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Children In Need is the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) charity for the UK. Kicking off in 1980, the charity has raised more than £600 million for disabled children and young people. The highlight of each year is a "telethon" aired on BBC One with celebrities and well-known faces.

Along with the telethon and other activities, an official Children In Need single is also selected. This year it's Ellie Goulding's turn with How Long Will I Love You (originally performed by The Waterboys). Why is this news? The official music video is shot entirely with a Nokia Lumia 1020.

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Nokia's next update, titled "Lumia Black" (Bittersweet Shimmer) is set to bring yet more features to the table. If you're a fan of the Glance screen, this will be an update for you. Destined to ship in the coming weeks, Lumia Black will improve the Glance feature, a screen that becomes active when the Windows Phone is in standby mode. The improvements will include background support, more colours and support for more notifications.

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Sébastien Lachance is a Windows Phone developer who (alongside Vincent Gosselin) is behind DualShot. The app, which we're covered in the past, is a neat photography solution that's a replicate of the popular Frontback app on iOS. Lachance has shared on his personal blog how they've managed to accumulate 100,000 downloads in just 20 days. 

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Microsoft is launching new gift cards that will be used for purchases on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone stores. Consumers will be able to purchase games, music, movies, shows, apps and more. We recently looked at a leak that detailed a launch for the gift cards to match Windows 8.1 (October 22nd), but you can already pick them up at a Germany retailer and Amazon UK.

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When it comes to Windows Phone, Nokia controls nearly 90% of the OEM marketshare. Samsung, HTC, and Huawei make up the remaining manufacturers producing Windows Phone devices. Microsoft just agreed to purchase Nokia for 7.2 billion dollars, so what incentive do other OEMs have to continue producing devices? It looks like HTC might get a pretty sweet one to continue producing high-quality handsets. Some might even run both Android and Windows Phone. Details below.

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New data shows entry level Windows Phones doing very well, while the Lumia 1020 remains niche; Nokia near 90% of the Windows Phone market

AdDuplex have released Windows Phone ecosystem data for the month of September. The company powers the ads that are found in Windows Phone apps worldwide and have become a solid metric for platform statistics.

This month's data continues a few trends, including steady growth of Nokia's dominance and the rise of low-cost Lumias. However, the high-end market, including the Lumia 1020, have so far not sold nearly as much. Expectation due to niche device or market failure?

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There's little debate that Nokia has changed the way we look at our Windows Phone cameras. From the PureView technology to optical image stabilization (OIS) to making Zeiss a household name, Nokia has designed a healthy, quality assortment of cameras for their Lumia Windows Phones.

While the weather wasn't exactly agreeable all the time, we took the Nokia Lumia 1020, 925 and 920 out to see how these three cameras compared. All three are solid contenders to satisfy your smartphone photographic needs but is the Lumia 1020 the clear winner? The answer may surprise you.

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We're currently at Aalto University in Finland, where the AppCampus program — a joint project of Microsoft, Nokia and the university — is held for Windows Phone developers around the world to engage in. What exactly is the program all about? We covered AppCampus back in 2012 when the project kicked off. Since then, numerous apps and games have been released on the Windows Phone store, with over $1 million going to participating teams.

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For Microsoft, Windows Vista took priority over Mobile. Years later, Steve Ballmer regrets that decision.

As Microsoft’s 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting wraps up, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer fielded questions from the audience of investors about the company. In responding to one inquiry about Microsoft, its direction and reorganization, Ballmer had an interesting confession regarding the last decade at Microsoft.

Although Ballmer has previously acknowledged that Vista was something he wished he handled differently, in tonight's response he was even more specific. Ballmer regrets not putting more resources into what was then Windows Mobile. Instead, the company had invested its talent and resources into Vista, an OS that would forever blemish the reputation of the company.

It would also cause Microsoft to miss the mobile explosion just a couple years later.

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We've all been there. You arrive into a new country or find yourself in a city where you need a taxi (or cab) but can't seem to get hold of one or have some difficulty in getting to the necessary points and locate a free driver. This is where Euro Taxi for Windows Phone comes into play. Instead of faffing about with multiple cards and numbers, simply make a booking while on the go at standard rates. Easy.

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The Windows Phone market in Brazil has grown by one device today. The Nokia Lumia 625 has become available through local Nokia Stores in Brazil for $1049 Reais (about $462 US) and will soon be available online through Nokia.

The Lumia 625 sports a 4.7" 800x480 IPS display that is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage space and MicroSD expandability. It has a 5MP rear camera and a front facing shooter.  The Lumia 625 comes loaded with Windows Phone 8, version 10328 (GDR2).

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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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The health care department in Oslo, Norway has placed an order for a further 3,000 Windows Phones to be shipped to employees. It's reported that almost every health care institution in the region files reports using an app that's only available on Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately, the exact model name has not been revealed, but some requirements were shared that narrows down the shortlist.

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We have seen the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone make cameo appearances in movies, television shows and music videos. The latest cameo is in the movie trailer for the upcoming Warner Brothers title Grudge Match with, what appears to be, the Lumia 920 finding it's way into the lime light.

The movies feature Robert De Niro and Sly Stallone playing retired boxing rivals who come out of retirement for... well...a grudge match.

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Yesterday we wrote an entertaining fluff piece about the brand ‘Windows Phone’ and how, when compared to iPhone and Android, feedback from the internet was actually quite positive. We tied it into the exceptionally high customer satisfaction ratings that Windows Phone devices typically get on carrier websites or third party outlets like Amazon.

In related news, PCMag yesterday published results of their 2013 Business Choice Awards, a survey of “actual users of smartphones” and “those responsible for deploying and maintaining the devices”.

The conclusion for Nokia is that the company is doing very well with those customers. So much so that PCMag called Nokia “…the clear winner of the end-user Business Choice Award for smartphones.”

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Developers have been complaining about issues with the Windows Phone Developer Center where download reporting has ceased to function normally. The problem being that download data simply isn't displayed with a "zero" in its place, offering no value to developers who may wish to monitor how their work is performing on the store front.

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