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2 years ago

CEO of Finnish retailer, Verkkokauppa reports strong interest in the Nokia Lumia 1020

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The CEO of Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa (www.verkkokauppa.com), Samuli Seppälä has reported that pre-orders for the Lumia 1020 are looking strong. The Nokia flagship Windows Phone has been available for little more than a few days, but that hasn't stopped consumers getting stuck in, waving cash in the air. Stating the retailer has received hundreds of orders from consumers, Seppälä paints a jolly picture for Nokia, especially in its homeland.

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2 years ago

Lucky Lanes Bowling Review: Roll some spares and strikes on Windows 8

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Windows 8 has a great free bowling game from Microsoft and Babaroga called Shuffle Party. Well, technically it’s a shuffle board game that plays like bowling. That leaves plenty of room for a regular bowling game. Hence Babaroga has adapted their Windows 8 and RT game engine into a straight up bowling game called Lucky Lanes Bowling.

Actually, Lucky Lanes does mix in a little something that you wouldn’t find in the average bowling alley: a Wild West theme called Death Valley. Yup, the default alley takes place in an 1880s-era western setting, complete with cow skulls, scorpions, and desert. The romantic setting doesn’t affect the gameplay in any way, but a cowboy-style bowling alley is far more interesting than a sterile realistic one. Babaroga tells us they have more alleys planned for the future, too.

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2 years ago

Microsoft again updates Facebook Beta with minor improvements

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Microsoft has released yet another update for its Facebook Beta app. If you're not familiar with the program, it enables you to enjoy all the latest Facebook features before the company updates the public version on the store. Hitting version 5.0.2.3, the Windows Phone app likely sports minor fixes and improvements since we're not looking at a major jump from the previous update.

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2 years ago

AT&T introduces yearly upgrade program for new smartphones, dubbed 'AT&T Next'

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Just last week, T-Mobile dropped another bomb on the mobile phone industry by announcing their JUMP! program, allowing consumers to upgrade twice a year (after an initial six month wait), with no upgrade fees or contracts.

Now it’s AT&T’s turn, who just announced 'AT&T Next', their yearly device upgrade program for smartphones or tablets. Unlike today, when you opt for the yearly upgrade using Next there will be “no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees”.

So how does it work? It’s similar to the T-Mobile model in that you agree to pay a monthly installment on the phone, which can range from $15 up to $50, depending on the device (the Galaxy S4 is cited as an example at $32 a month). After 12 payments, users can upgrade to a new device with no down payment or they can continue to pay off their device for another 8 months (for 20 in total).

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2 years ago

Nokia's Windows Phone demo apps for Maps, Music and Camera applications [Developers]

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At the Nokia Zoom Re-Invented event, there was mention that Nokia was going to make their imaging SDK available to third party developers to use in their Windows Phone 8 apps. Additionally, Nokia has a Map and Music Explorer API available for developers to tap into as well.

To give developers and consumers a feel for things, Nokia has made available five example applications that demonstrate the Map API, Music API, and several imaging SDKs.  The Music and Map apps have been out for some time now but the imaging apps are relatively new.

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases Network Speed Test app for Windows 8

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2 years ago

Addictive game Battleloot Adventure jumps from Android and iOS to Windows Phone 8

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When it comes to mobile gaming on Windows Phone you’ve got a variety of choices. There’s something for everyone between killer Xbox Live enabled games to strong titles from independent developers. But Windows Phone is still a bit lower on the totem pole of important platforms when it comes to independent game developers. It’s always a nice day when a popular game on either Android or iOS makes the jump to Windows Phone. So it’s an even better day when it comes from both platforms, like Battleloot Adventure for Windows Phone 8 just did. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Huawei also working on a clear-memory application for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Windows 8: the uphill battle for an OS ahead of its time

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Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is an operating system that is trying to break new ground. Microsoft’s move to rethink their world famous platform is the grandest risk and endeavor that the company has ever taken. For those of us on Facebook, think of when an update is released and brings minor changes, but a major user backlash. The idea that people don’t enjoy change is just one of the battles the Redmond company faces as it climbs the hill to a new beginning.

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2 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 accessories get priced; Camera Grip only $59

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Over the weekend we showed you some internal AT&T training videos for the soon-to-launch Lumia 1020. Concentrating on its massive 41MP camera, the videos also revealed a few accessories that AT&T is planning to co-launch on July 26th (remember, pre-orders start tomorrow).

Windows Phone Central can now confirm a few of those accessories, including an elegant all-black leather case from AGF ($35) and an OtterBox Defender ($50) for you folks who work at industrial sites and want to protect your new $650 investment.

Both accessories should be available for in-store purchases on the 26th and online ordering as well.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Save big in the UK on this wireless charging pack for the Nokia Lumia 925 at O2

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Look at this, a deal that isn’t focused in the United States. Our friends across the pond can take advantage of these sweet savings if they’re based in the UK and have a Nokia Lumia 925

While wireless charging isn’t integrated into the device like the Lumia 920, it’s worth checking out. Especially with the following deal after the break...

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2 years ago

Killing the rumor: Microsoft Stores will not be selling a 64GB Nokia Lumia 1020

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A few days ago, we told you about Microsoft Stores doing a pre-order for the upcoming Lumia 1020 starting tomorrow, July 16th (one day before T-Mobile sells the Lumia 925, fancy that). If you did so, you were going to nab a $79 camera grip accessory for free so long as you do the whole two-year agreement thing.

We noted at the time that in the specifications it listed 32GB and 64GB versions, but we told you that was most likely a typo as only Telefonica (and their sub-carriers) are getting that coveted version. In other words, nothing to see here, please move on.

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2 years ago

Unbreakable 2: Thoughts on swapping out my Nokia Lumia 920 Chassis and going grey

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You may recall reading about my account of what happened when I took my Nokia Lumia 920 out for a spin on my bike with a sub-standard bike mount back in June and how it took a beating that only an action hero could withstand.

I figured I would post a follow up on how my Lumia 920's story, like those of the silver screen, had a fairly happy ending, complete with a new grey chassis.

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2 years ago

Three UK set to launch the Lumia 1020; register your interest today

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2 years ago

Want to win a AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020? There's a Facebook contest for that

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Want to win a Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone? Want to get it before everyone else? Here's your chance.

Nokia U.S. is giving away five AT&T branded Lumia 1020 Windows Phones over on Facebook. The contest runs until 11:59am on July 23, 2013 and entry is simple.  Just head on over here to Nokia U.S.'s Facebook page and enter your contact information. You'll need to be a legal resident of U.S. or District of Columbia and 16 years of age or older.

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