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What would a mobile phone be without an address book of contacts to open up communication with, or a calendar to keep up-to-date with social events? Windows Phone takes strives in being more socially connected than the likes of iOS and Android by sporting integration with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. But how does one import contacts and calendars from services that are also used on competing platforms?

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Update: And just like that our Xbox Music app updated and is now auto-importing Zune Pass content. So it works going forward, but Xbox Music does not DRM sync back to Zune--yet.

Eck. Looks like there’s going to be a headache for some of us as we upgrade and merge to Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) regarding music. Turns out, Zune Pass music doesn't like to import into Xbox Music and vice versa.

The problem is thus: when you open Xbox Music on a Windows 8 PC, it won’t recognize your Zune Pass content, which for some of you could be quite substantial.  There is supposedly a work-around that involves creating a playlist in Zune Desktop of just your Pass music and then using Xbox Music to import that, resulting in a re-downloading of your music.  You can try that via this tutorial at Bibble-it.com.

For us however we were able to get the playlist into our Xbox Music where it played but we couldn’t import the actual albums/songs, leaving us unsatisfied.

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Yesterday, we mentioned that Clove UK was going to begin offering the Nokia Lumia 800, unlocked and SIM free in December. Now we got word that Expansys USA and Phones4U are both offering the same deal--one cheaper, one more expensive.

First, Expansys USA is offering the black Lumia 800 for a whopping $789. So, you should probably start saving now if you want it by Christmas and we doubt anyone will be picking it up as a gift. The phone will work on AT&T's 3G network but lacks the HSPA+ bands, so keep that in mind--you may want to wait a few months for an "official" offering from the Death Star, especially since you'll not only get HSPA+ but rumored LTE as well.

Next up is Phones4U. They too have the black, unlocked Lumia 800 that you can buy now, so forget that pre-order. The price there is £399.95, which isn't half bad--heck, at $618 it is cheaper for Americans to order it overseas than locally (too bad Phones4U doens't ship overseas). Plus, they also have the Cyan version available, which is a bit of a rarity and we think gives Phones4U the edge here.

Source: Expansys USA; Phones4U (and Cyan); Thanks, c03105780, for the tip in comments

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Many of us these days have our contacts spread all over the place: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Exchange, etc. It can be quite a pain.

Starting with Windows Phone 7, Windows Live will take a front and center role with the device, requiring you to use a Live ID to "sign in" on the phone to access your Xbox account, Zune profile, Hotmail/Live Mail, MSN Messenger, Phone Live, etc. This is quite similar to how an Android device requires a Google mail account, which also accesses all of Google's services.

One neat feature that will help simplify things is using Windows Live Contacts (http://contacts.live.com/), which will allow you to import your contacts from

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Outlook Express
  • Windows Contacts
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • Yahoo! Mail (CSV)
  • Gmail (CSV)

Those last two options are quite important for many of us and using the CSV export/import system is really quite easy (Gmail --> Contacts --> Export --> Outlook CSV). Likewise, the 'Add People' feature is quite nice, allowing digital import and constant syncing between the following services:

  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIn
  • AOL Mail
  • Google
  • Outlook
  • etc.


Finally, you can use the Manage --> 'Clean up contacts' option in Windows Live Contacts to find and delete duplicate information, saving a lot of time. Likewise you can use the 'Merge' feature if you have many lists to import.

Seeing as we'll all need to be on this system in the near future, might as well take the 15 minutes to get the ball rolling, eh?

[via On 10]

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Touch Pro 2 now shipping in UK

If you just have to have an HTC Touch Pro 2 before all of your friends, it's now shipping from UK retailer Clove. [via]

Of course, you're going to be dropping about $800US for something that lacks U.S. 3G bands, and we're pretty sure we'll see the TP2 on all four major U.S. carriers. But that's the price you pay for being the kind of person who has to scream "First!", now, isn't it.

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