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We just reported this morning that the OS and firmware update for the AT&T Lumia 920 is sitting on Nokia’s servers, presumably getting ready to be rolled out. When software appears via Navifirm, it’s the finalized version and is handed off to the carriers for testing, meaning this update is near.

While we have detailed the OS update ‘Portico’ before with the HTC 8X (and it’s the same feature set here) it’s the firmware that we’re interested in. The firmware update (build 1249) will fix and adjust a few things on the phone but it’s the camera fix that most are curious about. It’s not secret that currently the 920 is a bit “soft” during daylight shots and so Nokia has fixed it up with this update and we have the evidence.

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Good news for all of you heroes out there who have endured the “1” staring at you from your Marketplace Tile: you can now finally hit that update button for Adobe Reader.

In the ongoing Windows Phone Store oddities of late, Adobe Reader came under scrutiny as many users were upgraded to version 10.1, followed by a second update that seemed to be a bug fix and then a third update.

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Marketplace fix has been applied but it may take a day or two deploy

As expected, Microsoft has begun deploying the digital certificate fix for the Marketplace that has resulted in some Windows Phone users unable to either install or update a select few apps (notably WhatsApp, NY Times and Translator). In a recent change to the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Todd Brix notes:

“We fixed the digital certificate problem and last evening resumed publishing new apps. It will take a day or two for the repair to fully deploy and newly-published apps to begin appearing in Marketplace again.  If your app was in the process of being published, you don’t need to take any action.  We have applied the fix and the app will continue through the certification and publishing workflow as normal.”

Of course as mentioned above that does not mean you can now instantly re-install or update those apps with issues as it can take time for the changes to rollout across their servers. Still, users should be begin to see updates by the end of the weekend.

Let us know in comments if you have had any success. Thanks, ThisIsMetro, for the heads up

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Saturday when we picked up our Glossy-white Lumia 900, we were surprised to see that it did not have the latest firmware installed, despite having the green-dot on the box indicating that the data-issue had been resolved.

This afternoon we received an email directly from Nokia PR (and a follow up that went to numerous media outlets) clarifying the situation a bit. It's a tad confusing but we'll try to keep it simple. Basically the 2175.1000.8112.12082 firmware with the green-dot on the box is the fixed firmware. Did we just blow your minds? Hold on...

So why were we prompted for a software update? Nokia basically fixed the 12082 firmware at the factory directly with a patch but in order for Zune Desktop to push out the update for the phones people didn't return, they had to change the firmware build, which is why 12084 exists.

In other words there are sort of two 12082 firmwares out there -- one broke, the other fixed -- and 12084 is the same as the fixed-12082. Get that?

The short of it is this: if you get a Lumia 900 (Matte-black, Cyan or Glossy White) and it has the green dot, it's a-okay and will have zero data issues. You can still update to 12084 but in reality, you're just bumping the firmware number as it is not "fixing" anything at this point.

So Nokia, you're still doing a good job and consumers, there is nothing to worry about.

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Just over a week ago, the homebrew unlocker tool ChevronWP7 Labs was released in the wild. A joint venture by Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, the officially sanctioned tool was a bold and complicated project: unlock phones so that apps can be side-loaded for a modest $9. The challenge of course was the myriad of PC setups, devices, OS versions and miscellaneous that could complicate things.

As a result, there were some issues people were having and within a few hours, ChevronWP7 Labs briefly suspended services until the team could feel more confident in the service working as intended.

In a new blog post, the group members go over the history of what happened, discuss some of the problems (including if people want refunds who can't get it to work) and that after some server re-workings, the token-purchasing is back. While the team still expects a few users to have difficulty with the process, they are evidently satisfied that most people should be able to successfully unlock their phones now. Sounds good to us. So any of you take the plunge yet?

Source: ChevronWP7

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