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2 years ago

PSA – Check your offline maps on Windows Phone 8 for new updates (Updated)

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If you use Windows Phone 8, there’s a really good chance you use Maps (or HERE Maps, if on a Lumia). Hopefully you have also taken advantage of the offline map ability, which allows you to download regional or state maps to your phone for faster access – and no data charges.

We had a tip from Antonio that his offline map data had an update, so we did a roll call on our team to check ourselves. From Alabama, to the UK, to New York, to the UAE, India, Spain and even Florida, we all had offline map data awaiting to be downloaded. (To clarify, this is not the app that has been updated, just map data).

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2 years ago

Grab the official interactive game program for Super Bowl Sunday!

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This weekend, the Super Bowl takes place. It’s the largest sporting event of the year in the United States. Two teams, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, will battle it out on the gridiron for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. If you’re a fan of either the Seahawks or Broncos then you need to get this app for Windows 8. It’s the Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program and is pretty freaking awesome. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

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Technology moves fast, but the United States government isn’t exactly as quick. Microsoft had originally filed a patent for the Windows 8 start screen in September 2011 (there was some initial confusion at the time on what it meant). The first release of Windows 8 was on October 25, 2012, so in essence, the patent was filled over a year before the operating system appeared on the market.

The design patent itself has just been approved with a stamped date of January 28 2014 – over two years after it was submitted for approval.

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2 years ago

Lumia Black now available on EE for the Lumia 920

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It’s raining Lumia Black! Tips and reports are flying in left and right. The update is showing up in more markets and on more phones daily. Earlier today it came out for the Lumia 920 and 820 on AT&T here in the United States picked up Black, India picked it up the Lumia 520 a few days ago and for Lumia 720 today. Of course China was the first market to start receiving the update earlier this month. Now our friends in the UK are picking up Lumia Black for the Lumia 920 on EE.

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2 years ago

Trade in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and get $100 in Microsoft Store credit

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Thinking of picking up an Xbox One, but it is just a bit too expensive? Well, you might just be in luck – Microsoft wants to help you out and give you $100 in Microsoft Store credit when you trade in one of your existing game consoles. What could be a better way of clearing a space for your Xbox One than getting $100?

The limited time promotion allows consumers to bring in their existing Xbox 360 Slim, Xbox 360 E (the latest generation of Xbox 360 console), or even a Sony PlayStation 3 to receive the $100 credit. Unfortunately if you have the original Xbox 360 or Nintendo’s Wii/WiiU – you aren’t welcome to participate.

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2 years ago

Halo: Spartan Assault is set to land on Xbox 360 this January 31 for $14.99

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The top-down shooter game, Halo: Spartan Assault, has been crashing the party across multiple platforms including Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One. The game has been well received by many critics (including us here at WPCentral) and is helping to set a new standard of what we can expect on our multitude of Microsoft devices. The party is about to expand though – Halo: Spartan Assault will be heading to Xbox 360 tomorrow.

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2 years ago

Lumia Black now available in India for the Nokia Lumia 720

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Two days ago the Lumia Black update for the Nokia Lumia 520 started rolling out in India. That phone is the most popular in India with over 43.3% of the Windows Phone marketshare. The second most popular, the Lumia 720, comes in at more than 12.7% marketshare. So odds are if you aren’t rocking a Lumia 520 in India, you probably have a Lumia 720. If you have a Lumia 720 you should go check for a phone update because Lumia Black is now rolling out.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1's separate volume controls exposed in new screenshot

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2 years ago

Carcassonne wins a place in this week's Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals

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It’s another week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game. Things could be worse – most of us are probably too busy with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (and maybe even Throne Wars) to feel Achievement pangs. But a little Xbox Red Stripe Deal action can’t hurt either. This week’s deal is Carcassonne from Exozet Games for 99 cents. Carcassonne was part of a Black Friday sale in 2012 but has never been a Red Stripe Deal before.

The remaining Red Stripe Deals offer some fine gaming choices as well. There’s Action Bowl 2 from Atomic Bullfrog, Duudle from Visiarc, and Mini Dash from PlayCreek – all for 99 cents. Artifex Mundi’s high quality hidden object game Dark Arcana: the Carnival rings up at $1.49, and the handy app Lock Widgets from Windows Phone Hacker is 99 cents too. Descriptions and Store links after the break!

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2 years ago

Lumia Black now available for the Nokia Lumia 920 on AT&T (Update: Lumia 820 too!)

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It’s finally here. Lumia Black is now available for the Nokia Lumia 920 on AT&T. It’s no secret how much love there is out there for the Lumia 920. Just the other day we asked you guys and gals how it’s holding up. The response was overwhelming, there’s just so much right about the Lumia 920. Well now it gets even better with the Lumia Black update.

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2 years ago

The Nokia Lumia 520 surges in Europe, Verizon may get a 1080P Samsung Windows Phone and more

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New AdDuplex data shows the Lumia 625 following the Lumia 520's growth with both Windows Phones taking Europe. Windows Phone is also shown to have had a rather successful Q4 2013.

AdDuplex, one of the largest advertising providers for both Windows and Windows Phone, has released data for the month of January. As is the case with each report we cover, the company has analysed usage from supported apps running the SDK to see how Windows Phone has altered, compared to previous months.

There were reports that Nokia failed to sell as many Lumia Windows Phones in Q4 2013 as the company did in Q3, but the ad provider recently released data to show that Windows Phone as a platform performed well through the fourth quarter.

Head past the break to see how the platform looks in the first month of 2014, including some new, unannounced hardware.

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2 years ago

Beats Music launches on Windows Phone, now available for download

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Beats Music is now available for Windows Phone users. The music streaming service was first announced over ten days ago. We took notice because Beats Music announced that a Windows Phone app would be launching alongside its Android and iOS counterparts. However, that wasn’t exactly true as we later learned the Windows Phone version would be a few days behind.

Well, here we are, and Beats Music is now on Windows Phone. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

The Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2014

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Welcome to the second edition of the Mobile Nations Community Update! I’m James Falconer, Community Manager at Mobile Nations. If you hang around the forums at Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Smarwatch Fans or Windows Phone Central, chances are we’ve crossed paths. If you haven’t, keep reading and I’ll bring you up-to-speed on some of the most awesome stuff going on in our communities.

Early January was an incredibly busy time for all of us. Not only did we launch the brand new Smartwatch Fans site (headed by Editor-in-Chief Adam Zeis), we also produced #CESlive with our good friends at GeekBeat.tv. CES was a whirlwind of activity, and producing a live show alongside our usual coverage of the show was a huge undertaking... Yet we pulled it off without a hitch. If you tuned into our coverage, I hope you enjoyed it. If you didn’t, check out our recap video (it’s worth a look).

2014 is off to a great start. Mobile Nations is growing. Our staff, volunteers and members remain passionate, dedicated, and eager to take on the coming year. I hope you’ll join in the fun that is (and will be) 2014.

2 years ago

Hold the call as Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets updated with general improvements

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Skype for Windows Phone is an important app, simply because it's the official client for the hugely popular video call service from Microsoft. Whenever there's an update to Skype we rejoice at the fact an annoying bug or issue we've been experiencing with the service itself may have been addressed. Today, the development team has pushed version 2.15.0.154 to the store, which contains "general fixes and improvements."

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1320 available to pre-order in the Philippines and Russia

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