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The Windows Phone 7.8 update for Lumia smartphones is reportedly available through Nokia Care i.e. local store/support centers, scattered throughout the world including parts of Europe and India.

According to a number of tips we've received (mostly from India), the anticipated upgrade for those who remain on legacy hardware is available should official support channels be unavailable. Users can simply bring in their phone and have them updated right there by Nokia, even before the "early 2013" date.

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Token2Shell/WP updated for Windows Phone 8

Token2Shell/WP has been updated to take full advantage of Windows Phone 8. The SSH client enables owners to connect securely to compatible devices and servers, using a number of protocols while making use of supported features. As well as being updated for the new version of Windows Phone, the app is also currently available at a discounted price to celebrate the holiday season.

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For those of you fawning over our sneak peek of the Lumia 920 OS and firmware update, you can go to bed happy tonight because tomorrow is your day. AT&T is now notifying employees internally that the combo OS and firmware update will be going live tomorrow, December 19th for both the Lumia 920 and 820 (no word on the HTC 8X, sorry). 

No time was given but our bet is 9AM PT/12PM ET is when the update will begin to be available...

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Nokia Pulse is an app currently in beta that aims to make messaging with contacts easier, particularly when attempting to meet. Instead of sending multiple SMS messages, with Nokia Pulse one can send a message with it automatically tagging current location.

The app will also suggest a place to meet, complete with ratings, reviews, map directions and more. It essentially cuts down the multiple app usage when attempting to achieve similar results. The good news is the beta is coming soon to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8.

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The HTC 8X on T-Mobile is set to receive its 'Portico' update starting tomorrow, December 19th. The update info comes via T-Mobile’s own support forums and will include an OS as well as firmware updates, bringing both up to OS 10211 and firmware version 1532.20.20004.531. T-Mobile is also emailing customers to let them know about the update, which is a nice touch.

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Yesterday we reported on a few cases of Nokia Lumia phones starting to receive Windows Phone 7.8 on their devices. At the time, Nokia (and Microsoft) were quiet on the matter having not announced anything official about the update, which seemingly was released early. Then again, with the updates sitting on Nokia’s servers, anything was plausible.

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The Lumia 920 has impressed many with the PureView camera technology Nokia has installed inside the Windows Phone. The optical image stabilisation (OIS), software enhancements and Carl Zeiss lens are just a few features that work together to create some truly astonishing magic when taking shots in low light. 

However, there's an issue with photographs taken in good amounts light. Lack of detail, sharpness and while it's not a deal breaker, it does cause alarm especially when low light shots are that good. Thankfully, Nokia is set to release a firmware update to address problems raised by consumers.

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NAVIGON USA, Europe updated with text-to-speech

NAVIGON has updated its Windows Phone apps for both Europe and the US to version 4.6. This latest release takes advantage of text to speech for the app to read out street names to the user. As well as both apps sporting new functionality, the development team has also fixed a number of bugs that were present and has improved stability and performance. 

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We've already reported on WhatsApp's absence from the Windows Phone 8 Store, but now confirmation has been published that quotes a response from Nokia Care. The reply contains details on when we can expect to see the popular service make an appearance for new Windows Phone hardware. We've received countless emails pleading for information. Well, here we have it.

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One of the first and the best photo editing apps for Windows Phone, Pictures Lab, is getting ready to be updated to version 5.0 to better support the latest version of the mobile operating system.

The developers have been consistent in delivering updates since its release and with the latest incarnation we grab some performance improvements and support for all the Windows Phone 8 screen resolutions. Read on past the break for more details on this impending update!

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Bookqueue has been updated to take advantage of Windows Phone 8. Enabling users to save book titles and other information for future reminding makes the app invaluable to those who happen to come across a number of books but simply do not have the time to order and read through each and every one. It's a must-have if you enjoy reading books and require a companion to keep track of new titles for you to purchase.

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BBC News Mobile for Windows Phone, developed by Lawrence Gripper, is a highly rated app that absorbs all the headlines from BBC's news division and presents it in an aesthetically pleasing interface. We've continuously praised the work that Lawrence has poured into the project, but he's showing no signs of halting anytime soon. Version 4 is well on its way.

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We're used to witnessing apps being pulled from the Windows Phone Store with little reason provided or announcement published prior to such actions taking place. Now PayPal has joined the list with its recently updated solution now MIA. We've confirmed issues regarding crashes, but now one can add to the list the inability to download the app on Windows Phone hardware.

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