Fan-made Windows Phone ad pretty cool

In UK it is pretty clear that Microsoft is making a strong marketing push for Windows Phone, with saturation TV ads for the Nokia Lumia 630 and now the Nokia Lumia 930.

The ads however sometimes leaves something to be desired in terms of appeal and message, which is why we often see fan-created ads such as the one above by Ohsneezeme.

His version is certainly dynamic, but I wonder if it really touches on selling points of Windows Phone compared to other operating systems. I would love to see an Apple-like explanatory ads actually clearly expounding on the selling points of the OS.

What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Thanks Scott for the tip.

Deal: Get Up To 50% Off On Select Transcend Memory Cards, USB Drives, External Hard Drives, And SSDs

Few days back, we reported about the deal at Amazon which allowed you to get select PNY and SanDisk memory products at deep discounts. Today, you can save up to 50% on select Transcend flash memory cards, USB flash drives, external hard drives, and SSDs. This one-day offer is valid on July 31, 2014, or while supplies last. Discount is already included in the current….

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BBM for Windows Phone now available to all!

Right on schedule, and as promised still in July, Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone is now available for all to download.

The app in still officially in beta and features:

Chat with friends on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry:
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Quickly share photos, voice notes, BBM contacts and your location
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself

BBM, now specially designed for Windows Phone
• BBM picks up the modern look & feel of Windows Phone
• Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for easy access to your most important chats

Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

BBM lets you protect your privacy. You control it:
• You chose how to share your information – BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it’s more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You chose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you

Cimagereate your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images or pictures
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel

Blackberry promises to continue adding features and move to the BBM version 2 soon.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

See a video demo after the break.

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‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition’ For Xbox One Now Available For Pre-order

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is now available for pre-order from Xbox One. This special edition will include The Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Season Pass, Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map, Atlas Digital Content Pack, collectible steelBook and official Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Soundtrack. Product Description: Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map: Atlas Gorge re-envisions the fan-favorite Call of Duty 4: Modern……

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Russian OEM Fly announce the Era Windows Phone for only $112

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Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru reports that Russian OEM Fly is about to release the cheapest Windows Phone yet in Russia.

The Fly Era will only cost 3990 rubles ($112), even cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 530 (4990 rubles) and Prestigio MultiPhone DUO 8400  (4290 rubles).

The handset is a dual SIM design with a 4 inch WVGA IPS screen and quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2 GHz (Adreno 302 GPU), 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal memory, expandable using microSD.

Unlike the 530 the handset also features a VGA front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Like the 530 the camera does not have autofocus.

The Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone has a 125,5 x 65 x 10,7 mm plastic case with a metal finish and has a 1500 mAh battery.

The handset is expected to go on sale soon.

Thanks Freddie for the tip.

Indian Retailer Croma Launches Two New Affordable Windows Tablets

Indian retailer Croma has partnered with Intel to announce two new Windows 8.1 tablets in India. One is Croma 1179 8-inch tablet and the second one is Croma 1177 10.1-inch 2-in-1 device. The main selling point of these devices will be their pricing. Croma 1179 will go on sale at Rs 13,990 and while Croma 1177 will go on sale for Rs 21,990. Both these tablets will be available through Croma’s retail stores and Croma online store….

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Joe Belfiore confirm that WP8.1 Developer Preview users will automatically get WP8.1 Update 1


A vast number of our users are on the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview.

The good news is that next week you should automatically be prompted to update to the next version of Windows Phone 8.1, Update 1, which brings numerous new features, including new folders, SMS improvements and much more.

Of course you would still be lacking some hardware features such as Bluetooth LE support, and it may make a lot more sense to actually downgrade and next week install the new developer preview.

What will our readers be doing? Let us know below.

VLC Player For Windows Store App Will Be Released Soon

VLC team member today updated about their progress in Windows Store app development. First of all, they have now redesigned the app to be a universal Windows app. They are planning to drop the support for Windows 8 users, they need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to continue receiving updates. They are designing the app that adapts itself depending on the device you’re using, while keeping the same user experience. Instead of fixing bugs in the existing codebase, they rebuilt it…..

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Strategy Analytics award Windows Phone 8 million sales in Q2 2014

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While Q2 2014 was not quite as disastrous as we were briefly led to believe it was certainly not a great quarter for Windows Phone.

Analyst company Strategy Analytics have posted their estimate for smartphone sales by OS in Q2 2014, and have awarded 8 million shipments to Windows Phone, down from 8.9 million in Q2 2013.

This drop in sales has dropped Windows Phone from an already marginal 3.8% market share to only 2.7%.

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Runtastic Releases PushUps PRO, SitUps PRO And Squats PRO App In Windows Store

Runtastic has released their PushUps PRO, SitUps PRO And Squats PRO app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. PushUps Pro: Your personal push-up trainer that helps you reach your exercise and strength training goals with an efficient, easy-to-follow plan. Think it can’t be that easy? Let Runtastic show you otherwise! With the Runtastic Push-Ups PRO App, you can achieve your fitness goals with the guidance of trained professionals……

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Watch It Now: Xbox One Accolades Games Montage Video

Microsoft today highlighted the amazing line up of games coming to Xbox One platform this holiday season. Totally nine exclusive blockbuster games coming to Xbox One in addition to other DLC on first on Xbox titles. In fact, Xbox One’s 2014 exclusive games lineup got more than 60 nominations and 25 award wins to date, including seven nominations for the prestigious Game Critics Best of E3 2014 Awards, leading the industry for 2014 games…….

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Roku-en (“Six yen”) – a new game from Beautiful Mind Games

?Roku-en (“Six yen”) from Beautiful Mind Games is an adaptation of the traditional Japanese game where the object is to stack the required number of cards so that every disk fits into a circle of the same color, and to do it as fast as possible.

  • Learn instantly how to play with interactive and entertaining instructions.
  • Chose from a variety of stack sizes.
  • Track your progress over time and post your grades to online leaderboards.
  • Pause and resume the game at any time, or leave it and come back later to complete it.
  • Stuck? Let the computer show you a possible solution.
  • Never play the same game twice – each game is randomly generated and unique.

Great simple yet challenging game for all ages. Brought to you by the developers of Triangula, Pairanoia, Triomino, Symbolica, and many other popular logic games for Windows and Windows Phone.

?Roku-en is FREE and can be found in the Windows Phone Store.

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