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Ready for your first look at Tweetium on Windows Phone 8.1? Tweetium is currently one of the most popular Twitter clients in the Windows Store for those on Windows 8.1. Tweetium is being made for Windows Phone 8.1 to be a Universal Windows app. We'll do a video hands-on soon, but wanted to share you a few details with you and let you know how to join the beta.

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File this one under obvious, but as Microsoft continues to rebrand previous Nokia app releases for their Lumia line, the Nokia Camera app is most likely up next. Nokia Camera is perhaps the most high profile app for Nokia as it encompasses all of their photography might on Windows Phone, offering unique manual controls to mobile shutterbugs.

The apparent replacement name for Nokia Camera is of course Lumia Camera, a trend we saw kick off with the Lumia Help + Tips app. Evidence for the change is found under the app settings in the latest Nokia Camera release from this morning. Below the default settings, reference to 'Lumia Camera' instead of Nokia Camera, is found, giving substantial credence to the expected change.

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Our exhaustive list of what is new in the Lumia Cyan update

Lumia Cyan is the firmware half of the Windows Phone 8.1 for Nokia Lumia phones. Although many of you are using the Preview for Developers release of Microsoft's latest OS, most of you do not have yet the necessary Lumia Cyan firmware to optimize the experience. As a result, some key features are locked or not visible.

Now, with the release of the Lumia 930 we can finally get a good look at what Lumia Cyan adds to the equation. I have been going through the new flagship and comparing to other non-Cyan devices to figure out what is new. Here's what I found.

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The Ministry of Silly Walks is humorous game for iOS and Android, based on the hilarious Monty Python sketch bearing the same name. Why is this interesting for Windows Phone consumers? Only because John Cleese himself has shared with Twitter that a version for Microsoft's mobile platform is well on the way, thanks to "silly demand".

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Microsoft has teamed up with African mobile operator Safaricom to provide consumers residing in Kenya the means to purchase Windows Phone apps and games through their contract. This removes the requirement to have a credit card configured on a Microsoft account before being able to download content from the app store. Purchasing apps and games will add the displayed price to airtime balances or postpaid bills.

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Want a closer look at the Lumia 930? Watch our 14-minute video detailing what's new

The Nokia Lumia 930 is finally hitting the streets worldwide, and we managed to pick one up as well. Microsoft sent over a well put together beach basket with flip flops, a photo book, sunglasses, and the Lumia 930 with accessories, including the new CP-637 flip cover.

Let us unbox the Lumia 930 and show you everything you need to know about the latest flagship Windows Phone, including some Lumia Cyan information!

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Two popular online UK retailers have announced pricing for the Lumia 930. Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have the new Windows Phone listed for £435 and £449.98 respectively. We've looked at major carriers in the UK stocking the device, but not everyone wants to be locked into a 24-month contract. The best part about the listings isn't the attractive price tag for a brand new flagship smartphone, but the bundled goodies early purchasers will receive with their order.

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The Lumia 635 by Microsoft is the company's most affordable 4G LTE Windows Phone. Asking Cortana what one can do with $635, Microsoft has launched the Lumia 635 Challenge. Entering said contest will add a name to the sweepstakes, which could result in winning a Lumia 635 and $635 to spend at a Microsoft Store. All that's required is to share what you would do with the money awarded by the sweepstakes.

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Back in April, Windows Phone Central reported that Windows Phone 8.1 is scheduled to receive two OS updates in 2014, with one in July and another in November. Previously known as general distribution releases (GDR), the updates bring some new features, optimizations, and bug fixes to those with Windows Phone. Neowin is reporting that Update 1 is nearing completion by the Consumer Experience (CXE) team, and they may wrap in the next week. If accurate, Update 1 looks to be on schedule.

Once the Windows Phone program managers clear Update 1, the bits are pushed to Microsoft's OEM and carrier partners for further testing. An expected public release with carrier/OEM support is still a few months out, especially since the original Windows Phone 8.1 update has yet to be delivered to most users. However, like previous GDR updates, those enrolled in the Preview for Developers program are setup to get the update early, possibly within weeks.

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Microsoft's flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 930, is making its way to multiple regions. We're sure you're sick and tired of reading about which countries will be able to purchase the Windows Phone soon, but we have just one more for you, targeting those Down Under. If you simply cannot wait to get one for yourself, Optus will be the first Australian carrier to stock and offer the Lumia 930 on July 11, while both Telstra and Vodafone will follow on the 15th and 16th respectively.

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The Lumia 930 is currently listed for $749.99 at MobiCity, with three colored variants reported to be in stock. Vodafone has previously stated the mobile operator is looking to launch the Windows Phone in the region this month, grabbing exclusivity on the handset. Should you wish to purchase the device outright and not be locked into a contract (or with an operator), options like MobiCity are ideal.

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BLU Products recently announced support for Windows Phone, including at least two devices due in the coming months. It should therefore not be surprising that BLU and Microsoft plan to sell the devices direct through the Store, including possibly physical locations.

One of the phones, reportedly the Dash 5.0 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, dual-SIM support and comes in a variety of bright colors. Windows Phone Central has now learned that the second phone has a 4-inch display, which suggests that it is a BLU's Dash 4.0 design. The Dash 4.0 model features a 480 x 800 display, 4 GB of storage, a 5 MP rear camera, dual-core 1.3 GHz CPU and a 1500 mAh battery.

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It looks like Microsoft and Nokia have a new Lumia 930 flipcover that complements the phone and brings the color aesthetics from the device to the protective accessory. As its name implies, the Flipcover is a case that Lumia 930 snaps into and has a protective flipcover flap that will protect the screen when the device isn't currently in use. The cover has cutouts that provide easy access to the ports, buttons, and of course the 20-megapixel PureView camera on the rear.

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