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Nokia Lumia Icon “directional audio” picks fight with Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia Icon “directional audio” picks fight with Galaxy S4

Nokia's new Lumia Icon may have fairly distinctive looks, but it's what it hears that the Finnish firm is most proud of. The phone's PureView camera system introduces what Nokia is calling "directional audio" recording, which uses twin microphones on the rear of the Verizon exclusive to focus what sound is picked up and what gets ignored. Nokia is so excited by it, it even put it up against an Android best-seller to show the difference; see the demos after the cut.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon has refilled its Windows Phone flagship spot, with the Nokia Lumia Icon distilling what we liked from the Lumia 1520 into a 5-inch form-factor with a crisp metal chassis and 20-megapixel PureView. Fronted by a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD OLED ClearBlack display, and running Windows Phone 8 on Qualcomm's 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quadcore, what the Lumia Icon is particularly focusing on is video recording quality, both in terms of image thanks to the oversampling and lossless zoom of PureView, and a more impressive soundtrack with directional audio recording. Check out our first impressions after the cut.

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Windows Phone 8.1 SDK gets the hands on treatment

Windows Phone 8.1 SDK gets the hands on treatment

If you are a big fan of Windows Phone, you may be interested in the latest version of the smartphone OS that is due out in the next few months. The next version of the OS, Windows Phone 8.1 has reportedly been shared with developers, and as is typical, one of those devs has leaked some details on the operating system update. The leaked details have been put in a video that you can see below.

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Nokia media-centric phone teaser likely to be Verizon Lumia 929 Icon

Nokia media-centric phone teaser likely to be Verizon Lumia 929 Icon

Nokia has begun teasing its latest device, promising something with an emphasis on audio quality that will be revealed soon. The clip - which opens with the tagline "Have you heard what's coming?" and then promises that soon Nokia fans will be able to "See and hear what you've been missing", over a backing track of engine and race-car noises - gives no real indication of what device it might be referring to, though some are suggesting it may be for the much-rumored Nokia Lumia 929 Icon with Rich Recording.

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Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

This week a piece of legislation is making its way through to the state level in California, a piece of legislation that would mandate a so-called "Kill Switch" for smartphones on every device inside state lines. Of course this legal document isn't about the state wanting to turn off smartphones in waves - instead it's about making the devices less accessible to thieves. This piece of law would have every smartphone manufacturer wanting to sell a device in the state of California legally bound to including a way to cut off service to the device remotely.

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Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Satya Nadella wears hoodies. He understands the rules of cricket. More importantly, the newly-named Microsoft CEO understands hardware, something Steve Ballmer has struggled to convince the company, its board and investors, and indeed its OEM partners and customers, that he does over the course of his tenure. "I want us to be able to take our focus and innovation forward" Nadella said of his aims at the company where he's already spent 22 of his 46 years.

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GTA: San Andreas arrives on Windows Phone (but there’s a catch)

GTA: San Andreas arrives on Windows Phone (but there’s a catch)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone has been released, arriving on Microsoft's smartphone platform only a few weeks after its iPhone and iPad launch. The game has been reworked for smartphone play, with remastered graphics and a choice of three different control systems depending on player preference. Unfortunately, you'll need one of a limited number of Windows Phones to actually play it, which may leave many frustrated.

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Nokia’s Cinemagraph update brings GIF export

Nokia’s Cinemagraph update brings GIF export

There's an update for the app called Cinemagraph out there this week that allows the user to export the media created by the app through the camera of the mobile device it's on. With the original release of Cinemagraph, users were able to share their moving-image creations with the ecosystem created for the app itself. With this release, the app is opened up to a much more free system.

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