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3 years ago

Introducing PHON.ES, our new URL shortener for Windows Phone Central & all our Mobile Nations sites!

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Since we’re days from kicking off the New Year, we figured we would roll out our new URL shortening service this week and start on a clean slate. You see, when we write our articles and a URL is generated, it could be super long resulting in gangly hyperlinks. When dealing with social networks like Twitter where characters are limited to just 140, a shortener is a must.

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3 years ago

My 500px for Windows Phone 8: For 500px fan in all of us

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If you're a 500px photo website fan, you'll like the new Windows Phone 8 app My 500px. Not only will My 500px let you rotate photos from 500px as your lockscreen but you can also log into your 500px account to view your photos, favorites and "like" images.

You can set the lockscreen by 500px feature, category and sort by ratings, vote counts and other criteria. From the three dot menu you can set the lockscreen rotation cycle from 1 hour to 24 hours.

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3 years ago

Nokia to get initial $65M payout from RIM for patent use

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Although the stock market as a whole is down due to America’s ongoing blowhard budget bickering, we think investors have yet another good reason to buy Nokia (which is down today 3%). RIM will reportedly make an initial payment of $65 million to Nokia for their WLAN patent settlement from a few weeks back.

The settlement came after Nokia brought a complaint against RIM in U.S., United Kingdom and Canada claiming RIM was in violation of WLAN patents. The case went to arbitration and was found to be in favor of Nokia, resulting in an undisclosed settlement. Now information of the initial lump sum came forward via RIM's 6-K filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in addition “ongoing payments” for the right to use Nokia’s tech will also be provided.

Say what you will about Nokia but the company does have one of the strongest patent portfolios around and since money is tight right now, they are seeking to collect where they can. While $65 million won’t save the company, that’s not a bad “bonus” to add to the books at the end of the year.

Source: All Things D; via CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Testing the limits of Nokia's wireless charging pad

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Ever wonder what all the Nokia wireless charging pad can work through? The obvious question would be "Can the wireless charger operate through a protective case?" but Windows Phone Central reader Nisse Tuta took things a bit further.

From a sock to a cooking pot, the wireless charger was put through the ringer of sorts. The Nokia Lumia 920 successfully made contact through every object except the metal cooking pot. The charging connection was even successful while holding the Lumia 920 a few inches above the charging pad.

I just wonder if Nisse had have put the Lumia 920 in the pot then placed the pot on the charger would it have worked. You can catch the full discussion on Nisse's wireless charging experiments here in the Windows Phone Central Forums.

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3 years ago

Heading back to school? Grab Grapher Calculator for Windows Phone free for a limited time.

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Although none of us here at Windows Phone Central are in school anymore, we do still suffer flashback nightmares of Calculus I, II and beyond. And yet we have fond memories of our TI -81 graphing calculator, which is why we have an affinity for Grapher.

Grapher Calculator is not only one of the top paid apps for Windows Phone, it’s also well worth the price of a $1.49. It has all the advance functions you want, customizations options and it was even recently updated to support Windows Phone 8’s higher resolutions for super sharp graphics.

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Verizon offering the HTC 8X for $99.99

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Verizon Wireless is now offering the HTC 8X Windows Phone for $99.99 after contractual discounts and for $549.99 off-contract.

The online listing shows that the 8X is available in red, black and blue and that this is for the 16GB version of the 8X. Which makes this a very nice deal when compared to AT&T and T-Mobile who are asking $199.99 for the 16GB version of the 8X.

You can find all the details on the Verizon 8X here at Verizon Wireless.

Thanks, everyone, for the tip!

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3 years ago

iBomber Defense Review: WWII strategy made simple

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Slowly but surely, Nokia and Electronic Arts continue to pump out Nokia-exclusive Xbox Windows Phone games. These titles also include games from Chillingo, a popular mobile publisher owned by EA. The latest Chillingo-published exclusive iBomber Defense comes from Scottish developer Cobra.

Originally an iOS game, Cobra’s tower defense title has since branched out to other platforms like Steam and Windows Phone. Fans of the genre should be thankful for that, because other than some performance issues and rough Achievements, iBomber Defense is the best traditional tower defense game in the Xbox lineup.

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3 years ago

Rdio Updated for Windows Phone 8

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Rdio Updated for Windows Phone 8

The popular cross-platform streaming service Rdio has just released an update to their app to make it Windows Phone 8 friendly. Microsoft has done an excellent job with their home grown Xbox Music service but at present it is still not cross platform and that can be a sticking point for many users.

Rdio will allow streaming playback through the web, a range of mobile devices and also though music appliances like Sonos. Read on to check out some of the changes.

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3 years ago

HTC HD2 soldiers on past Win Phone 8, runs Windows RT

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3 years ago

HDR Photo Camera for Windows Phone 8 updated, adds settings and more [Updated]

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The Windows Phone 8 app, HDR Photo Camera was updated to version 2.0.0.15 today. Along with performance tweaks to address stability issues, the HDR camera app now has a settings menu and the ability to review the source photos used to create the HDR image.

The settings gives users more control over the capture parameters and a high resolution processing option (overall image resolution remains at 7.1MP at the 16:9 aspect resolution). HDR photos are basically the result of merging a bracketed image (same picture taken at different exposures) that creates an image with more vibrant colors and greater dynamic range between the lighter and darker areas.

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3 years ago

Race the short tracks with Red Bull Kart Fighter World Tour

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Red Bull Kart Fighter World Tour is a Windows Phone game that puts you behind the wheel of racing karts to compete in the global kart racing circuit. It's a fast paced racing game that offers unique racing venues in eighteen countries, has over thirty achievements to earn and a ton of races to win.

Red Bull Kart also has two game modes, upgradeable karts, a handful of control options, and great graphics. If you like racing games Red Bull Kart Fighter World Tour is a worthy addition to your Windows Phone gaming library.

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3 years ago

Get help with the Windows Phone 8 app Tap for HELP!

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3 years ago

Samsung to ship 500 million phones, including new Windows Phones, in 2013?

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In 2012, Samsung became the largest phone manufacturer in world, selling over 420 million handsets. According to an article in the Korean Times, they plan on increasing that number by over 20 percent, to a whopping 510 million phones, in 2013. The Korean electronics giant says that 2013 will be the year that they stand out from their biggest competitor, Apple.

Samsung saw huge success with their Galaxy line of phones, powered by Android. And while they will surely continue down that road, it appears that they will also be adding some more Windows Phone 8 handsets to the mix.

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3 years ago

When’s it gonna rain? Just ask SkyMotion, now available for Windows Phone.

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Here in New England, we’re getting hit with some nasty winter weather: snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain and all the variants of wintry precipitation. And if you’re planning your day—especially if you golf, ride a motorcycle or were looking to schedule something outside, knowing when that rain is going to happen is important.

Enter in SkyMotion, which just does just that—it pulls down your location and in various, user-selected time increments, tells you the chance of rain in your exact area. Sure, other weather apps tell you that info in a general sense, but this is about granularity, specificity and SkyMotion kicks it up a notch.

The app was previously on Android and iOS but is now available for our Windows Phones...

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3 years ago

Announcement: Our Selections for The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience in Las Vegas!

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Alright folks, it's time to announce the 6 lucky people that will be joining NVIDIA and Mobile Nations at CES 2013!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the members that submitted an entry. We really appreciate all of the time and effort everyone put in, and the response was quite overwhelming.

So, getting down to business... after much debate and discussion, we have selected 6 stand out entries. These folks will join the Mobile Nations and NVIDIA crews in Las Vegas for CES 2013!

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