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3 years ago

Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi getting Windows Phone 7 [Hack]

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We know for a fact that Microsoft was using the Toshiba TG-01 aka Tsunagi as a developer device for Windows Phone 7. Heck, we even have one of the rare birds in possession (see above). The device was ahead of its time when released over two years ago, sporting an ultra thin body, large LCD screen and a 1GHz CPU. But fast forward to 2011 and it's quite the clunker.

Now over at XDA, developer Nokser has been successful in porting WP7 to that device for those who only have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. We say successful, but it is full of caveats and lots of early bugs, so this is more a proof-of-concept than a ready-to-install for the masses release. Still, it's a big step in the right direction, even if WP7 is pretty awful on it due to the Tsunagi's resistive touch screen.

Some drawbacks, should all two of you be interested are: no camera, potentially very low memory, poor reception, inability to zoom in on maps and photos, etc. These issues are expected to be fixed, so we'll see where all of this goes soon.

Source: XDA (thread); Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK rolling out Mango for Omnia 7 starting today

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If you're on T-Mobile UK and have an Omnia 7, you'll be excited to know that starting today, the official-official Mango update for that device will begin rolling out.

The Omnia 7 (along with the AT&T Dell Venue Pro and Focus v1.4) were the only devices that had hiccups with the Mango update, requiring a little extra attention from Samsung in this case. That has caused a delay by only a few weeks but for some who want those drivers it feels like an enternity.

No word on any new features like tethering, so let us know if you find anything.

Source: T-Mobile support forums; Thanks, John C., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official USA Today app gets another update, minor fixes

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Those who love using the USA Today app will be pleased to see the new update. In version 1.5 we got the Mango update with a double-sided Live Tile for weather. While super cool, it was a bit redundant for those of us with a dedicated weather app. So now in v1.6, you can disable that feature. It's almost like the devs actually use their app on a daily base, tailoring it to our needs--something we rarely find with the "big" publishers.

Other notable new additions include:

  • Ability to pin all galleries as secondary live tiles.
  • Landscape view support for articles.
  • Fixed a couple crashes.
  • Ability to re-enable background task if manually disabled.
  • Visual feedback added to Video tiles.

You can pick up USA Today here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Shipwreck, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Mafia Pizza Car - Review

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Mafia Pizza Car - Review

Elbert Perez is at it again. He's developed another entertaining Windows Phone game, Mafia Pizza Car. You play the role of a Mafioso pizza delivery dude. You're not only responsible for timely delivery of the pies and taking care of a few side jobs along the way.

Unfortunately these side jobs tend to attract the attention of the police and you'll need to learn to avoid them or run the risk of getting busted.  To see how Mafia Pizza Car shakes out, zip on past the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W in December, Focus S a U.S. only release?

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We've learned two things about upcoming Samsung Windows Phones this morning. In a series of tweets from Samsung Belgium it looks like the Samsung Omnia W will be coming to market in December and the Samsung Focus S will be a U.S. release only.

The 3.7" Super AMOLED Omnia W is already available for pre-order in Europe so a December availability isn't that much of a stretch.

The 4.3" Super AMOLED Focus S will be the successor to the Samsung Focus and we're expecting to see it on AT&T's shelves on November 6th. The Focus S will be paired with the smaller 3.7" Focus Flash, which looks a lot like the Omnia W.

Could we see a Euro version of the Flash released later this year or early next? Only time will tell.

Thanks goes out to Michael for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

HTC Radar 4G now available to purchase from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile customers looking to jump on the Windows Phone bandwagon or replace an HTC HD7 are in luck, as you can now purchase the HTC Radar 4G from T-Mobile’s site. We originally reported that the Radar would launch on November 2nd, which is this Wednesday. Presumably if you were to buy the phone today, it would arrive on Wednesday, so T-Mobile isn’t breaking their release date so much as offering release date shipping.

The Radar’s store page description:

"With the HTC® Radar™ 4G, you can stay in touch with friends, work contacts, and social networks on the fly; easily capture life’s moments with a 5 megapixel camera; and share in a flash on America’s Largest 4G Network®.

• 4G capable for blazing-fast speeds
• Preloaded HTC® Watch™ and T-Mobile® TV for TV and movies on the go
• Now with Windows® Phone 7.5"

The HTC Radar 4G is $99.99 after $50 rebate with a 2-year contract. Hop over here to order it.

Thanks to Daniyal for the tip!

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3 years ago

Facebook updated to v2.2 and spooks us all with Mango

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Happy Halloween everyone, as a present from Microsoft we have Facebook version 2.2 being rolled out. This update, as previously covered, contains the fast-switching capability as well as the introduction to the deep linking feature. Users can now pin messages, news feeds and more to the home screen. Toast and tile notifications are now present too.

A fairly large update to keep the app on par with other Mango apps. You can download Facebook from the Marketplace. Wonder when groups support will be added?

Note: Also of interest, the app now supports right to left languages like Arabic or Hebrew, which is a big deal for those new markets. (Thanks, Amir)

Thanks @techjunky79 for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 display survives sunlight [Video]

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My one pet hate about smartphones is not being able to use them in the sunshine. England, where we don't get blessed with much sunshine, I'd prefer to make the most of it while staying connected to the Internet. While the Samsung Omnia 7 (and Focus) SAMOLED screens are superb in terms of quality, for me my Omnia 7 is rendered useless when the sun shines down (the HTC Hero was even worse).

Being the first customer on Three UK to pre-order the Lumia 800 (yup, I was congratulated over the phone) I was hoping the Nokia handset would perform better as the screen was still viewable in the bright spotlights at Nokia World. In the video above we see the guys at My Nokia Blog taking the 800 for a spin on the London Eye - pun intended. Looking good!

Source: My Nokia Blog

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3 years ago

Chromatic - Review

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Chromatic - Review

Looking for a fast paced shooter game for your Windows Phone? Take a look at Chromatic.

Chromatic is a 2D shooter where you take control of a defense turret and defend your position against wave after wave of attacking enemies. As you progress through the game you gain access to six unique guns with their own power/strengths. As you work your way through the game, these weapons will advance in levels as well to increase their effectiveness.

To read more on Chromatic, follow the break

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3 years ago

Forward Contact - Mango App Spotlight

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Need an easy way to forward and share your contacts? Forward Contact is a quick, easy, streamlined way to sent contact information through e-mail, SMS or through QR Code.

Layout is simple with your contacts listed on the main screen with a search button and a forward button (more on this in a second). Contacts can be searched by keyword (the search button), scrolled manually, or by an alpha index.

Once you pull up a contact you have several options available. At the bottom of the contact view you have a series of "add" buttons. You can use these to add phone numbers, email info and addresses from other contacts to what will eventually be shared.

At the bottom of the screen you will find three control buttons to share the contact information and anything you've added through email, SMS message or to create a QR code that can be scanned.

Okay... the forward button on the main contact list appears to be a free form tool to let you build information to share with the "add" buttons.

Forward Contact is a very nice utility application for your Windows Phone. I did encounter a few stability issues (crashed a few times) but nothing to run screaming from. If you need an easy way to share contact info, Forward Contact is worth a try.

Forward Contact is a free application that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Rogers My Account app now available for the Focus

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For those up north on Rogers, you'll want to take a look at their new app 'My Account' which basically gives you details on voice, data and messaging usage, account balance and other useful info. Seems similar to the AT&T account app, which is something we like to see on other devices. The app is also Mango-ready.

Now if Rogers could just get some new phones...

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus S shown at Microsoft Inner Circle event [Video]

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Looks like the Samsung Focus S, the expected follow up to the Focus, is making appearances at the Microsoft Inner Circle tour. The first one was held in LA last night in conjunction with GDGT and evidently a few of AT&Ts new phones were show off there as well.

The Focus S looks to a much bigger but thinner device, sporting a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen in addition to front and rear facing cameras. It's basically the Galaxy SII wrapped with Windows Phone, which is a pretty good thing.

Look for the phone to hit store shelves within a few days.

Source: Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 24 - 30, 2011

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Welcome to the WPCentral Summary of the Week, where we bring you the latest goings on in the Windows Phone community for the past week. Stories you may have missed, deals you're not aware of and more are all covered here. Before we begin, should you be interested in our Nokia World '11 coverage (and how we hung out with Stephen Elop), head on over to our everything you need to know about Nokia World article. Our Dave Blake returns this week with a special Nokia update from our forums. Speed on past the break for the full run through.

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3 years ago

Square Off updated for Mango, aliens still need shooting

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that indie twin-stick shooter Square Off (see review) would soon receive a Mango update. It turns out I wasn’t lying; Square Off’s first Mango update is here.

Square Off version 1.4 Mango update release notes:

  • Fast App Switching
  • Improved frame rate

Developer Gnomic Studios has made good on the two most clear-cut advantages that Mango brings to the table. Both the paid and free versions of the game have been updated, so now everyone can enjoy square-shaped Mango-ey goodness. Oh, and more updates are on the way in the future…

Square Off costs $1.29 and you can grab it here from the Marketplace. Square Off Free costs even less – pick it up here

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