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Google extends Exchange ActiveSync support so Microsoft can update Windows Phone

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Good news Windows Phone users! Microsoft and Google have come to some sort of conclusion to a potential mess where users would not be able to sync to Google services via Exchange ActiveSync. Google will extend support til July 31; while Microsoft will update Windows Phone to support CalDAV and CardDAV. “We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync […]

‘Metro’ UI renamed to ‘Windows-8 style’ UI – yes, the name is horrible

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‘Metro’ is no more. After a naming dispute with a European partner (which is also known by that name), Microsoft has decided to rename the codename user interface to “Windows-8 Style UI”. Yes, everything that uses it – from Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and even the Xbox 360, which doesn’t even share an 8 – will feature the new “Windows-8 Style UI”. It’s wordy, and it’s not a really […]

REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 900

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Just more than a year since the pact was signed, Nokia’s Lumia 900 is the latest phone running Windows Phone 7. Revealed at this year’s CES, it has managed to capture America when it was released in April. But while it looks like the Lumia 800, it does have some differences, such as a bigger screen. However, does that make it a better phone than the 800? But the all […]

Telstra brings out first 4G Windows Phone – HTC TITAN 4G

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Telstra has announced that it will be bringing out its first 4G phone running Windows Phone, parterning with HTC to bring the TITAN 4G to Australia – beating the Lumia 900 (which has been announced on Optus, but will run on its 3G network as opposed to its upcoming 4G LTE network) as the first WP7 phone for Australia. The HTC TITAN 4G features a 4.7-inch display running on a […]

Nokia Lumia 900 and 610 coming to Australia, available on Optus and Vodafone

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Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 heading to Australia, as confirmed by Nokia. Both phones come just months after their sister phones, the Lumia 800 and 710, were launched in Australia – and surprisingly, Nokia Australia took a few months to get the Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 out the door to Australians. Both phones were only announced back in February. The Lumia 900 is heading to Optus, and will […]

Melbourne Public Transport App Wrap-Up for Windows Phone

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Tom did a guide for Android, and now I’m doing one for Windows Phone. While we have constantly mocked Windows Phone for having some very sub-par applications, there are little gems that are really brilliant. So, here are some of the top applications – both web and mobile apps – that will help you get around Melbourne’s transport system. At least it’s a bit easier to understand than Sydney’s own […]

Pixelated: Speed isn’t optional Microsoft

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I’ve been thinking over this post for a few months now, but Joshua Topolsky’s review of the Nokia Lumia 900 has reminded me that Microsoft has lost its speed. Especially with this quote: In some ways, I feel like I’m reviewing a webOS device again (but with much, much nicer hardware). There are all these wonderful ideas at play, but it’s impossible to look past the nagging bugs and missing […]

Telstra to launch Nokia’s first Windows Phone smartphone

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A few weeks after Optus announced their Lumia plans, Telstra have unveiled their plans on the NextG network. If you don’t know what the Nokia Lumia 800 is, it is the first Nokia phone to be powered by Windows Phone 7. Dubbed to be the “First real Windows Phone”, it features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with curved bending and a 1.4GHz single-core processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. It will […]

Facebook for Windows Phone updated – feed filters, privacy controls, bug fixes

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If you have read Chris Southcott’s little complaint about Windows Phone 7 (and listened here, and here), then you would have also noted his dislike of the Facebook app. Well, Facebook has pushed a new update that is said to fix some of the problems of the app. To be fair, Stewart also hates the app. There have been several improvements in version 2.3 with the news feed, including in […]

Nokia Lumia 710 comes to Optus, Virgin

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The Nokia Lumia 710 is reportedly have found a carrier and will launch in the same month as its counterpart the Lumia 800. The phone will be coming to Optus and Virgin (also owned by Optus) for a price of $379. The report comes from CNET, and was made in a Sydney launch event for the Lumia 800. The Lumia 710 has a cheaper body than the Lumia 800 and […]

OPINION: Windows Phone 7 is FAR FROM DEAD

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Wired Epicenter recently published an article on Windows Phone titled ‘Is Windows Phone’s Consumer Focus Killing It?‘. It’s certainly reasonable to propose that the consumer focus is a reason for Windows Phone’s less than spectacular adoption, but to say that Microsoft’s will to satisfy the end consumers to the highest degree possible will be a prominent cause in the platform’s possible demise is pushing it much too far. The Windows […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

Zune Pass coming to Australia November 16 with 11 million songs

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I don’t know how we missed this, but last Wednesday Microsoft held a local press conference detailing a number of new services available to Australian consumers. While Kinect Voice Control was announced at the event, I’m personally much more excited by the announcement of Zune Music purchases and Zune Music Pass for Australia. Samsung and Sony also have music subscription services in the works and available but Zune Pass, in […]

Nokia 800 ad leaked, airs on UK TV before Nokia World

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Four days before the Nokia World event, a teaser ad for the upcoming Nokia 800 (Sea Ray) has aired on UK Television; only showing glimpses of the smartphone from different angles for no more than one second. The ads aired during the UK’s version of The X-Factor, meaning that it could be trying to hype up the phone before its announcement on October 26, where it is expected to announce […]

Leak accidentally reveals Nokia’s second WP7 phone – the Sabre

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While Nokia is saying bon voyage to Symbian and MeeGo, it appears that there could be two Windows Phone 7 phones that could come out at the same time. We know about Nokia’s Sea Ray phone (which looks like the Nokia N9), but a leak has revealed the name of the other – the Nokia Sabre. The leak, spotted by WPCentral, came from Microsoft Canada in their competition page in […]