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2 years ago

Dump your old iPad at the Microsoft Store and get at least $200 towards your next Surface

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Nothing like a deal to put us in a good mood. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft is planning to update its Surface line of products in a few short weeks. We’re expecting to see the Surface 2, follow up to last year’s Surface RT and the Surface Pro 2, which is the Haswell refresh of the Surface Pro. Those devices should be announced and available around the launch of Windows 8.1 on October 18th. But below you’re going to read about how you can turn in your old iPad to get at least $200 towards that new Surface.

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2 years ago

Microsoft snaps up Xbone.com, giving into the Xbox One nickname it despises

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Microsoft has added Xbone.com to the list of domain names it owns for its next generation console. The name Xbox One was quickly shortened to "Xbone," which Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) has disapproved of in the public domain. It's also one that has split the Xbox following into two groups: those who are okay with the name (or don't particularly care) and those who find it rather tedious.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1520 will have a 3400 mAh battery; Nokia tablet due on AT&T “early November”

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Nokia is reportedly preparing to launch the massive 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 this fall and Windows Phone Central can now bring you a little more information about the device.

Yesterday, EvLeaks claimed that the Lumia 1520 will “launch” on September 26th, though we understand that to be incorrect. The device is still planned to be announced on this date but it won’t launch until early November on AT&T. That makes much more sense as GDR3 is still being finalized and GDR2 hasn’t even finished rolling out yet.

As reported earlier, the phone will feature a 20 MP PureView camera (dual shot: 16 MP + 5 MP), Snapdragon 800 CPU, 32 GB of internal storage (microSD on the side for expansion) and a stellar 1080P HD display.

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2 years ago

O2 UK and Telus begin Lumia 620 Amber update, also available on Navifirm for some

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Good news for those with the super adorable Nokia Lumia 620 on O2 in the UK as we’re getting reports that the Lumia Amber update with the GDR2 OS is now rolling out. Likewise, two nights ago we teased that the Telus update was coming and it too is now live (Koodo is still pending approval).

Featuring the Glance screen, SMS and call filtering, camera fixes, flip to silence and more, the Amber update along with Microsoft GDR2 OS refresh should make the already fun Lumia 620 even better.

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2 years ago

Guide: The In-App Purchases of Six-Guns on Windows Phone 8

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Gameloft’s latest Xbox Windows Phone release Six-Guns is a free to play game. Of course it must be monetized somehow – in this case via In-App Purchases (IAPs). Six-Guns actually offers a wider variety of things to buy than many free games, which can be confusing (or off-putting) to new players.

We’ve spent ample time with the game as we prepare for our upcoming review. And we’ve also spent a little cash in order to put those IAPs through their paces. Read on to learn how to which premium purchases might be worth your coin, plus some encouraging news about cloud saves.

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2 years ago

Nokia teases a Friday the 13th “surprise” for us tomorrow

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2 years ago

Germany: Get your hands on the Lumia 1020 with 64GB today

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2 years ago

Jongla launches for Windows Phone 8, free messaging app aimed for youth market

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2 years ago

Lumia 1020 on Phones4U with free camera pack; 64 GB version headed to Brazil in October

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It’s been a busy day for the Nokia Lumia 1020 as that device’s global rollout is now kicking off. Earlier today, Nokia announced the device’s availability for the UK at the end of September and now the third party retailers are climbing over each other to offer the best deal.

Phones4U joins Clove UK in bringing the 32 GB version of the 41 MP Lumia 1020 to the UK this month. The Phones4U deal though is especially enticing as the device will be free on some limited contracts for EE, Vodafone and Orange. In addition, when you preorder from Phones4U, you will get £295 worth of “bonus” features including a camera accessory pack, a 6 months Netflix subscription, and a free wireless speaker. The phone ships on September 25.

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2 years ago

Outlook.com announces support for IMAP email and new partnerships

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The Outlook.com team is doing another Reddit ‘Ask me anything’ (AMA) and one of the top questions was regarding IMAP support. In a clever announcement, the team notified the person asking the question that Outlook now supports the popular email protocol and even provided the settings.

Many potential customers have wanted to switch to Outlook.com from the likes of Gmail and other services, but the lack of IMAP support was hindering their transition. This was especially true for those who used Mac Mail and Thunderbird on a Mac.

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2 years ago

Official IRCTC app available for Windows Phone, allows you to book travel on Indian Railways

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2 years ago

BulletAsylum and Navigon GPS are this week's Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals

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Last week’s Xbox Red Stripe Deal knocked it out of the park by offering Modern Combat 4 – a game that had never been on sale before – at a significant discount. But we can’t expect a new game to go on sale every week… Not if we don’t want our hearts broken. The latest discounted Xbox Windows Phone game has been on sale twice before, most recently in June. Yep, UberGeekGames’ BulletAsylum is 99 cents once again. We’ll try to contain our enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, the non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals are actually a lot more exciting. Indie Minecraft clone Discovery from Noowanda (?) is only 99 cents, which should please the construction crowd. And all three versions of Garmin’s GPS app Navigon (USA, Europe, and Australia) are half off as well. Descriptions and Store links after the break.

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2 years ago

Developer edition Lumia 920 with leaked GDR3 up for sale on eBay

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The lucky owner who purchased the Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and the new Bittersweet shimmer firmware from Nokia, has put the device up for grabs on eBay.

It was just over the weekend that forum member xs2k posted in the Windows Phone Central Forums screenshots of the next version of Windows Phone 8, expected in November. Featuring Driving Mode, ‘X’ to close out apps, screen rotation lock and enhanced Bluetooth, GDR3 will also allow for new 1080P resolutions and advanced Qualcomm chipset support.

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2 years ago

Huawei: We’re still going to make devices running Windows Phone

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It’s hard to believe it was a little over a week ago that Microsoft announced plans to buy Nokia’s devices and services unit for a cool $7.2 billion. Such a move easily triggered fears that other OEMs might not look so favorably at the deal and their enthusiasm for Windows Phone would wane. Not that many OEMs put anywhere near as much effort as Nokia, but that’s for another day. Either way, don’t worry about Huawei who has gone on record stating their support for Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Inventory, spreadsheets, and transactions: A business in your pocket - Talk Mobile

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It used to be that the Dells, ThinkPads, and BlackBerries ruled the business world, and your average road warrior carried a business-issued tablet and smartphone to get things done. Today, things are looking different. Not only have Windows Phone, Android, and iOS smartphones found their place in the boardroom, on the factory floor, in the cubicles, and out in the field, they're more capable and more connected than ever.

Does all of that mean that mobile can be better for business? Is having a smartphone or a tablet all the computing power you need to start and run a business, or do you need a laptop or desktop computer to do serious business work?

With mobile can we finally move to a cashless society? And can we do all of our business things like inventory management, document editing, spreadsheet data entry, and everything else on a mobile device, or is it just too much of a pain?

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