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Report: Nokia to buy out Siemens half in joint venture deal

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Well, it looks like there’s some good news coming out of Finland tonight, as Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia has agreed to buy out the half of the joint-venture from Siemens. Nokia-Siemens Networks had been losing money until recently and Siemens had wanted to get away from the deal, so it’s not too much of a surprise that Nokia would pick up the now profitable division.
The sale price is reportedly “less than 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion)” and Nokia will use a bridge loan to help finance the purchase, in a deal that some investors will welcome while others may frown upon due to the tight purse strings already at the struggling smartphone maker.








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Halo Spartan Assault coming mid-July, will include future game updates

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Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. It marks the first time in the franchise’s history that it won’t be on console or PC. It’s also the second time there will be a departure in gameplay from the series trademark first-person shooter experience. This past week at //BUILD/ we learned a bit more about the upcoming game. We also have a better picture of when it should be on your Windows Phone 8 device – the middle of July.








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How do the Charms work with multiple apps running on Windows 8.1? Here’s how.

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While we use this weekend to recover from the whirlwind that is //BUILD/, there is still plenty of news to discuss from the past week. A preview of Windows 8.1 was released to everyone in attendance at Build and to anyone willing to try it out around the globe. Microsoft stressed that Windows 8.1 is just Windows 8, but refined. And in the short few days we’ve been playing we’re going to have to agree with that assessment.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be exploring Windows 8.1 side-by-side with you, finding new features and tricks. One of our new favorites is the ability to have two or more Windows 8 apps opened at once, without having to put one snap. But how do the apps interact with the Charms when you have more than one open? Let’s find out.








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Meet the developer behind several popular gaming emulators for Windows Phone

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With the scarcity of certain types of games on Windows Phone, many players turn to emulators to get their fix. Emulators allow us to play titles designed for older videogame consoles on our phones. Download an emulator and you’ll have access to hundreds of classic games, assuming you can find the ROMs (software images) for those games. Some people consider playing old games via emulation to be software piracy, while everybody else marvels at just how cool it is to play those old games on the go.
The gaming emulators on Windows Phone come from two key developers, M.k and Samuel Blanchard. Today we bring you an in-depth interview with Samuel, the French developer who created Purple Cherry (a GameBoy Color emulator) and Blue Tomato (a Sega Master System emulator). Read on to learn about the challenges of porting emulators to Windows Phone and what Samuel’s next projects will be!








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Samsung Found to Subsidize Phones More Than HTC and Apple

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The cost of devices is always an important aspect when looking into potential purchases. A lot of times, consumers are willing to lock themselves into contracts in exchange for phone prices that are subsidized by the carriers. However, are certain devices more subsidized than others? It turns out that Samsung’s devices are actually subsidized more than both Apple and HTC devices, meaning the carriers are chipping in a little more.
For those of you confused about subsidizing, it is actually quite simple. If you are in the market for a new phone, you are generally given two prices: the on-contract price and the off-contract price. The off-contract, or unsubsidized price, is essentially paying full price for the device as if you were buying it straight from the manufacturer. This price is often in the range of $600-$800 depending on the device. As a result, most people opt for on-contract, or subsidized pricing. This means that carriers such as Verizon and AT&T will pay for the majori…

AH Primetime: The Google Play Edition Devices Have Been Released, But Are They What We Wanted?

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The Nexus program has grown to be synonymous with innovation and major pushes forward for the Android ecosystem. While LG’s Nexus 4 was a fantastic device, it didn’t wow users as much as they were expecting. As a result, Spring of 2013 proved to be a point where a lot users were more anxious for a new Nexus device than they normally were at this time of year. Google undoubtedly recognized this as they did something major. Something they had never done before.
Google took two popular devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, and replaced the skinned interfaces with stock, vanilla versions of Android. This could have been as a result of new leadership as Sundar Pichai clearly had a different approach when he took over for Andy Rubin as the head of Android. However, it is more likely that Google realized that the Nexus 4’s specifications were already out of date and could no longer compete with the current flagships’ offerings. Google decided that it was very important to have major…

Droid Weekly 6/30/13: Xperia Z Ultra, CyanogenMod 10.1.0, Facebook Home and More

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CyanogenMod Working on an iMessage Killer?

This week we learned that the CM team is working on a type of “iMessage killer”. It would be very similar to iMessage where it’s part of the existing Messaging app and will determine whether your recipient is using CyanogenMod or another device and send it as either a regular IM or a text. Read More
LG Optimus G2 Stills from ‘Learning From You’ Video leak, Thanks @Evleaks

This week, some stills from a new promo video for LG’s upcoming G2 which we should see at their August 7th event in New York City. It doesn’t show much, except that we’ll probably have software buttons and volume rocker/power button will be on the back of the device. Read More
Survey Says 91% of Adults Don’t want Anything to do with Facebook Home

Honestly, I was a bit surprised that its only 91%. I expected it to be a bit higher. But saying this many people don’t want to use an app that allows Facebook to take over their phone? Guess Zuckerberg didn’t see that coming. Read more
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Deal Alert: Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 for just $0.99 on Amazon.com

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We recently told you that Verizon dropped their price of the Lumia 928 from $99 on contract to just $49—a very competitive price (especially when compared to the $99 BlackBerry Z10, which itself was reduced from $199).
But for those of you still on the fence, you may want to check out Amazon.com, as they have Lumia 928 for $0.99 on a 2-year contract (Individual or Family) or for $499 without a contract. Since the phone has an unlocked GSM slot for Verizon’s LTE network, you can even use this on other carriers, were you to buy it out right (though you’d be missing some bands on some networks).








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Does the Lumia 925's Windows key act as a notification light? Possibly.

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Look, we're as excited as you guys when headlines pop up across the Internet stating that the Lumia 925 has a notification light and the Windows logo flashes in the attempt to grab the owner's attention, but we're not convinced. And neither is Nokia (seriously, we've asked numerous times). That said, we've previously seen in person this blinking Windows capacitive key back when the Lumia 925 was announced (alongside the Lumia 928), but we were informed that it's simply related to debugging (basically the current power-state, blinking was a low-cycle).








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Microsoft pushes out another Facebook Beta update for Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has pushed another update out for its Facebook Beta Windows Phone app. Unfortunately, like before there's no change log supplied. We recently covered the release of version 5.0.1.4 and today we're looking at 5.0.1.7, so it's not a massive jump but there's bound to be a bug fix and minor improvement here and there.








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Leaks Suggest Android 4.3 Coming in July as a Minor Update

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It seems like we’ve been talking about Android 4.3forever. We all thought that we would see the next version of Android at Google I/O in May, but that did not happen. After Google I/O was over with, we heard countless rumors of about 5 different dates for Google to announce the new version of Android. All of which turned out to be false, so far. Then on Friday, SamMobile leaked the Android 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. It was a bit strange since Android 4.3 hasn’t even been made official, and it was leaked for a non-Nexus device. Sure we can argue that the Google Play Edition phones are or aren’t “Nexus” phones all day, but we’ll just go ahead and say that they aren’t.
Android Central has been digging through the leak for the past 24 hours and have found some changes, in addition to the new camera app. Most of them seem to be pretty minor. But it looks like Bluetooth Low Energy will be in Android 4.3, some new settings in the Wi-Fi menu have popped up. There’s also som…

Turn Your HTC One into a Google Edition Phone In Just A Few Steps

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What you see in the picture above is Google’s Sundar Pichai holding an HTC One Google Play Edition and now that it’s out, some of you might be wanting to get a taste of the famous “stock Android experience” but don’t want to have to buy a new phone, specially if you just acquired an amazing device like the HTC One or you’re tied to a 2-year contract.
There’s been some rumors that HTC would offer a ROM for those who want to change their Sense 5 experience for the Google Play one, but there’s been no official announcement or any word about it so we can’t count on that yet.
Luckily, as we like to say in the Android world, there’s always a way. That way usually comes from the amazing developers at the xda-developers forum, I’ve seen those guys come up with the most amazing and complex things and this is not the exception. You can now download the ROM that came with the HTC One GPE and install it in your own GSM HTC One with a few steps.
Careful, this steps are not for everyone, although this…

Zombie HQ for Windows Phone 8, keeping the streets and your brains safe

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Zombie HQ hit the Windows Phone Store shelves last week and is from the developers of Dredd vs. Zombies and Guns 4-Hire. Zombie HQ is a Windows Phone 8 game where you play the role of a zombie apocalypse survivor determined to save your city from the living dead.
As you work to reclaim your city, you work towards rescuing other survivors, discover bigger and badder guns, and collecting a few bucks that can be used to upgrade your arsenal and buy furniture and apparel to customize your characters and headquarters.
Graphics have that distinctive undead feel, game play challenging and overall Zombie HQ is a nifty addition to the Zombie aisle of our Windows Phone gaming library.








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Best Buy for Windows Phone 8 hits the Store, shop away.

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The Best Buy app for Windows Phone has been updated. In the past the app hasn’t been well received. A mix of poor design and usability being the biggest culprits of the apps 2 star average in the Windows Phone Store. Does the recent revamp warrant a higher rating? Let’s check it out.



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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rumored To Sport a Super AMOLED Flexible 5.99-inch Display

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Boy are the Galaxy Note 3 rumors coming fast and furious this week. We’ve heard rumors about the Galaxy Note 3 display being between 5.7 and 6.3 inches. We’ve also heard that Samsung will offer an AMOLED and LCD Galaxy Note 3. As we get closer and closer to the announcement in late August, the rumors will definitely pick up and get even crazier.
The latest rumor is coming out of Korea and says that we’ll be seeing a 5.99-inch flexible display on the Galaxy Note 3. It is set to enter production in August and launch in September. Which sounds about right. Since we are expecting an announcement around IFA, which is the last week of August and first week of September. But keep in mind that this is just a rumor at this point and we don’t have any way to confirm it just yet. So be sure to take it with a grain of salt.
MT Media is also suggesting a few reasons why Samsung is using a flexible display in the Galaxy Note 3. The said reasons are the poorer than expected Galaxy S4 sales and the thr…

Android Game Of The Day-Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn

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Those waiting for an Android version of Borderlands official top down game.. will unfortunately have to just keep waiting. It may not even ever release onto Android period. So instead, if you crave that FPS with RPG element style gameplay and that awesome cell-shaded visual flare, check out Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn from Freyr Games. Its got the same type of look and feel, and at the least would be a great FPS and addition to your mobile game library.
Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn has a total of 4 different classes (much like the borderlands games) to choose from with over 100 different skills and plenty of item drops that you can upgrade to. Each different class has their own unique characteristics and history embedded in the story so you’ll have a new gaming experience with each one.
So far, this is shaping up to be as close to Borderlands as it could get, which is great because Borderlands was a phenomenal game. You can venture through the campaign style mode of play, with co-op capabili…

Google Play Support Adds Live Chat – For Those Questions Before you buy a new Device

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After last November’s whole Nexus 4/Nexus 10 launch, we knew one thing about Google Play. Well actually two things. Which was their support sucks and their infrastructure was even worse. Google Play Support has gotten much better over the past 6-7 months. But now they added a new feature to their Support site. You can now chat with Google Play Support.
Now in addition to the “Email Us” button there is a “Chat with us” button on the Google Play Support Contact page, well popup window. Hat tip to Droid Life for finding this out. What is really cool about the new live chat is it looks a lot like Google Talk. It even emails your entire conversation to your inbox, just like Google Talk or Hangouts would. But doesn’t every other company have that feature when you live chat with them? Just about.
This new support is only for pre-sales of devices. So you can’t speak with representatives about apps, books, movie rentals, etc. It’s hardware only here. So how do you access the new live chat option…

Report: Google Looking to Grab more Android App Revenue

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Google is reportedly in talks with carriers to get even more revenue from the Google Play Store. This is according to Macquarie analysts Eugene Jung and Ben Schachter. Jung is reporting that Google is trying to increase their Play Store revenue in Korea. Schachter also believes that this is happening outside of Korea. What’s interesting is that LG and Samsung are both in Korea.

Currently, Google’s revenue is 70/30. Which means Google only gets about 30% of the revenue from each app. But of that 30%, Google only keeps about 5% for itself. The other 25% all belongs to those carriers that we have a love/hate relationship with. Jung says that Google is wanting to keep 15% of Play Store revenue, and give the rest to the carrier. Which isn’t a huge difference, and developers wouldn’t even notice it as it would still be on a 70/30 scale.
Schachter is stating that he believes Google Play brought in about $350 million in revenue in May alone. How’d he get that number? From using data from Distim…

Carl Zeiss becomes Zeiss, adds credibility to the Nokia EOS 41MP Windows Phone images

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Zeiss is a well known brand name from the company named after it's founder, Carl Zeiss AG. According to the Ziess.com blog the company is changing its name to Zeiss to create consistency across its brand communications.
What does this have to do with Windows Phone? Well, Nokia uses Zeiss lenses in several of their Lumia Windows Phones, including the upcoming Lumia 1020/EOS. We've seen leaked images of the camera plate on the EOS that were branded with both "Zeiss" and "Carl Zeiss". Some have thought the images with the Zeiss label were fake.








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Nokia Lumia 521 available with Xbox Live deal at GameStop; listed for less at FRYS

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The Lumia 521 is T-Mobile's exclusive low-end Nokia Windows Phone. It's essentially the Lumia 520, which is available elsewhere, but sports a unique and interesting design. We've recently looked at how Walmart has limited stock of this rather elusive smartphone, but we've just been made aware of two awesome deals available online at GameStop and FRYS.








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NewsSpot for Windows Phone updated, adds NewsBlur support

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NewsSpot was an impressive Google Reader app for our Windows Phone. In a few days though, Google Reader will be no more and changes were needed. Enter the version 3.1 update for NewsSpot which brings support for NewsBlur.
NewsBlur has gained in popularity since Google tanked its Reader and has a free account or a paid subscription that will run $24 annually.








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Microsoft drops update fees for XBLA games. Could they be courting indie developers?

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If you follow our Xbox Windows Phone editorial coverage, then you know I’ve often been critical of the Xbox certification process. Microsoft created a set of certification policies back in the Xbox 360’s early years that were intended to ensure the highest quality game releases and discourage the release of buggy games. These same policies were then extended wholesale to subsequent Xbox platforms, including Games for Windows Live (PC), Windows 8, and Windows Phone.
Problem is the aging and restrictive policies weren’t designed to reflect the changing nature of the games industry, and certainly not to account for the differences in development between consoles and platforms like Windows Phone. Modern game development isn’t about shipping a game and then trying not to ever update it. No, games these days (whether they have In-App Purchases or not) are updated continuously throughout their life spans.
Indie hits like Minecraft and top smartphone games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope woul…

@Evleaks Reveals His Identity in Interview, Talks About his Past, Favorite Leaks and More

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Our friends over at Android Police have scored the ultimate exclusive. They’ve scored an interview with evleaks. Now if you don’t know who @evleaks is, where have you been? For the past year or so, @evleaks has been leaking information on Twitter and has a very stellar record. In fact, he’s been right close to 100% of the time, as far as I can remember.
David Ruddock, of Android Police had a chance to sit down with @evleaks and find out more about who this person really is. We now know that Evleaks is indeed Evan Blass, who used to write for PocketNow. He was asked why he’s solo now, instead of still contributing to PocketNow or any other Android site. Basically, Evan has multiple sclerosis which keeps him from being able to commit to full-time work nowadays. He even tried to go back to 9to5Google and write full time, but that quickly disolved.
Evan was asked how he stumbles on these leaks, but of course he’s not going to let that cat out of the bag. Evan was also asked what was his bes…

App of the Day: Music Equalizer

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We love our music, don’t we? Of course we do, that’s why we love BoomSound on the HTC One. There are many apps out there that can make the sound coming from your phone for music, movies, etc., better or different. Including the DSP manager in CyanogenMod. But today, we’re introducing you to a new app called Music Equalizer, and I have a strong feeling that many of you are going to like it.

Music Equalizer allows you to improve your phone or tablet’s sound quality, hence the name of the app. It allows you to adjust sound effect levels so that you get the best sound, there is also a volume slider with five band equalizer with Bass Boost and Virtualizer effects.

Music Equalizer allows to quickly create your own custom preset with the 5 band controller. There’s also a Media volume control, five band equalizer, 9 equalizer presets, Bass boost effect, Virtualizer effect, save custom presets, and lock media volume.

This app is available on the Play Store now as expected and has about a 4.5 star…

Amazon says Windows and Windows Phone sit well in its strategy for AutoRip

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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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Official MyFitnessPal app updated for Windows Phone 8, with new features and look

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While everyone was celebrating yesterday about Mint.com jumping on Windows Phone I was still anxiously awaiting for MyFitnessPal to get bumped to Windows phone 8. For those of you who don’t know, MyFitnessPal is a free service for monitoring what you eat (calories, exercise, and planning). It also syncs nicely with FitBit which is why I primarily use it.








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Unity announces Xbox One support and partnership with Microsoft

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Unity, developers of the wildly popular gaming engine of the same name, announced yesterday at Build 2013 that they have struck up a "strategic partnership" with Microsoft to develop for Xbox One and Windows Phone 8. This collaboration with Microsoft means the development of new development tools geared specifically for both platforms, "including support for many next-generation features like enhanced Kinect gestures and recognition, multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass and cloud stuff."
In addition to opening up the development floodgates to both platforms, the new partnership will also benefit those who choose to develop games using the Unity engine.








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Monster Burner, Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds Space get Windows Phone updates

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Sometimes when the Xbox Windows Phone title updates rain, they pour. Today is one of those days, as three games from three different publishers just received the update treatment: Ubisoft’s Monster Burner, Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride, and Rovio’s Angry Birds Space (Windows Phone 8 version).
Title updates are almost always good news. But in the case of the Monster Burner update, some will consider it a mixed bag. Depending on how far along you are in the game, you might want to avoid it! Find out why after the break.








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Polyhegrams, another AppCampus title in development for Windows Phone Store

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Polyhegrams is another Windows Phone gaming title in the works that is a product of the AppCampus. AppCampus is a joint venture between Microsoft, Aalto University in Finland and Nokia to promote quality Windows Phone app development such as Dark Lands, Project Tripod and now Polyhegrams.
Polyhegrams, pronounced Pol-EE-HE-grams, is from LateNight Apps (named for the hours spent on development) and the game is a unique twist on traditional word games. The game is a combination of boggle-styled games, word search, word riddles and fill-in the blank word puzzles all in a 3D environment.








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RM-892 shows up on FCC; could this be T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 925?

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The Lumia 925, or rather its model number (RM-892), has been spotted on the FCC website. The device has been tested with GSM 850 / 1990 frequencies and the image supplied in the filing can't be mistaken for Nokia's latest flagship Windows Phone. This would also fit in nicely with recent news of the handset making its way to T-Mobile next month.








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As promised, Ruzzle Free hits the Windows Phone Store

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Not too long ago paid version of the Windows Phone game Ruzzle was unleashed on the Windows Phone Store. With the release, there was promises from the developer that a free version was in the works.
That promise was met today with the release of Ruzzle Free.








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