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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 2520 for AT&T and Verizon now available at Amazon (US)

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If you have been waiting for Amazon to sell the Nokia Lumia 2520, the wait stops now. You can now pick it up from the online retailer. They have it in black or red for Verizon and the black one for AT&T. There are no discounts available, so the price is $399 with a new contract or $499 outright. Stock appears to be limited for the Verizon variants, but Amazon states more are on the way.

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2 years ago

Review – Natural cork case for the Nokia Lumia 1020

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I’ve seen quite a few cases for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and other phones that generally look the same. Today though, I’m taking gander at a natural cork wood case, which is certainly one of the more unique ones I’ve come across.

Fetching for $15 to $20 on eBay, this case is the “designer splatter” design although there are plenty of other colors and layouts to choose from. The case itself is a hard plastic shell but what makes it different from other shell cases is the velvet like lining on the inside and the wood corking layer on the outside. Head past the break for some high resolution photos and a quick-video tour!

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2 years ago

Use Kraken for Windows Phone to monitor rates for Kraken’s Bitcoin Exchange

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There are a handful of exchanges out there if you’re looking to trade your local currency with an electronic currency like Bitcoin. Coinbase and MtGox are two of the most popular Bitcoin exchanges, but there are a quite a few others if you want choice. Kraken (www.kraken.com) is one of those exchanges and there’s a new app by the same name in the Windows Phone Store to keep you posted to current rates for various cryptocurrencies.

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2 years ago

Latest update for Today's Word brings more options to display the word of the day

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We love the live tile for Today’s Word on Windows Phone 8. It lets us increase our vocabulary by displaying a new word with its definition every day. Today, the app has received an update to version 1.1. The new features appear to be in direct response to your feedbacks! Let’s take a look at the change log after the break. We also have video.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Nokia Lumia 520 available for £60 at The Carphone Warehouse (UK)

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The Lumia 520 from Nokia is a superb Windows Phone 8 handset. You're looking at a dual-core CPU setup, decent display, standard rear shooter and 8GB storage, it's essentially a entry-level Windows Phone but without the sluggish performance you may expect from such a low price point on competitor platforms. The Carphone Warehouse in the UK have the Lumia 520 on sale for just £59.95 on PAYG.

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2 years ago

It’s a beautiful day for a big AccuWeather update on Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Microsoft might drop licensing fees for Windows Phone and Windows RT to combat Android

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There’s no denying the massive market share that Android currently has in the mobile landscape. Android is basically crushing the competition globally. For example, 81.0% of all handsets shipped were running Android in Q3 2013. Compare that to iOS at 12.9% and Windows Phone at 3.6% for the same period.

Why is Android so dominant? Is it the number of apps in the Google Play store? Maybe it’s the “openness” of the platform and the ability to customize every aspect of the phone? Or could it be the licensing costs that OEMs pay Google to use Android (aka nil)? It could very well be those licensing costs since Microsoft is considering doing the same with both Windows Phone and Windows RT in the future.

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2 years ago

Microsoft makes it easier to switch to Outlook.com for Gmail users with new tools

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Microsoft has published a new post on the official Outlook blog, detailing some upcoming changes to the service that make it even easier to switch from Gmail. It's no secret that many consumers have switched from Google's email service to Outlook.com and Microsoft is looking to further push tools and services available to make the switch as seamless as possible.

These are said to be rolling out in the coming weeks, so sync on past the break to read up what's new.

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2 years ago

BigBot Audio Drop Review: Windows Phone gets an exclusive, stylish puzzle game

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After taking last week off to review Microsoft’s Xbox One console, I’m back with a look at a just-released indie game for Windows Phone 7 and 8. BigBot Audio Drop comes from Wisconsin-based indie developer BigBot Systems. Not only is it their first game, it’s also exclusive to Windows Phone.

BigBot Audio Drop blends traditional falling block gameplay with thumping electronic music and slick visuals. The gameplay and design are closely modeled after Lumines, an early PSP hit that later came to XBLA and other platforms. But Lumines never came to Windows Phone, so Audio Drop fills a nice gap in our favorite smartphone’s software lineup. It also comes in both paid and free versions, so it won’t break the bank.

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2 years ago

Nokia’s new ad with stylized animation dares Apple users to #SwitchToLumia

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Speaking of Nokia going on the offensive, a new highly stylized ad has been posted on their Germany YouTube page, daring people to think differently by switching to Lumia.

The ad, an offshoot of one from last year that targeted the iPhone 5, uses modern animation design to tell the tale of a boring life of sameness. Set in a school, the video shows students placing apples on a teacher’s desk, one after the other, in a dreary, repetitive motion. The sequence repeats numerous times but there is one child growing oranges, who finally gives one to the teacher. The teacher’s eyes light up and the children rejoice as ‘sameness’ is pushed to the side.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S4 allegedly catches fire, Nokia steps in to help after Samsung flubs support

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One of the big selling points in buying a Lumia Windows Phone, besides the unique and excellent design, is the customer support that Nokia offers. Whether they have had issues with firmware, a defective unit or just general feedback, the Finnish company has always treated their customers with respect. That hands-on sincerity has not gone unnoticed by many and it’s something that Samsung could learn a thing or two about.

Recently, an owner of a Galaxy S4 claimed that his phone caught fire during the battery charging process. The video was posted on YouTube and it quickly went viral. To be fair to Samsung, such events are super rare and are always plausible with electronics. There’s no indication that this is widespread event. Rather, it looks to be an isolated case of some defective hardware.

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2 years ago

Microsoft sells 2 million Xbox Ones, announces new support patch

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Xbox One is Microsoft's next-generation video console, which launched just shy of three weeks ago. The company has today announced that more than 2 million consoles have been sold to consumers worldwide, reportedly averaging over 111,111 (see what they did there?) units per day. 

Microsoft previously unveiled some humorous, albeit rather pointless figures that included how many zombies have been slain in Dead Rising 3, as well as how many miles have been driven in Forza 5. We now have official numbers to play with when talking about the Xbox One launch and it's looking rather positive.

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2 years ago

Doodle Kingdom is now also available for Windows 8 - create your own kingdom

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2 years ago

#CESlive sneak preview video: Check out what's coming to Vegas!

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Last week we announced our partnership with Geek Beat and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew to cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. CES is known as the largest electronics event in the world and it happens every year in Vegas. Also every year, we cover it as individual sites but this time around we’re going big.

Check out the preview video with Cali Lewis and John P. of Geek Beat along with Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie and myself as we talk ourselves into doing this huge, crazy project.

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2 years ago

Today only: AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 for $99 at Microsoft Store (US/Canada)

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Microsoft is firing up deal number 3 in the 12 Days of Deals promotion. Today we'll see the Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T have its price tag slashed. If you're not familiar with the deals, the company is offering numerous products at discounted prices over the course of the next 12 days. 

Update: Lumia 1020 is out of stock online. They went super quick.

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