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Yesterday at the Microsoft Build conference, Nokia announced the Lumia 930 beautifully blends the best of Microsoft and Lumia with a collection of features readymade for the needs of today’s forward-thinking smartphone owner.

Super sharp shooter

Leading the way once again in smartphone photographic technology, the Nokia Lumia 930 sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera, optical image stabilization (OIS) and ZEISS optics to achieve pin-sharp shots and the flexibility to zoom into any shot after you’ve taken it. A HD 1.2 MP wide-angle camera adorns the front.

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The Nokia Lumia 930 also possesses unrivalled HD video skills with four high-performance microphones. This crafty quad allows directional recording, which enhances the clarity of your subjects by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. Thanks to the surround sound capture, you can also hear the world around you like never before.

To help counteract shaky hand with the in-built OIS and use the single-finger zoom feature to get even closer to the action without compromising resolution.

Add to this Nokia Rich Recording, surround sound and ZEISS optics and you’ve got a truly potent hardware and software partnership.

Bright idea

When you’re done capturing your life moments, play it all back on the 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display (1920×1080; 441ppi), with Gorilla Glass 3, Super Sensitive Touch and a near 180-degree viewing angle for watching your content anywhere from bright sunny beaches to dimly lit hotel foyers.

Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music with your headphones or home theatre system.

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Powering everything along is a speedy 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of internal storage (7GB free OneDrive cloud storage) and 2GB of RAM, all of which make video processing, image capture and Xbox gaming seem like child’s play.

 

Daring design

The Nokia Lumia range of smartphones – is how all of this remarkable technology is wrapped up in an aesthetic package with just as much innovation and design excellence.

Standing apart from all that dare to get close, the Nokia Lumia 930 blends the striking good looks of recent Lumia devices with an elegant and unique design all of its own; gorgeous aluminium frame, metallic accents, and a nicely curved polycarbonate back with vibrant colour choices of bright orange, bright green, black and white.

To keep it (and you) going all day is the 2420 mAh battery. Built-in wireless charging adds convenience without compromising on design.

Great service

As well as providing the best of Nokia Lumia, this truly versatile smartphone also delivers the cream of the Microsoft software crop, coming out-of-the-box with Windows Phone 8.1 that brings with it myriad of enhancements, such as Action Centre, a refreshed start screen experience and new data and battery sense apps.

Nokia Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1 lets you connect to your favourite people, events, music and photos from anywhere by providing a better experience of OneDrive, MS Office, Nokia Camera, MixRadio and HERE Maps. With OneDrive, you can save your images and videos immediately and sync them across your Lumia, PC, Tablet and Xbox.

The popular Fatboy wireless charging pillow will also have a new colour. Now you can charge your Nokia Lumia 930 wirelessly with the bright green pillow.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is priced at $599 before taxes and subsidies. It will be available from June beginning in Europe, Asia, India, Middle East and Latin America, and will continue to rollout throughout the world (except the US) throughout the summer.

My Movies, the application that allows you to catalog your DVD/Blu-ray collection and carry the database around on your mobile device, has shipped for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.  Read on for details!

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My Movies, the application that allows you to catalog your DVD/Blu-ray collection and carry the database around on your mobile device, has shipped for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.  I currently use this application on IOS and Android, and it comes in very handy for when I want to see what I already own.  It is now available for Windows Phone.  Here is the press release:

The waiting time is over – it is finally here!
My Movies for Windows Phone is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 in twelve different languages, completing the My Movies offerings on all of the popular consumer smartphone platforms.

The application is available for purchase at $5.99, €5.49 or £4.99, or as a free trial limited to 50 titles – look for our company “Binnerup Consult” in the listings, as there are other applications with similar names, or open the below link for the application on the store website.

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Functionality
The application functions as a companion application for users who use our application suite on other platforms, or it can be used on its own by users who are not already familiar with our service. The application requires a user account, through which your collection automatically synchronizes on multiple devices.
Titles can be added from our world class online service containing more than 750.000 DVD, Blu-ray or legacy HD DVD titles worldwide, through batch barcode scanning using your phones camera, or by manual searches by barcode or by title.
Should you have a title that is not available in our service, you can report it missing to our staff, who will add the title within 48 hours, or, if you find incorrect data on one or more titles, you can also report this to be corrected by our staff, both services which you will not find elsewhere. You can also choose to contribute to titles yourself to the service, through our Windows or Mac software.
In case you have personal titles such as vacation or wedding videos, you can create these manually.
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The feature set of My Movies for Windows Phone is much more extensive than the feature set of our applications on iPhone and Android was at release time, however as the other applications have been in on-going development for several years, there are features that we have not been able to make available yet on Windows Phone.

Our originally planned feature set have been extended a few times through development, and have been extended again during the prerelease period, based on inputs of all of the users who have helped us on that – thank you!
It is our intention that the feature set on Windows Phone over time should catch up fully with iPhone and Android, but as with any other costly development project, it surely depends on the applications success on a platform with a lower market share, and therefore fewer users.

We have prepared a detailed list on our website of features currently available on the different platforms, which you can see by clicking here.

Free vs. Trial
Users of our applications on iPhone, iPad and Android will see a difference on the offerings on Windows Phone, where there is only one application available; “My Movies for Windows Phone” with a trial option versus the Free and Pro offerings on the other platforms.

The trial option functions the same way as the Free versions on iPhone, iPad or Android, where you can use the full functionality of the application, up to 50 titles, without any time restrictions. You can at any time purchase the application to lift the limit of 50 titles, making the application unlimited.

Your support is needed!
The waiting time for My Movies for Windows Phone has been long, both for users who have requested it for long, and for us, who have had the development ongoing for a long time.

Developing quality applications on platforms with as low market share as Windows Phone has a great risk – but it have been important for us to be able to support you, no matter which platform you choose for your phone.

It has also been important for us to do things right the first time, which hopefully also shows from our nearly three months prerelease period. The combination of setups and devices makes it near impossible to ensure that there will not be any problems at release time, but should you have any problems, we are available to help on support@mymovies.dk, and our developers are ready to resolve any problems should they occur – we hope you will contact us with any problem or concern that you might have, as it is not possible for us to contact you through reviews on the store.

The initial ratings and reviews of the application are essential to the future success, and we hope that those of you purchasing the application will help us by leaving a rating and a review on the store. Since these have an important impact on sales, they also are important to the future development resources assigned to the project.

Thank you for your support in our application suite!

I use this one myself and can highly recommend it.  If you have a movie collection and would like a convenient app for managing your collection while on the go, have a look at My Movies for Windows Phone!

Where’s My Mickey? will be released this Thursday (20th June) on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. The latest game in the physics-based Where’s My series, it features an animation style inspired by the upcoming Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts debuting next month on the Disney Channel.

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It will feature five unique chapters with over 100 stages, complete with cameos from Pluto and Goofy, as well as original animated episodes featuring Mickey.

There are also 20 extra large stages made exclusively for tablet devices.

First released in late 2011, Where’s My Water? has seen a number of spin-offs, including the Phineas and Ferb-themed Where’s My Perry? and Where’s My Valentine?.

Microsoft will begin phasing out its MS Points system, switching it for real currency. A new Q&A published by Microsoft explains these changes, focusing on areas such as being able to use a single account across Microsoft stores on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox.

Everything is explained below so have a read.

Microsoft Points to Currency Q&A

What is changing?
We are excited to announce that as part of the fall 2013 update, Microsoft Points will be retired, and transactions will take place using local currency! The monetary value of your Microsoft account will be stored in local currency as well, offering you a new, convenient way to purchase exciting Xbox content. This change allows you to use a single Microsoft account to purchase games, movies, apps, and entertainment from your favourite Xbox stores and the Windows Phone Store!

How does this change affect me?
You will begin using local currency or an Xbox Gift Card (denominated in your local currency) to buy music, games, videos, and more from your favourite Xbox stores. When you use your existing Microsoft Points to initiate a purchase or redeem a Points card with your Microsoft account later this year, we’ll deposit into your account an amount of money equal to or greater than the marketplace value of your Microsoft Points, and your Microsoft Points will be retired. The purchased funds you deposit into your account after the transition will not expire. However, the funds we deposit into your account at the time of the transition will expire one year from the deposit date.

Is there anything I need to do?
As long as your account location is set to one of the following countries or regions (see the next question, below) and you have a billing address on file in your Microsoft account, there is nothing you need to do.

Which regions are affected by this change?
Microsoft Points will be retired in all countries/regions. Content previously available for purchase with Microsoft Points will soon be available for purchase with currency in the following places:
- Argentina France Mexico Spain
- Australia Germany Netherlands Sweden
- Austria Greece New Zealand Switzerland
- Belgium Hong Kong SAR Norway Taiwan
- Brazil Hungary Poland Turkey
- Canada India Portugal United Arab Emirates
- Chile Ireland Russia United Kingdom
- Columbia Israel Saudi Arabia United States
- Czech Republic Italy Singapore
- Denmark Japan Slovakia
- Finland Korea South Africa

How will you ensure that I will get a currency credit that is equivalent to what I paid for my Microsoft Points?
To make this a seamless and positive experience for our customers, we have considered many factors to ensure that the amount deposited in your Microsoft account will be of equal or greater marketplace value than your Microsoft Points.

Am I going to lose my Xbox LIVE Rewards?
No. Microsoft Points that you’ve earned through Xbox Live Rewards will remain in your Xbox account and will transition to your local currency with the rest of your Microsoft Points. Prior to the transition, all your earned Pending Points will be deposited into your account.

What will happen to Microsoft Points Cards?
Microsoft Points Cards will continue to be redeemable on your console and on Xbox.com throughout 2014 and for a limited time thereafter but will be discontinued after the launch of Xbox Gift Cards this fall. Please note that any funds we deposit into your account at the time of the transition will expire one year from the deposit date. Xbox Gift Cards, which will be denominated in your local currency, will be available for purchase in retail stores and through online retailers.

What if I have codes and/or Microsoft Points Cards that I haven’t redeemed?
Go ahead and redeem them! Even after your account transitions, we’ll still accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes through 2014 and for a limited time thereafter, and we’ll credit you an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Marketplace value of those points as we phase out the Microsoft Points program.

Can I add funds to my Microsoft account online?
Yes! Xbox Gift Cards, which will be denominated in your local currency, can be added to your Microsoft account online. Xbox Gift Cards will be available for purchase through our online retailers’ websites and in local retail stores this fall. In the meantime, please continue to purchase and redeem Microsoft Points cards and codes – we’ll accept them through 2014 and for a limited time thereafter. Please note that any funds we deposit into your account at the time of the transition will expire one year from the deposit date.

Can I take funds out of my Microsoft account?
No. While you can’t get a cash payout of funds from your Microsoft account, you can use the funds in your account to buy a variety of Xbox content—from apps in the Windows Phone Store for your Windows Phone 8 to games in the Xbox Games Store.

Can I transfer funds from one Microsoft account to another?
No. Once your Microsoft account is funded, those funds can’t be transferred to another Microsoft account. Xbox Gift Cards make for great gifts and can be purchased in retail locations or through any of our online retailers’ websites.

Do I have to use the funds in my Microsoft account as my primary payment method?
No. Although your account will initially be set up with the currency in your Microsoft account as your payment method, you can still purchase content using another form of payment, including credit cards.

Can I split payment between an Xbox Gift Card or my Microsoft account and a credit card?
We do not offer a split payment option at this time. However, this option may be available in the future.

Which tax locale will be used in calculating my purchases?
We will not apply taxes when you purchase digital content using funds that we deposit into your account at the time of the transition. However, when you use funds that you deposit into your account after the transition (including from Xbox Gift Cards, which will not be subject to tax at purchase), all appropriate taxes will be applied to those purchases based on the ship-to address for your account.

Where can I use the funds in my Microsoft account?
At this time, your Microsoft account can be used to buy a variety Xbox content from your favourite Xbox stores, as well as content from the Windows Phone Store using your Windows Phone 8.

Can I buy an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership with an Xbox Gift Card or the funds in my Microsoft account?
At this time, Xbox Gift Cards can’t be used to buy an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership. However, this option may be available in the future.

Can I buy an Xbox Music Pass with an Xbox Gift Card?
At this time, Xbox Gift Cards can’t be used to buy an Xbox Music Pass. However, this option may be available in the future.

Can I use the funds in my Microsoft account to buy third-party content and subscriptions, such as Netflix, Vudu HD movies, HBO GO, or Hulu Plus?
No. Funds in your Microsoft account can’t be used to buy third-party content, such as TV programs, movies, games, and app subscriptions. However, you can purchase such content using another form of payment, including credit cards.

How do I change my account location?
You can move your Microsoft account from the region it’s associated with now to any other region up to one time every three months. However, the funds in your Microsoft account will not move with you, so be sure to spend your money before you change your account location!

Can I redeem currency from a different region in my account?
No. You can only redeem currency from the region associated with your account.

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Back in 2011 we reviewed PressReader, an app for iOS devices to read newspapers and publications. PressReader has just been updated to version 3.2.

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What is PressReader?

PressReader is a free application that enables you to download your favourite publications to your PC, Mac, tablet, mobile device or eReader allowing you to read them even when you’re offline.

Enjoy your favorite daily read from a selection of more than 2,000 newspapers and magazines from 95 countries in 51 languages with PressReader!

With every article, advertisement, crossword puzzle and cartoon presented in its original context, PressReader offers many of the same rich user interface and intuitive interactive features PressDisplay.com users have come to love.

And with the added convenience of being able to hold your favorite publication directly in your hands and read it from cover to cover just the way you would in-print, PressReader makes reading full-content digital replicas an absolute delight with features such as:

  • Flipping pages like you’re reading a real publication
  • The ability to pan, zoom or rotate pages, articles and photos
  • Navigating publications using thumbnails or table of contents
  • Opening full articles in easy-to-read text views
  • Listening to publications using on-demand audio
  • Searching online across titles and selecting the titles you wish to download

What’s New in Version 3.2

New omnipresent SmartSearch Functionality allowing readers to:

-Search for specific publications or search publications by keyword
-Perform keyword search with results displaying in SmartFlow mode (keywords highlighted in search results)
-Utilize advance search criteria including date range, language, sources and headline/article body search results (or both)

New Commenting Capabilities which provide the ability to:

-Comment on articles in both Page View and SmartFlow
-Support/oppose articles from within comment box
-Support/oppose comments posted by other PressReader subscribers
-Reply to comments posted by other PressReader subscribers

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Instagram will be released for Windows Phone devices later this month, exclusive to Nokia smartphones, according to a report.

Chinese site WPDang claims that the Facebook-owned service will arrive on the Windows Store on 26th June, complete with new filters for the Microsoft operating system.

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS has struggled to wrestle significant market share from iOS and Android, with the absence of high-profile apps such as Instagram belived to be partially to blame.

However, recent figures suggests that Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry OS as the world’s third biggest mobile operating system with a 3.2% share of the market.

Android and iOS collectively make up 92.3% of the mobile sector, but it should be noted that both have had a significant head start over Microsoft’s OS.

Instagram is yet to be officially confirmed for Windows Phone.

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pple’s forthcoming iOS 7 interface will be “very, very flat” and will step away from its current gloss and shine approach, it has been reported.

Several sources who claim to have seen the latest update described a more simplistic design for the operating system, with one even comparing it to Windows Phone, according to 9to5Mac.

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If true, the significant changes could be a difficult transformation for iPhone users, who are accustomed to the current iOS design, which has remained relatively similar since its inception.

An interface redesign for iOS has been widely speculated since Jonathan Ive took control as head of the new human interface (HI) department in October 2012 – he is said to be against “flashy”.

The move would mark a shift away from the iOS’s design to a simplistic look, which could mean a downscale of heavy textures, glossiness and real-life digital elements such as the yellow notepad.

Other significant changes thought to be coming to the OS include new-look icons for Apple’s native apps, as well as redesigned tool bars and tab bars. It is also reported that Apple has been testing adding ‘glance-able’ information and system option panels, like Notification Center. One early idea for implementing the new panels is said to be through left and right side swipes.

Despite the changes, sources highlighted that it would not be more difficult to use than previous versions as the core apps and the system would still function the same.

A date for the release of iOS 7 has not been set, but it is due to be revealed at WWDC in June, which could signal a release as early as Autumn.

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Tumblr has released its native mobile app for Windows Phone devices. The application includes all of the same features as its latest iteration on iOS and Android, with full optimisation for Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

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Headline features include animated GIF support, voice control functionality and live tile and lock screen updates.

“The app lets you post just about anything from just about anywhere – pictures, quotes, music, videos, chats, links, and your random musings. It has full GIF support and works with speech recognition, so you can use your voice to create new posts,” read an entry on the Windows blog.

“The app plugs seamlessly into the Windows Phone 8 camera via Lenses, making it easier to share snapshots on the service.”

The Tumblr app is available now as a free app from the Windows Store.

Today Twitter has launched its #music application following weeks of speculation. The service offers song recommendations based on the accounts that the user is following, and lets them stream tracks in-app through platforms such as Rdio, Spotify and iTunes.

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Users will also be served track recommendations directly from artists and can share music with their friends, as well as see what they have been listening to.

“Today, we’re releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter,” said the microblogging firm in a statement. “It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.

“It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and centre: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.”

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Speculation about the service hit critical mass last week when Twitter announced that it had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted.

Twitter #music is available for iOS devices via the App Store and as a web-based service. Native apps for Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices are yet to be announced.

Today saw Netflix update it’s Windows Phone app again.

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There isn’t anything release notes wise or updates shown, but the update provides high-resolution support for Windows Phone 8 users whose devices feature 720p screens.

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Have you tried it yet? Let us know.

Microsoft have released a new preview build of its Windows Phone app for Desktop.

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The Windows Phone app for Windows desktop makes it easy to:

• Sync music, photos, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your existing Apple iTunes library or your Windows Libraries to your Windows Phone 8.*
• Automatically import pictures and videos you’ve taken with your phone to your PC.
• See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
• Get your playlists on your phone.
• Find songs that will work as ringtones and add them to your phone.

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