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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 to be revealed tomorrow

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Our good friends over at WinRumors have received some juicy, exclusive captures from a reader of the Nokia Lumia 710 (Sabre) and 800 (SeaRay). We're expecting these two devices to be announced tomorrow at Nokia World, and we're excited to see how the devices feel in the hand. The 800 is obviously taking the look from the N9, which is by no means a flaw. 

We're going to be amidst the action tomorrow so stay tuned for video coverage of hands on and more details. Check out the Lumia 710 below, it's great to see Nokia pumping out alternative designs and we'll have yet another white Windows Phone to choose from, but there's no SD card slot available for additional storage.

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Nokia 900 specs leaked?

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Nokia 900 specs leaked?

The Nokia Blog has posted the specs of the Nokia 900, one of the new handsets expected to be unveiled tomorrow at Nokia World in London.  The 900, looks to be the "Nokia Ace," sporting the same size screen and specs that were previously reported:

  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • 1.4GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB inbuilt memory
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1800 mAh battery

It's interesting to see that both 16GB and 32GB models seem to be available, offering hi performance at a couple of different price points.  In addition to what's on the leaked spec sheet, we also heard that the 900 has an 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and HSPA+ support for AT&T/T-Mobile.  The "Ace" will be the flagship phone of Nokia's new fleet, and with specs like this, it's no wonder.

UPDATE: There have been some questions raised as to whether this is a fake, based on Project #3 here.  Having compared the pics on that site with the one from the pamphlet above, and the one below that we left out of the original article, it just might be.  And of course, this is always one of the risks with reporting "leaks."  What say you, real or fake?

Source: TheNokiaBlog (Thanks for the tip, Brianna!)

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3 years ago

Sprint hits in hurdle AT&T/T-Mo merger lawsuit

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Sprint has hit a snag in their civil suit to prevent the merger of rivals AT&T and T-Mobile on the grounds that such a deal would kill competition, stifle innovation and result in higher prices for consumers .  A US District judge has denied Sprint's request to obtain internal AT&T documents, which are a vital part of the discovery phase of the lawsuit.  While Judge Ellen Huvelle stopped short of AT&T's request of dismissing the case, it dealt a huge blow to Sprint's hopes of suing the merger away. 

Explaining the decision, Huvelle said that Sprint does not "stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice," and therefore, access to internal documents would not be "efficient or fair."  The Department of Justice is also suing to prevent the merger and may stand a better chance of obtaining the information that Sprint is after.  Judge Huvelle is presiding over both cases and still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to dismiss them all together.

Source: Reuters; Via: Electronista

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3 years ago

Nokia not to hit US with Windows Phones until 2012?

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According to a report over at AdAge, Nokia is set to skip the U.S. and focus solely on Europe for the 2011 holiday season. We expect to see what the manufacturer has to offer consumers tomorrow with the unveiling of the Nokia 800 (Sea Ray), among possible other handsets. The above chart shows the amount of advertising investment manufacturers have made in the U.S.

We covered Nokia's plans a while ago where targeting Europe for 2011, early 2012, with their first handset is top priority. We suspect the U.S. will come soon after when volume rolls out with Russia being covered too. This is a logical plan of action with Windows Phone being the last life line for the manufacturer. Time to get the device and marketing perfect for one audience before targeting another.

Source: AdAge, via: DailyTech  Thanks goes out to Lesley for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone is sexy and you know it [Video]

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3 years ago

More photos of the Nokia 800

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More photos of the Nokia 800

The Nokia 800 (codename SeaRay) has been in the news recently with press shots being released, secret teaser advertising on TV, and being listed elsewhere. We're expecting to see this handset be officially announced at Nokia World tomorrow, and we'll be at the forefront of the action so be sure to tune in to WPCentral for the latest gossip/news.

With the secret advertising witnessed on some channels, we can see that Nokia is going to have a field time promoting this phone with the £80 million they're set to spend in the UK alone. The N9 is a beautiful design so it's going to shine with Windows Phone installed.

Source: The Next Web, via: LiveSide

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3 years ago

Kik updated to Mango version 2.0 and brings speed

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Inner Circle is heading to a city near you

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We made mention of the Windows Phone night parties some time ago. In a nutshell, these parties are meet and greet type events to introduce the second generation Windows Phones. The downside to these events is that they only involved a handful of U.S. cities.

Enter the Windows Phone Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle events add 15 more U.S. cities for a casual encounter with the new Windows Phones.  An event to let you "get into the loop before the loop even starts". Prizes, a chance to win a new Windows Phone, appetizers and cocktails are all on the agenda for the Inner Circle gatherings.

The Inner Circle tour begins on October 28, 2011 in Los Angeles and ends on November 21, 2011 in Seattle. The city list appears to be spread out fairly decent (still no Birmingham on the list!) giving more Windows Phone fans a chance to spend some hands on time with these new phone.

Registration is required and you can find the full list of the dates and locations for the Windows Phone Inner Circle events over here at the Inner Circle web page.

via: WindowsTeamBlog

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3 years ago

Content Shield - Mango App Spotlight

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Content Shield - Mango App Spotlight

We shared a preview of the Windows Phone Mango app Content Shield the earlier this month and now the utility app is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Content Shield is a multi-purpose utility for your Windows Phone that covers four areas.  Each of which can be password protected within the Settings Menu.

Passwords: Here you can store all your passwords and generate new ones. Live tile support will show the last time your passwords were accessed.

Task manager: Content Shield has a task manager/to-do list generator. Live tile support will show the number of incomplete tasks.

Jokes: What's a utility without a sense of humor? Here you can store your own jokes or download them from a Twitter feed. The feed is updated daily and if you're feeling giddy, you can submit your joke to be included in the feed. There is no live tile support for the Jokes section.

My Shopping: Last but not least you have a shopping list generator and storage area. The shopping lists range from grocery lists, wish lists, and gifts for friends/family events (Christmas, birthday, anniversary, etc.). You can also the ability to compare prices on items from your lists via Ciao from Bing. Live tile support will display the number of items currently in your shopping basket.

Content Shield is an interesting utility app for your Windows Phone with a little bit of something for everyone. There are a few quirks but not enough to detract from a nice Windows Phone app. For example, in comparing prices of apples you get price comparisons for Apple iPhones. Not sure if this is a case where the search criteria doesn't specify that your looking for fruit or Ciao not picking up the differences.

It is a free, ad-supported application and you can download Content Shield version 1.0 here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC Radar 4G on TMobile for $99 on Contract coming 2nd November

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TMobile has announced plans to release their 4G HTC Radar for $99 on contract on November 2nd. The handset comes with free shipping and packs some impressive specifications. If that isn't enough, it will pack HTC Watch and T-Mobile TV for TV and movies on the go. For a quick reminder of the insides:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8GB storage
  • 5MP camera with F2.2 lens (FF camera)
  • Windows Phone Mango

Source: TMobile Shop, via: @TMobile

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3 years ago

Develop apps with native Mango code [Homebrew]

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Heathcliff74, a member over at the XDA Developers forum, has published an in-depth tutorial for developers who may wish to improve homebrew apps using native Mango code. It's a step-by-step guide that will enable homebrew apps take full advantage of native Mango code and APIs.

While this tutorial has been available since October 11th, it's worth mentioning after the release of the homebrew screen capture utility. Note that this isn't a tutorial for building homebrew executables, but how to utilise native code DLLs from within the Silverlight app.

Source: XDA Developers forum, via: Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

HTC Ultimate gets a Brazilian full-page ad

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Now that the HTC Ultimate is available in Brazil, people need to know about it.  That's where this full-page ad in Brazil's Veja magazine comes in.  Veja is a weekly publication that tackles culture, politics, economics and entertainment.  According to Wikipedia, "it is the leading weekly publication in the country, and one of the most influential outlets of the Brazilian press."  

It looks like the folks at Microsoft and HTC have made good on their promise to start marketing WP7 around the world.  Both HTC and Samsung, with help from Microsoft, have committed more money to advertising in order to push the new features of Mango and hopefully jump to #3 in the smartphone operating system race.

Source: Veja; Via: @RodoCarmo (Thanks for the tip, Rodolpho!)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone homebrew folders demoed [Video]

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We previously looked at the upcoming homebrew hack for folder tiles on the homescreen. Today, Windows Phone Hacker has published a video demonstrating what we should expect to see from the hack, which will require a developer unlocked handset.

While the app needs to be polished and optimized, the demand for such a feature has proved to be apparent so the team will work on the tweaks and look to release the app soon. They also note that more features are already planned for future updates. Keep an eye out for more updates here when the app is released. Should you be a fan of the folders concept by WPCentral member Sebastien "ArtSooby" Bruneau, then this will be right up your street.

Source: Windows Phone Hacker

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3 years ago

HTC and Windows Phone at Paris Games Week

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HTC and Windows Phone has invaded the Paris Games Week, setting up a booth alongside Microsoft's Age of Empires Online. HTC has proved effective with improving their advertising efforts across Europe both online and in newspapers and stores. 

HTC also ran a contest with players battling against one another for a winning prize. Whoever achieved the highest score in Fruit Ninja walked away with a brand new Titan. Looking at the image below, it's good to see interest in the platform. Perfect placement being opposite Halo.

Source: MonoWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

IM+ v1.8 with Mango multitasking support now available

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Well not even a week after the last update which introduced some new features we get IM+ going to version 1.8 and adding Mango support for fast-app switching, at least according to Shape Service's Facebook page.

If there was any app that really needed this feature, it'd be IM+ just do to the nature of how instant messaging apps are used.

So how does it feel? Honestly, we still see a "resume" screen which doesn't make us feel too excited and there's no other advanced Mango features--no pinnable contacts, the live tile doesn't seem to be double sided, etc. It feels kind of the same as before. But hey, if you find anything new, hit us up on comments and let us know!

Grab IM+ v1.8 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Sedp23, for the heads up!

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