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3 years ago

Xbox Live Dashboard preview program registration is live

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Those who are eagerly awaiting the Metro UI refresh coming this fall to the Xbox, now's your opportunity as Microsoft has announced a preview program which will be kick started soon. To refresh your memory of what's coming in the update, see a recent video (French). For now they will be collecting information from signups and we can make a safe bet that a large number of folk will register their interest.

Once registered and accepted, the update will be pushed to your console and you'll be able to enjoy the following select features:

  • New design with integrated Kinect voice and gesture controls
  • Beacons
  • Facebook Sharing
  • Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile
  • Other features as they become available

To register your interest, head on over to the signup process. Be quick and reserve your seat.

Source: Microsoft Connect, via: MajorNelson

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3 years ago

Nokia 800 in Airtel poster

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3 years ago

HTC Titan and Radar coming to Taiwan

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HTC Titan and Radar coming to Taiwan

Today HTC announced that its island home of Taiwan will be seeing the HTC Titan and Radar in the very near future.  The Titan, HTC's new flagship phone, is set to hit shelves later this month at a retail price of Tw$18,900 ($619.67).  The Radar, its lower price point counterpart, is expected in November and will fetch Tw$13,900 ($455.74).

Taiwan joins the expanding Mango marketplace, along with India, who gets official Windows Phone support today.  you can bet that both will see their fair share of the bump in marketing recently promised by WP7 phone manufacturers like HTC.

Source: AFP, Via: WMPowerUser

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3 years ago

CA Governor vetoes bill requiring warrant to search phone content

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Jerry Brown, Governor of California, has blocked passage of bill SB 914, which would require police to have a court order before viewing the contents of a cell phone carried by a detained suspect.  The bill was written by State Senator Mark Leno in response to a California Supreme Court decision that classified cell phones as personal property, the same as a suspect's wallet, bag, etc., which police can currently search without a warrant.  SB 914 was passed by the California legislature and had the support of the ACLU.

Brown clarified his position in a statement:

"This measure would overturn a California Supreme Court decision that held that police officers can lawfully search the cellphones of people who they arrest.  The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections."

What's especially alarming about this action is that SB 914 would have prevented police from obtaining private information such as email, texts, financial information and internet history.  All of these things would be considered off limits on a computer without a warrant, but somehow are allowed because they are on a phone.

It's unclear is whether a suspect would be required to disclose a password in the case that they have their phone locked, but to our CA readers, you'd better password-protect your phones, just in case.  Or better yet, don't go getting yourselves arrested!

Source: Politico

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3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phones heading to India Q1 2012

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According to an interview with the Economic Times, D Shivakumar, Nokia India managing director, has said that the Finnish manufacturer is looking to launch their first Windows Phone handset in India by March 2012. For now it seems Nokia is focusing on Europe to kick-start their advancement before tackling the US and Asian markets.

"Work for the Windows phone is on track and it would be launched in the first quarter of next (calendar) year."

Not long to wait. This goes with Nokia taking on Telstra, but we're unsure of a time frame for launch. Let's not forget that lucky developers in London will be receiving the soon-to-be announced device.

Source: The Economic Times, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

High quality humorous wallpapers

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High quality humorous wallpapers

Some humorous iPhone wallpapers have been cropped over at 1800PocketPC and are ready to fit any Windows Phone. As you can see from the above sample, they look superb and are well work checking out. Glenn is the freelance graphic designer and illustrator from Auckland, New Zealand, who is behind the designs and sells amusing shirts, among other miscellaneous items. Check out his store for the free wallpaper downloads.

Source: Glennz, via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Orange FR alerts users to € 8 a month tethering option for Windows Phone?

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Some potential good news for those of you on Orange FR and who want to tether: evidently they have the billing plan now in place to charge you to use your Windows Phone as a modem/tethering. Users are being sent a text message that states (translated)

"Service Modem Orange Let's Go is available. Using his mobile as a gateway connection. From € 8 per month for the 200MB option."

Of course Orange France was noted earlier as either disabling this option initially with the Mango update, or perhaps like others, the OEMs just did not have the drivers ready. What this means, assuming it's not a mistake (and it could be just a general message sent to all phones), is that those on Orange should also expect a firmware update to their phone sometime to enable this much desired feature.

We're keeping our fingers crossed.

Source: Mon Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Turn by Turn Navigation to get offline Navteq maps this week [Updated]

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GPSTuner, developers of Turn by Turn Navigation (see GPS showdown), a popular GPS navigation app on Windows Phone are set to bring a new update that will feature Navteq maps with offline capabilities. Not only will the app sport offline usage, but it will be competitively priced to keep GPS apps on the Marketplace within most budgets.

The developer states via Facebook that the app for Europe and the US should be updated this week in the Marketplace (Hungary is already available). Australia will happen when they get maps for Australia, evidently. We'll keep an eye out, of course. Good news though for those who don't want to drop a ton of cash on Navigon, especially our European friends.

Via: Plaffo, thanks for the tip!

Update:  We've learned that this new version of Turn by Turn Navigation will be a total on-board navigation app (maps are downloaded to your Windows Phone) much like NAVIGON.  The difference being that you can choose which maps you download. 

Not sure if we'll see Turn by Turn Southeast US or Turn by Turn England (as we are seeing with Turn by Turn Hungary) or if you select the maps to download as you need them.  Regardless, it sounds as if there will be a good bit of flexibility on the map selection that should result in better pricing points and less of a burden on your Windows Phone storage.

No word on the pricing but we do know there will be a trial version.  Expect the new Turn by Turn versions to hit the Marketplace any day and as Rich mentioned, we'll keep an eye out for the new versions and get reviews up as soon as we can.

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3 years ago

Windows Phones increasing in price on eBay. A new trend?

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Here's some interesting statistics that jive nicely with that earlier Australian report on the HTC Mozart. At least on eBay in the UK demand, as measured by increasing prices, has been on the upswing for the last few weeks for certain Windows Phone models, specifically the HTC Mozart, Dell Venue Pro and HTC 7 Pro--basically the creme of the crop, if you ask us.

The measurements, as graphed above, show a steadily increase in price since early September, just when Mango-fever was picking up. The jump in price is also fairly significant, with the 7 Pro going from an average of £240 to £350 in just 30 days.

Sure, it could be coincidence and perhaps other factors are at play here, but to our eyes, this is starting to look like a trend. We should note though, not all Windows Phone are benefiting from the "Mango bump" as the HTC HD7, Samsung Omnia 7 and and HTC Trophy are all down. Thoughts?

Update: WPCentral reader Oli S. lets us know the same trend shows on Amazon.de too, with the HD7 increasing from 330 € to over 400 € now and staying steady.

Big thanks to Lorenc for the info!

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3 years ago

Wanted: Film extras for new Windows Phone Zombie game! [UK]

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Live in London? Like zombies? Have a Windows Phone? Sweet, then perhaps you'll want to dress up like a walking dead flesh eater to participate in Chaos Created's film shoot next week for their upcoming Windows Phone game 'Zombies Ate My City'.

These are the same folks who created the live-action 'Timedancer' (Marketplace link) for Windows Phone and now they need your help to be a part of their next big title. Bonus: you get your name in the game credits.

Sound like a fun way to spend a few hours? Then head on past the break to get all the details...

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3 years ago

30% percent of Windows Phones now on Mango

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It was just six days ago when we reported that Mango hit 20% of Windows Phones world-wide (17% in the US). The info came via the free app "...I'm a WP7!" which collected the data from its 83,000 users.

As of today, the number has hit 30% world-wide with Windows Phone owners in the U.S. following closely at 27%. The data sample this time is also much larger, with over 93,000 users now on board using "...I"m a WP7!", making it even more reliable and statistically significant.  At the current rate, Windows Phone Mango should hit a 50% adoption rate by October 22nd, less than 30 days after the update went "live" for a limited amount of users. Not bad, not bad at all for Microsoft's big-update.

One thing that is for certain, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can deploy such a large update to scale once Windows Phone gains more market share. So long as the number of different Windows Phone devices stays relatively small (compared to Android), we think it shouldn't be a problem.

Pick up a "...I'm a WP7!" here in the Marketplace to see for yourself, as well as other interesting user stats.. (Thanks, Judge Daniel & TheWeeBear for the tip)

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3 years ago

India launches Windows Phone 7.5 with the HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro

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We reported a few days ago that Microsoft India was set to officially launch Windows Phone there and sure enough, that day has come.

Over at the site I Love Windows Phone, Abhishek Baxi live blogged the event where all the details were revealed. The first device to launch there will be the HTC Radar, which will fetch for Rs 23,990, followed by the Samsung Omnia W  (Rs 19,900) and Acer Allegro in November, all with Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" on board.. Not bad for a launch selection at all, but no word on Nokia at this time.

In addition, two localized apps were shown off: Times of India and SnapDeal, which should make some folks happy to have those on board.

App images courtesy of I Love Windows Phone

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3 years ago

Australian HTC Mozart gets sales uptick in the last 12 weeks

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We're going to chalk this up to Mango-mania, but according to research firm Kantar, at least in Australia the HTC Mozart has been "performing well in the last 12 weeks".

While no exact figures were given, it's still interesting that such an increase was noted in the first place--especially since Android seems to be exploding there, now surpassing the iPhone. The HTC Mozart is a relatively old phone, being part of the generation 1 launch devices. Having said that, it's also one of the nicest in terms of design, featuring a solid, unibody case and a near perfect size for the pocket.

So why the sudden increase? Perhaps with the impending Mango update and all the news surrounding Windows Phone of late, including lots of positive reviews, consumers are finally taking notice.

Source: CNet Australia; Thanks, Dean, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone coming to Telstra

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Nokia Windows Phone coming to Telstra

Good news for those on Telstra, looks like you folks will be getting a shot at Nokia's Windows Phone (we assume the SeaRay/800). Though it's not too clear when you'll be getting it, it sounds like sooner than later.

From an article by Channel News in Australia, a source from Telstra has revealed that Nokia has already showed them the phone:

"It is very smart and visually appealing" they said. "The issue will be whether consumers are prepared to invest in a Windows based model. They haven't in the past" said the Telstra executive.

Of course that statement is interesting on two levels, one for the Nokia info but also Telstra seems unimpressed so far with Windows Phone as a seller on their network. Lets see if this changes things up a bit, eh?

Thanks, Hommus01, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Smile! iBlast Moki is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Smile! iBlast Moki is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

It’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week time! This week, Godzilabs’ physics puzzler iBlast Moki gets the sale treatment. It’s on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.

As our review indicates, the goal in each of iBlast Moki’s many levels is to knock the round Mokis into the level exit using bombs and other physics tools. It’s challenging but enjoyable, and the cute Mokis certainly don’t hurt. If I had to compare iBlast Moki to the other Xbox Live physics puzzle games, I’d put it just above Enigmo, tied with Implode!, and below the seminal Tiki Towers. Yes, I like comparing these games.

iBlast Moki will be on sale for one week only before returning to regular price. Scoop it up here on the Marketplace.

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