Recent Articles

Headlines

3 years ago

Microsoft looking into vanishing keyboard in Mango

63

A number of Windows Phone users running Mango have complained about their keyboards performing a disappearing act and I can confirm that mine too vanishes on the rare occasion. An active thread is accumulating posts over at the XDA Developer forum with experiences and complaints. Microsoft has since confirmed that they are looking into the reports with a reply to a Twitter user who tweeted about the issue. Mary Jo Foley, of ZDNet, received a statement from the software giant:

Customer support is working with the individuals reporting changes to their experience. We are investigating these reports to determine the root cause of any issues users are having.

Have you come across this problem?

Source: Twitter, ZDNetXDA Developer forum, via: WinRumors

More →
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
3 years ago

New HTC Radar ad airs on ITV in the UK, actually looks good

15

Well, we've heard that HTC (and Samsung) will start picking up some of the slack on advertising for Windows Phone and now we see the fruits of their labor, at least the start of it.

On ITV in the UK, HTC's new ad for the Radar was spotted by WinRumors. The ad showcases Annika Lischke who's an artist/designer type and places emphasis on her managing her life instead of work. It closes with the tag line "In the right hands, it brings you closer" and seems to nail the right elements for the device and OS. Put people first and the People Hub are the main selling points here.

While the commitment and breath of HTC remains to be seen with Windows Phone, this ad seems to be a fairly solid effort. Hopefully we'll see more.

More →
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
3 years ago

ShopSavvy barcode scanner, deal finder finally gets its Mango update

4

ShopSavvy was one of the first bar-code scanners to hit the Marketplace and it has quite the following, mostly because of its super "deal finder" capabilities. Sure, in Windows Phone Mango we actually have this feature built into Bing Vision, but ShopSavvy ain't half bad either.

Now with version 1.8, ShopSavvy finally goes to Mango, making it reach its full potential by giving it live-scanning ability. In addition, you can now pin new scans directly to your Start screen, which is a great way to (a) remember you wanted that item or (b) quickly check on internet and local prices to see if there are any changes.

The app's scanner is quite nice, using the flash when necessary and performing as good if not better than Bing Vision. We easily found the lowest prices for our items with little effort, although the local-mapping feature leaves a lot to be desired (despite being a good idea). Actually, one of the most useful features is the "Deals" area which highlights specials going for major chains like Target, Macy's, Best Buy and more.

Of course it's a free app and we're not too sure how it performs in other countries, but with the Mango update, it's well worth a spin. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Sprint back-steps on Buyback program and removes the Arrive

26

We're not going to claim credit for this, but obviously there was quite a backlash against Sprint for using the Arrive as the poster-child for their Buyback program, at least if you go by the comments. If you recall, Sprint put the Arrive up for their Buyback program, which was prominently featured on the Sprint iPhone 4S page.

Now, perhaps due to a change of heart or perhaps a phone call from Microsoft, the Arrive has been replaced by the LG Lotus Elite. Hey, maybe they regularly rotate those phones and this is just coincidence, so we'll keep an eye on it, but at least for now the Arrive is spared the humiliation of being the iPhone 4S trade-in phone.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kien G., for the tip!

More →
1
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Italy getting a Nokia Windows Phone in November too

1

As if we needed any more proof that as soon as Nokia World is wrapped up at the end of October, the Finnish company will be getting ready to pump out Nokia phones to numerous European countries just a few weeks later, Italy steps up.

That's right my Italian friends, according to the site iPhoneItalia, who managed to get a pricing list from TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), you should be getting that new, unspecified, Nokia Windows Phone sometime in November (we're betting the first half).

No pricing or model number is present, but the SeaRay is the obvious contender. We're sure such details aren't too important though as many will be wanting to get their hands on such a phone as soon as possible. So get saving!

Source: iPhoneItalia, via Plaffo

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Nokia ring tone not being replaced, but reloaded

13

Last week we covered the announced winner of the Nokia ring tone competition, which saw a 24-second dub step mix in line to be shipped onto 100 million Nokia handsets. The reaction from consumers and the media was mixed just like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. Nokia has since published an article on their blog detailing that this will not replace the original ring tone, but simply be bundled with stock tunes.

Of course, should you not be diggin' the winning entry, there are five runners up that are definitely worth checking out. Head on over to the Nokia blog post below for links to the other tracks to download yourself.

Source: Nokia

More →
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
3 years ago

Hope for the Dell Venue Pro and Internet Sharing

10

In order for our Windows Phones to ever tether via WiFi, it needs at a minium specific hardware--a BRCM 4329 chipset. A few days ago, via XDA, it was reported that the Dell Venue Pro had a BRCM 4325 chipset and therefor was completely out of the running for ever having Internet Sharing/tethering even hacked on, let alone officially granted.

Now some contradictory information has appeared, information which we are much more likely to believe due to the source, which is the official service manual for the Dell Venue Pro aka Dell Lightning.

Scrolling down to hardware specifications and looking under the WiFi/Bluetooth/FM area on page 7, we can clearly see that the BRCM 4329 chipset is listed, meaning in fact the Dell Venue Pro can have WiFi tethering/Internet Sharing--in theory, at least. Assuming that info is correct, and we have little reason to doubt that it isn't, then all that is needed are the correct drivers--no small feat for such a  unique phone. Still, there's little technical reason as to why Dell couldn't offer the Internet Sharing capability of Mango, if they chose.

Download the service manual here and take a look for yourself. Big thanks to Tom for the tip and the file upload!

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Age of Empires Online app for Windows Phone

7
7

Age of Empires Online app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has recently announced the first purchasable civilization pack for Age of Empires Online, a multiplayer version of the popular RTS series by Ensemble. What's more interesting is the team has also announced that a Windows Phone app will be made available later this month.

The Age of Empires Online app will allow players of the PC game to view statistics and recipes for items, access to a materials calculator that displays which items can be crafted with available resources on the account, and will enable users to view most popular items crafted in the community. Unfortunately no client as of yet, but here's hoping.

Update: The app is available to download for free.

Source: AOEO Blog, via: Kotaku, thanks hommus01for the heads up!

More →
1
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Microsoft and Brightpoint to push Windows Phone to Africa and Middle East

10

Microsoft Middle East has announced a partnership with global wireless distributor Brightpoint to push the Windows Phone platform in Africa and the Middle East (MEA). The Windows Phone Online Shop is a planned e-commerce website that will allow consumers all across MEA to purchase and receive a handset running Microsoft's latest OS. It is set to launch later this year.

Gustavo Fuchs (in above photo, left), Microsoft Mobility Director in Middle East and Africa, had the following to say about the platform and the partnership aim:

"Smartphone growth is fueling the worldwide mobile phone market and Windows Phone is poised to lead this trend. In fact, IDC recently projected that Windows Phone will have the second largest share of the Smartphone market by 2015. We are seeing huge Smartphone growth in the region and this is expected to continue with a prediction of 38 percent year on year growth for 2012. The launch of the Windows Phone Online Shop will help fuel the appetite of consumers in the region."

Anurag Gupta, President of Brightpoint Europe, Middle East and Africa, went onto talk about the strength of the relationship with Microsoft and their product:

"We are happy to strengthen further our long term relationship with Microsoft in support of their Windows Phone offering. Our expertise in offering e-commerce and supply chain solutions will enable consumers across Middle East and Africa to purchase Windows Phone devices online to be delivered to their doorstep. We will continue to invest and expand our portfolio of services and footprint in the Middle East and Africa region."

As Buzz Lightyear would say, "To infinity... and beyond!"

Source: AMEinfo

More →
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
3 years ago

Online media marketing for indie developers

0

Ignition Studios, developer of Monkey Mini Golf (see our review), has completed a white paper on marketing experiences with pushing their brand and products through media promotion. Starting today, the games studio will use the next few weeks to publish points from this document to aid other indie developers who are looking to promote their own titles.

The article takes the reader through the history of the video game industry and what limitations are imposed as an indie developer or an established studio. Next, strategies are discussed surrounding social media and how a game developer interacts with consumers. Lastly, we're walked through some marketing metrics:

  • Exposure
  • Influence
  • Engagement
  • Action
  • Retention

It's certainly worth checking out, even if you don't develop games the information can be applied for apps as well.

Source: Ignition Studios

More →
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
3 years ago

Major Halo Waypoint revamp and new ATLAS feature coming this fall

2

The Halo Waypoint app is a useful way for gamers to check on their accomplishments in the Halo Xbox 360 games while on the go. But the mobile version of Waypoint lacks a few of the Xbox 360 version’s features, such as viewing campaign progress. That will change this fall, when 343 Studios overhauls all three versions of the Waypoint (Xbox 360, WP7, and PC) to more closely match each other in looks and features. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Halo Waypoint will soon gain the ability to create custom challenges in Halo Reach. The game already features daily and weekly challenges, but now players will be able to make their own (such as scoring a certain number of head shots or grenade kills in specific maps) and share them with friends. Sure, that feature could have just been patched directly into Reach, but including it in Waypoint will encourage more players to check out the Halo-themed portal.

Head past the jump to learn about the Halo ATLAS app and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

You, Me and Words - Review

2
2

You, Me and Words - Review

You, Me and Words joins the healthy list of Boggle type games on the Windows Phone Marketplace. But there's something different about You, Me and Words that sets it apart from the other games such as Wordrix and Word Arena.

For starters, instead of a 4x4 grid of letters, You, Me and Words has a 3x3 grid. If my math is correct, that means you have seven fewer letters to build words off of. You also don't have to link the letters together, you simply tap the letters in sequence to build the word.

To read more on You, Me and Words just follow the break.

More →
1
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

easyRing - App Spotlight (Updated)

11
11

easyRing - App Spotlight (Updated)

We received several tips to take a look at the Windows Phone app easyRing. So we did.

easyRing is a ringtone app for Windows Phones running Mango (Windows Phone 7.5) that taps into millions of free and legally obtained mp3 tones that are on Amazon.com and Mobiles24.com.

easyRing lays everything out nicely with a page to search ringtones by keyword or browse by about a dozen categories. Once you find a ringtone you are interested in, there are two button controls at the bottom of the page. One to preview the tone and one to download it to your phone.

Once you've downloaded a few tones, you can review what you've collected through easyRing from the Downloaded page and save them to your phone or delete them from your collection.  Once saved to the phone you can find them under settings>ringtones+sounds as a custom ringtone.

The ringtones range from Bollywood tunes to Funny tunes to Video Game Music tunes. It's a decent collection of ringtones and you only download the tones you want. There is a free trial version available for easyRing that will let you search and preview the tones but to download the tunes, you'll need the $.99 full version.

You can find easyRing over here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Update:  We recieved a little clarification on the trial version limitations.  Here's what easyRing's support had to offer,

The trial version allows you to search and download unlimited mp3 files. But to install those as your ringtones you need to copy them to the tone folder, and you are allowed 3 times with the trial. In another word, you can freely search, download and listen but can have only 3 ringtones installed.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Impossible Mountain - Review

1
Show More Headlines

Pages