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3 years ago

Instagram reportedly coming to BlackBerry 10. Presages Windows Phone?

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If there is one nagging issues that Windows Phone can’t get away from it’s the so-called "app gap". Specifically that some major apps or services are still missing from the platform and will prevent potential customers from switching smartphones. The problem lessens every day when a new big name title launches on Windows Phone, but if there was one that people really want, it’s Instagram.

We’ll leave our personal opinion about the hipster photo service to the side because in the end, it doesn’t matter if we like it or would rather stick a fork in our eye than use it. The masses have spoken and Instagram is a “must have” just like diabetes for Americans.

Our friend and colleague Kevin Michaluk from CrackBerry has gone on record recently, vehemently we might add, stating that Instagram is absolutely coming to BlackBerry 10.

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3 years ago

Lumia 820, 920 available in Germany at Media Markt by November 1st [updated]

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German retailer Media Markt has listed both the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 on its website with release dates of November 1st. Both Windows Phones are expected to be made available on that day, should the reported date hold true, and will be priced at €449 (approx. £360) and €649 (approx. £520) respectively.

Update: It seems Media Markt has bumped the date from November 1st to November 15th. This change has occured the same day a German Vodafone store stated on its Facebook page that they will be stocking the Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets at the start of November. We'll have to see if the date sticks. Thanks, Schneppe, for spotting the alteration!

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3 years ago

Mobile network Three give us a first look at the Asus Vivo Tab RT

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Brendan Arndt from Three gives us a nice first look at their upcoming Asus Windows RT (Vivo Tab) tablet and it's looking good.

While many are wondering how WinRT tablets are going to sell in traditional markets, one thing is certain, the mobile industry is set to embrace these quickly. Unlike the Surface RT device, the slender Asus unit will come with built in support for connection to a mobile operator. The 10” device gets the once over in the following video. Make sure to read on past the break!

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Xbox Live essential to WP, the future of Nokia

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We're here with another From the Forums, where we pick out the top discussions from the Windows Phone Central forum that demand your attention. If you've been absent over the course of the weekend, then this resource is the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things with other Windows Phone owners in our community. Pop on past the break for the latest threads.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface to invade China via Suning, A LOT sooner than expected, maybe

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Earlier we reported that Suning (reads "soo-ning") gadget chain (a good equivalent of Best Buy in the US) is going to distribute Microsoft Surface tablets in China, making Suning the first ever third-party distributor of Surface globally.

Just a while ago, Suning sort of confirmed the rumor, and hinted at a bit more, by posting a very interesting update to its official account on Chinese social media website Sina Weibo.

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3 years ago

Samsung ATIV S gets more hands-on and shows off call blocking feature?

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Samsung hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with showing off its ATIV S device so it’s good to see others getting unofficial hands on time with it.

We get some nice shots of photo and video backup options, as well as the text message backup. Interestingly in this revealment we see a new option for call blocking functionality in the system settings.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Drive To Home

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Drive To Home is an odd sort of game for your Windows Phone. Odd in that the object of the game is to... well... drive your car home. Which sounds like a simple task except for when you throw a hand full of twists and turns along the drive.

Graphics are nice, game play a bit on the challenging side, and for the most part Drive To Home is a decent game for your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Windows 8 featured in The Walking Dead advert, used by a zombie

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3 years ago

Reinstaller bumped to version 1.7 with improved interface

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Reinstaller is a free little app available for Windows Phone that aids consumers in starting fresh on a new handset, or when reseting a Windows Phone. The app essentially does exactly what the name suggests - it reinstalls apps already purchased by connecting to windowsphone.com.

Once the user has logged in and connected Reinstaller to the official Windows Phone website, Reinstaller pulls down all previously installed apps (both paid and free downloads). Instead of searching the Store for each and every app you've previously owned, Reinstaller provides a useful shortcut.

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3 years ago

Nokia 920T reportedly spotted in the wild, heading to China Mobile

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Some leaked photos have appeared showing what looks to be the Lumia 920T destined for China Mobile. A Chinese version of the Lumia 920 will be a leap for Nokia in the large Asian market, where the manufacturer retains strong brand recognition with previous reports suggesting Nokia Windows Phones overtaking Apple's iPhone.

The device, which has the familiar prototype branding printed on the phone, is said to include essential compatibility with China Mobile's TD-SCDMA standards.

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3 years ago

Vodafone DE store confirms November 1st as Nokia Lumia 920, 820 release date

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A Vodafone store located in Baden-Württemberg, Germany has confirmed on its Facebook page that both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be available from November 1st. Being only 17 days away, there's still Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event on October 29th to get through first, but it's good to know there's not much longer to wait out.

Nokia's Apollo hardware will not only be available from Vodafone in Germany on the first day of next month, but also Media Markt. The latter has already revealed November 1st as the release date, which we covered yesterday. It's good to see more than one source to look at when checking pricing to make the best investment.

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3 years ago

Microsoft also launches Surface on Facebook, going into social mode

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Microsoft has also started to make use of the Facebook profile it has for the Surface Windows tablet family. Accumulating 6,000 likes already, the page has mirrored posts that were found on the recently deployed Twitter account, so nothing new here, but it's worth adding this account to the list of social profiles followed.

We expect to see more information added to both this account and the Twitter profile in the coming days, as well as competitions for hardware to be given away at a later date.

Source: Facebook (Surface), thanks, Dhishum, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Sacre bleu - Surface Ads are starting to appear in Europe?

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Photos have been captured of what appears to be Surface ads in Paris. Taking on the same form of graffiti style as those seen in the US recently we’re wondering if this is the start of a concerted effort to get the message out to those in Europe.

These type of ads have been appearing in the US for some time but so far we haven’t had anything at all globally, leading many to begin to worry about availability across the pond.

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3 years ago

Windows 8 video promotes upcoming launch on October 26th

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