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3 years ago

DivvyUp with OCR tech updated for Windows Phone, brings Lens support and more for the end of your meal

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 625 now available in Qatar, soon in Singapore; gets Netflix and free cover deal with Phones4U

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Although Nokia has their Lumia 1020 to start global distribution in the coming weeks, their other new phone, the Lumia 625, is now rolling out worldwide.

The latest country to pick up the 4.7-inch 800x480 Windows Phone 8 device would be Qatar, through Consolidated Gulf Co. (CGC) who distributes for Nokia in the region. The phone is retailing for QR 999 ($275 USD) and is now available “across major electronic retail stores in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black”. The device is expected to help transition the region to 4G and should be a great choice for those looking for a compelling Windows Phone without committing to much money.

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3 years ago

Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8 updated, new camera interface and sharing options added to the mix

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Fhotoroom is a constantly evolving photography app for our Windows Phone.  We've seen the app improve over time through the various updates and the latest update, version 9.1.4, hit the airways today.

For those not familiar with Fhotoroom, it is a feature rich photo app that is part photo sharing network, part photo editor, and part camera app. The latest update, which only deals with the Windows Phone 8 version, gives Fhotoroom a new camera interface, a few security updates, an updated splashscreen, updates to the TiltShift Filter, and a few bug fixes.

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3 years ago

HTC 8X, 8S on Bell Mobility and Rogers started receiving GDR2 too; get Data Sense

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Yesterday was a whirlwind day of news for Windows Phone and as such, a few items fell between the cracks. Sorry! But that’s what Thursday’s are for, evidently. So today we want to remind our friends up north in Canada who have an HTC 8X or HTC 8S that you should check for an OS and firmware update on your phone.

We received numerous tips from users noting that Bell Mobility and Rogers have both begun pushing out Windows Phone 8 1327 aka GDR2 OS updates along with the corresponding firmware to their 8X and 8S devices.

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3 years ago

Hear how much better chat will be on the Xbox One over the Xbox 360

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The Xbox 360 came out in November 2005, yes that 2005 from nearly 8 years ago. Over time, the Xbox 360 continued to improve with software updates and hardware refreshes that only changed the external look of the device. The Xbox One is coming sometime this November and with it the next generation. Microsoft has a cool sample showing the difference in voice quality between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Let’s check it out.

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3 years ago

Grab the erasers, Xbox One will not be launching on November 8th

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Rumour had it we'd be seeing the Xbox One launch in the US on November 8th. Unfortunately, this is not the case as Kotaku has now reported a source close to Microsoft states the console will not be released on the day, but will come at a later date. Still aiming for November, as promised by Microsoft, we can expect to see the next-gen machine hit stores sometime later in the month.

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3 years ago

Hipstamatic CEO talks about Oggl plans and support for Windows Phone 8

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Hipstamatic is planning to bring photos back with a comeback this year. Instagram, 500px and other competitors are attempting to barge through and own as much of the mobile market as possible when it comes to photography. So what's on the cards for Hipstamatic? CEO Lucas Buick spoke to The Next Web, discussing plans as well as to talk about why the company is backing Windows Phone 8.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone games often arrive after other platforms. Here's why

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Last week we revealed that Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game publishers in the world would be bringing 15 new games to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Since then, a scrappy little site has reported that “future [Gameloft] Windows Phone titles will be released day and date with iOS and Android ones.” Release date parity is something that Windows Phone gamers have long clamored for.

Well, I hate to take the wind out of anyone’s sails, but Gameloft has informed us that the “day and date” story is definitely incorrect. Read Gameloft’s official quote and our detailed analysis after the break!

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3 years ago

[UPDATE] Xbox One will only support voice commands in a handful of countries at launch

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Xbox, encienda… Xbox, accendere… Xbox, on.

Users in many foreign countries won’t be able to command their Xbox One via voice command this November when the console launches. Sources are beginning to report that the fine print on Microsoft’s website (you know, that little bit of text you never read) states that the voice command feature will be limited to only a few areas at launch.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 925 has its price dropped in Russia, now listed for 21,990 rubles

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The Lumia 925 has had its priced dropped slightly in Russia. The premium Windows Phone launched last month and pre-ordering set one back by 24,990 rubles ($750). Today you'll be able to pick one up for 21,990 rubles ($660) with the choice of white, grey and black. If you've been holding off for that perfect opportunity, now's your chance to act.

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3 years ago

Implode explodes as the Xbox Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal once again

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It’s another sad week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game release – Tetris Blitz never showed up yesterday. As such, the Xbox Red Stripe Deal must provide hungry Windows Phone gamers with sustenance. Well, this week’s deal game has gone on twice sale before, but more than a year ago and never for as cheap. Physics puzzler Implode from IUGO is now on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99. Probably what it should cost all the time, but who are we to judge?

Rounding out this week’s Red Stripe Deals are Darts Arena Online from E-Bouma and Week View 8, a calendar app from Hannes Biribauer. Both are on sale for 99 cents. Descriptions, free candy, and store links after the break!

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3 years ago

Microsoft refuses to sell Xbox One without Kinect - will win the motion gaming space as a result

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Microsoft has been facing a slew of battles with the announcement of its latest Xbox One console. The launch event was riddled with DRM woes, a required Kinect accessory and a higher price tag that Sony’s PlayStation 4. The company has backtracked on its original DRM mission, making players more comfortable with the idea of purchasing games for the unit, but questions about the Kinect sensor still remain.

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3 years ago

Can we end carrier exclusives and bloatware? - Talk Mobile

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We will always advocate picking your carrier before picking your phone, but sometimes the allure of a specific phone can be too much to overcome. Millions switched to AT&T to get access to the first four iPhones, BlackBerry faithful jumped to Verizon and Vodafone to get the first BlackBerry Storm, and old Palm fans moved to Sprint to pick up a Palm Pre. They made these moves not out of interest in monthly savings or coverage, but for a specific device - one exclusive to that carrier.

These carrier exclusives have long been a fact of life in the smartphone space, but with smartphones becoming something that even the average consumer has an opinion on, they're increasingly becoming more of a headache. When it comes to smartphones, there's little worse than the new hotness landing on a different carrier than yours and you finding yourself a year away from getting out of your contract without forking over a heft ETF.

Exclusives can be good for manufacturers, no doubt. But can they be bad for them too? And are they bad for consumers outside of the frustration of denial? And what about all of the apps and services that the carrier insists on loading on these handsets - are they useful, or just useless bloat?

3 years ago

Nokia teases HERE Maps imminent announcement with automakers

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3 years ago

Vodafone, O2 begin 4G roll-out in the UK while Three plans for December

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The UK is still catching up when it comes to 4G. Even though major operators are backing LTE with new plans and upgrades in the works, the process is slow and consumers are having to deal with a rather long wait. While EE continues to expand on its LTE lead, Vodafone and O2 have begun slowly rolling out upgrades across their networks. Three on the other hand are looking at December to unleash the high five kitty. 

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