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3 years ago

Microsoft to expand "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign to TV

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AndroidCentral's Phil Nickinson feels the burn

What we thought may be a one-off contest has seemingly turned into a viral campaign by Microsoft. The "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest was started back in CES in January and has since gone to the road with tours and most recently showed up at Mobile World Congress in 2012 and Hong Kong.

Now Microsoft is looking to the expand the coverage and even pushing it to TV--that's right, soon we'll all be able to see Microsoft "picking a fight" with Android and iOS broadcast everywhere. In an interview with Bloomberg, Aaron Woodman, director of Windows Phone revealed as much:

“It doesn’t feel like we’re really pushing apart from the competition,” Woodman said. “We need to go pick a fight.

We’ll do TV spots, the question is where. Microsoft is patient and willing to use deep pockets, but we’re also respectful of shareholder value so we want to pick appropriate countries and spend levels.”

Hopefully we won't be waiting too long as we think this is an effective strategy and would certainly like to see more.

Source: Bloomberg; Thanks, Stephen M., for the heads up

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3 years ago

Release dates for UK Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 revealed?

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Good news for those of you in the UK, tech site Mobile Fun is reporting that they have the dates for your new Nokia phones, the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 610, representing both the high and low ends of Nokia's new beachhead strategy.

The 900 featuring a 4.3" screen and front facing camera will reportedly land on April 9th--a date that's not too far off and seemingly in line with recent rumors.

Likewise, the Lumia 610 will is rumored to be available June 11th when it will launch with Windows Phone "Tango" to better support low-end specs such as 256 MB of RAM. That makes sense as it'll give developers a few months to re-structure their apps to meet those new low memory requirements as well as time for Microsoft/Nokia to finish any last minute touches to the OS.

By June, Windows Phone users should have quite the array of Nokia devices to choose from.

Source: MobileFun; Thanks, hipporama, for the heads up

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3 years ago

TELUS Lumia 800 Windows Phone now available from just $49 with contract

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The Canadian carrier TELUS has an interesting deal currently active for the Lumia 800 Windows Phone, which is priced at $49.99 (dropped from $249) when purchased accompanied by a $50 (three year term) plan. The Nokia handset is present in black, cyan and magenta.

The device has been anticipated by those who have been awaiting for the carrier to launch the Windows Phone, but should a contract not be up your street, a no term option is available for $529.99.

Source: TELUS, thanks Ryles for the tip!

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month Winners!

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First, WPCentral and Mobile Nations would like to thank everyone who participated in the February Fitness Month event. We set out to show how your Windows Phone could help with your fitness goals and discovered some nice apps along the way. The WPCentral Forums discussion was full of comments on everyone's efforts to get and stay fit.

While fitness was the focus, there were a few incentives along the way. Three winners won gift certificates to the WPCentral Store as the month of February rolled along. Late last night, we randomly drew for our Grand Prize winner and two runner-up prize winners from all the comments posted in the Fitness Month discussions.

Our Grand Prize winner, who walks away with an Xbox 360 and Kinect, is onix7cv!

Our Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset runner-up winner is willied and vincentw56 is the other runner-up winner who will receive a gift certificate to the WPCentral Store!

While February Fitness Month has drawn to a close, the challenge now becomes to keep up the fitness efforts. Good luck with it and again, thanks for participating in the Mobile Nations Fitness Month!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: MyWalk

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Windows Phone App Review: MyWalk

MyWalk is a simple app for your Windows Phone that tracks your exercise walks. But the app goes a little further than simply tracking your walks.  Your walking efforts are presented accumulatively daily and as you walk about,  you can monitor calories burned.   MyWalk tracks your walking exercises by location services and by your Windows Phone motion sensors.

You'll need to choose if you're walking indoors or out and from there, all you need to do is walk.

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3 years ago

New Lumia 800 Windows Phone firmware addresses more issues

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The brains over at the XDA Developers community forum have been playing around with a leaked Vodafone branded Lumia 800 ROM, which MobileTechWorld has been testing against bug reports and what previous software updates addressed. 1600.2487.8107.12070 is set to be the next step from the previous major firmware release (1600.2483.8106.11500) for the Lumia 800 that addressed battery and WiFi connectivity issues.

The following is a compilation of all known fixes / improvements in 12070:

  • Battery drain issue has been fixed
  • Lack of audio Bass when listening through headsets has been addressed 
  • Auto-white balance issue with the camera has been fixed
  • Hardware buttons backlights are now always illuminated at all available screen brightness levels
  • Diagnostics app has been updated to prevent users from receiving misleading technical readouts about their device

MobileTechWorld has noted that we should expect to see this update to be rolled out soon. We've reached out to Nokia for more details. Should you be an owner of the Lumia 800, fear not as it would appear the manufacturer is working hard to fix all user-reported problems.

Source: XDA Developers forum, MobileTechWorld

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3 years ago

Nokia is offering free Xpress-On covers for your Lumia 710!

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If you've purchased a Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone from T-Mobile, you've got a free gift to claim. Nokia is offering a free Xpress-On cover in the color of your choice to anyone who has purchase a 710 from a T-Mobile retail/dealer store in the U.S., Puerto Rico or District of Columbia (don't shoot the messenger).

All you need to do is go to nokiacolorcover.com and choose the Submit Your Request option in the top banner. Claiming your cover is a painless four step process and when completed, you should get your cover in 4-6 weeks. You can even check the status of your request through the Color Cover website.

Oh... and the free cover offer won't last forever. You'll need to claim your cover by March 31, 2012.

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3 years ago

Weather26 update adds Live Tiles and GPS

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The Windows Phone weather app Weather26 (here's our review) was updated today to version 1.6 which now adds Live Tile service. The previous update, version 1.5, added location/GPS services to your location search page.

The Live Tile will place the current conditions for your default location on your Windows Phone Start Screen. The reverse side of the tile will show when the conditions were last updated. 

The other big addition that hit with the v1.5 update is the use of location services to set a forecast location. When you go to add a forecast city, just tap the satellite button at the bottom of the screen. From there you can customize the location and add it to your list.

The Weather26 updates brings two nice features to a nice weather app for your Windows Phone. I would have liked the next days forecast appear on the reverse side of the tile but knowing when the tile was last updated has its uses.

Weather26 is a free, ad supported app for your Windows Phone that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Health&

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Windows Phone App Review: Health&

If you need a simple Windows Phone app to track your weight, blood pressure, glucose levels, and medications take a look at Health&.  I liked the Health & app but it may not appeal to everyone.  The layout is simple, straight forward but I couldn't help but feel something was missing.

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3 years ago

DoDonPachi Maximum flies to Xbox Live next week

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Speak of the devil! Just yesterday we were sharing the DoDonPachi Maximum teaser trailer, and now it’s going to be next week’s Xbox Live release. Yes, Cave’s Windows Phone-exclusive shoot-em-up comes to the Marketplace on Wednesday, March 7.

The game’s official description:

Dodge and destroy your way through 15 unique stages routes that branch according to your skill. Accurate touch controls guide your ship with ease. Touch the screen with two fingers to activate the all-powerful "Laser Bomb" and clear the screen of enemies! Unlock new ships to beat the game with! Blast your way to a full achievement list. This is bullet hell in the palm of your hand!

DoDonPachi Maximum, the first Japanese-developed mobile Xbox Live game, will cost $4.99. Shmup fans, prepare to enter bullet hell on March 7. The week after that, Gerbil Physics!

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3 years ago

Tinchy Stryder signed Lumia 800 Windows Phone competition winners announced

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To celebrate the Nokia UK Facebook page accumulating 200,000 'likes', the Finnish handset maker set up a competition for four lucky winners to receive a Tinchy Stryder signed black Lumia 800 Windows Phone (see above photo). They have just announced the four winners on Facebook today who will be receiving the handsets.

As well as the main winners there were also three runners up listed who each will receive a Nokia Purity Headset by Monster. If you look closely at the photo, does the signature look smudged to you?

Source: Facebook (Nokia)

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3 years ago

The All Blacks take down a flying Lumia 800 recording the team [Video]

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The All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby team, were being recorded by a hovering Lumia 800 Windows Phone when they took it down with an accurate throw. Not too sure what the video is supposed to be promoting, apart from the phone being relatively sturdy and being able to record while flying through a training ground, but it's a laugh nonetheless.

Source: YouTube (Nokia), thanks tommohammed for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Marios Karagiannis: Why I prefer to develop for Windows Phone

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Marios Karagiannis, developer of popular indie game Monster Up (our review), has published an interesting article on his personal blog detailing why development for Windows Phone is preferred by him over iOS and Android. While going into some detail, Marios provides the reader with three reasons why he believes Microsoft's mobile platform is a more appealing choice.

Both iOS and Android have far more marketshare than Windows Phone, which provides developers with a safer submission into the ecosystem through the higher possibility of ROI (return of investment). When developers think of Windows Phone, it's the smaller user base that's scary and prevents ideas blossoming or app / games being ported. Just why does Marios prefer the platform?

Reason 1: Developing for Windows Phone is enjoyable

"Developing for Windows Phone is fun. I love the SDK, I love the tools, I love the whole experience. I have been developing games since I was a little boy and the reason back then continues to be the reason right now. I am having fun developing games."

Reason 2: More free time for personal life activity

"Making games is not my main activity. This blends a bit with the other reasons. Spending 1-2 hours per day developing games for Windows Phone allows me to go about doing the other things I am doing in my life (finishing my PhD and having a family). I strongly have the feeling that this would not exactly be possible using any of the other two platforms and be dedicated enough to master either of them."

Reason 3: Emerging Windows ecosystem

"I have placed a bet with Windows Phone. And not just with Windows Phone, but with the up-and-coming Windows ecosystem. For me right now, Microsoft is the new Apple. It innovated constantly in many fronts and has some amazing successes to show for its efforts."

Be sure to head over to Marios's personal website to read up on the full post, and if you haven't already you should check out Monster Up, which can be downloaded from the Marketplace for $1.29 (£0.99).

Source: Marios Karagiannis

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3 years ago

Unlocked Lumia 900 available for pre-order at Clove UK for £528

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Clove UK has announced the availability of the international Lumia 900 on their blog today, which will set the buyer back £528. While Clove has failed to specify a date as to when the Nokia Windows Phone will be ready to ship to customers, we would expect it to fit in with competitors such as Unlocked Mobiles and Carphone Warehouse, who are also set to stock the 900.

What's interesting to note is the pricing, and Clove seems to be far behind other retailers. Unlocked Mobiles is offering the same (unlocked) handset for just £445, almost £100 cheaper.

Source: Clove UK

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3 years ago

Gauge your Windows Phone camera performance with CamSpeed

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Want to know just how good your Windows phone's camera is?  Check out CamSpeed, the new app from Sofica.  With CamSpeed, you can benchmark the focus and image capturing capabilities of your phone's built-in camera.  Not only that, you can compare it your other devices, as well as those of other CamSpeed users by uploading your results to Sofica's online charts.

CamSpeed allows you to adjust resolution, focus mode and flash mode, then measures:

  • - Focus Time
  •   (time from focus call to successful focus event)
  • - Capture Start Time
  •   (time from capture call to the moment when the capture sequence has started)
  • - Capture Image Available
  •   (time from capture call to the moment when an image is available)
  • - Capture Completed
  •   (time from capture call to the moment when the capture sequence is complete)

Download it here for free.  Online results can be viewed at http://www.sofica.fi/CamSpeed/.

Thanks, Markku, for the tip!

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