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3 years ago

WP7 Support on Samsung Update issues again

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Seems us Samsung folk (I’m really beginning to regret leaving HTC) are still experiencing issues with the pre-NoDO update (take 2). Pulling the original release, this second attempt was meant to have fixed the teething issues, but alas there are still problems being reported. I’m just grateful we haven’t gone down the Windows Vista/7 route with displaying a notification that we have 130 updates available.

damiao_jr on Twitter has voiced more concern over the updating (through Zune) with attaching the error code that is displayed. WindowsPhoneSupport replied to the tweet with a snappy statement “we are looking into it right now”. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident, and I truly feel for the WP7 development team right now with the serious run of problems that have been present with the first update.

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3 years ago

Amusing look on a few smartphone competitors

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With all the latest innovations and releases on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, I felt as though we should take a minute to sit back, relax, and watch fanboys go berserk over the above images. The funny part? It's all mostly true in a majority of POVs. To use the table you simply look from above as "How [SYSTEM] is seen by [SYSTEM OWNERS]", there are three biased presentations and six humorous interpretations to ease us all into the start of the weekend. 

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3 years ago

Google Apps and Services on WP7 [How To]

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Google Apps and Services on WP7 [How To]

A good number of us are tied within the realm of Google, mainly for documents and emailing, but how can one explore the goodness of Windows Phone 7 when there is such a strong connection with the search engine giant (which makes Android a more feasible choice)?

Justin Willhite, of UK LifeHacker, has published a killer of an article that should help any avid Google fanboy (or post-Android owner) with the conversion process. It should be noted that the solutions provided by Justin (apart from native mail support, of course) do not support push-notification and must be updated/refreshed manually. So, how's it all done?

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3 years ago

"Find My Phone" found his golf clubs

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"Find My Phone" found his golf clubs

There's no real news here, but rather a fun and satisfying story about a thief, a mobile phone, and some golf clubs.  A friend of the author passed along his tale in which, after finishing a round of golf, he retired to the 19th hole, leaving his bag outside.  Upon coming out, he found that his golf bag was gone, as was the WP7 phone that was in the pocket.  After calling the phone several times without answer, the man returned home and quickly brought up the Find My Phone website only to see his phone moving further and further away form where he was.

Eventually, the phone came to a stop, about 80km away.  The man called the police and directed them to the location.  Later that night, he was notified that they had found the golf bag and a thief who thought he had made an easy score.

Find My Phone is a standard feature of WP7.  We highly recommend you set it up on your device if you haven't already.

 

Source: iTWire

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3 years ago

Microsoft to resume Samsung pre-NoDo updates today

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It has been a few days since the whole pre-NoDo update situation whereby some Windows Phones, specifically some Samsungs,  had crashed and burned during the flashing. Most devices just could not complete the backup necessary for installation, while a tiny percent experienced some serious failures, resulting in the device being un-bootable. As a result, Microsoft "pulled" the update for Samsung devices (though it took a little bit to propagate) in order to investigates the issue further.

Starting today, they look to resume the updates for all Samsung phones. From the just updated Windows Phone Blog:

Starting today, we plan to resume rolling out the February update to Samsung phones. Meanwhile, we’re continuing to dispatch the update to other Windows Phone models. As has been the case, the software patch is being sent out on a rolling schedule. You’ll see a message on your phone when it’s available.

During the past week the engineering team has pinpointed and fixed problems that were preventing a small percentage of Windows Phones from installing the February software patch. We apologize again for the delay and continue looking for ways to improve the update process.

While not the three days we originally heard about, the turnaround was decently fast, considering Microsoft's past reputation on such things. We now shall play the waiting game as hopefully our phone will be flagged for an update within the next two weeks.

Update: Some users are reporting getting error code 800705B4 when attempting the update (Thanks, Tahiti Bob for the heads up). The solution for some seems to be to make sure you have at least 4GB of free space on the phone.

Thanks, Chirag

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3 years ago

Bringing your Xbox Live Avatar to life

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Well…. almost.

Microsoft is partnering with two companies to let you create fully detailed 3D figurines or a 6 foot tall poster of your Xbox Live Avatar. The 3D figurine is being offered through FigurePrints and will run you $60 (including shipping). You simply go to the website, pull up your avatar and select a pose.

The 6ft tall poster comes to you by way of Fathead. Fathead has built a reputation for creating sports and entertainment wall graphics. The process is similar to ordering your 3D figure. Just pull up your avatar, select a pose and place your order. The poster will stick on any smooth indoor surface, it’s re-usable and it runs $150 for the 6ft version (3ft poster will run you $80).

The only downside to these services (asides from the $150 price tag) is that it doesn’t appear to allow use of all the avatar accessories. Some elements are not licensed for reproduction. For example, if your avatar sports an Assassin’s Creed outfit, you can’t use it. Even my Auburn University t-shirt couldn’t be used.

Regardless, either would make for interesting gifts for the "hard to buy for gamer" or for those who just can't get enough of Xbox Live.

Source: Winrumors

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3 years ago

XMaps - Review

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XMaps - Review

XMaps is a worldwide mapping application for Windows Phone 7. Similar to other navigational apps for your Windows Phone XMaps is designed to help you get from point a to b as well on the highways as well as the open wilderness.

The free application taps into openstreetmaps.org to download maps to your Windows Phone as well as offering a wide range of tools that will allow you to plan travel routes, set markers/way-points, and record your travels.

To find out more about XMaps, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy is a global phone, coming out in June? [Photos]

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First some good news: the Verizon HTC Trophy is definitely a global CDMA/quad-band GSM phone. This has technically been known since November, but since then we have had little to no word on whether that would still be the case.

Luckily, our insider managed to snag a screen shot of the Settings --> Cellular, where you can see the "Mode selection", from there you can see the CDMA/GSM settings being available to the end user. That's a huge win for Verizon customers as this makes the Trophy the first Windows "world" Phone for the carrier, something that many had wanted to Sprint to offer with the 7 Pro (especially if it's a business device). Incidentally, we hear the phone is very fast and fluid, specifically that the 'NoDo' update gets rid of the Marketplace "scrolling lag". Schweet.

The other news is the OS is confirmed to be NoDo version 7.0.7355 via user MetalHD at ppcgeeks, who snagged a photo. That is interesting because that is not the latest NoDo build, which is 7.0.7389. But it is the same build that Samsung is reportedly loading onto some phones sent back to them (see iStartedSomething). What's the difference? No one is sure yet. But, it is worth mentioning that the Sprint 'Arrive' (aka 7 Pro) does sport the latest 7389 build.

Finally, take this with a big grain of salt, but coming from a Verizon rep who's involved with the phone, the Trophy may not see the light of day till June. Now, we don't know how much stock to put into that, but it's one of those things that if you don't see this phone by end of March as rumored, well...there's your explanation. In a way it makes sense: earlier build of the OS, phone is now "testing" with large corporate partners---that doesn't sound like "ready to launch", but it does still sound close.

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3 years ago

Frogger headlines the Xbox Live Deal of the Week program

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Earlier today we reported that three Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7 dropped in price. As it turns out, one of those price drops is only temporary. Don’t worry , it’s actually good news!

Today marks the beginning of the Xbox Live Deal of the Week program. A similar program has already proven extremely successful on the Xbox 360. Every Wednesday, a different Xbox Live title will go on sale for one week only. The focus is on games that may have passed under gamers’ radars. The Deal of the Week program will give these titles a chance to shine. Unlike the Xbox 360's Deal of the Week - which is only available to Xbox Live Gold members -Windows Phone 7 Deals of the Week will be open to all Windows Phone 7 users.

This week’s Deal of the Week is Frogger from Konami Digital Entertainment. Frogger is on sale for $1.99 – 33% off its regular price of $2.99. The Windows Phone 7 version of Frogger is a faithful HD remake of Konami’s 1981 arcade game. The objective is simple: help frogs cross the dangerous highway and river to reach their homes.

We had wondered if $1.99 could be a new standard price point for Xbox Live titles (which currently come in $2.99, $4.99, or $6.99 varieties), but now we know that’s not the case. Still, it’s great to see Microsoft giving gamers a break and helping older titles reach a new audience with lower prices. The mobile Deal of the Week does not currently have a dedicated webpage, but that should be rectified soon. In the meantime, WPCentral will keep you informed about every Xbox Live deal and price drop.

Thanks to Karl Stricker at Microsoft and Alexandria Akhavan at Edelman for letting us know about the program.

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3 years ago

Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

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Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

We've got more March Madness hitting the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Mobile Madness 2011 brings the bracket, live scores and final scores from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to your Windows Phone.

Mobile Madness takes full advantage of the Windows Phone hub layout. The bracket will span three pages detailing every round of the tournament. Your Live Page will display the scores of current games in progress or due to start. You then go the the Final Page to review the final scores for the games.

The tournament bracket is currently empty and will be updated once the final tournament bids are awarded on March 13, 2011. The only thing missing with Mobile Madness is the ability to create your own Tournament Bracket to predict the winners. For that, you'll need to install Brackets.

Mobile Madness is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Brackets: March Madness for WP7

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Brackets: March Madness for WP7

March Madness has arrived on your Windows Phone. Brackets is a bracket building app for Windows Phone 7 that walks you through the various rounds of the tournament, building your bracket along the way.

You start your bracket building with Round One, selecting the winning team by tapping on the name of that particular team. The four regions of the tournament are spread out in Metro Style and once you complete your Round One selections, you advance through the rounds until you reach the Final Four. Here you select the Final Four winners as well as the overall champion and game score. Once completed, simply tap "Email Bracket" and you can send yourself a printable version.

Currently the application is loaded with random College teams and once the official tournament bids are announced, the app will be updated on March 13th.

Brackets is a free application and can be found here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Android is stealing our Metro mojo

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Android is stealing our Metro mojo

As if the iPhone-WP7 launcher wasn't enough, someone has gone and created a pretty thorough Metro launcher for Android called 'Launcher7'.

Featuring tiles, customization and the normal shoddy icons, the app is actually pretty good for Android (so far, they've had less than stellar WP7 "clones"). Anyways, watch the video above from our sister-site Android Central to get an idea. Hey, imitation is flattery and lets be honest, Android never looked so good.

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3 years ago

Accumulus develops credit card payment application for WP7

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Businesses are constantly trying to capitalize on the ever-increasing number of smartphone users out there.  We've seen Acculynk bring PaySecure debit processing system to phones, Starbucks accepting payments via apps, and Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) launch credit card-reading platform Square.  Now, billing subscription management company Accumulus has developed their own credit card payment application for Windows Phone 7.

Using a direct connection to Authorize.net, Accumulus's product can charge, refund and view credit card history right from any WP7 device.  Its versatility allows businesses to conduct transactions from the tradeshows and showroom floors alike.

Check out the video...head to the 2 minute mark to see the WP app in action.

Source: WinExtra

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3 years ago

A little hands-on time with the Terrestar Genus

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Back before Windows Phone 7 hit the market, one of the interesting developments for Windows Mobile was the Terrestar satellite phones. The sat phone was designed to be a hybrid, utilizing conventional, earthly bound, wireless networks but when no such network was available, the phone could tap into a an orbiting satellite to make calls.

A key feature of the Terrestar Satellite Phone, the Genus, was its size. Most sat phones were bulky with a big fold-away antenna. The Genus was compact, not much larger than the Treo Pro and lacked that big, bulky antenna.

The New York Times was able to spend some hands-on time with the Genus and found it to be a series of compromises. While it lacked the fold-away antenna, if you held the phone a certain way you would block the signal. You would also have to make sure the Genus was oriented towards the Terrastar satellite and you needed to use the ear facing the satellite or your head would block the signal.

Then you have the lag times with it taking up to two minutes for the Genus to initialize and connect to the satellite. You also have pauses between you speaking and the listener hearing what you’ve said. With all the performance issues, the $1,070 price tag (optional external antenna runs $300) one has to wonder why bother.

I guess if you frequently travel out into the great beyond and loose all your wireless reception, having to wait a few minutes to make a call via satellite might be a compromise worth making.

The Terrestar Genus is being offered over at AT&T and will run $1,070 ($800 for AT&T’s Small Business and Government customers). The Genus isn’t available through AT&T Retail and for more information you’ll need to contact AT&T’s Business Programs.

Source: Gadgetwise

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3 years ago

'SendStuffNow' for Windows Phone: a cloud-based file transfer service

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Smith Micro Software have released 'SendStuffNow' for Windows Phone 7 (previously available on iPhone and Android). The app is part of their "cloud-based managed file transfer service", which is fancy talk for sending big files to and fro when email is not an option.

This is mostly geared for business/enterprise environments as you have to pay for the file storage/hosting (starts at $120 a year for 2GB), but it offers a nice streamlined method by which many users or team members can actively work on and exchange large files, even on their mobile:

SendStuffNow offers an easy-to-use, secure file-sharing service that overcomes the file size limitations of email, FTP, or MMS. SendStuffNow uploads the large files to a cloud based service from which users can share them with coworkers, customers, and other collaborators. Recipients receive an invitation from you via SendStuffNow and can then download the shared files using a web browser. Recipients do not need any accounts or special software.

Actually, that does sound kind of useful. For more info, head to Smith Micro's site right here and you can download the software for your phone here. You can read more on the release and its importance to IT and enterprise here at The Street.

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