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3 years ago

Nokia to announce Euro 900 and 610 Windows phones at MWC?

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Rumor has it that Nokia will be unveiling six phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, among them, two Windows phones.  PocketNow is reporting that Nokia's lineup will include a European version of the Lumia 900, as well as a new model, the Lumia 610.  The 610 may or may not be the elusive Lumia 601 that popped up in a promo video back in November, the only details of which were that it had a 8mp f2.8 camera on the back.  Whether the 610 and 601 are the same or not, the 610 is expected to be a budget model for economy or even pay-as-you-go plans.

As is the case with any upcoming event, we will likely see a swarm of reports in the weeks leading up to MWC 2012.  While it's always fun to speculate and discuss, it's also important to treat them as exactly what they are, rumors.

Source: PocketNow; Via: CNET

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Bug Village

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For the longest time, microtransactions were prohibited in Windows Phone games. Microsoft’s Beards & Beaks dabbled in offering PDLC (premium downloadable content) last July. But no third party games offered PDLC until Gravity Guy’s January update. Before you can buy extra stuff for those games, you’ll first need to purchase the game itself. Bug Village, on the other hand, is the only freemium Xbox Live title so far. The game itself is completely free; developer Glu Mobile makes its profits from the title’s optional content purchases. While this style of game won’t be for everybody, you can color me excited for the potential of future freemium Live titles.

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3 years ago

More 'crap apps' being let loose in the Marketplace

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We previously assumed the Windows Phone Marketplace submission review team had a ritual to get unbelievably intoxicated every Friday night, return back to the offices and let through whatever humorous apps they saw, regardless of functionality. We've now had to revise our assumption, as it would appear that the team is simply having some giggles behind the scene throughout the week.

Introducing the app-that-shalln't-be-named (see above photo), no it's not an app dedicated to Lord Voldemort. This is possibly the most interesting submission due to the obscene graphic as the logo (we've actually censored it to keep WPCentral safe for work), which makes us wonder how on earth something this explicit can worm its way through, especially since Microsoft believes Xbox LIVE Avatar toy guns (that don't actually fire rounds or laz0rz) are offensive to the youngsters.

It's perfectly fine to decapitate heads on Skyrim, shoot aliens in Halo, check out some naked women on the Windows Phone Marketplace, but a toy gun on your Avatar is deemed 'unacceptable'.

"Hours of fun await your fingers"

Unfortunately, should you be looking forward to checking this app out via this article, you'll be slightly disappointed. While hours of fun for our fingers is certainly intriguing to say the least, the reviews of this 'crap app' provide an insight into the app's usefulness:

  • "While quite deceiving, the actual use for this app changed my life! Now I drink champaign and flirt with movie stars all day every day!"
  • "This is by far the *** app I have ever. Downloaded even worse is the fact they use a *** chick to try to reel you in. Watching grass grow is more entertaining than this"

What's with this post, and why are we providing attention without firing out the Marketplace link left, right and centre? It's frustration. Pure and simple frustration. We have apps such as this making their way through while solid submissions such as the Carbon Twitter client and even our own WPCentral app had difficulties for various reasons. Not to mention Ffffound experiencing issues due to adult content policies. It makes one consider if all apps should have naked women as app logos to ensure a 100% chance of approval?

We've certainly been here before, and Microsoft has even responded to our cries out for tighter control with revisions being made to the limit of apps being submitted within 24 hours, but this is starting to get slightly silly now. Either the automated system needs working on, or we need some more human verification. 

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast with special guest Jeff Wilcox today at 5pm EST

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Today we'll be back for another WPCentral Live Podcast streaming in HD right here on the site. That'll be at 2pm PST/5pm EST (10pm GMT) where you can join us for a live chat and discussion of all the week's news so far. This week's lineup:

  • Daniel Rubino - Editor in chief
  • Jay Bennett - Windows Phone developer
  • Rafael Rivera - WPCentral contributing writer, Withinwindows.com

And what we hope is the beginning of a semi-regular feature, we'll have a special guest on board this week which will be Microsoft's Jeff Wilcox.

A lot of you will know him from his work on the Foursquare app 4th & Mayor as well as his contributions to the Windows Phone SDK where he's designed a lot of the tools that developers use for app coding. He recently announced that he was moving to the Azure team at Microsoft and we'll have him on to discuss that as well as other Windows Phone bits.

So tune to the site at 5pm for our live chat room and listen in!

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3 years ago

Chickens Can't Fly for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone now available

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You've seen us tease it on Monday with a video review. Then we gave you even more info on it last night. Now the game can be yours.

Yes folks, Chickens Can't Fly from Amused Sloth is now available in the Marketplace. The hilarious and entertaining game is sure to bring a smile to your face and hours of fun as you answer some important questions like  Can Chickens Warm Up? Can Chicken escape witches? and more while collecting corn and earning trophies.

The game features more than 50 levels, achievements, free ringtones, Global Weekly challenges and eventually avatar awards all for $2.99. We've said it's one of our favorite games on the platform and that the developer has done a bang up job--now you can see if we're lying or not.

Grab Chicken's Can't Fly here in the Marketplace with a free trial. Hit us up in comments and let us know if we're crazy or spot on. (QR Code after the break with our video review).

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3 years ago

Website taking pre-order for White Lumia 900. We're cautious.

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The thing about pre-orders is so long as the site doesn't charge you until the item ships, companies can say whatever they want. Why we mention all of this of course is Negri Electronics are offering to take your $649.50 for an unlocked Nokia Lumia 900 in white. A device that hasn't even been announced officially yet (though we think the it probably exists). We checked out the site via Reseller Ratings and they have a respectable 7.5 out of 10--so they're not a complete scam if that makes you feel any better.

As mentioned above, they won't charge your card until it ships but either they have some early info or they're aiming for some site hits for publicity. We're about 50/50 split on that one, so we're not exactly ready to endorse this as legit, but hey it's your money.

Source: Negri Electronics; Thanks, nokiawp7, for the heads up

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3 years ago

New YouTube Live app for Windows Phone gets the job done

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We'll be honest, we had no idea there is a live YouTube section on their site (http://www.youtube.com/live) but indeed there is, so it only makes sense that some of you would want to watch it on your phones. The app YouTube Live by wsoftvn (devs of the excellent easyTube, easyWallpaper and easyHeartRate) has just been released and it is currently free and ad-free to all. Last we checked, free is a good deal and there's not guarantees that it will last. In other words, you may want to grab it now.

Although the selection of "live" shows on YouTube is a little niche (lots of gaming and Arab channels) when you find something you want to watch, YouTube Live works extremely well. We just streamed a news conference over T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ pipes (admittedly a much better network than AT&Ts for raw speed) and it went without a hiccup--in fact it looked great.  Here are some of the live channels:

  • News: CBC Live, MNT, NTV, TOLOnews
  • Fashion: Fashion TV, Fashion One, NY Fashion Week
  • Sport: Sport Tonight (soccer), Davis Cup (Tennis), WSB (boxing), Wrestling
  • Music, Gaming, Chatting, Talk Shows, etc.

It also has a nice layout, showing what is live now, what is coming up soon and what is coming up in the next 7 days. While we wish YouTube's live selection was better, the app itself works great (we just wish the English Al Jazeera as able to stream). So with that, we have to give it a thumbs up for you to try. Even if you don't use it all that often, it's worth the price.

Pick up YouTube Live here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Free retro gaming Windows Phone wallpapers

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David Bandey, the brains behind the ZX Spectrum ringtones and owner of the Retro Video Game (RVG) music blog, has released a number of wallpapers that fit perfectly on your Windows Phone. Titles include Batman, Arkanoid: Revengoe of Doh and Firefly.

The retro wallpapers are available in three styles:

  • Style 1 – A simple enlargement with smoothing,
  • Style 2 – A classic style comic book ink shading applied,
  • Style 3 – Glowing Neon Edges.

Bandey is taking requests, should you wish to see another title be available as a wallpaper.

Source: Retro VGM Blog

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3 years ago

The making of "Amazing Everyday" Windows Phone promotions in Barcelona [Video]

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Nokia has been busy in Spain setting up "The Amazing Everyday" Windows Phone campaign promotions in a number of train stations, including Madrid's Estación de Ópera. In the video above we can see the team setting up an "Amazing Campus" at the Barcelona University station, and below we can see a setup at Passeig de Gràcia, an important avenue in the city containing many popular pieces of architecture.

Integrating advertising into the locations targeted is an impressive feat Nokia has been illustrating throughout Europe, especially with the deadmau5 performance in London last year. The University will allow Nokia to possibly attract the young souls they previously stated they'd be hunting down to rejuvenate the mobile brand.

Source: YouTube (Passeig de Gràcia video); thanks, Ellis, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Introducing the Nokia Luna (nope, didn't misspell it)

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The Nokia Lumia line of Windows Phone definitely turns heads but did you know that Nokia is offering a matching Bluetooth headset? A headset that is sure to turn heads as well?  The Nokia Luna is a button sized Bluetooth headset that is paired with a base that doubles as a storage case and charger. And it's not only the looks that makes the Luna an impressive headset.

Nokia is rating the standby time of the Luna to be 60 days in the storage case (we're guessing the case holds a maintenance charge) with standby time out of the charger at 35 hours. The Luna is also NFC in that you can pair it by laying it flat against the back of a Lumia Windows Phone.

The Luna is available in five colors to match your Lumia handset and just looks cool. We've been told that the Luna is "coming soon" to the U.S. Market. No words on pricing but Euro versions are being imported for around $90 (when you can find them). Once we get our hands on the Luna, we'll get a more detailed review up. In the meantime, hit the break for another Luna video that also highlights the Lumia 800 color choices.

source: Nokia; Thanks, Ellis, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Facebook official app v2.3 now live in the Marketplace [Images]

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We mentioned how this morning version 2.3 of the official Facebook app should be going live today and true to their word, it has.

The new version brings a complete redesign of the UI as can be seen above in some new screenshots. The panorama look makes the app more Metro friendly and more importantly, it adds much more functionality like the ability to see and add "likes" to posts. There's also a refined tool bar at the bottom with quick access to Check in, Add (post) or quickly add/take a new photo.

In addition, you now have access to pages, groups, feed filters, privacy information and banner images. Speed of the app seems on par with before and we're hoping for more reliable notifications (always a tricky issue that is more Facebook than Windows Phone).

So far it looks to be a solid and respectable update, something many of you have been wanting for months now--so are you satisfied? Hit us up in comments...

Pick up the official Facebook app version 2.3 here in the Marketplace (and watch our video tutorial on how to force the update).

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Solvr

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Windows Phone Game Review: Solvr

Looking for a painfully challenging game for your Windows Phone? Give Solvr a try.

Solvr is a math game where you are given a group of numbers and a target value. You have to match the target value by adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing the provided numbers. It sounds easy until you get started solving the puzzle.

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3 years ago

A romantic "The Amazing Everyday" in France

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Love is certainly in the air with a Nokia Twitter contest in the UK, but Nokia France is pushing the bar up higher by setting up a floral display of roses on the the Place du Palais Royal, in Paris. The public will be given roses for free, along with a box that contains a card with a "2 for 1" meal offer.

From February 9th to March 11th, 2012, Nokia will offer the "2 for 1" deal with every Nokia Lumia 710 or 800 purchased to mark the "Amazing Valentine's Day". Participating restaurants will be able to offer the lucky couples a deal on the menu. Check out the offer on Facebook for more information, and the rules of course.

Source: MonWindows Phone

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3 years ago

Nokia UK Valentine's Day Twitter Headphone giveaway

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While we're all treating those we love (or are fond of) with expensive gifts, Nokia UK is giving away 5 pairs of their fuchsia Purity headphones in a Twitter contest. How does one enter? It's easy, simply tweet to @Nokia_UK with a film/song title that includes the word "love", replacing that word with "LUMIA". Be sure to include "#LoveforLumia" in the tweet.

Hurry up should you wish to enter as the competition ends at 5pm GMT (just 2 hours away). Check out the giveaway page for the T&Cs. This is open to those who reside in the UK.

Source: Nokia's Facebook Page

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Reinstaller

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One thing I miss about Windows Mobile is the ability to reinstall apps from a central location. Either from ActiveSync, a backup file or the Windows Mobile Marketplace reinstalling apps after a hard reset or setting up a new phone seemed to be easier back in the day. That is until now.

Reinstaller is a new utility app for your Windows Phone that creates a list of all the apps associated with your Live account and helps you to install all or just some of them. It's not the perfect system to reinstall your apps but it's a step in the right direction.

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