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3 years ago

Sports Tracker coming to Lumias tomorrow [Updated with link]

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One of the most popular apps on Nokia's previous mobile operating systems is making its way to the Lumia 710 and 800 tomorrow all devices, now. Sports Tracker is an application designed to help users log their physical activity, as well as share it via social networks.  The development team who originally designed it has decided to bring it to Nokia's newest platform of choice, Windows Phone.  Ykä Huhtala, one of the developers of Sports Tracker, said of the decision:

“Windows Phone is a very competitive platform for mobile development especially if you have any previous experience in developing with Microsoft’s tools.  The same tools can be used in developing for mobile devices and it’s extremely easy and fast to get up to speed in developing apps.”

In order to celebrate the launch of Sports Tracker for WP7, the makers will be giving away a Nokia Lumia 800 on their Facebook page

The application will be available for free in the Marketplace.  You can also keep an eye out for details on their website.

Update: And here's the link for it. We hear it's already available in some areas. Thanks, Clinton J., for the tip!

Updated 2: And it looks like it's available everywhere, US included and for all devices!

Source: Nokia (Thanks for the tip, @TheWeeBear!)

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus Flash goes shopping in new ad

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One of the more recent Windows Phone commercials keys in on the Samsung Focus Flash and group messaging. Plus it highlights one of man's worst shopping nightmares.

The commercial has aired with some frequency here in the States and I've also notice Microsoft has sponsored several USA Network shows such as Psych. The ads and show sponsorships definitely pushes Windows Phones more into the spotlight.

Now if we could only get the carriers to join in on the push.

source: Youtube

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3 years ago

CloudMusic is looking for Beta Testers

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CloudMusic is looking for Beta Testers

Celltrac Software is working on the Windows Phone App CloudMusic, a SkyDrive music app, and is looking for a few beta testers. The application taps into your SkyDrive account and allows you to play any music files that you have stored in the cloud.

We've gotten a sneak peak at CloudMusic and the app is laid out in simple fashion with pages for your SkyDrive music collection, what is now playing, recently played songs, and new songs. The app does require you to organize your music in a specific manner in order for CloudMusic to find the tunes.

Just tinkering with the Beta, it does have room for improvement but a nice step in the right direction. Songs took a while to load and you've got to get the music file organization just right. If you're interested in being a beta tester for CloudMusic just email your Windows Live ID to support@celltracsoftware.com.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations new iTunes page, Mobile Nations Enterprise launches tomorrow!

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We've launched the Mobile Nations network brand, we've launched great new shows like Girls Gone Gadgets and Stock Talk, and while you'd think we'd be happy enough now to take some time off for holiday cheer, we figured we'd throw out just a few more things to celebrate in 2011.

Mobile Nations has partnered with iTunes to provide you an all new, all beautiful Mobile Nations artist page where you can find all our latest shows, but our essential audio shows and video shows as well. We've also done a series of Holiday Gift Guide specials, where your favorite editors and hosts share with you their favorite holiday gadgets and gifts. You can find them all at our Mobile Nations Gift Guide page on iTunes.

If you haven't already, please take a moment to subscribe to all the shows you enjoy and leave a rating or review, it really helps us out with iTunes! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to our new YouTube channel so you don't miss any of the new shows. Speaking of which...

We're launching *another* new show -- Mobile Nations Enterprise with Craig Johnston and Isaac Kendall. It's everything you love about our existing Mobile Nations shows, but targeted specifically at smartphones and tablets in business. From BES to BYOD, massive BlackBerry fleets to iPad deployments, from privacy and security concerns to balancing work and personal usage, this will be your go-to show.

Mobile Nations Enterprise launches tomorrow at 8am ET at http://www.mobilenations.com/live and we'll have YouTube, RSS, and iTunes links available as soon as possible.

So sit back, relax, get your favorite podcatcher warmed up, and get ready for even more amazing Mobile Nations content in 2012!

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3 years ago

So, um...Here's 180 wallpapers for your phone

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From AJ Troxell's offerings yesterday to our Samsung Focus S Giveaway, tis the season for free wallpapers.  MonWindowsPhone user, chefphileas, has added over 180 more to the mix.  His lot offers up a ton of high-quality TV, movie and video game themed backgrounds, as well as scenic, graphic and sexy.  There are even some holiday ones mixed in.  Take a gander over at the MWP forums.

Source: MonWindowsPhone (Thanks for the tip, Gilles!)

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3 years ago

Nokia Germany wraps the Lumia 800 in ice

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Nokia Germany wraps the Lumia 800 in ice

Either the folks at Nokia Germany have lost the plot, or they've come up with an ingenious promotional stunt. They've put Lumia 800s in ice. Yes, ice. In the above video, you'll witness the frenzied public attempting to bash, melt and shatter the ice to release the handsets (which are hopefully just props). Should they free the Lumia 800, the winners are presented with one to take away with them for free. Really cool advertising there (pun intended).

Source: YouTube (Nokia), via: My Nokia Blog

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3 years ago

Perfect Scan updated, adds SkyDrive support

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Katana Labs has recently updated their popular Windows Phone document scanner, Perfect Scan to version 1.6. The update brings fixes for Dropbox integration, document auto naming and SkyDrive support to the Windows Phone app.

Some of the key features of Perfect Scan include:

  • Scans multi page documents, Makes industry standard PDF files
  • Upload scans to email, Skydrive, Dropbox and Google Documents
  • Automatic page detection & perspective correction: straightens your page to perfect rectangle
  • Image enhancement: crop, rotation, auto contract, grayscale, black & white
  • Adds text to document: fill out forms on your phone
  • Signs documents with your scanned signatures

We reviewed Perfect Scan some time ago and found it to be a very good document scanner for your Windows Phone. Adding SkyDrive support will only make app more versatile.

There is a trial version available for Perfect Scan with the full version running $2.99. You can find Perfect Scan here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Radiant

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Windows Phone Game Review: Radiant

If you like retro games you're going to get a kick out of the Windows Phone game Radiant. Radiant has enjoyed success on other platforms and based on playing the game for a few days, it should have similar success on the Windows Phone platform.

Radiant comes across as a combination between Space Invaders, Galaga, and Asteroids. Add the pixilated graphics and you get an 1980's arcade feel with Radiant (and that's not a bad thing).

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3 years ago

Telstra rolling out update featuring Internet sharing

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It appears that Telstra is rolling out the Windows Phone tethering update, and has enabled Internet sharing for customers, following Vodafone AU. We've received multiple reports from readers (some using the HTC Mozart - new FW version: 2250.21.510002.841) that they've successfully updated. It's good to see the Australian carrier still keeping up with updates.

Should you be on the network and have received the notification to update, let us know in the comments below with what handset you're packing.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Nokia hitting the U.S. with operation 'Rolling Thunder'

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Nokia and T-Mobile U.S. are in full swing with their announced launch party of the Lumia 710, but what's coming up next for the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer? Operation "Rolling Thunder", as it's internally referred to, is Nokia's plan for rolling out a number of handsets next year and aiming for multiple price points. Chris Weber, head of U.S. operations at Nokia, explained that the company will be at CES in January making a noise as they have been doing in Europe.

"We will be launching a portfolio of devices in the U.S. across a range of price points, user experience and operators. The rollouts are referred to internally as "Operation Rolling Thunder". We’ll have a very large presence [at CES] and it’ll be clear that Nokia is back in a quite strong way in the U.S."

We'll be sure to check out CES in Las Vegas to see what Nokia will be bringing to the event. The Nokia Lumia 900 is still on the list, a more powerful option for U.S. consumers, and is set to hit the states early 2012 if rumours are to be valid. Nokia has the daunting task of getting carriers on side to stock their Windows Phones. Battling hard against the iPhone and a plethora of Android handsets will make a successful and effective marketing campaign all that more important.

Source: Bloomberg, thanks to Baljinder for the heads up!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile-Nokia Lumia 710 launch event in NYC [Video]

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Howdy folks, we're still here, rocking away at the T-Mobile-Nokia Lumia 710 launch event in SoHo, New York. Anywho, above you'll find out hands on with the 710, which we're impressed with. The screen is gorgeous, the camera is great and it feels perfect in the hand.

The device features a powerful 1.4Ghz CPU, 3.7" "clear black" screen, 8GB of memory and low-aperture camera which should meet most people's needs who are entry or mid-level smartphone users. Heck, even we want one.

Nokia is planning on supporting this device through their "concierge service" which allows customers to basically interact with Nokia directly for support on their phone--not just problems, but on how to maximize the device's use to its fullest potential. That sounds a lot like an Apple-experience, but you didn't hear that from us. In addition, expect some Nokia-backed advertising for this device--not Deadmau5 kind of things, but strong, consistent support which is a win for the Windows Phone ecosystem as well as Nokia/T-Mobile.

Look for this phone for $49.95 come January. Finally, we're expecting a large Nokia presence at CES in Vegas, where we we'll be reunited for whatever they have to announce or show off. Stay tuned! A few more pics after the break...

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3 years ago

Quick Look: RedLaser

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3 years ago

Scam alert: Dudley is back with Final Mission

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  Back in September, we covered a number of Nintendo-owned games illegally sold in the Marketplace by “Windows Phone developer” Jesse Dudley. As a result of what we can only imagine as a nasty letter from Nintendo, Microsoft took these titles offline. Unfortunately, Dudley – or what he’s now calling Dudley Studios – is back with a freshly uploaded title this week – Final Mission.   Final Mission isn’t actually a game developed by Dudley Studios. It’s a Japanese NES game owned, developed and published by Natsume Co., Ltd, reminiscent of Konami’s awesome Contra series. (Old hats in the U.S. may remember this title as S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team.)   Cracking the XAP open, we discovered the usual infringements:

 

  • Logo – Stolen from Dark Void game art.
  • Emulator [FinalMission.dll] – Unknown fork of the XNA SharpNES project. While its use isn't infringing, its BSD license states "Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice [...]". That didn't happen.
  • ROM [Final Mission (Japan).xnb] – Dump of a Natsume Co., Ltd’s retail cartridge.

Let’s hope that after a few rounds, Microsoft will revoke Marketplace accounts of this type and/or change their reactive stance on policing obvious infringing titles that appear in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Update: Only an hour after writing this post, Dudley uploaded yet another game, this time based on Sivak Games' game Battle Kid: Fortress Of Peril (under the title of Battle Mech Kid.)

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3 years ago

Bubble Birds getting into the Holiday Spirit

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XIMAD has released their popular Windows Phone game Bubble Birds with a dash of holiday spirit. Bubble Birds Christmas is a special edition of the game that ads a wintry scene in the background and gives the games' music a holiday twist.

Game play is the same with your goal being to match three or more birds of the same color to remove them from the playing field. You do this by shooting colored birds from the bottom of the screen. If the playing fields of birds reaches the bottom, game over.

Bubble Birds Christmas is a festive rendition of the original game (here's our review) that is just as entertaining. It is a free, ad supported game that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

12 days of freebies from AJ Troxell: wallpaper pack for today

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AJ Troxell, the brain behind WP7 Lock Screen, is getting into the swing of things with the festive season by kicking off a 12 days worth of freebies. We can hope to see some exciting content from the talented mind. Today we have a Windows Phone wallpaper megapack, containing 4 styles and 43 wallpapers. See the preview on the right for a quick glance at what's included. 

Check out the pack and download the wallpapers at Troxell's website, link below.

Source: AJ Troxell

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