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3 years ago

Nokia Arch launched at Westfield Stratford

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A brand new Westfield has opened its doors in Stratford and has become the busiest shopping centre in the UK since opening in September this year. The centre is situated next to the London 2012 Olympic park, as well as Stratford International, a connection for the Eurostar. Using this potential stream of traffic (both local and from abroad), Nokia have set up their "Nokia Arch" at Westfield to show off the new Lumia 800 running Windows Phone.

This Arch was also used at Nokia World (as seen below) and proved to be an interesting concept. As well as the innovative arch itself, seating and more demo tables will be available with the Nokia team at hand to provide walkthroughs and to answer any questions that may arise.

Mark Dence, Head of Nokia Branded Retail UK, had the following to say about the unveiling:

"The Nokia Arch at Stratford will provide thousands of customers with a unique opportunity to enjoy the full experience of the Nokia Lumia 800. It’s a fun and chilled retail environment where our expert team will help customers get the most out of their new phone."

We'll head on down tomorrow to have a quick look and see what's what.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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3 years ago

No more Dolby Digital Plus for the Lumia 800

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We're not entirely sure what's going on at Nokia HQ, but whoever has populated the specification sheet on the website is probably being heavily spanked as we speak. We recently covered how the specifications for the Nokia Lumia 800 were updated on the official product page to remove TV Out and Mass Storage capabilities.

We now have word, courtesy of 1800PocketPC, that there's another fault in the Lumia 800 specifications. Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Headphones. The product page has been updated recently to remove these entries, but they can still be viewed on a cached version of the page (alternatively, search for "http://www.nokia.co.uk/gb-en/products/phone/lumia800/specifications/" on Bing, highlight top result and click on "Cached Page"), thanks to Bing. You can find the Dolby audio features under Music & Audio.

So, what's next to go?

Source: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

AT&T Venue Pro joins the Focus 1.4 in testing phase

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Not the best news in the world for AT&T Dell Venue Pro owners but it's a start. Microsoft has updated its "Where's my Phone Update?" page and it indicates the Mango update for the Dell Venue Pro has joined the Focus 1.4 by entering the testing phase.

There is no telling how long it will take for testing to be completed. It is solely dependent on AT&T but we can only hope the testing moves to scheduling sooner than later. Once in the scheduling phase, the update should be pushed out within ten days.

via: wmpu

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3 years ago

Nokia Ace shown on screen at the Design Museum or more unicorns?

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Could the device we see on screen in the above photo be the "Nokia Ace", or are we still beating a dead horse? The look certainly is familiar, it's good to see the Lumia 800 and N9 taking place at the Design Museum though. Two smartphones that really paved the path to great hardware.

But in honesty, it's probably just a generic render for Nokia and not the "Ace".

Source: Facebook, thanks Edward for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Radar available for purchase in India

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The HTC Radar, recently launched in India along with the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, is now available to order online at both Flipkart and LetsBuy. The second generation Mango handset will set the buyer back by Rs. 23,990 ($500). The handset sports a 3.8 screen with a 1Ghz processor.

See earlier coverage of the Radar for more information.

Source: Flipkart, LetsBuy, thanks Rohit for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Crazy Casino - Review

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Crazy Casino - Review

The developers of Mars Runner has released Crazy Casino over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Crazy Casino is a collection of slot and video poker games that become unlocked as you progress through the game an win more coins and tickets.

Tickets are earned as you play to unlock additional slot machines and the more coins you win, the further you progress in reputation or gambler status. There are two video poker games and three slot games.

To read more on Crazy Casino, slip on past the break.

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3 years ago

Nasty Nutz - Mango App Spotlight

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Nasty Nutz - Mango App Spotlight

Nasty Nutz is a jumper styled game for your Windows Phone that has you battling mutated hazelnuts from outer space. The mutated nuts are infecting squirrels and you play the role of the only squirrel immune to the nasty nut infection.

There are twenty levels to the game and your job is to devour the invading hazelnuts. You don't wait for the nuts to come to you, you jump up the screen taking the fight to them. You start by tapping the screen for that initial jump and as you take out a nut, you jump higher. You jump from nut to nut, climbing the screen until you take out your quota of nuts (listed on the side of the screen.

You guide your jumps by tilting the phone left or right. If you miss a nut and start to fall, you can tap the screen for a power jump to give you a fighting chance to reach a nut and continue your journey.  You advance to the next level by taking out a set number of nuts which is indicated to the right of the game screen.  Just below this number is your power jump energy bar.  The more power, the higher your power jump.

Nasty Nutz has an online leaderboard, a bonus level and the "Zombuoulette" mini game. Game play was nice but it took a while to pick up the power jumps and timing to have a decent chance of moving up the levels.  Until you get the hang of things, Nasty Nutz can be frustrating as well as challenging.  It almost comes across as too hard until you get the hang of things.  Then again, I've never been that good at jumper games.

All in all, Nasty Nutz is a fast paced game that is worth a try. There is a free trial available for Nasty Nutz and the full version will run you $.99. Remember, it is a Mango App so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.

You can find Nasty Nutz here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia Maps coming to all Windows Phone devices in coming weeks

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According to ZDNet's Matthew Miller, who we had the pleasure of paling around with last week, Nokia is planning on releasing Nokia Maps for free to all Windows Phone devices "in the next couple of weeks". That's some pretty exciting news and answers the question about what it means for Nokia and Microsoft to exchange services and how it affects us, the consumer.

Now, before you get too excited, we need to clarify that this is not Nokia Drive. Drive is their full-GPS turn-by-turn navigation app that includes voice-guidance and offline maps (see above pic). That bad boy is only reserved for Nokia Windows Phones and and is a completely free service. Nokia Maps, on the other hands, is more like Bing. That's not to say it's useless as our friends in Europe and non-Bing friendly regions will be able to attest. This app should go a long way in making looking for points of interest and local directions a lot easier. Other features in Nokia Maps that we can expect:

  • Local POI details (provides you location, phone number, reviews, and photos of up to 25 locations in your vicinity)
  • Deep link support (you can pin destinations to the Start screen)
  • Detailed maps in satellite, 2D, and 3D views

Sounds good. No word on Nokia Music making the same jump, however. But between Drive and Music, Nokia is launching with some fairly solid services out the gate.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi getting Windows Phone 7 [Hack]

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We know for a fact that Microsoft was using the Toshiba TG-01 aka Tsunagi as a developer device for Windows Phone 7. Heck, we even have one of the rare birds in possession (see above). The device was ahead of its time when released over two years ago, sporting an ultra thin body, large LCD screen and a 1GHz CPU. But fast forward to 2011 and it's quite the clunker.

Now over at XDA, developer Nokser has been successful in porting WP7 to that device for those who only have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. We say successful, but it is full of caveats and lots of early bugs, so this is more a proof-of-concept than a ready-to-install for the masses release. Still, it's a big step in the right direction, even if WP7 is pretty awful on it due to the Tsunagi's resistive touch screen.

Some drawbacks, should all two of you be interested are: no camera, potentially very low memory, poor reception, inability to zoom in on maps and photos, etc. These issues are expected to be fixed, so we'll see where all of this goes soon.

Source: XDA (thread); Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK rolling out Mango for Omnia 7 starting today

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If you're on T-Mobile UK and have an Omnia 7, you'll be excited to know that starting today, the official-official Mango update for that device will begin rolling out.

The Omnia 7 (along with the AT&T Dell Venue Pro and Focus v1.4) were the only devices that had hiccups with the Mango update, requiring a little extra attention from Samsung in this case. That has caused a delay by only a few weeks but for some who want those drivers it feels like an enternity.

No word on any new features like tethering, so let us know if you find anything.

Source: T-Mobile support forums; Thanks, John C., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official USA Today app gets another update, minor fixes

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Those who love using the USA Today app will be pleased to see the new update. In version 1.5 we got the Mango update with a double-sided Live Tile for weather. While super cool, it was a bit redundant for those of us with a dedicated weather app. So now in v1.6, you can disable that feature. It's almost like the devs actually use their app on a daily base, tailoring it to our needs--something we rarely find with the "big" publishers.

Other notable new additions include:

  • Ability to pin all galleries as secondary live tiles.
  • Landscape view support for articles.
  • Fixed a couple crashes.
  • Ability to re-enable background task if manually disabled.
  • Visual feedback added to Video tiles.

You can pick up USA Today here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Shipwreck, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Mafia Pizza Car - Review

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Mafia Pizza Car - Review

Elbert Perez is at it again. He's developed another entertaining Windows Phone game, Mafia Pizza Car. You play the role of a Mafioso pizza delivery dude. You're not only responsible for timely delivery of the pies and taking care of a few side jobs along the way.

Unfortunately these side jobs tend to attract the attention of the police and you'll need to learn to avoid them or run the risk of getting busted.  To see how Mafia Pizza Car shakes out, zip on past the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W in December, Focus S a U.S. only release?

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We've learned two things about upcoming Samsung Windows Phones this morning. In a series of tweets from Samsung Belgium it looks like the Samsung Omnia W will be coming to market in December and the Samsung Focus S will be a U.S. release only.

The 3.7" Super AMOLED Omnia W is already available for pre-order in Europe so a December availability isn't that much of a stretch.

The 4.3" Super AMOLED Focus S will be the successor to the Samsung Focus and we're expecting to see it on AT&T's shelves on November 6th. The Focus S will be paired with the smaller 3.7" Focus Flash, which looks a lot like the Omnia W.

Could we see a Euro version of the Flash released later this year or early next? Only time will tell.

Thanks goes out to Michael for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

HTC Radar 4G now available to purchase from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile customers looking to jump on the Windows Phone bandwagon or replace an HTC HD7 are in luck, as you can now purchase the HTC Radar 4G from T-Mobile’s site. We originally reported that the Radar would launch on November 2nd, which is this Wednesday. Presumably if you were to buy the phone today, it would arrive on Wednesday, so T-Mobile isn’t breaking their release date so much as offering release date shipping.

The Radar’s store page description:

"With the HTC® Radar™ 4G, you can stay in touch with friends, work contacts, and social networks on the fly; easily capture life’s moments with a 5 megapixel camera; and share in a flash on America’s Largest 4G Network®.

• 4G capable for blazing-fast speeds
• Preloaded HTC® Watch™ and T-Mobile® TV for TV and movies on the go
• Now with Windows® Phone 7.5"

The HTC Radar 4G is $99.99 after $50 rebate with a 2-year contract. Hop over here to order it.

Thanks to Daniyal for the tip!

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3 years ago

Facebook updated to v2.2 and spooks us all with Mango

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Happy Halloween everyone, as a present from Microsoft we have Facebook version 2.2 being rolled out. This update, as previously covered, contains the fast-switching capability as well as the introduction to the deep linking feature. Users can now pin messages, news feeds and more to the home screen. Toast and tile notifications are now present too.

A fairly large update to keep the app on par with other Mango apps. You can download Facebook from the Marketplace. Wonder when groups support will be added?

Note: Also of interest, the app now supports right to left languages like Arabic or Hebrew, which is a big deal for those new markets. (Thanks, Amir)

Thanks @techjunky79 for the heads up!

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