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Is Windows Phone Finally Posed For Greatness?


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It has been just over a month since I re-opened the doors of this site and it has been a great month.  First, thanks to everyone who has followed and welcomed me back into a community I was very active in from 1999 up until 2012.  I really appreciate it.  But this post isn’t about me.  It’s about Windows Phone.  And more specifically it is about how I think Windows Phone is posed for the first time for real greatness in the mobile market.  This comes, in large part, to the announcements that the Microsoft/Nokia team made yesterday and IFA in Berlin.  With three new Windows Phone’s announced – Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730, along with a slew of apps and accessories, yesterday was a banner day for the platform in many ways.

My attention over the past 24 hours though has been drawn to the Lumia 830.  Could it be the single device that takes Windows Phone more mainstream?  Equally, it is clear that (more important than me, the idiot with the microphone) Microsoft thinks that it is the device that will take them to the next level given their direct challenges to Apple and Samsung in their keynote.  Looking at the specs, it’s hard to argue.  In fact I won’t.  I agree wholeheartedly.

The New York Times Crossword App Released


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The New York Times Crossword app has been released for both Windows Phone and Surface, bringing perhaps the most well known and popular daily crossword to your devices.  It is the perfect way to take on the challenge of the crossword game, which began publishing in 1942, with you on-the-go and you can do it completely free.

The new app brings you both a daily mini puzzle (for Windows Phone) then the published crossword for the day.  You can play either one of these completely free without a subscription to The New York Times and in fact can play the previous 7 days of puzzles for free.  If you want to go back further, up to a year on the device and 20 years on the web, you will need a subscription to the service.

The New York Times Crossword for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Nokia Lumia 830 Videos Posted


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On the Nokia YouTube channel, the company has posted two new Lumia 830 videos for your viewing enjoyment.  The two videos, both found after the break, highlight the features, style and design of the 830 which was announced today in Berlin.

Having watched both videos a couple of times, I have to say I’m quite excited about this new Lumia.

Jump past the break to see the two videos.

Microsoft Announces the Lumia 830 Windows Phone


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This morning at IFA in Berlin, Microsoft has been busy.  They have announced several new things including the all new Lumia 830 Windows Phone.  A slim 5″ display device, the Lumia 830 comes packed with features including an impressive 10MP PureView camera and wireless charging.  The 830 is the successor to the 820 and is expected to ship later this month for around €330 or $430.  While the 820 was never a world beater, Microsoft certainly is aiming the 830 to be with a good mix of advanced features without the massive high end price tag.

UK Monarchs App for Windows Phone Review


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As an American that has transplanted to the United Kingdom, I’m reminded on a daily basis of the history that surrounds me.  I’m fortunate enough to live very near Windsor Castle, the home of Queen Elizabeth, and my house, believe it or not, was built in 1649.  If you are going to do the whole EXPAT thing, do it properly I say. Part of living in the UK is the monarchy.  Like, love it or hate it, it is very much a part of English life (I’m not here to debate its merits peeps… this is an app review).  For those who are interested in learning a bit more on the modern history of the United Kingdom monarchy, take a look at the UK Monarchs app for Windows Phone.  This simple app gives you the history of every monarch from 1707 through to today with multiple different ways to view this information – from House to timeline.  It’s a free app and well worth it for you history and monarch buffs out there.

UK Monarchs App for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now


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