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2 years ago

Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint gets previewed in new hands on video

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We've got some interesting news for you, folks. PhoneArena has managed to get hold of the new ATIV S Neo, which will eventually be heading to Sprint. The Samsung Windows Phone was announced by the US mobile operator last month, showing signs of support for Microsoft's platform along with the HTC 8XT.

While not an entirely new ATIV product, Samsung has built on the strengths of the original ATIV S, offering Sprint customers something unique, but also familiar with Windows Phone 8. Think of the Neo as the Lumia 928 to the Lumia 920. It's part of the same family but with a different taste. If you own the ATIV S, you're not missing out. But if you're looking for a new Windows Phone, there's certainly a strong choice for you on Sprint.

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2 years ago

Having trouble downloading Halo: Spartan Assault for your Windows Phone? Microsoft working on a fix

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Last night at 7PM ET, the world finally got their hands on the highly anticipated first ever mobile Halo game, Halo: Spartan Assault. At least, that was the plan.

We already knew that here in the US, Verizon would have an exclusive for 30 days before those on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint could grab it, but as it turns out, a lot of others in the rest of the world also had difficulty getting the game.

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2 years ago

Nokia launches Capture The Night; win a Lumia 925 and trip to NY

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The Lumia 925 has received praise for the improved optics and software on-board to make low-light photography an absolute breeze. First introduced on the Lumia 920, Nokia added OIS (optical image stabilisation), leading to amazing results and is now pumping up the hype for its latest flagship Windows Phone. Introducing Capture The Night, Nokia's launching a promotion to market the new smartphone here in the UK.

To prove just how good the Lumia 925 is in low-light settings, the company has sent 15 units to secret locations around the UK. Each night at 9:25PM (starting on July 24th), each and every Lumia 925 will snap a photo at every location. This is where consumers get involved. As well as showing off the result of the improved imaging capabilities, Nokia will be giving away all 15 Lumia 925 handsets (as well as a trip to New York) if you can guess where that specific Lumia 925 is.

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2 years ago

World of Dr. Pickaxe for Windows 8 update adds Xbox controller support and more

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Because indie games usually come from very small teams, their developers tend to take personal responsibility for their games’ shortcomings and actively work to improve them. Such is the case with Tainicom, the Greek developer responsible for The World of Dr. Pickaxe (a pinball game) on Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Only two months after the Windows 8 and RT version of Dr. Pickaxe debuted, this week’s update fixes practically every complaint from our previous article. It adds a bunch of new features like Xbox 360 controller support as well. See all the improvements in our video after the break!

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2 years ago

The bright, foggy future of mobile computing - Talk Mobile

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Smartphones have come a long way from the days of the Palm, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile phones of yore. Heck, they've come a long way in just the last few years. What were once merely appliances, simple tools of siloed information and conduits are now adaptable powerhouses that have worked their way into nearly every facet of our lives. We're more connected than ever before, and thanks to the rapidly advancing reality of smartphones and the services that support them, we're likely to be even more connected in the future.

But what will that future bring? Can we expect the chips and screens and radios that make up our smartphones and tablets to just iteratively evolve, or is there a revolution in sight? What about the software on those devices - is there room for substantial improvement, or have we already met the interface of tomorrow? Is more of our data going to move into the cloud? What about the actual computer itself? Just how aware are these devices and services of who we are, what we're doing, and what we're likely to do?

The future of mobile computing is exciting, terrifying, intriguing, and confusing. It's bright, but hazy. What lies ahead?

2 years ago

WhatsApp now tells you when your Windows Phone push notifications are broken

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In recent weeks, the team behind the popular messenger WhatsApp have been aggressively pushing out updates for Windows Phone, including a somewhat major overhaul of behind the scenes plumbing.  But if there was one area where people always had complaints about the app, it was with its notification system not working reliably.

We’ll spare you the details of why notifications sometimes fail on Windows Phone, but we can say that things are at least improving. In fact, the Nokia team working with WhatsApp to develop the service has certainly been a positive influence on the app, making it more dependable.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Design team on 2015 OS redesign rumor: LOL

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Earlier this week, a rumor was started by a certain “journalist” who shall remain unnamed stating that the Windows Phone team was looking to “start over” in 2015, including a re-write of the OS and that they were even considering toying with the Modern look of the UI.

A few of you tipped us on it, asking us to cover the news but it’s a safe bet that if we don’t re-report something, it’s because we think it’s garbage. Indeed, this “journalist” has been more wrong than right in his ambitious predictions about Microsoft, Nokia and Windows Phone in the past, but other tech sites are addicted to his bold headlines.

Now, the Windows Phone Design team, responsible for the UI and "theory" behind Windows Phone, has evidently had enough, as they have publicly rebuked the rumor via their Twitter account.

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2 years ago

Nokia means business, becomes more aggressive at courting enterprise

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Nokia has been delving in both the consumer and enterprise market, but has never really tackled the business sector with full force. The company then chose to back Microsoft and build hardware running Windows Phone. This gave Nokia numerous possibilities, one being stronger foundations for heading into the enterprise market and snapping up businesses.

What better way to get in bed with companies than partnering with the software giant that provides backend solutions?

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2 years ago

Sprint HTC 8XT finally available for purchase, as Windows Phone returns to the carrier

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Way back at the beginning of 2013, Sprint announced that they were returning to the Windows Phone fold with two new devices slated for release at a later time. Those devices, one from HTC and one from Samsung, were not revealed until months later, prolonging what has to be an endurance run for those on Sprint and who enjoy Microsoft.

Today, July 19th, the company has finally put on sale the HTC 8XT (previously known as the Tiara), an interesting new release from the OEM that seemingly combines the best aspects of the 8X, 8S (bottom half) and One, into a fairly solid looking mid-range Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Save even more on the T-Mobile Lumia 521 Windows Phone

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Yesterday we shared that HSN.com was having a weekend sale on the Nokia Lumia 521 from T-Mobile. The price has been reduced from $149 to $99.95 through this Saturday, July 30th at midnight EST.

If you're on the fence about the Lumia 521, LiveHotDeals.com has a coupon code for this deal knocking down the price to $79.95 (new T-Mobile customers only). Just enter the coupon code 135235 at check out and you'll save another $20.

Source: LiveHotDeals.com

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Essential Games Collection

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Windows Phone Central Roundup: Essential Games Collection
Windows Phone Central Roundup: Essential Games Collection

Over at the Windows Phone Store, Microsoft has created a handful of app and game collections that include photography apps, sports apps, music apps, and other categories. For this week's roundup we take a peek at the Essential Game's Collection.

The Essential Game's Collection is a wide range of gaming titles that include puzzle games, word games, card games and more. We plucked four titles for this weeks roundup that we concur are essential games for our Windows Phones. Games that are addictive, entertaining, and a great way to pass the time with.

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2 years ago

Official Facebook app for Windows Phone updated with latest beta features

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Microsoft has once again updated the official Facebook app for Windows Phone, bringing the public version up to speed with the beta. If you've not been following our rather frenzied Facebook Beta coverage, this latest release (5.0.3.0) includes numerous improvements and fixes. These include the ability to unfriend someone, as well as "unlike" a page and numerous stability improvements - essentially everything from each update since version 5.

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2 years ago

New official WPCentral app patch available

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You may have noticed a new update for your official Windows Phone Central app appeared earlier this week, followed by another one this morning. In the interest of keeping our readership informed we thought it best to let you know what these minor patches are for, but if you'd rather just get on with being up to date you can grab the update here in the marketplace.

The brief changelist and a little information on what's changed can be found after the break for those of you who enjoy technical details!

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2 years ago

Xbox 360 remains the highest selling console in the USA - hits 30 consecutive months

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has always been an incredibly impressive console in terms of sales and the company’s recent announcement of its successor, the Xbox One, has not slowed it down one bit. The Xbox 360 remains the top sold console and has hit thirty consecutive months.

According to Microsoft, the Xbox 360 has maintained its position as the top US console last month selling over 140,000 units. The company states that the Xbox 360 platform (hardware, software, and accessories) brought in over $197 million dollars in June.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Nokia Lumia 521 on sale over at HSN for just $99

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The Nokia Lumia 521 has always been a budget friendly Windows Phone and HSN.com is now offering it at a very attractive price.

Through midnight on Saturday, July 20th HSN.com is offering the T-Mobile Windows Phone for a single payment of $99.95 or for interest free flexpayments as low as $24.99.  HSN.com has a little history with the Lumia 521, initially offering the Lumia 521 at launch for $149 and was bundled with a car charger and screen protector. While this current deal isn't a bundle, with the $50 saving you can easily buy your own car charger and screen protector.

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