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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Grab the Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone for AT&T for just $90

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2 years ago

OneShot for Windows Phone 8, the first indie app to show off the power of the Nokia Imaging SDK

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Nokia unveiled their Imaging SDK back when the Lumia 1020 was unveiled in New York City. The Nokia Imaging SDK allows developers to easily integrate photo editing capabilities into their apps, kind of like Aviary but with a slightly different approach.

The Imaging SDK from Nokia gives the power to developers, leaving them to build the UI for the app. OneShot is one of the first apps in the Store that uses the Nokia Imaging SDK and it is pretty dang awesome. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Latest data shows Windows Phone holding 24 percent of the Finnish smartphone market

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Finland has been in the spotlight today with news that the Lumia 520 has taken the best seller spot across three national mobile operators. We're not halting with that report as it hascome to our attention that StatCounter paints an interesting picture regarding market share in Finland. According to the web traffic analysis company, Windows Phone holds 24 percent of the smartphone market.

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2 years ago

InstaPic, the first fully-featured native Instagram app for Windows 8, is now available

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We recently reported that the developers behind the popular YouTube apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, PrimeTube, had a new one in the works titled InstaPic. The app was to be the very first, native Instagram client for Windows 8 devices, allowing you to see all of your images, activity, share images and more importantly, post directly through the app from your photo library or device camera.

We’re happy to report that InstaPic is now live in the Store and ready to be downloaded to your Surface or Windows 8 machine. You can see in our video tour that a native app, as opposed to an inferior “web wrapper” app, provides a fast and fluid experience. Indeed the app is quite fun to use and for being a 1.0 release, it’s quite stable (we did occasionally have a loading issue here and there, but trivial).

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2 years ago

All work and no play makes my smartphone something something - Talk Mobile

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There was a time when the smartphone was a tool of the businessman. The BlackBerrys and Treos and Windows Mobile smartphones were connected corporate networks - and often issued by those corporations. Over the last several years that has changed dramatically, with smartphones becoming the province of the consumer.

So prevalent has smartphone usage become among the general public that corporations are beginning to perform a 180 on smartphone policy. They're increasingly comfortable with you hooking up your personal device to their secured corporate network.

Does that mean we need a new breed of device, something that can balance the needs of the personal user and the business user? Or do we already have the smartphones and tablets that can do that? And how do you manage the distraction of the personal at work and the work at home? Would we be better off just shoving the phone into a drawer throughout the day, or is there benefit to being able to pick it up and get in a quick Facebook check?

Navigating the world of smartphones and business, work and personal, isn't the easiest thing, but there's got to be a solution, right?

2 years ago

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2 years ago

Fruit Ninja slashes its way to Windows Phone 8 on Xbox, though previous owners will have to buy again

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The popular game Fruit Ninja, which has taken the Kinect and Xbox 360 by storm, has not had an update in so long we though the game was dead. More specifically, the previous version had not been updated to support Windows Phone 8’s HD graphics or other advanced features like rapid resume, making the super fun game less exciting.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Halfbrick Studios has just published a new 1.0 version for Windows Phone 8 devices, which includes the aforementioned additions. That’s the good news, because truly Fruit Ninja is one of the best quick-play arcade games for mobile these days, even if it’s a few years old. The bad news is you’ll have to plonk down another $0.99 for the game, even if you have previously purchased it.

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2 years ago

Nokia's Lumia 520 takes Finland by storm; top seller on multiple networks

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The Lumia 520, Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone available, has taken Finland by storm. According to a report over on Teknikka & Talous, a "techno-economic journal that deals with technology and innovation" and one of the largest in Finland,  the affordable mobile device is the top seller on Elisa, DNA and Sonera for the month of July. The report states that while the Lumia 520 only launched in the country last month, it's already the best seller across all three mobile operators.

Considering Samsung has taken the number one spot from Nokia in Finland, this is good news for the manufacturer.

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2 years ago

Escapa, a simple yet challenging Windows Phone 8 game

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Escapa is a simple, straightforward Windows Phone 8 game that isn't without challenge. The goal is to guide a little red square around the playing field, avoiding contact with the blue objects and the playing field borders.  Sounds easy enough but those pesky blue boxes are persistent and room to maneuver can get tight.

Escapa has a level generator that reportedly can generate four billion levels of play giving you plenty of gaming.  You can test your avoidance skills up against the clock or play on-line against other Escapa players to see who can rack up the best score.

Graphics are simple, game play direct and overall Escapa isn't a bad game to pass the time with.

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2 years ago

Google again extends ActiveSync support for its services on Windows Phone until December 31st

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We're today revisiting the Exchange ActiveSync saga between Google and Microsoft. Google has once again provided Windows Phone consumers with an extension to access services using EAS. The company extended the grace period to July 31st, but now Google will be looking at December 31st to provide Microsoft more time to implement CardDAV and CalDAV support in the latest Windows Phone 8 update, according to a report over on The Verge.

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2 years ago

Vodafone to stock the Nokia Lumia 925 32GB version in Australia

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The Lumia 925 is one the latest flagships from Nokia, sporting a unique aluminium design and other advanced features. The Windows Phone is launching globally in both 16GB and 32GB variants and Vodafone Australia will be looking to pick up the latter for its customer base. As an exclusive deal, the mobile operator will be offering the increased storage to cater for the incredible shots taken with the camera.

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2 years ago

O2 announces UK 4G LTE launch date, looking to catch up to EE

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UK mobile operator O2 has announced that the company will be launching its 4G mobile network on August 29th. The operator will snap up second place in the LTE race here in the UK, following EE's incredible lead to get established over its competitors. Initially available in London, Leeds and Bradford, O2 will be planning to extend the service to cover a further 10 cities by 2014. 

This is the news many consumers have been waiting for. EE will now be challenged by O2 and competing networks as the likes of Vodafone and Three also hop on-board and launch their respective network upgrades. How much will you be looking to fork out for 4G on O2? The basic 4G tariff will be starting at £26 a month - though it's not yet known what the plan will include.

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2 years ago

Oggl and Oggl Pro for Windows Phone get another update, myriad of fixes in tow

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Hipstamatic Oggl and Oggle Pro both launched last Friday. The apps were teased to come to Windows Phone back in May at the Nokia event in London. Since then, many of you in the community anxiously waited for them. When they did come out on Friday they were met with mixed impressions. We love getting big apps in the Store, but they were very much first versions of the app. The latest update today addresses a variety of those issues. Let’s check them out.

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2 years ago

Audible and Netflix both updated for Windows Phone

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2 years ago

Instagram makes more changes, restores Windows Phone third-party app posting privileges, for now

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Instagram has evidently made one more change, hopefully the last, to their API for publishing photos to the service. We can now confirm that users can upload to the network using third party apps like Instance, and that those photos are public (unlike the last change). That’s an improvement from yesterday, where posting was blocked only to return later, but with photos marked as ‘private’.

At this point, it is unclear if Instagram is reversing course out of good will or if this was part of their plan, with the side effect of monkeying with third-party apps. Regardless, if you have Instance on your Windows Phone, you should be able to directly post without any compromises. No telling how long that will last though.

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