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3 years ago

BoxShot updated, bringing 'pinnable' folder functionality to your Windows Phone

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BoxShot, a light Dropbox app for Windows Phone, has been updated to 2.2. In this update we now have pinnable folder functionality, allowing users to pin individual folders from their Dropbox account to the home screen for more convenient access. The app will also now be displayed in the Pictures Hub under the "Applications" pivot, and a few fixes were thrown into the mix.

You can download Boxshot from the Marketplace for just $.99 (79p), with a free (ad-supported) version available. Be sure to check out our full review of the app too.

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3 years ago

Puzzle Quest 2: Xbox Windows Phone Review

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Puzzles games often feature enjoyable gameplay, but they rarely give users a reason to keep on playing beyond chasing high scores (or Achievements). That’s what made the original Puzzle Quest so special. Australian developer Infinite Interactive (later bought out by Firemint) had the revolutionary idea of combining the core gameplay of a puzzle game with a sizable RPG adventure. Naturally a slightly less-inspired sequel followed, this time branching out to even more platforms. Namco handled the Windows Phone port of Puzzle Quest 2, squeezing the lengthy console game into a tiny mobile package.

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3 years ago

Grooveshark support for Windows Phone hangs on IE bug fix

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James Hartig has published a blog article that outlines the reasoning behind the Grooveshark music streaming service not working on Windows Phone (via HTML5). It's all down to... hold your breath... a bug in Internet Explorer. Who would have thought, eh? According to Hartig, once he looked into the problem (after a number of Windows Phone owners complained that streaming could not be achieved) he came up with the following conclusion.

"It seems that the AJAX calls we were making to our API were failing when they were requested over HTTPS. The Microsoft team states that it is a bug with IE8 that you cannot do AJAX calls through XDomainRequest to HTTPS pages from HTTP pages. They never bothered to fix it for IE9. The simple solution would be to just load the site in HTTPS and make all calls in HTTPS, however that is not possible right now.

We only have 1 call to HTTPS on the site right now, but in the future, users will need to login and perform actions that require HTTPS, so this issue is quite the show-stopper."

So it seems we will not be seeing support for Grooveshark anytime soon, and with the issues they're having with apps on iOS and Android (pressure from record labels), we doubt we'll be seeing an official Windows Phone app anytime soon. We did have Music Shark for a while, but this app doesn't appear to be available.

Source: James Hartig, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

HTC Ultimate (aka TITAN) getting 8107 update in Brazil

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Seems like everyone is getting the 8107 update today, well everyone except us in the States. Now we're getting word from a few readers that those down in Brazil who have the HTC TITAN, which goes by the name of HTC Ultimate down there, is getting two updates: 7740 followed by 8107.

No other goodies on board but why would you need anything else when you're getting two solid OS updates in a row? (For the record, if you get 8107 you always get 7740 before hand if you don't already have it). That's one more country/device down though for that nasty keyboard bug!

Thanks, Jonathan S. & Ricardo T., for the tips!

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy users now getting radio update

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We're getting a lot of reports in from readers that Verizon is now pushing out their radio firmware update for the HTC Trophy. We reported on this a few days ago, noting that it would fix the GSM roaming issue that many faced when returning to the US.  The update brings users to the following:

  • OS version: 7.10.7720.68 (same)
  • Firmware revision number: 2305.13.20110.605
  • Radio software version: 1.53.00.12.01_23.17w.05.13U

Note, some users are reporting that this brings the 8107 OS update. As far as we can tell, it does not nor should users expect that update to happen anytime soon (though who knows what Verizon's plans are).

For users though who "forced" their Trophy's to 8107, you probably just blocked your radio update as the server's won't recognize your device as matching those needing this fix. We have a few reports from our forums of just a scenario and for you, we have no answer how to "force" this update. Of course, we did warn users on our Podcast that forcing the 8107 update may have unintended consequences and that's what we are seeing now.

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Unlocked Samsung Focus I917 for $215 at Buy.com

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Buy.com has the unlocked Samsung Focus on sale for $215 with free shipping.  This is down 38% from its regular $349.99, a pretty sweet deal for one of the great first-generation Windows phones.  The Focus sports a generous 4" super-AMOLED screen in a thin form factor.  It has 8GB of storage, but is open for expansion up to 32GB with certain MicroSD cards.  While it's not the newest of the new, the Focus is still a solid pick, especially at this price.

Source: Buy.com; WPCentral Forums; Thanks, petersun21, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 'My First Smartphone' Windows Phone sweepstakes

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T-Mobile U.S. is hosting a "My First Smartphone" sweepstake on their Facebook page. What are the grand prizes? Nokia Lumia 710 handsets and a free year of service, for four lucky winners. All that's required from entrants are personal details (as is the case with any Facebook promotion) as well as describing what smartphone feature(s) would change your life in 100 words or less.

The competition is perfect for those who are yet to upgrade to a smartphone with the Lumia 710 being a superb low-end Windows Phone. Competition ends on February 17th. Be sure to check out the sweepstake rules.

Source: T-Mobile US Facebook, thanks Kyle for the tip!

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3 years ago

More images of 2010 Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype appear

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A few days ago we saw some new images of a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype. At the time, it looked to be a device code-named "Julie", a 4" QWERTY slider that was believed to have been canceled in 2010 after SE pulled out from Windows Phone development.

NokiaWP commented that this newly imaged prototype was running Mango though we could not verify that at the time. If it were Mango or later, it could very well signify a new attempt at Sony to embrace Windows Phone.  Looking at these new images, we are confident in saying that this is the old prototype and it is not Mango. Evidence comes from the Windows Phone boot screen, which is clearly the pre-Mango era logo as well as the old Xbox LIVE and Internet Explore tiles on the Start screen.

In other words, while this would certainly be a killer device to add to our collection, we do not believe that these images reveal any new strategy by Sony to re-enter the Windows Phone market. Perhaps they still do have plans either now or in the future, but this device is clearly a 2010-era relic.

Interesting though for what might have been, eh?

Source: NokiaWP; Thanks, Juddy, for the tip

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3 years ago

Microsoft records a record quarterly revenue of $20.9 Billion

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The Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012 was very good to Microsoft. The company announced today a quarterly revenue of $20.89 billion which represents a 5% increase from the prior year period. Operating Income is reported at $7.99 billion with Net Income rising to $6.62 billion.

Commenting on the financial report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer states,

“We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services. Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we’re seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets, and television in 2012.”

With Windows 8 on the horizon and new Windows Phones just around the corner, 2012 could be very successful for Microsoft. You catch the full Quarterly Release past the break.

Source: Microsoft

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3 years ago

WPCentral Forums - Feedback & announcements

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Nestled way down close to the bottom of our forums you will see our WPCentral Meta forums. This is where we talk about our website and it's a good place for you to give us feedback. In this area we will post announcements and try to keep everyone up to date on what we are doing.

In the Meta forums you can post a question about our site or make a suggestion. We love it when you do that! Let us know how we are doing and maybe make a suggestion or two. We take every post in to consideration, but keep in mind we can't always meet every request. We are making a lot of changes to the website, so if you notice something out of the ordinary or something we might have overlooked, please let us know. 

Remember you have to register to post, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: ByeByeBrain App-ocalypse

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The other day we took a look at ByeByeBrain, a zombie slaying tower defense game for your Windows Phone that has been around since the dawn of time and it simply flew beneath our radar.  ByeByeBrain is a marvelous game and it has recently spun a sequel, ByeByeBrain: App-ocalypse. BBB: App-ocalypse, for short, takes the ByeByeBrain game to a new level by adding more stages, levels, and weapons into the mix.

The object of the game hasn't changed. You still need to position your characters in such a manner to prevent the zombie hordes from crossing the screen. As you wipe out the zombies you earn cash that can be used to purchase (or is it enlist) additional characters. You get twenty lives and with each zombie who survives your defenses and passes across the screen, you lose a life.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 in Spain also getting some 8107 love

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While we have no such luck on any carrier here in the US for the coveted 8107 OS update, Lumia 710 users in Spain are now able to get that very update starting today. However, there is no accompanying firmware update, just the OS.

That's impressive because the Lumia 710, which shipped with 7740, was introduced there just last week (much like the US) and they're already rolling out that all-important update. The primary fix for 8107 is of course the disappearing keyboard bug as well as additional security patches.

Will any of us in the States get this update? Fingers are crossed. Read our review of the T-Mobile Lumia 710 right here.

Source: Mi Movil Windows

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3 years ago

Site Announcement: Official WPCentral App hits version 2.0

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If you're like us, you woke up this morning to an update for Version 2.0 our official WPCentral App. Developer (and podcast co-host) Jay Bennett has been hard at work these last few months incorporating all those changes and features that you've requested. In addition, new optimizations and layout changes have made the experience even better. So what's new? Let's cut to the chase...

  • Redesign of the app interface
  • Comments system with add, reply-to and delete (tap and hold to see more options)
  • Offline article reader
  • Brand new wallpapers section - more to come in v2.2
  • Customisable live tile
  • Articles with multiple Apps to download now provide a list for you to choose from
  • Added developers section
  • Multiple optimisations & speed improvements

As you can see, the BIG addition is the ability to finally comment on posts from within the app. Heck, you can reply to specific people and even delete your comment...hoorah! Plus with our new Live Tile system, the app will look even more pretty on your fancy Start screen. Not to be outdone though, Jay is already hard at work on v2.1 which will be some minor bug fixes, so expect that soon too. Then comes version 2.2 with our Wallpaper feed (previewed in the app now).

A big and personal thanks to Jay for all his hard work as well as staff writer Rich Edmonds for graphic design and Tom Kaminiski for handling the back-end details. The app is free/ad-supported/feature limited or it can be "unlocked" for $0.99 for the ad-free, full-featured version. Pick it up here in the Marketplace or scan below.

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3 years ago

AdDuplex network usage data show interesting Windows Phone trends

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AdDuplex has released some interesting statistics from a couple of days activity of almost 700 apps using the network's advertising service. Over the course of two days, the apps on the network were used in 189 countries, by 166,000 users. The U.S. (as expected) is leading the group with 34%, but should we look at data from just last month (chart below) you'll notice a slight change.

Countries that saw Windows Phone (and the Marketplace) being launched jumped up in usage percentage (India, Russia, etc.), which are positive signs of reach and let us not forget that this is data only on the AdDuplex network. Head on over to the AdDuplex blog to read up the full report (as well as see the breakdown of countries).

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

ZTE reveals that Windows Phone license fees are higher than first thought

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Portfolio Manager for ZTE UK, Santiago Sierra has revealed to TrustedReviews that the reason Windows Phones manufactured by the Chinese company will be more expensive is due to the licensing fees set by Microsoft, which he placed between £20-25 ($30-40) per license. This amount is more than what was believed, without any official fee being revealed. 

We would like to believe the higher cost of the license is justified by certain features of the operating system - including Xbox LIVE, Office, and more. However, it has always been thought that licensing costs for HTC and Samsung to be between £5-10 ($10-15), but this could be due to production volume number discounts, much like what businesses may receive when purchasing multiple copies of Microsoft Office.

This cost may prevent manufacturers (like ZTE) to pump out low cost smartphones, which can be seen with the Tania pricing (almost on par with generation 1 handsets). Let's not forget that Microsoft collects royalties from manufacturers who build Android handsets, which come to around $15 per device.

Source: TrustedReviews, via: The Verge

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