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3 years ago

Mango evidently remembers your camera's flash settings

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While it may be too early to tell if this will be a permanent feature, evidently in the Mango SDK emulator, the camera app now remembers what flash settings you've chosen. According to reader Amit:

"Playing around with the emulator. Discovered that if you change the flash setting of the camera it will actually persist now!"

Sure, it's not (yet) remembering all of your settings, but between being able to control your flash's behavior and disabling the shutter sound, well heck, we're willing to meet Microsoft half way. (We never use the flash except on the HTC Mozart with a xenon flash or on the Arrive, which is just well balanced).

Plus you Focus owners now have image stabilization by default with NoDo, so double bonus for you.

Thanks, Amit, for finding this!

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3 years ago

Flick+Share - App Spotlight

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Flick+Share - App Spotlight

Are you looking for an easy way to share photos on your Windows Phone? Check out Flick+Share from Tufty Time. With a simple flick, you can send a photo from your phone to any around you.

Flick+Share uses your location to send any photo you choose from your phone to people around you. Just tap the library button in the app, choose a photo from your phone's photo galleries and just swipe or flick it to the edge of the screen in the direction of the phone you're sending it to. Or.. you can tap the camera icon in Flick+Share, snap the shot, and then flick it towards the recipient.

Photos received from others Flick+Share users can be saved to your Photo Hub. This is very similar to the Color App for the iPhone and the first of its kind on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Instead of passing your phone around to share photos with friends, you can now flick the photo over to them instead.

Flick+Share is a free application (ad supported) and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Mango demo video reveals new features

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Microsoft has posted another demo video on the upcoming Mango Windows Phone update on their Windows Phone YouTube Channel. Most of what you'll see covers the same territory the Preview Event revealed or that has been reported since.

However... at the 6:26 mark we get a peak at a new photo feature called Auto-Fix. All you see is the reference to the new feature in the pull-up menu, Readers may remember on Windows Mobile we had auto-fix in the photos app, which basically adjusted contrast and brightness automatically--heck it was the first thing we did with every photo, so we expect to use it a lot. Nice to see its return.

We also see a new Best Buy app around the 12:13 mark that looks really nice. The app will save a lot of driving time by allowing you to see which local store has an item in stock. Hopefully, the app will go one step further and allow you to place in-store pick-up orders from your Windows Phone.

I'm sure we missed other new features hidden in the Mango Video. Feel free to catch the full video after the break and let us know if you see anything we've missed.

Thanks goes out to Adrian for tipping us!

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3 years ago

AmazonWireless: buy a Windows Phone, get $25! [Updated]

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We just got word that beginning May 30th, if you purchase any Windows Phone through Amazon Wireless, you get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Whether your looking for the new Verizon Trophy or are looking for one of AT&T's Windows Phones, an extra $25 gift card is never a bad thing.

You can check out all the Windows Phone offerings from Amazon Wireless here. We'll keep our fingers crossed that the deal lasts until the HTC HD7S hits the shelves.

Update: And here's the link for the $25 promo page. Pretty nice knowing you can make money off this deal if you buy some of AT&T's devices; even the Arrive is $0.01.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone apps magazine

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Windows Phone apps magazine

The Windows Phone UK blog have just posted a new entry about their digital guide to the Windows Phone 7 for consumers. This magazine covers topics including; social networking, games, FAQs, Marketplace and an introduction to the operating system.

Perfect for all users, especially those who have just made the leap to WP7, the magazine features over 140 apps. Some of which are sorted into twelve categories: news & weather, travel, maps & search, games, productivity & tools, business, entertainment, music & video, lifestyle, reference & books, social networks and photography. Not to mention a list of ten apps that will help improve ones life.

Some helpful tips on getting yourself started with both Zune and setting up a Live ID are included as well as some tips and highlights of WP7. Head on over to the blog via the link below to check out the publication.

Source: Windows Phone UK Blog

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3 years ago

PhotoSafe - Review

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PhotoSafe - Review

Need a secure area on your Windows Phone to store photos? PhotoSafe is a Windows Phone app that will allow you to store photos and is password secure. PhotoSafe won't password protect the galleries in your Photo Hub but it will provide a safe harbor for sensitive images.

PhotoSafe features include:

  • Import photos from your existing Photo Hub
  • Take pictures with your Windows Phone camera directly from PhotoShare
  • Integration with Photo Hub Extras
  • Slideshow creator

Move on past the break to read more on PhotoSafe.

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3 years ago

Pirate's Mind free for a limited time

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Pirate's Mind free for a limited time

Pirate’s Mind is a unique puzzle game that combines Bejeweled-like gameplay with memory card games. Instead of jewels and cards, players try to match different kinds of coins and create huge combos. It's fun and easy to play. Plus, as our review points out, the game has great graphics and sound effects. Pirate’s Mind will also be one of the first games to utilize Scoreloop’s online leaderboard system later this year.

The good news, pirate and puzzle game fans, is that Pirate’s Mind is now free! Next week the game goes back to full price, so you’ll want to make like a pirate and rush to loot its spoils. Grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WP7applist app now available on the Marketplace

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Back in March we mentioned that WP7applist, the unofficial online Windows Phone Marketplace directory, would be getting its own mobile application. The WP7applist website doesn’t play well with Windows Phone’s internet browser, so an app was definitely needed. That app has beaten our application to the punch (if only slightly) as it’s now available on the Marketplace.

The app starts out on a Spotlight page, much like the official Marketplace. More useful is the Discovery page, which links to several categories of apps: all recent changes, just released, app updates, deals & price drops, and apps gone free. It’s a fast and easy way to find deals and other changes. The Most Popular page tracks numerous app categories, including games, news & weather, and more. A Reviews page tracks WP7applist’s handful of reviews. Finally, the Search page allows searches by title or publisher.

Once you’ve located an app that you’re interested in, selecting it brings up WP7applist’s unique App Details page. It contains the usual Marketplace description, screenshots, and user reviews, in addition to the app’s overall popularity rating and a history of its price changes and updates. Click the Get It button and the app seamlessly switches to the real Marketplace page for easy purchasing and downloading.

Oh, it has a Live Tile too that shows current Marketplace app count, number of app updates and new releases in the last 24 hours, updated every hour on the device.

WP7applist for Windows Phone is an incredibly convenient way to learn about new applications and changes in the Marketplace, easily outdoing the official Marketplace in several ways. It doesn’t quite have the full WP7applist website’s functionality yet – there’s no way to keep track of the apps you actually own. But the app is off to a fantastic start and hopefully even more features will come in the future.

The WP7applist application is free and a must-download. Grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Updated video of Tiletris shows up, looks even more awesome

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If you caught the video the other day, TVShow developer Rudy Huyn has demonstrated how powerufl the new Live Tile system in Mango is by creating "an app without an app". Specifically he created a Tetris game using just Live Tiles, which is pretty awesome.

Though he has no immediate plans to actually make this into a game, he will make the code available so others can get some ideas and hopefully innovate.

In this new video, we see he now uses the Zune controls for movement of the Tetris shapes, which seems a bit nicer and over all game play (if you can call it that) looks smoother.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Rudy, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Emoticons get an overhaul in Mango too

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Emoticons get an overhaul in Mango too

Although we always liked the emoticon button on Windows Phone 7, we never liked how it kept it in ASCII form, not when other IM/SMS apps on other platforms do the conversion to a little graphic for you.

Luckily in Mango, this changes. We'll chalk it up to "not having enough time" for the original OS, but at least now when you enter in an emoticon, it gets translated to its graphic equivalent, adding a much needed and refined look to the whole chatting world.

And yes, it's the little things that matter on the OS and Microsoft gets that. This makes us happy.

via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

New video tour of Mango shows up, new features shown [Video]

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Covering Mango is quite the task. With over 500 new features on board, there's a lot to cover and a lot to miss. Seeing as there is not a single build of the OS that has all of the features, it hard to track 'em all down.

Luckily in this video, though not in English (it's Swedish), you can see for yourself in great detail some new OS features:

  1. 2:32 - 2:50 - "Me tile", Facebook Check In, Set IM Status
  2. 3:04 - Exchange tasks shown in calendar
  3. 4:26 - XBox Avatar dancing to the music being played

More importantly, we see just how much more smooth and fast the OS is--it really zips along and we can't help but be mesmerized by the transitions and little graphic touches throughout. All we know is this 'Mango' thing is gonna be good...

Source: YouTube; Big thanks to Joe S., for the information!

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3 years ago

Shazam finally returns to the Marketplace--same price for Encore

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Shazam, the only music ID app, has finally returned to the Marketplace along with its $5.99 super-expense-it's-not-really-worth-it older brother. (See our comparison video between the two)

Both apps were pulled a week ago for various reasons. For one, we knew Shazam (free) was installing under your Games category (no, it never uninstalled, it was there the whole time), so that required it to be pulled and fixed and re-submitted. Shazam Encore was pulled, some speculated, due to poor reception and the high price. Well, at least with the latter, it still has that high price--$5.99.

Encore though has been updated to v2.1 and we're comparing/contrasting with our v2.0 to see if there are any feature differences that could possibly justify the $6 price-tag, so look back in a few for that update...

Update: After comparing both the free version and Encore, we still find very little difference between the two apps. Nothing has changed, as far as we can tell.

You can grab Shazam (free) here and Shazam Encore ($5.99) from the Marketplace here. Thanks, SEKKDS, for noticiing!

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy already sold-out online

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For those looking to get the Verizon Trophy, at least online, they have temporarily disabled ordering due to not enough stock. Yup, you've read that right.

We're starting to wonder if one of the reasons for the continued delay was the inability to stock enough of the phone in the first place. Granted, we assumed that the Trophy may sell well on Big Red, but not that well (though wouldn't we and Verizon like to be surprised).

We'll keep track to see if and when the phone is available for online purchases, but for now, taking a trip to your local store (or call to order) may be your best bet.

Source: Verizon Wireless; Thanks, Jessie C,, Greg E., for the heads up

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3 years ago

Reader's Choice, Focus out scores the iPhone

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We've been reading predictions from marketing moguls for weeks saying that in X number of years Windows Phones will overtake everyone other smartphone on the market (such as this one from Pyramid). Obviously we here at WPCentral are rather fond of such predictions but the 2011 PCMag Reader's Choice Awards may lend a little credence to all those predictions.

The publication polls readers on various technology issues, including mobile phones. They are asked to rank products and services on about fifteen different categories and with regards to AT&T Smartphones, the Samsung Focus beat the Apple iPhone out for the top spot. The Focus scored a 8.7 overall score while the iPhone came in with an 8.4. The Focus's overall score beat out other carrier smartphones save one, the Verizon iPhone which it tied.

Okay... granted (as far as the AT&T phones go) only 92 respondents ranked the Focus and over 2,300 rated the iPhone but doesn't that support the findings? That more Samsung Focus owners are satisfied with their product than iPhone users?

Another winner in the PCMag awards was Windows Phone 7.  It ranked second overall amongst the smartphone operating systems, only .3 points behind Apple iOS.

Could this be the beginning of the rise to market domination for Windows Phone? Or just a strong indication that those of us who have chosen Windows Phones are very pleased with our choice?

Source: PCMag; via WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy available on Verizon website

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I'm late with the April fools jokes, so relax and take this in because it's really happening. The Verizon website now features the HTC Trophy and is available to purchase at full retail price with month-to-month ($429.99), or on a two year contract ($199.99). Currently there is a $50 mail-in rebate on the contract pricing. Today is the 26th, which is bang on target with the finalized date and completes the agonizing journey we've all been on (see our past coverage of the Verizon Trophy).

What's more is the availability of overnight shipping, so you can receive your long-awaited Trophy the next day. We previously mentioned that there would be a free Xbox 360 game included as a deal sweetener (and compensation for the long wait), which is online and ready to be taken advantage of at the promotion page (be sure to have your MEID number at hand). Act quickly, the offer is only valid until June 30th.

Via: WMPU

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