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Microsoft's App Hub maintenance begins this Friday, downtime expected next Monday

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Microsoft will begin upgrading the App Hub's infrastructure this Friday. Upgrades that will add more server capacity to better handle the load increases and streamlining the processes in an effort to speed up the rate in which apps can be submitted, certified and published.

Developers planning on submitting new apps or updates should do so no later than tomorrow. The maintenance work may cause delays in app certification and publication.

The maintenance will also require the App Hub to go offline on Monday, August 6th for about 24 hours (or less). When all is said and done, the maintenance should improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Marketplace submission and certification process.

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that all goes well. 

Source: Windowsteamblog

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3 years ago

Microsoft News Roundup - Play Tag on Bing, Xbox 720 info leaks and MS announces new Win8 hardware

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Yes, after my long trip to “the Peg” in Canada (more on that later), I’m back with some more Microsoft news that’s too good to pass up. Today’s stories:

  • Bing gets Facebook “tagging” today
  • Xbox 720 info leaked looks real
  • Microsoft announces new mice, keyboards for Windows 8

So head on past the break for the full scoop on all of this exciting news…

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3 years ago

Ascend studio visit and interview

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Ascend studio visit and interview

Windows Phone Central visits with Signal Studios

One of the more enjoyable Xbox 360 games we played at E3 this year was Ascend: New Gods from Signal Studios. We played through an early part of the XBLA game and discussed the Windows Phone version with one of the developers. Yet many questions about the mobile version remained unanswered. Not for long though…

Signal is located in Kirkland, WA – not too far from where Casual Connect Seattle took place. After the conference wrapped up, we headed over to the studio for a tour. D.R. Albright III, the company president and creative director, also gave us a fantastic interview. View it after the break to learn just what Ascend: New Gods has in store for Windows Phone!

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3 years ago

Official JunoWallet app brings survey deals to your Windows Phone

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We’re going to say right off the bat that we’re not into the whole JunoWallet thing—but we do recognize many of you are, so it’s with that sense we’re glad to announce that they have a well polished app for Windows Phone now.

For those of you who don’t know, JunoWallet (www.junowallet.com) is a mobile service that brings “deals” to your phone. Basically you have to fill out surveys that then earn you credits.  Those credits will then allow you to redeem things like gift-cards and other items from the JunoWallet company.

It’s like the opposite of online anonymity. Instead of not wanting companies to track you, you’re embracing the system to earn free stuff. And we have heard of people making quite a bit of money off of these deals—basically just filling out forms all day.  Granted, you can fill out fake info and we suppose that could work too—like we said, we don’t do this stuff, so we’re not completely privy on all the ins and outs...

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Accessory Review: Otterbox Defender

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Otterbox Defender is the Windows Phone Central Deal of the Week

Otterbox offers some very impressive cases for our Windows Phone and the Otterbox Defender doesn't fall short. It is a rugged, highly protective case for your Windows Phone. The Defender has been available for a while for other smartphones. It was recently released for the Nokia Lumia 900 and we took it out for a test drive.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for a case that will protect your Lumia 900 and bulk isn't an issue, the Defender might be what you are looking for. The Defender is essentially a three piece case. There is the belt clip, the rubber outer shell and a hard plastic inner shell. Fitted with the Otterbox Defender, the Lumia 900 will rival the HTC Titan II in size but the Windows Phone will be more capable of taking on drops, bumps and bangs.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8 SDK reveals new Tile counter, cycles image feature

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Looks like that Windows Phone 8 SDK preview (leaked on the web a few days ago) is still coughing up many little changes. The latest deals with the Live Tiles of Windows Phone 8 and yes, there are some subtle but welcome changes.

  • New Live Tile counter – instead of a black circle we now have a square which more closely matches the Metro UI
  • Tiles can cycle through images – we’re not sure what this is called but evidently a Live Tile can have multiple images within it, allowing it to run through them.

The first one is well overdue in our opinion as the circle counter really never fit in with the Tiles not to mention they sometimes were jaggy. Going to Square looks much better to us and we bet you’ll agree too...

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3 years ago

Samsung to introduce dual-core 'Marco' and 'Odyssey' Windows Phone 8 hardware at launch

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Samsung are set to unveil dual-core hardware when Windows Phone 8 launches, according to documentation acquired by The Verge. The two listed Windows Phones are included in court documents submitted as part of the trial Samsung has against Apple. Both devices are stated to be packing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, which is a dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU that Microsoft has been using for Apollo test devices.

According to the documentation (see above snapshot), the Samsung Odyssey will sport a 4.65" S-AMOLED display (with HD resolution) and an 8MP main rear-shooter. It is also marked as supporting NFC, a feature which is currently being marketed on the Nokia Lumia 610. It would seem that OEMs will attempt to include such functionality to further expand on the possibilities of NFC on the Windows Phone platform.

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3 years ago

NeatStreets now available for Windows Phone to help keep Australia and New Zealand clean

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Orange Stripes has released a NeatStreets app for Windows Phone. NeatStreets is a service available for those who reside in Australia (website) and New Zealand (website), which enables residents to report on any issues with litter, graffiti, sanitation, footpaths, roads, streetlights, and more. These reports are forwarded to the authorities who will be able to act on the compiled information.

We have a similar Windows Phone app here in the UK, called Love Clean Streets, which pretty much shares the same functionality as NeatStreets. The services are a great way for Windows Phone users to help keep local environments clean and to alert local authorities to anything that's considered an issue. NeatStreets is a simple, yet effective, app which can be utilised wherever the user may be located.

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3 years ago

Nokia releases data Counter app in beta for Lumia Windows Phone

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Keep track of your data, calls and messages with Nokia

Another day, another Nokia app is released you know the drill.

Today’s release is the much-anticipated ‘Counters’, which allows you to track your usage for calls, messaging and data. You simply add in your monthly billing data and restrictions and the app will do the rest for you.

What’s cool about this release is this is a Windows Phone 8 feature made for ‘7’ by Nokia—so don’t ever say they don’t do anything for you. In Windows Phone 8, the app is called DataSense and can do a bit more e.g. push browser data through a proxy server for compression. While you don’t get that here you do get the rest, which is quite a useful feature for many of us.

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3 years ago

Phones 4u to launch the exclusive Samsung Omnia M in the UK

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UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u has announced today that it will be launching the Samsung Omnia M exclusively. The Windows Phone is said to be arriving into the UK on August 1st when Phones 4u will exclusively stock the device for two months until it opens up for other retailers.

The Omnia M sports a 1Ghz chip, 4" S-AMOLED display, and 4GB of storage, perfect for those who don't require a powerful device and who don't particularly want to splash out on a shiny new Lumia 900. Phones 4u has been able to bag a handful of exclusives on the Windows Phone platform, including the white Lumia 800 / 900.

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3 years ago

Casual Connect video interview: Ben Ahroni, producer of Zuma’s Revenge

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Paul Acevedo (left) and Ben Ahroni

I made no secret of my love for recent XBLA release Zuma’s Revenge in my review – after all, it’s a PopCap game. Those guys practically always knock it out of the park. As it happens, Casual Connect Seattle featured a panel on the connected experience (gaming on TV, tablet, smartphone: SmartGlass-type stuff).

Who should we find among the panelists but the producer of Zuma’s Revenge, Ben Ahroni. Naturally I snagged him for a video interview. See Ben discuss Zuma, a potential sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, and Windows Phone after the break!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Surface Tablets shipping October 26th? Pricing still speculative

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Microsoft has, in a round about way of doing things, may have unintentionally announced that the Surface tables will become available on October 26th. In a filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, Microsoft states:

"The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices."

According to the original announcement from June, this would be the WindowsRT version of the Surface with the Surface Pro making it to market about 90 days after the WindowsRT hits.

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3 years ago

Monday Brief: NFC hacking on Android, Guide to Siri, Windows 8 SDK preview and more!

3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Dad's Taxi

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For those with children, ever feel as though you drive a taxi? Dad's Taxi is a novelty app for your Windows Phone that might help you have a little fun with your kids. 

Dad's Taxi uses your Windows Phone location services to track distances traveled and then converts it into metered rates. Very similar to a taxi cab's meter. You can use the app to charge your kids a fortune the next time you have to cart them to the mall, the theatre or where ever duty calls.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Dev Day – Bournemouth UK

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Yesterday saw the start of a new developer group, this time not based in London but on the south coast in Bournemouth. Scott Lovegrove of Ferret Labs and Dan Thomas of Moov2 conceived the meet up. The core idea in creating the group is simple, to bring developers interested in both Windows Phone and Windows development together. With the looming releases of both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 now seemed like the time.  We signed up to attend the event and were invited to present a short talk. With everything from games development to a platform overview of Windows Phone 8 from a Microsoft evangelist, it proved a very worthwhile trip.

The event was generously hosted by local digital agency redweb. As well as the excellent space, they were able to provide a great meeting room and a fridge stocked with refreshments for the ever-thirsty developers. We arrived after a very early start to make it for 10am to find that the place was already buzzing with devs. We took our places and the talks began, first it started off with a show and tell section.

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