Articles by Seth Brodeur

Amazon has Windows 8 Pro + $30 credit for $69.99
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 17, 2012

As if Amazon wasn't doing well enough with Windows 8 sales, seeing pre-orders dominate it's Best Sellers list, they have decided to sweeten the deal. Now you can pre-order Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 and get a $30 Amazon credit to boot. For those of you who aren't too good...

Official Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 16, 2012

For those of you who weren't lucky enough to land a spot in the public beta test of the new Xbox 360 dashboard, fear not. The official version has begun rolling out to about 3 million consoles around the world and will continue for the next week. Once that first batch...

Verizon's Nokia Lumia 822 checks in at FCC?
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 14, 2012

Nokia Lumia 800, ready for its close-up
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 11, 2012

It looks like Nokia got a new talent agent because it has once again seen one of its phones get a walk-on role on a TV show. This time around, it's the cyan Lumia 800 in the BBC series Cuckoo, starring Saturday Night Live alum, Andy Samberg. Not only...

Reed Hastings is leaving Microsoft's BOD
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 11, 2012

After serving on Microsoft's board of directors for five years, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has decided to give up his post . Earlier in the week, Hastings said that he will not seek re-election to the position of lead independent director, as he wants to cut down on the...

Earn rewards for your Gamerscore with MyAchievements
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 09, 2012

Microsoft has added a new perk for Xbox LIVE Rewards Gold members. MyAchievements, as it is called, offers benefits for players who have achieved certain Gamerscores. The program is live and has already unlocked the different tiers for players who have reached each...

Jessica Alba sporting a cyan Lumia 900
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 04, 2012

AMD and BluStacks are bringing 500K Android apps to Win8
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 01, 2012

One of the biggest knocks that critics like to sling against Windows Phone is that there aren't enough apps available when compared to Apple and Android. Well, a new deal between chip maker AMD and software developer BlueStacks will ensure that the same cannot be said...

Oracle will use Nokia Maps as its default mapping provider
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by Seth Brodeur
Oct 01, 2012

A Nokia spokesperson confirmed today that the Finnish company has reached a deal with software powerhouse Oracle to provide mapping capabilities for Oracle's variety of applications. The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow at the OracleWorld conference in San...

HTC offering credit for your old phone
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 19, 2012

Not long before their big event today in New York City, HTC has announced a new endeavor called "HTC Trade Up." As the name suggests, the Trade Up program lets you trade in your old smartphone (as long as it is in working condition) for up to $300 toward a new HTC phone...

LG has LG CEO: "no specific plans for other mobile platforms"
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 18, 2012

Shed a tear for LG?

Back in April, we heard that LG was going to focus their efforts on making Android phones, prompting us to wonder if we would see any Windows Phone 8 devices from the Korean manufacturer at all. Today at their...

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 16, 2012

Recently-hired Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has kicked off a new endeavor at Yahoo in which all employees will receive their choice of a free smartphone, including the Nokia Lumia 920. The program called "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!" is intended to get workers using...

My next Windows Phone will hopefully be a Lumia 820
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 14, 2012

As an IT consultant, my approach to technology is one best described as practical. I examine the circumstances and then try to decide which solution will best fit the needs of my clients.  So when we here at Windows Phone Central were asked to write a piece about what...

Nokia's "Zeal" and "Flame" due out in early 2013?
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 10, 2012

The Lumia 610 to get a successor?

According to The Verge, Nokia plans to release two more Windows Phone 8 devices, code names "Zeal" and "Flame" in early 2013. The "Zeal" is rumored to be a mid-range...

LevelUp ready to support NFC-based payments with new hardware
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 06, 2012

LevelUp already uses QR codes, next up is NFC

Boston-based startup, SCVNGR, developers of the LevelUp mobile payment platform, have announced the addition of NFC-based payment support. Currently, LevelUp uses apps on iOS, Android, and...

Sprint is "evaluating" WP*, but has no plans to carry it
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by Seth Brodeur
Sep 06, 2012

A leaked internal training document shows that Sprint has no plans to release any Windows Phone 8 devices any time soon. The so-called playbook, which offers talking points about both "Windows 8" and "RIM,", says that, despite the buzz, Sprint continues "evaluating"...

Base mobile CRM app now available
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by Seth Brodeur
Aug 30, 2012

Base, a software startup owned by Future Simple (www.futuresimple.com) has gone on a development tear, releasing their new mobile Customer Relation Management (CRM) app for iOS, Android and now Windows Phone.

The app, which bears the same moniker as the...

MetroPCS is looking to bring Windows Phone 8 on board
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by Seth Brodeur
Aug 28, 2012

In an interview with FierceWireless, MetroPCS COO Tom Key said that the regional carrier is looking into bringing a Windows Phone 8 offering to its customers. When asked what his view on Windows Phone 8 was, Key replied:

Windows Phone 8 we think has a place in...

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