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Confirmed: Built-in screenshot capabilities coming with Windows Phone 8

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Today, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, stepped on stage to demo some never before released features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 in honor of the unveiling of the new generation of Nokia Lumia phones. One of the first features he was to quick to show, was the new built-in screenshot feature that comes with the new iteration of the mobile OS.

Now built-in screenshots are really not a make-or-break feature for any mobile OS, but we guess the presentation stated with that as an ice-breaker. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 is coming in the next month or two, says Steve Ballmer

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The joint Nokia/Microsoft announcement today is over. We saw the unveiling of the Nokia’s new Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. What we didn’t hear however, is when these devices will launch – along with Windows Phone 8 as a whole. Or did we?

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, dropped by to share his thought on the direction Windows is going in and the role Windows Phone 8 plays in that. And while speaking about this he mentioned the following. Read more »

Nokia has sold 7 million Lumia smartphones, availability extended to 54 countries

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Nokia used the floor of its just finished New York Windows Phone 8 event to reveal some statistics on its Lumia smartphones and their market performance thus far.

In total Nokia has sold about 7 million Windows Phone devices, and remarkably 4 million of those sales came in the last quarter. Read more »

Nokia eats Jellybeans for breakfast, will ride the sugar rush during today’s event

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Nokia is pumping themselves up for the Nokia World event that is about to start in less than an hour. Instead of talking to themselves in the mirror like a movie character would, the Finnish company took to Twitter and posted photos like this one:

There’s comment accompanying the photo – “Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans”. Fighting words from the Finns, considering the enormous lead Android army has on Windows Phone. Read more »

Facebook limits stock availability to save falling share prices

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If you’ve been following the Facebook world these past few months, you’ll know that not everything is peachy since the company made its IPO in May.

In fact, things have gotten so bad, that Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook executives plan on holding onto all their stock for at least a year. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 available in the Netherlands, Italy and Japan, on pre-order in Taiwan

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The availability of the Google Nexus 7 tablet continues to expand. Last week France, Germany and Spain got it, now it has reached Italy and the Netherlands too. It’s also cropping up halfway across the world in Taiwan and Japan too.

People in the Netherlands can grab a Nexus 7 16GB for €250 right now (16GB/€250 is the deal other Euro countries got too). Read more »

Google Maps Navigation arrives in India, brings turn by turn voice navigation and traffic updates

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Although the basic Google Maps service has been available in India for years now, some of the fancier features such as Navigation remained unavailable. That is, until now.

Google has now enabled the Navigation feature in India, which means now along with being able to get driving directions you will also have a voice reading them out so you can focus on the road instead of your phone’s display. Read more »

Rovio announces ‘Bad Piggies’, arriving on September 27

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Having let you successfully fling birds at pigs using slingshots in all sorts of environments for the past three years, Rovio is now turning things around and letting you control the pigs for the first time in their upcoming game.

Called ‘Bad Piggies’, this game will tell you the pigs’ side of the story and also let you play as them but without any slingshots and a ‘never-before seen’ gameplay. Read more »

Firefox OS Marketplace screenshots reveal how Mozilla is approaching the mobile store

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Screenshots of the Firefox OS Marketplace have leaked revealing for the first time how the app store looks like.

Previously known as Boot to Gecko, Firefox OS seems to be making significant progress towards its release in early 2013. Read more »

Sony has released the binaries for Xperia S, Vanilla Android project has a go

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Two weeks ago Google launched an experiment to bring plain vanilla Android on Sony’s top shelf Xperia smartphone. According to Google’s Technical Lead of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), “Xperia S is a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP.”

Today Sony gave the last piece needed buy the Google’s AOSP – the Xperia S binaries or in layman’s terms – all the drivers needed to run the Xperia S hardware. Read more »

New Nokia teaser video hints at augmented reality app for upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices

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Nokia has released yet another teaser video for their upcoming event on September 5. Unlike the last one, which did not tell us much other than how not to ride a bicycle, this one seems to be hinting at something.

We see a woman walking on the street and slowing down near information appearing besides stores regarding products and their online rating and social status. Read more »

Steam to enter the gaming hardware market

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There have been rumors floating around that Steam is planning on entering the gaming hardware market, either by making their own console or a gaming PC. Now Steam has finally come forth and confirmed that it does indeed plan on entering the gaming hardware segment.

Steam mentions that they are frustrated with the current lack of innovation in the computer hardware space, which is why they have decided to jump in. You can find the entire statement from the company after the break. Read more »

Indian bloggers accuse Samsung of mistreating them at IFA

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Two bloggers are claiming that Samsung threatened to leave them stranded at the IFA trade show in Berlin after they refused to become promoters for Samsung products.

Samsung has since released an official statement which chalks everything up to a “misunderstanding” between the two parties. Read more »

New Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III surfaces

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A new Jelly Bean test ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III leaked today. The ROM version is DLI1 and the build date is today – September 3.

We already tried it out on our unit and it behaves notably better than the previous Jelly Bean leaked ROMs. Read more »

HTC Desire X stars in a promo video, tells us all about its cool features

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HTC recently announced a budget dual-core Android phone – the HTC Desire X. A new promo video for the phone tries to highlight its strong suits. Just like its big siblings, the Desire X packs Beats Audio and a 5MP camera with a BSI sensor, F/2.0 aperture and ImageChip for burst shooting.

Hop after the break, to see what else HTC thinks the Desire X has going for it. Read more »