Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone Finally Coming to Verizon on May 16th for $99.99

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Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone Finally Coming to Verizon on May 16th for $99.99

As Nokia has pushed Windows Phone into the market place there has been one glaring hole in their attempts to get the masses on board, the lack of their flagship Lumia line on the Nations largest carrier Verizon. Starting May 16th that is all about to change as Verizon and Nokia have confirmed that the Lumia 928 will be available for $99.99 on contract starting next week.

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Nokia Lumia 900 Up For Pre-Order From The Microsoft Store For $25

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Nokia Lumia 900 Up For Pre-Order From The Microsoft Store For $25

That’s right the Nokia Lumia 900, that was recently released and still doesn’t have a confirmed launch  price, can now be pre-ordered via a Microsoft store. The LTE beast is is slated to launch on AT&T in march and will compete directly with the HTC Titan II. Unfortunately you need to live near a Microsoft store (which there aren’t many of) in order to take advantage of this deal. Luckily this is one step closer to the actual launch of the device!

 

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Tomorrow Along With Xbox Companion App for WP7

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Tomorrow Along With Xbox Companion App for WP7

With the 2011 Fall Dashboard Update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 scheduled to arrive tomorrow (December 6th) users are excited about a lot of the new features and tweaks that Microsoft has baked in to the update. One such enhancement comes in the form of the Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Devices. The app is set to launch on Day 1 of the update and will allow users to search the Xbox catalog of games, movies and more directly from their phone. Users also get a second screen for information on what ever the console is currently playing, see friend activity, and use it as a remote control.

The app is free for all WP7 device users and will be available tomorrow. Being an avid Xbox 360 user this is one of the reasons that WP7 devices are so appealing the integration between the phone and the Xbox 360 really makes me think about leaving Android. I want to see how developers tie in the cross-platform functionality between the Xbox 360 and WP7. Just imagine playing MW3 with the WP7 being your radar instead of it showing on-screen? Or for games like Skyrim so you can manage inventory through the app while playing. The possibilities could be endless.

Source:

Engadget

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XBOX Dashboard Beta Update Information Due This Week, Console Registration Open

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XBOX Dashboard Beta Update Information Due This Week, Console Registration Open

As we get closer to the official launch of the XBOX 360 Dashboard Beta program later this week, Microsoft has begun registering consoles that are signed up for the beta.

Lucky participants were notified today on how to register their console for the beta. Within the instructions is note that the beta will begin pushing to participants in the next 1-2 days.

The highlights form the new dashboard update feature:

  • New design and Kinect integrated voice and gesture controls
  • Beacons
  • Improved Facebook Sharing functionality
  • Cloud storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

Overall the new dashboard will be moving to the new “Metro” style that Microsoft has been employing across all of their product lines (Windows Phone 7, Windows8) and incorporate YouTube and Bing into the dashboard. This also helps tie together the Windows Phone and Windows platform integration into the Xbox.

Another feature with the new dashboard will be the Xbox LIVE TV service that we’ve previously covered.

This is one more step towards Microsofts complete 3 screens and a cloud integration of technology that we’re certainly looking forward too.

Source:

WinRumors

 

 

 

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Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App

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Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App

Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App

A bit of interesting news from Windows Phone Blog following some more interesting news from the Xbox team. There is an upcoming Xbox Companion App for Windows Phones that allows users to control and interact with their Xbox 360.

From Windows:

  • Finding Content: Just like on your Xbox, the Xbox Companion gives you instant access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog of games, movies, music and TV shows. I used it to search “Featured Content” and pulled up the X-Men: First Class.
  • Learn more about what you’re watching, listening to, or playing: Once I found the movie and touched the movie tile, the Xbox companion app took me to an info page that has all the related details about. And the content is really rich, too – for example, when I swiped to the “cast” page and touched an actor’s name, like star James McAvoy, I was taken to other movies starring him. From there, I could easily learn more about the other movies, their cast, etc. It’s an infinite road of interactive content.
  • Control & Play: Once I selected the content and hit play, the Xbox Companion flips into “controller mode” in which I could navigate my Xbox, or control video playback of your video. The best part here is that controls are virtually instantaneous – easily as fast as using my controller or a TV remote.
Really good stuff, hopefully they’ll release this app for multiple OSes but I highly doubt it as this could be a key differentiator for Windows Phones and the Windows platform.
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The Zune is Dead, and no one said anything? – UPDATE – UPDATE

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The Zune is Dead, and no one said anything? – UPDATE – UPDATE

The Zune is Dead, and no one said anything?

 

 

Notice anything suspiciously missing from the image above? That’s right Microsofts Zune.net website specifically devoted to the Zune and it’s software is missing the device that started it all, the Zune. It’s nowhere to be found on the site, not under products, no where. Interesting turn of events especially since normally discontinuing a product or phasing it out comes with some sort of statement, but nothing from Microsoft on this one.

Sure the software can still be used on PC’s, Windows Phones and Xbox 360’s but this certainly appears to be the end of the Zune itself.

We will miss you Zune.

UPDATE:

It appears someone at Microsoft made a minor error and completely removed the Zune HD from the website. Microsoft is saying that the Zune HD is still available and hasn’t been discontinued. They’ve even been so kind as to put it back up on their site.

Unfortunately if it was that easy to take down and put back up, that more than likely means it’s only a matter of time before Zune hardware goes the way of the dodo. Thanks for the upside Microsoft.

UPDATE 10/4/11:

And just like that Microsoft has re-confirmed that the Zune hardware is dead. They have updated their official support page and posted this messaging.

“We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.”

So as we reported yesterday, unfortunately the Zune has become extinct. In seeing what Microsoft has done with their ecosystem lately a lot of the software innovations from the Zune will live on through their phones, PCs, Tablets, and consoles so it’s not a complete loss for Microsoft. We would have just loved to see the Zune player itself succeed.

Source:

Zune

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Zune 4.8 Software Update Available Now

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Zune 4.8 Software Update Available Now

Zune 4.8 Software Update Available Now

As one of the last remaining people who support the Zune brand I wanted to pass on an update from Microsoft regarding the Zune. Microsoft has rolled out an update for the Zune software to version 4.8. People who’ve jumped on to the Windows Phone platform know all about Zune and it’s software integration, you need it to run your phone much like iPhone users need iTunes. But for some people out there they’ve never used a Zune or the Zune software it’s a great media managing software package that not only controls all of your media (music, photos, videos, games) but also gives you access to the Zune Marketplace which is where you can buy new media!

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Microsoft wraps Windows Phone Mango – RTM out the door

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Microsoft wraps Windows Phone Mango – RTM out the door

Microsoft wraps Windows Phone Mango – RTM out the door

The dark horse in the Mobile OS race is Microsoft with their Windows Phone OS. Their initial launch of the new OS saw solid device and manufacturer support on most mobile operators (other than Verizon). The OS itself is rather solid but there were some key features that were not included in the initial launch that most people chimed in about (copy & paste much). Well Microsoft has been working diligently on updating their Windows Phone OS and the next iteration is close to public consumption. Microsoft announced today that Windows Phone “Mango” has been signed off on and Released to Manufacturing (RTM). With this step complete now manufacturers and carriers have to get their ducks in a row and get some new hardware completed, OS’s flashed and devices into testing.

There is still no “official” time-table for release other than “Fall” but we’re certainly getting closer to a more solid Windows Phone.

Source:

Windows Phone Blog

 

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