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2 years ago

The wait is over: Sprint announces HTC 8XT availability for Friday, July 19th, for $150

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Sprint just sent out press notifications that the HTC 8XT, Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 device, will go on sale Friday, July 19th for $99 (after a $50 mail in rebate).

The HTC 8XT will feature HTC’s “BoomSound” or in English, "dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier", expandable storage and a decently sized 4.3” display.  The 8XT can be thought of as a new Windows Phone as it is literally the combination of the 8X, 8S and Android HTC One—bringing all the best features to the mix.

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2 years ago

More images of the Huawei Ascend W2 appear, bringing color-changing LED buttons to the mix

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While most of the Windows Phone world is focused on Nokia’s big move, we can’t forget (or dismiss) some of the other OEMs who are bringing new devices to market. Such is the case with Huawei and the Ascend W2, a device which was initially rumored to be a worthy flagship contender but has since dropped to mid-range status.

While the specs of the device make this on par with the Lumia 720, Huawei does bring something new to the table: colored LED capacitive buttons, dependent on your Accent color of choice.

We’re not going to lie, that’s a pretty unique and innovative feature that we would have predicted Nokia to have come up with. In short, when a user changes the Accent color in Windows Phone 8 to one of the 20 pre-set color patterns, the Back, Windows and Search key will also reflect that color choice.

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2 years ago

Viber update brings Windows and Windows Phone 8 closer together

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Viber, the messaging app that lets you text, group message, and make free HD calls, just got updated to version 2.3 for Windows Phone 8. The desktop application for Windows was also updated, allowing it to better integrate with Windows Phone.

Talmon Marco, Viber's CEO, spoke of the company's latest move:

We have focused on bringing Viber to multiple platforms, ensuring our users can communicate freely with as many of their friends as possible. Today we are very happy to bring important updates to two of those platforms, ensuring full compatibility between the Windows Phone and Desktop versions of Viber.

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2 years ago

Nokia to update and release HERE apps for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones

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Nokia has today announced that HERE Drive+, which has been in a beta for what seems like forever, will be made available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones. For the time being, only HERE Drive is available for non-Nokia Windows Phone hardware. This is welcomed news for everyone who owns a Windows Phone not manufactured by the Finnish company.

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2 years ago

Have your own 3D printer? Now you can create your own wireless charging stand

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Do you own your own 3D printer or have access to one? You'll now be able to take a pre-made, tested design and create your own stand for charging your Windows Phones wirelessly. Supporting the Nokia charging plates, Windows Phone Central forum member SomethingSomethingDarkSide has managed to create the above result with the design, providing a template for refinement and personalisation to take place. It looks pretty neat too.

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2 years ago

US government shows how smartphones can help save lives, merging the iPhone and Lumia 920

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The US government fired out the above promotional video, which has been captured and uploaded on YouTube. It essentially sends out the message that smartphones (and mobile phones in general) can save lives just as effectively as other technology. A weather warning is demonstrated on a Nokia Lumia 920, but it's not showing a Windows Phone screen. We're looking at an iPhone.

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2 years ago

El Pinguino Run - a fast paced, avocado saving Windows Phone 8 game

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El Pinguino Run is a running game for your Windows Phone 8 devices that places the legendary bounty hunter, El Pinguino, in a position to save Mexico.

Apparently all the avocados are disappearing leaving the world without guacamole, taco, or burritos. El Pinguino must collect avocados and defeat the bad guys in this 2D platformer.

While the story line is a little out there, El Pinguino Run is a fast paced game for your Windows Phone 8 device that will keep you on your toes.

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2 years ago

TextNow jumps from Android and iOS to Windows Phone. Unlimited text messaging for the US and Canada

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It seems like every few days we’re getting some official new apps on Windows Phone. From small names to big names, everybody wants to stake out their spot in the Windows Phone Store. TextNow is the latest of those to make the jump from Android and iOS to the greener pastures of Windows Phone. How does unlimited texting sound to you?

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2 years ago

[UPDATE] Join the Microsoft OneNote team tomorrow for a Q&A Reddit session

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2 years ago

Manage your social profiles with FB Pages Manager for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 shows up in AT&T's inventory

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There's little debate that AT&T customers are in line to get the new Nokia Lumia 1020 and we've received another sign to confirm just that.  The Lumia 1020 is now being listed in AT&T product inventory and has been assigned a SKU number.  Our anonymous tipster also noted that the Lumia 1020 has been seen in the hands of AT&T employees for testing.

The inventory listing also confirms the black, yellow and white color options that we saw with the Microsoft inventory sheet  the other day.

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2 years ago

You can party with Nokia at the Zoom Party in NYC this Thursday

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This Thursday, Nokia is having an event in New York City. It’s going to be a pretty big deal. We have 41 million reasons why you should keep your eyes on our site that day. The event in the morning is open to press and anyone else lucky enough to get an invite. It takes place at 11am, but you’ll be busy with work and school. So you should totally take up Nokia’s offer to party with them later that night at the Zoom Party. Details after the break.

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2 years ago

Telerik adds push notification support to cloud services; native SDK available

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The Telerik team, the brains behind the popular developer tools for Windows Phone and other platforms, has announced push notification support for Windows Phone. Every feature supported by the Windows Phone OS is now implemented in Everlive, enabling developers to take full advantage of the functionality in Microsoft's mobile platform, while being able to fully support iOS and Android.

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2 years ago

Microsoft launches SparkedTV for latest news, reviews and other media

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In case you've managed to miss this (as we did), Microsoft has set up a new YouTube channel. This new platform will enable the company to publish and feature videos that cover Microsoft gadgets. Including news and reviews, there's also the "solve" category, which is essentially a collection of helpful tutorials on how to get the most out of the experience.

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2 years ago

Top Windows 8 games to sit back and relax

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Windows Phone Central Roundup: Windows 8 Games

Last week we checked out the Top Windows 8 games for the “hardcore” gamer; this week, we are heading in the opposite direction and taking a look at the top Windows 8 games for those of you who just want to kick back. Cue the relaxing playlist on Spotify, grab a glass of California Merlot, and turn on that foot massager – we are counting off some of the Top Windows 8 games to sit back and relax.

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