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3 years ago

Microsoft shows off Tango Video Calling

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We've already seen one demo of Tango, the video calling feature on certain Windows Phone Mango devices. Now Microsoft has decided to showcase the feature in a short video.

Aaron Woodman, Director of the Windows Phone group, demos Tango and assures everyone that Microsoft is working hard to get Mango to the consumers. He's using the HTC Titan that sports a 4/7"screen. While Tango looks interesting, so does the Titan.  Is it me or does the Titan almost look too small to have a such a large screen?

source: windowsteamblog  Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

TouchDevelop updated to v2.2

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TouchDevelop updated to v2.2

TouchDevelop (previously known as TouchStudio when released) is a script generation app that allows users to create and run scripts that perform a wide variety of functions. The app has just been updated to version 2.2 and brings the following to the table:

  • Tutorial mode that guides you while you create your very first script
  • Code editor improvements: Swipe horizontally between actions in action editor, and vertically between statements in calculator; add new statements directly from calculator by tapping under the current expression
  • Events! Instead of writing infinite loops, you can now write actions that get invoked when certain external events are triggered

You can download TouchDevelop for free from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Flixster gets Mango-ized in v1.6

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Flixster gets Mango-ized in v1.6

Movie app Flixster, which offers access to showtimes, movie trailers and Rotten Tomatoes reviews, has made the leap to Mango in its newest version 1.6. 

The biggest improvement is the ability to create multiple live tiles for favorite movies and theaters.  Movies that get pinned to the start screen flip between the movie poster and the Rotten Tomatoes score, along with a tomato or "splat" icon.  Version 1.6 also includes Bing mobile search integration and fast app switching.

You must have Mango installed on your device for this update.  If you do, you can get Flixster here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks to Travis S. for the tip!

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3 years ago

Telstra Mango approved as well

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Telstra Mango approved as well

We recently covered Vodafone announcing that they've completed Mango testing and are now awaiting Microsoft's green light for the roll-out to begin. We've now caught wind of Telstra being prepped and ready to release the major update to customers too. So let's throw this news into the cauldron with Taiwan's HTC store upgrade and it could almost be mistaken as a dream. The 'Spring' ETD almost had our eyeballs roll across the floor.

Source: Telstra, via: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

Mango RUUs available in Taiwan

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Mango RUUs available in Taiwan

Jas Chiang, Windows Phone user, has sent in a screenshot of two Taiwan Mango RUUs (ROM Upgrade Utility), which ties in with our post detailing Mango upgrades taking place at the HTC flagship store. Why can they not update via Zune? Jas mentions that should they use the media player to update their handsets, they wont receive the CHT language pack.

It's so close we can almost taste it. This is putting some real confidence back into Microsoft's update process if all things continue to run as smoothly as they are now.

Source: @alljerry04

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3 years ago

Rocket Riot with Mango support lands in the Marketplace [Xbox LIVE]

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We have a feeling we'll be doing a lot of these posts for now on, but to start off, the Xbox LIVE game Rocket Riot (review), just hit v1.3 and in turn, is now Mango-fied (dun dun dun). (For the record, Flowerz was the first Mango Xbox LIVE game).

That's good for that game as we ended up hitting our capacitive screen buttons often with this one, forcing the game to quit. That's not a lot of fun, but now with fast-app switching, problem solved! Oh and now we supposedly get 60FPS over the traditional 30 for Xbox games and indeed, the game looks extra smooth now--nice.

We heard of a v1.3 update way back in May, where we reported this will also fix the game's handling of Achievements, amongst other things. If you got Mango already, get the game here.

Thanks, @BinaerJongleur, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official Foursquare app is now Mango compatible

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If you're on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango already, you'll be happy to know that the official Foursquare client, v2.5, is Mango compatible as of right now.

New Mango features include:

  • Fast-app switching
  • Secondary Live Tiles (for locations, but not friends)
  • App Connect

In addition, did we mention it's buttery smooth now? And call us crazy, but today IS the 15th and now we have official apps going all Mango on us. Purely coincidence! You can get v2.5 right now from the Marketplace here.

Thanks, @iLLeStEyECoN, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Taiwan launching Mango on September 16th--update only through shops though

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Yesterday morning we mentioned that Windows Phone users in Taiwan are supposedly scheduled to get WP7.5 Mango on the 16th and sure enough, that's true. What's also true is that the update won't be coming via their Zune software but instead they need to take their phone to a supported shop (with an appointment) to have a tech flash the phone. Estimated wait time: 20 minutes.

One such place is the HTC flagship store, which will be opening and taking in people to flash their phones to the Chinese-build of Mango, but users will have to have their phone backed-up themselves. While this may not be the most elegant method, it's a method where Microsoft's infrastructure is obviously still being put in place. And hey, what AT&T user here wouldn't go down to the store tomorrow if it meant getting Mango, amirite?

Source: Microsoft TW; via: ILoveWP; Thanks, @SkyLanD and @JohnnieXu, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Google buys 1,023 IBM patents to defend Android

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It's a war out there. Whether it be Apple relentlessly kicking HTC and Samsung into the ground, Microsoft going after royalty fees or Nokia taking on the half-eaten Apple it's a kill zone and patents are the centre of attention. Because of the recent acquisition of Motorola (for more patents) by Google and the scale of attack from companies outside the Android castle, many OEMs are looking at alternatives to Google's platform.

The search giant has now purchased 1,023 patents from IBM to help strengthen a defence against future lawsuits attacking Android OEMs (this is in addition to an earlier purchase from IBM in July). Google has transferred nine patents to HTC in the last week for use in a new lawsuit against Apple, which will intensify the patent battle further between the two.

And so it continues...

Via: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Why Windows 8 is better than the post-PC iPad

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3 years ago

Weave v3.1 for Mango lands in the Marketplace

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Just a few weeks ago, Weave, the super slick RSS news reader, received a major UI overhaul which we gave high marks due to its exceptional elegance. Now, v3.1 is available in the Marketplace (paid version) and it's all Mango outfitted for your pleasure.

For Mango features, you have your fast app switching/resume, which allows multitasking to finally be enabled. On top of that, the app is smoother for scrolling and quite zippy to use.

If you haven't tried Weave yet, you really should. One of the its best features are the 33 preloaded categories e.g. politics, technology, Windows Phone, etc. with each category featuring some of the best blogs and news sources around. In turn, you don't have to sit and think about which RSS feeds you should subscribe too (though of course you can manage those and even add new ones). There's a free version (currently non-Mango) and the paid version (with trial) which fetches for $2.99. Grab the Mango v3.1 here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone 7.5 commercial nails it. Touts Metro Design, elegance. (Plus eBay Live Tile)

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Microsoft finally looks to be hitting their stride. This new web-commercial for developers shows off the elegance, simplicity and drives home the Metro interface. We really like the look of this, even if it's for devs and not necessarily consumers. Still, we could see Microsoft editing this or redoing some parts for TV and they really should--it's a good start to show off their new UI. After all, it's going to be everywhere soon.

Oh and check out the eBay Live Tile at 0:36

Source: Windows Phone (YouTube); Also, thanks ousooner314, for the tip even though we were already working on it ;-)

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3 years ago

Viper SmartStart beta demonstrated at BUILD

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In a press release today, Directed Electronics announced that it has been working with Microsoft to bring its Viper SmartStart automotive app, which allows users to lock/unlock, and of course, start their vehicle via smartphone, to the Windows Phone platform "later in the year."  In conjunction with the announcement, Microsoft representatives demonstrated a beta version for those in attendance at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA. 

"We're very excited about partnering with Microsoft to extend Viper SmartStart products to the Windows Phone 7 platform," said Mike Simmons, Executive VP of Directed Electronics. "Our developers were able to quickly bring the app to Windows Phone 7 because they are so familiar with the Microsoft environment."

SmartStart, created by the same Viper brand of car alarms and other accessories, has a wide range of other smartphone-based apps for the car and home, though it's not clear from the press release if all of them are equally as close to arriving for WP7.  You can see a demo of the various functions on their website.

Aside from the clear convenience of what this app brings to users, what is even more interesting is what else Simmons had to say: "We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft in other areas, including jointly developing advanced solutions for the cloud connected car."  We have seen how Microsoft has been expanding and integrating SkyDrive into Mango, so could this mean such things as cloud-based music playback for the car?  This could take the Windows brand beyond just the PC\Phone\Gaming unification that we already know is coming.

Source: PRNewsWire

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3 years ago

Free-Throws - Review

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3 years ago

WP Shortcut Tiles - Mango App Spotlight

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WP Shortcut Tiles - Mango App Spotlight

Today's Mango App Spotlight deals with shortcuts. WP Shortcut Tiles gives you the ability to create shortcut tiles on your Start Screen. The Mango App is very similar to Connectivity Shortcuts but deals with seven settings and features instead of four.

You can create tiles for your cellular, wifi, airplane mode, and bluetooth settings. You can also create tiles for a new email message, sms message and view your share status. To create the tile, just tap on the tile of choice, confirm placement, and your done. The down side of things is that you can only create one tile at a time. There's a lot of back-and-forth with WP Shortcut Tiles.

When your ready to remove the tiles, you can do it the old fashion way by unpinning them from the Start Screen or use the "unpin all" button in the app. Still a shame you can pin multiple tiles at once.

If you access any of these settings with regularity, WP Shortcut Tiles is worth a look at. Again, it's a Mango app, free and you can download WP Shortcut Tiles here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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