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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Nokia takes Malaysia by storm with Lumia launch [Video]

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Yesterday we mentioned that Nokia was finally launching in Malaysia, pushing the Lumia 710 and 800 big time with some nice celebrations and giveaways. Now we have a superb video of the event published by Smashpop.net who were there covering the whole thing.

What can we say besides that it's great to see crowds gathering and getting excited for both Nokia and Windows Phone? You can feel the momentum building. (Although we we chuckle a bit at the slogan "Gets you to interesting faster".)

Make sure you check out the rest of the photos at smashpop.net.

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3 years ago

Sonic's Jewels 7 SEGA emulator disappears from the Marketplace [Updated]

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News just in - we've lost Sonic's Jewels (pun intended). Sonic's Jewels 7 (SJ7), a SEGA Master System & Game Gear emulator, has long be at the centre of attention and was released two weeks ago. But now it has come to our attention that the app has disappeared from the Marketplace. The emulator received high praise from us for being both well designed and featuring some numerous options, including:

  • Pinnable games to the Start screen with Live Tiles
  • Three save slots per game; instant resume
  • Skydrive support for importing games
  • Frame skips for 1st Gen devices
  • Portrait & Landscape support

As well as being able to load ROMs from URLs or SkyDrive, the developer was working on an update that was planned to introduce sound emulation to complete the gaming experience. We've reached out to the developer for clarification as to why the app has been withdrawn. For now we'll allow you to speculate in the comments.

UPDATE: According to the Sonic's Jewels 7 Facebook page SEGA weren't going to allow the use of trademarked graphics/brands and thus Microsoft pulled the app. We've reached out to the developer so stay tuned for more information, thanks Lumic for the heads up on the link.

via: SmartphoneFrance

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3 years ago

Nokia planning Green and Red Lumia 800?

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Nokia planning Green and Red Lumia 800?

A new video has been spotted created by AdContentMedia featuring the Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset. And while that headset is itself pretty darn awesome what is really eye catching are those two new colors for the Lumia 800: Red and Green.

While we've seen fuchsia/magenta/pink before and we all know cyan and black, but green and red have not been shown off before and it remains to be seen if they are actually planned or just concepts at this point. Nokia has certainly experimented with other colors as described in yesterday's article on the subject and we've heard of yellow, green and white before back in December. Of course since that December interview, the white Lumia 800 (and maybe even a white 900) have come forward.

We'll throw this in the "sure, why not?" camp as we know Nokia like their colors and it would make sense for them to extend those offerings if the Lumia line keeps selling well. Personally, we're pretty excited about green and would love to see that infused in some polycarbonate goodness from our Nokia friends. What do you think?

[Edit: As pointed out in comments, these could also be soft-shell cases which have nearly the same color offerings, though it would have been more efficient to advertise that fact. Still, it's plausible]

Check the video after the break and catch the new colors at about 0:40 and onward.

Source: AdContentMedia; via Unleash The Phones

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3 years ago

AFL Season 2012 lands in the Marketplace

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Australian Rules Football fans can rejoice! AFL Season 2012 has landing in the Windows Phone Marketplace to keep you up to date on the current 2012 season.  The Windows Phone sports app is nicely laid out and looks good.  Any Aussie Rules football fan should like what they see.

AFL Season 2012 offers live scores, ladders, league news, twitter feeds, player and team stats as well as venue details. Additional features include:

  • View Upcoming Matches for Nominated Team(s)
  • View Embedded Live Scores + AFL Ladder
  • View Fixtures by Date or by Team
  • Includes 2012 Regular Season, Finals + NAB Pre-season
  • Pin your team logo to your live tile
  • UX (Headers) is themed to your nominated team colors
  • View Team page with info, links and upcoming matches
  • Browse Latest RSS News Feeds from Major Sites
  • Comprehensive Venue details with Maps + Navigation

AFL Season 2012 preloads images and data to minimize data and will automatically convert match times to your local time. If you're an AFL fan, this Windows Phone App is definitely worth a try.

There is a free trial version available on AFL Season 2012 and the full version will run you $1.49. You can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Oh and if you're a rugby fan, check out SuperRugby 2012.  Same layout but focused on Australian, New Zealand and South African Rugby Comp (free trial/$1.49).

          

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3 years ago

AT&T to double upgrade fee

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AT&T to double upgrade fee

Effective February 12, 2012 AT&T will be increasing its upgrade fee from $18 to $36. The reason? According to the memo outlining the increase the 100% bump is because of the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device has increased.  This latest increase comes on the heels of AT&T modifying their data plans.

Talking points suggest the upgrade fee is for costs associated with selecting and activating your new equipment. But what if you buy online and activate the phone yourself? Kinda doubt AT&T will have a discounted fee for such occassions.  To ease the pain of the sticker shock, AT&T does note that there is no change to your equipment exchange option. Isn't that nice.  

source: AndroidCentral

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3 years ago

Official SugarSync app on the way for Windows Phone in 2012

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Although there's no firm date, the cloud-storage company SugarSync will be making an official Windows Phone 7 client sometime in 2012. This follows after an unofficial announcement back in September 2011.

In a letter sent to all customers (we're one of 'em), the CEO of SugarSync Laura Yecies detailed what they accomplished in 2011 and what they are expecting in 2012. In the latter part (as seen below) is where the company is announcing a client for Microsoft's mobile OS along with an iPad version.

SugarSync is a lot like Dropbox where users can have a free and paid accounts with online storage of files, including the ability to sync via your desktop. Presumably a Windows Phone client shouldn't be too hard to make, so hopefully we'll see this in the first half of 2012. For more info, head to www.sugarsync.com.

Read the full letter after the break...

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: T-Mobile one-day sale includes free Windows phones

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What better way to say "I love you" than with a 4G Windows phone?  T-Mobile is having a big one-day sale tomorrow in honor of Valentine's Day.  To celebrate, they are offering a boat load of 4G phones and tablets for free, including the Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC Radar.  As is often the case with love, there are strings attached to the deal.  The phones are free after rebate and must be purchased with a new two-year agreement on a qualified plan.  Still, this is a bargain for two very solid Windows phones.  The sale only runs on Saturday, February 11, so you only have 24 hours to commit. 

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

MonsterUp even more charming now that it's free this weekend

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MonsterUp has long stood out as one the best indie competitors to Xbox Live jumping game Doodle Jump. With excellent controls, delightful graphics, and superior sound, many (including me) prefer Karios Games’ MonsterUp to the game that inspired it. Check out our review or this post about one of the game’s many substantial updates for more details.

As of today, the few Windows Phone players who haven’t tried it yet now have no excuse: the full version of MonsterUp is free this weekend. Whether you’ve never played an endless jumping game or you’re just looking for something a little different than Doodle Jump, this is a fantastic deal.

MonsterUp is free for a limited time only. Hop on over here to the Marketplace to get it.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Call the World

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3 years ago

More photos surface of the LG Fantasy (or is it the Miracle?)

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Some time ago we reported on mocked up images on what the upcoming LG Windows Phone, the Fantasy, could look like. We've also seen a few blurry photos of the Fantasy that surfaced over at XDA Developers Forum. To add to the confusion, it is our understanding that the Fantasy is now the Miracle and the Fantasy may be an entirely different phone all together.

Miracle or Fantasy, we are seeing some less blurry photos of the new LG Windows Phone that appeared on a Romanian online trading site. So far, all the images we've seen since December have been consistent and the mock up images look rather spot on.  It's just the name that seems to get a little confusing.

We expect the LG Windows Phone to sport a 4" WVGA NOVA display, 1ghz second gen CPU, 8gb of internal storage, plus a 1.3mp front/5mp rear set of cameras. Hopefully all will come into focus on LG's new Windows Phone later this month at the 2012 Mobile World Congress.   Until then, enjoy the name game.

source: GSMArena via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

WPCentral 136: WP8, piracy and more Nokia [Updated]

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Yes, we're finally back! Jay, Daniel and Rafael are all present for another exciting and in-depth podcast where all things Windows Phone are discussed. This week we talk about Windows Phone 8, piracy and of course Nokia amongst our software picks and taking your questions. Listen in!

Full show notes and HD video after the break...

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3 years ago

3D Boat Race splashes down for free in the Marketplace

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If you like Hydro Thunder GO! but not the price or think the physics could be better, take a look at 3D Boat Race from A Trillion Games (makers of 3D Paperball). It's your typical boat racing game but (1) it's free (2) has some really nice physics and gameplay to it:

"Paint your powerful speedboat and challenge other Windows Phone users on 100 different tracks, to become the top pilot worldwide! 3D game with realistic 3d physics, smooth rendering, fantastic gameplay and real-time global leaderboards. Hours and hours of fun! "

At only 6MB in size it's pretty damn impressive and certainly a good deal for being free. Just check some of the action in the above video to get an idea. With that, we have to give a thumbs up for you to at least give it a try, after all you have nothing to lose.

Pick up 3D Boat Race here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

ZTE Tania Windows Phone receives another price drop to just £199

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The pricing for the upcoming ZTE Tania low-spec Windows Phone at Clove UK has plummeted to just £199 (from £250), a price that will interest anyone who is making the switch from feature handsets. The handset, which features a 4.3" screen, 1Ghz processor, 5MP camera, and 4GB storage is nothing short of amazing but for anyone who doesn't require storage for music and the like it's a good choice. With a 1Ghz chip, the user experience of the OS will remain stable as you'd expect on a higher end model.

Clove states that this new price reduction places ZTE's Windows Phone £95 cheaper than the Samsung Omnia W, the arguably more cost effective choice. This new pricing could be to match the Lumia 710, which can also be found at Three and Vodafone for £199 (and sports more storage, better screen and processor). Nokia is aggressively tagging their handsets so ZTE will need to react to this with more competitive pricing should they wish consumers to pick up their product.

The ZTE Tania is not yet available at Clove, but will be released in a reported ten days time. Will you be picking one up (or recommending it to someone)?

Source: Clove UK (ZTE Tania), thanks Richard for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Smoked by Windows Phone moves to Microsoft Stores in California

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Ben Rudolph has been challenging consumers who wield smartphones on other platforms to see which is faster with common tasks, which began at CES 2012 with some positive results. He's now bringing the $100 challenge to Microsoft Stores across southern California, starting today at the South Coast Plaza Microsoft Store in Costa Mesa, CA (between 2pm - 8pm).

The rules remain the same. Should a challenger win against Windows Phone they'll pocket $100. But should they lose...

Be sure to follow Ben on Twitter for updates on the action.

Source: Windows Phone Team Blog

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