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Sozoom - show off the zoom power of Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 in this exclusive app

Sozoom by Volevi is an exclusive app for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 that lets you add “zoom balloons” to your photos. It shows off how much you can really zoom with the special Pureview cameras featured in these two devices. It’s a very simple app, but it’s not perfect.

Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.


Hands on with the official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8

We waited a very long time, but it’s finally here! The official Instagram app for Windows Phone is now live at the Windows Phone Store. We’ve been using third-party apps like 6tag, but we’re finally happy to say there’s an official app. We put the app in front our camcorder to show you how it looks on our phone. Watch the video after the break!


Find my car - hands on with HERE Drive's new feature

In an update last Thursday, HERE Drive added several new features including ‘Find my car.’ It does exactly what it sounds. It helps you locate your parked car using maps or LiveSight. We tested it over the weekend and put it in front of the camera. Check out our hands-on video with the new feature after the break.


6 reasons why 6sec is better than official Vine app for Windows Phone

We have 6 reasons why third-party application, 6sec, is better than the official Vine app for Windows Phone. 6sec has been around since July while the official app just came out on Tuesday. Both have the essential features of viewing and uploading Vine videos, but 6sec comes out on top right now.

We have a video comparing these two apps, so go watch it after the break.


Hands on with Nokia Refocus - shoot now, focus later

Nokia Refocus arrived at the Windows Phone Store earlier today for Nokia Lumia devices with PureView Camera. It supports the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 928 and Lumia 1020 (with Amber installed). It lets you capture first and then focus and re-focus later. We just installed it on our Nokia Lumia 1020 and took it on a test drive.

Watch the walkthrough video after the break.


Want to have a look at the Xbox One? Early console owner shares his screen

We know you're all excited to soon be able to pick up the Xbox One, power on the beast and smash some skulls in Ryze or net some superb shots in Fifa 14. Until the launch date comes around (November 22nd, should you require the friendly reminder), we've got some videos to keep us occupied, courtesy of owners who received their Xbox One units prematurely from retailers.


Hands on with the official Vine app for Windows Phone

It’s finally here. Silently announced back in July and mentioned again at Nokia World, the official Vine app is now available at the Windows Phone store. We’ve been using third-party apps like 6sec and Viner for a while now, but it feels great to finally have the official app at the store.  We go hands-on with the new app to show you how it looks on Windows Phone.

Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.


Sleeve Music updated to version 2.0 with new look and track preview

It has been a couple of months since we last mentioned Sleeve Music. This app is currently exclusive to Windows Phone 8 and will be available on Android and iOS later this fall. Version 2.0 is out now, introducing a new look with a light theme. Sleeve Music lets you track and discover your favorite artists by grabbing content from Soundcloud, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.


Xbox Video coming soon to Windows Phone? Check!

Numerous apps and games have been announced for Windows Phone at Nokia World 2013, but there's one app in particular which is worth mentioning on its own - Xbox Video. That's right, folks. Xbox Video is coming to a Windows Phone near you. So, what's the app going to do and why should you be interested?


Access your multimedia home server with the official Media Browser app for Windows Phone

Media Browser (www.mediabrowser3.com) is one of those solutions that helps make your multimedia-based lives that much easier. The main selling point of the service is the ability to remotely access a server (be it hosted or simply a box at home) while out and about with mobile apps.

An official app has now been released for Windows Phone, bringing Microsoft's platform up to speed and allowing owners to connect and stream media content. Not familiar with Media Browser? Read on and we'll explain what it's all about.


Catch all your favorites shows in HD with the new CBS App for Windows 8

For those who are a fan of NCIS, Elementary, or any of the other CBS Television series we've got some good news. CBS has released a Windows 8 version of their CBS app.

The app lets you stream full, HD quality episodes of your favorite shows on your Windows 8 tablet, laptop or desktop. The app covers Prime Time, Day Time and Late Night series providing photo galleries and mini-clips as well as the full episodes.


Microsoft's "On The Whiteboard" takes us behind the scenes at Microsoft's Surface Launch Event

This week’s episode of "On The Whiteboard" gives us an up-close look at yesterday’s Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch event. Editor Pamela Woon has made her stop in New York City to speak with Brian Hall, General Manager of Marketing For Surface, and get the “inside scoop” on the company’s latest tablet devices.


Xbox One ends up in leaker’s hands; video shows off Dashboard and gameplay

It’s been a busy weekend for unintended leaks of upcoming Microsoft products. First we had Windows Phone GDR3 and Bittersweet Shimmer, that was followed by an alleged photo of Windows Phone 8.1 and now we have the Xbox One.

The Xbox One was revealed in all of its glory months ago and since then, we’ve had a steady stream of official news from Microsoft on the product. Because of that, we’re not too sure this video reveals anything new. But it is curious because unless this is some viral Microsoft marketing campaign (don’t put it past them), the Xbox One hardware has evidently ended up in non-official hands, making it ripe for teardowns and tours of the unfinished hardware and software.


Second video with Bittersweet shimmer reveals notifications on Glance screen

A second video from the poster x2sk has been posted in the Windows Phone Central Forums demonstrating the Nokia Bittersweet shimmer firmware and Windows Phone 8 GDR3.

Warning: we advise turning down your volume this time, unless you like annoying pop music.


Video of Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and Nokia Bittersweet shimmer in action

As we continue the saga of the Lumia 920 loaded with GDR3 (Windows Phone 8 Build 10484), the forthcoming OS update from Microsoft, this afternoon we can bring you a video of the updated OS being operated.

The video comes directly from the leaker in our forums, xs2k, who was kind enough to provide Windows Phone Central with a copy earlier this morning. The nearly four minute video, mostly silent, shows the OS being manipulated and various features being revealed, confirming the authenticity.


Nokia: Your family photos will be ruined by the darkness if you don’t use the Lumia 925

Microsoft has finally started getting some hilarious videos to promote their products the past couple months. Maybe they’ve learned a thing or two from Nokia, who have always had a strong marketing team. Case in point, the video you’re about to watch below that highlights the low-light prowess of the Lumia 925.


MiniSuit Surface RT Screen Protectors: Application Guide and Review

In the past few weeks we’ve reviewed Microsoft Surface cases from MiniSuit and Elsse. Now it’s time to look at that ever divisive accessory: screen protectors! The guys at MiniSuit don't offer a protector for the Pro, but they do produce two types of screen protectors for the Surface RT: “Matte anti-glare” and glossy “Ultra clear.” They kindly provided  a pack of the matte variety, officially dubbed: 3-Pack MiniSuit HD Screen Protector for Microsoft Surface RT Tablet (Matte Anti Glare).

Head past the break for installation instructions with video and my screen protector critique!


Microsoft launches new video attack in its offensive Scroogled campaign


Royal Revolt developer reveals Windows Phone and Windows 8 download numbers, sequel plans

Next up in our coverage of Casual Connect USA is an interview regarding one of our favorite Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 games: Royal Revolt. The game comes from a collaboration between two German studios, Flare Games and Keen Games.

During last week’s event, we spoke with Georg Broxtermann, the Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Flare. He revealed how Royal Revolt came to mobile Windows platforms, some very encouraging performance numbers, and what we can expect from Flare Games in the future. See the video after the break!


Nokia releases Lumia 625 marketing video to show off the most affordable 4G Windows Phone

As well as launching the new Windows Phone today, Nokia also kicked off the marketing train with the above video published on the company's YouTube account. Running through what's new in the Lumia 625, we can confirm that the product looks that good in person. We also caught a glimpse of the new headsets that are being developed in partnership with Zound.


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