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Music Photographer David Norbut Talks About Recording A Music Video Using Nokia Lumia 1020

When Portrait and music photographer David Norbut was travelling on a train from Wilmington, Delaware to New York, he was discussing with Jon (singer/guitar) on a loose idea of how they wanted to do music video, but he was relying more on the idea of making moving photographs then anything else. He wanted the video to have the same feel as my photography. With the Nokia Lumia 1020 in hand, he created the above stunning music video.

“I looked at every scene as a photograph first, naturally. Whether I was thinking about light and composition, or how I was going to move through a scene. I just shot it how I wanted to see it. I don’t even think it was a constant intention. I remember saying it aloud to the guys in the band right before shooting… And that was it.”

David shot the music video in a matter of hours in order to achieve a raw, organic feel. Though, in hindsight, he thinks he could’ve used a few more takes and shot more b-roll, you can see how the quick work translates into an intense yet dreamy and fluid atmosphere on the video.

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‘Tentacles:Enter the Mind’ Game Is Now Available For Download From Windows Phone Store

Tentacles Enter the mind Windows phone Microsoft Studios has released the ‘Tentacles:Enter the Mind’ game for Windows Phone devices. It is a completely free to play game but has optional in-game purchases. If you want to hand it over to your kids, In-app purchases can be disabled through your device settings.

Game Description:

Play as the adorable and fantastical creature, Lemmy, and tap or click your way through the layers of Dr. Phluff’s outrageously bizarre mind. Dispatch enemies, collect eyes and secret eggs, gain powers and abilities, and play against your friends. And when you get to the end: survive as long as you can. The Doctor has gone mad from the creatures and only you and Lemmy can save him!

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

via: @WPScoops

Microsoft Patents Above-lock Camera Access In Mobile Devices

One of the key innovation that Microsoft developed with the launch of Windows Phone 7 was the camera key that can be used even when the mobile device is locked.

Mobile devices with cameras often have a locked mode to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to the device. However, in many situations it is desirable to capture a photograph or video without needing to unlock a mobile device (e.g., by using a key combination, entering a personal identification number (PIN), or using fingerprint recognition) in order to quickly and spontaneously “capture the moment.”

Today, all leading mobile operating systems like iOS and Android have emulated this same functionality in one way or the other. Recently, we came across that Microsoft has now applied for a patent for this process.

If Microsoft gets this patent approved, they will add this patent to the list of 300 or more patents that Android devices already violates. Read the abstract after the break.

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Plex App For Windows Phone Updated With Transparent Live Tile And Bug Fixes

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The official Plex just got updated in Windows Phone Store to v1.6.4.4 with new features and fixes. Plex allows you to access all of your personal media on any screen. You can easily stream your videos, music, photos and home movies to your Windows Phone from your home computers running Plex Media Server.

CHANGES IN 1.6.4.3 & 1.6.4.4:

New:
- (UI) Alphabet jump lists for movie, show and music sections
- (UI) Save last-applied filters and sorts for each library section
- (UI) Play all albums button in artists page
- (Sync) Log transfer rates for sync transfers
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- Updated HTTP Live Streaming stack
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Fix:
- (Media) Music playback issues on Windows Phone 8.1
- (UI) Library section icons from mobile servers weren’t being displayed
- A number of user-reported crashes
- (UI) A number of bugs in our Semantic Zoom implementation
- (UI) A number of issues with synced content
- Sync transfers might fail on IPv6 networks
- A number of user-reported crashes

Find it in the Windows Phone store here.

Truecaller App Updated To Bring Truecaller Premium Support And More In Windows Phone Store

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TrueCaller app in Windows Phone Store just got updated to v4.1.0.0 with many new features including TrueCaller Premium. You can now do a search within your social circle. Know a name, but not a number? Truecaller can help you search within your social circle to find to right person and quickly and send them a contact request.  Find the list of new features below.

New in this version:

+ Introducing Truecaller Premium:
- Search for people within your social circle by name
- Send contact requests to Truecaller members outside of your personal network (Contact requests are a Premium feature )
- Get notified when someone shares their contact details with you
+ Select who can see your contact details in your settings.
+ Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

HTC One (M8) For Windows Full Specs And HTC Exclusive Apps List

HTC One WindowsHTC One (M8) for Windows was officially announced today and it will go on sale from today for $99 from Verizon on contract. Apart from making the Duo camera and its editing features work on Windows Phone platform, HTC has ported the following exclusive apps to Windows Phone,

  • BlinkFeed,
  • Sense TV,
  • Video highlights,
  • Sense camera UI.

Find the detailed specs of this device below,

  • Size

    146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

  • CPU Speed

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3 GHz, quad-core CPUs

  • Memory1

    Total storage: 32GB, available capacity varies
    RAM: 2GB
    Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

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HTC One M8 For Windows Officially Announced, Priced $99 On-Contract

After so many leaks, HTC One M8 for Windows WP8.1 device is now official. The device will go on sale from Verizon for $99 on 2 year contract from today.

HTC One M8 for Windows will have 5-inch Full HD LCD Display, 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 128GB microSD Support, 2600 mAh Battery, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers and IR Blaster. It also supports Dot View case accessory. HTC has also ported their Android apps like Blinkfeed to Windows Phone platform.

Image Credit: Engadget

Nokia Lumia 530 WP8.1 Device Going On Sale In The UK For £60

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Microsoft today announced that the availability of Nokia Lumia 530 WP8.1 device in the UK from September 4th. The device will cost £60 without contract. It will be made available in all leading retailers and carriers like Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, O2, Vodafone, Three and EE.

The device comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB Internal memory. The device will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey. Nokia Lumia 530 will also be compatible with Nokia Shell for Lumia 530 and Nokia Flip Shell for Lumia 530 protective covers.

Evernote For Windows Phone Updated With Improved Notebook List For Business Users

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Evernote for Windows Phone app was updated to version 4.6.0.1137 in Windows Phone Store. This is a minor update that includes improved notebook lost for business users which will allow them to filter notebooks and more.

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Notebook list improved for business users

- filter business and personal notebooks
- display contact name for each notebook
- easy access to all business notebooks
- simplified experience

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

HTC One M8 Windows Phone Confirmed By Leaked Promo Material

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In the last of couple of weeks, we came to know via several reports that HTC is working on a Windows Phone version of its flagship One M8 device. HTC is expected to reveal this new WP8.1 device during the press event scheduled for tomorrow. Today, WPCentral posted the above in-store promo material which will be kept at Verizon’s stores. As you can see, the promo clearly states that HTC One M8 will be available both on Android and Windows from Verizon.

HTC One M8 for Windows will have 5-inch Full HD LCD Display, 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 128GB microSD Support, 2600 mAh Battery, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers and IR Blaster. Are you looking forward to this device from HTC?

Source: WPC

Xbox One SmartGlass App Updated In Windows Phone Store, Allows You To Purchase Xbox One Games & Add-ons

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Microsoft today started the roll-out of August system update for Xbox One which includes several new features like 3D Blu-ray support, ability to purchase games from mobile and more. To support these new features, Microsoft today updated the SmartGlass app in Windows Phone Store to v1.0.5.0 with the following new features.

New in this release:
•   Like a Game Clip
•   Like an item in the activity feedXbox One Windows Phone SmartGlass QR
•   View items that have been shared to you from a message
•   Purchase Xbox One games & add-ons
•   Browse for recent and popular games & add-ons
•   General stability and polish improvements

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Runtastic PRO Updated To v3.0 In Windows Phone Store With Several New Features

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Runtastic PRO is one of the best available fitness tracking app on Windows Phone Store. This app was updated to v3.0 in Store with several new feature including Heart Rate Integration, hydration feature, improved layout and more. Find the full list of improvements below.

New Features:
* Heart Rate Integration: Track your heart rate with the Runtastic Heart Rate Combo Monitor (PRO only)
* Heart Rate Zones: Train in the ideal heart rate zone, i.e. fat burning, to reach your goals (PRO only)
* LIVE Tracking & Cheering: Share location & receive messages for motivation to keep pushing
* Transparent Live Tile on your start screen
* Hydration feature: See how much you should drink to recovery from dehydration post-activity (PRO only)
* BirdView in map
* Japanese Voice Coach (PRO)
* New app languages: Russian, Turkish and Polish
* Improved layout

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $4.99.

Nokia Camera Beta App Updated With Bug fixes And Improvements


Microsoft today released an update to Nokia Camera beta app v4.8.3.2  with bug fixes and improvements. The previous update brought in many improvements to Living Images support, Inline Video Playback and more.

New in 4.8.3.2:
- Bug fixes and Improvements
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- Improved Inline Video Playback in Camera Roll
- Improved Living Images Playback in Camera Roll
- Improved Focus Indicator on devices with Continuous Autofocus
- Other Bug fixes and Improvements

The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.