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3 years ago

Report: Nokia Ace to receive "Hero" status from AT&T, part of $100M campaign

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BetaNews is reporting tonight from undisclosed sources that the upcoming Nokia "Ace" aka Lumia 900 will be part of a massive advertising campaign, with a reported $100 million dollars being spent promoting the highly secretive device. It's not clear if that money will be spent equally by Microsoft, AT&T or Nokia or divided amongst the three in another fashion.

Perhaps more importantly the phone is reported to receive "hero status" from AT&T which according to BetaNews means that the carrier will "...will promote the device in its advertising, through its retail channels and direct store associates to push the device within its stores." Such a position would be the first for any Windows Phone in the US, perhaps finally giving the the beleaguered OS a shot in the limelight. If all goes well with this Nokia Ace/900 push on AT&T another source indicated that Microsoft is hoping to get carriers to "hero" another device for the 2012 holiday season.

While sources for this story remain undisclosed the information in general terms is exactly what Microsoft and more recently Nokia have essentially promised when launching here in the United States. Most recently this was confirmed when Nokia CEO Elop commented that they were "game" for stepping up their performance, especially in relation to carriers in the US. And considering how much Nokia has invested in Europe e.g. the Deadmau5 event, we imagine they have big plans here for the States.

More will be revealed of course next Monday at 6PM EST when Nokia holds their media event at CES in Las Vegas. Nokia is expected to reveal the "Ace" or Lumia 900, a device with a 4.3" "clear black" screen, 16GB of storage, 4G LTE for AT&T and a front-facing camera.  We'll be their live, covering the event.

Source: BetaNews; Thanks, Domnic T. for the tip!

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3 years ago

Das Image and Designspire bring art to your Windows Phone [Video]

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We like art, photography and images just like a lot of you. And sometimes we just want to find a photo on the internet. So we're pleased to present two great apps that we figure you'll want to know about:

Das Image - This app has been out for awhile already and it's garnered  4.5 stars out of nearly 500 reviews. There's a reason for that: the app is buttery smooth, has a gorgeous layout, allows you to save images and search to your heart's content. The app is very Bing-centered but also brings down Flickr, 500PX and other sites with just a tap. In addition it has predefined categories to help you get your browse-on.

The best part? This app is completely free and has zero ads. So why is it not on your phone already? Go get it here in the Marketplace.

Designspire - This app is also not new but it did just go to v2.0 with Mango features.  More importantly, it was completely re-written giving this app a much needed fresh start. This app is great for graphic designers our there, those who love imagery, art or just like to look at cool stuff. The app is very Metro, based on the Start screen design and features an intuitive and unique layout.

The app pulls images and articles from some of the top sites out there including Adaptive Path, Core 77, Cool Hunting , Colour Lovers, Design Critique, Frog Design’s blog, Design Shack, Dexigner, Design Observer, FFFFound, Ideo, IXDA and more. All of those sources are also pinnable which is a nice touch. Designspire goes for a modest $1.29 with a free trial and we're more than pleased with it. You can pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Overall, two outstanding apps in the Marketplace that will sure to keep your eyes and senses busy. QR codes after the break...

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3 years ago

Sally's Salon washes its hair, dresses up fancy as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Last’s week’s sale game may not have been very exciting, but this week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week is much more enjoyable. Starting tomorrow, Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition goes on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition is a time management game – the only example of the genre in the mobile Xbox Live lineup ever since the much inferior Star Wars Cantina got pulled. Over the course of 73 levels, players will help Sally keep customers happy by washing their hair, cutting it, and performing a number of other services. Her shops get busy though, so you’ll really need to stay on your toes. As I mention in our review, it’s tons of fun and the Achievements are quite reasonable. If you’re open to playing a game with a feminine theme, you won’t regret the purchase.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition goes on sale this Wednesday, for one week only. Scoop it up here on the Marketplace. Also, don't forget that Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne) is this week's new Xbox Live release.

Update: The sale price is live.

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3 years ago

Six Apps to help with your New Year's Resolution

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New Year's Resolutions. Everyone makes them but not everyone keeps them.

Sometimes it just takes a little help to keep your Resolution and your Windows Phone might do the trick with the right app. The most popular Resolutions likely deal with diet, fitness, financial management, better time management, stopping bad habits (drinking, smoking, betting on the horses, etc), and travel. We have compiled a list of six apps that we think will help you keep your New Year's Resolution or in the least, give you a fighting chance at success.

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3 years ago

Three UK has no near-future plans to stock the Lumia 900?

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The official Three UK Twitter account was hit with the question of whether or not the carrier has any plans for the rumoured Nokia Lumia 900. As can be seen in the screen shot above, their answer to Digixav is pretty non-specific and lacks any real detail, but they do confirm that the Lumia 900 exists to an extent.

On the other hand, the Three UK Twitter moderators could well be confirming that there are no visual indication according to their resources that the carrier will be stocking the Lumia 900, and this is simply nothing at all. We do have confirmation that the Lumia 710 is on its way to the network though.

Source: Twitter (ThreeUK), via: Digixav

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3 years ago

Unofficial Klout app now available in the Marketplace

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We showed you last week a 3rd party Klout app for Windows Phone that would make an excellent official version, in our opinion. That app is now available for free in the Marketplace for download.

Klout (see site), as you may or may not know, is a new service that estimates your level of influence on others via social networks e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. Depending on how many people follow you, re-Tweet what you say or who you interact with influences your score. In turn, having a high score can open the door to "perks" which are basically methods of promotion. One of those perks we saw late last year was giving away 500 Windows Phones, so sometimes it is worth it.

The 3rd party Klout app by Julien Dollon though is an excellent program for the service and Windows Phone in general. Pick it up here in the Marketplace. Thanks, @N4vX, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Wild speculation post: Sony Ericsson with a Windows Phone next week at CES

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Look, we're not going to beat around the bush here, this post is total wild rumor-mongering, but SE asked us to guess so we are. Sony Ericsson (Netherlands) has put up a Tweet teasing a big announcement next week, presumably at CES:

"We're getting ready for some very interesting news next week...what do you think it could be?"

Normally we'd pass this off as "just another Android announcement" and it could very well be. However and perhaps it is just coincidence but we seem to have caught a theme of tiles throughout the above picture which was posted in conjunction with the aforementioned statement.

Could this mean that SE is finally on board with Windows Phone? If you recall, SE was announced as a key-launch partner for Windows Phone back in early 2010 and even had a working prototype (see above) but it was canceled at the last minute with the company turning towards Android. Back in May of this year, SE went on record as saying that they were "leaving the door open" for Windows Phone if it should start to take off. Finally, Sony has the option to port over the Sony PlayStation Suite, something they mentioned back in January, 2011.

So has that moment arrived or are we just looking too much into this?

Source: @SonyEricssonNL; Thanks, Jan Z., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 now available in Italy

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Lumia 710 now available in Italy

As promised last month, Nokia's Lumia 710 is now joining its sibling Lumia 800 in Italy.  The mid-range Nokia handset is available for purchase on two different Italian sites.  You can get both black or white on NSStore for €299.90 or the same on Redcoon for €294.00, including VAT.  The Lumia 710 is a nice, entry-level WP7 phone, complete with:

  •     3.7-inch TFT LCD display at 800x480 resolution
  •     Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  •     8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM
  •     Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); quad-band 3G (850/900/1900/2100)
  •     1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor
  •     1300 mAh battery
  •     5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
  •     Dimensions: 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm
  •     Weight: 125.5 grams
  •     WIfi 802.11 b/g/n
  •     Bluetooth 2.1
  •     aGPS

Source: Plaffo; Thanks, Antonino!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 2012 New Year Sale includes HTC Radar 4G

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T-Mobile is looking to kick-start 2012 with a bang, following some interesting deals closing off the year. A New Year sale will be activated on the first weekend of January, starting Friday 6th, through to Sunday 8th. The Windows Phone on sale is the HTC Radar 4G (our review) running Mango. The only catch is that the purchase must be accompanied by a two-year Value Plan contract.

Should you be interested in the handset, after a $50 mail-in rebate, you'll be able to pick one up for just $49.99. 

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

More details on Nokia's Lumia 900 Ace

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PocketNow has gotten their hands on details about the Nokia Lumia 900 (aka, Ace), which is heading to AT&T.  Despite past speculation that it would ship with the version of Windows Phone known as Tango, it will indeed have version 7.5 Mango.  As Nokia's flagship phone, the Lumia 900 will sport:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8MP camera
  • 1830mAh battery

The Ace weighs in at 160 grams, just slightly more than the Lumia 800's 142 grams.  This is doubtless due in part to the larger screen.  Despite the greater weight, both handsets look to have the same thickness, about 12mm.  PocketNow took the specs of both phones and used them to create the above comparison picture.

It's not yet known how much storage the Ace will have, but a supposed leaked spec sheet from October showed both a 16GB and 32GB option, though its veracity has been highly questioned.  Based on what we know of Nokia's other handsets, there is no evidence to support the theory that they would offer multiple storage options.  We should find out for sure at CES, where it is also expected that Nokia will unveil a mid-range offering, the Lumia 719.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Lumia 900 "Ace" featured on Nokia Pulse webpage?

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We could be looking too much into this, or it could actually be the Lumia 900 being featured on Nokia's Pulse webpage. Looking at the above screen capture does reveal some notable differentiation when compared to the Lumia 800. The capacitive buttons are closer to the edge of the handset, it looks marginally taller, but no FFC can be spotted. We'll pass it onto you guys to decide, an interesting find nonetheless. This is -of course- running off the "modified 800" render rumour, but it could well be the "Ace".

Whatever the above is, we'll see the launch of Nokia's U.S. Windows Phone at CES.

Source: Nokia, thanks Jack for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Word Puzzle

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Word Puzzle is another boggle styled word game for your Windows Phone that follows in the footsteps of similar games such as Word Arena and Wordrix. Word Puzzle presents you with either a 4x4 or 5x5 grid of letters that you have to create words from.  The 4x4 grid is challenging enough but if you really want a challenge, the larger 5x5 puzzle can really be humbling.

You create words by dragging your finger from letter to letter (moving left, right, up, down or diagonally). When you're done creating the word, just lift your touch and the word is registered and you earn points.  Instead of playing simulataneously against others trying to solve the same puzzle, Word Puzzle has you competing against the clock (two minute rounds) for the highest score.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone development on a Slate [Developers]

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Those of you who follow the Microsoftie world will probably know of the Samsung Series 7 Slate. Microsoft gave these out for free to every attendee of the BUILD developer conference in Anaheim this past September (press had to return them though). Roughly a month after the conference they popped up on the Microsoft Store available for pre-order - albeit slightly nerfed.

I finally bought myself one in December for Windows 8 development. Since then I haven't really touched any dev in Windows 8 (going to wait for the Beta) and have just been using it as my secondary Operating System. What I have been doing on the Slate though, is WP7. And it's awesome!

Take a look at the spec's below:

  • Display: 11.6 in SuperBright LED-backlit HD (1366 x 768) - 8 finger multi-touch
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
  • Hard drive: 128 GB SSD (also available in 32GB and 64GB)

While it doesn't look particularly powerful in relation to today's desktop's and laptop's - it really does pack quite a punch. Booting into Windows 7 takes around 20 seconds to be fully loaded and Windows 8 a mere 10 seconds. For day-to-day tasks there isn't a single program that my 6-core Phenom can run faster (presumably this is because of the SSD).

Here is a short video demonstrating an app, Relaxify X, running in the emulator, along with deploying it to an actual device:

So if you have a thousand bucks spare and want a really shiny late Christmas present, I suggest picking one of these up. There's no denying that they are very expensive for what you get compared to a traditional laptop, but if you're looking to get into the Windows 8 market early, or just want to do Windows Phone 7 development without being tied to a device then it's perfect.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: December 26, 2011 - January 1, 2012

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Welcome to the first weekly summary published in 2012 (happy new year everyone)! We've had a relatively busy week with Christmas and the New Year taking priority at WPCentral HQ, but we're back for a quick run through on this week's stories. While it's been pretty quiet in the land of Windows Phone, things are set to heat up as we draw closer to CES (which we'll be covering!).

Our forum Admin Dave Blake takes us through the most popular threads from our Windows Phone forum for 2011. Should you be tired of socialising, then perhaps a gift guide could be of interest? We've compiled a handy guide for anyone who's new to the platform and requires app/game suggestions. We're joined by the makers of Bug Village, Glu Mobile for a developer interview. Head on past the break for the full summary.

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3 years ago

Who needs Apple's Siri? We have Ziggy for Windows Phone. [Video]

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If there was an over-hyped technology in late 2011 it was perhaps Apple's Siritheir voice recognition/information application for the iPhone 4s. Now we'll admit that Siri is quite a strong piece of tech one that we wish Windows Phone had built-in in addition to our Bing Voice service, but the marketing machine behind Siri was a tad overwhelming. Then again, there's no denying facts: Bing Voice while pragmatic for certain tasks is still behind Apple's Siri in some ways.

However, developer Shai Leib has given us Windows Phone users an option: Ask Ziggy. The new app is a free, ad-free and as far as we can tell, completely unique. We spoke with Leib about his project and how it works:

"Ask Ziggy uses Speech Recognition to translate human speech into transcribed text, which is displayed in a speech bubble. The transcribed text is analyzed for patterns to detect commands or general queries. Commands are interpreted and routed to routine phone tasks such as emailing, texting, calling, social network updates, and getting directions.

When a general question is asked, a mixture of mash up technologies and web scraping is employed to search the web for relevant responses. Pattern matching is used to summarize a direct answer from a web page. Several passes may be required to find a concise answer. A direct answer is then spoken out loud, and displayed in a speech bubble. When a direct answer cannot be summarized the user is prompted by speech to click on their search bubble to see web search results based on their spoken query."

That's some pretty impressive work for a single developer if you ask us. The actual voice-recognition software is based on Nuance but the data fetching and matching are all his doing. And it works. That's one thing we want to stress here, we didn't find this app gimmicky at all but instead quite useful for mathematical questions, random trivia, posting to our Twitter/Facebook/Live, getting directions, flight status and more. Having the phone read back to you the answer in a clean, minimalist setting makes it feel smart. Heck, it even got our Monty Python question right (see YouTube video).

The version you see in the video is heading to the Marketplace as we speak but you can grab the slightly older version right now. Give it a go--it's free, useful and really quite an extraordinary app. Leib also has a lot of plans to further refine and enhance the experience including expanded speech grammar, multi-language support and even language translations. Check out the Ask Ziggy website here for more info.

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