Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Vixl: Instagram Like Filtered Videos Coming Soon to Windows Phone

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 12:39 PM PDT

VixLogo_FinalVixl is a new app on the way to the Windows Phone marketplace, from the developers of Pixl for Flickr, a flickr viewing app comes Vixl. Vixl is surprisingly similar to the new Instagram update announced today which brings the “instagram look” of vintage filtered images to videos up to twenty seconds long. Vixl does pretty much the same with their own set of filters including 8mm, B&W, Lomo, and many more; with the option to share directly to Facebook, Youtube and Flickr.

Vixl should be heading to the Windows Phone marketplace soon (within the next few days); so keep an eye out for it


Qualcomm Announces Six new Snapdragon 200 Series; Brings Dual Sim Support to Windows Phone

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 12:14 PM PDT



Till now Windows Phone’s processor choice has been limited to the Qualcomm family (by restrictions set by Microsoft); thankfully that family has opened up a bit with 6 new additions to the Snapdragon 200 range. The new chips come with HSPA+ support (not true LTE), and Adreno 302 graphics processor (the 720, 620 & 520 use the Adreno 305); the main feature however would be Dual Sim support, something that has been long missing in the Lumia range (and a reason that many potential customers have gone over to Samsung’s plethora of dual sim devices.  Hopefully we can see some decent dual sim phones, seeing as Nokia’s tradition is that dual sim = low end, which I find very wrong; I think a dual sim 820 would be great, maybe even a 925 or 920 no reason to shy from diversity and options in the high end right?

These new chipsets might make it possible for Nokia to dip the price-range of their Lumias below the already insane $130 for the Lumia 521; of course we don’t know what the actual performance is (hopefully not another Lumia 610).

So what do you guys think is lower better? Or should Nokia just stick with the tested and proven processors they have going for them right now?

Press Release:

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has expanded its entry-level offerings with the addition of six new processors to its Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 class, featuring dual- and quad-core CPUs. The new Snapdragon 200 processors are manufactured on a 28nm process technology and feature key modem technologies that are important in China and emerging regions, including support for HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) and TD-SCDMA. It is anticipated that the new processors (8×10 and 8×12), along with its Qualcomm Reference Design counterparts, will be available in late 2013 and are designed to deliver improved performance, graphics-rich gaming experience and advanced multimedia features for high-volume smartphones.

"With the expanded line of Snapdragon 200 processors, Qualcomm Technologies is building on its dual- and quad-core processor portfolio for entry-level smartphones and tablets, bringing key process technology and modem features to all Snapdragon tiers," said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We are excited to offer our customers the broadest range of 3G technologies and superior performance and power-efficiency, enabling them to deliver a wide range of innovative smartphones for the high-volume segment."

The expanded line of processors delivers an optimal balance of multimedia features and modem technologies with extended battery life. The processors will have support for dual cameras, with an 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera and up to a 5 Megapixel front-facing one, as well as feature a single platform for all SIM variants, including Dual SIM, Dual Standby, and Dual SIM, Dual Active, and Tri SIM Tri Standby. The latest additions to the Snapdragon 200 class also feature: class-leading graphics performance with Adreno 302 GPU; integrated industry-leading IZat Location functionality and support of Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0; support for the latest Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems; RxD support; and a single, multimode modem enabling faster data rates, fewer dropped calls, and better connections.

Qualcomm Technologies also will be releasing Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of the processors. The QRD program offers Qualcomm Technologies' leading technical innovation, differentiated hardware and software, easy customization options, testing and acceptance readiness for regional operator requirements, and access to a broad ecosystem of hardware component vendors and software application developers. Under the QRD program, customers can rapidly deliver differentiated smartphones to budget-conscious consumers. There have been more than 250 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 17 countries.


Thanks for the tip Viipottaja :D

Temple Run Now Available for 512 Mb Ram Lumias

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 08:33 AM PDT



One issue with games on WP is that occasionally high profile titles would be left out for the 512 mb community, the one that caused the most noise was Temple Run not running on 512Mb devices (something I JUST mentioned yesterday). Well apparently Windows Phone (or at least Joe Belfiore) have been listening:

That’s right you can grab the app right now for your 720/620/520/521 and enjoy the mindless running, pick the game up at the link below (and in case you missed it check out our gameplay demo below as well):

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Nokia EOS in Yellow?

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 08:08 AM PDT

Nokia EOS yellow

Not sure if this is a photoshop colour change or if it is actually a real yellow Nokia ‘EOS’. It isn’t hard to accept that Nokia would have a yellow given it is the colour of the moment for Nokia.

Source: TechKiddy

Cheers Alvester for the tip!

HERE Maps Data Overhaul for WP8; Brings Multiple Improvements

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 04:35 AM PDT

Here DriveThe HERE maps mapping database has just received another hefty overhauling bringing more roads, buildings and traffic to your phone, the update brings:

  •  Better map coverage for Tunisia, Senegal and Cyprus
  • 1.86 million building outlines in Croatia
  • Public transit for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (would HERE Transit work there now?)
  • Trucking routes and other changes

You can update your maps by going to settings > applications > maps > check for updates.

*Note: These updates are promised to come to Symbian in the following months, so everyone wins!



Nokia RM-875 also passes FCC. Nokia EOS international edition?

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 03:47 AM PDT


First up, the RM-877 passess FCC, now the RM-875 gets a pass too. The dimensions and antenna layout is identical to the RM-877 and was also tested with a camera grip accessory and wireless charging cover

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

Cheers Prashant for the tip!

Gameloft Game Sales on WP Store

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 03:29 AM PDT


Gameloft have a bunch of games on sale at the WPStore. I think I picked up Assassin’s creed for free in another promo in February.

Annoyingly, Splinter Cell Conviction is still for WP7 only. What gives? As soon as my WiFi returns, I think I’m going to get The Dark Knight Rises :)


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