England

We've already covered the Lumia 710 landing on British shores soon enough, but according to the Nokia Lumia Momentum Map (for world domination), we should be looking at a date of February 1st. Three UK is one carrier who has made public their plan to stock the 710, and have the status set at "coming soon". 

Sporting a 3.7" display, 5MP camera and 8GB storage, the 710 is the baby of the Lumia family with the 800 and 900 the "beefed up" brothers. Although the specifications don't match the high end handsets, it does sport a 1.4Ghz chip that will ensure your Windows Phone experience is top notch.

Should you be looking forward to the 710 (review) and reside in the UK then the wait is almost over for you to snap on your favourite back plates and rock out with the Lumia Windows Phone. We expect other major UK carriers to jump on board with Three to provide further choice for customers.

Source: Nokia Lumia Momentum Map

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Next Bus UK - App Spotlight

We've already got a handful of travel aid apps for the UK, including London transport, car parking and National Rail. Allow me to introduce Next Bus UK, a helpful app that pulls realtime and scheduled timetables for bus networks across England, Wales, and Scotland. Data is provided by Traveline and will come in handy for any frequent traveller.

Some of the app features:

  • Find the next buses due at over 370,000 stops
  • Find the nearest stops around your location
  • Search for stops using place names, postcodes and street names
  • Save your favourite stops for quick access
  • Shows you the distance to your nearest stops in a list form
  • Choose between using Bing or Google maps
  • Designed for minimum battery usage: only searches your location when requested
  • Built in User guide
  • Easy and quick to use
  • London bus times (not realtime, yet)

A Mango update is on the way that will bring live tile support and more.

You can download Next Bus UK from the Marketplace for £1.49 ($1.99).  Check out the demo video after the break...

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This should make some people excited. In Surrey, England Nokia's NAVTEQ car loaded with cameras and sensors on top, was spotted driving around, presumably mapping the terrain.

This is cool for two reasons: one, it says Bing on it, clearly showing the close partnership between Nokia and Microsoft and two, this looks like Nokia may be engaging in some type of NAVTEQ roadview, analogous to Google Street View. The car actually looks a lot like what Google uses to drive around photographing streets in a 360 degree panorama.

Going one step further, it reminds us of this Gizmodo story from 2010, where a similar vehicle had "a mount with seven cameras and 64 lasers to see everything better, in 3D" resulting in the ability to "...scan everything within view, capturing 1.2 million points of data every second. The result is all kinds of terrain data that is not possible using just cameras". Well, that sounds pretty awesome.

We know Nokia and Microsoft have big plans for NAVTEQ but this could mean some Google-level and beyond maps for Windows Phone in 2012. Sign us up!

Update: Yup, looks like it's part of Bing Streetside:

"Microsoft is partnering with NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data, to collect Streetside imagery. NAVTEQ will use their expertise in efficient data collection to staff and operate the collection vehicles and manage data logistics. Microsoft will apply industry-leading image processing and privacy protection techniques to create data products for both Bing Maps and NAVTEQ commercial customers."

Thanks to Yousuf K., who tipped us the photos using our app!

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Traffic and Travel UK available and updated

Planning a holiday to the United Kingdom anytime soon? Based in the UK and just need some help in avoiding traffic headaches? Traffic and Travel UK is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that may help you get around the UK a little easier. Billed as the most comprehensive app for finding information on Road, Train and other travel disruptions throughout the United Kingdom.

Traffic and Travel UK was recently updated to version 2.1 bringing traffic cameras in Wales, improvements to the push notifications to the apps Live Tile, and with the Quick Traffic feature you can see a listing of traffic instances in order of distance from your current location. Additional features of Traffic and Travel UK include:

  • The only app providing specific and detailed travel information for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, London, and Sheffield area.
  • Road maps and lists detailing traffic information in the UK.
  • Live Tile Push notifications displaying traffic updates from your selected region without opening the app.
  • View specific Traffic and Roadworks information for UK roads by Motorway or A road.
  • View Traffic Cameras in Scotland, Northern Ireland (Belfast Area), Wales, and Sheffield area.
  • London Traffic information selectable for each area of the city including roadworks and congestion charging information.
  • Access Transport for London ‘s 182 CCTV cameras on major London roads.
  • National Rail disruption information, UK Stations Map, and find your nearest by distance to current location.
  • London Underground and DLR line status and delays information for now and the coming weekend as well as maps of stations, and distance to current location.
  • Searchable list of 850+ Private Hire Taxi firms in greater London area with details of each company.
  • View map of piers, and timetables for Thames Riverboats.
  • UK ferry port map.

There is a free trail version available for Traffic and Travel UK with the full version running $1.29. You can find both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Dan for the tip!

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Conquering England with Full English Fusion

Here's a sneak peak at an upcoming game for your Windows Phone. Full English Fusion places you in control of Dr. Eve L. Genius, a wacky English scientist with designs to take over England.

In the scene-based game you goal is to help Dr. Genius escape from her lab using the T.E.A. Launcher and conquer England. The T.E.A. Launch is described as a bizarre weapon that gives you the ability to combine stereotypical English items to give life to new and strange creations.  Creations, when combined, will help you conquer puzzles and traps as you escape the lab.

No word yet on a release date or pricing point. Based on the teaser video, Full English Fusion looks like it will be worth checking out. Once we learn more, we'll be sure to pass it along.

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