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3 years ago

Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

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Live Tile updates bug? [Developers]

Doug Rathbone, a Web Applications Consultant, has published an article on his blog recently outlining a bug he has come across when developing on the Windows Phone 7 platform with regards to the 260 character limit for toast (push) notifications for live tiles, which can reportedly be a pain when pulling a tile from an SSL path that contains security keys and other parameters.

He has gone into depth about the problem and attached a sample app that one can use to reproduce the bug and "experience all the fun". Of course, if this was an issue with long paths in URLS, URL shorteners such as bit.ly could be extremely effective. A very good read nonetheless.

Source: Doug Rathbone

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Unleashed Hackathon announced [Atlanta]

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Attending TechEd 2011 in Atlanta? Why not check out the WP7 hackathon which will be hosted at the Omni Hotel on May 16th for 5 hours? Featuring experts in the community, developers (whether beginners or experienced) should not choose to miss out on this opportunitey if one can attend. C'mon - there's even food and beverages provided!

Products covered are; Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7. Not only this but 50 new unlocked Samsung Focus device are rewarded to the first 50 developers attending this event who submit their apps to the Marketplace and enter their submission to the WP7 User Group developer sweepstakes.

There are a limited number of available slots (300), so RSVP ASAP. Oh, and you have to bring your own laptop too. Register to the event using the source link below.

Source: MS Events, via: Chris Williams

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy available at Best Buy, dedicated theme at Xbox [Update]

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I think the release is becoming so close that Verizon customers can almost smell the new HTC Trophy. With the device recently showing up on Craigslist of wonders, WP7 Verizon support forum being launched, being spotted at Best Buy and rumoured employee training kicking off (plus a release date) one would assume it's coming very shortly - the rumoured date for release of tomorrow (12th May) could hold true, here's hoping!

To add yet more fuel to the fire, we have now seen the Trophy on Best Buy again, but you can add it to cart as opposed to not being able to do so previously, not to mention a dedicated Theme being available over at Xbox.com for the Trophy accompanied by the Verizon logo and a nice looking illustrated advert. Heck, there's even a Gamer Picture Pack available at Xbox.com too.

On our forums there has been a long discussion surrounding the device coming to the carrier, and it's the best place to be if you're awaiting more information or concrete updates. Sorry guys, I'm sure you've almost bitten all your nails off, but this is such a well kept secret it's rather amusing, don't you think?

Update: Xbox.com just pulled the Verizon-Trophy Theme & Gamer Pack--guess there's still some shuffling going on. Thanks, Random of Amber, for the heads up

Thanks to AJ & Jay and everyone else for tipping us!

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3 years ago

Shopglider - App Spotlight

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Shopglider - App Spotlight

While many use the old fashion pencil and paper methods to create grocery lists, ShopGlider offers you a chance to give up the ways of old an use your Windows Phone instead. In addition to creating shopping lists you can also manage recipes and coupons.

ShopGlider can be used as a stand alone application on your Windows Phone or as a companion for the ShopGlider website. From the website, you can create shopping lists and sync them with your Windows Phone. Registration is required to use the ShopGlider website but it's free.

Key features include:

  • Adding items to your grocery shopping list on the go
  • Online and offline modes
  • Real-time account sync between multiple phones and ShopGlider.com site
  • Simple intuitive user interface
  • Full access to grocery shopping lists created on ShopGlider website
  • Tight integration with ShopGlider site with its rich features such as multiple lists, account sharing, recipes, instant savings in 3,500 grocery stores and more
  • Seamless integration with the site allows you to use a single account for the site and the app.

If you need a shopping list app, with an online counterpart, ShopGlider is worth a try. It's a free app, available here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace fails to update on time. Frustrated gamers can't get their Harvest on

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As Windows Phone fans who stay up till the wee hours probably know, the Marketplace usually updates with new apps and price drops between 10 PM and midnight PST. Thus the new Xbox Live game and Deal of the Week are available by the time most people get up on Wednesday mornings.

This week, however, there seem to be a wrench and possibly a squirrel in the works. As of 10 AM PST, Lunar Lander still isn’t available for purchase and The Harvest is not showing its discounted price. There are no new Non-Xbox Live apps either.

Did the guy at Microsoft who throws the switch on Marketplace updates call in sick? Is this just some technical error? Or is there something more sinister at work? With Sony’s recent and well-publicized shutdown of PSN due to malicious hackery, many gamers are on edge where online services are concerned.

The Marketplace’s stalled update will likely be resolved later today. Cleaning squirrel guts takes time! We’ve contacted the good folks at Microsoft, who are aware of the problem. We’ll let you know as soon as they have more information to share or the update goes through.

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3 years ago

Updated Capital One Banking site doesn't work on WP7

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Seems as though Capital One may have run into some issues with the mobile banking section of their website. Windows Phone Junky reports that it was recently updated, but while improving the user experience the team behind the development seem to have broken compatibility with Windows Phone 7 devices when attempting to browse an account.

On a quick side note, found it interesting to see their main homepage throwing a compatibility warning with Firefox 4:

Are you with Capital One and use their online banking? Do you experience this problem with their mobile site on your device?

Source: Windows Phone Junky

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3 years ago

WP7 experiences higher CTR [Developers]

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WP7 experiences higher CTR [Developers]

It seems, according to Smaato, that advertisements displayed in apps on the Windows Phone 7 platform receive a higher CTR (Click Through Rate) when compared against competitors in the above chart. Symbian trails WP7 in second place, while Android has the worst CTR being beaten by iOS and RIM.

What's interesting to note is how this reflects a chronological comparison with all operating systems. One would expect Symbian to still be presently top of the books in regards to advertising click throughs etc. or even iOS with many apps that feature both in-app advertisements and purchases. Also, this makes the question for CPM or upfront payment slightly more difficult to answer. Pass through the break for more juicy data.

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3 years ago

PhotoShare - App Spotlight

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PhotoShare - App Spotlight

Limit-Studios is offering Photoshare over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Billed as the "photo sharing app", Photoshare allows you to take a photo, swap or share it, and recieve photos from other Photoshare users.

Photoshare automatically shares photos taken through the app and you can share photos from other Photo Gallery folders as well. At any time you can delete your shared photos through the About/Support menu (access through the three-dot menu).

Unfortunately there isn't a trial version available for Photoshare with the full version running $1.29. You can find Photoshare here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

May Security update hitting the Dell Venue Pro

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3 years ago

Windows Phone a top priority for Photosynth

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Microsoft's Photosynth is a neat set of photography tools for creating panoramic images. There is a desktop application as well as an iPhone app but, oddly, Microsoft hasn't really rushed Photosynth out for the Windows Phone. Fortunately, that should change with the Mango update.

According to David Gedye, Photosynth Group Program Manager:

"Yes – we’re working on a version for Windows 7 Phone now. You can definitely communicate this info to your members. We cant make any commitment about ship date though, except to say that it is our top priority."

Gedye explained that the original release of Windows Phone didn't have the video mode API's that allow Photosynth to provided the capture experience. The Mango update should change that and the Photosynth team is working to get a Windows Phone app ready. At the time only iOS had the necessary video components, hence the iPhone getting the mobile version first.

In looking at the iPhone version, as well as the desktop version, Photosynth should be a very nice addition to the Windows Phone app family.

Source: Monsmartphone Via: WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

Armor Valley flies to the Marketplace

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Armor Valley flies to the Marketplace

Thanks to the magic of XNA, another Xbox 360 Indie game has come to Windows Phone! Joining Square Off and Murphid is Armor Valley from Protégé Productions.

Armor Valley is a unique blend of aerial combat simulator and real-time strategy. The player and the enemy each have a base where units are produced. The twist is that players directly control a plane (called the Silverhawk) and participate in the action first hand. The enemy has a plane too, so you have both aerial and ground units to deal with. A virtual analog stick controls the craft’s movement while tilting the phone moves the camera.

Having played the Windows Phone version for a while, I came away impressed with Armor Valley’s 3D graphics. The controls take some getting used to though. Hitting enemies is particularly difficult thanks to their tiny hitboxes. Hopefully Protégé tweaks those a bit and adds some aim assist in a future update. Difficulty aside, Armor Valley is unlike anything else on Windows Phone and a nice addition to the indie gaming lineup.

Armor Valley costs $3.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Trapster announces Windows Phone 7 app coming soon [Pics + Contest]

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For those of you who remember Trapster (see site) on Windows Mobile (see our review from 2010), you'll be excited to know that an official Windows Phone 7 version is right around the corner. If you haven't heard of Trapster yet, well, it's basically a social-network for us daily road warriors, a way to communicate the important stuff to other drivers, via you smartphone:

Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards

Their system has not only proved to be successful, but very popular  with nearly 12 million registered users as it's available on iOS, BlackBerry, Android and 3rd party GPS devices (Garmin, TomTom). In fact, we're told that July is the target for release for the free app, meaning this a lot closer than "in the works". The WP7 version, developed by Chaotic Moon Studios, supports all the latest bells & whistles found on other platforms:

  • Live Tile
  • Search
  • Directions
  • My Trips (share trips with others)
  • Caravan (see your Trapster friends on the map)
  • Audio Player Controls
  • Real Time Traffic

And to celebrate the occasion, in conjunction with the fine folks at Trapster, we have 10 license plate frames up for grabs with a simple task--simply Tweet the line below by midnight (EST) on May 14, 2010 and we'll randomly choose 10 winners:

@Trapster announces #WP7 app is in the works on @WPCentral http://bit.ly/kxqLjz

We're excited about this major title coming to Windows Phone 7 as it's just another feather in the hat for our fledgling OS, plus we who doesn't want to drive safer (and not get a speeding ticket?).

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3 years ago

Microsoft MVP offering advice for aspiring Windows Phone developers

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Have an app but need some tips? Or have an idea for an app but not sure where to start? Want some helps on marketing the app to the masses? Well, evidently Arian Kulp, who's a Visual C# Microsoft MVP is offering his assistance to anyone who wants it:

...As part of Microsoft’s current push to get lots of apps into the Windows Phone Marketplace, I’m offering assistance to people struggling with polishing up their apps. If you feel like you’re almost there and just need that last push, or are struggling with a given concept, contact me so I can help you. I’ll also let you know about great contests and drawings currently running to potentially get a free phone, marketplace fee refund, or free advertising for your app. All I ask is that you use my event code when you enter the drawing so I get credit for helping you.

Hey, we're all for developer outreach here and we have to commend just the idea of taking this one. So if this is something that you think you can benefit from, well just mosey on over to his site and get started: http://www.ariankulp.com/help-me-to-help-you

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3 years ago

HD7 to be first Windows Phone to get Android port?

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It looks like those ambitious folks at XDA.cn have been attempting to squeeze good ol' Android on the HTC HD7. Pocketnow reported on this a few days ago but it looks like more progress has been made, including trying to get it on to the T-Mobile version of the device.

Still, work has to be done to get everything working and it looks like the team is aiming for a June release, which isn't too far off. Of course the proof is in the pudding, as they say and the video above (the 2nd one released) shows Android to be humming along quite nicely on the device.

The question is: how many of you will bother to do this, assuming it's not ridiculously hard to load? Call us crazy, but we like WP7 as an alternative to Android. Then again, we're also geeks about hacking on these phones, so could be a fun weekend project.

Source: XDA.cn; Thanks, Jordan L., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy shows up early on Cragislist

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We're just days from Verizon finally getting their first Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, and it looks like some early versions are showing up on Cragislist. One seller (unverified) reportedly wants a fair $160 for the phone, which sounds like one hell of a deal.

But we must caution that this is a CDMA phone, meaning it's ESN could be blocked if the phone is stolen or inappropriately authorized. So you may get the phone but you may find out that Verizon won't activate it. We suggest you just wait the extra few days and know what you're getting ;-)

Source: Craigslist. Thanks, Raul H., for the tip

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