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3 years ago

Over $1 million going to 36 startups through AppCampus development programme

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While we continue to impatiently approach Nokia's event this coming week where we'll hopefully see what the Finnish manufacturer has to offer in terms of Windows Phone Apollo hardware, news has unearthed today surrounding the AppCampus (www.apcampus.fi), which was set up earlier in the year.

The joint venture between Microsoft, Aalto University (Finland) and Nokia was established at a cost of $23 million to promote quality app development on Windows Phone. AppCampus has revealed that it has distributed the first $1 million of its budget on 36 developers out of a total of 900 submissions.

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3 years ago

Zune Desktop features changed once again, App Marketplace not in sight

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If you've launched your Zune Desktop lately, you've probably seen the pop-up message alerting you that features have changed. When you re-launch Zune you will find that there is no longer a Zune HD marketplace listing.

The only options available under the Zune Desktop Marketplace listing are Picks, Music, Videos and Podcasts. The option to view Apps, both Zune and the resurgent Windows Phone 7 apps, have vanished. We know that Microsoft is in the process of renovating the Zune services over to Xbox Music and this change could be part of that process.

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3 years ago

ESPN Fantasy Football 2012 now live in the Nokia Collection for Windows Phone

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We mentioned the ESPN Fantasy Football App for Nokia Windows Phone being available shortly just the other day and today, ESPN FFL 2012 is available for download. The free app will let you manage multiple fantasy football teams, check in on player performance and view news and video highlights from ESPN.

ESPN FFL 2012 also taps into FantasyCast Live Scoring that will deliver real time player and matchup scoring to your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

HTC Accord Windows Phone diagram leaked, further affirms standardised USB port location

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The HTC Accord with a centred USB connector

What appear to be schematics for the HTC Accord Windows Phone have been leaked on Twitter by Football (@Football4PDA). As with any rumour, we recommend you take this with a pinch of salt, but we're starting to seriously look at the design and see increased probability that this could well be what HTC will be bringing to the table this year.

We last looked at the HTC Accord being leaked by Football, but were unsure just how accurate the renders were. Should the above diagram be real, we could well be looking at a colourful HTC Windows Phone. The issues we had with the previous renders were the Windows Phone 7.x interface and the interesting use of purple. While the above image could easily have been created from those renders, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for another look (and this new 'leak' is making its way around news websites).

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: The Quote

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Windows Phone App Review: The Quote

Looking for a good quote to use? How about a humorous saying to lift your spirits or an inspirational passage to make you think? The Quote is a Windows Phone app that has more the 2,500 quotes that may just fill your needs.

The Quote spreads the quotes into fifteen categories or you can sift through them all from a centralized listing. There's even Live Tile support with The Quote where you can pin your favorite category of quotes, author or individual quotes.

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3 years ago

HexaLines now available for Windows 8, coming to Windows Phone later this month

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The popular Windows Mobile game HexaLines now breathes fresh air on the Windows Store as a Windows 8 title. We last looked at HexaLines with the news of the strategic game making its way to both Windows Phone and the desktop stores. The aim of the game is to expand by deploying new hexagons (all players start from the centre) and attempting to cut off or annihilate enemy colours.

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3 years ago

Nokia's Welcome Home app makes converting easy

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Nokia has launched a new app that will make it easy for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users to make the move or convert to Windows Phone. The app makes moving all your contacts, calendars and apps over from your old phone to your new Lumia Windows Phone nice and easy.

Welcome Home to Windows Phone is an app from Markspace that migrates all the information and is compatible with both PC and Mac systems. The app will first back up everything from your old device and then transfer contacts, appointments, pictures, songs and videos to your new Windows Phone. The Welcome Home app will only copy DRM-free (unrestricted rights) songs and videos.

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3 years ago

More pics of Nokia crashing Samsung’s launch party

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Rage against the Galaxy

To close out this exciting, Windows Phone 8-filled week, The Nokia Blog managed to get their hands on a few more pics of the Finns crashing Samsung’s party this week at IFA in Berlin.

Previously we had what seemed like a single person with a sign but as it turns out, it was a small crowd of at least 6 people with placards and smiles. What’s more, you can tell Samsung’s security was not to impressed with the brazen display, pulling the signs from the Astroturfers.

While silly jesting, it still pales when compared to what RIM tried to pull off with Apple back in April but clearly Nokia has a bone to pick with Samsung.

See more photos at the Nokia Blog.

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3 years ago

New hands on video of the Samsung ATIV S compares it to the Galaxy S3

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3 years ago

Samsung ATIV S available for preorder in the Netherlands

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Just a few days ago Samsung announced the new ATIV S Windows Phone and today, we are seeing it available for pre-order. Granted the 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screened Windows Phone is available for pre-order in the Netherlands. But it's a start.

PDAShop.nl is listing the 16GB version of the ATIV S for € 549 (about $690 US) with the delivery date listed as unknown. Subscription services are available through T-Mobile Europe, Vodaphone and other local carriers.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8 to feature standardized USB port location for universal accessories?

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We filing this one under a big ol’ rumor has we have no secondary source to corroborate the information, but there is some preliminary evidence to suggest there may be some truth to it.

We were just tipped off about a new requirement for Windows Phone 8 devices regarding the micro USB port and its placement on the device.

So far, much to the consternation of consumers and 3rd party accessory makers, it has been difficult to make charging stands, car mounts, etc. for Windows Phone due to the haphazard placement of the micro USB port. Some like HTC prefer the side, others like Nokia have it on top and some like Samsung have it on the bottom.

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3 years ago

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to deliver keynote at Mobile World Congress 2013

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While we're all eagerly awaiting to see what Nokia will bring to consumers in terms of Windows Phone 8 hardware, we've got word that CEO Stephen Elop will be delivering a keynote speech next year at Mobile World Congress. This will be the next step for the Finnish manufacturer -after the holiday season- to really step up its game and continue to produce innovative Windows Phones.

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3 years ago

Metro Elements for Windows 8 developer contest winners

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While the news of Samsung's ATIV S may have gotten us distracted, we haven't forgotten about the Metro Elements for Windows 8 contest. We asked readers to let us know in the comments which app or game they would develop for Windows Phone or Windows 8. We then picked ten winners at random from the entries.

The prize... a license for the Metro Elements pack from Mindscape. We received 88 comments with suggestions ranging from a game based on the Sherlock Holmes movie series to a Canadian topography app to an app to control a remote control airplane.

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3 years ago

Nokia takes another subtle jab at Samsung Mobile

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As things are heating up on this Labor Day weekend, Nokia appears to be still having some fun with Samsung—or at least that is one interpretation of the oddly placed image above.

Appearing on Nokia’s Facebook page, the photo shows two toy dump trucks—one offloading coins, the other carrying away a Lumia—with the caption ‘Which do you prefer?’.

So why is it funny? It appears to be an inside tech joke that made the rounds last week regarding the Apple v Samsung trial.

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3 years ago

HTC Windows Phone 8 devices will reportedly feature Beats Audio

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Beats Audio coming to Windows Phone 8 too?

Although we thought Beats Audio was dead for HTC, the company is pushing forward with the technology and are reportedly bringing it to Windows Phone 8 this fall.

According to the Verge, the HTC Accord (a 4.3” display device) will feature the high-end audio technology with the familiar Beats branding on the back of the device.

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