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Amazon is currently launching its AutoRip service in Europe, which will join the already established US version. Music purchased through the cloud player and those bought on the Amazon websites are stored in the online music storage to be played on multiple devices, including the Kindle Fire family, iPhone and iPad, Android hardware and through a web browser. Native Windows and Windows Phone apps are yet to be developed but are said to be on the table.

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You know the drill. Company switches to Windows Phone. Press release is published. We all get rather excited and crack open a bottle of bubbly. We've got another story to tell you all today as domestic appliance company Miele has announced a switch to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, following the likes of KONE and other big name brands.

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Here at Build 2013 we just wrapped up our first session with Sam George. His session was an introduction for developing on Windows Phone. While there won’t be anything brand new in terms of actual development, we did learn some interesting stats about the growth of the Windows Phone Store and how it differs with payments methods compared to iOS and Android. Fascinating stats for your next flame war after the break.

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. Microsoft has indeed slashed the price of its annual Windows Phone Dev Center subscription, which is now available for just $19. The subscription enables developers (or those who are looking to start developing) to access to a personal dashboard, some handy tools and the ability to submit and publish apps and games to the Windows Phone Store. Sweet!

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Microsoft has struck a deal with Telefónica to start a joint marketing effort to boost the sales of Windows Phone 8 hardware. Initially for a period lasting a year, the company will enhance marketing activities in support of stocked Windows Phones in the UK and Germany through O2, as well as Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Telefónica wishes to help develop a strong third choice for consumers to break the duopoly of Android and iOS.

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Earlier today, we reported on a Windows Phone Store weakness allowing savvy users to download Nokia-exclusive applications onto non-Nokia hardware (well, try to at least, as often those apps are API dependent). But we did a little more digging and discovered the weakness doesn't just cover Nokia apps. You can manipulate the Store into providing any device or operator-exclusive app for your device.

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Starbucks has remained on the side lines when it came to Windows Phone and this doesn't look to be changing any time soon. We've witnessed numerous unofficial apps hitting the store from eager developers, but what about official support from the popular coffee house chain? One of our readers provided some feedback about a need for a Windows Phone client and received a response from the company. Cut short: don't hold your breath for one in the near future.

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At last count, Nokia had well over 50 exclusive apps or games in its Collection, giving Lumia owners a slight edge in features.

But that advantage may be no more, at least temporarily. According to Chinese site WPDang, there is a freshly spotted glitch in Windows Phone Store that could enable everyone to download exclusive apps from the Nokia Collection.

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So Samsung unveiled a number of ATIV products today, which is great and all, but one can't help but wonder where the phones were. We're not talking about Android hardware, because Samsung managed to show off some features of the Galaxy range. But while we weren't expecting to see a new Windows Phone, the OEM could have unleashed a beauty of a device and rise to Nokia's challenge.

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Facebook held a new product event today and the possibility of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone was briefly mentioned.

In a nutshell contrary to the rumors there isn't a Windows Phone Instagram app going to be released next week. But the door wasn't slammed shut and double bolted on the idea of a Windows Phone Instagram app either.

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We're live from London's Earls Court exhibition center for Samsung Premiere 2013 -- the Korean manufacturer's big event where it's promising to show off new Galaxy (Android) and Windows (ATIV) devices. So we can expect to see more Galaxy S4 phones -- and on the Windows side, there's the possibility of more tablets and ultrabooks, and maybe some new Windows Phone devices too.

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We're back at The Garage - essentially Microsoft's attempt to take Top Gear and spin it with the Office suite of products. Jeremy Chapman, Office Senior Development Lead and Amanda Lefebvre, Senior PMM of Office Web Apps both walk us through the new real-time co-authoring that's feature in the upcoming web version of Office.

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Windows Phone is performing well in Estonia, according to a report over on ZDNet. Mobile operator EMT states that Android is the most popular platform and sports a rather large lead over Windows Phone, iOS and competing mobile options. That said, Windows Phone is said to have more than 10 percent of the market, beating Apple sitting on 9 percent. Not only is Microsoft sitting firmly in second position, but we're even seeing some movement with iOS.

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Disney is finding a new lease of life for its Mickey Mouse intellectual property with a mobile game and cartoon shorts series that will go head-to-head with the likes of Angry Birds and Talking Friends to win the hearts of children. The company will be targeting Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The latter being a perfect solution with the Kid's Corner, enabling parents to restrict what their children can access but offer Mickey Mouse content.

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We briefly mentioned the Windows Phone partnership with We Are JUXT, a community of mobile photography enthusiasts (www.wearejuxt.com). Recently, ten of the most influential members of the We Are JUXT community were challenged to shoot exclusively with a Nokia Lumia 920

The group were asked to shoot exclusively with the Windows Phone for an eight day period and share a few tips on how to take the best pictures. The end result: a respectable collection of tips on not only how to take better photos but how to approach mobile photography as a whole.

Read on for these great tricks on how to better hone your mobile photo skills!

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The FCC recently approved the Nokia RM-877 that is compatible with AT&T's LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+/WCDMA and quad-band GSM/Edge. The FCC documents also not the device has NFC, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi.

Beyond that, there's not much more to go on but there is a strong possibility that this is the EOS Windows Phone aka 'Elvis' for AT&T. Nokia has requested all the juicy documents that have device photos, schematics, the user manual and device specifications to remain private.  So for now, it's pure speculation that the RM-877 and the EOS are one in the same.

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We've heard this all before, developers skipping Windows Phone or not viewing it as worth the investment to develop an app. It's an issue Microsoft has had to battle against since the company originally launched Windows Phone 7 back in 2010, but we're seeing Redmond (and Nokia) pouring more funds and time into getting developers interested. Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft is paying developers up to $100,000 to get apps on Windows Phone 8.

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The Windows Phone team has been impressed by submissions sent in by consumers in previous contests, so here we are again but this time it's all about summer nights. The winning entry for this month's contest will have their submission featured on the Windows Phone Facebook page (as the lead header - see above). Select fan photos will also be highlighted on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and also the Insider newsletter.

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So everyone's excited about the Lumia 925, which has just been released by Nokia. Should you reside in the UK you'll be able to pick one up immediately from multiple sources, but if you're simply interested to see what all the fuss is about, we've got you covered. Hit past the break to see our initial hands-on action with the Lumia 925, as well as a few snaps.

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What's an effective way to advertise and promote Windows Phone? To highlight awards and praise its leading flagship handset receives, of course. This is exactly what Microsoft has done with its latest advertisement. The company has highlighted quotes from various media sources that have reviewed the Nokia Lumia 920, including Engadget and CNET.

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