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3 years ago

Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone destined for Verizon on April 18th, $599 off contract

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Next week, Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8.1. Usually with big OS refreshes you get a few hardware launches, as well. That’s no different this time around as we’re expecting the Lumia 630 (aka ‘Moneypenny’), Lumia 930 (aka ‘Martini’, a non-Verizon version of the Icon) and eventually ‘Goldfinger’, which we hear is going to be a somewhat radical departure in terms of user interaction.

One of those 8.1 launch devices is reportedly the Samsung ATIV SE, another refresh from Samsung destined for Verizon. Not much is known about this device except that it may have a five inch, 1080P display and that it’s being built for Windows Phone 8.1. A render has been leaked by Evleaks that suggests a strong similarity between it and other ATIV devices in terms of aesthetics.

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3 years ago

Nokia’s next firmware to be dubbed ‘Blue for Windows Phone 8.1?

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In the next few months, Nokia is expected to release a forthcoming firmware update for their Lumia line. That should be no secret as we’re also expecting an OS update called Windows Phone 8.1. Firmware helps make your phone’s hardware better, and it’s very specific to your device. The OS though is general. That’s why the Developer Preview Program only gives the OS update, but requires additional firmware updates later on to complete the experience.

OS updates and firmware are like Sith, there are always two.

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3 years ago

What visual glitches have you discovered in Windows Phone?

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Windows Phone is an operating system like others available on the market. There are not only issues introduced and fixed in subsequent updates, but also glitches and somewhat humorous bugs to be discovered. There are a handful of visual glitches in Windows Phone, which have been collected and discussed on our forum.

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3 years ago

Popular dating service eHarmony finds a new beau in Windows Phone

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Official apps are always a welcome sign of a healthy app ecosystem, which is why we’re glad to see eHarmony landing on Windows Phone 8 today. eHarmony (www.eharmony.com) is a well-known match-making site for people looking for love. They’re one of the oldest and most prolific around, with abundant TV commercials and a strong mobile presence.

The app, which is now live on the Store, keeps the general design of their iOS offering but with some colorful buttons near the top to give it a more Modern look.  The company boasts about their Windows Phone version in a new press release.

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3 years ago

Mobile payment provider Fortumo launches fund for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers

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In-App Purchases are extremely common in mobile apps and games these days. As an AT&T customer, I have the option of paying for Windows Phone IAPs by credit card, carrier billing, or Microsoft account. People with different carriers or living in other countries might not have access to those same payment methods. And you normally couldn’t use carrier billing for Windows 8 purchases.

Mobile payment provider Fortumo allows app developers to easily integrate carrier billing for IAPs into both Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT apps and games. Fortumo is so serious about getting Windows developers on-board that they’ve just launched a fund to pay advances to successful developers for integrating Fortumo payments into their apps. How successful does a developer need to be in order to get the funding? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

New Car app from Nokia helps you out while driving

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New Car app from Nokia helps you out while driving

Nokia bundled an app with its Lumia hardware which would kick into action when the smartphone was NFC paired with the CR-200 wireless charging car unit (see our review). Unfortunately, those who didn't own the car charger by Nokia, but still wanted to enjoy the enhanced driving experienced, were left in the dark. That is until today. Nokia has released a new Car app for Lumia Windows Phones, which works without the optional accessory.

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3 years ago

NCAA March Madness Live advances our Windows Phones to the Sweet 16

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We have mentioned the Windows Phone app NCAA March Madness Live before. It is the official Windows Phone app for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that delivers stats, news, scores and live streaming of all the tournament games to your Windows Phone.

This past week we were finally able to put the Windows Phone app to the test. Tournament games began last Thursday and we have been very pleased so far with the March Madness Live’s performance.

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3 years ago

Nokia X sold out in China within minutes

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Previously we covered the story about Nokia China racking up extremely high pre-order numbers in a dubious method. By the end of this week, the total number of pre-order (at no cost at all, up to 3 units for each registered user, with a chance to win a free phone) reached 10 million.

The actual sales of Nokia X commenced on Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com on 10:00 am of March 24 (Beijing time). Everyone with a pre-order has two options: either to make the payment and seal the deal, or to forfeit the pre-order and forget about it. Didn't even make a pre-order? Well, you will be served last then, if there's any chance left.

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3 years ago

Trine’s Hangman updated, adds support for multiple accounts and much more

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We haven’t mentioned the Windows Phone game Trine’s Hangman in some time. For those not familiar, Trine’s Hangman is a fantastic rendition of the classic hangman word games. The lifetime game mode tracks and saves your gaming progress, you can customize your gaming background images, and overall Trine’s Hangman is just a fun game to have in your Windows Phone gaming library.

Trine’s Hangman was recently updated to version 3.0, which has a healthy change log. The most notable additions to the game will probably be support for 720p and 1080p resolutions, support for multiple accounts from one phone and fine-tuning to improve performance on low-memory devices such as the Nokia Lumia 520.

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3 years ago

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone starts the week with a minor update

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3 years ago

Plane Wars, mid-air battles from your Windows Phone

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Plane Wars is a fast paced, easy to play, but difficult to master Windows Phone 8 game. The combat strategy game includes forty-eight levels of action, five different game modes and respectable graphics.

The game also includes upgrades for your aviation fleet and special abilities to help wipe out the enemy forces. Game play is challenging enough to keep things interesting and overall, Plane Wars is an entertaining gaming option for Windows Phone 8.

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3 years ago

Microsoft: Acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit will close in April

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Nokia and Microsoft both expect the acquisition of Nokia's handset unit to close in April. The two companies sent out their own press releases moments ago announcing an update on the acquisition. The regulatory process is expected to close sometime during next month. As we previously reported, the two companies had hoped to finish the deal sometime before mid-April. However, rulings in India and regulatory pause by Asian parties over potential patent abuse slowed the process.

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3 years ago

Find jobs in the Middle East with the official Bayt app for Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Toib brings a beautiful YouTube experience to Windows Phone

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We’ll probably see official Google apps like YouTube, Hangouts and others once hell freezes over. Until then we have some solid third-party apps in the Windows Phone Store. For YouTube we’ve been rocking myTube and Metrotube for quite some time. Toib is a brand new YouTube app in the Windows Phone Store. You probably joined the beta earlier this month when developer Daniel Berg (@bergdaniel) opened it up to the public. Today that app is now available to download. Let’s check out toib for Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Latest GimmalPoint for Windows update adds OneDrive support and more

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GimmalPoint (www.gimmalpoint.com) for Windows 8 and Windows Phone enables consumers to connect to SharePoint and view documents, sites, lists, libraries and more in multiple views. It’s billed as the most featured-rich solution available on Microsoft’s app stores and is developed by Liquid Daffodil.

We've covered GimmalPoint in the past, passing through beta testing and going gold. Today, a substantial update has been pushed through the Windows Store for the popular Share Point client.

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