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3 years ago

AdDuplex helps people help people bug people for money

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A new advertisement exchange service, called AdDuplex, has recently surfaced.  Its purpose is to help fledgling developers get word of their applications out to Marketplace users.  Here's how it works: a developer creates ads an AdDuplex control to their application and includes an ad for their own product.  That control then begins to display ads from AdDuplex's network of clients, including the developer's and AdDuplex iteself.

Basically "Help other developers promote their apps and they’ll promote yours."

The more users of the service, the more the word spreads.  Think of it like an advertising pyramid scheme, without the shadiness.  The service is free, and if a developer later decides that they want to include advertisements from another source, AdDuplex allows them to do so, though it looks like AdDuplex’s network of ads remains.

Despite the snarky headline, we think it’s actually a pretty inventive way for developers to help each other get their products out there. Sign up for free here.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

HTC's bootloader (SPL) for Windows Phone 7

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Here's something familiar to all of those who have loaded custom ROMs on their Window Mobile phones. The old SPL (bootloader) screen used to get the device in a flash-ready state. Guess we could have assumed it was there on WP7, but we weren't 100% sure either.

What's it doing here? Custom ROM? Nope, unfortunately the owner, Sam Gibbs had this happen to his HTC device and he's not too sure why it happened. We're not sure either, we're just a bit surprised to see it there. Corrupted SD memory? Hopefully he's able to recover from it, otherwise we're looking at HTC to replace.

Source: @_samgibbs

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3 years ago

Microsoft pushing WP7 at National Retail Federation convention

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In less exciting news, but still important, Microsoft is pushing the benefits and power of Windows Phone 7 for the retail and hospitality market--a large swath of potential business, including retail stores, grocery markets, shopping centers and more.

Microsoft will be appearing at the National Retail Federation’s 100th Annual Convention & Expo, demonstrating numerous apps to potential customers:

The demonstrations will showcase how Windows 7 enhances connected store, customer and operations experiences on the desktop as well as via an array of mobile and in-store devices, including smartphones, point-of-sale (POS) devices, self-service transactional kiosks, and informational kiosks, including digital signage.

For example, a retail customer’s connected experience is enhanced through the mobile shopping experience enabled by Windows Phone 7, as well as through engagement with Windows 7-based touch-enabled devices in stores.

One real life example they give is the app Tesco Real Food, available now in the Marketplace. The app is by retail giant Tesco, who have over 5,000 stores worldwide. The app is a mobile extension of the Tesco Real Food website for recipes, so nothing too exciting.  While some of this is boring and dry, it's these connections and technology demonstrations that gets Microsoft into stores, personalized apps for unique shopping experiences and basically noticed, so we're all for it.

Source: GoMo News

For example, a retail customer’s connected experience is enhanced through the mobile shopping experience enabled by Windows Phone 7, as well as through engagement with Windows 7-based touch-enabled devices in stores.
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3 years ago

Deploy XAP or Unlock without running Zune software [Homebrew]

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For those of us who like to sideload Homebrew apps on our Windows Phone, the process can be a little tedious e.g. your phone re-locks often, having to run the Zune software, etc.

The latter piece though can be avoided, that is you don't have to run the Zune Desktop just to sideload a XAP file or even unlock your device (using ChevronWP7). XDA member xbodmod has described a way to just run the "connect" part without Zune, making the process much more streamlined. The process is fairly simple:

  • Disable Zune auto-start (Zune --> Settings --> Software--> General --> "Start the Zune software..."
  • Create a shortcut to desktop from C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Tools\WPConnect\WPConnect.exe
  • Plug in phone

That's it. Just running WPConnect.exe and allowing it load for a second does the job and now you can run Tom's XAP installer, ChevronWP7, etc. We like simplicity around here.

Update: @adamUCF lets us know that Microsoft themselves have described this exact method, so credit to them first.

Source: XDA, MSDN

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 speed update demoed on video

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The other day, we mentioned about CNet's experience with the upcoming "NoDo" update, specifically the performance increase when loading locally stored, graphic-intensive apps.

Improvements ranged from a few to 20 seconds for something like Bejewled. Now Anadtech has posted a video basically showing the same thing described by CNet and seeing is believing. While not all apps benefit, clearly the bigger ones like Ilomilo will. Currently, some games do take awhile to load but we're not exactly complaining, so any improvement is icing for us. You?

Source: Anandtech; via: wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Halfbrick’s Phil Larsen on Fruit Ninja and Windows Phone 7: "it’s done really well so far"

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In a somewhat interesting interview with Phil Larsen, Marketing Director with HalfBrick who made the popular Fruit Ninja, goes over how they hooked up with Microsoft to port that game over to Windows Phone 7.

In short, Microsoft wants to compete with the iPhone and bringing Fruit Ninja over was part of that strategy. HalfBrick was more than glad to do it and plan to bring their other games over as well, with time and resources being the only constraints.  Overall the company seems to have had a positive experience with Microsoft and seeing as Fruit Ninja is near the top for Xbox LIVE games, it seems the decision has paid off, literally:

How did the Windows Phone 7 port come about?

Phil Larsen: We’ve got contacts at Microsoft, and as they were launching Windows Phone 7 they wanted it to compete with the iPhone – it’s the next big mobile platform. We like what Microsoft does, and we were happy to port Fruit Ninja to it. We’ve got a team here that handles that kind of thing.

We brought it over, and we provided a bunch of good assets and information. It was released on December 22nd, so it’s only a couple of weeks old, and it’s done really well so far. It’s the number-one selling game on Windows Phone 7.

They did mention how doing an Xbox LIVE game is more work than the iPhone. The former requires you to work and go back and forth with Microsoft, who manage that aspect of gaming, whereas on the iPhone you just submit it to Apple. Still, despite that they had very little issues with the process.

Read the rest at VG247.

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3 years ago

70 HQ Wallpapers for Windows Phone in one file [Tip]

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User VanSoaked at DevianArt has gathered together a nice collection of over 70 high quality wallpapers, specifically cropped for your Windows Phone's lock screen.

Most of the pics fall into the buildings/scenery camp, so no babes on cars, Calvin's peeing on...things, sports or superheros. But they are certainly high resolution, have no color banding and look great on your adult phone (yeah, I went there). You can download all the pics here in one ZIP file. Definitely worth it in our opinion.

Source: VanSoaked's DevianArt page

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Device Manager coming this week [Homebrew]

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Julien Schapman, developer of TouchXperience, looks to have pulled off quite the programming feat by developing an all-in-one Windows Phone Device Manager, based off of the Windows 7 Device Manager framework.

It will allow you to easily transfer files, tethered or wirelessly and even unlock your device (similar to ChevronWP7) for sideloading of homebrew apps. From his blog:

Windows Phone Device Manager allows you to manage your Windows Phone 7 device from your PC, you can simply view, install and uninstall "sideloaded" applications, explore device, transfer and sync files,... It is compatible with all Windows Phone 7 devices.

Windows Phone Device Manager detects when the phone is connected or disconnected, if you don't have a registered developer device it can automatically unlock your phone, so you don't need ChevronWP7 anymore.

You can also connect to your phone via Wi-Fi, for example to transfer files from/to your phone using Windows Phone Device Manager or the provided Windows Phone application.

If Windows Phone Device Manager becomes popular I think about creating an open marketplace for non-commercial applications. Developers are welcome to join the project!

Sounds pretty nice to us. Perhaps he should team up with Dave Amenta and his Send to WP7 Desktop project (which is evolving daily). We'll follow up on this when released.

Source: TouchXperience Blog, XDA Forums; via: mobilitydigest

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3 years ago

Dotfuscator Windows Phone Edition is now available [Developers]

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Small note to our developer friends out there, Dotfuscator for Windows Phone has been released and as promised (via Windows Phone Developer Blog) is completely free through March 31, 2011

Providing so-called  "security through obscurity", code obfuscators at least can aid a smidge in protecting developers from prying eyes and hackers (though it's far from fool proof). In this case through string-encryption.  In addition, Dotfuscator for Windows Phone also provides developers with important application analytics to better understand how their software is being used and ways to improve it. For example, you can know how many people have your software installed, how often the app is run, what features are customers using the most and even performance data. Sounds good.

Source: Preemptive Solutions, Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 6,000 apps

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Another week, another milestone. Yes, just like clockwork nearly every two-weeks the Marketplace adds another 1,000 apps to its belt (5K was on 12/28/10).

The good news is development doesn't seem to be slowing (20K+ developers on board now), then again, it doesn't seem to be growing more rapidly either. However, Microsoft's app approval system may be fixed to only be able to push out 1k every two weeks and not really anymore. It's all a mystery to us.

Regardless, at this rate we should hit 10,000 apps by the second week in March at which point we'll have a party or something. All we know is we're leaving WebOS in our dust and our next goal is to beat BlackBerry (16K apps). See previous 5,000 post here with each previous 1,000 documented.

Source: Marketplacebrowser

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3 years ago

Blackjack by Panoramic - Review

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Blackjack by Panoramic - Review

Panoramic Software is offering BlackJack over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and at $.99 it's a steal. The Windows Phone game is sharp looking, stable and entertaining.

Key features include card counting options, game achievements, and a learn to play mode. You know the drill, to see how well these features pan out just follow the break.

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3 years ago

A Frog Game - Review

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A Frog Game - Review

EntwicklerX has developed A Frog Game for your Windows Phone. It's an entertaining game for Windows Phone 7 that has a simple approach; leap from one lily pad to another and gobble up as many flying insects as possible.

Sound simple enough? Toss in a few bugs that don't really appeal to your appetite and a count down timer and things can get interesting.

Leap on past (couldn't resist) the break to read more on this Windows Phone 7 gaming app.

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3 years ago

ContaSconto - Review

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ContaSconto - Review

Kitendo Labs is offering an interesting Windows Phone 7 application. ContaSconto is a simple, straightforward application that calculates cost discounts.

Italian for "Count Discount", ContaSconto is a handy application for your Windows Phone if you need a quick and easy way to figure out how much your savings will be. ContaSconta is presented in a clean, easy to navigate manner.

Follow the break to read more on this Windows Phone app along with some screen shots.

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3 years ago

Currency Tile - Review

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Currency Tile - Review

The Windows Phone application Currency Tile is being billed as the first currency converter with Live Tile support. The Windows Phone 7 application is being offered over at the Marketplace for $.99 and has a lot more going for it than just a Live Tile.

Currency Tile not only offers exchange rates but you can also track the currencies exchange rate history. To see if Currency Tile is worth the $.99 price tag, slide on past the break.

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