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3 years ago

WP7 Developer Handsets available in more Countries

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Microsoft sent out it's latest edition of the Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter today. Asides from announcing that Windows Phone OS Updates, fondly known as Nodo, have started to be delivered (they just don't say where it's being delivered) it looks like app development will continue to grown globally.

Microsoft has partnered with Zones.com to provide WP7 developer handsets and this partnership has been extended to more markets are for sale now in twenty-four countries ranging from Ireland to Sweden to Portugal to Switzerland.

Microsoft is also providing vouchers that will discount or reimburse developers for the purchase of the developers handset. After you make your purchase, developers simply need to reach out to their local evangelists for details on the voucher.  Seeing that the phones are running upwards of $500 USD, it's nice to see Microsoft offering some help with the cost.

You can find out more information on this program as well as other development programs over at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 development site.

Source: Windows Phone 7 Developer Newsletter, March Edition

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3 years ago

Microsoft announces speaker lineup for MIX conference

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Last year, Microsoft’s MIX conference offered the first real glimpse of what Windows Phone 7 was to offer. This year’s event will be a source of information on the major functionality coming in the Mango update. For those interested, Microsoft has announced their speaker lineup. Keynote speakers will include Joe Belfiore and Scott Guthrie of the Windows Phone team and .Net development respectively. Also of note will be a keynote featuring Dean Hachamovitch of the Internet Explorer team.

Conference sessions will include topics on everything from XNA to Application design to overviews of the various development tools.

Source: MIX11 (Keynotes and Windows Phone Sessions)

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3 years ago

WP7 device management coming to SCCM 2012

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WP7 device management coming to SCCM 2012

Microsoft’s imposing array of cloud services and server tools are an area that they have very little competition. The promise of integration of those tools and services into Windows Phone 7 are a major topic of interest for many in the tech industry.

At the Microsoft Management Summit this week, a beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2010 (SCCM) was announced. SCCM is a tool for managing servers, workstations, and mobile devices in an enterprise environment. Microsoft introduced the ability for SCCM to handle management of multiple mobile platforms including Windows Phone 7, iPhone/iPad, and Android.

Our hope is that Microsoft will continue to integrate their tools and services into Windows Phone, positioning it as the premier option for IT shops to manage mobile devices.

Via: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Fable Coin Golf coming to Xbox Live on March 30

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Just two weeks after Full House Poker’s launch on Xbox Live, Microsoft Game Studios will debut another big first-party title. Fable Coin Golf is coming on March 30!

Fable Coin Golf’s gameplay is based on British pub games like Bar Billiards. Players try to shoot the Hero Puck into the Pillar of Light in as few shots as possible while collecting gold and other items along the way. Authentic enemies from Microsoft’s Fable role-playing franchise and other hazards ensure a lively experience. The game features sharp, cartoonish 3D graphics that really take advantage of the Windows Phone 7 hardware.

Fable Coin Golf also connects to other Fable games. Gold earned in the Windows Phone 7 version transfers to Fable III on Xbox 360 and PC. Interestingly, Fable Coin Golf was originally intended to launch on March 2, alongside the Fable III “Traitor’s Keep” DLC. Instead, I Love Katamari was the March 2 Xbox Live release. Fable Coin Golf has seen some delays, but at least we’ll still be coin golfing before March is out.

Fable Coin Golf is launching as an Xbox Live title on March 30. It will cost $4.99. We’ll have a full review shortly after its release.

See our video hands on from CES after the break...

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3 years ago

Custom ESPN Radio coming to Slacker

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Custom ESPN Radio coming to Slacker

Slacker Radio is one of our favorite streaming radio apps for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile. Sports fans can now get their fix as Slacker have partnered with ESPN to bring ESPN Radio content to your phone. We’re assuming this is going to function in a similar way to ABC news on Slacker, where basically you get individual clips that rotate through in the same way you would go through individual songs.

The really cool part of this partnership is limited to paying subscribers. If you’re paying for a Slacker account, your ESPN radio station can be fully customized to fine tune the coverage you are interested in.

Get Slacker from the Marketplace here. The full press release is after the break.

Via: Android Central

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3 years ago

LG "debranding" hack; NoDo to follow?

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LG "debranding" hack; NoDo to follow?

As we reported earlier, the NoDo update started pushing out yesterday, starting with unbranded phones, and members of the ChevronWP7 Team (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) posted a hack to "debrand" HTC phones in order to get the update early.  Now another hack has surfaced; this time for LG phones.  Unlike the HTC hack, LG phones do not have to be "dev unlocked."  So far, the hack has allowed users to get the pre-NoDo update, but has not yet been proven to result in getting NoDo. If you're feeling antsy, here's how to do it:

1. Enable the MFG application by going to the dialer and dialing ##634# then pressing call.
2. Launch the MFG application and enter 277634#*# when prompted for a password.
3. Select the Engineer Menu item.
4. Select the Other Setting menu item.
5. Select the Edit registry menu item.
6. Set the input boxes on this menu as follows:

    Select ROOT_PATH: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    Input SUB_PATH: \System\Platform\DeviceTargetingInfo\

    Input KEY: MobileOperator

    Data Type: STRING

7. Select Query and write down the result in case you need to re-brand for some reason.
8. To debrand just enter the same information above and leave the input data field blank. The tool will say fail but it really did set correctly.

    You can now connect to Zune and check for updates.

Source: WMPowerUser

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3 years ago

o2 rolling out NoDo in early April

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o2 rolling out NoDo in early April

o2 have announced on Twitter that they are working with Microsoft to bring the NoDo update to Windows Phone 7 (HTC HD 7) customers in early April. This is great news for everyone who is awaiting the update (and cut & paste) who is on the network. However, it should be noted (just like pre-NoDo) that this isn’t concrete, and could be delayed.

Are you on o2, and patiently awaiting NoDo? Join in the conversation covering the NoDo rollout on our forums!

Source: o2 on Twitter

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3 years ago

Free 360 game with HTC HD 7 deal on o2

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Free 360 game with HTC HD 7 deal on o2

o2 is (and has been) running an attractive deal for their Windows Phone 7 offering - the HTC HD 7. Exclusively to the carrier, the device packs a punch specification wise, and is no push over compared to other models available.

Pricing for the phone is £399.99 on PAYG (Pay As You Go) or £50 for a £30/month 18 month contract (device is free for the £35 or higher tariffs). But what is the fuss about? Well, for starters, we have a huge 16GB memory capacity, not currently found on other UK based models. Not only that, the offer states that a purchase of the HTC HD 7 will enable the customer to receive a free Xbox 360 game. While we’re not completely sure what titles are available for the deal, Halo: Reach, Forza 3, Crackdown 2 and Fable 2 are displayed on the page.

Thinking of trying Windows Phone 7 out and want a HTC device, or are you already an o2 customer and are looking to upgrade? This is a golden opportunity for you.

Source: o2

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3 years ago

NoDo: End of April for Deutsche Telekom Windows Phones

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While up in Canada, Telus users get the 'NoDo' next week, the same can't be said for those in Germany. In case you can't read German, the above Tweet from Deutsche Telekom reads "Windows Mobile 7 update at the end of April".

We know these updates are rolling and dependent upon carrier approval, but we're just going to take a guess here and bet DT customers won't be too happy with the wait. Who wants to take bets on American carriers?

Source: @deutschetelekom; via @rschu

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3 years ago

PES 2011 for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone now in the Marketplace

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We've known about Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 for sometime now, even that it was going to be $4.99 and sure enough, it has landed.  The application is quite hefty in size (74MB), requiring a WiFi connection to download, so best to grab it at home before heading out. From the app description (note: we removed their spelling errors, nice)

The unrivaled and award-winning football simulation is entering its first season on Windows Phone 7! Immerse yourself in unprecedented football atmosphere and the true PES experience with PES 2011. Features:

  • Unrivaled realism: Experience incredible gameplay and focus on tactics, goals and winning trophies while competing against the most advanced team and player AI on the market. Striking animations such as referee cut-scenes or goal celebrations and technical moves (diving header, bicycle kick, and more) will make you feel the beauty of the game.
  • Exclusive UEFA Club Competitions: PES 2011 includes many of the best European club teams in the officially licensed UEFA Champions League™ and UEFA Europa League™ modes.
  • Online connectivity: Prove your skills and unlock the various Xbox LIVE achievements, compare yourself to your friends, make it to the top of the leaderboards and become the world’s greatest PES player
  • Outstanding Accessibility for Beginners and Experts: The uniquely designed true flowTM control system provides instant access for players of all levels by utilizing the accelerometer and AI-supported touch controls. More advanced players are presented with unlimited freedom of play by being able to master classic console-style controls with virtual pad and buttons.
  • Stunning graphics: Detailed stadiums, pitches and weather effects provide the perfect visual environment for exciting matches

First impression: massive game with huge initial load time (even with 'NoDo'), the game is nonetheless impressive. Must for soccer fans. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

no NoDo for me

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3 years ago

Tip: Halo Reach WP7 Lockscreen wallpapers

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Tip: Halo Reach WP7 Lockscreen wallpapers

Like Halo Reach? Have a Windows Phone? Good, because now you can have some Halo Reach lockscreen wallpapers for your device. In fact, here, have 44 different types, all perfectly cut at 480x800 at 96dpi, making the most of your screen when it's doing nothin'.

The wallpapers come courtesy of Mike "stuckart" Stuckers over at DeviantArt who is making them available in two download packs: Pack 1, Pack 2. We loaded a few up and have to admit, they look darn sharp. So go grab yourself a few and geek out your phone already. And in case you missed it, here is another pack from VanSoaked who has 70 HQ ones of the scenic variety.

Thanks, Mike and Brandon for the tip!

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3 years ago

Telstra launching HD7 on March 29th

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Telstra launching HD7 on March 29th

Good news for our friends down-under in Australia and New Zealand, it looks like you'll be getting the HTC HD7 (but not the "S" variant) on March 29th.  In an official press release, the carrier announced all the details:

“We are pleased to announce the HTC HD7 will be available exclusively on the Telstra Next G® Network in March,” said Ben Hodgson, Country Manager, HTC Australia and New Zealand. “HTC has shown strong leadership in developing Windows® based devices in the past, illustrating our ability to be first-to-market. The HTC HD7 continues along this tradition with its focus on providing the ultimate multimedia experience coupled with a nice simple user interface and access to a broad range of useful applications.”

The HTC HD7 is available for RRP $768 which can be repaid over 24 months when purchased in conjunction with a Consumer Telstra Next G® Cap plan or a Telstra Business Mobile PLUS Plan. It is available from 29 March from Telstra Stores and partners.

While it makes no mention of the 'NoDo' update, we would be very surprised if this HD7 didn't come with the latest OS build already on it, making it even more of a great deal for first-time WP7 adopters.

Thanks, Soundman, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Chicks n' Vixens v1.0 update on the way

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We just received word that Chicks n' Vixens is once again being updated to version 1.0, which should be available within the next week. But the update comes with a twist in that the Windows Phone game is now a paid app over at the Marketplace.

The developer, Ahmed Hakeem, tells us the pricing was a mistake. According to Hakeem, when submitting the v0.9 update part of the submission process is setting a price for the app. Which was set at $.99. As he understands Microsoft's policies, that price will be carried over to any future updates of the game.

It is Hakeem's understanding that those who installed the free version of Chicks n Vixens will not be charged for future updates. However, he emphasized that this is based on current Microsoft policies, which are subject to change.

The pricing error has a silver lining though. Chicks n' Vixens has a healthy following and was on the Marketplace's Top Ten List for free apps. We're not sure when it happened but, now that Chicks n Vixens is a paid app, the game has moved into the #1 slot on the Marketplace's Top Ten Paid Apps list.

There is a free trial version of Chicks n Vixens available if you haven't given it a try. Both the trial and full version can be downloaded here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.  There is also a discussion going on here in our Forums on Chicks n Vixens with the developer popping in from time to time.

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3 years ago

Hack for unlocked HTC phones gets NoDo right now

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Hack for unlocked HTC phones gets NoDo right now

We now know that Microsoft is doing a controlled, phased roll-out of 'NoDo', starting with unbranded phones evidently in Europe. That means a potentially prolonged delay for many users (and between us, we've just heard that AT&T users have a looong wait).

The good news is there is a 'hack' that can be done for HTC phones that will basically "unbrand" them allowing them to get 'NoDo', well, right now. Coming from some of team ChevronWP7 (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) is a tricky edit that will enable this to be done:

Your device needs to be dev-unlocked for this to work. Sorry folks.

  1. Download this zip file and deploy the 3 xap files onto your device.
  2. Run the ChevronWP7.Ringtones.xap and wait till it displays “Ringtones added… and CustClear.provxml underneath”
  3. Run the TouchXplorer app, navigate to My DocumentsMy Ringtones click on CustClear.provxml and select Copy from the Application Bar.
  4. Navigate back inside TouchXplorer to the Windows folder.
  5. Select paste from the Application Bar, this should scroll right to the bottom and put a copy of CustClear.provxml in the Windows folder.
  6. Now run the Connection Setup application and click on the Ok button (it’s the one with the tick).

And now you’re done and free to re-connect to Zune and check for updates.

Now there is one caveat here we can think of: T-Mobile HD7 users may want to hold off. That's because that device has the special T-Mo bands and radio while the unlocked HD7 does not (or at the very least, could complicate things), so you may want to consider that if you're in that situation. Still, for the AT&T Surround users, sounds like you could do this, assuming you've jailbroken your phone for one last hoorah.

Update: Chris Walsh lets us know T-Mo HD7 users are good to go (hey, that rhymed); the update only modifies the OS, not the radio.

Update 2: Bad news is we're hearing non-Euro users are only getting the pre-NoDo update with this technique :-/

Source: My Coding Adventures (blog); via @ChrisWalshie

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