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Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Nokia and Microsoft's combined marketing budget for the US launch of Nokia Windows Phones is double that of previous suggestions, coming in at around $200m, according to insiders with knowledge of the companies' plans. After reports suggesting a roughly $100m promo fund for the AT&T debut of the Nokia 900 "Ace" earlier, notorious insider Paul Thurrott has stepped up with a figure double that, as well as the suggestion that, for the AT&T launch, Nokia is outspending Microsoft 2-to-1.

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‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

Well, Windows Developer Shai Leib has jumped into the fray, and has introduced a Windows Phone app, dubbed 'Ask Ziggy', that, for all intents and purposes, attempts to rival Apple's Siri personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S. Similar to Siri, Ask Ziggy uses voice recognition technology instead of conventional text entry for search queries. Users can search for directions, flight statuses, financial stock prices, weather, calculation results and other data, using the app on a device running WP7.

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Nokia prepares Windows Phone press event for CES 2012

Nokia prepares Windows Phone press event for CES 2012

Well, Nokia has just sent out press invitations confirming its plans for an CES press event at the Las Vegas convention center. From the looks of it, the phone company is slated for a presentation the afternoon of January 9, the day before CES formally starts, and the focus is clearly going to be oriented towards something Windows Phone-esque, as the press invitation depicts the (surprise, surprise) Windows Metro UI tile theme.

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Nokia Lumia 800 Giveaway!

Nokia Lumia 800 Giveaway!

The holidays are coming, and what better way to feel festive than winning a Nokia Lumia 800 courtesy of Three UK. The carrier has given us one of Nokia's flagship Windows Phones, running Mango on a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and clad in a seamless polymer chassis, to hand over to one lucky SlashGear winner in the UK.

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AT&T HTC Elite and LTE Windows Phone incoming

AT&T HTC Elite and LTE Windows Phone incoming

Details on two of HTC's 2012 smartphone flagships have been reportedly revealed, including an Ice Cream Sandwich uber-phone and a 4.7-inch AT&T LTE Windows Phone, as the company apparently pares down its offerings from 2011's gush of devices. The HTC Elite will be an Android 4.0 device for AT&T, BGR's sources tell them, potentially launching as the "HTC Congressional" complete with Beats Audio in the first half of April. It will be preceded by what may well be the first LTE Windows Phone, scheduled for the beginning of February.

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Lumia a loser says Euro Nokia research

Lumia a loser says Euro Nokia research

Nokia's ambitious and expensive launch promotion for the Lumia 800 has fallen flat, according to European market research, with only a little over 2-percent of those surveyed saying they firmly intended to buy the new Windows Phone. The results of the Exane BNP Paribas poll prompted the brokerage firm to cut its quarterly sales estimates for the Lumia 800 to 800,000, Times of India reports, down from previous expectations of around 2m units.

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Intel and Microsoft mobile shake-up: WP7 Lees “benched”, Intel groups combined

Intel and Microsoft mobile shake-up: WP7 Lees “benched”, Intel groups combined

Intel and Microsoft are undergoing significant mobile reorganization in an attempt to boost their chances against Android and iPhone, with exec shuffling including the "benching" of Windows Phone's previous chief, Andy Lees. While Microsoft described Lees' new position in the company as "focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8" in actual fact, sources told The Verge that in fact "he's been benched" with what amounts to a demotion due to increasingly tense relations with manufacturers and failing to deliver on the smartphone platform's goals.

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Sonic CD available for iOS tomorrow, Android and WP7 must wait [UPDATE: Android version live now!]

Sonic CD available for iOS tomorrow, Android and WP7 must wait [UPDATE: Android version live now!]

The blue hedgehog we grew to love in 1993 is back again and pocket-sized! Both players who have loved the blue hedgehog from the early 90's and those from the younger generations can expect some new features and familiar faces. Starting tomorrow iOS users will be able to play Sonic CD, according to an announcement made by Sega. Other mobile device users will have to wait until into the new year.

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Nokia Lumia 710 revealed for T-Mobile, Mango included

Nokia Lumia 710 revealed for T-Mobile, Mango included

This week we're seeing Nokia's first drum hit in an incoming thunderstorm of devices for 2012, this the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device Lumia 710 as carried by T-Mobile, the first US-based carrier for the greater Nokia/Microsoft collaboration. This device is meant to tend to the smartphone user who wishes to simplify their experience and to the feature phone user looking to upgrade to a smartphone without what Nokia would have you believe is unfashionable or confusing in Android and iOS. While we're not so sure this is going to be a Google mobile OS or iPhone killer, it does seem like a pretty neat package, and a nice looking piece of hardware to boot!

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