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3 years ago

Nokia Purity Pro headphones by Monster review: The ultimate wireless headphones for Windows Phone users

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If you follow all things Windows Phone you’re no doubt aware that when it comes to premium accessories, it’s fairly slim pickings out there. Like all things for our beloved ecosystem though, one OEM is taking things seriously enough to push manufacturers for accessories designed to work perfectly with Windows Phone; Nokia. Through partnerships with JBL, Monster and Fatboy, the Finnish giant’s sponsored accessories are squarely aimed its own Lumia line of course, but as they’re designed to work best with Windows Phone you’ll still get a great experience from your HTC 8 series or Samsung Ativ phones.

All of which brings us nicely to today’s review, the Monster/Nokia Purity Pro headset. This isn’t Monster and Nokia’s first dance together, the ‘Purity’ brand has already been applied to another set of over-the-ear cups and also to a set of ear buds, and yet those forays into the brightly coloured accessory world have been met with some mixed reviews, and in my personal opinion the wired Purity HD earphones leave a lot to be desired. We initially went ‘ears on’ (last time I use that phrase I promise) with the headset at the Mobile World Congress this year, and came away impressed, but a little bewildered by the initial cost of entry. Now we’re lucky enough to say we own a pair and have spent a week using them out and about to gauge just whether or not you can justify the relatively high price point.

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3 years ago

Hello, and welcome to Moviefone! Official app finally lands on Windows Phone 8 for summer films

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In case you needed another movie-finder app for your Windows Phone, moviefone (owned by AOL) has released an official and not-too-shabby app for Windows Phone 8 owners. The service, which has been around for years, allows users to find movies, start times, theaters and more based on their current location.

While the app is similar to Fandango and Flixster, moviefone (www.moviefone.com) does bring its own unique brand and style to your smartdevice. The app allows you to see top box office, trailers and clips, upcoming films, casting information (which you can use to drill down further, nice), what’s out on DVD this week and general film news, all in a Modern UI that is quite responsive to our input.

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3 years ago

Time Out releases official Windows Phone 8 apps for New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and LA

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If you’ve never picked up a Time Out magazine (www.timeout.com) in a major metropolitan area, you’re missing out on all the cool and hip things you could be doing that day instead of lamenting being bored. The magazine is a collection of reviews, information on plays, museum events, local art installations, food and more—basically a list of interesting cultural happenings under your nose.

The company who owns Time Out last week released official apps on Windows Phone for a few major cities, including New York, London, Paris (English or French), Barcelona and Los Angeles. The apps themselves are quite nicely laid out with a Modern UI, social sharing and the ability to pin stories/events to your Start screen for quick reference. We wish there was a way to directly email or Tweet an article, but instead you’ll need to use the “open in IE” option and go from there.

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3 years ago

Evernote updates Windows touch app, adds two-step verification and more

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3 years ago

Microsoft offering students and folk involved in education 10% off products

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3 years ago

Camera360 to partner with Nokia and the Lumia 925 Windows Phone

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Bloatware just got a lot better on our Windows Phones or at least in China. Camera360 has announced a partnership with Nokia that will have the camera app pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 925 sold in China.

Camera360 is a fantastic Windows Phone app that is part photo editor, photo organizer and camera app. There is no doubt that Camera360 will compliment the Lumia 925's camera very well.

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3 years ago

That Frog Game Free, a buggy of a game for our Windows Phone

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Looking for a simple game for your Windows Phone to help you pass the time? Take a look at That Frog Game Free.  It's a casual game that has plenty of bugs (not the glitchy kind) to keep you busy.

That Frog Game Free is a straight forward game where you play the role of a frog who must eat wayward flies and other flying bugs to survive. That Frog Game has two gaming modes, modest graphics and isn't a bad option for your Windows Phone gaming library.

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3 years ago

Talk Mobile Social Week Recap: The best things you said

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Social networking and communications proved to be one of our broader topics thus far. Tackling everything from who you should follow online, why we post status updates in the first place, protecting our online privacy, and what kind of keyboard is the best, week three of Talk Mobile 2013 ran the gamut. And true to our goals with Talk Mobile, little time was spent talking about specs and stats - the discussion revolved around higher concepts of how we use these devices to begin with.

As always, we're wholly interested in your feedback and are constantly tweaking Talk Mobile to be the very best we can make it. So feel free to sound off in the comments about what you think of Talk Mobile so far.

Our goal with Talk Mobile has always been to generate a discussion in the community, and we're thrilled with the comments and deep discussions that have come as a result. There are a lot of great comments, and we'd like to take a few minutes here to highlight what we think to be the very best. You'll find them below, and those we've picked as winning comments will be receiving some awesome prizes - so be sure to watch your email.

We're also happy to have a reader survey for social and communications week, and by simply filling it out you can be entered to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy. Incentive? You betcha.

3 years ago

Windows Phone 8 headed to U.S. Cellular later this month? (Updated)

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It appears that U.S. Cellular will be offering a Windows Phone 8 device later this month. Or at least according to a recent tweet they will.

U.S. Cellular currently has one Windows Phone in their smartphone lineup, the ZTE Render, a Windows Phone 7.5 device.  Which Windows Phone 8 device will find its way to U.S. Cellular is still a bit of a mystery. Last year it looked like the HTC 8S was headed to the wireless provider and more recently, the Samsung Odyssey seems to be the odds on favorite.  

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3 years ago

Rumor: Nokia EOS 41MP Windows Phone has a "camera shell" accessory?

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Howdy everyone, it's rumor time!

An unnamed source supposedly close to Nokia China just sent an interesting message to the outside world: the impending Nokia EOS will have a "camera shell" to go with that super mega awesome camera of modern technical wonder. According to the rumor, the accessory is a shell snapped on to the back of the phone, "raising the entire back side to level the camera hump, and providing better grip when using the phone as a digital camera". Additionally, the shell is said to have a shutter button built into it, further enhancing the photoshooting experience.

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3 years ago

Lufthansa app now available for Windows Phone 8

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Lufthansa app now available for Windows Phone 8

The official Lufthansa app for Windows Phone is now available on the store. We previously looked at the airline having an app for Microsoft's mobile platform in development, but it's now live and ready to go. From booking flights, viewing timetables, checking in and more, the app is a rich experience, providing tools and features and passengers require when heading to and from the airport.

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3 years ago

Telefonica announces operator billing deal with Microsoft in Spain

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Telefonica has announced a deal between Microsoft and its Spanish arm, Movistar. This partnership will enable consumers who use a Windows Phone on the network to pay for content on the Store with prepaid credit or a contract bill. The operator notes in a statement that this move will help reduce the number of steps required to make a purchase, providing an alternative to those who prefer going through their operator for billing.

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3 years ago

We're talking smartphone keyboards on today's Talk Mobile Hangout!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 925 Review: The best Windows Phone available?

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Windows Phone Central's review of Nokia's next flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 925

Nokia has numerous Windows Phone 8 handsets available on the market, but that hasn’t stopped the Finnish manufacturer from launching yet another flagship smartphone. The Lumia 920 launched late last year, along with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 to the public, and since then we’ve seen multiple devices come to life, including the affordable Lumia 520. Nokia is certainly hitting each price point.

We’ve got our hands on the new Nokia Lumia 925 and have been able to play with the new smartphone to see how it fares with low-light photography, performance and general mobile phone use. Billed as the best Windows Phone experience yet, how does the Nokia Lumia 925 stack up and is the mobile phone as good as Nokia promote it to be? If you’re in a hurry and can’t read our review: yes, it’s actually that good.

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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!

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