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Attention UK residents looking for a new Windows Phone on the cheap: starting Friday the 22nd of August you'll be able to get the brand new Nokia Lumia 530 from Carphone Warehouse. The Windows Phone 8.1 handset can be had for as low as £10 a month (£0 upfront) with a 500MB/month tariff from Talkmobile, or on your choice of UK carrier (EE, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone all included).

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HTC just announced their latest Windows Phone – the HTC One (M8) for Windows. It's the exact same phone as their HTC One (M8) that they released earlier this running Android. One area of the device that's really interesting is the camera. The HTC One M8 camera has received mixed reviews since it launched. So we decided to test it out for ourselves in a quick shootout with the Lumia Icon and Samsung ATIV SE.

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We are live in New York City to see what HTC is prepared to reveal to the world. Rumors of an HTC One M8 running WIndows Phone instead of Android is on top of the list, destined for Verizon Wireless in the US. Will it hold true and what else will they tell us? Tune in to find out.

Live coverage begins at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT). Join our live blog to follow along!

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Microsoft has today announced availability for the Lumia 530 Windows Phone in the UK. Starting from September 4, consumers in the region will be able to pick up the smartphone from as little as £60. Taking the mobile experience to the next level with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update, the affordable mobile device is a superb investment for anyone looking for a cheaper option when it comes to smartphones.

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Microsoft and the carriers have been busy pushing out the Lumia Cyan update for one of the most-prevalent Windows Phones to date, the Nokia Lumia 520 (and 520T in China). Although last week, we saw some carriers and countries in Europe being eligible for the Cyan update, starting Friday many more including Belgium, Croatia, Iceland and more have entered the 'available' list.

Additionally, countries like Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, and others in Africa are also now cleared for the Lumia Cyan and 8.1 updates. Finally, last week we saw Costa Rica get the update on Claro, but now the telecom has pushed an update to other countries in the region too, including Argentina, Guatemala and more.

Below you will find the current list of Lumia 520 updates by country and region.

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The Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 updates are going wider in the last few days. Over the last 24-hours, numerous tips have been coming in regarding wider availability of the updates for users who are still on Windows Phone 8.0.

Of interest is seeing the Lumia 520 go wider, especially in the Asia Pacific region and some countries in Africa. The Lumia 620, 720 and 820 are also seeing releases concentrated in Europe, for now. Finally, those who reside in the Russian Federation and Ukraine are getting their first taste of the Cyan as the Lumia 625, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1320 are now getting updates in those areas.

Did your carrier make the cut? See our recent additions below, or head to our full tracker to see everything thus far.

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It is just after 1PM Eastern Time, which means new OS updates are rolling out for those on Windows Phone. Today, we are getting many reports that the Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 update is going out for those with a Lumia 1020 on AT&T (and presumably a few others worldwide).

As mentioned previously, if you are using the Preview for Developers program and are already on Windows Phone 8.1 or 8.1 Update, you will not get an update notification today as the hold is still in place for the Cyan update. Instead, you need to use the Nokia Recovery tool to roll back to Windows Phone 8.0. (In some instances, the 8.1 and Cyan update is already on Nokia's servers, so instead of downgrading, you can just flash the device with the update.)

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If you've been following our Lumia 530 coverage thus far, you may have read that the device was on pre-order last week in India on Snapdeal. The Lumia 530 is now available for sale on the ecommerce store for Rs. 7,349, a discount of 10 percent off the retail price of the device, which is listed as Rs. 8,199. The Lumia 530 is also available on Flipkart for its retail price of Rs. 8,199.

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One of the banner features of the Lumia Cyan update for high-end Nokia Lumias is the addition of Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio recording for video. The feature is a collaboration with Nokia and Dolby, along with the hardware needed in the Snapdragon 800 chipset and the four HAAC (high-amplitude audio recording) microphones

Ever since the Lumia 1520 received Cyan and Dolby recording, people have been asking for a sample. Last night, I managed to catch Pennywise, Bad Religion and the Offspring in Boston, where the Offspring were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit album Smash (1994).

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For those in Malaysia, the affordable dual-SIM Lumia 530 entry-level Windows Phone is now available to order for MYR 355 ($110 USD). The phone is available to order, but shipping will not take place until four days from now on the 16th. The price of the Lumia 530 falls in line with the recent launch in Vietnam and comes in slightly lower than original estimates for the budget phone.

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Although all eyes are focused on the imminent release of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, Verizon is expected to get also get a mid-range phone dubbed the Lumia 830. The Lumia 830 goes by the codename Tesla/Superman, and as the model number suggests, it is a 2014 replacement for the aging Lumia 820.

Over at TK Tech News, a site that is making waves recently with some of their leaks (which they shamelessly pay for), a new photo reveals a Windows Phone lit up in the dark, and it is supposedly the Lumia 830 for Verizon. The image in the video is unremarkable as it could be any Windows Phone, but the phone is being sent directly to TK Tech News who will presumably do a full hands-on if it proves to be accurate.

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On August 19, HTC and Microsoft are holding a press event in New York City, presumably to announce the HTC One for Windows, a new high-end phone for Verizon wireless in the US. Earlier this month, an official render was found on Verizon's servers, confirming the phone's existence.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows (the 'W8' designation may be dropped) is thought to be the same phone for Android but with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on board instead. However, questions remain about the One for Windows's specifications and if they would be the same as the Android version or altered.

Windows Phone Central has acquired exact details about the features of the HTC One for Windows phone, and in short, there are no surprises, which is great news.

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The Lumia 530 is all set to launch in India, as the device is listed for pre-order in the country. The pre-orders for the device on Snapdeal are already sold out, and it looks like consumers who haven't managed to get their order in have to wait until the third week of August, which is when the device is slated to launch in the country.

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