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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 525 – Unboxing and hands on with the low-cost 1 GB Windows Phone

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Taking a look at Nokia's problem-solving Lumia 525

Last year, Nokia introduced the Lumia 520, a lost-cost solution to those who want a Windows Phone in emerging markets. As it turns out, demand was much higher than anyone anticipated. Nearly a year later and the 520 is one of the best-selling Windows Phones around. It’s a great low-risk way to experience Windows Phone and it opens the door to higher end options. But if the Lumia 520 had one flaw, it was the amount of RAM.

Windows Phone 8 can run easily on 512 MB devices, but some higher end games (and a handful of apps) need some good memory optimization before they can run smoothly. That usually happens, but it can take months after the initial release. Microsoft is confident this will go away as developers target 512 MB devices in the future, but up until now, there hasn’t been a low-cost 1 GB Lumia to get around this problem.

The Lumia 525 fixes that by simply bumping the RAM to 1 GB. So, can lightning strike twice for Nokia? Watch my unboxing and first impressions of Nokia's device to find out.

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2 years ago

Another photo of Nokia's 'Normandy' leaked, showing the Android OS

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Nokia and Android have both been in the news recently. Earlier today we covered a leaked photo of the Nokia Normandy, the affordable Android smartphone reported to be in development, but another shot has been published on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo. This time we're able to see the OS on-screen and the device itself looks similar to previous renders and leaks.

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2 years ago

Microsoft's latest video highlights Xbox One accolades

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2 years ago

Official St John Wales app brings first aid and more to the Windows Phone Store

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2 years ago

Nokia retires Place Tag postcard app, looks to incorporate tech into Nokia Camera

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Remember Place Tag beta? We barely do but at the time, it was a unique photo capturing experience in testing from Nokia. The app would let you take a picture and then create a virtual postcard by using location data and a template for text. Afterwards, you could share the creation with others. Place Tag was previewed in Barcelona earlier in 2013 at Mobile World Congress and then released in March.

This morning, Nokia has sent out emails announcing that the app and program have come to end. While that’s a bit of a shame, it’s more interesting to see what they’ve learned from the project.

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2 years ago

German court shuts down one of Nokia's patent suits against HTC

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2 years ago

Fhotolens, a fish-eyed perspective for your Windows Phone Camera

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We first mentioned Fhotolens some time ago when the Windows Phone 8 photography app was in the beta stages.  Fhotolens has now made it through the beta testing and is available in the Windows Phone Store.

Fhotolens is a camera app from the developers of Fhotoroom that creates a virtual 10-24mm lens field of view to give your images a wide angled look to things.  The app also has a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode along with front camera support and a nice collection of scene settings.

The app still needs a little fine-tuning but overall, if you are looking for a fish-eyed lens approach to things Fhotolens is worth a try.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1320 starts selling in Malaysia on January 17th

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We have recently unboxed the Nokia Lumia 1320, the budget-friendly version of the Nokia Lumia 1520. The device is still not widely available, but you can grab one on eBay if you can’t wait any longer. Nokia Malaysia has also just announced their pricing and availability for the Lumia 1320. It will start selling there on January 17th for 1199 MYR (approximately $369 USD).

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2 years ago

CamFish gets an update to add few requested features

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2 years ago

Grab your helmet as Trial Xtreme 3 launches on Windows Phone

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Are you a fan of trial games? Rushing through levels, pulling off insane stunts, watching the environment alter and/or be destroyed around you, while attempting to speed to the end banner in the quickest time possible can be quite the experience. Trial Xtreme 3, published by DeeMedya, has raced on to the Windows Phone Store with enough fuel available for hours of bike riding.

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2 years ago

New photo of Nokia ‘Normandy’ Android prototype exposed

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Although the idea that Nokia – which is soon to be owned by Microsoft (transition teams are working day and night) – will release an Android phone seems farfetched, it’s clear that the Finnish company was serious about the device. Dubbed ‘Normandy’, the low-end hardware reportedly runs a forked-version of Android, meaning it can’t access core-Google services.

We’ve seen some renders and even a photo, but now a new image has appeared on the Sina Weibo site Palm Uncle (at least, that’s our Bing translation). The photo is interesting because it shows the device wrapped in its protective cover, which is often used to mask its full design. Indeed many Nokia execs carry their pre-production Lumias in such cases when traveling.

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2 years ago

CES 2014 – Our favorite Windows 8 announcements

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CES 2014 came to a close on Friday. Featuring everything from Parrot drone copters to resonance charging from Qi to smart mirrors and of course, giant ultra HD TVs, the largest consumer electronics event was loaded with excitement.

There were also quite a few Windows 8.1 devices revealed from some big players like LG, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo and even some smaller brands.  Here’s what most impressed us.

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2 years ago

Mugen Power Battery Case for Nokia Lumia 920: Hands-On Review

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A few months back I reviewed the Brando Power Jacket case for the Nokia Lumia 920. A case with a built-in battery, it could potentially double the battery life of the Lumia 920 – a dream for gamers. But the Brando case didn’t perform all that well as a charger, limiting its usefulness.

Enter Mugen Power, makers of many external batteries and cases. At long last, Mugen now offers an extended battery case for the Nokia’s original flagship Windows Phone 8 handset. The Mugen Power Battery Case for Lumia 920 comes in black or white, as well as two different battery capacities: 3000 mAh and 4700 mAh. The 4700mAh model offers 2.35x extra power on top of the 920’s built in battery. I’ve spent the last few weeks using that version as my case in order to bring you this detailed review.

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2 years ago

Beats Music to launch online streaming service, bringing a personalised music experience to the US on January 21

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Beats has announced a new music service (www.beatsmusic.com) that will be available on Windows Phones on January 21st. Not only that, but should you be with the US mobile operator AT&T, you (and every member of your family, up to five people and ten devices) will be able to take full advantage of a sweet deal to get you all started. Rock on past the break for details and more.

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2 years ago

Mark your calendars: April 2015 is when Windows 9 is expected

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Windows 8.1 is only a few months old, but we’re starting to learn more and more about Microsoft’s future plans for Windows. It was recently that we learned of “Threshold”, the company wide update for various Windows-based platforms that is expected to come in spring 2015. We’re now learning more about what’s coming on the Windows side of things when Threshold drops in April 2015.

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