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3 years ago

Fandango finally goes Mango with version 1.3

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It's been nearly a year since the Fandango app received an update (seriously, it was November 25th, 2010). So it's with great surprise and fanfare that they've finally updated the popular movie ticketing app for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Unfortunately, there's no super great additions here, just some basics of fast-app switching and deep-linking, meaning Bing movie searches will make buying tickets that much easier, since you'll be taken to this app to purchase directly. We also notice it both loads and scrolls much faster, making it even nicer to use. Finally, there seem to be toast notifications on board, though we're unsure what for as of yet.

That's cool for us. So if you use Fandango or have thought about it, now may be a good time to grab it. Pick up v1.3 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Jay, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Groupon hits v2.5 and gets deal in Europe now

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For those looking to get into Groupon, the popular deal finder, but had a little thing like the Atlantic Ocean preventing them from using it, we're hearing that version 2.5 adds support for Europe.

We saw in v2.0 Mango support added with a more robust Live Tile and better deal alerts. We also heard some users had bugs and issues with that one as well, something we hope v2.5 will go a long way in addressing. Plus with this Europe addition, the service can greatly expand as users take more advantage of the app.

Grab Groupon here in the Marketplace. Let us know if it's working for you and what country in comments! Thanks, deeper2k, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

NYT's David Pogue reviews Windows Phone: gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent

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Ever since Mango hit the review stands, Windows Phone has been receiving postiive press from just about everyone--even those publications where the iPhone had been previously hailed as the be-all, end-all device.

David Pogue of the New York Times, one of the most influential pop-culture tech writers, has finally taken on Windows Phone and dare we say, seems to gush with enthusiasm and praise?

"Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office."

"Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages)."

Indeed. And while Pogue notes a few shortcomings, which are well known, he points out that the good things and changes in Mango far outweigh any negatives. In fact at one point he asks the rhetorical question that we're sure many of you have asked: "This is amazing, amazing stuff — why aren’t people cheering in the streets?" and finally notes "Now, if this phone had arrived before the iPhone, people would have been sacrificing small animals to it."

Preach it, brother!

Check out the rest of the review at the New York Times. It's refreshing, informative and we agree pretty much with all of it. Hopefully such positive press, in combination with Nokia's new devices, will spurn wide adoption of our favorite mobile OS.

Source: The New York Times

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3 years ago

Nokia making-of video for N9 shows the detail and precision in the Lumia 800

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It's no secret that the Lumia 800 is a Nokia N9 with a different OS flashed on it, some capacitive buttons and a camera key--in fact we've seen both devices side by side here and they're the same device in every which way.

So it's kind of cool to see just how the N9's body is precision tooled in Nokia's factory in this above video. In it you see how some parts are drilled, honed and then put together by hand, reinforcing the notion that Nokia means quality.

via Steve Clayton

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3 years ago

Optus Omnia 7 gets tethering addition in update

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We're getting word that users in Australia on the Optus Network who are using Samsung Omnia 7's are getting a software update that brings WiFi tethering to their devices.

Reader Sri lets us know that his firmware, radio and even bootloader were all just updated, meaning there could also be a few other tweaks on board that add some features:

Firmware Revision - 2424.11.9.2 (from 11.8.2)

Radio Software - 2424.11.9.1 (from 11.7.2)

Bootloader Version - 5.9.0.6 (from 5.8.0.8)

What makes this interesting is the HD7, also in Australia, received an update but no word on if that brought tehtering to the table.

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 shows up on US Nokia site as coming soon

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We're not sure if this reflects an impending launch announcement, wishful thinking or just a mistake, but the Lumia 710 is shown as "coming soon" on the US Nokia site.

Nokia is not expected to launch anything in the US till 2012 and even then, it's unclear if that "portfolio" of devices will included the 710 and the 800 or something completely new. Of course perhaps this 710 is simple an unlocked device as we were told both the 710 and 800 would have unlocked versions sold through Nokia's website directly.

Hopefully more will info will come forth today as we finish up Nokia World here in London.

Source: Nokia; Thanks, Jim H., for the heads up

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...Nokia edition!

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It's been a busy day, so in response the “Nokia” forums are up as we know you want to talk about the great new hardware that has hit the streets today at Nokia world. Join us in the “Nokia Lumia 710 forums” and the “Nokia Lumia 800 forums” respectively as we are all sharing the uniqueness that is Nokia. 

Buy there's lots of new hardware coming out for Windows Phone, so if you get tired of talking Nokia, stop in at the “HTC Titan and Radar” forums. And don’t forget the new “Samsung Focus and Samsung Flash” for AT&T, as we have forums up for those as well!

Just remember to get registered. We want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

Dilbert Hub - App Spotlight

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Dilbert Hub - App Spotlight

We were tipped about a highly recommended Dilbert app over at the Windows Phone Marketplace and decided to take a gander. The Dilbert Hub is your one stop for over twenty years of daily comic strips.

The app is designed nicely, taking full advantage of the Windows Phone hub. Pages include:

  • Menu Page: links to the latest strips, pull up strips at random, and access the apps settings.
  • Archive Page: The Archive page displays a months worth of comic strips. By default this page will display the current month's strips but you can change the month displayed from the date field.
  • Search Page: Here you will find a keyword search field.
  • Featured Page: The Featured Page highlights eight comic strips.

Comic strips are displayed by thumbnail images of one frame of the strip. To view the full comic strip, just tap on the thumbnail.  Dilbert Hub supports vertical and landscape orientation. The only downside to the Dilbert Hub is that the comic strip view is not zoomable.  Some of us old-timers may have trouble reading the fine print.

When you find a comic strip that needs to be shared amongst friends, you can tap the three-dot menu to share the strip via Facebook, email or SMS. The app does use your location services (can be turned off in the settings) to localize the ad banners.

All in all, the Dilbert Hub is a nice looking app that brings all the Dilbert you could want to your Windows Phone. Dilbert Hub is a free, ad-supported app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

WPCentral and Nokia's Stephen Elop are like...this.

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3 years ago

So why Nokia Music? We explain.

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So why Nokia Music? We explain.

A question we had (and we know some of you have had) regards why Nokia Music? Or rather, how does it work, why is it better than Zune and what do you get with it?

We spoke with Nokia on the matter and got some answers and to be honest, they make sense and we went from befuddled to intrigued very quickly.

In short, Nokia Music is Nokia's answer to Zune not being available in many countries/regions. For instance, Nokia Music will be available in 38 territories on launch whereas Zune Music is only available in six. Likewise, the service offers a catalog of 50 million song tracks, meaning its comprehensive and it is finely tuned toward each region, culturally speaking. Hits in China will be offered/featured in China and likewise for England. Pretty smart.

So how is this self-described "progressive download service" made for free? Nokia is paying radio royalties for the songs with specific license deals in place for an undisclosed amount. And it truly is free, the only time you are charged is if you want to buy a track. But what can you do with it, as a service?

You can stream unlimited music, like many services, but more importantly, it is customized towards your tastes based on song choices and also something called "Music DNA". Music DNA is the ability for Nokia to scan your PC's music catalog for music and then recommend further music selections based on your possessions. So, it's like Zune's Smart DJ. What's cool about this is both the ability to do it and the fact that it is completely optional (for those concerned with privacy). What's more, you can do "playlist" channels based on genres you like and download up to four channels for off-line listening. Each channel equals about 3 1/2 hours of music, meaning you can get nearly 14 hours of offline music stored on the device for playback, all for free. Very cool.

What can we say other than this is a pretty astonishing and an enticing feature that Nokia phones will offer. It's free, non-committal and looks to bring "progressive downloading" to many more devices than Zune does, making Nokia Windows Phone that more tempting for emerging markets. The app itself is nice and yes, it all ties into your Zune library, meaning tracks are shared between the services and are not mutually exclusive.

Well, we're pretty happy with all of that. Check our video tour of Nokia Music to see it in action...

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3 years ago

Nokia Pulse Beta sneaks on to the Marketplace

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Nokia Pulse has snuck into the Windows Phone Marketplace. It's a beta version so you still may see some bugs and you may not find it with a keyword search, but it's there.

Pulse is a social app to help you keep track with friends and family and let them keep track of you. As the video describes, Pulse is about where you are, where you're going, what's around, and what do you want to do.

The app does require registration to Nokia Services (free) and allows you to create groups from your contacts. From there you can text, map locations, and share photos privately among group members. Nokia Pulse also supports push notifications and is accessible from your desktop/laptop via the web.

Nokia Pulse is a free app but remember it's a beta right now. You may encounter bugs, glitches and other oddities.  It is nice to see Nokia open up their apps to other Windows Phones and hopefully this is a good sign that we may see other Nokia apps headed to the open Marketplace (Drive maybe?).

If you're curious and want to take Nokia Pulse out for a test drive, you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Laseven for the tip!

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3 years ago

Facebook will be a Mango for Halloween

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Facebook will be a Mango for Halloween

Speaking at Nokia World in London today, Windows Phone top dog, Joe Belfiore, confirmed that Facebook will get a Mango makeover next week.  Aside from fast-switching, the improved Facebook app will include deep linking capability, the ability to link features like Messages and News Feeds to the Start page. 

Belfiore would not elaborate too much on what other features would be in the update, but he did say that it will work in conjunction with the current Facebook integration that is already built into Windows Phone. The free update is expected to be released on Halloween.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

Tango video conferencing coming November 7

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We first learned about the Tango video calling app back in September. Not to be confused with the Windows Phone Tango update (though it’s inevitable), Tango is simply a cross-platform video calling app. It comes with the new HTC Titan and Radar handsets, but has also been ported to other devices running Mango. Just don’t expect it to work fully with devices lacking a front-facing camera, such as the Lumia 710 and 800 phones announced earlier today.

Tango now has an official release date – November 7, just a few weeks off. That means it will reach market earlier than Skype, which is targeted to launch before the end of the year but has no firm release date. Skype, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, will eventually be integrated into the Windows Phone OS in a similar manner to Facebook. In the foreseeable future though, Tango and Skype are on similar ground, with Tango’s early launch potentially giving it a leg up over its competitor.

Source: Forbes via MobileTechWorld

Thanks ShipWreck for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia World: Kinectimals demonstration video

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One of the nice things about attending industry events is that we get to meet Microsoft representatives and have them demo Xbox Live games for us. Case in point: at Nokia World today, this nice lady was kind enough to show us the mobile version of Kinectimals. Watch the video to see her selecting a kitten, exporting the little fellow to the Xbox 360 game, and playing a jump rope minigame with it.

Speaking of which, the advanced jump rope Challenges get annoyingly tough, don’t they? The rope speeds up and slows down erratically, which often leads to my cat tripping over the rope when my concentration lapses. He sort of deserves it because he is a bad kitty, but that’s beside the point. Thankfully, you don’t have to beat every challenge to advance in Kinectimals – even the Achievements only require 25 gold medals, which isn’t that many.

Kinectimals will cost $2.99 when it officially launches on November 2. At that time you'll be able to pick up the kitty simulator here on the Marketplace. 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 update brings WiFi tethering

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We have been keeping an eye out for WiFi tethering to makes its way onto different first generation WP7 devices via Mango and firmware updates, and now it seems that the LG Optimus 7 just got it.  According to users on Plaffo, a new update is being pushed for the Optimus 7, which adds the ability to use your phone as a wireless hotspot.  Sadly, not all first generation devices will be able to do this, but it looks as though the Optimus 7 is one of them. 

We haven't heard anything from our peeps yet.  Has anyone else been able to get this up and running?

Source: Plaffo (Thanks, Antonio!)

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