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Microsoft Acquires Nokia’s Mobile Phones Business Unit

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Both Microsoft and Nokia have recently announced that Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. This will put Microsoft in full control of the Lumia brand and have its own in-house mobile devices teams!

Quoted by Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO):

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services…

We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia’s incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution,” Ballmer said. “With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay 3.79 billion Euro’s to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and an extra 1.65 billion Euro’s to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of 5.44 billion Euro’s in cash! Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

I wonder how long it will be before an Xbox branded phone hits the market?

Skype on Windows Phone 8 – Now as Video Chat

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Although you should be familiar with Skype come Xbox One when it is released on November 22nd this year, but Windows Phone 8 users can ‘finally’ Skype as of now. The video and chat messaging service on Windows Phone 8 has had a new update that introduces video calls and video messages.

Quoted from the Skype Team:

Windows Phone 8 users can record and share a personal video message, which the chosen recipient can play as soon as they sign into Skype. This allows users to capture and share a fleeting memory, create a heartfelt reminder or simply tell a friend or family member “wish you were here” – even when their friends and loved ones are not available. Once your contact has received a video message from you, they can reply back with a video right away.

To grab the updated Skype App on the Windows Phone store just follow this direct link:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/skype/…

The new update also has a few bug fixes, so even if you don’t fancy a video call it still has a number of improvements to the application.

Thanks: Skype Blog

ThisisXbox.com Windows Phone 8 News App – Out Now

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In our efforts to branch out and support the amazing amount of users who visit thisisxbox.com via our mobile site (m.thisisxbox.com) we also decided to create an App for Windows Phone 8 – and this is now available from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

We call this out ‘little effort’ because Version 1.0 was designed as a learning process, to get the headlines out there quicker than loading up and searching for us on your mobile Internet Explorer, and it enabled us to get to know the certification processes for App development with Microsoft. Version 1 can be downloaded right now by searching for THISISXBOX NEWS on your Windows Phone 8, or by visiting the link below.

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/thisisxbox-news/5bfd2513-b645-45a6-b225-b70a70620861

If the UK is not your locale, then you will be encouraged to click a button to get the app in your own location. The app relies on data from our feeds and content might be unavailable during server down time or maintenance. Please note that a cleaner, crisper, smoother, better metro version 2.0 is already in planning stages for a Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 launch in the new year as an update and we do not receive any identifiable information from this app.

Obviously if you are already reading this on your ThisisXbox News app – thank you for downloading it!!

Uno & Friends is FREE on Windows Phone 8 – Out Now

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Today, playing UNO with friends, family, and millions of fans worldwide has never been easier!  You can now join one of the largest free online mobile gaming communities and enjoy an all-new free multiplayer experience, competitive leaderboards and fun customisation options that let you shout “UNO!” on a whole new level!

Uno & Friends is available to download for FREE on the Windows Phone Marketplace with the following features and a whole set of free Achievements to unlock for your gamer-profile on Xbox LIVE.

  • Easy to learn, difficult to put down!
  • Create games and invite your friends to play!
  • Challenge millions of UNO fans worldwide!
  • Utilize Boosts & Super Boosts to diversify your strategy!
  • See how your card skills rank on the leaderboards!
  • Compete in weekly contests to win rewards!
  • Customize your UNO game with backgrounds, card deck designs & special effects!
  • Play online multiplayer matches over 3G or Wi-Fi!
  • Connect using your free Facebook Connect account!

Check out the release trailer below – Uno & Friends is a port of the iOS version on Windows Phone 8, and well UNO is UNO the world over…

Halo: Spartan Assault Out Today for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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Ready up fellow Spartans with Windows 8 on their PC’s, Laptops and Mobile Phones – Halo Spartan Assault launches today as confirmed by Xbox UK’s Graeme Boyd (Social Marketing Manager).

Halo Spartan Assault has 25 unique missions featuring unrivalled action and intensity, the single-player experience allows you to compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills with Weekly Challenges. Replay the missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals. For fans who already have a prospering Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity, “Halo: Spartan Assault” lets you earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and emblems for your “Halo 4” Spartan, with additional integration features available after launch.

At the time of writing it can not be seen on the UK Windows Phone Marketplace – keep checking throughout the day.

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

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With speculation already rife since the domain name acquisitions relating to Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft and 343 Industries today revealed an all-new way for gamers to experience “Halo” – this time, you can do it on Windows 8 devices. Available this July only on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the all-new Halo: Spartan Assault will be the first top-down action shooter that brings a Halo game to touch-based devices.

The top-down action shooter will be set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, it also explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops programme and dives deeper into the backstory of the Human-Covenant wars. Play through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight in never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.

With 25 unique missions featuring unrivalled action and intensity, the single-player experience allows you to compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills with Weekly Challenges. Replay the missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals. For fans who already have a prospering Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity, “Halo: Spartan Assault” lets you earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and emblems for your “Halo 4” Spartan, with additional integration features available after launch.

BBC iPlayer Now on Windows Phone 8

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Great news all round if you own a Windows Phone 8 – Eastenders is now available to carry around in your pocket through the finally-released BBC iPlayer App for Windows Phones! Now there’s something to celebrate, you just wouldn’t want to miss the opening of ‘Beales new restaurant in the coming weeks would you?

As of right now you can watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days on BBC iPlayer.

Features include:

  • On demand content over Wi-Fi and 3G.
  • Add shows to your favourites so new episodes are quick to find for you to enjoy later.
  • Ability to listen to BBC Radio in the background.
  • Browse programmes by category, schedule, featured and most popular.

To install this wonderful streaming app directly to your phone, you can do so directly via the link below.

You can thank us later…

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/bbc-iplayer/

Introducing the Nokia Lumia 925

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Nokia has today introduced the Nokia Lumia 925, a new interpretation of its award-winning flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces a metal design and showcases the latest PureView camera innovation, new features and third party applications coming to the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating the perfect high quality image.

Nokia also announced Hipstamatic’s new app, Oggl, will arrive on Nokia Lumia smartphones, allowing people to take and share high quality pictures with like-minded creatives and photography enthusiasts from around the world. In addition to sharing photos on Oggl, users can simultaneously share photos on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram.

The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces metal for the first time to the Nokia Lumia range, bringing appeal and unique benefits like increased robustness. The polycarbonate back comes in white, grey or black. A wireless charging cover can be clipped onto the back of the phone to take advantage of Nokia’s extensive wireless charging accessories and ecosystem. Covers, sold separately, come in white, black, yellow, and red.

Leading Nokia services, such as the HERE suite of integrated location and navigation services and Nokia Music for unlimited streaming of free music playlists, add to the great proposition offered by Nokia’s latest smartphone.

The Nokia Lumia 925 is being introduced into Europe with Vodafone, along with other operator and retail partners. Patrick Chomet, group director of Terminals at Vodafone said: “The new Nokia Lumia 925 is a sleek and sophisticated smartphone delivering great performance and outstanding imaging. We look forward to offering the Nokia Lumia 925 across our markets on Vodafone Red, as well as other tariffs, enabling customers to make the most of their new smartphone on Vodafone’s fast and reliable network. Vodafone customers will also have exclusive access to a 32GB version of the Nokia Lumia 925, giving them even more capacity to store all their content for personal and business use.”

Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Windows Phone Division, added: “Together with Nokia, we continue to change the way people think about smartphone cameras. The work Nokia has done with the Lumia 925 further enhances the imaging capabilities of the Lumia smartphones.”

In addition to Europe, the Nokia Lumia 925 will be introduced into the US by T-Mobile and into China by China Mobile and China Unicom. Sales are expected to start in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China in June, followed by the US and a number of other markets. The Nokia Lumia 925 will be priced around 469 EUR before taxes and subsidies. Country-specific pricing and availability will be announced locally.

Nokia Lumia 925

Operating system
Windows Phone 8

HERE location and mapping services
Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+;Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display
4.5″ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.25 D sculpted Gorilla 2 Glass, ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight Readability, Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage

Battery
2000 mAh battery, Wireless Charging supported via an accessory cover

Processor
1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon

Main camera
PureView 8.7 MP with Optical Image Stabilization, Autofocus, short pulse high power dual LED flash, most advanced lens technology, 1080p HD video at 30fps with Optical Image Stabilization. Includes Nokia Smart Camera mode.

Front facing camera
1.2 MP wide angle

Memory
1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

Call of Duty Elite App Now On Windows Phone 8

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Call of Duty Elite, first launched with the release of Modern Warfare 3 and has since become a popular stats tracking tool that can be accessed on the official Call of Duty website as well as console app, but finally it’s now available for Windows Phone 8.

The release has hit the Windows Phone Marketplace and unfortunately is not available for Windows Phone 7 / 7.5 / 7.8 users – this is Windows 8 only.

Access your Call of Duty HQ anytime, anywhere with the Call of Duty Elite mobile app. Track and analyze your multiplayer progress, plus new and veteran players alike can check out Call of Duty Elite TV programming for the latest tips and strategies on how to improve their multiplayer skills. Use Clan HQ to view recent winnings, stats, and leaderboards for your clan. Enlist in Competitions for the chance to earn Clan XP and digital badges.

Features:

  • Career Summary provides deep statistics on personal play-style, so players can analyze their progress over time.
  • Visit Clan HQ for a detailed breakdown of Clan’s stats, Recent Winnings, and more.
  • Enlist in Competitions for the chance to earn Clan XP and digital badges.
  • Leagues are your gateway into Call of Duty: Black Ops II League Play, giving you an in-depth, per-season breakdown of your division and subdivision standings.
  • Review Recent Matches to track your performance on a match-by-match basis.
  • Watch Call of Duty Elite TV on the go or in-between games. Get developer tips, strategy programming, custom class overviews, and more.

You can download the Call of Duty Elite App directly to your Windows Phone 8 device via the following link.

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=24b952f7-3872-4c31-97e1-e24617311e17

Via WPCentral

Worlds Cheapest Windows Phone 8 Launches in UK March 7

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O2 in the UK are leading the way with budget priced Windows Phone 8 devices as the worlds cheapest Windows Phone 8 is expected to launch in the UK on March 7th 2013.

The Huawei Ascend W1 sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, an Adreno 305 GPU, and 4GB of internal memory expandable via a microSD card slot. As well as a 5-megapixel camera featuring autofocus and an LED flash it also supports 720p HD video, and a FFC for Video Calling. The price for a unit will cost £119.99 without a contract, or alternatively will be shipped free for O2 contracts starting at around £13 per month.

Huawei has received an excellent response from the market in the UK, and will continue to expand its investment with customers including BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Orange, Three / Hutchinson 3G, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky and T-Mobile. Huawei has invested over £150 million into the UK to date!

We have made contact for a review unit and hope to bring you more details in the coming week before launch. O2 are expected to list the item on their own website soon.

Thanks ITP