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3 years ago

Lenovo confirmed to be launching a Windows Phone in 2012 in China

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This is some good news for Microsoft's growing platform. Lenovo, a well known brand for quality computer hardware, has confirmed what we suspected with earlier images of a Lenovo S2 Windows Phone being used. The manufacturer is jumping on-board and is set to launch a handset in the second half of 2012. According to product manager Chen Yue, he told iMobile in an interview that the company is looking for a second-half 2012 release, but failed to specify any details regarding price, specification or countries that will see the handset.

Of course, Nokia are looking to launch the Lumia 800 in China so it'll be interesting to see Lenovo rise to the challenge of taking on the Finnish manufacturer in the Asian market.

Source: iMobile, via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Free version of Tank Battle now available

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Birchwood Games released Tank Battle some time ago (here's our review) and we found it to be an entertaining game for your Windows Phone. Controls took a little to get used to but overall, a decent battle game on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Tank Battle is now being offered in a free, ad-supported version.  Tank Battle Free has the same battlefield action, same tanks, same game... it's just now has a banner ad running across the top of the screen.

If tanks are your thing, you can find Tank Battle Free here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. If your not a fan of banner ads, the ad-free version is running $1.29 and you can find that version of Tank Battle here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7740 update being pushed out for Lumia 800, Omnia 7

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Looks like some more folks are getting the carrier-endorsed OS 7740 update. According to reader theWeeBear, he just got the mini update to his Samsung Omnia 7 on "3" there in the UK. Likewise, our Nokia Lumia 800 was also updated to 7740 as you can see above. The odd thing? We don't remember updating it (cue conspiracy music). In addition, our own Rich Edmonds confirms his Lumia 800 just received an update notification when plugged in to Zune.

The 7740 update was detailed a few weeks ago by Microsoft and is considered to be an isolated but important update. In short, it fixes two things: a voicemail notification bug and an Exchange 2003 email error. Not every carrier will be pushing it out, however, meaning a lot of may have to wait to either another bug fix (keyboard, anyone?) or "Tango".

Update: looks like lots of folks in various countries are getting this. Even Rogers in Canada for the Focus v1.3. Thanks, Se1fcr3ation, for the screen cap.

Did you get the update yet? List phone, carrier and country in comments!

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3 years ago

Jewel Tower goes ad-free but is still free

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Jewel Tower is a "tetris-like" game for your Windows Phone (here's our spotlight on the game) that was first released about a month ago as a free, ad-support game. Well that's changed.

XIMAD is still offering Jewel Tower for free but has dropped the ads. The ads-free version is fully functional and just as entertaining as the original, ad-supported version. You now just have a little more screen space to view the game with.

If you're looking for a simple, yet challenging, game for your Windows Phone you can find Jewel Tower here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

ITC rules HTC cameras are not infringing on FlashPoint patent

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The United States International Trade Commission ruled in favor of HTC in a battle over intellectual property with FlashPoint Technology.  FlashPoint filed suit with the ITC earlier this year, claiming that cameras on some HTC Android and Windows Phone devices infringed on patents held by FlashPoint, a former subsidiary of Apple.  A trade commission judge decided back in July that this was not the case, and rest of the commission agrees.  The official ruling on the case said:

"The Commission has determined to affirm the judge’s determination of no violation of Section 337 with respect to the ’769 patent on the bases that (1) the accused HTC Android smartphones and the accused HTC Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphones do not infringe the ’769 patent, and (2) respondent has established that it has an implied license to practice the ’769 patent with respect to the accused WP7 smartphones."

FlashPoint Technology has made similar claims against Nokia, RIM and LG under a different patent, but those were settled before a ruling took place.  HTC is no stranger to getting sued over intellectual property, having fought a long battle with Apple, who they in turn filed a countersuit against.  This is just one more intellectual property battle in what has become an ugly and all-too-familar sight.

Source: US International Trade Commission; Via: The Register

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3 years ago

Nokia's Amazing Vans tour and contest promote the Lumia 800 in France

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Riding their slogan of "The Amazing Everyday," Nokia will be riding around France to promote the Lumia 800 in their "Amazing Vans" contest.  Starting today, Nokia reps will be making stops in several cities in specialized vans, each equipped with an acrobatic mixologist, dispensing fancy coffee and juice beverages to passers-by.  Those who partake will also be handed tickets to enter a sweepstakes to win a Lumia 800 phone, or possibly, a custom Volkswagen van designed by artist Vincent de Colagene.  Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, and The Phone House are all taking part.

If you live in France, or find yourself so desperate for a Lumia 800 that you will travel there, here is where the Amazing Vans will be visiting starting today:

  •     Paris : place du Châtelet, boulevard Sébastopol, rue Pierre Lescot
  •     Paris : boulevard Haussmann, rue Saint-Lazare
  •     Paris : boulevard Saint Germain, rue Saint Jacques, boulevard Saint Michel
  •     Lyon : rue de la République, rue de Grenette
  •     Bordeaux : rue Sainte Catherine
  •     Nantes : devant le centre commercial Beaulieu
  •     Strasbourg : rue des Grandes Arcades, place de la Cathédrale
  •     Boulogne Billancourt : rue Jean Jaurès, rue Gallieni

The promo runs until Friday, December 2.

Source: Professor Thibault (Thanks for the tip, Professor!)

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W available at Orange FR for €51

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There is a great offer at Orange FR for the Samsung Omnia W. You can get your hands on the Mango handset for just €1 after a €50 reimbursement. The offer is valid from November 24th to February 8th, 2012, and will require a contract to be taken out. €39/mo for 24 months, or €45/mo for 12 months. The specifications for the Omnia W include a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 1.4Ghz processor and a 5MP rear camera (with FF VGA camera).

Source: Orange FR, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Board Express updated to version 2.8

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Board Express updated to version 2.8

Board Express, the companion app for forum users (works with our Windows Phone forums too) which uses the TapaTalk standard, has been updated to version 2.8 and brings more functionality to the table. For a full run through on what's new:

  • Thanks-feature implemented. You can now see how many thanks a user got for his post, and who did thank him (press on the thanks-link). And you can thank yourself by press and hold on a post and then click on "Thank!"
  • Better handling of page loading
  • Fix for loading CRM-pages in vBulletin
  • vBulletin: Option to open a thread in the internet explorer
  • vBulletin: Option to send a thread as link by email
  • When entering a thread, it only gets marked as read when the last page has been opened. There was a bug while browsing in the thread-view. Now the thread gets marked as read as soon as the last paged has been browsed to.

You can download Board Express from the Marketplace for $0.99, and a free version can also be picked up.

Thanks Bearach for the changelog submission!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Holiday Gift Guide: General Accessories

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3 years ago

Nokia Russia starts to sell the Lumia 800 tomorrow directly in stores

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Dobroye utro to our Russian friends yearning for a Nokia Lumia 800.  We just got word Nokia Russia announced that starting on December 1st, you can pick up your very own Nokia Lumia 800. Only caveat is that you have to buy it directly from a Nokia store--at least for now. In two weeks, we'll see a more general and traditional rollout across the country.

Even better? The flagship Nokia store in Moscow is looking to hold a celebration for the event, including offering a 10% discount and other prizes for those who register (via Facebook) and show up (translated):

"In the flagship salon in Moscow for the occasion will be a festive event. The first half hour after the announcement of the start of sales at the counter will be Eric Bertman, vice president and general manager of Nokia in Eurasia, and Nikolai Pryanishnikov, president of Microsoft in Russia. Hurry up to buy Nokia Lumia 800 of the first-hand =) Discount for Nokia Lumia 800 is waiting for you on the day of start of sales! Reserve a place for 10% discount on the page of the event"

Sounds like a good time and a great way to get a Lumia not only early but discounted. Good luck to anyone who attends (drop us some photos if you're there).

Source: Nokia Russia (Facebook); Thanks, Andrey M., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone continues to top mobile OS CTR

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Windows Phone has been top of the charts when it comes to advertisement CTR (click-through rate) for some time. Smaato has provided Q3 data and the trend remains the same with Windows Phone heading the way and Symbian close behind. iOS has moved from 3rd to 4th place however, with RIM moving up. This is comparing numbers and placement with Q1 data.

While the average user may not understand nor care for CTR, for developers it's key when using advertising over app purchases for revenue. The question of CPM or upfront payments has always been a tricky one to answer, but should your app be popular with adverts being displayed, the above data would suggest you should rake in some clicks. Interesting to see Android still trailing behind.

Source: Smaato, via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Ghostscape escapes onto Xbox Live, really quite friendly though

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Shuffle Party isn’t the only Xbox Live release today. Psionic Games’ Ghostscape has also emerged from the crypts and onto the Marketplace.

Ghostscape is an old-school, first-person adventure game. Players enter a creepy haunted house, solve puzzles, and take photographs of ghosts to eliminate them. Along the way you’ll collect diary pages and piece together the house’s sordid history.

The Windows Phone version adds new puzzles, areas, and items to the original design. The Achievements mostly revolve around photographing everything in the game, but there’s also one for beating it in less than 20 minutes. Hope you like speed runs!

Ghostscape costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace… if you dare.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 The Amazing Everyday [Video]

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Nokia has uploaded a sleek video of the Lumia 710, which shares the same theme, effects and music as past videos for the 800. To refresh the memory, the Lumia 710 is the lower-end, more affordable option to the 800, sporting less memory (8GB), a 5MP camera, and a TFT screen (with ClearBlack technology and Corning Gorilla Glass). While news has been relatively quiet surrounding the 710, it has been rumoured to be heading to the U.S. on T-Mobile.

Source: YouTube, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Shuffle Party shuffles onto Xbox Live in the US and lands abroad too

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Not long ago, WPCentral broke the news that Shuffle Party, a new game from Babaroga and Microsoft Studios, would be released as a free download in the US this week. As promised, Shuffle Party is now available on Xbox Live. Even better? It appears to be available outside of the US too!

Shuffle Party is a shuffleboard/bowling game. Players aim the puck with the touch screen and then send it flying down the lane. The game has several modes of play, with the overall goal of earning money to purchase items from the Pro Shop.

What we didn’t mention last week was Shuffle Party’s sweet Xbox Live Avatar support. Between shots, the camera cuts to your Avatar, showing how he or she reacts to the game. It gives the game a great personal touch – nobody will accuse this one of being too sterile.

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Shuffle Party is a free download and includes Achievements worth 50 GamerScore. We can confirm that the game is available in France as well as the US. Foreign readers, let us know if you’re able to grab it too. Here’s the download link.

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3 years ago

IonBallEX gets a Mango update, kills a few bugs

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