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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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The Lumia 1520 is in many ways the perfect Windows Phone assuming, of course, that you are okay with a 6-inch display. However, if there is one Achilles Heel that only occasionally rears its head it is the 'scroll/tap' issue. Although more a nuisance than anything, the bug randomly occurs when scrolling on the display using a swipe, but instead the device registers it as a 'tap.' This hardware "misreading" results in the phone opening links, tweets, photos, or hyperlinks when the user only intended to scroll up or down.

Ever since the Lumia 1520 started exhibited this problem, it was largely assumed to be a software (firmware) problem, or a screen-calibration tweak. The randomness of the bug and subsequent software releases though calls this explanation into question. Even more, some users have it and others do not.

Now, a new theory grounded in the hardware of the device appears to go a long way in explaining the problem and even how to solve it.

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Microsoft is pushing out more Lumia Cyan updates going for some Lumia 520, Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020 owners. This morning we reported on a few countries and carriers, but at the time, we were working from a partial list, mostly based on tips.

We have now gone through fully and detailed the update by country and region.

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The Lumia 730, known internally as "Superman," is a forthcoming successor to the mid-range Lumia 720 from early 2013. Yesterday, the first photos of the device came forward, along with the new firmware, codenamed 'Debian Red.' At the time, the one piece of the puzzle missing came down to specifications. Luckily, we now have some more information to connect the dots.

According to our source of the original photos the Lumia 730 looks to be the ideal mid-range Windows Phone 8.1 device, as the specifications (if accurate) should please most at this price range.

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On Tuesday, late night, we reported that the bright green Lumia 1520 with 16GB of storage was available to purchase from AT&T. However, a few things were odd. For one, AT&T did not announce it and two, it was at midnight when it went live. Some of you then noticed the new green variant disappeared from the AT&T site, and well, you have someone jumping the gun early.

No worries, as AT&T is now making the amazingly bright and massive green Lumia 1520 available for purchase, even alerting the press this time. Even better, local stores in our area are all reporting that it is in-stock and ready to buy, which just put a huge "OMG that is so tempting" hex on us.

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Rocking a Lumia 520? It's time to check your device settings, as the Cyan update has now started rolling out. The update is currently available in France (Orange), Germany (Vodafone), Ireland (Vodafone), Italy (Country variant, TIM, Vodafone, Wind), Netherlands (T-Mobile, Vodafone), Poland (Orange), Portugal (Vodafone), Romania (Orange, Vodafone), Slovakia (Orange), Spain (Vodafone) and the UK (O2 and Vodafone).

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After rolling out to users in the UK and Canada, Dubai and Finland yesterday, the Cyan update for the Lumia 1020 is now available in more territories. Users from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries are now able to install the update on their devices, and we've been hearing that the Cyan update is available in Australia, Denmark, India, Philippines and Switzerland.

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We've been receiving word from Lumia 920 users that the Cyan update is now rolling out across various European markets including the UK, Italy and Spain. Users on Vodafone and O2 in the UK have mentioned that they were successfully able to install the update, making the Lumia 920 the second device in as many days to receive the Cyan update after both carriers initiated the OTA for the Lumia 1020 yesterday.

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New photos of Microsoft's next mid-range phone, codenamed Superman, reveal a bright green Lumia 720 successor is being developed, along with new firmware.

Two new Lumia phones, thought to be the 'Lumia 730' and 'Lumia 830' are reported by the Verge as arriving in the next few months. Recent images leaked of the Lumia 830, which is thought to have the codename 'Tesla.' Now, the first photos of what is understood to be the Lumia 730, codenamed 'Superman' have been obtained by Windows Phone Central.

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While users on Italian carrier TIM are awaiting the Cyan update for the Lumia 1020, which is set to roll out later today, customers from other regions are wondering as to when their devices would receive the update. The wait may not be that long, as Microsoft India tweeted earlier today that Lumia 1020 users in the country would be receiving the Lumia Cyan update starting tomorrow.

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