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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface users account for 8% of Windows 8 devices worldwide, dominates RT category.

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Latest data from advertisement network AdDuplex reveals usage statistics of both Windows 8 and Windows RT in the first month of 2013. Information presented in this report was collected on January 14th (112 Windows Store apps running the AdDuplex SDK). As well as usages, Windows RT devices and multiple geographic locations are also included.

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3 years ago

Nokia reveals official new TV ad to get users to #Switch to Lumia

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During our recent interview with Nokia’s Chris Weber we asked whether or not the company would start showing off some specific features of their Lumia 920 (and other phones) in targeted ads. It looks like the answer is yes as Nokia today posted a new video urging users to switch to Lumia as the 920 and 820 are shown off.

As expected the ad concentrates on just a few specific areas of the Windows Phone 8 Lumia line: excellent photography, wireless charging and augmented reality (City Lens).

The style of the ad nicely juxtaposes with Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 8 ads with their “Meet the new Windows Phone 8 Reinvented Around You” message (see below) and we have a feeling the two companies collaborated to maintain that consistency.

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3 years ago

Counting down the days with At Countdown for Windows Phone 8

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Looking for a reminder on how many days remain until a special event? At Countdown for Windows Phone 8 devices might be just what you're looking for.

At Countdown keeps track of daily or hourly countdowns to events such as the start of a vacation, retirement, wedding vows, anniversaries, a root canal or a birthday. At Countdown also adds Windows Phone 8 support for the different live tile sizes and lockscreen support.

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3 years ago

Service Alert: Windows Phone Store is having more issues than a magazine rack. [Update 2]

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3 years ago

Rogers expanding Lumia 920 selection with more colours

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Canadian mobile operator Rogers has announced on its official blog plans to bring in more Lumia 920 stock, with a stronger selection of colours for consumers. Taking feedback into account, the team reports that the network will offer the Windows Phone in red, white and yellow. As well as this, there's also a small contest where you could win one of the new Lumia 920s.

Rogers argues it was the first network to launch a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. That may be the case, but we've certainly no forgotten just how difficult it was to physically locate one for purchase. The Mobile Nations team raided a number of stores across the country, until eventually we managed to snatch one.

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3 years ago

Liven up app development with the Windows Phone 8 Emulator skin switcher

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Geert van der Cruijsen has developed a Windows Phone 8 emulator skin switcher, enabling developers who are using tools available to create apps and games to manipulate the look of the emulator itself. A number of smartphones are supported, as well as the different screen resolutions.

We previously looked at the emulator skin switcher for Windows Phone 7, which Cruijsen was also behind. Receiving a number of downloads and requests for a Windows Phone 8 version, we're now here reporting on a new release to cover the latest version of the mobile platform.

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3 years ago

Which is the better Windows Phone 8 HDR app? HDR Camera or HDR Photo Camera

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We've taken a look at the two Windows Phone 8 HDR camera apps, HDR Camera and HDR Photo Camera. They both were updated recently and without a trial version for either, we set out to see which was the better HDR app between the two.

Both are designed to merge three images of a subject at varying exposures, merge the three images into one and offer a higher dynamic color range with the final product. This comes close to being a true HDR process and goes beyond simply applying an effects filter to an image for the HDR effect.

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3 years ago

Snatch the Lumia 820 on Orange UK with £15 tariffs

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We've been made aware of an absolute bargain. For just £15 a month, you can be a proud owner of a Lumia 820 with Orange. The UK mobile operator currently offers the handset with no upfront fee on either its Panther or Dolphin plans. The former contract (for 24-months) includes 50 minutes, unlimited SMS and 250MB worth of data. The package is perfect should you not use an awful lot of allowance, but wish to snatch a Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

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3 years ago

Nokia Pulse Beta now out for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices

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The beta app Nokia Pulse has jumped ship from Windows Phone 7.x to Lumia’s running Windows Phone 8. We previously reported that the app would be built for Windows Phone 8 soon and it has, you can now download it from the Windows Phone Store. What new features does Nokia Pulse bring to the table for your Lumia 820, 822 or 920? Read on after the break.

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3 years ago

Speedtest.net app for Windows Phone 8 available, network errors a plenty

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Speedtest.net is a popular and easy way to test out your network connection speeds. The Speedtest.net Windows Phone app brings all that testing goodness to your Windows Phone 8 device.

The app will discover your download and upload speeds, chart the results to show connection consistency, track past tests, and allow you to share with others your test results.  Or at least that's what the app should do.

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3 years ago

Let’s talks security: LastPass finally becomes useful in redesigned new app for Windows Phone

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LastPass: When you have been on the internet for as long as we have and have as many passwords stored as we do, apps like LastPass get filed under “necessity” for immediate installation. The app has been on Windows Phone for some time but it was always kind of “meh”. That’s our technical lingo for saying it was missing features.

Luckily for us, the app has been bumped to version 1.9 and with a slight redesign and some added new features the app has become very useful for those who have amassed a tome of passwords over the years.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, LastPass (www.lastpass.com) is a service that acts as a password vault for your PC, Mac, Windows Phone…basically every platform out there today. You can use one master password which will allow you to login to the app and you can see everything.

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3 years ago

ProShot for Windows Phone 8 gets pushed to version 2.0: Features added, bugs fixed

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ProShot is a nice camera app alternative for your Windows Phone 8 device and a recent update hopes to add more stability to things. The version 2.0 update should make the app more stable on HTC and Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices but the app is still not compatible with the Samsung ATIV S.

Along with the bug fixes and stability improvements the update also brings a few new features to ProShot.

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3 years ago

Microsoft to push Windows Embedded 8 Handheld into the realm of retail and beyond

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Microsoft aims to showcase a range of technologies that will enable retailers to sort through and better make uses of data to drive strategic insights and fuel business decisions. Such technology will be on show at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & EXPO (mouthful alert) this week. The company aims to provide the necessary tools and information to employees in the retail industry to create a better experience for the customer.

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3 years ago

Be a star! Microsoft wants your Windows Phone app featured on TV

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Microsoft has just announced a new developer contest that should make things very interesting both for developers and regular consumers who use their apps every day. The contest, entitled “Windows Phone Next App Star Competition”, will offer up over $1M in prizes to 64 winners but it’s the top spot that should gain the most attention. 

Should you win the #1 app, Microsoft will feature your creation on a TV commercial featured in primetime.

The way the contest is structured is very simple. Developers just need to have their apps published by March 5th and users will merely vote for their favorite app based on the ratings (“stars”) they give it in the Store. That means apps with 4 or 5 star ratings starting on March 5th will get ranked higher than ones with 2 or 3 stars...

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3 years ago

Tackle re-occurring emails with Email Templates for Windows Phone 8

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Do you have an email that you send on a regular basis from your Windows Phone 8 device? You know the ones that seem to repeat week after week, month after month?  You may want to give Email Templates a try.

The Windows Phone 8 app Email Templates is an easy way to create these emails. From monthly meeting reminders to re-occurring social events, Email Templates could save you a little time while your on the go.

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