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2 years ago

The Google & Microsoft lifestyle: a match made in hell

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The War

There was once a time when being a heavy Google services user and a Microsoft fan was the easiest choice on the block. The boys in Redmond could provide a robust and productive operating system platform while the Mountain View search cowboys could back you up with web services. Now, the two companies are going head to head and it might just be causing a hellish nightmare for consumers.

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2 years ago

Running Windows 8.1 Preview? Get the latest Patch Tuesday fixes right now

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2 years ago

Dark Quest for Windows Phone now available, Orcs beware

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2 years ago

CEO and president of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford uses Windows Phone 8, plays Minesweeper

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File this under human interest story, but for those of you don’t game much, you may not know Randy Pitchford. He’s the very vocal and prominent face of Gearbox Software (www.gearboxsoftware.com), who is riding high on the success of its Borderlands 2 game (of which numerous writers here at Windows Phone Central are huge fans; Sam still sticks to Halo, sigh).

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2 years ago

Take our Social Networking and Communication Survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

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We're fans of numbers and quantifiable data here at Mobile Nations, and so following after the third week of Talk Mobile 2013, we're turning to our good friend the survey to help compile some data. Week three was focused on mobile social networking and communication. If you missed any of the content, be sure to click over to our Talk Mobile hub and check it out.

The mobile social networking and communication survey will only take a minute or two to complete, and as an extra incentive (not that you guys and gals need it, but we like to give things away), by completing the survey you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card. Hit the link below to take the survey!

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Social Networking and Communication Survey!

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2 years ago

Gorgeous surfer uses both Windows Phone and Surface in new provocative ad

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Summer is enjoyable for so, so many reasons. Longer days, vacations, and the beach usually top the list of things that make summer so awesome. Surfing usually makes an appearance on that list too. Stephanie Gilmore is a professional surfer from Australia. She’s a five-time world champion having won titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. And it looks like she’s keen on two operating systems you and I love – Windows Phone and Windows 8. Video after the break.

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2 years ago

Official Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone gets updated with must-have new features today

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Lumia 925 will have Wi-Fi calling, 16GB of storage and more

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Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the Nokia Lumia 1020, but let us not forget that T-Mobile is poised to launch the fantastic Lumia 925 within the coming days (or weeks). In fact, that press event is tomorrow and we’ll of course be there to cover it.

Now, the support page for the T-Mobile branded Lumia 925 has gone up and we can finally confirm once and for all its final specs.

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2 years ago

Nokia Chat Beta now available worldwide

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Nokia Chat Beta now available worldwide

To be honest, we are losing track of the number of apps and services out there that allow you to communicate. Voxer officially hit the Store last week and Viber has been giving some Windows Phone love lately. Not to be forgotten, the beta version of Nokia Chat receives an update that should make a lot of you folks around the globe happy. It is now available worldwide.

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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV Odyssey now available online from U.S. Cellular, in stores July 11th

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Last week tweets were a tweeting about U.S. Cellular adding the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone to their smartphone lineup and today the wireless provider made it official.

Starting today the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available online and in stores on July 11th.  The 4G LTE Windows Phone will run your $49.99 after contractual discounts and a $50 mail in rebate.  The Odyssey is a good, entry level Windows Phone with a 4" Super AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 8GB of storage, microSD card expansion, a 5MP rear camera, NFC support and more.  The Odyssey joins the ZTE Render (a Windows Phone 7.8 device) as the wireless providers only Windows Phone 8 device.  

We checked U.S. Cellular's website and the Odyssey isn't listed just yet and it may take a little while longer to see it pop up.

You can catch the full presser on the Odyssey announcement after the break.

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2 years ago

Skype updates Windows Phone 8 app to 2.8, brings new enhancements

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To add to what is an increasingly news-worthy day, Skype has just pushed out a nice little update for Windows Phone 8 users, bumping that version to 2.8.0.84.

The Skype app for Windows Phone 8 has had a mixed track record with updates and coming late to the new OS, but with the last few releases it seems to have stabilized and is increasingly getting better and better. What’s more, this isn’t a vague “bug fixes” update but rather has some documented changes.

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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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