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3 years ago

Nokia World: Kinectimals demonstration video

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One of the nice things about attending industry events is that we get to meet Microsoft representatives and have them demo Xbox Live games for us. Case in point: at Nokia World today, this nice lady was kind enough to show us the mobile version of Kinectimals. Watch the video to see her selecting a kitten, exporting the little fellow to the Xbox 360 game, and playing a jump rope minigame with it.

Speaking of which, the advanced jump rope Challenges get annoyingly tough, don’t they? The rope speeds up and slows down erratically, which often leads to my cat tripping over the rope when my concentration lapses. He sort of deserves it because he is a bad kitty, but that’s beside the point. Thankfully, you don’t have to beat every challenge to advance in Kinectimals – even the Achievements only require 25 gold medals, which isn’t that many.

Kinectimals will cost $2.99 when it officially launches on November 2. At that time you'll be able to pick up the kitty simulator here on the Marketplace. 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 update brings WiFi tethering

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We have been keeping an eye out for WiFi tethering to makes its way onto different first generation WP7 devices via Mango and firmware updates, and now it seems that the LG Optimus 7 just got it.  According to users on Plaffo, a new update is being pushed for the Optimus 7, which adds the ability to use your phone as a wireless hotspot.  Sadly, not all first generation devices will be able to do this, but it looks as though the Optimus 7 is one of them. 

We haven't heard anything from our peeps yet.  Has anyone else been able to get this up and running?

Source: Plaffo (Thanks, Antonio!)

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3 years ago

Sprint decides they like the Arrive; tout it for business

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It was less than two weeks ago that we told you that Sprint made the HTC Arrive the posterboy for their trade-in program for people to upgrade to the iPhone.  Then, two days after the story (not that we're taking credit) they changed their mind, thinking that the Arrive may be a handset worthy of holding onto (the same cannot be said for the LG Lotus Elite). 

Now, in the latest edition of Sprint Connection, they are actually promoting it.  The caption praises the Arrive, now with WP 7.5, as a great tool for business owners, touting it's ability to stay connected to people and easily take notes using the text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities.

Like we said, we're not saying we had anything to do with this, but it sure is refreshing to see Sprint give props to its only WP7 phone, and one of the better first generation WP7 phones across the board.

Source: Sprint (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)

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3 years ago

Quick tour of Nokia Music app for the Lumia series [Video]

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So not a lot has been shown of Nokia Music, their free app that will be on board the Lumia 800 and 710. Think of it as a Zune II but without the cost. Basically you get to find music, stream it and create playlists. In addition there are pre-made mixes, similar to 8tracks--you can even save them for offline playing. If you want a song, it takes you to their own music store where you can buy tracks individually. Finally, you can even browse for upcoming concerts, which was a nice touch as it adds Eventful like functionality to the app.

Overall a nice service which will augment Zune.

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3 years ago

Nokia 800 doesn't support TV Out and cannot be used as USB mass storage

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According to some reports that have been published around the web, the Nokia 800 is to sport TV Out and have the ability to be used as USB mass storage. These features were indeed found on the official specification read out on the Nokia website, but have since been removed. We will be heading over to the World of Nokia to confirm if said features exist or if this was simply an error (For the record, Windows Phone 7 OS supports neither, so we're highly doubtful that this will be reversed).

FLAC is reportedly supported in addition to Ogg Vorbis, which could be down to the Nokia Music app. Zune doesn't support either format, which raises some red flags in our book. We'll work to verify.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

Orange UK: Upgrade to Nokia Lumia 800, get a free Xbox 360

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Wow. What a deal Orange UK is running today. Evidently if you upgrade to the Nokia 800 Lumia from your existing plan, you'll get a free Xbox 360. Not bad at all. Here are the details/Terms & Conditions:

"If you’re an Orange pay monthly mobile customer on an existing 12, 18 or 24 month plan and you’re eligible to upgrade we’ll give you a free Xbox 360 if you upgrade to a Nokia Lumia 800 handset on an 18 or 24 month Animal plan. This offer opens on 16 November and closes on 30 November.

If you are eligible for this offer, you can pre-register your interest in the Nokia Lumia 800 on-line at www.orange.co.uk/nokia800, or pre-order it in an Orange store, from 26 October. When pre-ordering the handset, you’ll need to pay a £10 deposit. If you successfully pre-register your details, or pre-order a handset, we may reserve an Xbox 360 for you until 30 November. If you preregistered, you’ll need to upgrade online or in an Orange store; if you preorder you’ll need to upgrade in the same Orange store you paid your deposit in before 30 November, or any Xbox 360 we may have reserved for you may be offered to other customers.

Your Xbox 360 will be shipped within 30 days of upgrading. If you return your new Nokia Lumia 800 or exchange it for another handset you’ll also need to return the Xbox 360 in pristine condition. Our returns policy will apply, check it out orange.co.uk/terms."

Head here to get started! Thanks, Paul, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 hands on [Video]

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Nokia Lumia 800 hands on [Video]

And just like with the 710, we got some hands on time with the much acclaimed Nokia 800 Lumia--but this time in a more quiet and better lit environment, thank you Nokia.

The device is pretty smashing. The screen really is one of the best we've ever seen both in terms of color ("wet" blacks) and just how it pops up at you. The touch sensitivity, always a finicky setting, seems perfect to us on the device as well. The unibody design makes it truly an elegant piece of art  and with a top notch camera, really makes this an excellent device.

Needless to say, we want one. Bad.

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3 years ago

Nokia Music does not replace Zune music

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Nokia Music does not replace Zune music

Just a short FYI for some of you who are wondering: Nokia's services, while super awesome, do not in any way alter or replace Microsoft's. That is Zune co-exists just fine with Nokia Music. Likewise, Nokia Drive/Maps does not replace Bing at all either. Both are just loaded up like any other apps on the device.

So fret not, you won't be losing any Microsoft services with a Nokia Windows Phone, you'll just be gaining Nokia's awesome stuff.

Look for our Nokia Music video tour in a little bit...UK internet is hardly broadband today

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3 years ago

Vodaphone UK showing Nokia love with £60 in vouchers

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Vodaphone UK is now advertising their upcoming Lumia 800, along with a promotion for £60 in vouchers when you order one.  If you are one of the first 10,000 people to purchase a Lumia 800, you will receive a £10 voucher each month for six months.  The vouchers can be used for everything from phone accessories to coffee at Starbucks.

Vodaphone UK is not yet taking pre-orders, but will begin on November 4.  In the meantime, you can register for updates on their site, using the source link below.

Source: Vodaphone UK (Thanks for the tip, Gmotagi)

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3 years ago

Nokia 800 for € 499 and € 99 on Orange France plus free Monster headphones

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For those who are on Orange France, you'll want to take a look at this deal from The Phone House. If you pre-order it today they'll also throw in a free pair of those Monster headphones valued at € 199. You can order it without a contract for € 499 or with for € 99, which seems like quite the deal to us.

Word of warning though on those Monster headphones...we're not liking the stability of the jack end as far as the cable goes. Other than that, sound quality is excellent.

Source: Phone House; via MonWindows Phone

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 shows up for pre-sale in Italy

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It looks like the Nokia Lumia 800 is has alreasy popped up for pre-sale in Italy.  The popular online store Euronics has the new handset available for 499€ ($695).  According to the site, the Lumia 800 officially goes on sale on November 20. 

The newly-announced Lumia 800 is a pretty impressive first offering from Nokia:

  • Single-piece body.
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED display at 800x480 resolution
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor with hardware acceleration
  • Windows Phone 7 Mango
  • 1450 mAh battery
  • 16GB internal storage, 512MB programmable memory
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); quad-band 3G (850/900/1900/2100); 14.4Mbps
  • 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash
  • 720p video capture at 30 fps
  • Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • aGPS

 Source: Euronics; Via: Plaffo (Thanks for the tip, Antonio!)

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3 years ago

Nokia 710 Lumia hands on [Video]

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Nokia 710 Lumia hands on [Video]

So we got to play a bit with the Nokia 710 Lumia which was just announced here at Nokia World. Overall it's a solid phone with great build quality and those fantastic physical keys in front (which don't feel "cheap" at all to us).

The device while not as elegant as the 800 is still a winner in our books with an excellent camera and that amazing Nokia screen on board. Plus the white color is a nice change for Windows Phone.

Check out the video for our quick impression and if you want more, we'll shoot another later. And yes, the Nokia 800 Lumia video is on its way too...sit tight. Sorry for the alarm by the way. Looks like someone really wanted a new Nokia phone!

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3 years ago

Quick take: Microsoft Lync Mobile for Windows Phone

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Hey, look at that! Microsoft Lync Mobile was on hand, in beta form, for us to play with on a Nokia 800. The communications app for enterprise was quite snazzy and very fast from  our brief hands on. You get your contacts, IM, email and status updates all from within a very nice Metro app.

No video support in this version but for the basics it looks solid. Look for it as a free download soon in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Nokia's media campaign for 800 and 710 Lumia in photos

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We've heard about Nokia's plans to advertise the heck out of their new Lumia line (the 800 and 710) and now we get to see what some of it looks like in person.

There's little doubt that Nokia's artistic stylings match elegantly with Microsoft's Metro design language and the two play off of each other nicely.

Here at Nokia World they have a whole section dedicated to what their in-store stands and advertising stylyings will look like. We give it an A+.

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3 years ago

Summarizing Nokia World

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Summarizing Nokia World

As one could have guessed from our ranting and raving about the Press WiFi (and the UK cellular network), we had little opportunity to cover what was being presented on stage. However, don't be fearful about disappointment as we have summarised the entire morning in easy-to-digest chunks. Should you be confused about what actually happened and what was presented to the audience then head on past the break. 

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