiful interface. OneShot is especially unique because it was one of the (if not the) first third-party app built using Nokia’s new Imaging SDK. The new update brings some features and improves performance. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Official YouTube app for Windows Phone 7 and 8 is back and now available

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Earlier this year, Microsoft surprise its users by releasing its own YouTube app, complete with login and advanced management features of the popular streaming service. At the time, it was thought that Microsoft had come to an agreement with Google over the app, but as it turns out that was not the case. After some back and forth between the companies, Microsoft had agreed to pull the app as they work on a new, compliant version with Google.

Today, version 3.2.0.0 of YouTube is now live on the Store for Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The new app looks a lot like the app that was pulled and even includes an upload feature for posting videos directly to the service. That should reassure customers who believe the app would be stripped of functionality (one feature that seems to be missing is downloading of videos).

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2 years ago

WhatsApp pushed out another update for Windows Phone, improves Voice Messaging again

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2 years ago

Quick Review: Terrapin faux-leather flip case for the Nokia Lumia 925

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With all the Nokia Lumia 1020 cases we’ve been highlighting recently, we figured we would spread it out a bit and focus on the Nokia Lumia 925—a phone is dire need of protection. We say that because the Lumia 925 is probably the most elegant of all the Lumias but it is also fragile. The tradeoff for the cool, smooth aluminum is a frame that can be easily dented, scuffed or chipped.

Luckily, we have no less than five case reviews for you this week on the Lumia 925 with the first being from Terrapin. Their faux-leather flip case is a sophisticated “wallet” type that offers a decent amount of protection from drops but is also nice enough to wear with your finest dress clothes.

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2 years ago

Microsoft giving early adopters of Outlook.com extra SkyDrive storage and Skype credit

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Outlook.com is currently celebrating its first year of life. Back on July 31st in 2012 it launched in preview form and quickly won over the hearts of many. So many that now it claims over 400 million users. If you were among the first to try out Outlook.com when it launched you should check your inbox for some gifts from Microsoft to show appreciation.

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