Nokia Lumia 505 Officially Launched, Price And Availability Is Yet To Be Unveiled!

Nokia is on its way unveiling its latest low-end Windows Phone today in Mexico, the Nokia Lumia 505. This would be Finnish company’s yet another sister phone of Lumia range “510” handset and it is now headed to Telcel in Mexico. However, it said that the handset will be available in the coming weeks.

Nokia Mexico has made the Lumia 505 official, after teasing it last week. It features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 pixels screen resolution and is likely powered by a single core processer. The reason why is, this Lumia 505 is a low level smartphone for masses.

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While the handset is also integrated with a 256MB of internal memory and a 4GN of on-board storage. This Lumia 505 is sporting with an 8-megapixel camera (rear facing), Bluetooth 2.1 support, and a 1300mAh battery. The 505-a-png, Nokia Lumia will be coming running Windows Phone 7.8, unfortunately, it can’t be upgraded to the latest Windows Phone 8 OS.

Finally, the new Nokia Lumia 505 launching in red, pink or black, available in the aforementioned store in Mexico. Nokia is on rage to launch budget phone and Nokia Lumia 505 is also said to be least priced among them. Connectivity features like GPRS, EDGE, 3G and WiFi are included for internet connectivity on the go.

Nokia Lumia 505 in India could be available at the price around RS.12,000.

WhatsApp For Windows Phone 8 Rolls Out – Download Now!

Still Windows Phone 8 being a very new platform in the vast mobile market, great apps for those running it are stable at something of a premium. Still some of the common apps from the big companies seem to b e missing, or lacking an upgrade from previous Windows Phone 7 , however today, WhatsApp – popular instant messaging has offered a release to those app-stressed early adopters by bringing its best Messenger app to Windows Phone 8.

Following the success of the best messaging platforms like BB Messenger of past, WhatsApp Messengar has well and truly established itself as the pioneer in the field of cross-platform communication. With SMS and rates often costing a fortune, WhatsApp Messenger offers a free-to-use service for those connected to Wi-Fi or 3G / 4G.

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This imminent update has been on the cards for a good while, and the version 2.8.10 has finally landed on Windows Phone Store. Along with bringing updates to the earlier ones on Windows Phone 7.x devices, the latest release also supports Windows Phone 8 – devices including the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X.

Microsoft has engineered its Windows Phone to be social and communication from the get-go, with WP8 they have pushed that concept even further. Seperately for Rooms, Emails, Text Messages and Social networks there are other ways to chat with your friends, alternatively, using the free IM app called WhatsApp, a messaging platform that has gained a widespread adoption has released its updated app for Windows Phone 8 – Messenger.

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Those using the BlackBerry Messenger for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, or iMessage for those on iOS now have got an options for free instant messaging, they each have one inherent flaw – they only work for their respective handsets or smartphone platforms. WhatsApp’s big sell has always been its compatibility, and by bringing support for Windows Phone 8, now spans the overwhelming majority of the mobile phone market.

This will update existing Windows Phone 7.x devices whilst also bringing Windows Phone 8 compatibility to the table. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other without any limitations. Reason behind it is this WhatsApp – instant messaging app uses the same internet data plan that you use for emailing and web browsing, which doesn’t cost to message and stay connected with your friends all the time.

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All in all, in addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages. Of course, while the messaging is free per se, you will need to have some kind of data plan in place. Be it a Wi-Fi connection or 3G / 4G, you must ensure you are connectible in order for the service to work.

Honestly, I am not an Windows Phone 8 user, but my friend got it the version looks similar to the styling of Windows Phone 7.x, and there are no significant changes in the user interface or general functionality either. However, it’s good to see – given the scarcity of apps for Windows Phone 8, that WhatsApp has released, bringing its useful app to the desk once more, and if you wish to get started with it, please check the Windows Phone Store link provided below.

Upon installing onto a a device here everything looks very much as we’d expect, setup on a Windows Phone 8 handset was normal and no new options are present. In fact the version on Windows Phone 7 is actually 2.8.8 so this is a very minor update. We only wish that notifications and the integration of these types of apps could be improved. It would be great to see the messaging hub allow for deeper integration of other messaging platforms and better background persistence.

The apps are really starting to trickle in, and we’ll keep you in the loop with regards to any more significant Windows Phone 8 releases. For now the app will endeavour to push notifications for messages via the normal route which is fairly reliable. For more? Stay tuned!

(Source: WhatsApp Messenger for Windows Phone on Windows Phone Store)

Get A Month Of Free Skype Calls Using Gift Offer [How-to]

If you’re looking for a big chance to take full advantage of the many price drops and savings available on the market, then here’s how you can grab the big deal in the holiday season. It’s a good time meeting up with friends and family during the course of the coming Christmas weeks, time, financial and practical constrains mean it is not always possible to set a face-toface meetings, but in these cases, we’ve long since leaned on Skype for a helping hand. Microsoft a few months ago acquired the best telecommunications company, and in an effort to turn occasional or would-be user into regular, paying customers, the Redmnond company is running a great promotional deal for you all.

An offer rolled out last month, which gave free mobile and landline calls for a month period (30 days), free Skype is giving users a month of Premium access absolutely discharge. The November deal was limited to that was a cut-off date, and it was strictly only available to new customers, but so long as you log in within 27 days of activating your promotion, you can now enjoy your free month.

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Actually the fact Skype Premium costs $9.99 per month considerably, it’s more than a regular decent deal, and however you’re unaware with the perks of Preimium access, its main purpose is the ability to call landlines in 40+ countries or mobile numbers in 7 countries.

Apart that last times around, now, in order to activate the Skype deal, you will need to sign up with a valid credit card, Skrill, or PayPal account, so make yourself free and be sure you have set yourself a reminder to cancel within the 27 days period, or either way you’ll be charged that $9.99 continually.

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If you’re interested in saving a roll up on the use of Skype, here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Click on the following link: beta.skype.com/en/offers/skype-with-love/

Step 2: Hit the “Get Started” button, and enter your Skype credentials.

Step 3: Now, you’ll need to enter your billing name and address. Skype will per-authorize £1.00 to chosen payment method, but that amount won’t be debited actually.

Step 4: On the next screen, click on your desired payment method, agree to the ToS.

Step 5: The per-authorization process will be proceed, and once that has completed, you’ll be able to enjoy one month of free Skype Premium.

Actually, Skype has long since been one of best package, don’t ever such value-added methods of communications, and if you got a big list of people to contact over the coming weeks, this Skype bundle may just be your final option for better calling.

Windows 8 Store To Accept PEGI 18 Game Submissions Rated 18+?

Today, we’ll talk about Microsoft who have announced that come to its senses and its also strange that Windows Store has lifted the mature games ban, means that its Windows Store in the Windows 8 operating system will begin accepting games with a PEGI 18 rating. 18+ doesn’t mean that only adults can play such games and built only for them, it actually refers that can be player by those over 18 years. Grand Theft Auto IV and The Witcher are both making their submissions way to Microsoft’s newly walled garden to prove their claim, with more and latest expected to follow on.

This move from Microsoft was prompted by a large outcry from gamers, who saw the ban on “mature” titles as censorship. The Windows 8 app certification requirements have been updated to reflect this official announcencement.

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Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed, unless the app is a game, is rated by a third party ratings board, and otherwise complies with these certification requirements. Metadata and other content you submit to accompany your app may contain only content that would merit a rating of PEGI 12, ESRB EVERYONE, or Windows Store 12+, or lower.

The published games titles that receive PEGI 18 ratings, like the new Halo 4 are in clear and as part of this announcement, Redmond pointed out that Microsoft Family Safety software is also included with Windows 8 allows parents to have control the types of apps children can install, and play games.

From the announcement:

In welcoming PEGI 18 games into the Store, we again reinforce two principles—flexibility and confidence—fundamental to the Windows Store. We recognize that people have come to expect and appreciate rich gaming experiences on Windows and this includes games rated PEGI 18. We also want to ensure that every customer using the Store can browse and acquire apps with confidence.”

“Windows has long been a favourite platform for games of all types, and age rating support for PEGI 18 is another step forward in a rich tradition of supporting gaming on Windows,” according to Microsoft’s Ted Dworkin.

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As mentioned above that The Witcher and GTA IV will soon be coming to the Windows Store. (Source msdn.blog.com)

Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack Now Available To Download For Xbox LIVE Users [VIDEO]

The biggest console release of the year would be the Call of Duty which has taken the exact place, now, just prior to that record – Halo 4, being the first major Halo release post-Bungie, many were apprehensive and skeptical about whether the popular franchise could once again pull in the gamers, but in the reality the early sales figures have certainly proved otherwise. Halo 4 fans who adopted the game early have got yet another treat in store today as the initial installment of the Crimson Map Pack released and now available for download. It’s the first of three in a series, and will set you back 800 Microsoft Points for three new multiplayer maps. Now, from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and ready to play. Want details? Check them out after this break!

Before we go far into the gaming, the new Halo 4 Crimson Map package contains three new maps: Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter, eight new achievements and a new game mode called Extraction. Following the grueling release which saw many gaming retailers open especially early to facilitate a midnight launch, Microsoft and 343 Industries have gotten straight to work on a DLC for the much-lauded title. Publishers and developers are rapidly exercising the portion of additional, or in-game purchases to keep gamers interested beyond the initial launch date, and Halo 4 is no exception to the rule.

The Crimson Map Pack is available as of today on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Once you’ve parted with your 800 MSP (Microsoft Points), you’ll be treated with three new multiplayer maps to the gameplay, and if you fancy picking up the other two DLCs in future – though having all three – the War Games Maps Pass will enable you to download the trio for 2000 MSP, which exactly saves you 400 off purchasing them individually or will get the Halo 4 Limited Edition.

Players also have exclusive access to a single premium playlist that will feature the new maps and will be the only place players can experience 6 vs. 6 matchmaking experiences. The new Extraction game type, and a wide variety of voting combinations for different maps and modes are available with Limited Edition. With so many new maps set to become available for Halo 4, there’s little danger of monotony creeping in – at least, not for a good while.

The new Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack maps explained:

Wreckage: A medium-sized, asymmetrical map great for accommodating a wide range of objective-based game modes including King of the Hill and Capture the Flag. It is a ravaged environment of crashed debris, where the surrounding destruction creates complex paths perfect for throwing off your opponents, or testing the limits of your Warthog. This devastated landscape provides plenty of cover, with tons of nooks and crannies at your disposal while fighting for your turn to become King. Wreckage supports up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.

Harvest: The doomed agricultural planet where humans first made contact with the Covenant. A small to mid-size map, Harvest is ideal for Capture the Flag. Here, you’ll need to get creative to effectively use light vehicles which are limited to the exterior pathways and can’t get into the bases, making this map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home; long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows up to 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer Pro.

Shatter: Themed around natural crystalline surfaces and the huge UNSC factories mining them. This large, symmetrical map is a playground for the Warthog and Mantis – its open pathways make it easy to get around, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for Dominion and the new game type Extraction. For some close-quarters face-time, escape the open landscape and duck into a mining facility, or slip through a doorway and hunt unsuspecting Spartans. Shatter enables multiplayer mayhem for up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.

Extraction: A 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map. Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs. If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point goes to them. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins.

The second DLC pack, releasing in February of next year,is the Majestic map pack which in other way you might expect – brings another three maps to the fold. The Castle map pack will arrive in April, but even though the War Games Map Pack is the only one that has been announced, nothing surprised to see 343 and Microsoft team up to push out more – especially if they are selling in high voltage volumes.

If you are one of those involved should head over to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, where the Crimson pack is ready downloadable. Load it and play it on Xbox 360 right now!

How To Set Up Wireless Ad Hoc Internet Connection In Windows 8

Windows 8 is said that it’s missing the Start Orb and the ability to easily restart/shut down the PC, but that isn’t true, it all gets on his right sidebar, check it out after the jump. However, there are certain elements that Microsoft either decided to hide deep within the settings, or omit altogether, when compared to Windows 7 and earlier editions of the operating system. Among them is the ability to easily create ad-hoc wireless networks using the current internet connection and wireless adapter. Virtually, an ad-hoc wireless network turns your PC into a virtual WiFi router, connection that allows other devices to connect to the internet through a shared internet connection, each with its own unique IP addresses. Until Windows 7, ad hoc connection were seasonal, since there was an option to create one right in the Network Management utility. With Windows 8, now the ability does exist; its just a little hard to activate (achieve). In particular, this article we’ll guide you how to create a wireless ad hoc connection under Windows 8.

The tutorial of the procedure outlined here uses Windows’ native Network Shell utility, dispose the wlan command within the utility to enable a hosted network that will, it turn, serve as your ad hoc wireless connection. If all this sounds alarming, worry not, for the actual procedure is fairly easy. Follow the steps outlined below, and you should be fine to go.

Noticeably, this method which we’re going to work on must be capable of supporting hosted networks with your network interface. Recommended to update your network adapter to the latest drives before doing this.

Instructions

Step 1: Launch an elevated command prompt under Windows 8 (one with administrator privileges), I man as ownership.

Step 2: Run the following command to verify whether your network interface actually supports visualization:

netsh wlan show drivers

If Hosted network supported says yes, you’ll all set. If now, you need to upgrade your hardware, if the software update doesn’t fix it.

Step 3: Now, set up the ad hoc wireless network using this command, Replace the parts in markup tags with your own choices

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<enter_network_name_here> key=<enter_password_here>

Step 4: Until now, your hosted network has been created. Now, you need to start it. Use the command below:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Step 5: Now, you’re all set with just one more thing remaining. If it’s not already enabled, you need to allow Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) for your currently-active internet connection. Head over to a Network & Sharing Center, and in the properties for the current internet connection, enable ICS. Make sure to select the ad hoc connection under Home networking connection. Right click on your existing Wi-Fi internet connection and select properties.

Now you can connect any device supporting WiFi to the internet using the ad hoc wireless network with t’internet connection sharing that you just created on your Windows 8 PC.

Optionally, in case you want to stop the hosted network, use this command;

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Worth noting that this isn’t the only method to create an ad hoc connection. Don’t want to play around with netsh command, or just need an easier way, the best solution is by using a Virtual Router application for Windows, and that should do the trick for you. Google search have pretty good candidates out there. Search it!

Ringtone Maker For Nokia Lumia Windows Phone Lets You Create Your Own Custom Ringtones

Being a smartphone user what would be in particularly spend more time on? Of course selecting a perfect custom ringtone, exclusive themes and wallpapers, and more to give a better look to your device. While for ringtones there are several other way to download them for free of charge directly from the Windows Phone / iTunes / Google Play Stores. But before the world of advanced smartphones, Nokia-dominated world with cellphones, and despite its impressive Lumia range now a million miles from the era of the old 6600, the Finnish company’s favor for the ringtone is a important as ever. Being an owner of any Lumia range handsets, you can now produce your very own melodies thanks to the just-released Ringtone Maker ap tailored specifically for the Windows Phone 8 device.

Nokia over the past years has had some great achievements and misses as well, but along with always keeping its camera game as sharp as anybody’s, the Symbian company has always excelled in its ability to deliver the goods audibly. Various successful music-altered devices precede the latest batch of Lumias, and though there are trillions of ringtones available to download on t’interweb, Ringtone Maker offers the ability to create something special and unique.

This app that allows users to choose what portion of their MP3 files they would like to set as a ringtone on their Lumia devices. Whereas many ringtones on offer charge the same amount as the song costs, like the iTunes. But this method lets you select a specific segment of a hit some you like, absolutely free of cost, and use it as your jingle bell.

Once the app installed on your WP8 Lumia, open it and just select the desired song, and you’re ready to rock and roll, cut and listen or set as, although unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though it works with Xbox Music files – whether you’ve downloaded them or purchased them.

It’s particularly available for Nokia devices running Windows Phone 8, and if your device fits the troop (bill), check this Ringtone Maker app right now in your Nokia Collection, or the download link placed at the root of this post.

Honestly, this ringer maker app isn’t that important, because there are several other alternative way to grab free ringtones for Nokia Lumias, though there are still a distinct lack of apps at the Windows Phone Store, but with many other basic apps now supporting this exciting platform, things are most certainly looking up for the Metro-field ecosystem.


There are already best sites that gives you ringtones in different formats for different devices and handsets like iOS, Android and now Nokia Lumia 920 and 820. Want to know about any more interesting Windows Phone Store releases, stay tuned. In the mean time create your perfect ringtone by checking the source link below.

(Source: Nokia Ringtone Maker on Windows Phone Store)

HTC J Butterfly, Windows Phone 8X And WP 8S Headed To China This Month

HTC has now announced that it will be launching its latest Android smartphone and two Windows Phone 8-based handsets in China this December, which are so called the new HTC J Butterfly purely an Android-powered smartphone and HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S, which are headed towards the Chinese market this month.

HTC’s three devices will be made available in China around the middle of December, with a number of various carriers which includes China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile networks.

While don’t be confused, those who are looking on the sheer drawn will want the Butterfly, while it’s ultimately a slight variant on the J Butterfly (HTC Droid DNA to Americans) will be available with China Unicom, the 1080p smartphone should come to the country in rarer brown and white housing.

Alongside the black model already seen in the US. Localized variants of the Windows Phone 8X and WP 8S are similarly inbound, will be available with all three of the WCDMA (China Unicom), CDMA2000 (China Telecom) and TD-SCDMA (China Mobile) carrier networks by the middle of December.

While we got no official word about the two Windows Phone 8 handsets, whereas the J Butterfly should cost around ¥4,799 ($771) contract-free.

Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle Gets Official, Available From Christmas

Finally the details of previously heard about the new Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect has now officially announced the latest version of Xbox Kinect bundle which will be retailing it for $249.99, the ones that’s promised most commonly to oneself is that of improving health and fitness. With the bundle comes with a 4GB Xbox 360 console, a Kinect Sensor and the Nike+ Kinect Training software.

All of that for the 2012-13 changeover, you’ll have added incentive thanks to the Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle, which will officially become available to download on Xbox Live on December 25th. According to a blog post by Major Nelson – a guy in the top position of highly-paid gamer over at Microsoft – the Nike+Kinect Training will be available for Downloads on Xbox Live Dec. 25, while the so-called “Fast and Focused: 15-Minute Upper Body & Core Workout” content add-on will be also available as od 26th December 2012.

You can skip the post-holiday shopping crowds and download the full version of “Nike+ Kinect Training” directly to your Xbox 360. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 25 for $49.99/4,000 MS points.

“Fast and Focused: 15-Minute Upper Body & Core Workout” Add-On Content Launches Dec. 26

The “Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack” is a 15-minute workout with personalized drills to target your upper body while burning calories. This add-on content integrates with your ongoing “Nike+ Kinect Training” program, adding new, challenging drills as you progress through your workout. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 26 for $4.99/400 MS points.

Now that the Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle includes an Xbox 360 console, Kinect sensor, a copy of Nike+ Kinect Training, along with a month of Xbox Live Gold subscription, will set you back 249.99 dollars, and will certainly whip you into shape.

The $249.99 estimated retail price of the bundle is a great big gift bucks cheaper than how much it will set you back once the offer ends on January 5th, so make yourself free to get in quickly if you don’t want to actually miss out. Nintendo’s Wii U in the other hand been hugely successful in helping consumers workout, and with the Microsoft’s Xbox 360’s Kinect peripheral already received acclaim, you can see this bundle selling in a huge number as well.

For more information about the Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training bundle, you can get over at Microsoft’s official website.

Decor8 Lets You Customize Windows 8 Start And Lock Screen To Your Wish

Personally, me as being a Microsoft Windows user and fan of those previous versions of releases, but not the Windows 8, why? I really mean it, the Redmond company has thought something but happened hatred, and I was a big fan od Windows Vista ultimately performed in the past and then the Windows 7, but when talked about Windows 8, it doesn’t reached those. The reason behind this would be that Microsoft opted to ‘force’ the users out of their comfort zone for the sake of a better, updated and modernized look. I am not telling that it doesn’t carry, but a bit confused right now.

The best feature on Windows 8 is its look, and if you say that Metro/Modern UI isn’t beautiful – whether on PC or Windows Phone 8 – it doesn’t have much theory of art. Whereas the beauty of the User Interface all around the OS, ones does find it rather limiting that Microsoft hasn’t allowed much freedom for personalization of some particular aspects, like customizing the Start Screen or the Windows 8 lock screen. Alternatively, it can be changed, with some options, but they don’t let the user set up things they’d like to.

Enter Decor8 from Stardock, a new app for Windows 8 that allows new levels of personalization for both the Start and Lock screens. Now it turn to change the elements what you desire.

Decor8 adds it own new tile to the Start Screen, where you can simply configure all the relevant options under four major categories: Background, Colors, Options and Lock screen. You may use your personal photo and set as image as Windows 8 Start Screen background, or even make a multi-select that will cycle between wallpapers.Further control over the selected image exists in the form of Fade & Blur effects, and Color and Contrast parametric adjustments.

This new Decor8 brings some interesting features like color adjustments. Not only you can create custom color schemes for Windows 8, but something that had been offered in the operating system’s personalization settings since the days of Windows XP. Jus select a custom image, the system will automatically adapts all the tiles to the most expressive shades in your background picture. Hence, select that option, and you won’t even have to choose a color scheme manually – things will be auto-configured.

Once Decor8 installed on your Windows 8 OS, Akin to Start Screen, Lock screen backgrounds can also be cahnged with an ease. However, you are not going to find any option to select multiple images for lockscreen, either.

This is a Stardock shadow which comes as an assured one the Decor8 will deliver what it has promised. Finally, it’s available for $4.99, or you can get it as a free 30-day trial before you purchase it. Download Decor8 right from here.