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3 years ago

Pushing buttons vs. Tapping pixels: The great keyboard debate - Talk Mobile

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If you're reading this on a desktop or laptop computer, more likely than not there's a hardware keyboard sitting between you and the screen. If you're reading this on a smartphone or tablet, chances are there's not a hardware keyboard within the reach of your fingers. There was a time when hardware keyboards dominated the smartphone landscape, but in recent years they’ve been all but pushed out of contention.

What happened? Can we lay the blame entirely at the iPhone's feet? The first Android devices had physical and virtual keyboards, and Windows Phone launched with hardware keyboards in the mix. But browse the shelves at your local smartphone retailer and you'll find but a handful of hardware keyboards in the see of glass-fronted slabs.

So why is the hardware keyboard still around at all? What does it take to make a good one, and why won't people leave it behind? Are virtual keyboards not yet good enough, or are they just some level of refinement away from capturing the last hold-outs?

The keyboard is our primary data entry system on smartphones - it has to be good. And it can always be better - but how?

Let's get the conversation started!

3 years ago

Mobile Nations site apps for Windows Phone and more!

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We all know Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore and Windows Phone Central are the best places to go to for your Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone news… But did you know we have a whole family of apps purpose-built to free you from the shackles of your desktop computer?

Below is a quick roundup to connect you with these awesome apps. Download and install. You'll be glad you did!

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3 years ago

Time to be Microsoft's guinea pig again - the 2013 Xbox Live public beta is here

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3 years ago

Nokia shows off precision in the Lumia 925 camera with new ad

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3 years ago

Enjoy music and games on your Windows Phone? You'll love In Two

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If you enjoy chilling to your favourite hits on your Windows Phone, as well as playing the latest games (possibly at the same time?), you're going to love In Two. The game is developed by Scott Lovegrove, a well-known developer in the Windows Phone community here in the UK, and is a new title that's essentially "guess that tune," but with a slight twist. That twist being it's powered by Nokia Music.

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3 years ago

Television apps for your Windows Phone

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Television apps for your Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Television Apps
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Television Apps

A little change of pace with this week's Windows Phone Central roundup. This being the day after a holiday for many, we picked a more relaxing topic and week focus on television apps.  Just in case anyone's in the mood for being a couch potato today or are stuck in the office and want to catch up on their favorite shows.

These are Windows Phone apps that deliver the network news to your Windows Phone, that streams programming to your device, and others that delivers schedules, episode information, and other tidbits about what's on the tube.  There's a wide variety of television apps in the Windows Phone Store and we plucked a few out off the shelves that may come in handy.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1020 priced at $602, comes in yellow, black, and white

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3 years ago

Video of the Amber update for the Lumia 920

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The Nokia Lumia 925 launched with a slightly improved camera compared to the Nokia Lumia 920 and 928. That sixth lens does help, but it’s the software in the Lumia 925 that makes the biggest difference in improving the photo results. Don’t fret Lumia 920 and 928 owners, the Amber update from Nokia will help bring your camera up to par. Here’s a video of it on the Lumia 920.

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3 years ago

Baby got back: Image of the Nokia Lumia EOS / 909 from behind

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One week from now we’ll have finished the Nokia Zoom event in NYC. We’ll have the complete picture of the Lumia “EOS” by then. Last night we shared the front of the device in an image leaked by @evleaks on Twitter. At the time he thought it would be called the Lumia 1020, but new information has crossed his path that suggests EOS/Elvis will be known at the Lumia 909. We’ve also got a new picture of the device, its backside.

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3 years ago

Doodle God comes down to earth as the Xbox Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal

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It’s a decent week for Xbox gaming deals, with the EA July Special marking six Windows Phone games down and the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale slashing prices like crazy. But we could still use an Xbox Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal, and that’s just what we get. Doodle God from JoyBits is the latest Xbox title to go on sale. Not the most exciting game, but you can get it for 99 cents and knock its Achievements out in no time.

As for the non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals, Rubicon’s excellent indie strategy title Great Big War Game rings up for 99 cents this week as well. Fabulously wealthy Windows Phone users will enjoy the Mobitee GPS Golf app, on sale for the humble price of $10.99. Descriptions and store links after the break!

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3 years ago

Just because you can reach me 24/7, doesn't mean you should!! - Talk Mobile

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It's a phrase we've all likely heard some time, possibly even direct at ourselves: "You have to know when to stop." The advice applied to ice cream, beer, risqué jokes, and physical exertion can also apply to mobile technology. With these connected devices rarely out of arm's reach, it's sometimes difficult to know when to stop.

There are situations where any reasonable person would admit that using a smartphone would be inappropriate, but there's a huge gray area of personal judgement when it comes to the rest of life. How do we make the call between answering the digital siren call of our smartphones and giving our undivided attention what's happening in the real world right in front of us?

That digital siren call has somebody on the other end, though, a real person flesh and blood just like you. Do they have the right to your undivided attention as well? Do they even have the right to be beckoning for your attention in the first place?

Mobile technology and the internet have advanced so rapidly that we're literally making up the answers as we go along. What are the right answers?

3 years ago

Nokia EOS 41MP Windows Phone confirmed to be heading for the UK

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Nokia will release the upcoming EOS (or just "Lumia 1020") Windows Phone in the UK, according to a report over on CNET. The website notes that a telecoms industry insider has confirmed as much and the handset will not be an exclusive product for the US. We're expecting to see some EOS action on July 11th. Images of the EOS have also been leaked online.

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3 years ago

AT&T Locker, Cloud Storage for Windows Phone 8

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AT&T Locker, Cloud Storage for Windows Phone 8

AT&T has released the AT&T Locker for their Windows Phone 8 devices. It is a cloud service for U.S. based AT&T customers that provides 5GB of cloud storage for free.

You can upload photos, videos, documents and music files to the AT&T Locker over Wi-Fi or AT&T's wireless network. The app comes with an Easy Upload feature that backs up your photos and videos automatically and images can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter directly from the AT&T Locker.

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3 years ago

Review: Lenovo Ideapad Lynx Windows 8 Tablet, a more budget friendly option

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There is a modest assortment of Windows 8 tablets available these days. We've taken a look at the Microsoft Surface, the Acer Iconia W510, and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC500 and find them all to be capable Windows 8 tablets.  We now turn our sights on the Lenovo Lynx Windows 8 Ideapad.

The Lynx is a 11.6" tablet that is well built but one of the more budget friendly tablets available. The tablet alone is currently running $350 over at Amazon.com and if you shop around (and take advantage of some timely coupons), you can snatch up the tablet with keyboard dock for under $400.

Lenovo did a respectable job with the Lynx and while there is some room for improvement, we found the Lynx Ideapad to be a steal of a deal and another capable Windows 8 tablet.

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3 years ago

Sprint's Samsung ATIV S Neo revealed as 'Cronus' codename?

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Samsung is reportedly working on a new smartphone, running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

According to a new app that has been published to the Windows Phone Store by Samsung, the manufacturer has a new phone on the horizon called the "Cronus", which could well be the next ATIV Windows Phone - Sprint is taking on the ATIV S Neo. That phone is due to hit shelves in the coming weeks.

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