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3 years ago

Microsoft is taking the summer and upcoming fall of 2012 by storm

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Frank Shaw, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, published an interesting article on the official blog today. The post details how Microsoft has been running what appears to be a sprint with consecutive releases of Windows Phone updates, Windows 8 previews and the desktop OS recently hit RTM. Things are going well at Redmond, which is painting Microsoft in a completely different light to what consumers are used to.

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3 years ago

Community feedback - What’s missing from Windows Phone 8?

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As the title implies, we’re looking for your input on what is missing from Windows Phone 8.  Yes, it’s a somewhat of an odd question because as you know, Microsoft has not “officially” unveiled the entire consumer features of our waiting-in-the-wings OS. But you do know what we’ve shown you from the leaked SDK. Moreover, we know for a fact that some people back in Redmond want to know your thoughts on what you’ve seen so far—otherwise we wouldn’t be asking.

So consider this an unofficial-official survey of the largest Windows Phone community on the Internet...

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3 years ago

ESPN Fantasy Football app in the works

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If you're into ESPN's fantasy football, you will be pleased to hear that the ESPN Fantasy Football app is headed to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Not much is known on the details but the app will feature fantasy team management, live scoring, news from the NFL, tweets from fantasy experts, and messaging boards.

This will be the first year ESPN's Fantasy Football app will be offered for Windows Phone and expected release is mid-August. Once we spot the app in the Marketplace, we'll let you know.

Source: tvbythenumbers; Thanks, Ken, for the tip!

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3 years ago

How old do you believe you look? Find out with VizAge for Windows Phone

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Dare to find out how old you look?

We're rather familiar with Mendzapp on windows Phone. The small UK student start-up brought us both Travelnapp and YuleTile (charity focused Christmas app), which were both unique and interesting projects. We especially love seeing indie developers advance and create more immersive and better looking apps, which is exactly what these guys are doing. We met up with James from Mendzapp at the previous WPUG for a good ol' pint and a chatter about his current projects and what's next in the pipeline. 

James recently got in touch with us about a new app called VizAge, which is basically an app that uses face recognition technology to calculate an estimation of one's age. It really is as humorous as it sounds. Whether you're on your own and wish to quickly see how old the system believes you to be, or you're out with friends and decide to see who looks older than their actual age, VizAge provides ample fun in such a small and simple app.

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3 years ago

The Times official newspaper app lands for Windows Phone

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The official Times newspaper app for Windows Phone

Good news for our UK friends as the Times official newspaper app for Windows Phone has just gone live in the Marketplace. The app is well designed and brings the daily paper and even the Sunday Times right to your favorite Windows Phone all for free.

Well, it’s free if you have a subscription. That’s right, much like the New York Times app for Windows Phone, the Times of London will allow you to test drive their services for 30 days but afterwards you will need a subscription to continue the service.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live for Windows Phone - Shoot1UP priced, dated, and trailer'ed

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We’ve been following Shoot1UP, the vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up from Mommy’s Best Games and Microsoft Studios, for quite a while now. We first previewed the game way back in October 2011, and most recently got some hands-on time with it at E3. Thankfully Shoot1UP’s release finally draws near, as it lands this very month. Details and official trailer after the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft will open Orlando FL store with help from Flo Rida

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Microsoft is set to unveil its Orlando FL store in style with a live performance from Flo Rida to help draw crowds. We previously looked at a list of possible Microsoft Store openings and this one's pretty much spot on with the company opening its doors to The Florida Mall.

The Microsoft Store will open on August 16th at 9:30am with the grand opening ceremony at 10:00am. Complimentary wristbands will be distributed to the first 200 people who visit the store, which are required to jam with Flo Rida on August 18th. Of those 200 wristbands, one will grant the wearer access to meet the artist in person after the live show, which doesn't sound half bad. We wonder if a free Surface tablet is involved (once released)?

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3 years ago

Microsoft on Outlook.com and ads ‘We see our users as customers, not inventory’

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With the re-launch of Hotmail as Outlook.com Microsoft has garnered a lot of adoration from the media and the public, especially when Google just announced the indefinite delay of their Nexus Q orb. As far as PR this week: Microsoft 1, Google 0.

One of the main features that Microsoft is touting with Outlook.com is that they won’t scan your email to deliver personalized ads—a clear shot at Google’s Gmail ad-machine. They have even set up a simple ‘how to’ on switching from Gmail to Outlook.

But with no personalized ads based on the contents of your email, how is Microsoft making money?

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3 years ago

Microsoft looking to hire for opening of Holiday stores in NYC and elsewhere in US

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Microsoft is set to unveil a number of holiday retail stores including Manhattan in New York City, according to a handful of published job listings. We previously looked at a number of potential locations for Microsoft stores in an unofficial list, but it's good to see evidence of actual positions at future stores open up.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Review: Calculator Toolbox

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Calculator Toolbox is... well... a calculator app for your Windows Phone. And to call it a calculator app is a mild understatement.  

Beyond doing your basic arithmetic Calculator Toolbox throws in six categories that hold thirty four calculators. There are two versions of Calculator Toolbox for you to choose from. A freebie version that has ads and an ad free version that is running $.99. If you need more than your basic calculator, Calculator Toolbox is worth checking out.

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3 years ago

National Australia Bank to release mobile banking app for Windows Phone

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NAB (National Australia Bank) and Microsoft have been collaborating on an official mobile banking app, which is soon to be released to the Windows Phone Marketplace. According to data compiled in a report over at WPDownUnder, NAB customers are into not only mobile banking, but they prefer to use developed apps for supported platforms. 80% of those who use Internet banking while on the move, do so with official apps from the Australian bank.

After calls and cries for an app since late 2010, NAB has officially announced an app is currently working its way through the Windows Phone Marketplace approval process and WPDownUnder expects the app to be available by August 8th. Should you be a customer and own a Windows Phone, be prepared to get highly excited at what's on the horizon regarding features and functionality to enhance your mobile banking experience.

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3 years ago

Matchy takes MTN 'Windows Phone App of the Year' award

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Matchy is a Windows Phone indie puzzle game developed by our own RogueCode at a previous Nokia Lumia hackathon in Durban, South Africa. Attending developers had just 48 hours to create a brand new Windows Phone app from scratch. While this may not sound overly difficult to the average consumer, it can prove difficult for the individual who has to go from concept in the mind to working prototype in a prompt fashion. Luckily he pulled through and created Matchy before the time was up.

We last looked at Matchy when it was released on the Marketplace for everyone to enjoy. Now we're pleased to announce that it has won "Windows Phone App of the Year" at the recent MTN (website) mobile app awards. To recap on the game itself - the gist of Matchy is to rotate objects into position on the screen to match the provided shadow. Four game modes are available for the player to enjoy, which are 1 minute sprint, 3 minute rush, 6 minute run and Continuous. The last option gives the player just six seconds to solve each puzzle, consider it the challenge mode for those with speedy reactions and a sharp mind.

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3 years ago

From the Forums: the new Outlook.com and migrating your ID

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Yesterday was a fairly huge day in the world of Microsoft news  with the unveiling of Outlook.com, the successor of Hotmail. But what's so great about the new service and how does it affect Windows Phone users, if at all? The Windows Phone Central community forums have been bustling with discussions, with a thread covering today's announcement.

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3 years ago

Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone for some bug fixes

We last saw Skype for Windows Phone get an update back in June so it's nice to see another one being pushed to our devices this week. Such is the case with version 1.3 which has just landed in the Marketplace.

That’s the good news. The bad news is if you are looking for any new features, push notifications, less memory (512MB) to run it for Tango phones, you’ll be slightly disappointed. The official changelog for Skype v1.3 is simply “bug fixes” which is not that exciting.

Still, we suppose fixing bugs in the app is something positive as it means the app and service will hopefully work better (for those of you who have had issues in the past). If any of you notice anything mentionable in the app, hit us up in comments.

Pick up v1.3 of Skype for Windows Phone here in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Via: WindowsPhoneApps.es (QR code after the break)

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3 years ago

Photo Lock now a freebie on the Marketplace

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If you need a way to password protect the images and videos on your Windows Phone, take a gander at Photo Lock. Now is a great time to give the app a try because it's now a free app.  The price reduction (the app is normally $.99) is in celebration of Photo Lock reaching 65,000 downloads.  The free offer is good through August 10, 2012.

What is Photo Lock you ask?  It is an app that will let you securely store images and videos on your Windows Phone.  Photo Lock also includes basic editing tools and the ability to record video footage from the app.

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