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2 years ago

Kinectimals catnapped, Microsoft to rescue on November 2

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We’ve received a lot of questions and comments about the Xbox Live title Kinectimals disappearing from the Marketplace. Many of you have been worried about the missing kitties, so it’s time to set the record straight.

First off, the Windows Phone version of Kinectimals appeared on the Marketplace Wednesday morning alongside the regularly-scheduled Xbox Live release, Orbital. It was a pleasant surprise, as we only expected a single Live release. Later that day, Kinectimals dropped off the Marketplace.

As it turns out, Kinectimals’ release was a ‘soft launch’ according to a Microsoft representative we spoke with. They released it as a tease to build hype for the game’s official release, which comes next week on November 2. Anyone who already purchased the game can enjoy it as normal, but those who didn’t will need to wait till Wednesday. In the meantime, enjoy the above picture of my kitty, MouseCat, getting into trouble at the CiCi's Pizza buffet. We also have this demonstration video from Nokia World.

We actually updated out original story yesterday, but many readers may have missed it with everything going on. For the record, you can always find gaming-related news by jumping to the Games section of our site.

Keep the tips and questions coming.  We love hearing from you guys and gals.

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2 years ago

Microsoft takes a peek at the future...

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Microsoft has produced a rather interesting video showing how future technologies may progress to help people make better use of their time.  The video shows Windows Phones scaled down to the bare minimum (the flip screen device is neat) and tablets being paper thin.

It's nice to see the phone continuing to play a central role in office and personal productivity.  Windows Phone's capabilities continue to grow and we are seeing thinner and thinner phones.  We've even seen devices with a little flexibility (courtesy of Nokia World).  But how scaled down is too much? Would a screen only device be appealing or not enough?

Besides devices the conceptual video also highlights software visions that will help everything from office productivity to helping your kids bake a pie.

So is this Science Fiction or near future? What would you like to see go from concept to reality?

Source: Microsoft Office Videos Thanks goes out to Shipwreck for the tip!

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Twitter contest launches

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Windows Phone Twitter contest launches

Everyone likes contests and Microsoft has kicked off a Twitter contest today full of some attractive prizes that includes a new Windows Phone.

You can find the official contest information and details here at the Windows Team Blog but in a nutshell, here's what we've got.

The contest or sweepstakes begins on October 27, 2011 at 12:01am PT and ends 11:59pm PT on November 7, 2011. This is the Entry Period. Within the Entry Period there will be eight Weekday Prize Periods (Monday-Friday only) that begins at 12:01am PT and ends at 11:59pm PT.

During each Weekday Prize Period a new "word of the day" will be posted at @windowsphone over on Twitter. To enter the contest you'll need to be following @windowsphone and tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes the "word of the day" and include the hashtag #wpword. Entries are limited to one entry per person and Twitter handle per weekday prize period. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries for that day. Non-winning entries will not be carried forward to the next prize.

Now... here are the prizes.

October 27 and 28: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, and a Windows Phone Sticker.

October 31 and November 1,2,3,4,7: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, a three month Zune Pass subscription and a Windows Phone Sticker.

November 7: Windows Phone

During the first two Weekly Prize Period groupings there will only be one winner per day. For the November 7th Windows Phone drawing there will be twenty winners. There are no details on which Windows Phone will be given away but it is being described as a "Windows Phone 7.5 phone".

Good luck and happy tweeting.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog

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2 years ago

ZTE Windows Phones heading to Europe [update]

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Earlier this year, we reported that the Chinese Windows Phone manufacturer ZTE would bring Mango phones to Europe during Q3 of this year. Apparently, this has been pushed back slightly to the fourth quarter of this year.

The ZTE Windows Phone handset, Tania, will sport a 4.3", 480x800 WVGA TFT screen, 512mb RAM, 4gb of memory, 5mp rear camera, and will measure 10.5mm thin. Reports indicate that pricing will be at 2,000 yuan ($223 Euro/$314 US) but we're not sure how this will transfer to the European carriers.

No specific release date was indicated but if the fourth quarter holds true, and already being a month into the quarter, Europe should see the Tania hit the shelves soon.

Source: WinPhonXAP Thanks goes out to seaswimmer for the tip!

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2 years ago

Acer announces the W4

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Acer announces the W4

After being fairly quiet in the world of Windows Phone, Acer has finally announced the release of the Allegro handset. The first entry from the manufacturer will set the buyer back €299, slightly less than the price of the Nokia Lumia 710. Specification readout of the handset is as follows:

  • Dimensions of 11.6 x 5.9 x 13mm
  • Weight 126g
  • LCD 3.6-inch WVGA (480x800)
  • Qualcomm MSM8255 processor 1Ghz
  • Storage capacity of 8GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 1300mAh battery with autonomy of 6 hours talk time
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Various sensors (accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, accounts)
  • A-GPS

The Allegro will be available in black and white in France. The expected release date is mid-November. 

Via: MonwindowsPhone (translate)

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2 years ago

Lumia - Spanish for prostitute?

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Lumia - Spanish for prostitute?

The Nokia Lumia are well designed, sharp looking Windows Phones. With sleek curves and vibrant screens the Lumia 800 and 710 are head turners. But could Lumia's Spanish translation mean something else that might be a head turner?

Apparently, the term Lumia is the colloquial term for prostitute in Spanish. Much like "call girl" and "working girl" are colloquial terms in English.

Lumia isn't the only product name that may get lost in translation here lately. Remember Siri?  The personal assistant Apple introduced with the iPhone 4S? It turns out the Japanese translation for Siri means "ass" or "buttocks".

The Nokia Lumia Windows Phones are impressive but does it matter that some Spanish customers may get a chuckle about having a "prostitute" in their pants pocket? It's gotta be better than iPhone users who speak to their "buttocks" for assistance.

Source: Cnet, Technolog Thanks goes out to Jacob for tipping us on this!

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2 years ago

Nokia snags ex-webOS developer guru Richard Kerris as its new Global Head of Developer Relations

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T'was just a few days ago that our pals at PreCentral reported that Richard Kerris, beloved VP of Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, was leaving the company after just nine months to "pursue an opportunity outside of the company." Looks like we now know where "outside" is.

Welcome to Nokia, Mr. Kerris.

It had been rumored that Kerris might be headed to Windows Phone's new best friend. And this morning, Marco Argenti, senior vice president of Developer and Marketplace for Nokia, tweeted that indeed Kerris is now Global Head of Developer Relations. To wit:

Great people are what makes the difference, always. I'm excited to welcome Richard Kerris in my team as Global Head of Developer Relations.

It's a pretty big pickup for Nokia, and in turn we assume Windows Phone.

Source: @marcoargenti; More: PreCentral; Thanks, Achill3s, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Nokia to give away 25,000 Lumia phones to devs starting today

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It was announced this morning, almost in passing, that Nokia would begin a program to put 25,000 Nokia Windows Phone in the hands of eager developers. The announcement came during a developer session this morning called "When bigger is better" and was revealed by Marco Argenti (pictured above), Senior Vice President, Developer Experience & Marketplace at Nokia.

We caught up with Argenti a little later to confirm the number and it's 100% accurate. In fact, he revealed that today at Nokia World there would be a developer after-party today where some folks from Nokia will be going around and giving away some Lumia phones. Details for how the rest of 24K+ phones will be given out has not yet been detailed.

Pretty exciting stuff and a huge initiative by Nokia to get developers from Symbian to take a serious look at Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Deutsche Telekom sends the Omnia 7 Mango Update into scheduling

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We've seen the Omnia 7 in Australia get updated to allow for tethering and now Deutsche Telekom is getting into the action.  Microsoft has updated their "Where's My Phone Update?" page to show Deutsche Telekom's Samsung Omnia 7 is now being scheduled to receive the Mango update. 

Good news for the Omnia 7 and if all goes as planned, the update should start rolling out within the next few days (within 10 according to Microsoft). Unfortunately there is still no change with Telefonica and the Omnia 7. The Spanish carrier is still showing the Mango update in the testing phase.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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2 years ago

Lumia 800 coming to Three UK, staying with Windows Phone

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Three UK has announced on their blog that they're looking to stock the Nokia Lumia 800 as their next Windows Phone. This is fantastic news for those who are tied to the network and want to purchase the 800, and also for Windows Phone users as a whole. Three UK was in the news not so long ago with the possibility of pulling out on Microsoft's OS. 

Check out the above video for a quick run through, and be sure to also view our coverage.

Source: ThreeUK

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2 years ago

Nokia giving away 5 Lumia 800 handsets on Facebook

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Nokia is giving away a brand new Lumia 800 handset to five lucky winners, who will be selected at random in their Facebook competition. How can you enter? Simple! Just fill in some personal details and you're done. Winners will be announced on November 11th. Hurry with your entry as the competition closes on the 9th. You have to be at least 18 years old and reside in the UK.

Source: Nokia UK on Facebook, thanks Justin for the tip!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Germany now taking pre-orders for Lumia 800

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And the carriers keep on coming. Now T-Mobile Germany has chimed in noting they too will be getting the super slick Nokia Lumia 800.

The device is expected to ship on November 15th meaning you'll want to get your pre-order in soon to beat the rush. Looks like they're also throwing in 50 € worth of credit towards some apps too, which isn't too shabby.

Head here to sign up and let us know in comments if you're getting one! Thanks, Malte S., for the heads up

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2 years ago

Focus S and Flash up on Samsung's US Website

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It's no secret that the Samsung Focus S and Flash are headed to AT&T and while their appearance on Samsung's website doesn't reveal anything new, it's a welcomed sight. The two new Windows Phones are now listed as "Coming Soon" over at Samsung's US website.

You can find the listing for the 4.3" Super AMOLED Focus S here and the smaller, 3.7" Super AMOLED Flash here.

No release date or pricing information are listed. Strangely though, when you click on the "Buy Now" button for the Flash you find an Amazon.com link. Unfortunately the link takes you to an Amazon listing for an ancient Samsung film camera with built in flash.

Both second generation Windows Phones look really good and AT&T customers will have a tough choice deciding between these two Samsung phones and the HTC Titan. Hopefully we'll see these phones listed over at AT&T soon!

via: 1800PocketPC

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 coming soon to T-Mobile UK

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Boom! Here it is, folks. Those of you who are with T-Mobile in the UK and desire the Nokia 800 can rejoice as the carrier has put up a coming soon page for the handset. Should you wish to register your interest and be notified when it becomes available for order, simply fill in the form and should you be with another carrier with a soon-to-expire contract, perhaps T-Mobile will work up a deal?

Source: T-Mobile, thanks Barnaby for the tip!

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2 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone featured in Metro newspaper

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This image says a thousand words, or just two: "We're back!" Nokia has been hard at work with this year's World conference in London. Yesterday we witnessed the unveiling of the Nokia 710 and 800 along with pricing and availability. While many may be unimpressed and somewhat disappointed by what Nokia has brought to the table, there's no denying that the handsets are of good quality.

Thanks @hshalil for sending the image in!

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