All Articles by Richard Devine

Netflix bringing its streaming goodness to more Europeans later this year

Netflix is about to spread its wings and fly to several new European countries as part of a sizeable expansion plan later this year. Without being too specific on when, the streaming video service announced that Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg are the lucky six.

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Watch all the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from your mobile device with BBC

This morning the BBC has announced its plans for domestic coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and it's good news for mobile watchers. Via the BBC iPlayer app for smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs as well as on the web via the BBC Sport site, you'll be able to watch live and on-demand coverage of every minute of action from the games.

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Nokia Lumia 630 available to order in Italy for €150

Folks in Italy looking forward to getting their hands on the Nokia Lumia 630 are in for some good news. Head on over to MediaWorld – see the source link below – right now and you can place your order for Nokia's first-to-market Windows Phone 8.1 device for €149.99.

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HTC W8 reported to be a 'flagship' Windows Phone 8.1 release for Verizon

It's been a while since HTC's last Windows Phone release but if serial tipster @evleaks is to be believed we're going to be getting a new one. Without giving too much detail, the HTC W8 is the name and it's apparently heading for Verizon packing Windows Phone 8.1. And that's it.

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Netflix hiking rates around the globe, existing subscribers locked in for now

Netflix is in the process of sending emails to its European and US customers explaining its price increase for new subscriptions. More importantly for existing members, Netflix is committing to a 2 year freeze on any price increases, so for now at least it's a case of carry on as you are. The email in full reads as follows:

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Nokia Lumia 630 headed to Norway on May 15

Nokia's new Windows Phone 8.1 toting Lumia 630 will be headed to another European country on May 15. According to the folks at Itavisen, Nokia's local team has sent out a press release dating the launch of the phone in Norway with a price of 1295 Krone. This puts it around the £130/€150 price we've seen elsewhere in Europe.

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Nokia App Folder gets a small update, general performance improvements

Samsung isn't the only one updating its App Folder application for Windows Phone today as Nokia has pushed out an update to its own version. Downloadable from the Windows Phone Store right now there's not a lot to shout about, just some general performance improvements.

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Transport for London looking to introduce smartphone based fare payments

With NFC on your smartphone, using it to pay for your morning commute across London may be getting closer to reality. According to a report in the Financial Times, carriers EE and Vodafone have begun talks with Transport for London over beginning trials of a mobile wallet to pay for your travel.

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Grab a Nokia DT-900 wireless charging pad for $14.99 (U.S. only)

Nokia's DT-900 wireless charging pad is no stranger to the deals corner and it's back once again. This time out if you head on over to Tanga, you'll be able to pick one up for $14.99 plus shipping to anywhere in the mainland U.S. It doesn't say which color you'll be getting, though the pictures on the site at least show black and white. So maybe it's pot luck.

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Nokia 'Monarch' could turn out to be the Lumia 635 for T-Mobile

The rumored Nokia 'Monarch' smartphone is back in the news, with serial leaker @evleaks back with more apparent details on the unannounced device. Previously the same source had claimed that the Monarch was bound for T-Mobile in the U.S., and today's message could indicate that we're not looking at a flagship class phone.

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Bing apps for Windows Phone lose the Bing...but only in the titles

Microsoft is pushing out a round of updates to its Bing apps for Windows Phone that takes away the Bing. But only from the titles. So Bing Weather becomes Weather, Bing News becomes News, Bing Sport becomes Sport. You get the idea. So, if you accepted an update and suddenly wondered why your 'B' app category was somewhat thin on the ground, this is why.

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Microsoft still working on backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360

Xbox One being able to play Xbox 360 games is something a lot of folks want to see, and Microsoft is definitely looking into it. With Build having just taken place in California you can bet that the question came up in one of the sessions. It was put to Partner Development lead, Frank Savage, by a member of the audience, and garnered this response:

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Microsoft releases unified Windows App Studio Beta

We've heard of the past successes of the Windows Phone App Studio, but today Microsoft is announcing an update. The number 1 question has apparently been; what about Windows apps? Folks asking that need worry no longer and say hello to the unified Windows App Studio.

The beta release is available to download from today and allows you the ability to create a universal project resulting in both Windows Phone and Windows apps in the same session. Pretty nifty.

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Samsung ATIV SE official, now up for pre-order at Verizon

Having been leaked a bunch recently, Verizon has now made its latest Windows Phone 8 device official by putting the Samsung ATIV SE up for pre-order. The price? If you're buying without a contract you'll be looking at $599.99, which jumps down to $199.99 on a 2-year agreement. Verizon Edge customers get it for $25.22 a month. Better still, for a limited time you could actually get two of them on Verizon's buy one get one free promotion!

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Follow Mobile Nations at Mobile World Congress!

Mobile Nations has landed in Barcelona! We're not just here for cervezas and tapas, of course, but for the annual Mobile World Congress. We've got a lot to look forward to this week and the team on the ground will be bringing you the very best of it all.

We've a team of six on the ground in Spain, and besides keeping up with everything on the blogs you'll want to be following us on the socials as well. Head on below for all the links you need!

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Lumia and Mac owners, be sure to download the latest version of Nokia Photo Transfer

In this busy, busy week in tech, Apple dropped the latest update to OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, and with it some apps have started to experience problems. One of those, at least on my Mac, is Nokia Photo Transfer. It seems to be pretty widespread, with problems detailed in the Nokia support forums, as well as in the Windows Phone Central forums. The good news; there is an easy fix. 

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Side by side: The Nokia Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520

Nokia World 2013 may be over, but since I've just found this (totally forgotten about) shot from the event in Abu Dhabi, I figured it's worth showing. Sat side by side, and tethered to a wall, is the new Nokia Lumia 1320 and the Lumia 1520. And, from the front, it's tough to believe that one of these costs around $400 less than the other one. Both have 6-inch displays, and even with the lower resolution on the 1320, it isn't disappointing to look at. 

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Eyes on Nokia's hot new dual-layer polycarbonate shell for Asha devices

While Lumia most definitely stole the show at this weeks Nokia World 2013 event in Abu Dhabi, there was more to see than just Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone devices. Nokia also introduced a new range of Asha devices, which while not exactly what we're in to, does have a pretty neat and unique feature. And that, is the dual-layer polycarbonate shell. And it rocks. We know there's at least a few of you out there that wanted to see this, so we grabbed a couple of photos to try and show it off. 

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Hands on look at the new Nokia Storyteller application for Windows Phone

Nokia World 2013 has been a whirlwind of announcements, one of which was Nokia's new Storyteller app. Available in both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 form on the newly announced Lumia devices, Storyteller takes all your photos and organises them for you automatically, using HERE maps data to categorise them. It'll even try to select the best photographs for you, trying to eliminate those blurry shots no-one wants to see.

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Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 2520 keyboard case

Announced today alongside the Nokia Lumia 2520 at Nokia World 2013, is this, the companion keyboard case. Nokia didn't go down the touch-cover style route with the 2520, instead opting to produce a full tactile keyboard with gesture trackpad. It's also a case, protecting the tablet front and back, and it's got some additional juice via the on-board battery, that Nokia claims is good for an extra 5 hours battery life for the tablet. And round the back, there's not one but two USB ports. 

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