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3 years ago

Microsoft boasts 15 percent marketshare in New Zealand, looking to further market products and services

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Microsoft's New Zealand general manager Paul Muckleston has boasted at this week's Tech Ed 2013 conference in Auckland that the company has leaped in smartphone marketshare in the region, from just 2 percent two years ago to 15 percent reported in July of this year. We've previously looked at how Microsoft has been gaining grounds in Europe and Latin America.

Muckleston notes that consumers in the region can expect to see more localised apps on the store.

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3 years ago

More alleged screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1 Blue leak, show potential Notification Center

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We’re filing this one under unsubstantiated rumor, but forum member qXerro has posted a few more screenshots over the last twenty-four hours of Windows Phone 8.1. The problem with such stories of course is trying to verify the information and since screenshots can be very easily faked, it’s hard to justify.

Still, qXerro has posted screenshots of features like app sorting before. That rings a bell because we know of that feature but never reported it publicly—so either he’s a good guesser or there is some truth to his leaks (Unfortunately, the last we heard is that app sorting was removed due to ongoing issues).

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3 years ago

Share your event Countdowns on Instagram with added support in latest update

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3 years ago

LazyLens, a fantastic photo editor for your Windows Phone

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There are a lot of quality photography apps available for our Windows Phones and LazyLens rates right up there with the best of them.  LazyLens is a editing app that has a healthy amount of filters and effects that can add a little zip to your images.

It may not have the horsepower of Thumba Photo Editor or Fantasia Painter but LazyLens can hold its own.  The user interface is fluid and the editing tools are respectful.  And the best thing about it, LazyLens is a free app for your Windows Phone making it a must have for everyone's Windows Phone photography library.

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3 years ago

Official 7 Eleven app for Windows Phone 8 launches, features coupons and more

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Looks like another official app has launched for Windows Phone 8 and it slipped under our radar. 7 Eleven (http://www.7-eleven.com), the popular convenience store chain in the US, released their Windows Phone 8 this last Wednesday.

The app itself has a unique UI, featuring a swipe based gesture system to navigate to the main sections. It’s actually the same layout as the iOS and Android apps, keeping the company design consistent. Those sections include special day-only deals, in-store goods like sandwiches and wings, coupons that you can redeem and a store finder. The app has all four of those sections laid out as tabs and you can merely tap or swipe to get to them

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3 years ago

Peregrine updated: brings Pocket, Readability, Vine and Instagram support for your Twitter timeline

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One area that Windows Phone is equal to in regards to Android and iOS is the number of high quality Twitter applications. On all platforms there are a handful of excellent Twitter clients, both official and third-party for nearly anyone. Whether you’re a casual user just following the tweets of celebrities or a social media powerhouse needing advanced features, you’ll find a Twitter app for you. Peregrine is one of those Twitter apps on Windows Phone that is really, really good. The latest update to Peregrine makes it even better.

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3 years ago

Mammoth Nokia Lumia passes through FCC, destined for Verizon

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It was only a few days ago we saw our first look at what could be the next high-end Windows Phone device on Verizon Wireless in the United States. The image came from a leaker on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website (think Twitter). Now a Windows Phone device destined for Verizon passes through the FCC. Is it the same 1520 variant we saw a few days ago or different device? Let’s find out.

It was Friday when we saw what appears to be a variant of the Lumia 1520, but destined for Verizon. The device was sporting a white casing, in addition to Verizon and Nokia branding. The source of the leak stated the device would come with a 20MP sensor (just like the Lumia 1520) and that this was a really big Windows Phone device.

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3 years ago

Striking back: Nokia regains lead in Russia, passes Samsung on the way

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Latest market share numbers from Russia's largest retailer puts Nokia ahead of Samsung

There’s nothing but positive results for Nokia and Windows Phone lately. Today, we’re continuing the momentum with news from Russia where Nokia has surpassed Samsung for market share. The story was first published in Vedomosti, Russia’s premier business paper

The data itself comes from Russia’s largest mobile retailer, Euroset, who have more than 5,000 stores across the vast country. Their latest report puts Nokia at 29% of the mobile market in Russia this summer, up from 27% in the spring. Samsung meanwhile has dropped to 27% from a previous 30% just a few months ago. That bump gives Nokia back the edge since Samsung beat them earlier this year (the two often go back and forth in terms of market share in the country).

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 for just $80 on HSN

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 1520 - Two more photos of the 6-inch device leak from China

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It’s an early Sunday morning but leaks are leaks and they know no boundaries. Tonight (or this morning), two more photos of the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s 6-inch phablet device due in November, have come forward from China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center—basically their FCC.

The photos themselves don’t reveal too much more on an initial pass, just what we already know: the world is about to gain a really big Lumia Windows Phone. The specs for the 1520 should bump Windows Phone into the forefront of large screened devices, especially with its 1080P display, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 32GB of storage (and microSD). We recently revealed that the device will also feature an industry leading 3400 mAh battery to power the device for an extended period.

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3 years ago

Talk Mobile Creativity Week recap The best things you said!

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Mobile devices have enabled a whole new category of creativity, allowing us to do things we've never been able to do before. They've put a camera in our pocket wherever we go, they've permitted anybody to engage in business anywhere, and they've changed the way we listen to music. Is it good, is that bad? It's time for you, the reader, to sound off.

3 years ago

Help Alex traverse through Mayan Mysteries for free with myAppFree partnership

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Alex: Mayan Mysteries will be free on the Windows Phone store for tomorrow (Sunday 15th) only, though the price alteration has taken affect already. This deal is in partnership with myAppFree. The title is a well-rated platform game that puts the player in control of Alex, a treasure hunter and adventurer who has travelled to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal.

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3 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 925 - Unboxing and first impressions

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Yesterday, AT&T and Nokia released the slim and mostly-metal Lumia 925, bringing along with it one of the nation’s largest LTE networks at a $99 price point ($429 off contract). Today, we go hands on with the latest Nokia offering and come away impressed.

Featuring 16GB of internal storage (12GB available), a 4.5-inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack and an 8.7MP PureView camera with that extra lens-element for improved sharpness, there’s a lot to like about the Lumia 925. The phone is cool-to-the-touch due to the aluminum frame and it comes in elegant black (as opposed to T-Mobile’s brighter white offering). The OS is build 1328 (GDR2) and like other AT&T GDR2 devices, unfortunately lacks Data Sense.

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Amazon selling the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 on contract from $149

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3 years ago

SysApp Pusher gets doublewide Live Tile and Doodle Jump gets new look for Windows Phone 8

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As the Windows Phone ecosystem continues to grow, more frequent updates are becoming more and more common. Today, we have two that are small but noteworthy.

SysApp Pusher is a free app that checks all the custom OEM stores for new updates, including Samsung, HTC and Nokia. While there are quite a few of these “system app checkers” now available, SysApp Pusher is our choice simply because it gets updated once, sometimes twice a week with new features. The developer clearly has a vision for this app and version 2.0 is well worth taking for a spin.

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