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2 years ago

Foursquare for Windows Phone updated, brings new UI to 7.x users


It’s been awhile since the official Foursquare app for Windows Phone had an update. In fact, it was way back in June when we last saw some minor bug fixes come to the popular checkin app. Since then, we’ve also seen the Windows 8 version launch with high praise from users.

This morning, version has landed and while it brings a few changes to Windows Phone 8 users (more on the below), from reader tips we've received, the Windows Phone 7.x version now has the new UI. (We haven’t been able to verify since we’re out of town, but a few of you tipped us on that fact).

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2 years ago

Cartoon Ball, a casual game with potential for Windows Phone 8


Cartoon Ball is an simple game for your Windows Phone 8 device that has you tossing (or should I say blasting) a ball into a basket. Sounds easy, right?

To make the gaming concept challenging you have obstacles to navigate around and little clusters of what appears to be confetti that you'll need to collect as you steer your ball towards the basket. Oh... and there's that pesky thing called gravity that will try to mess things up as well.

The doodle graphics give the game a casual feel, game play challenge but the mechanics of moving your ball can be a little frustrating.  While I think Cartoon Ball has potential the lack of a trial version may be the game's undoing.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 now available in India for 49,999 rupees


The Lumia 1020 continues its global march towards availability. It first launched in the United States as an exclusive on AT&T in July. Fast forward nearly three months and we’re seeing it in more and more of Nokia’s markets. We’ve reported on the device selling out pre-orders in India, but now you’re going to be able to grab it there. Details below.

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2 years ago

Happy Birthday, Windows Phone; Microsoft's mobile platform celebrates its third year

2 years ago

Xbox One wins Popular Mechanic's Breakthrough Award for 2013

2 years ago

Trio of Angry Birds games updated for Windows Phone 8


Angry Birds fans should be tickled pink today with updates coming across for three Angry Birds Windows Phone 8 Xbox titles.

Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars and the original Angry Birds games all received updates that delivers new levels and a few performance tweaks.

Angry Birds was bumped to version 3.3 and adds an extra 15 levels of play. You also get a new manual targeting to fling Red through the sky with a little more accuracy.  Just tap the screen when Red's in flight to zero in the point of impact.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 2520 render leaked, shows a cyan tablet incoming


We’re under two weeks away from learning all about what Nokia has in store for Windows Phone and Windows 8. On October 22nd, Nokia will announce a wide range of new devices in Abu Dhabi for both platforms. The two rumored devices that we're most excited about are the Lumia 1520 and 2520. The first is a “phablet” running Windows Phone 8 with a 1080p display, while the second is a tablet on Windows RT.

We haven’t seen a cyan device from Nokia in quite some time, but it looks like the tablet is going to bring it back.

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2 years ago

Reuters poll suggests the future looks dull for the Xbox One


It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, but PlayStation 4 is beating down the Xbox One in consumer polling. Reuters asked 1,297 people how likely they were to purchase an Xbox One or PS4 – and the results for die hard Microsoft fans – are disappointing.

According to the poll, 26% of individuals reported that they are likely to purchase a PlayStation 4 from Sony; this is in contrast to the 15% of individuals who reported that they are likely to purchase an Xbox One from Microsoft.

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2 years ago

Nokia launches the Lumia 1020 in Russia; available at the N-Store for 26,990 rubles

2 years ago

Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles announced for 2013 - Kinect still for kids

2 years ago

Customization, colors, and accessories: making the smartphone fashionable - Talk Mobile


For all the time we've spent in Talk Mobile talking about specs, services, carriers, and usage, we haven't spent much time on what these devices look like. Sure, they're mostly glass slabs with white or black framing (with a few exceptions), but beyond that glass, what else is there?

With unit sales moving well past the millions monthly, with people willing to line up overnight to be among the first to own a device, has fashion become a defining characteristic of a smartphone? Is consumer fever over devices like the new gold-colored iPhone 5s just a fluke, or part of a larger trend?

So just how important is fashion with your smartphone? Is it better to be able to customize the software or the hardware? Are our smartphones to be accessorized, or are they already accessories themselves, primed to be swapped out to match your shoes or your shirt?

2 years ago

Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520 set to launch 3rd week of November, priced at $499


This morning we’ve received some confirmation from a trusted source about the Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520, the 10.1-inch Windows RT 8.1 tablet with the codename ‘Sirius’. The tablet will be Nokia’s first Windows RT 8.1 tablet, though certainly not the last as AT&T and others are expected to get the device too.

Pricing is set for $499, which matches Paul Thurrott’s earlier reporting, and it should go on sale to Verizon customers on November 17th (possibly the 18th). Colors options available to customers include “black and red” though it’s not clear if those are separate options or just one. It will feature 32 GB of internal storage with expandable memory.

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2 years ago

Nokia updates Cinemagraph for Lumia Windows Phones with unknown improvements

2 years ago

Microsoft Gift Cards available in Germany and on Amazon UK


Microsoft is launching new gift cards that will be used for purchases on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone stores. Consumers will be able to purchase games, music, movies, shows, apps and more. We recently looked at a leak that detailed a launch for the gift cards to match Windows 8.1 (October 22nd), but you can already pick them up at a Germany retailer and Amazon UK.

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2 years ago

Official Facebook Beta, SysApp Pusher and Ciel bumped to new versions

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