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The Lumia 900 has been featured as "The Networker" in the latest issue of to Entrepreneur Magazine, a publication covering small businesses, startups and the like. As one can see with the above photo, the Lumia 900 is praised for its design, SkyDrive integration, LTE speeds, collection of Microsoft apps, and how it "looks like a toy".

Unfortunately, no mention of Nokia OEM apps is present, nor how the Windows Phone has won numerous awards. Still, it's great to see the Lumia 900 (and Windows Phone for that matter) rated up there with the iPhone, Motorola Droid 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note in a respectable magazine.

Check out a closer shot of the page after the break. Thanks Teddy for sending the photos in!

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For those of you who have Nextgen Reader (quite a few of you won a free license recently), you should be getting your version 2.5 update right about now. If not, you'll want to go check as it has some swanky new features on board, including a new "Featured" area which will be updated daily.

That "Featured" function is part of the new "Manage sources" area which allows you to quickly discover RSS feeds based on topic. So instead of just importing your Google Reader feeds or randomly searching for key terms, the app itself will suggest feeds based on various subjects, including Windows Phone, Microsoft, food, gaming, politics and more. It's really quite smart as it gets you easily started on using Google Reader right from your device by adding new feeds on the go. Other notable updates in v2.5 include:

  • New: Search articles inside all items, read items or starred items.
  • Around 20-30% faster sync.
  • Beautiful reading experience powered by Readability based on app theme.
  • Send multiple articles to read it later service.
  • Share multiple articles via mail.
  • Disabled https by default for downloading articles.
  • Several bug fixes and improvements.

As usual, it's a fairly significant update which brings a lot to the table and is the perfect app for you news junkies out there. Plus it's Metro UI to the extreme--no chrome here. Pick up Nextgen Reader here in the Marketplace for $2.49 or give the free trial a whirl to see what all the hoopla is about (it has 4.5 starts out of 600+ reviews, so it has to be good).

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Karios Games, makers of MonsterUp and Galaxium, has released a new tool for PCs that detects whether a game or app is a Featured Item in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

As American gamers who can't buy Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and British gamers longing for the free Xbox Live Sudoku know, the contents of the Windows Phone Marketplace varies by region. That goes for Featured Items, too. WP7 Featured List can display all of the Featured Items from the Marketplace of a single region or every region. Or if you’d simply like to find out whether a particular app is featured in any region (useful for developers checking on their own apps), add it to your Favorites list and it’ll check that too.

WP7 Featured List is a developer-oriented app that some regular folks may find interesting as well. It’s a small download and free, so what have you got lose? You’ll find it at the Karios Games website.

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One big complaint we hear over and over from devs is how to get their app featured in the Marketplace--you know, one of the apps listed in when you launch the store, sometimes it has a nifty panorama, or the app is feature on Microsoft's site, etc. To have your app up there, especially for indie devs, is huuuge as it gives much attention to their work and in turn, well, more revenue. 

Microsoft just announced the oddly titled 'Spring cleaning project' which is a contest of sorts to allow devs a shot at getting their app featured. Up till now, the process has been mostly unknown and there were no known methods of getting MS's attention to consider your app. Now, with this contest, devs can basically contact Microsoft and tell 'em why their app meets the three requirements:

  1. There will be three different opportunities: April, May, and June 2011
  2. Your App must be published to the Windows Phone Marketplace by the 15th of each month (by 11:59 PM PST)
  3. Your App must work as promised
  4. Your App must be new to the Marketplace or be a new version with substantial, new features or capabilities as mentioned earlier
  5. You then email the following information to wp7springclean@microsoft.com:

We'll post the rest after the break, but this should be a big hit with indie devs and we're hoping some of our favorites get featured.

Update: To clarify, games do count too--but since pivot/panorama don't apply, other criteria will e.g. use of a Live tile or push notification. In other words, be creative! (Thanks, Ben Lower, from Microsoft for the clarification)

Source: Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Communication

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Get 10% off all Windows Phone and Windows Mobile Accessories in the WPCentral Store with the Cyber Monday sale! Simply head on over to the store, select your Windows Phone, and then get shopping. On checkout, use coupon code WP1129 to automatically get 10% off your purchase.

The offer is good now through midnight PST on Tuesday, November 30th. [sponsored post]

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HTC Mozart Hands-On [Video]

The HTC Mozart may not be coming to the US and honestly, that's a little sad. It's a well-designed, solid, capable, fast Windows Phone 7 device. The aluminum unibody design is not only quite fetching, but it adds a some strength and toughness. While the HTC Surround is nothing to sniff at, the extra thickness for that slide-out speaker seems like a poor choice compared to the elegance on display here. In all it looks to have a higher-quality feel than the Focus, the "black slab" from Samsung that is coming to the states.

The 480x800 WVGA screen sits under 3.7 inches of glass and looks pretty darn sharp. More impressive is the 8 megapixel camera with auto focus sitting next to a Xenon flash, capable of recording 720p video. We'll need to give it a full go-round, but our initial impression is that HTC could have stood to do a little more tweaking to the camera software to improve the shots we've tried.

It's all powered by a 1300 mAh battery and weights 4.6 ounces, with a thickness of .47". We'll bring you a full review soon, but in the meantime check out a quick video hands-on after the break along with a few more photos.

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Review: BlueAnt T1 Rugged Headset

The T1 is the latest Bluetooth headset offering from BlueAnt.  Billed as a durable, reliable device to give high quality audio in the most challenging condition, the T1 is sure to turn heads.

The T1 headset ($79.95) is the first to feature BlueAnt's Wind Armour Technology that boasts clear audio in wind speeds up to 22mph. The BlueAnt T1 also features voice commands similar to the BlueAnt Q1 headset.  Instead of pressing a button to answer calls, you simply have to say "Answer" or "Ignore" to handle things. Other voice commands may be available dependent on your Windows Phone.

We had the opportunity to take the T1 out for a test drive and ease on past the break to see how it measured up.

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Review: AT&T 3G Microcell

The AT&T Microcell went into test markets a little over a year ago and has been slowly rolling out the units nationwide earlier this year. In a nutshell, the Microcell uses your broadband/high speed internet access to connect your phone to the AT&T network. The result is having five bars of reception where you may have none.

There's been some criticism over AT&T Microcell polices that has overshadowed what the Microcell brings to the table. Some do not agree that AT&T should charge minutes and data used through the Microcell against your package minutes or data. There are also concerns that the hardware is priced too high.

While these concerns have merit, if you are in a location that has poor reception, the Microcell is a welcomed sight. The Microcell rolled out to my area recently and having poor signal coverage at the house, I jumped at the opportunity to get five bars of coverage.

Follow the break for more details on the installation of the Microcell and how it performs.

UPDATE: There is some relief for those concerned about the price. AT&T is currently offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the Microcell. The one catch (and you knew there would be a catch) is that you have to sign up for the unlimited voice package ($20 a month) to be eligible for the rebate.

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Review: LG Fathom from Verizon Wireless

The LG Fathom has surfaced from the depths at at time when some believe the Windows Mobile Windows Phones (we really have to work on these names) have all but dried up. The Fathom offers a Snapdragon processor along with Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It's being offered through Verizon Wireless for $379 without a contract or as low as $149 with a two year commitment.

The first impression from the Fathom is positive. The build quality feels solid and the phone rests comfortably in the hand.  Beyond that, the Fathom is a little bit of a mixed bag lacking flavor in many areas.

For more on the LG Fathom, you know the drill, just ease on past the break.

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Review: Microsoft KIN, Part Three: Performance

In looking at the Microsoft KIN, we've taken a look at the design of the KIN and the KIN's software.  In this last part of the review, we pull everything together and look at the KIN's performance.

As was mentioned at the start, while the KIN is a Windows Phone I don't think it was ever intended to take the place of a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7.  However, after using the KIN for some time now, it is a good alternative for someone wanting more than your standard feature phone but less than a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile.

After the break, we'll run down the KIN's software, camera, phone, and overall performance.

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Review: Microsoft KIN, Part Two: Software

 

While the KIN is being marketed as a Windows Phone, it doesn't run Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7.  The primary mission, if you will, of the KIN is to keep you in touch with your friends and social networks.  While the KIN's OS is a dramatic departure from the traditional appearance of a Windows Phone, it does a decent job of keeping you in touch with your social networks.  

The KIN may also give us a feel for the social networking abilities the upcoming Windows Phone 7 may have.

In Part One of this review we looked at the design of the KIN phones. While there are design differences between the KIN One and Two, with respects to the software, I can only think of one (the KIN Two has screen rotation).

Hit the break for more on the software, some screen shots and to find out what's missing.

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Review: Microsoft KIN, Part One: Design


The Microsoft KIN has been on the market for a few weeks now and we've shared a brief video tour of both KIN models and now we'll take a closer look at the latest Windows Phone from Microsoft.

Reviewing a single Windows Phone has its challenges and looking at two phones at the same time is really challenging. To help maintain sanity and break things down a little better, we'll separate things into three parts: design, software and performance.

The initial impression of the KIN (both One and Two) is that the phones were more like a feature phone with a little more "feature" thrown in. I don't believe either were designed to replace your Windows Phone running Windows Mobile but instead, to offer an alternative to those who don't need as much.

We start with looking at the KIN's design. While the KIN Two has more of a traditional design, the KIN One compactness stands out. Ease on past the break to read more on the design and what impression it left.

 

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Review: Sid Meier's Pirates

Every now and then, a popular game will be scaled down and brought to the mobile venue. Sometimes it works like a charm and sometimes things don't translate well to the small screen. Concrete Software Inc. has released a mobile version of the popular PC game, Sid Meier's Pirates! ($4.99). The game's origins date back to the days of the Commodore 64 and Pirates! would see considerable success on the PC, MAC, and other gaming platforms such as Nintendo and Xbox.

Could the mobile version of this popular game be as successful as the previous versions?  Just past the break, see if Concrete Software has created a hit or a miss in bringing Pirates! to the mobile platform.

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Review: Ecolife Vitalit Case

We've already introduced you to the EcoLife Elements Side and Top case. Ecolife produces a quality constructed case made from recycled materials. Along with the Elements Case, they also offer the Vitalit Case.

The Vitalit Case is a horizontal case made the same PET recycled material (recycled water bottles) that reminds me of cordura. While I'm partial to leather cases, I've been using the Ecolife cases for the past few months and have found them to be durable, comfortable and easy on the pocket book ($22.95).

Ease on past the break to read more on the Ecolife Vitalit, a few inherit problems, and possible solutions to make this case work with your Touch Pro 2/Tilt 2.

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Review: Evernote for Windows Mobile

Every once in a while, you come across a killer app (or service) that you cannot believe that you’ve lived without for so long. I’m sure many of you have been using Evernote for some time, and will find this review a day late and a dollar short; if so please head straight to the comments. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing what Evernote has to offer, keep reading.

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Review: Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset

The Jawbone Bluetooth headsets from Aliph have been around for a few years now and have impressed many with their noise cancellation features. The original Jawbone would eventually be succeeded by the Jawbone Prime.

Aliph recently released the Jawbone Icon, a chopped down version of the Jawbone Prime, to bolster their line up. The Icon comes in an assorted colors and styles ranging from black dimpled to gray smooth to gold. Each with its own unique nickname (Hero, Rogue, Ace, Thinker, Bombshell, etc.)

We had the chance to take one of the Icons -- the Hero -- out for a test drive and just ease on past the break to see if the Icon lives up to standard its larger siblings established.

Pros: 
Fit and feel. Call Quality. Customization through MyTalk
Cons: 
Talk button not in the best location.
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Review: Motorola HX1 Endeavor Bluetooth Headset

Manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets are in an arms race of sorts in an effort to design and build a headset with the most complete noise cancellation possible. Various headsets sporting an assortment of hardware and software solutions have been marketed over the years as offering high end noise reduction and cancellation, but it has never quite been perfected.

Motorola’s latest high-end headset, the HX1 Endeavor, leverages a number of technologies to provide optimal noise cancellation and voice quality in a wide array of situations. The full review follows the break. (And you can watch TiPB's video hands-on with it at CES here.)

Pros: 
Sound Quality. Stealth Mode.
Cons: 
A little uncomfortable.
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