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Nokia sale to Microsoft expected to close on April 25

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Nokia sale to Microsoft expected to close on April 25

It was nearly eight months ago that Microsoft and Nokia announced a deal to sell Nokia's Devices and Services unit to Microsoft for €5.44 billion (US$7.3 billion), and this week that deal is finally going to close. Friday, April 25th, will see Nokia Devices and Services transferred to Microsoft and renamed as Microsoft Mobile Oy.

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47 min ago

Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 1020

For today only, purchase the BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Nokia Lumia 1020 and save 44% off the list price!

HD Anti-glare ScreenGuardz are custom designed to protect your Lumia 1020's display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. These invisible protectors are made of an ultra-slim polymer and shield your screen from abrasive elements such as keys and dust. Includes 2 per pack.

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1 hour ago

How to set the default navigation app in Windows Phone 8.1

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The integration of map navigation throughout our Windows Phones can be a handy feature. From tapping on an address to a contact, in an email and now with Cortana, generating voice directions is but a tap away.

If you have multiple navigation apps installed on your Windows Phone you will be given a list of these apps to choose from when generating voice directions. That extra step in getting directions may not be a big deal to most, but there is a way to set one of your navigation apps as a default with Windows Phone 8.1 and avoid this step all together.

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2 hours ago

Weather Premium, a unique approach to the forecast

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Weather Premium takes on the weather in a common sense approach but does not stray from the traditional forecasts too far.

Weather Premium offers the weather forecast in three styles, Classic, Clother and Awesome. While the Windows Phone weather app lacks radar and severe weather alerts, Weather Premium does a nice job presenting the basic weather information to get you through the day.

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16 hours ago

Eleven new Microsoft Specialty Stores opening next month in the United States

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There really is no better place to buy a new ultrabook, tablet or PC than from the Microsoft Store. Sure you can buy products online, but having access to a physical store is great for that instant gratification of picking up your new gadget. You’ll only find those brick-and-mortar stores in select malls across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Those in the United States are also set to get 11 new Microsoft Specialty Stores throughout the month of May. Locations and details below.

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16 hours ago

How to open websites by voice with Cortana

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How to open websites by voice with Cortana

You seem to keep finding new things while playing with the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers! Did you know that you could open websites by voice with Cortana? WPCentral forum member, jrdatrackstar1223, has recently discovered this feature. It requires a few steps to get it working, so head past the break to watch our how-to video.

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17 hours ago

Nokia Oyj notifies suppliers of coming transformation into Microsoft Mobile Oy

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Nokia Oyj, the Finnish manufacturer's devices and services division will become Microsoft Mobile Oy, Redmond's new mobile devices and services division, once the Microsoft-Nokia deal goes through. Microsoft already has its own, larger devices and services organization, of course, but with Nokia's phone business getting merged in, the components that support that business will have to be merged in as well. Nokia has reportedly sent a letter to their suppliers to address just that matter.

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21 hours ago

Nokia Lumia 520 available for $50 at Best Buy, today only

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22 hours ago

Clock Hub will now tell you the weather too on Windows Phone 8.1

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1 day ago

How to identify music around you with Cortana

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1 day ago

Xbox Game The Harvest returns from the wastelands to Windows Phone 8

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Xbox game The Harvest returns from the apocalypse to Windows Phone 8 Lumia 1520

When Windows Phone 8 reared its shiny head back in late 2012, there was much cause for celebration. Although the new OS switched kernels from the one used by Windows Phone 7, it retained the ability to run most pre-Windows Phone 8 apps and games. That said, some very important games did not run on the new OS: more than 20 mobile Xbox Games! Considering how many gamers came to Windows Phone specifically for Xbox Games, those compatibility issues among came as quite a blow.

Microsoft and some of the creators of the affected games worked to restore compatibility where they could. One year after the Windows Phone 8 launch, 12 games gained compatibility or received new compatible versions. 20 games remained incompatible however, including some important titles like Fable Coin Golf and Tentacles. Well, it’s been a long time coming but one more Xbox Game just became available again on Windows Phone 8: The Harvest from Luma Arcade.

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1 day ago

Deal of the Day: Amzer Pudding TPU Case for Nokia Lumia 1320

For today only, purchase the Amzer Pudding TPU Case for Nokia Lumia 1320 and save 50% off the list price!

Made from multiple thermoacrylics, this Nokia Lumia 1320 skin case is highly elastic and resistant to oils. Say goodbye to annoying fingerprints! The back features a matte finish with a glossy edging that enhances the grip around your device.

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1 day ago

Here’s how to make our app a transparent Live tile and show up in your Notification center

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Earlier today we updated our official Windows Phone app to version 4.4.18.8. You’ll find a lot of things in there that you’ll like if you’re on Windows Phone 8.1. We’ve fixed our app to look great on your Start screen with its very own transparent Live tile. You’ll also be able to pick up our notifications in the new Notification center. Bonus, all features in available to paid users is now available to those in the free version of the app. Before you get on with your weekend we just wanted to make sure you all had the transparent Live tile and Notification center working for our app. Here’s how if you’re not sure.

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1 day ago

Help make Windows Phone better with the Diagnostics app from Microsoft

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PolyScreen, Bad Piggies and more are your app highlights for the week!

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Did anything happen this week? Duh, Windows Phone 8.1 came out through the Preview for Developer program on Monday morning. Since then we’ve all been spending so much time with Cortana, Notification Center, Data Sense and much more. You can catch up on everything by checking out our Windows Phone 8.1 review. In the meantime, the Windows Phone Store was still busy with new apps and games. Let’s take a moment to go back and check out the app highlights of the week!

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