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Windows Phone 8 details rundown

Windows Phone 8 details rundown

This week the folks at Microsoft have revealed one whole heck of a lot of information on their upcoming operating system for mobile devices: Windows Phone 8 "Apollo". At the Windows Phone Summit this year we've gotten the full pulldown of information ranging from hardware to software to developers and back. Let's start our journey with a peek at the Star Screen - the face of Windows Phone having been pushed to a new level of powerful here with the simple inclusion of a new tile size - tiny!

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Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft is pushing its ecosystem hard today at the Windows Phone Summit, stressing just how much  Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will work together in NFC-enabled harmony. As well as being based on the same underlying core, the two platforms are intended to hook up more readily than previous iterations could. Microsoft's concept demo took Windows Phone to a restaurant, with everything from ordering through to payment done with Windows hardware.

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Chase Windows Phone 8 app this year

Chase Windows Phone 8 app this year

Microsoft has confirmed that bank Chase will be releasing a Windows Phone app for the newly-previewed Windows Phone 8 platform later in the year, adding secure banking to the Wallet Hub. The app will support depositing checks to customers' accounts simply by snapping a photo of them.

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Microsoft demos prototype Nokia Windows Phone 8

Microsoft demos prototype Nokia Windows Phone 8

Microsoft may be targeting the news at the Windows Phone Summit at developers, but there's a little new hardware on show, too, in the shape of a prototype Nokia handset. The Nokia-made device has a large, 720p resolution touchscreen along with a dual-core processor, both freshly supported in Windows Phone 8.

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Windows Phone 8: Multi-core, 720p displays, microSD and NFC Wallet Hub

Windows Phone 8: Multi-core, 720p displays, microSD and NFC Wallet Hub

Microsoft has addressed hardware complaints about Windows Phone, confirming that Windows Phone 8 will support not only multi-core processors but a range of display sizes. Rather than the single-core devices with WVGA touchscreens, new Windows Phones will also support chips with two or more cores along with up to 720p 1280 x 720 16:9 displays. Plus there's news on storage and NFC.

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LG Optimus L5 hits Europe this month

LG Optimus L5 hits Europe this month

The second model from LG's Optimus L-Series, the midrange L5, is set to hit shelves in Europe this month the company has confirmed. Announced at Mobile World Congress back in February, the Optimus L5 has a 4-inch HVGA touchscreen, 800MHz processor and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, in a body that shows no small amount of inspiration from LG's PRADA Phone 3.0.

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Samsung S-Pen patent app tips wireless headset stylus plans

Samsung S-Pen patent app tips wireless headset stylus plans

Samsung isn't resting on its laurels with the S-Pen for its touchscreen tablets, cooking up a digital stylus that also includes a radio for use as a wireless headset. The next-gen S-Pen, revealed in a new Samsung patent application, would operate as a capacitive stylus for use with regular touchscreens - rather than demanding the sort of active digitizer found in Samsung's Galaxy Note - and as a remote handset over a short-range wireless connection.

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Nokia Reaction Bluetooth Headset leaks with NFC and ear-detection

Nokia Reaction Bluetooth Headset leaks with NFC and ear-detection

It's not all bad news for Nokia this morning, though whether a swish new Bluetooth headset with NFC pairing is enough to offset 10,000 job losses is questionable. Previewed apparently unofficially via a video on Nokia's YouTube channel, the Nokia Reaction BH-907 Bluetooth Headset supports automatic audio switching between phone and headset along with tap-to-pair with NFC-enabled phones.

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Samsung TecTiles hands-on with Galaxy S III

Samsung TecTiles hands-on with Galaxy S III

This week before Samsung and their many mobile network partners release the Galaxy S III to the masses, they've revealed a brand new addition to the NFC-laden smartphone family: Samsung TecTiles. These lovely little Programmable NFC Tags will allow you to activate apps, share contact information, change your phone's settings, and more, all of this programmed from a customizable interface you work with from your Galaxy S III smartphone. Each tag can be assigned an action, then when your Galaxy S III is tapped against each tag, its assigned action is performed.

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Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

While the thought and idea behind Google Wallet is an excellent one, most carriers want nothing to do with Google's mobile payment solution. With only one US carrier launching a device with Google Wallet pre-installed, the rest are seeking other solutions such as Isis for their payment methods. Today however we are hearing talks that Google is reportedly working on Wallet 2.0 to up their game.

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Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Here in the US, when there's a story about the Postal Service it's pretty much always negative these days. But in Europe, it's a very different situation. The Post Office service across the pond has decided to roll out near field communication (NFC) technology to around 11,500 branches, making it easier than ever for customers to pay for their shipping services.

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Isis mobile payments get retailer partnerships

Isis mobile payments get retailer partnerships

Unless you happened to own one of the very few phones that supports Google Wallet and happened to have a Citi credit card, chances are you haven't had the opportunity to pay for an in-store purchase with your phone. But that may soon change, as rival service Isis is now securing retail partnerships. It's all set up to go live this summer, right on schedule.

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