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Xbox Music and free streaming coming on October 26th

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It looks like the 26th will be a major day for Microsoft as Windows 8 gets released, Surface RT tablets reportedly go on sale, third-party Windows 8 Pro tablets become available, Holiday Stores open and new services launch.

That last one is the focus here with Xbox Music aka Zune Music for days of yore. As of right now, most of the core of Xbox Music looks to be just a re-brand of the current Zune offerings but Microsoft is building off of it. Some of those new features that will come with the launch is a free, ad-supported music streaming service and utilizing SkyDrive for playlists with cloud storage of music.

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3 years ago

Little Acorns: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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As I’ve said on a few occasions, getting a platformer to work just right on mobile phones can be very challenging for developers. Whether they opt for touch screen controls, tilt, or even a combination of the two, the game will never feel exactly the same as it would with a physical controller. Leave it to the folks at Chillingo (and their “Team Pesky”) to create a platformer that not only feels great, but works perfectly in short doses on the go.

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3 years ago

EE to launch UK's first 4G network on October 30th

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3 years ago

Lumia 510 spotted in the wild with pricing and specifications confirmed

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The Lumia 510, which we took a gander at not too long ago, has been captured in the wild. GSMArena has received a rather small photo showing the Lumia Windows Phone in its glory with a sizeable reflective screen. What's more is pricing and specifications have been reportedly confirmed by an unnamed source. Nothing's official, nor have any details been announced, so be sure to take this with a minute grain of salt.

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3 years ago

O2 to stock both HTC Windows Phone 8 devices, listed as 'coming soon'

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Both the HTC 8X and HTC 8S are on their way to UK carrier O2, according to the "coming soon" section of its website. While no dates for availability are provided, we can speculate using pre-order product listings published by Amazon and other retailers to reach a rough estimation. 

The HTC 8X will be able to make use of O2's upcoming LTE network, which will be rolled out thanks to the carrier, Ofcom and the UK government reaching an agreement to bring forward the originally set date for when the UK will begin to see LTE be deployed by carriers.

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3 years ago

Multi-carrier LTE rollout to commence in the UK by Spring 2013

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The UK is going LTE

UK mobile operators, communications regulator Ofcom, and the government have agreed to start rolling out LTE in early 2013. The goal is for high speed data connectivity to launch by spring, approximately six months earlier than originally planned, providing consumers with quicker speed while using Internet services on smartphones.

EE (Everything Everywhere) has already been given the green light in 'switching on' its LTE network at multiple locations across the country ahead of the competition. To the dismay of the other carriers, EE aims to have 16 cities with LTE speeds by this Christmas, providing 20 million customers with a significant increase in speeds.

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop committed to current plan, denies knowledge of Microsoft Windows Phone?

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Everybody gets down to the groove with Elop

Nokia's Stephen Elop is as committed as ever to the Windows Phone path he began to lead the company down last year, according to a report by AllThingsD. As Symbian gradually closed its eyes in the pit of smartphone doom, Elop shifted Nokia's focus to Windows Phone. This move gave consumers the first generation Lumia family. Recently the company unveiled the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 that will both be running Windows Phone 8.

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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface advertising spotted in Washington, DC subway

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Microsoft Surface advertising material has been spotted in Washington, DC and thanks to Windows Phone Central reader Conan we've got some photos to show everyone. The advertising shows off the tablet's connectivity between the device itself and the smart covers with the "Click in." caption to highlight the user friendliness.

The advertisements show off light blue and pink coloured Surface tablets and the look of both designs is appealing. We're still yet to see Microsoft unveil its Windows 8 tablet family to the world, but the official launch can't be too far off with the company prepping temporary holiday stores across the US. So how aggressively will Microsoft push Surface?

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3 years ago

Nokia considering selling main headquarters in Espoo, Finland

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Nokia HQ, Espoo, Finland

File this under rumor but it's coming from a notable source, Finland’s own Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. The report states that Nokia is in the process of selling off their main headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The move would be quite shocking to the country as physically the building has come to represent the company in many ways--much like the Chrysler building in New York City years ago.

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3 years ago

comScore: Microsoft's US smartphone marketshare stable in run up to Apollo

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Look at the shiny shiny...

According to latest data released by comScore, Microsoft remains comfortable in fourth position (behind RIM) with only a .4% reduction in US marketshare. This was expected with the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 8, especially with new hardware unveiled for consumers to hold out on making a purchase.

Sat at 3.6%, Microsoft continues to witness the downfall of RIM which was hit by a sizeable 3.1% drop in US shares as the company continues to battle through the tough period until it releases Blackberry 10. Falling to just 8.3% of the market, unless RIM can slow down the descent of the platform's fall, Microsoft may well find itself in third position - dependant on the imminent Windows Phone 8 launch.

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3 years ago

Nokia goes after "dreary" Apple in clever new video ad

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We’ve noted previously that Nokia has some boldness when it comes to teasing their competitors and today that is definitely being demonstrated with this latest pro-Lumia ad.

The video is has some very stylized animation, showing the masses in line for the new iPhone 5, handing their money over and being tossed the latest from Cupertino in a boring, “let’s do this again” manner.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8 display-size comparison chart

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Another day and we have another comparison chart to help you folks maybe decide which phone will be yours.

This chart was once again made by reader Munkeyphyst who was kind enough to take the time and share his work with our site. The chart is simple enough as it compares all the screen sizes of the five new Windows Phone 8 devices expected in a few weeks. We especially love the Tile comparison, which puts into some perspective what a larger screen will get you.

See our previous story with even more device comparisons.

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3 years ago

Nokia teases the Lumia 920 with "Everyone loves a comeback" banner

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Hamburg, Germany

One of our eagle-eyed readers spied this Nokia banner hanging in Hamburg, Germany today. It shows Nokia is gearing up for their round 2 with Windows Phone and the Lumia 920.

The banner, in its simplicity shows a 920 peeking in with the phrase 'Jeder Liebt Ein Comeback' or 'Everyone loves a comeback'. Indeed, we wouldn't disagree with that assessment at all. Thanks, Damon B., for the photo!

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3 years ago

Navigon Europe updated, adds UK postcode navigation and more

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3 years ago

DoDonPachi Maximum's forthcoming "easy" update gets detailed for Windows Phone

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Speaking for ourselves, we love DoDonPachi Maximum (see our review)—it’s fast, it has great graphics, it’s challenging as hell and we love the ‘Presented by…Cave!” at the beginning.

Having said that, let’s focus on the “challenging as hell” part. Yes, the game is hard and even overwhelming for some. For old school ‘shoot ‘em up’ fans, it’s great. For casual gamers though, it’s just often too hard.

The good news is the folks behind the popular title, that’d be the aforementioned Cave, have a big Windows Phone update in the works that will practically re-invent the game for many of you.

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