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2 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Save Dat Santa

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2 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...we have ringtones

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That's right people, we have ringtones and lots of them in the WPCentral forums! As you may know, since the release of Mango we have had the ability to add Ringtones to our devices. The only issue has been where to get them. It's hard enough to find the perfect ringtone, it's even harder to get it formatted properly and added to your device. No worries though, the great members of our forums have you covered.

Come join us in our 'Post your Mango phones Ringtones here' thread where you will find lots of great ringers ready for download. You will also find instructions on how to get them loaded up (you will need a PC with Zune Desktop. It's really a simple process).

Here are a few of the great ringtones that you can get right now:

That's just a few from a couple of posts (we're reaching double-digits deep in that thread). If you can't find what you are looking for be sure to post up a request as our forum members love to do this stuff. We're sure someone will take the challenge and get that ringtone ready for you!

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2 years ago

Weird device shows up at Nokia press event--probably just ID badge

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We're not sure what to make of this but over at BooredatWork, they have two photos of some odd gizmo. The little screened gadget is evidently being held by Chris Weber, President of Nokia US, at the T-Mobile-Nokia event for the 710 last week. Now at this point, we could just say it's maybe just a fancy LCD business-card, an electronic badge or some type of mini-media player and be done with it, but BooredatWork says this about it:

"...we got a  brief sneak peek at a little 3-inch Nokia Windows phone pocket tablet like device. It got 3-inch display, with no apparent physical button. No idea on specs or what the device truly is as we only saw it briefly, but it is a Windows phone based device " [Emphasis ours]

Now we're not sure why they think it is Windows Phone based (we're waiting for a response) but assuming that part is true, it is certainly a strange thing. Not only odd, but it doesn't make much sense either--Windows Phone is a bit small for a 3" screen, unless we're talking about some type of changes coming in "Tango" which we've heard has support for "smaller screens". Right now though, our Spidey sense is telling us this really isn't anything Nokia is working on but perhaps just an electronic badge/media player. See the image below:

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2 years ago

WindowsBreak: Free Interop-unlock for your Samsung device

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Over on XDA, Jaxbot has just detailed a project that he has been working on.

Basically he has managed to unlock his out-the-box Focus with nothing more than a pair of pliers (yes, I'm paraphrasing).

Now, let's take a step back. What I did was interop unlock my Samsung Focus, without using Chevron Labs, AppHub, etc. Not that I'm cheap, but it's the principle here that counts. Unfortunately, there's a catch: the exploit, while working for every device, requires further provisioning. Samsung devices can do this using the diagnostics application. Other devices have some opposition to that.

Hit the break to see how this all works.

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2 years ago

Executive Caddie is now available for free over Christmas

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Enjoy golf? Own a Windows Phone? Fancy saving $30 on a top golf app available on the platform? Executive Caddie, winner of the Windows Phone App Challenge, has had its price slashed to $0 and is within reach for anyone on a tight budget after the present purchasing spree. The 20 year old golf analysis software is a golfer's best friend when aiming for the hole-in-one. 

The Windows Phone app sports a highly accurate golf course database, on-course GPS and scorecard functionality (for up to four golfers). The GPS assistance boasts some impressive features:

  • Easily see distance to front, back, and center of the green.
  • Easily see layup distance to the 100, 150, and 200.
  • Aerial Map View showing the entire course layout.
  • Map View fairway markers and rings for the 100, 150, and 200.
  • Waypoints/markers for front, back, center, layups, bunkers, hazards, etc.
  • Zoom to your current position, the green, or the fairway.

You can download Executive Caddie from the Marketplace for absolutely nothing over the festive holiday (normally $30).

 

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2 years ago

Mystery Windows Phone: Nokia Lumia 800 or something else?

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We have a little discussion going on amongst the WPCentral writers concerning the Windows Phone used in Microsoft's Hotmail advertisement.  At first we thought it could be the HTC Titan until we noticed the Nokia apps (Drive, Maps, and Music).

We now have two schools of thought. One side of the coin has this being the Nokia Lumia 800 and the actress has small hands (hobbit hands was the description actually used). The mystery device appears to share the 800's buttons and silver strip on the back.

The other side of the coin calls for this to be a new Nokia, maybe the Lumia 900? Should the actress have average hands, the screen appears to be much larger than the Lumia 800 and the backing seems more gray than black.

So, what do you guys and gals think? Lumia 800, 900 or something else?

source: Windows Live UK Thanks goes out to Dan (the other one) for the tip!

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2 years ago

Windows Phone beats Android and is top rated at Amazon

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Nothing beats more feel good stories for Windows Phone as we countdown to the big day (should you celebrate Christmas of course). We've witnessed the Nokia Lumia 800 taking top spots around the globe in terms of orders/sales. Now it's Amazon's turn with three Windows Phones taking the top three positions (beating multiple Android handsets) on the top rated, contract-bound mobile phones list. We have the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S (4G), and the HTC Trophy. Take that Google.

Source: Amazon, thanks kooksta for the tip!

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2 years ago

Dell Venue Pro on offer from $.99 on T-Mobile or $299 unlocked

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The Venue Pro, Dell's poor first generation Windows Phone, has found itself in trouble being plagued by issues (as well as lagging behind OS updates), been at the front of some good deals, and is tagged as Dell's only contribution to the platform for the foreseeable future. Should you be after the handset which sports a 4.1" AMOLED display, 1Ghz processor, 5MP camera, and a vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, you can pick one up for $299 unlocked. If contracts are more your scene, T-Mobile is offering the Venue Pro on a two-year plan for just $.99, not bad. 

While it's a solid deal for a Windows Phone that runs Mango smoothly, do note that there's no tethering and the compass is out of service. Be sure to check out our review for more information, and head on over to the source below to take advantage of the deals.

Source: Dell, thanks Kyle for the heads up!

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2 years ago

LG Fantasy leaked on XDA Developers

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LG Fantasy leaked on XDA Developers

The LG Fantasy (the LS831, which passed through FCC earlier this year?) has been spotted on the XDA Developers forum. untitledmangxg has got his paws on the upcoming Windows Phone, and has published some photos to back up his claims (see above). While he hasn't provided any detail surrounding the specifications of the device, untitledmangxg does note that it sports a very nice 4" IPS display and is powered by Mango.

We've reached out to untitledmangxg for more information. It doesn't look half bad for a second generation device. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, thanks chaitanya91845 for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Something's amiss about Twitter...

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Something's amiss about Twitter...

Consider this a public announcement fellow Windows Phone users, you might notice some strange behaviour in several of your favourite Twitter-enabled apps, ours included.

We kept an eye on this story yesterday when we were alerted by Chris Field (the mind behind MehDoh) that he was spotting errors being returned by the Hammock library (a popular .NET library used for accessing RESTful web services). Specifically, it appears that Twitter have changed their API slightly, or introduced a small bug, which is causing errors when users try and log in to Twitter within third party apps.

The issue is not affecting everyone. In fact I can authorise all my Twitter apps and use all tweeting, replying and retweeting functionality, however I've also seen users of our v2.0 app beta sending me bug reports that are caused by this issue. If it happens to you, try again, it might authorise second time around.

Jump past the break if you want to know more...

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2 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: easyHeartRate

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Windows Phone App Review: easyHeartRate

We all know that our Windows Phones have tremendous capabilities but did you know that there's an app out there that turns your Windows Phone into a heart rate monitor? easyHeartRate is a Windows Phone app that uses your camera to measure your heart rate. easyHeartRate not only gives you a decent heart rate reading but you also have the ability to record and monitor your heart rate history, and calculate the various heart rate zones.

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2 years ago

The Lumia 800 guide on What Not To Do

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Most people like starting things off on a positive note, but I’m of the belief that you should get the horrid stuff out of the way first, and go uphill from there.

Since I got my Windows Phone 7 I have taken it upon myself to bring as many people as I can over to our side. You can think of me as one of the Microsoft WP7 Evangelists – but without the, you know, money. So I was rather pleased when I found out a family member was getting the Nokia Lumia 800. Nokia took their sweet time to finally get a phone to market so it could only be assumed that it would be a really rockin’ device, right?

After playing with the phone I immediately realized that was only half true.  As a developer I pride myself in knowing that I have developed great stuff. It isn’t perfect (else I would be Popcap),  but I avoid the obvious pitfalls as much as I can, and for the most part, do lots of QA before publishing.  Sadly, it looks like Nokia (and Microsoft), who must have approved it all, didn’t focus too much on the software side. Here’s why…

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2 years ago

WPCentral new writers: RogueCode and Rafael Rivera

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Howdy folks, as we prepare to head into 2012, WPCentral is going full speed ahead with continued changes and expansion. Recently you may have noticed our side bar (to the right) got a minimalist make-over, stripping it down to the basics as well as adding new functions (e.g. latest forum posts). That should help with load times as well as make the site cleaner and less cluttered. We've also added a 'Developers' category a the top-bar, which will just show dev related stories.

That leads us to our two new contributors to the site:

  • 'Roguecode/RogueMat' - A Windows Phone developer by trade, he's been responsible for such apps as Ffffound, Tweet this Song, Metro Wall and Relaxify. He also has a few things to say which is why he'll be occasionally writing some posts for us from a developer's perspective. In addition, he'll be helping out in our forums, specifically the Dev section. Follow Matt on Twitter @roguecode and check is swanky website here.
  • Rafael Rivera - Does he need an introduction? He's one-third of the ChevronWP7 Labs team (Long Zheng and Chris Walsh being his partners in crime). He's also quite versed in all-things Microsoft, often tearing and breaking down apps to find how they work. Heck, even co-wrote a book. He's also not shy about leveling criticism where he thinks it is due--which is why he'll probably yell at us for posting this ;-) Having already written a few stories for us, Rafael will be concentrating primarily on security and privacy in relation to Windows Phone, but in reality he can write on whatever he feels. Have questions about an app? Wonder how something works? Ask him and he'll probably get cracking on it. Find him on Twitter @withinrafael, read up on his thoughts at his site WithinWindows and check his about page to learn more.

So please give them both a warm welcome. This is all part of our continued effort to bring you the latest, informed news as well as original content to help you better understand Windows Phone and perhaps maybe gain some new insight. Don't forget, in a few weeks version 2.0 of our app will be ringing in the new year too in addition to some more changes!

-the WPCentral Team

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2 years ago

Reddit users, your Baconit is here

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Reddit users, your Baconit is here

We've mentioned in the past that Reddit (site link) is our favorite learning tool time waster and we've always enjoyed having a mobile-Reddit option. The web site is a massive collection of user-submitted stories, pictures and news where "Redditors" can up-vote or down-vote what they like. Going deeper, there are s sub-reddits for specific topics. It's a hilarious, often witty community where we often do learn a few things (as well as being entertained--hello F7U12)

Unfortunately, some of the past apps have not gone "Mango", which is a shame as fast-app switching, Live Tiles, notifications, etc. all seem very useful things for such a website. Now Quinn Damerell has made a dedicated, Mango app called 'Baconit' (the title itself is a bit of an inside joke). In development for sometime, Damerell has made quite the killer Reddit app in our opinion. No doubt he learned a thing or two interning at Microsoft last year (we hear he's also returning to join the Windows Phone team--big congrats!).

We've been running the beta for awhile now and the full version just went live in the Marketplace. The app is free, which is amazing for such quality and features everything you would want in a mobile Reddit app:

  • Full Mango Support   
  • Message Inbox with background updates
  • Unread Message / Karma Live Tile
  • Pinning of SubReddits and stories [Bug: fix coming in v1.4]
  • Endlesss SubReddit browsing
  • Fast App Switching / Multitasking
  • Local caching of all data
  • Easy voting for stories and comments
  • Logical browsing and reading of comments
  • Commenting support for stories and other comments
  • Account control and details

Like we said, it's free so if you're a Reddit user there's not reason not to use it--it's simply gorgeous and fluid, the way app should be. Pick it up here in the Marketplace and enjoy. [Edit: App appears to be US-only at this point. We've contaced the developer to inquire about future Marketplace expansion]

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2 years ago

Xbox Live: MiniSquadron control bug discovered, plus an easy workaround

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Since its announcement, we at WPCentral have been eagerly anticipating the release of MiniSquadron on Xbox Live. Imagine my disappointment then when I booted the game up on Wednesday only to discover that the virtual stick simply did not work. As a result, I couldn’t steer the plane or do much of anything besides get an Achievement for bouncing into the walls. A quick check of the comments section on Wednesday’s announcement article and other gaming forums reveals the problem is fairly widespread, though it doesn’t affect everyone.

Thankfully there is a fix for MiniSquadron’s control problem. If your game’s virtual stick isn’t working, simply restart your phone. The next time you boot up the game, the controls should be fixed. You’re then set to enjoy some 2D aerial combat!

Fat Pebble, the developer responsible for the Windows Phone port of MiniSquadron, is aware of the control bug. They have promised to fix it as soon as possible. While the inconvenience of the bug seems like a total downer, it’s actually a boon for gamers. You see, MiniSquadron was developed prior to the Windows Phone Mango update and therefore doesn’t support Fast App Switching. Now that the devs have to update the game to fix the bug, it will be easy for them to throw in Fast App Switching at the same time. Let’s just hope Microsoft allows the update to pass quickly (as they seldom do).

In the meantime, don’t let the presence of a little bug keep you from buying MiniSquadron. The workaround is a very minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.  MiniSquadron costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Touch down here on the Marketplace to get it.

Update: MiniSquadron may not receive an update to fix the control bug and its broken Achievement after all. We'll post again if things change.

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