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3 years ago

Santa Claus shows up in France; brings giant Nokia Lumia 800 and joy to the world [More Photos]

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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and this year he's bringing you a Giant frickin' Windows Phone. On the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, there has arrived a 30 foot tall Nokia Lumia 800 (which we told you about earlier). We've gotten a few more photos from the event unfolding just off of the main street, and it turns out that the phone does indeed bring peace and joy to the masses; Santa Claus himself is the star of the show for each person that comes up to see the magnificent display. Children are accompanied by parents as they all file through and call, text or video chat with Santa Claus himself right up on the big screen. WP7 has scored a double-win in their market this month: parents get a chance to make thier kids excrutiatingly happy with each mega-sized phone call, and they also get to check out the latest new smartphone offerings from Nokia.

The innards of the giant phone remind us a bit of the 55 foot tall Windows Phone that was put on display in New York City. While passers-by only see a giant working screen (because yes, this is a real, live, working Mango phone out there), behind the scenes is a myriad of technicians, computers, engineers and one jolly St. Nick working to make every transition, phone call, text message and video call as enjoyable (and fluid) as possible. Away from the giant phone is a display-walkway of other more easily-grasped phones for people to try out, and we can't forget Santa's Helpers milling about and answering people's questions as they stop to look.

Now if only Santa would grant my wish and bring a Nokia Lumia 800 to my house this year. It doesn't even have to be a big one, I'll take anything! Hit the break to see a few more photos from the structure's first night alive in the city, and let it sink in that Santa really can make dreams come true.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone still struggling Down Under

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While we've seen our fair share of sloppy marketing of Windows Phone by carriers here in the States, Australia seems to be taking it on the chin. We've mentioned the weak marketing efforts with stores continuing to push out other handsets and now it looks like Australia's largest carrier isn't making life easy for the Windows Phone either.

Madprops.org tried to purchase a Windows Phone from Telstra online and had some surprising results. It seems if you go to Telstra's website to buy a Windows Phone it's not the easiest task around. Telstra does give Windows Phones a category of their own and while Windows Phones are eligible for the penny shipping only one model is available online. The HTC HD7.

To buy the phone you have to choose a wireless plan (Small, Medium, Large and X-Large) that are listed just below the HD7 listing. But when you pull up the plans, the HD7 is no where in sight.  It would appear the only way to buy a Windows Phone from Telstra is to find a store that has one in stock.  Online, Telstra has the Windows Phones doing a vanishing act.

And Telstra isn't alone.  Optus lists the platform as Windows 7, not Windows Phone 7.  Even when the Australian online mobile retailer MobiCity offers a Windows Phone (the Lumia 800) they incorrectly advertise it as having extra memory options.  While the effort should be recognized, it shouldn't be this hard.

While we've seen some great promotions on Windows Phone by manufacturers such as Nokia (as we've seen in Paris and Hong Kong) and HTC.  Even Microsoft has done a good job at promotion with the Spend the Night Tour and sponsoring events like we saw on the Ellen Degeneres Show.  But where Microsoft appears to be lacking is with the carriers.  Somehow they need to light a fire under the carriers retail wing and get them excited about promoting Windows Phones as everyone else is.

Source: madprops

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3 years ago

Tele2 offering HTC Radar with Xbox 360s + Forza for 244 SEK

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For those of you on Tele2 looking for a killer deal, may we direct your attention towards this offer for the HTC Radar? The Swedish based carrier evidently just got the Radar in stock and they're going all out by offering it for 244 SEK a month (on a 24 month contract) and they'll also throw in an Xbox 360 Slim plus the popular game Forza. Huzzah!

This isn't the first time we've seen Xbox 360's given away with Windows Phone--in fact Singapore offered free gaming systems to the first 100 people who bought the Lumia 800. The HTC Radar, while a mid-range phone, is one of favorites around here at WPCentral (see review), so we recommend those even with the slightest interest to perhaps take a close look at this deal.

Source: Tele2; via WINgadget.se; Thanks, Peter A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Unlocked Lumia 800 now available at Australia's MobiCity

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Australia's online mobile retailer MobiCity is now offering the Nokia Lumia 800 for $679.  The unlocked handset can be used on Optus, Telstra, Vodaphone and Three.  It carries a 12-month warranty, though an extended one can be added at the time of purchase.  In addition to the standard accessories, MobiCity is offering a free gift, which includes your choice of a case, screen protector, car charger, or free gift wrapping.  You can also opt for a discounted Jawbone Prime headset instead.

Note: They have an "add extra memory" option but don't fooled, the Lumia 800 cannot take additional memory cards to expand memory.

Click the source link below to order.

Source: MobiCity (Thanks for the tip, James!)

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3 years ago

Lync Mobile for Windows Phone shows up in Marketplace but you can't have it yet

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We know that Lync Mobile for Windows Phone or just 'Lync 2010' is wanted by many, being one of the most anticipated apps this year. In fact, we saw it in action at Nokia World and heard a few weeks ago that its availability was imminent. By allowing workers to stay connected via the mobile phones, employees can now easily initiate conference calls, meetings and keep in touch all within the tightly controlled Microsoft Lync system for enterprise.

So it's a good sign that we've been able to actually see it in the Windows Phone Marketplace but alas, you can't actually download it just yet. Evidently, if you click on a meeting request URL in Internet Explorer 9 on your phone, you get the above dialog screen, asking if you want to download the app. You are then taken to the Marketplace where the app description and screenshots are visible.

In other words, Microsoft has the deep linking already in motion for Lync Mobile, they're just waiting for the go ahead to actually publish. Massive teaser, yes. But at least you know you should have this app well before Christmas.

via: Matt Landis at WindowsPBX; More on Lync Mobile from Microsoft

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 Accessories sheet leaked

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We're already aware of the upcoming T-Mobile/Nokia event (we'll be there), and that the Lumia 710 is making its way to the U.S. thanks to an FCC manual, but in case there's any doubt left in some minds it's certainly clear by looking at the above image that the handset is making it's way onto T-Mobile's network. What will remain to be seen is if any other announcements will be made. Nokia is yet to hit the U.S. with a promotion campaign to the likes of what we've witnessed in Europe (especially the UK).

T-Mobile looks set to push accessories (as expected) when they launch the Lumia 710, but will you be picking one up or going with the HTC Radar?

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Help return your lost Windows Phone with WP7 Lock Screen

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Should you lose your Windows Phone, there is a possibility that should a person come across it they'll return it. But what if there's a lock on the handset? They can't rummage around your Twitter, Live, email and Facebook accounts in attempt to contact you. This is where WP7 Lock Screen comes into play.

Waking up the screen will present whoever has picked up your phone with a wallpaper that's customised with your contact details so they can easily get in touch, whether it be via Twitter, Facebook or a landline number. An optional add on is a "cash reward" message at the bottom of the wallpaper, providing a small incentive to return the lost valuable.

Think of it also as a portable, digital business card that you don't have to keep in your wallet. It's a neat little idea. The pack, by AJ Troxell, is freely available at the source below and includes a .PSD file for customisation.

Source: AJ Troxell  Thanks AJ!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 hits the Top 20 in Business Insider

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While PC World place Windows Phone in their Top 10 Tech Wins of the year, the Nokia Lumia 800 was finding its way to another list. Business Insider has ranked the Nokia Windows Phone amongst the twenty best new gadgets of 2011.

The publication feels the Lumia "truly demonstrates the power of the underrated Windows Phone 7 platform" and notes that the Lumia is important because,

This is the phone that could make or break Windows Phone 7 for good.

I'm not sure we're ready to hinge the success of Windows Phone on the Lumia 800 just yet. However, it is nice to see the phone and platform getting some much deserved attention. Now if we could just have them released in this neck of the woods.

Source: Business Insider  Thanks goes out to Wade for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Blow up the Frog

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3 years ago

Halo ATLAS brings non-silent cartography to Windows Phone on December 10

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Microsoft first announced the addition of an ATLAS to Halo Waypoint back in October. But the ATLAS didn’t show up with the Halo WayPoint Mango update that coincided with Halo Anniversary’s release. Thankfully we’ve learned today that the ATLAS is not very far off – it’s coming this Saturday, December 10.

Halo ATLAS uses maps (sponsored by Brady Games) to provide valuable multiplayer data to Halo Reach and Anniversary players. When we say Halo Anniversary players, we really mean Reach players because the non-campaign Anniversary multiplayer simply piggybacks off of Reach.

The connectivity with Reach is possible because during multiplayer games, Reach constantly sends out packets of data called heartbeats that contain gameplay status. Halo ATLAS provides a bunch of that information in near-real-time to smartphone users.

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3 years ago

PC World puts Windows Phone in '10 Tech Wins of 2011'

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It's the end of the year, so it's time for those arbitrary yet popular "lists" by popular magazines and news outlets. PC World is no different and they just put theirs up.

As you can guess from the headline, Windows Phone landed a spot in their top 10 list of "tech wins" for the year, specifically the 9th slide--it's not clear that they organized them in any order, so that's good. Other mentions were the Kinect, Siri, Google Chrome, Samsung's Galaxy series and IBM's Watson.

Do these lists matter? Yeah, actually they kind of do. We take our devices for granted a bit around here but lets look at the audience for these periodicals--fact is, any positive word of mouth is great for the platform. So we're more than pleased to see Microsoft making the cut (twice, in fact) and we hope it piques some interest in 2012.

Source: PC World; Thanks, D-Burrs, for the tip!

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3 years ago

10 meter Windows Phone erected in Paris

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10 meter Windows Phone erected in Paris

We previously touched on Paris being the next location where a giant Windows Phone is to be constructed, just like the event in New York last month. Today, we've got an idea of what the setup looks like. In the photo above we can clearly see the erected display (behind a tree) with what appear to be demo stands situated just in front. Luckily this is in France, since here in the UK the health and safety baboons would not like the event being that close to a main road.

The massive structure (as well as everything else that's planned) will be unveiled this evening, and will run on for 10 days in Champs Elysées. Professeur Thibault speculates that the Nokia Lumia 800, HTC Radar and Acer Allegro will be on display.

Source: Professeur Thibault

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3 years ago

ScrollMotion Inc releasing more than 10 apps in one day

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Microsoft recently restricted the amount of apps developers can submit to the Marketplace to 10 per-day. This was in response to a continued injection of spam, some apps being completely useless. As one can see in the above video, captured by SolidSnakeSK, ScrollMotion Inc. has been able to submit more than 10 apps (or books in this case) to the Marketplace, which were approved. While this isn't spam as such, it does prove to be an issue with scrolling through "new" apps etc. and one can only assume that certain developers can bypass the restrictions depending on what they're submitting. 

It would make sense for one app to be used as a gateway (or digital book shelf) where books can be purchased and stored inside the app itself. Having books published separately will clog up the listings, but will increase total Marketplace numbers of course.

Source: YouTube, thanks Snake for the video!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Fusion: Sentient

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When Microsoft announced that downloadable Xbox 360 title Fusion: Genesis would receive a Windows Phone companion game, Fusion: Sentient, my eyes lit up. Sentient comes from Wahoo Studios, makers of some charming and creative XBLA titles. And what gamer doesn’t enjoy the promise of cross-platform connectivity? Imagine my surprise then when I finally played Sentient and discovered it to be a dull, arduous cash-in of a game.

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3 years ago

Ffffound finds trouble in the Marketplace. Adult content rears its head again.

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A few weeks ago we highlighted a new app called Ffffound by developer RogueCode. The app, based off of the website Ffffound.com, quickly became one of the more popular apps in the Marketplace, earning excellent reviews from users. The app pulls images from Ffffound.com and allows the user to view, save, favorite and even share the images in a elegant and beautiful way.

However, there were some memory issues with the app, causing crashes on the Samsung Focus. The developer quickly dispatched an update to fix that but in turn, that broke the 'save' option for many users. Not to be deterred, RogueCode quickly sent out another update but this one hit a snag: Microsoft suddenly rejected it based on the grounds that the app showed 'adult content', specifically images with partial nudity. 

Now the developer is in a bind: he can't filter those images automatically and therefore can't push out his update. He would, in essence, have to filter them manually resulting in large delays before you saw the image--not to mention all the work involved. Result? Consumers lose.

This is reminiscent of the app ImageWind, which pulled a stream of photos from Twitter. That app too was pulled from the Marketplace only to appear months later with a 'safety filter'. Now, in doing this story, we learned that app received another update (v1.3) and they have completely removed the Twitter feed altogether as Microsoft still wasn't happy with the "Flickr as a filter' option. ImageWind is now just a Flickr-streaming app, losing its original purpose.

So we ask the question: Does Microsoft need to revise its policy on 'adult content'? Perhaps offering a way for us adults (the majority) to opt-in? We of course think so but we want to hear what you have to say. And maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will listen.

In the meantime, we're not sure what will happen to Ffffound, which is a real shame.

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