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Over the weekend, Windows Phone fan Luke Rodriguez decided to take it upon himself to demonstrate some of the new Lumia Denim Camera improvements on his Nokia Lumia 930. For many of us, we are still waiting for the update for Lumia Denim to hit along with the new Camera app. However, for those who are lucky enough to have both a PureView Lumia and Denim proper, the wait appears to be worth it.

The video by Rodriguez is quite thorough coming in just over five minutes in length. The camera app is shown launching along with some of the new menu features like Rich Capture, Lumia Moments, and even some 4K video samples towards the end, which look exquisite.

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As Microsoft rolls out the Lumia Denim update, one feature those with newer Lumias are looking forward to is 'Hey Cortana'. Based on passive-voice activated technology similar to the Kinect, the forthcoming feature lets users call up Cortana by merely using their voice. The feature works even when the Lumia is in standby with the display off.

The images and accompanying video, shown below, come from the site MSFTPlace who picked up the Lumia Denim update on their Lumia 1520. As they note in their article, Hey Cortana is not yet available in Spanish, so they needed to change to English in order to enable the feature.

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Looks like another Verizon phone is getting an update today. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also getting some new firmware and an OS update if not on the Preview for Developers program. This news follows updates to the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 announced earlier this morning.

The update bumps the OS to version Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, and it also picks up new firmware, jumping from 10602 to firmware build 21705.

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The Lumia Denim update is most certainly underway worldwide. With reports from all corners of the globe coming in thick and fast, it's tough to keep up. Fortunately help is at hand, and as we've collated for Asia and Europe, below you'll find a comprehensive list of the what (device) and the where the Lumia Denim update is pushing out for Latin America.

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Fitbit is on a roll this holiday season as update after update keeps coming out. This list is in addition to new devices like the Charge and – in super limited supply – their Surge 'super watch'.

Tonight, version 9.2 of the firmware for the Surge has trickled out, and we can confirm that the activity tracker now syncs directly with Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The update requires version 1.5 of the Windows Phone app along with an updated Surge.

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Lumia 1520 in Finland nabs Lumia Denim update

If you are Finland and own a Lumia 1520, you are one of the lucky few to get officially the new Lumia Denim OS and firmware update.

Heading to the Microsoft support page, Finland's Lumia 1520 'country variant' is marked as eligible for the Lumia Denim update (firmware 02540.00019.14484.37004). In checking other regions and countries, Finland appears to be the only one with a Lumia 1520 and Denim.

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Lumia Denim update goes live in Europe

It looks like the Lumia Denim software upload is now starting to hit a few of Microsoft's smartphones in Europe. The Lumia-maker has published a support page for the Denim update where owners of Lumia devices in Europe can check their country and phone model to see if the update is available. For now, it looks like variants of the Lumia 625, Lumia 520, Lumia 530 and Lumia 1320 are starting to see Denim in select countries.

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Earlier this morning, the Lumia Denim update began rolling out in China for numerous Lumia phones. A bit later, Microsoft published a video detailing the how to get the update on their YouTube channel (it was posted earlier on their support site). Now, Windows Central is receiving reports from users that Lumia Denim is rolling out on a broader scale.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made an official announcement about the update, unlike Nokia in the past. Likewise, the official update page does not yet reflect the Lumia Denim update, making verification a problem. The third issue is there is a bug with Extras + Info that causes false-positives for the Lumia Denim update. All three are making this job of verifying the true Lumia Denim update slightly challenging.

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Microsoft has promised that the Lumia Denim update would kick off before the end of the year. This morning, updates reportedly have started in China and our bet is more carriers and phones will begin getting this new firmware and OS update soon.

Earlier this week, Microsoft updated their Software Update page with a new video discussing the Lumia Denim update. Now, that same video has been published to YouTube, signaling a small but growing planned release.

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Sprint has today announced the US carrier has rekindled its partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone. The company will be offering the Lumia 635 across multiple brands, including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The device, running Windows Phone 8.1, will be available through those two brands from December 23, with Sprint postpaid customers having to wait until January 16.

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Update: The BLU Win Jr also has the same OS update available.

Those who own the affordable – and highly stylish – BLU Win HD Windows Phone will want to force-check for an OS update. BLU in conjunction with Microsoft is pushing out Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, one the latest versions of the Windows Phone OS. By comparison, the Preview for Developers program is up to version 14219, so as an official update, this one is quite close to the newest edition of the OS.

BLU Win HD users will find an exciting surprise upon installation: three-column support is now the only option for layout of the Live Tiles on the Start screen. Some users may not like this, but from our experience, it looks great on the Win HD's dark black display.

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During my hands on mini-review of the Lumia 535, there was only one issue that stood out on the otherwise outstanding Windows Phone: touch screen sensitivity was lower than ideal.

Evidently, I was not the only one to experience this as a few other reviews – both professional and from consumers – have noted that it can take more than one-tap to register on the Lumia 535. Some have reported that disabling 'Screen Magnifier', found under Settings > Ease of Access, helps improve things, which we can confirm, but others are still having problems. Now, at least according to Microsoft Lumia Malaysia via Facebook, a software update is in the works.

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Today you can get a discount on Destiny or Call of Duty and a shirt from a Microsoft Store, but tomorrow? Tomorrow you can get an unlocked Nokia Lumia 635 for as low as $99. That's the door-buster deal in-person at a Microsoft Store, but if you can't make it at the start of the day or in person at all, it'll still be just $129, which is $50 off.

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It looks like Indian carrier Idea has enabled carrier billing for Windows Phone, which allows customers to purchase digital content from the Windows Phone Store with their phone balance. Several users on our forums have already confirmed that the option is now working for them, and if you're an Idea customer, head on over to the payment options on your phone to check if it is available for you.

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Earlier today Windows Central reported on the forthcoming Mixview for Live Tiles in Windows 10. In the article, the cancelled McLaren prototype Windows Phone was brought up in referencing the original Mixview design. Now, new photos of the lost McLaren prototype have come forth, appearing once again out of China.

Previously, it was thought that the photos revealed a possible Lumia 1020 successor, however, newer evidence has come forth to shoot down that assumption.

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Windows 10 for Phone to have innovative Mixview Live Tiles

When it comes to Windows 10 on PC, much is already known in terms of enterprise design and features. After all, there is a public preview of Windows 10, which is downloadable to any laptop or PC right now. Still, the consumer end of Windows 10 is mostly a mystery at this time. Microsoft reportedly will detail more on that facet early next year.

Another unclear aspect is in regards to the Windows Phone UI. Although Windows 10 spans across PC, laptop, tablet, phone and even the Xbox One, it is not clear what, if any, changes it brings to the Start screen, especially on the phone.

Windows Central has been able to confirm with multiple sources that 'flyout tiles', also known as Mixview, will return to Windows Phone. Such a feature is returning because the concept was originally designed for the 3D Touch system that was to premiere with 'McLaren'.

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Christmas is arguably one of the biggest holidays, especially in the United States. Therefore, it should be of no surprise that Microsoft has programmed Cortana to respond to some yuletide inquiries with appropriate responses.

Firing up Cortana and asking her numerous questions or proclamations will inspire the digital personal assistant to respond appropriately. Here are a few examples sent to us by one perceptive reader.

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