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Nokia Lumia 1020 shows up in AT&T's inventory

There's little debate that AT&T customers are in line to get the new Nokia Lumia 1020 and we've received another sign to confirm just that.  The Lumia 1020 is now being listed in AT&T product inventory and has been assigned a SKU number.  Our anonymous tipster also noted that the Lumia 1020 has been seen in the hands of AT&T employees for testing.

The inventory listing also confirms the black, yellow and white color options that we saw with the Microsoft inventory sheet  the other day.

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Garmin set to release Bluetooth Heads-up Display for Windows Phone navigation

Garmin has announced the release of heads-up display (HUD) that connects to your Windows Phone via Bluetooth. The HUD unit will project navigation information on to your windshield.  This will help increase safety and reduce driver distraction when using your Windows Phone as a navigational tool.  By projecting the navigational information in the driver's line of sight, it keeps their eyes more on the road.

The Garmin HUD is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled smartphone running Garmin Streetpilot or NAVIGON apps. HUD displays turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, and the estimated time of arrival. Additional display options include alerts for when drivers exceed the speed limit, traffic delays and safety camera locations.

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Camera360 to partner with Nokia and the Lumia 925 Windows Phone

Bloatware just got a lot better on our Windows Phones or at least in China. Camera360 has announced a partnership with Nokia that will have the camera app pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 925 sold in China.

Camera360 is a fantastic Windows Phone app that is part photo editor, photo organizer and camera app. There is no doubt that Camera360 will compliment the Lumia 925's camera very well.

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Windows Phone 8 headed to U.S. Cellular later this month? (Updated)

It appears that U.S. Cellular will be offering a Windows Phone 8 device later this month. Or at least according to a recent tweet they will.

U.S. Cellular currently has one Windows Phone in their smartphone lineup, the ZTE Render, a Windows Phone 7.5 device.  Which Windows Phone 8 device will find its way to U.S. Cellular is still a bit of a mystery. Last year it looked like the HTC 8S was headed to the wireless provider and more recently, the Samsung Odyssey seems to be the odds on favorite.  

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Television apps for your Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Television Apps
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Television Apps

A little change of pace with this week's Windows Phone Central roundup. This being the day after a holiday for many, we picked a more relaxing topic and week focus on television apps.  Just in case anyone's in the mood for being a couch potato today or are stuck in the office and want to catch up on their favorite shows.

These are Windows Phone apps that deliver the network news to your Windows Phone, that streams programming to your device, and others that delivers schedules, episode information, and other tidbits about what's on the tube.  There's a wide variety of television apps in the Windows Phone Store and we plucked a few out off the shelves that may come in handy.

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AT&T Locker, Cloud Storage for Windows Phone 8

AT&T has released the AT&T Locker for their Windows Phone 8 devices. It is a cloud service for U.S. based AT&T customers that provides 5GB of cloud storage for free.

You can upload photos, videos, documents and music files to the AT&T Locker over Wi-Fi or AT&T's wireless network. The app comes with an Easy Upload feature that backs up your photos and videos automatically and images can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter directly from the AT&T Locker.

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Assassin's Creed II on deck as the next Xbox Games with Gold special

If you're an Assassin's Creed fan and an Xbox Live Gold member, you'll want to keep an eye on the calendar. Assassin's Creed II will be the next game featured on Xbox Live's "Games with Gold" program.

Assassin's Creed II normally runs 1600 Microsoft points (about $20) but between July 16th and 31st, you can download it for free with your Gold Membership.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone photo contest winners!

What seems to have been a lifetime ago, we announced a photo contest where the winner walks away with a Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone from Verizon. Well... the best laid plans of mice and men were overturned by a little event known as //BUILD/ and determining a winner was delayed a wee bit.

Our delay is your gain in that along with a grand prize winner, we're tossing in two runner up prizes (gift cards to the WPCentral Accessory Store). It took a little head scratching but we've pick our three winners.

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Nokia is giving away a Man of Steel movie prop and a Lumia 925 Windows Phone

If you're a fan of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, and like Lumia Windows Phones Nokia has a contest right up your alley.

Nokia USA is giving away a Command Key used in the Man of Steel movie plus a Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone. Entering is simple. Just re-tweet this tweet and you're done.

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Windows Phone Central Independence Day Sale: Save 15% on all Windows Phone accessories!

Independence Day is July 4th, but we're kicking off the celebration savings a little early and going a little long this year, just to make sure all Windows Phone Central readers have a chance to take advantage of this special offer.

Starting now and going until midnight PST on July 7th, customers can save 15% on their Windows Phone Central Accessory Store orders using coupon code 7413 at checkout (and yes Canadians, the coupon will work in our Canada store too!).

The 15% coupon code covers all of our accessories, including those for the Nokia Lumia 928.  So don't delay, head on over to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store now and start saving!

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Hulu Plus for Windows Phone 8 updated, adds Kids Corner support

Hulu Plus for Windows Phone 8 was updated today to version 1.1 and adds a little Kids Corner support into the mix. You can now add Hulu Plus to your Windows Phone Kid's Corner for instant access to ad free kids content.

When Hulu Plus is launched from the Kid's Corner all you're kids will have access to is the kid's section of Hulu Plus. It's a nice touch to prevent the younger kids from stumbling on more adult oriented viewing.

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Early look: Dark Lands brings a LIMBO-like experience to Windows Phone

We made mention the other day of Dark Lands, a Windows Phone game under development and sponsored by the Microsoft/Nokia AppCampus. Dark Lands is an infinity running game with a combat and RPG element.

In a nutshell, you run your character through various obstacles, collecting gems to use for upgrades and stopping along the way to battle monsters, soldiers and other enemies. We've gotten our hands on a short video snippet of game play and again, the game looks good.

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Major update lands for Fhotoroom for Windows Phone 8, adds Instagraph sharing and much more

When Fhotoroom passed the 2,000,000 download mark we briefly mentioned an update was in the works for the Windows Phone 8 version. Well that update went live today.

The version 8.5 update moves Fhotoroom away from HTML 5 for a more pure, native app experience. Fhotoroom also adds integration with Instagraph to allow you to share your edited images to Instagram.  You still have direct sharing with Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.  When  you choose Instagraph in the sharing options you'll be sent to the Instagraph app where you can crop, add filters, add hashtags/captions and upload the image to Instagram.

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Carl Zeiss becomes Zeiss, adds credibility to the Nokia EOS 41MP Windows Phone images

Zeiss is a well known brand name from the company named after it's founder, Carl Zeiss AG. According to the Ziess.com blog the company is changing its name to Zeiss to create consistency across its brand communications.

What does this have to do with Windows Phone? Well, Nokia uses Zeiss lenses in several of their Lumia Windows Phones, including the upcoming Lumia 1020/EOS. We've seen leaked images of the camera plate on the EOS that were branded with both "Zeiss" and "Carl Zeiss". Some have thought the images with the Zeiss label were fake.

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NewsSpot for Windows Phone updated, adds NewsBlur support

NewsSpot was an impressive Google Reader app for our Windows Phone. In a few days though, Google Reader will be no more and changes were needed. Enter the version 3.1 update for NewsSpot which brings support for NewsBlur.

NewsBlur has gained in popularity since Google tanked its Reader and has a free account or a paid subscription that will run $24 annually.

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Polyhegrams, another AppCampus title in development for Windows Phone Store

Polyhegrams is another Windows Phone gaming title in the works that is a product of the AppCampus. AppCampus is a joint venture between Microsoft, Aalto University in Finland and Nokia to promote quality Windows Phone app development such as Dark Lands, Project Tripod and now Polyhegrams.

Polyhegrams, pronounced Pol-EE-HE-grams, is from LateNight Apps (named for the hours spent on development) and the game is a unique twist on traditional word games. The game is a combination of boggle-styled games, word search, word riddles and fill-in the blank word puzzles all in a 3D environment.

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As promised, Ruzzle Free hits the Windows Phone Store

Not too long ago paid version of the Windows Phone game Ruzzle was unleashed on the Windows Phone Store. With the release, there was promises from the developer that a free version was in the works.

That promise was met today with the release of Ruzzle Free.

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Windows Phone racing games that get great gas mileage

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

This week's Windows Phone Central roundup is focused on racing games. Windows Phone games that have you racing the clock, an opponent or the bad guy.

These games are entertaining ways to pass the time with and won't fetch you a traffic citation as you peg out the speedometer. We picked four titles that caught our eye but keep in mind, these gaming only scratch the surface of the racing games available.

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Lomogram updated, adds new filters and tilt-shift

The popular Windows Phone photography app Lomogram was updated today taking it to version 1.7. The updated gives Lomogram a boost in special effects filters, adds a tilt shift tool, an option to preserve your image's exif metadata, and squishes a few bugs for good measure.

All totaled, Lomogram has 47 effects filters, 72 lighting effects, 49 borders, and crop, rotate and flip your photos. Edited images can be shared with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and vk.

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NBC News for Windows Phone 8 updated, voice commands added to the mix

The NBC News app for Windows Phone 8 was updated today to version 1.0.1271 which adds voice commands to the user interface, closed caption support and your customary bug fixes and small tweaks.

With the voice commands you can jump to the headlines, search for content, view top stories and more.

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