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3 years ago

The Home Depot releases an official app for WP7

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The Home Depot releases an official app for WP7

It's always cool when "official" apps hit the Marketplace and tonight we have pretty big one: The Home Depot. Sure, they're not the first company that springs to mind when we think of smartphone apps, but truth be told it's actually pretty slick:

  • Search the store (all departments)
  • Make purchases
  • Store locator
  • In-store map (!)
  • My Account & My lists
  • Deals/Featured products

Yeah, that's not too shabby at all and the layout is up there with other apps like Amazon's. So if you like to spend time the Depot, you'll want to pick this up.

Available here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up

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3 years ago

'Text My Location' now free in the Marketplace

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'Text My Location' now free in the Marketplace

The app 'Text My Location' is an oldie, having been on the Marketplace since early November of last  year. It's a fairly basic app that finds your location and allows you to send it via SMS, Email, Twitter or Facebook. What's more, it gives you options on how to send that info: short address, full address, map link, etc., making the best of both worlds: simple yet robust. Heck, you can even edit the address if it's a bit off.

It always fetched for $0.99, which was a fair price but now it's even better: Free. We're not sure if it's a temporary change (probably) or permanent, but either way, we like it and think you should lock it for that price. There's no ads either, just a straight up smart app for telling friends where you are at this moment.

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 in space (revisited)

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Windows Phone 7 in space (revisited)

We covered the Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft (ASTRA) group of University of Southampton awhile back, when they sent an HTC Trophy into the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon. The experiment showed the durability of the HTC device as well as the great ability for Windows Phone to merge micro-processing, cloud computing (via Azure) and GPS tracking all in a tiny device for a fraction of the cost it took years ago.

Now there's a cool video documenting their experiment for your viewing pleasure. Watching it you really grasp just how neat this setup really was and what a tough device that phone is, surviving -58C (-72F) weather is no small feat. Science: awesome stuff.

Source: Segoz.co.uk; via: Techie-buzz

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3 years ago

Game stats reveal some new WP7 devices in the field

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The blog Occasional Gamer, by Elbert Perez (who makes a ton of games for Windows Phone), has listed the stats of devices running his games. Like the app "Dude, where is my update?", we can gain some insight into unreleased and upcoming devices for Windows Phone--or at the every least, get an idea of some of the things being tested.

The chart above shows a few of the devices that caught our eye from Occasional Gamer and we'll try to break 'em down for you:

  • HTC Mazaa: reported as a Sprint HTC Trophy, some of us actually believe is this is the finalized Verizon device instead. Reason? With 98 devices running Perez's games, that seems more like a device in tester hands, ready to be rolled out rather than in development--and we know the Verizon Trophy is out in the field, being tested. And we find it odd that a Sprint Trophy would be in more hands at this point than a Verizon version.
  • Samsung GT-I8703: We still don't know what this phone is--possible variant of the Focus Omnia 7
  • HTC-MWP6885: likewise, we saw this earlier too and still have no info on this device ID
  • DELL Advist: this is new and may one of the reported Dell devices from the leaked roadmap back in February
  • HTC MSM7x30: clearly this is HTC testing out Qualcomm's latest chipset (see Engadget), which was just approved for the Windows Phone 7 chassis specs. Good to know that this will becoming probably in the fall
  • HTC-PC40200: reported by the FCC as a CDMA Trophy--possibly for Sprint or just an earlier, pre-production model still floating around

See anyting we missed? Hit us up in comments. Have any insight as to these device's real IDs? Likewise!

Source: Occasional Gamer

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3 years ago

Hacked the NoDo update and think you're safe? Think again

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Back amongst the chaos of complaints, rants, tantrums and media surrounding the NoDo update process, Chris Walsh released a tool that forces a Windows Phone 7 device to update to NoDo - this hack was later regarded as a life-saver for all users who were impatiently awaiting the update notification.

Since then, there have been numerous reports and articles suggesting the tool (if used to forcefully update your handset) could cause problems down the road with future updates from Microsoft. Again, we have the above capture of a tweet by Brandon Watson reiterating Microsoft's stance on the whole shebang - users wont get past build 7390 with Walshie's tool. 

So if this runs true, who has to work for a fix? Microsoft, or will Walsh be continuously called upon by his faithful following to create more workarounds?

Source: Brandon Watson, via: wpsauce

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3 years ago

Seesmic 1.5 now reads your tweets out loud and more

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Seesmic, the free Twitter/Facebook app, received a major update today. Watch out! With all these new features, it's only a matter of time before the app outgrows its human oppressors.

Seesmic version 1.5 changelog:

Improved user experience: We worked hard to improve the user experience with the context menus, and we hope you'll agree that the experience is slicker than ever before.
Saleforce Chatter: We improved the UI to make navigation more intuitive.
Speak a tweet: Yes, tweets read outloud to you! We are not kidding!
Trend integration: Check out "What The Trend".
SMS Integration: Send a tweet via SMS.
Hyperlinks: You choose how you would like to open hyperlinks, either in-app browser or Internet Explorer.
Spring cleaning: Yes, we got rid of a few pesky issues in Facebook timelines and complications with Twitter logins.

The Speak a tweet option is the most promising new feature. You just click on a tweet, expand the menu at the bottom of the screen, and choose ‘Speak.’ Seesmic then reads your tweets back in a frightening robotic voice, but it’s still a great idea. I’d like a Speak button to join the Reply, Retweet, and Favorite buttons at the bottom of the screen instead of having to expand the menu first. The feature seems like it would be most useful while on the road or when your hands are otherwise full, so less clicks is better.

Seesmic is a great way to tweet and check your Facebook feed and messages. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Gridd -- new side shooter for Windows Phone [Video]

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Gridd -- new side shooter for Windows Phone [Video]

We like our "arcade" style games around these parts, call us old or whatever, but there's something fun about these types of games. Gridd is fairly basic: you have a ship, you tilt the phone, it auto-shoots and you dodge or destroy on coming enemies.

For us, it's like TapSlosion + OMG mixed.

The game fetches for $1.99, which is a bit higher than the $0.99 range we usually see such games fall in. It lacks global leader boards and the tilt sensitivity needs to be increased (it's a bit sluggish). Having said that, the graphics and sound are pretty top notch and we like the design--heck with an update or two, it can be a real break out game. So although we like it, we'll have to recommend you give the trial a go (user feedback suggests it doesn't run on the Surround, for be forewarned)

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Asteroids Deluxe now available on Xbox Live, no Pitfall in sight

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Earlier this week we reported that two Game Room titles, Asteroids Deluxe and Pitfall, would be this week’s Xbox Live releases. Windows Phone retro gamers will have to wait a little longer for their Atari 2600 fix, as Pitfall didn’t come out today after all. I was jumping at the chance to play it, but I doubt legions of people will be disappointed at this news.

On the bright side, Asteroids Deluxe made it out the gate. The sequel to Asteroids, Deluxe is an arcade game that Atari published in 1980. Players pilot a ship through an asteroid field, blasting both asteroids and aliens. It uses vector graphics in which everything is composed of lines, not unlike upcoming Must-Have game geoDefense. As part of the Game Room series, Asteroids Deluxe has a 3D arcade cabinet, seriously great Leaderboards, and 10 Achievements that are awfully similar to Centipede’s.

Asteroids Deluxe is $2.99, and like all Xbox Live games there is a free trial. Classic gaming fans can grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

Head past the jump for our CES video of Asteroids Deluxe and Shao-Lin's Road.

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3 years ago

Uno HD is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Oh joy!

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The Xbox Live Deal of the Week program has featured a few high-quality games so far – Rocket Riot and last week’s Carneyvale come to mind. They can’t all be winners though, as this week’s deal proves…

Uno HD is now on sale for $2.99, down from the regular, crazy price of $4.99.

Our Uno HD review praises the game’s interface, features, and gameplay experience. However it does criticize the game’s price, so $2.99 seems fairer. But I have to wonder, how many gamers are dying to play a single-player version of Uno for any price? Anyone???

Uno HD is on sale for $2.99 for one week only. There’s also a free trial, which you might want to try before buying… Grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

New features of the Focus firmware update [Updated]

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While we're still delving in to all the little changes of the combo NoDo + Firmware (2103.11.3.3) Focus update, it's really the latter that is a bit more interesting due to the mini, undocumented "fixes" on board.

We've found at least two so far, but know there have to be more. Still, these two are awwwwesome, to say the least:

  • Capacitive buttons are temporarily disabled to prevent accidental "clicks": before the update, if you had an app open and you put your finger on the screen and dragged it down to the capacitive button area, you'd activate those buttons. Now you do not. This is huge for gaming on the Focus, to say the least. (Go ahead, try it. We'll wait...)
  • Camera auto defaults to "anti-shake": this was a no brainer, the Focus has an anti-shake setting on it, so why would you not want that enabled by default? Evidently, Samsung saw the light on this and now it's on automatically, resulting we think in a higher percentage of steady shots
  • No more Couch Potato: Shortly after the Samsung Focus hit the market, we learned that the screen was non-responsive when laying down on a soft surface such as a couch pillow (here's our video).  Post-Nodo this is no longer a problem.  WPCentral Reader Alan tipped us on this and sure enough, the Focus's screen is responsive in your hand, on a hard surface or when chilling out on a pillow.

Find anything else that is unique to this firmware (not NoDo)? Hit us up in comments and we'll post 'em.

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3 years ago

Raise AT&T upload speed on Samsung Focus [How To]

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Raise AT&T upload speed on Samsung Focus [How To]

If you have experienced your upload speed being restricted on AT&T, which can occur after you've (finally) updated with official NoDo, there are some simple steps you can take to increase speed:

  • From the number-dial screen:
  • Enter ##634#
  • Diagnostics screen should open.
  • Enter *#32489#
  • Test mode screen should open.
  • Press back at the bottom (bottom right, not the phone's back button)
  • Press 5 for RRC (HSPA) control
  • Press 1 to view what yours is set at (Kyle's was Release 5 HSDPA only)
  • Press 2 to change it.
  • Press 3 to change to Release 6 HSDPA/HSUPA
  • Press [end] to confirm.

This will install a Diagnostics app on your device (that will be displayed on the installed app list), we are not currently aware if uninstalling the app will cause issues with the diagnostics tool itself. And if you need to know your speeds, there's an app for that: Bandwidth 2.x in the Marketplace. Hit us up in comments and let us know if this worked for you, we're still experimenting ourselves.

Thanks Kyle for the steps!

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3 years ago

AT&T NoDo Update: Let the adventures begin

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Well, it's official. AT&T has begun distributing the Windows Phone 7 (NoDo) update for the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. It hit the airways around lunchtime and many have already updated their Windows Phone.

Most AT&T customers will receive a message on their Focus or Quantum alerting them to the update. If not, simply connect your Windows Phone to your computer and Zune. You can check for the update under the phone settings in Zune.  The entire process takes about an hour and you'll first install the February 2011 update and then the March 2011 update.

While I have successfully updated my Samsung Focus, it wasn't flawless.  Luckily, Microsoft has a nice troubleshooting page set up to help with all the errors we might encounter.  To read more on my adventures in updating, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T distributing Nodo Update!

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AT&T distributing Nodo Update!

We heard rumors last week that today was the day AT&T was to begin distribution of the Windows Phone 7 update, affectionately known as Nodo. The morning came and went with no signs of the rumor holding true but just a few little while ago, AT&T unleashed Nodo.  We've received a number of tips from Focus owners confirming this plus the update popped up when we connected our Focus to Zune.

Nodo is now available for the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will have to wait until mid-May due to software issues. Along with the standard features, the AT&T Nodo will also include "unique features" such as a WISPr feature that automatically taps into AT&T's hotspots and support for AT&T's Address Book.

According to the update screen, the entire process will take about twenty minutes, first installing the February 2011 update and then the March 2011 update.  We're about to hit the update button and begin the process and if you've already updated your Focus or Quantum,  feel free to share how your thoughts on how everything went and if the wait was worth it.

Thanks to everyone who sent in this tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft brings Photosynth to iOS but not WP7

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Photosynth is a fantastic app that allows you combine multiple shots when one capture is simply not enough, perfect when requiring to take a landscape photo beyond the capabilities of the mobile device and engineer some cool panoramas with a 360 degrees effect.

Using the latest computer vision technology, the Photosynth app makes capturing panoramas fun and engaging, while creating sharp, high-resolution results. With the app, you can process, view, and store your panoramas directly on your device. Then, share them in a variety of ways, including to Facebook as images or as interactive panoramas (hosted for free) on Photosynth.net

It has been readily available for download on PC, but has now made the leap to the iPhone line of devices - no sign of a WP7 offering though. While slightly confusing as to why Microsoft would offer their app to iPhone users before their own platform, it's understandable to an extent with iOS and OS X (arguably) being home to designers, photographers etc.

The app will enable iPhone users to upload their panoramas to Bing Maps, which will then become publicly viewable on Microsoft's Photosynth "map app", further enhancing a continuous viewable image of the world. Are you looking forward to the tool coming to WP7, and do you believe it's a smart move to go to iOS first?

Source: Malaysian Insider

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3 years ago

WP7 security patch due out May 3?

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WP7 security patch due out May 3?

Back in March we reported on some fraudulent SSL certificates that could make WP7 users vulnerable to phishing/spoofing attacks, and the possibility that MS would be releasing a security update to fix it. According to SlashGear, sources have revealed that MS plans to roll out the update on May 3. It is still unknown whether the patch will come in the form of an OTA push or through Zune software updates.

The fake certificates were brought to light by Comodo, who issued them without fully verifying their validity, and affect nine different websites. Comodo has since revoked the certs in question, while Microsoft posted a bulletin for desktop users of Internet Explorer. The sites affected are:

  • login.live.com
  • mail.google.com
  • www.google.com
  • login.yahoo.com (3 certificates)
  • login.skype.com
  • addons.mozilla.org
  • “Global Trustee”

Source: SlashGear; Via: PocketNow

UPDATE: Bruce Cowper, Group Manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing, has told WinRumors that users will be notified of the update's availability over the air, while the update itself will come through Zune.  He could not confirm the release date, but simply said, “the Windows Phone team is actively working with mobile partners to develop and distribute a mitigation update.”

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