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2 years ago

In light of the split, Lloyds and TSB release mobile banking apps for Windows Phone

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There has been a steady stream of banking apps released for Windows Phone. Since Lloyds and TSB have broken up, it only makes sense that we see two new apps launch on the platform. If you're a customer with either brand, you'll now be able to login and connect to your accounts, taking full advantage of mobile banking in a Windows Phone experience.

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2 years ago

Lights, oven, locks: Controlling your home from your phone - Talk Mobile

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Over the years our homes have gradually improved, with better insulation, more efficient heating and cooling, modern layouts, and exceedingly solid building codes. But the infusion of technology into our homes has been slow, incremental, and typically severely isolated.

Sure, there have been computerized home automation systems for decades, but they've generally been unwieldy, expensive, and difficult to install in even new builds (let alone existing homes). But maybe rise of lightweight operating systems, miniaturized sensors, wireless networking, and cloud technology can making the automated house more of reality than we ever thought possible?

How can mobile technology and connectivity make our homes safer and more secure? And what good can a smartphone or tablet do us in the kitchen, or helping out with chores around the house? And when are we going to get to the day where every surface is an interface - and should every surface be an interface anyway?

2 years ago

Nokia to launch six new devices at its Abu Dhabi event next month; includes new Lumias

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Nokia will be looking to unveil six new products at its Abu Dhabi event next month, according to a report over on The Verge. We'll be looking at two new Lumia Windows Phones and four other devices that could include the Asha feature line. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans also tease that a range of new accessories will be announced to compliment the main show.

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2 years ago

Nokia adds portrait-mode to their Panorama app in latest update

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2 years ago

Microsoft telling Apple fans it's #timetoswitch with iPhone buyback program

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2 years ago

Photo Glitch for Windows Phone enables you to corrupt and distort photos

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Do you find that there's too much talk about creating beautiful photos with the Lumia 1020 and other Windows Phones? You'd not be alone, but there's a handy solution for you. Photo Glitch is an interesting little app that makes it easy for you to corrupt and distort images captured by or stored on a Windows Phone. The end result can be fairly awesome indeed.

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2 years ago

The Impossible Line, a Windows Phone puzzle game that will test your memory skills

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2 years ago

Check out property throughout the UK with Rightmove for Windows Phone

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There are many ways to locate the perfect home to turn into your humble abode, from local media to websites and estate agents. Rightmove (www.rightmove.co.uk) is a leading UK property website that specialises in helping you find your next property. With over a million properties to search through, the Rightmove team has released an app for Windows Phone for mobile browsing.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 available on Three UK; contracts start from £34

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Mobile operators in numerous regions around the world are beginning to stock and sell the Lumia 1020. Nokia's rather niche flagship Windows Phone is an expensive delight that's packed with innovation and functionality, boasting a 41MP shooter, 2GB RAM and more.

So how much will you be looking to pay with Three? Contract pricing starts from £34 a month. You get unlimited data, 500 minutes and 5,000 SMS.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Studio receives new updates, claims hundreds of apps now published

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Back in early August, Microsoft announced a new program aimed at empowering you to create your own apps. Windows Phone App Studio may not be for guys who know their way around Visual Studio, but it’s a great way for people to create niche apps that only they will use. That program is still in beta, but has continually received new updates. The latest came out today. So let’s check out what’s new.

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2 years ago

Dell amazes with new Inspiron 7000 series and sub $400 Ultrabook

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Just in time for the holiday season, Dell has announced a few new additions to its line of PCs. Typically Inspiron has served as the company’s budget line of machines, but with these latest editions, Dell is going above and beyond to make budget seem premium for Windows 8.

The first introduction is a selection of new Inspiron 7000 series laptops. Typically, Inspiron units have been made from plastic, but not this time; this time, the 7000 series is made of “forged aluminum” and features “diamond-cut beveled edges”. According to Dell, the 14-inch model that measures in at .6 inches is 27% than its predecessor. The 15 inch and 17 inch models are just as impressive, coming in at .9 inches and 1.1 inches respectively (Remember, these are budget machines).

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2 years ago

Meet Panos Panay and see the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at your local Microsoft Store

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Yesterday Microsoft officially announced and detailed the upcoming Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. They also revealed over half a dozen new accessories for the Surface family and all those new gadgets went on pre-order this morning. Surface boss Panos Panay also did an AMA on Reddit yesterday where he and the Surface team answered hundreds of questions. If he didn’t answer one of yours, you might be able to ask him in person at your local Microsoft Store.

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2 years ago

Report: Sales surge in the US for low cost Lumias but more expensive ones remain elusive

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New data shows entry level Windows Phones doing very well, while the Lumia 1020 remains niche; Nokia near 90% of the Windows Phone market

AdDuplex have released Windows Phone ecosystem data for the month of September. The company powers the ads that are found in Windows Phone apps worldwide and have become a solid metric for platform statistics.

This month's data continues a few trends, including steady growth of Nokia's dominance and the rise of low-cost Lumias. However, the high-end market, including the Lumia 1020, have so far not sold nearly as much. Expectation due to niche device or market failure?

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2 years ago

500px photo sharing app lands in the Windows 8 Store

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2 years ago

What’s with Stephen Elop’s getting millions for what many consider to be a failure?

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Today it seems everywhere you turn in the financial media, there is a story about how Nokia’s chairman screwed up in disclosing information about Stephen Elop’s bonus package to the media. Some of the reporting on it is a bit wonky, so I thought I’d clear things up.

Long story short, Nokia’s chairman was initially quoted as saying Elop’s contract was essentially the same as that of the prior CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. When a Finnish newspaper, “Helsingin Sanomat”, dug into his employment contract, which is published to the SEC website, they discovered one important major difference. Elop stands to have his stock compensation vested in an accelerated manner should he resign following a change of control. The prior Finnish CEO didn’t have this clause. The difference amounts to about $25 million, according to various other folks who did the math (I didn’t, and I’m assuming their math is correct).

People love to complain about these things. A Forbes article even went so far as to say that Elop gets paid specifically because he managed to get the stock to go down, and then sharply up again on a takeover bid from Microsoft. The Forbes piece made it seem like this roller coaster action was a requirement to trigger the bonus.

That’s not true. Here’s what is true:

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