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3 years ago

WPCentral Holiday Gift Guide: Automotive Accessories

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Happy Holidays everyone! With the holiday's fast approaching, everyone is looking for gift ideas. We thought we would offer a few gift ideas over the next few days.

First up, automobile accessories. These are range from stocking stuffers to items that would make any Windows Phone user a great under-the-tree present. Gift ideas to make the most of your Windows Phone while out and about in your car.  To see what we'd recommend, hop on past the break.

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3 years ago

31 Days of Mango app now in the Marketplace [Developers]

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We mentioned how developer Jeff Blankenburg was doing a 31-Days of Mango tutorial via his blog a few weeks ago. The idea was to publish a tutorial about specific app development on Windows Phone every day, giving a kind of boost for newbies out there as well as some tips for those with previous experience.

Now you can take the whole series with you on the go via the app, which is kind of meta when you think about it. The app does fetch for $0.99 and considering all the knowledge you're getting, seems like a fair offering for the man. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

First pic of TalkBox voice-chat app for Windows Phone

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The other day we mentioned that TalkBox was well on its way to Windows Phone. The popular voice-chat app allows you to record less-than one minute messages which you can then pass on to other TalkBox users or post to your Twitter/Facebook for others to hear. The app is popular on the iPhone and Android and now looks to be coming to Windows Phone.

At the time we reported that the app was to premier at the Hong Kong launch-party for the Nokia Lumia devices and the Hong Kong fan-site We Love Windows Phone managed to track it down and take a photo. That app looks nice enough and we're always excited about having more voice chat apps in the Marketplace. Hopefully we'll be seeing it soon, especially since it already looks to be running on hardware.

Check out the TalkBox website for more info: http://talkboxapp.com/en/intro

Source: We Love Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Amazon Wireless now has the AT&T Titan for 1 penny but back-ordered

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We reported earlier yesterday about Amazon Wireless's $0.01 sale going on which had no less than seven Windows Phones on sale for a penny. One phone notably absent was the recently released AT&T HTC Titan. We're happy now to report that phone too is now available for this super deal. In fact, we've had at least two readers confirm their orders at this price, which is pretty astonishing. If you're just renewing, you're super low price is still a nice $79.99 for upgrades.

The bad news? It's backordered "8 to 9 days" meaning you'll have to wait what may seem like a very long time for such an amazing phone. And that's assuming the backorder doesn't go back further. Obviously HTC is having tight supply issues with the Titan but hopefully they can pick up the production pace. And at this price, we hope they sell a lot.

Source: Amazon Wireless; Thanks, Clifton, Jerad and Robert for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800/710 to be sold in Taiwan in mid-Dec

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Good news for those in Taiwan. Just days after announcing that the Nokia Lumia 800 (and 710) will be coming to Hong Kong , it looks like Taiwan will be getting the device too. The price is set for  18,900 (800) & 13,900元 (710) and preorders are expected to take place this Saturday.

Nokia is making a big push into markets that typical Microsoft OEMs have had not much luck getting into or dominating. Asian markets like Taiwan and Hong Kong are key to the OS's success and it looks like Nokia has it all figured out.

Source: Mobile01.com; Thanks, Jean-François A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Xbox 360 Metro Dashboard coming December 6

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We’ve been looking forward to the fall Xbox 360 dashboard update for quite some time now. Good news: it’s coming Tuesday, December 6, a few weeks before Winter kicks in.

In addition to switching over to the Metro UI, the upcoming dash includes a host of new features: full Kinect motion and voice control (sweet!), improved avatar animations (pretty cool), a quick launch list of your ten most recently played games and apps (so nice), Cloud storage for profiles and save data (whoo hoo!), the ability to set beacons, which advertize that you’ll be playing a game at a specific time, and better Facebook integration. It also opens up a new App section which will include stuff like YouTube and UFC apps, and enables the forthcoming Windows Phone Xbox 360 Companion App's connectivity with the console.

On the downside, the 360's Metro dash is even more overflowing with ads than the current version. The clutter of advertisements sometimes make it difficult to find the actual content you’re looking for. Premium themes, at least in the current beta version, lose some of their luster as Friends list backgrounds have vanished. Worst of all, the beta dashboard update completely the ability of one of my consoles to stay connected to Xbox Live through my router. The other system is fine though, and it’s apparently not a common problem. I hope hope hope they get that straightened out by December 6, because I hate not being able to connect and play online games and watch Netflix with my main system.

The new dashboard look is all part of Microsoft’s plan to have a unified interface between all of its platforms. Next year’s Windows 8 will also go Metro.

Source: Kotaku

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3 years ago

Handyscan gets upgraded to Mango with new scanner-feature

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Handyscan (see our old review) is easily one of out top apps for Windows Phone. If you ever need to keep receipts for expenses, photograph that insurance information after a crash, wanted to keep a copy of you passport, then you need this app. Not only does it work real well for document-image taking, but it allows you to save as a JPG or PDF, then upload it to Skydrive or Dropbox for safe keeping. It's smartly designed, elegant and makes scanning docs a pleasure.

We've been using it for so long that we thought it already was on Mango, but alas that's not the case. Now with version 3.3, you can get Mango fast-app switching but also a few other additions:

  • Independent scanning resolution and flash settings
  • Automatic trigger eliminates need to press any button, helps keeping your pulse firm for an optimal scan.
  • Mango enabled / Fast switching / New Metro look
  • Skydrive support
  • Backup/restore all your info
  • Fewer steps to scan
  • Press back to re-scan
  • Large/readable thumbnails option
  • Realistic scanning visuals
  • Fixed: scanning allowed when connected to Zune on PC
  • Fixed: corrupted zip files when too big
  • Added Czech translation

The new scanning feature is pretty wild: you hit start-scan and the app counts down, letting you concentrate on holding the phone right for the photo. The camera then scans the app, using your flash, creating the image. From there, you can adjust the crop and then apply a filter that make the text look clear. It's a very cool effect and with Mango, the app has seemingly become twice as fast to launch and execute a function.  If we sound like we're gushing, then yeah, guilty. But don't take our word, pick up the app here for $2.49 in the Marketplace with a free trial, or grab the free version here.

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3 years ago

Four new major apps for Windows Phone shown off at Mobile Acceleration Week

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Microsoft looks to be hosting a Mobile Acceleration Week this week in New York City and TechCrunch managed to track down some of the devs there building apps. The program itself is a way for developers to come together with Microsoft to get their apps fast-tracked to the Marketplace by working with Redmond directly--it's like staying after school with the teacher for a power tutoring session. These sessions happen often and at various places all the time, so in that sense, nothing new. However here we get to see some new apps that are headed our way. All of these are available on iOS and/or Android, so they look to be bigger-name apps ported over to the Windows Phone--always a good sign.

  • Flud - Another RSS reader popular on the iPhone but with a twist--social networking. Evidently you can see what your friends are reading and vice-versa. So it's like Facebook but potentially less annoying. The app looks to headed our way by January.
  • Get-a-game - Here's an app for you ballers out there who want to pick up a game at your local park. Basically it's more social networking but folks who want to play a quick game...of anything.  Certainly unique and we suppose puts Bing and networking to go use on your phone.
  • GateGuru - This should be huge. GateGuru provides "...airport directories, ratings and reviews for shops within the airports, social media sharing, itinerary management, wait times for security lines, and reviews/tips for airports". Phew! If you travel a lot, how could you not want this app?
  • Taap.it - Taap.it is evidently like Foursquare but for things instead of places. Basically you checkin with an item (shoes, services, your coffee) and then purchase and rate the item. You get more points for more interaction. Sounds kind of like Foodspotting but for stuff. We're not too crazy about that but we see some merit in it.

Not a bad lineup if you ask us and those are just a few of the apps coming down the pike. While they may not be the killer, unique apps that the platform could benefit from, it's a good sign that so many devs from other platforms are now embracing Windows Phone. In fact, that's great news as it helps level the playing field.

Source: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Unlocked international version of HTC Titan available in Canada

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If you're up north and you just need the HTC Titan, unbranded and unlocked, then you can head to NCIX.com where you can order it for $739.99  CAD. This is the same one we took a look at a few weeks ago (see video) and features the following bands: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz ; HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/2100 MHz .

We should also note it's not shipping for a few days and all sales are final, which never sits well with us. We're sure the deal is legit and who knows when a carrier in Canada will be getting 2nd gen phones, so this may be your best bet until we hear more from Bell and the like.

Source: NCIX; Thanks, Nataku4ca, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Barclays Bank releases Secure Pass app

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Barclays, a UK bank, has released a passcode generator for Windows Phone. While at least it's something from the bank to customers who use Windows Phone, the app itself is pretty poor and limited. It replaces the passcode generator for security verification and looks like an iPhone rip. The app description is a beauty:

"Secure Pass is a one-time passcode generation application"

Sure, it may just be a passcode generation app and nothing more, but it should be a full scale experience that acts as a gateway to online banking. Are you using the app for banking, what are your thoughts on it? You can download Secure Pass from the Marketplace for free.

Thanks Tahiti for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Dreadnoughts Defense heading to the Marketplace

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Ghost Engine Games is working on a tower defense game for your Windows Phone. Dreadnoughts Defense takes your tower defense to the skies with Steampunk inspired airship combat. You control the Zeph Fleet to defend the remaining Skyholds and preserve the future for your people. Game features include:

  • Storyline unveils the history of the Dreadnoughts Universe through a fifteen stage campaign.
  • Master the strategy of four standard airships and two advanced airships.
  • Battle five unique enemay ships. Deploy oil derricks to harvest oil for advanced ships.
  • Unlock twelve unique and challenging achievements. Survivor mode.

Dreadnoughts Defense is currently in the Marketplace certification and is expected to hit the open Marketplace in the coming weeks. There will be a trial version available for Dreadnoughts Defense that will let you play the first three stages, with the full version running $1.99.

The initial release will be a Nodo Version only requiring Windows Phone 7. Ghost Engine Games is already working on a Mango Version of Dreadnoughts Defense that will add online achievements, fast resume, Live Tile support and ringtones into the mix.

We'll take a closer look at Dreadnoughts Defense once it's released but based on the teaser video the graphics look great and it will be interesting to use airships in a tower defense game.  What do you guys think?

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus Flash advert in the Washington Post

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The Samsung Focus Flash has found itself being advertised in the Washington Post newspaper among a handful of other AT&T handsets. Looking good! If you're not completely aware of the second generation Focus Flash, check out our insightful review

Be sure to check out the discounts at Amazon Wireless should you be looking to purchase this Windows Phone.

Thanks David for the images!

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3 years ago

Phone House inviting customers to try the Lumia 800

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The Phone House (French version of the Carphone Warehouse) and Nokia have been inviting customers, by post, to pop in-store and check out the new Lumia 800. The actual mail is an envelope with the handset pasted all over with a mass invitation located within. It's more exposure at hand of the Finnish manufacturer and proves their Marketing department sees no bounds.

Source: Professeur Thibault

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3 years ago

1st WPCentral App Request - Ffffound by RogueCode

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It's well known Windows Phone is missing some apps that we'd like to see. A few weeks ago we were missing a solid app for the site Ffffound and decided on a whim to ask developers to make one. RogueCode answered our app-request and bam...here we are.

If you have never been to the site Ffffound (www.ffffound.com) you should take a moment and do just that, don't worry, we'll wait. Okay, as you can see, Ffffound is a site dedicated to pop art, photography and image design. Some really interesting pics are curated there and they more often than not they tend to make exciting wallpapers for your Windows Phone Lock-screen, hence our interest in wanting an app. Within a few days of RogueCode taking us up on our offer and tossing some ideas back and forth between us and him, he had a finalized app that was ready.  And darn it all, it's a gorgeous little thing--fast, smooth and intuitive to use.

The app features the ability to save, favorite and even share any images, not to mention it is easy to navigate and surprisingly fast, even over 3G. The app features a Live Tile too that flips over revealing the latest image on the site. So if you're into pop art, interesting images or photography, or you're just looking for a sweet resource for wallpapers, this is your app. You can grab it here for $0.99 with a free trial in the Marketplace. Also check out his other apps, like Tweet This Song.

Oh and we're thinking of making this a regular feature: we ask a developers to make an app, work with them on design and features and then we highlight it on the site. Anyone else think that's a good idea?

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop steps up to the U.S. challenge

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On CNET, Roger Chen has written an article pointing at Nokia and Stephen Elop regarding the U.S. market and how the manufacturer should step up their game. He went into talk about customisation, carriers, handsets and more with how Nokia has failed in the past with global products being stocked by all carriers.

"One of the biggest mistakes Nokia made in the past was to stick with its strategy of building one global device and forcing it onto every carrier in the world, with only minor adjustments to the radio and frequency. From a business perspective it made a lot of sense, allowing it to generate massive economies of scale and, accordingly, higher profit margins. Among smaller carriers around the world, that works just fine."

Chen finished the post with the question, "Are you game?" Elop has since published a tweet stating, "Roger, we're game." It would seem as though the handset maker is set to not only create a successful marketing campaign in Europe, but in the U.S. at some point too.

Via: AllAboutWindowsPhone; Thanks, aubreyq, for the heads up!

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