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2 years ago

Sprint and HTC almost gave you a way to customize the HTC 8XT Windows Phone, but killed it due to money

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HTC was working with US mobile operator Sprint to introduce a colour customisation tool for the HTC 8XT, according to The Verge's sources. The online personalisation service would enable consumers to add and change colours on the HTC Windows Phone, offering more options that help make the purchase that much more unique. HTC Design Studio, as it was known, was dropped due to cost and complexity.

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2 years ago

The cloud isn't all silver linings – sometimes it rains - Talk Mobile

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Put everything in the cloud, they said. Sync your files, back up your phone, put it all online, they said. It'll be great, they said.

And then the cloud stopped working. It was temporary, but for a while, everything stopped. Your email didn't come for a few hours. Your music was out of reach. That file you desperately needed for your presentation only came up as a 404. The cloud was gone.

As much as we love to tout the cloud out as the future, cloud data and computing is not without dark sides to accompany the silver linings. Does putting your data online mean it's going to be easier to compromise than if it was on your computer alone? Can we trust these companies we're handing our files to?

When we put files in the cloud, are they still ours? And what are we supposed to do when our cloud of choice inevitably falters and goes offline? The cloud is the future, but what dangers does that fog conceal?

2 years ago

Feedback to Nokia and Extras + Info get system updates today for Lumia devices

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Yesterday we saw two app updates from Nokia including HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps. Today they’re bumping some system apps. But no need to rush as these are for the more benign Feedback to Nokia and Extras + Info sections, not bringing anything too new or exciting to the table as far as we can tell.

First up is Feedback to Nokia. This little guy allows you to rate your phone and send your thoughts about your Lumia right to Nokia for their consideration. With version 2.5.0.2 of the app, we noticed that when compared to our older iteration it now has a pivot for the Nokia Improvement Program and the option to opt in or out along with an explanation of what it is (you can find more info on their website).

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2 years ago

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch to 2014 in eight European markets

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 launches in China, available for 5,999 CNY

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 has already started shipping in the US, but other markets around the world are still waiting for the manufacturer to launch the new flagship. The latest market to see the handset released is China. Priced at 5,999 CNY (about $980), a fairly steep price point as we've come to expect. Retailer Suning has a promotion running for the Lumia 1020 with owners walking away with a free camera grip and 200 CNY Suning gift card.

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2 years ago

Racing around and blowing things up with Awesome Chase for Windows Phone 8

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Awesome Chase is a new Windows Phone 8 game that puts you in the middle of a combat arena where you have to drive your car through various open courses, battling enemy cars, blowing them up and collecting various odds and ends.

Awesome Chase four game modes, four car classes, sixteen power-ups and six different gaming arenas. It is a fast paced game for your Windows Phone 8 device that has a certain level of appeal.

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2 years ago

Telstra: GDR2 rolling out for Lumia 920 tomorrow morning

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2 years ago

Microsoft YouTube app for Windows Phone choking on errors, causing frustration amongst users

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It’s been 24-hours since the surprise return of the Microsoft engineered YouTube app, thought to be complacent with Google’s terms of service (TOS). The app, as we reported extensively, is essentially the same as the one originally removed but now with pre-roll ads, no video downloads, voice and upload support.

While reviews and feedback from the app have been tremendously high, one of the core features of an “official” app is stability. The idea here is that since Microsoft is theoretically abiding by Google’s API requirements, the app should ideally never stop working (unlike third party apps). However, tonight it seems to be a fairly wide spread outage of the app on Windows Phone.

We tested the YouTube app on our Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020, on both Wi-Fi and cellular, and we were constantly met with the somewhat befuddling “Something happened and we’re not sure what” error message (see below). Nothing from YouTube would load and the app is basically dead in the water.

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2 years ago

Nokia posts video to highlight unique camera grip for the Lumia 1020

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It seems Nokia is always making some videos when they aren’t busy making new devices, adding exclusive apps to their Nokia Collection, or other general Finnish stuff. But usually those videos they make to promote their handsets and accessories are fun to watch, so we’ll keep sharing them. Here’s another one to pimp the Camera Grip for the Lumia 1020.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 Wireless Charging Cover now shipping in black from Amazon.com for $40

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It’s been weeks in the waiting but it looks like Amazon.com has officially received stock of the all black Nokia wireless charging cover (CC-3066) for the Lumia 1020.  In fact, according to users in our forums the item has started shipping already, so a few of you will have this handy accessory in the coming days (even faster if you have Prime).

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2 years ago

Adrian Peterson, NFL MVP, spotted playing with the Nokia Lumia 1020

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2 years ago

Inka Madness is a cute little Windows Phone platformer you can enjoy for free

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Inka Madness is an awesome little platformer for Windows Phone, which is free for the time being. The player is tasked with taking Atuq, the favourite son of the ruler Inca Tupac Qhari and a great and fearless warrior who the gods have chosen, on the important mission to free his siblings from an awful curse and remove chaos from the Inca Empire. 

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 825 to boast a 5-inch display and quad-core support? It's plausible.

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Nokia has announced and launched the Lumia 625, a new Windows Phone that packs the largest display found on any Nokia Windows Phone. So following on from that mid-range device, rumours have begun circling around that the manufacturer will be looking at releasing a Lumia 825, which is said to be raising the bar by supporting quad-core and a 5.2-inch display. Now, before we begin, take this rumour with a pinch of salt, folks.

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2 years ago

Samsung still in the game; SGH-I187 Windows Phone reportedly on they way?

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Samsung has been an extremely odd egg in the Windows Phone basket. The company appears to be fighting an internal struggle between two sides - one wishes to drop Windows Phone while the other becomes mildly excited when Live Tiles are in sight. Now rumours are floating around the Internet that Samsung is indeed making another Windows Phone, codenamed the SGH-I187.

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2 years ago

GDR2 update for Verizon's Lumia 928 available on Nokia servers; ready for flashing

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Nokia and Microsoft are slowly (but surely) looking to roll the GDR2 + Amber update out to consumers with a Lumia Windows Phone. Those with a Lumia 928 and who are anxious to get the update will be able to get dirty by manually applying it to their device. Windows Phone Central member tungha has published some links on the forum that contain files for the Nokia Amber update.

Fancy some flashing? You can now update your Lumia 928 manually, should you know what you're doing of course.

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