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2 years ago

Reminder: Last Chance to win Sonos Speakers, Hue Lights and more in our Connectedly site launch contest!

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May is quickly coming to an end, which means it's your last chance to enter to win some awesome prizes in Connectedly's site launch contest! In case you missed it, Connectedly is the newest site in the Mobile Nations family, which focuses on the world of wearables, smart devices and the Internet of Things.

Entering is Easy

Simply jump over to the contest post on Connectedly at the link below and leave a comment. If you're already a member of any our Mobile Nations sites including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore and WPCentral, you can simply login with the same account info. If you're not a member, you can register here - it only takes a few seconds.

Click Here to go to Connectedly and Enter to Win! >>

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2 years ago

Movie Maker 8.1 gets transition video-effects and much more in today's big update

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Movie Maker 8.1 is a well-received video editor app for Windows Phone 8.1. It’s also the first one in its category, being made by Venetasoft, and the app has been receiving a steady stream of updates, including two in the last 24 hours. One of those updates brought with it a lot of new features that users have been demanding, including those transition effects.

As usual, we have the full change log with details not found in the Store and even a few more secret codes to giveaway. Head past the break to get in on the action!

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2 years ago

Does your Windows Phone need a case? Join our discussion

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There are a few questions that stand the test of time such as, "Ford or Chevy?", "Boxers or Briefs?", "Blondes or Brunettes?" and with Windows Phones it seems that "Case or no Case?" is that one question that never seems to go away.

Windows Phone Central forums member Qais Abu-Hasan is the latest to pose the question. Qais is planning to get a Lumia 930 and has concerns that a case will ruin the amazing design of the Windows Phone. However, there is also concern that the aluminum trim will be prone to scratching and needs the protection.

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2 years ago

Explore 3D and Yelp makes finding three dimensions easier in Bing Maps Preview on Windows 8.1

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Bing Maps for Windows 8.1 has introduced a whole slew of new features, ranging from user interface tweaks to tie-ins with popular services like Yelp and TripAdvisor, to expanded regional availability of transit and driving directions. The preview version of Bing Maps has added in the ability to find cities with 3D models on the map through an Explore 3D experience. You can also mark locations as favorites and have them sync across Windows Phone and PCs, and the search bar (which is now always visible) provides automatically suggested results as you type.

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2 years ago

Microsoft rewarding Scripps National Spelling Bee participants with a brand new S-U-R-F-A-C-E

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Microsoft had a special gift for participants in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, a brand new Surface tablet along with an Office 365 subscription. All 281 spellers received the package, along with a Skype gift card for calling and texting mobile phones. Skype program manager Yan Zhong says that the gift card was included to let participants continue to foster friendships made during the Bee, in a post on the Micorsoft in Education blog.

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2 years ago

Check out Disney's new 'Castle of Illusion' running on the Surface Pro 3 and Lumia Icon

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2 years ago

Subway Surfers takes on Tokyo in today's update of the popular runner

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Subway Surfers is one of the few games on Windows Phone to keep pace in updates with iOS and Android. Indeed, the endless runner is updated day for day with those ‘World Tour’ updates. Sure, they’re just re-skinning the game for some new visual flare, but it’s still a fun nod to its users who may get bored. Toss in some new monthly contests to sweeten the deal and you have one of our favorite games.

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2 years ago

New Broadcom chip to finally bridge the gap between wireless charging standards

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Broadcom has announced a new wireless charging chip that aims to simplify wireless charging by combining all three current standards onto a single chip. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP - of which Broadcom is a member) all have their own standards, though the PMA and A4WP have recently agreed to merge.

While the WPC's Qi standard has found its way into many products, it faces some challenges. For instance, though Nokia includes Qi charging in its phones, models bound for AT&T in the U.S. use the PMA standard, thanks to the carrier's partnership with the Alliance. This is set to change with Broadcom's new chip.

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2 years ago

Nokia Play To updated for Windows Phone 8.1, new DLNA devices

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2 years ago

Official Manchester United app gets released, but not everyone can download it yet

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The official Manchester United app for Windows Phone has been released, but with limited availability. The app itself has launched in 18 countries, however the UK, US and many other countries have been skipped with further support expected in future updates. If you're an avid Man Utd football club fan, this is an app for you (or will be in the near future).

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2 years ago

Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz UltraTough Clear ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 928

For today only, purchase the BodyGuardz UltraTough Clear ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 928 and get 44% off the regular price!

Made from the same material used to shield the front of vehicles from rock chips, these custom screen protectors provide unmatched scratch protection against keys, dirt and other debris. They're extremely easy to apply and even come with two in each package.

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2 years ago

Latest ad from Microsoft shows just how colorful Nokia Lumia products are

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Microsoft has released a new advertisement showing off color popping in the Nokia Creative Studio, available on Lumia Windows Phones. The feature (as the ad demonstrates) enables users to spice up their mobile photography by 'popping' in colors on certain objects, leaving the rest of the image in grayscale. It's a neat effect and one that also represents just how unique Lumia Windows Phones are.

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2 years ago

Join your favorite characters from MonsterUp games in this new endless runner

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After teasing a new title some time ago, fans of the MonsterUp games will be able to rejoice with the cute characters going up high into a brand new endless runner. Just like other games and media making the move to this genre of entertainment (which is proving popular across the mobile ecosystem), players are able to lend the monsters a hand with collecting gems and essentially running as far as possible.

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2 years ago

Review - Blackjack Assassin, a no-frills universal app for Windows Phone and Windows 8

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We have several blackjack games to choose from on Windows Phone and Windows 8, most being of the free-and-supported-by-ads variety. But hey, ads can be annoying!

With that in mind, I recently checked out a paid universal game called Blackjack Assassin from DeadCode Software (the trial is fully featured and ad-supported). With a name like that, you might expect a cool and quirky approach to the traditional game of Jack Black, I mean blackjack. Blackjack Assassin is actually a very straight-laced blackjack simulation, but dedicated fans of the card game might not mind. Head past the break for our full review.

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2 years ago

Put yourself in the picture with Clipr for Windows Phone 8

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Clipr is a relatively new photography app for Windows Phone 8 that lets you clip parts of one picture and paste it into another picture. Clipr also has tools to selectively blur portions of photos, merge two photos into one and create Start Screen background wallpapers.

After using Clipr over the past few days, while the app could use a little fine-tuning, the app comes across as a creative photography tool for our Windows Phones well worth a try.

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