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Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 is considered the cheap man’s Lumia 1520, but that doesn’t make it less important than its high-end sibling. In fact, recently it was exactly Nokia’s more affordable devices that have been moving its business forward. Okay, technically, it’s now Microsoft’s business, but let’s stay on topic.

At the front, the Lumia 1320 boasts a 720p 6″ IPS ClearBlack display. It’s bright and boasts great colors, but you can notice that it’s not as sharp as the Lumia 1520′s equally-sized, but higher resolution screen. The cutback is understandable though, Nokia needs a mid-range runner who can quickly catch up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Read more »

iOS leader in mobile ad consumption, despite Android’s market lead

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The latest State of Mobile Advertising coming from browser-maker Opera shows that while Android leads iOS in terms of browsing on smartphones 36% to 29% and when factoring in tablets, where Apple’s iPad is dominant the numbers are 38% for Android and 43% for Apple. Android is bringing in 32% of Opera revenues, while iOS churns in a massive 56%.

The numbers show that mobile ads are much more valuable on iOS devices. The numbers come from Opera’s Mediaworks, which serves over 60 billion monthly page impressions to some 425 million users. Read more »

Microsoft’s head of reasearch talks about WP’s virtual assistant

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The rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of Microsoft’s upcoming virtual assistant, which will borrow its personality from Cortana (you know, from Halo). Now, Head of Microsoft Research, Peter Lee, has confirmed that the a “big focus” for the company is artificial intelligence, including a virtual assistant.

The video interview features a short glimpse of a virtual assistant prototype at work but somewhat disappointingly it didn’t use Cortana’s avatar. Read more »

Bing Tell Me voice assistant beta coming to WP handsets this April

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According to latest online gossip, Microsoft’s Bing Tell Me voice assistant, also known by its codename Cortana, should debut this April at the annual’s BUILD conference. As previously suggested, Bing Tell Me will be voiced by Halo’s Cortana actress – Jen Taylor.

Just like Google Now, the Windows Phone voice assistant can be activated by a voice command (in this case “Bing Tell Me”) and it will understand commands such as “… will it rain today?”, “.. when’s my next meeting?” and “.. how do I get to the American Airlines Arena?”. Read more »

Nokia mocks HTC over Twitter

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Nokia once again engaged into somewhat childish banter over Twitter. This time around it’s HTC which takes heat from the Finnish company on the social network.

HTC Russia has asked its users over Twitter how they will use a One smartphone without taking their gloves off in cold weather. Read more »

Seven Disney games are now free on Windows Phone

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Seven of the most popular Disney games are now available for free at the Windows Phone Store. They won’t stay free forever though, so you should download them as soon as possible.

Two Disney games were already free over the Store, as well as the Avengers Initiative since Disney bought Marvel. So, if you want a bunch of quality games for free, now is the time to get to a fast Wi-Fi and start downloading. Read more »

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets a fix

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The WhatsApp client for Windows Phone 8 devices suffered from a minor problem with broadcast message reception.

The latest update, v2.11.356, for the popular messaging application, however, fixes this issue.

The newest update doesn’t offer any additional features, such as allowing users to send music files, but many believe that this will be available soon. Read more »

Nokia Lumia Black software update features overview

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There’s a hands-on video showing off the features of the Nokia Lumia Black software update on the inter-webs. In it, a Nokia rep goes over all of the new things your Nokia Lumia smartphone can do.

The first feature they show off is the new and improved “glance mode”. There are now new notifications that you can see on the ‘always on’ screen of Lumia smartphones, without having to wake your phone.

There’s also an updated Nokia Camera app, that allows for three shooting modes: Video Recording, Nokia Camera, and Nokia Pro Camera. With the Pro Camera mode, you can fidget with light sensitivity and other camera settings more in-depth, as well as get a preview of the photo before you actually take it. Read more »

Samsung releases two exclusive new Windows Phone apps

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When you talk about Windows Phone devices these days, you can only think of Nokia, with others such as Samsung and HTC having nearly been wiped from our memory. But turns out Samsung still cares about the handful of Windows Phone devices it made (or perhaps this is the reason).

Samsung has launched two new apps that are exclusive to its own Windows Phone 8 devices. The first one is called Share Box, which works over DLNA and lets you share multimedia content with other DLNA compatible device. The second app is called Samsung Link, which will allow you to play content stored on other registered devices remotely over an internet connection. Read more »

Final Fantasy III 3D now available for Windows Phone

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Debuting in 1990, Final Fantasy III was Squaresoft’s most popular title; and the software manufacturers’ first game to sell over a million copies. You can now play its updated 3D remake on Windows Phone.

If you’re a gamer, then you’ve definitely heard of the Final Fantasy series. You’ve also probably noticed the countless remakes and renditions that have been made available for various platforms – and now also for Microsoft’s own mobile OS. Read more »

Gameloft Windows Phone game sale has begun

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So you’re a Windows Phone user and have been itching to deck your device with some cool Gameloft games, but you don’t want to pay full price? Well you’re in luck, as the mobile game manufacturing giant has slashed the prices of some of their most popular titles just in time for the Holiday season.

You can pick up The Dark Knight Rises, Order & Chaos, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4, and the Amazing Spider-Man for $2.99, and Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles, Brain Challenge HD, Uno, and Let’s Golf 2 for $1.99. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 battery life test

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Our review of Nokia Lumia 1520 is ready, and now so is the phablet’s battery life test. We already gave you a peak of the phablet’s impressive scores and now is time for the full breakdown.

Lumia 1520′s battery has admirable capacity of 3,400mAh, but the device also comes with a massive 6″ display to light up. Previous Lumia encounters have shown Windows Phone 8 to be a mixed bag when it comes to effeciency, but this is a completely new version we are having here. Read more »

Microsoft gives 20GB free SkyDrive storage to its loyal WP users

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It seems Christmas came early for some Windows Phone users. Microsoft is giving 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for free to selected loyal customers.

As it turns out some WP-powered smartphone owners have received emails with instructions on how to get 20GB additional SkyDrive cloud storage for one year. Read more »

‘Temple Run 2′ finally arrives on Windows Phone 8

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After what seems like an eternity, Temple Run 2 has finally made its way to the Windows Phone Store. The game is now available to download for free on devices running Windows Phone 8 and have at least 1GB of RAM.

Temple Run 2 is the much acclaimed sequel to the original Temple Run that pretty much started the endless running genre on the mobile platform. It (ahem) runs on a new engine and features completely revamped visuals and some new gameplay mechanics while retaining the basics of its predecessor. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas enters the Android’s Play Store

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Just a week after we saw Grand Theft Auto San Andreas hitting the Apple’s App Store, the game is now available on Android’s Play Store as well.

The Android version of the game costs $6.99, weighs about 2.4GB, and requires Android 3.0 or later. Read more »