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3 years ago

Windows Phone emoticons cheat sheet: Part II

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Windows Phone emoticons cheat sheet: Part II

Last week the Windows Phone Blog made a nice little cheat sheet for those emoticons in Text messaging--you know, when you type a ':-)' and it turns automatically into a smiley. From that post we learned from Microsoft's Michael Stroh that while comprehensive, that list was still only partial of all the ones our phones could recognize (and you added some of your own in comments).

Now, Michael is back with a second list of more obscure emoji and boy are they unique. We've barely memorized more than a handful from last week and now we need to find room for "cat", "gift" and "the moon". Kudos to anyone who can do these on the fly and we'll still put out a soft-call for an app to store all of these for quick access, should anyone want to take the challenge.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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3 years ago

Earthworm Jim returns as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week, still kinda slimy

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You know what hasn’t gone on sale in a while? Earthworm Jim. The last time it was the Xbox Live Deal of the Week was way back in April. Now it’s the Deal of the Week again, its price cut from $4.99 to $2.99.

The mobile version of Earthworm Jim comes from Gameloft, but it’s a far cry from the awesomeness of Let’s Golf 2. Earthworm Jim has some of the worst touch screen controls around, making it way less fun than it should be. Its Achievements are also quite tough and time consuming, but at least none of them are glitched (Ahem, Let’s Golf 2!). Despite those issues, I still had a decent time with Earthworm Jim because the original is such an off-kilter classic. See our full review for more details.

Earthworm Jim will be on sale for one week only. Pick it up here in the Marketplace – when the sale goes live Wednesday morning.

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3 years ago

Verizon draws a line in the sand with Microsoft?

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While Verizon has the HTC Trophy as it's one and only Windows Phone, the wireless provider has given Microsoft an ultimatum of sorts that could see the Verizon dropping Windows Phone all together.

In a recent interview with CNET Verizon Wireless's Chief Marketing Officer Marni Walden commented,

"We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us. We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them."

Microsoft hasn't responded to Walden's comments but has said it would add LTE support to Windows Phone but hasn't addressed the "when" of the subject. Should Microsoft and Verizon part ways, the wireless company will focus it's smartphone line-up on Android devices and the iPhone (which doesn't support LTE).

Verizon is still working with Microsoft on this issue and hopefully common ground can be found to bring the second generation Windows Phones to Verizon. If not, does the success of Windows Phones hinge on a Verizon model or will Microsoft do just fine without?

Source: CNET  Via: Winsupersite

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3 years ago

WeatherLive sale: $0.99 for one week

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For those looking for a solid weather app, you will probably remember WeatherLive. It's one of the few weather apps we've championed around here, mostly due to its strong Metro-design and options. Featuring multiple, double-side Live Tiles, minimalist design, low-bandwidth and more, the app currently sits at the #1 spot in NEWS + WEATHER in the Marketplace. It also maintains a 4-star rating with nearly 900 reviews.

Anyways, the app normally fetches for $1.49 but for this week will be discounted at $0.99. Sure, not a huge price-drop but technically you can't go any lower in the Marketplace without going free. The app receives steady updates and recently hit v3.4 offering Bing Local Search integration. Pick it up with a free trial here in the Marketplace. And check out our video hands on with v3.0 for Mango here.

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3 years ago

GroupMe app returning with a major new update but has gone missing in the meantime

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For those of you who are still waiting on GroupMe (popular texting service) to re-release their app, be prepared to wait for another few days following a tweet published by the company. The app is currently not available on the Marketplace and the company is still working hard to get the re-written app back out in the field.

The above tweet was posted four days ago but still no news for now on availability. The app is being developed from the ground up and should be released (if not being approved by Microsoft right now) shortly. Usually an old version of an app is removed from the Marketplace if the new version is so radically different in code that an update is not possible. The good news is this sounds like the app will offer some new and tantalizing features that many users have been asking for, probably as a result of recently being acquired by Skype (which is owned by Microsoft).

Thanks Karen and Kalet for the info!

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3 years ago

T-Mo Radar and HD7 getting update tomorrow

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Beginning tomorrow, T-Mobile will be pushing out an update for their HTC Radar and HD7 phones.  The update adds a boost in performance and will resolve an error that occurs when some users try to activate Visual Voicemail.  While the Radar will also get the ability to download and customize ringtones, the real winner is the HD7, which will now connect to hidden WiFi networks and gain WiFi tethering.  Some folks, however, claim that they were able to tether after the previous update.

The patch will start making its way out into the ether tomorrow and must be installed via the Zune software to a USB-connected handset.

Source: TMoNews

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3 years ago

France seeing a massive increase in traffic for Nokia Lumia 800

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Arnaud Michelet, developer behind the France traffic app on Windows Phone, has provided some statistics regarding device usage and the above graph shows something interesting (particularly for anti-WP Nokia fans). Nokia has been pushing hard, not just only in the UK, but France too. This shows with the line for the Lumia 800 shooting up through the roof, and still climbing steeply after taking the lead from the Samsung Omnia 7.

Should this chart be taking into account as a valid indicator on how well the Lumia 800 is performing in France, it also shows that majority of new owners are migrating from other platforms, since the massive incline is not met by a steep drop across the board for first generation handsets. While these aren't official numbers from Nokia (though they back up previous sales reports), it's worth checking out and feeling good about the data in-time for the festive holiday.

Source: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan back in stock...go go go!

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So for all of you who were waiting on AT&T to get a fresh new batch of coveted Titans, your day has finally come. At least on the website (we can't vouch for your local store) AT&T is now listing the device as available.

Previously, stores and even AT&T online had massive shortages of the top of the line phone. Supply was either tight due to high sales or more likely, HTC not being able to fulfill orders to AT&T. Now it looks like HTC has finally ramped up production and hopefully that also translates into store availability too.

Let us know if you placed your order or if your store received any significant stock in comments! Also don't forget to check our review of the Titan here.

Head to the AT&T store right now. Thanks, Tommy F., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Homebrew custom Start screen may make its way to your Windows Phone

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Looks like those folks at Windows Phone Hacker, specifically Jaxbot, have been working on some neat ideas for our devices. This latest trick involves making custom Tiles for the Start screen, allowing a theme of sorts to give a more unique look for your phone. Previously, they released the "Folders" option for the Start screen.

The method is not yet available as Windows Phone Hacker is once again feeling out if there is any interest in releasing it--those man hours in creating and refining this don't come out of no where, after all. Personally, we think it's pretty great looking and would be fairly excited to see this happen.

Best part is this doesn't require any deep interop-unlock, just a simple developer unlocked phone (either official or ChevronWP7 Labs), making this a seemingly straightforward hack. If interested, head over to Windows Phone Hacker or hit them up on Twitter @wphonehacker to let them know!

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3 years ago

BoxFiles for Dropbox gets pinnable folders

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Couple things about Dropbox: many of you prefer SkyDrive--fair enough. Their mobile website is actually really nice. And there is no "official" app from them for Windows Phone.

So for those of us who do use Dropbox and regularly, there is really only one app out there that has constantly shown itself worthy, in our opinion: BoxFiles for Dropbox. The app recently received a hefty Mango update, which like all Mango apps, resulted in a much faster, smoother experience. In addition it had some graphics re-worked, new options and even a Live Tile which shows your used and remaining space left on your account. Slick.

Now in v2.5, the options continue with the addition of pinnable folders to your Start screen, for quick, easy 1-click access to all of your stuff. From there you can copy, delete, move, email, download, share, rename, etc. any of your files, making this feel quite robust. Finally, it's fairly Metro in design with minimalist graphics and text-focused, giving the app a more native feel.  Oh and did we mention this has SkyDrive built into it? So for all of those who need a more feature-rich SkyDrive app, you may want to take this for a spin too.

The app goes for $1.29 with a free trial, which can be found here and gets our highest recommendation. There's also a free, ad-supported version with no SkyDrive support--that one can be found here.

Update: And we've just been just informed by the developer that v2.5 has a bug for new users looking to login/authenticate--basically you can't do it. If you're upgrading, like us, you're good to go and won't notice anything. The devs let us know that v2.6 will fix this and should be out in the next few days--so stand by for that one!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live - Hasta la Muerte comes to life this week

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Didn’t get enough ghosts in last week’s Xbox Live title, Ghostscape? This week’s release deals with the afterlife as well, though it’s a completely different sort of game. Hasta La Muerte, from French developer Pohlm Studio, comes to Xbox Live on Wednesday, December 7.

In Hasta la Muerte, players control one of death’s emissaries. The emissary travels through a sort of purgatory, freeing the souls of the dead. Take too long to save them and they become cursed souls, attacking you. The game uses tilt for movement, which seems to work pretty well.

Hasta la Muerte contains over 30 levels, with unique boss encounters every 5 levels. Once you have unlocked friendly SoulPets, you can go back to previous levels and use the Pets’ abilities to try for better ratings.

Of course, the main reason we’re excited about Hasta la Muerte is its beautiful European art style. The emissary and souls alike are represented by simple abstract figures. Combined with the stark, almost colorless levels, the game feels very different and otherworldly. Let's hope it plays as good as it looks!

Hasta la Muerte crosses over into our world on December 7. No word on pricing, but we'll find out soon enough.

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3 years ago

The Little Amazing Show ad-campaign: Episode 3

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3 years ago

Windows Phone app bar icons [Developers]

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We're always pleased to see developer resources pop up around the web that help keep things ticking long. Over at Templarian (Austin Andrews), an icon pack full of superb quality graphics has been in the works (with more being added), which is licensed under Creative Commons license. Should you require an icon that's not present, one can either create and submit the icon for the pack or request it from the author. The icons are available in black and white variants.

Andrews wants developers to take care when designing apps on the platform, and we (as consumers) are on the same wave length. Metro UI is slick and clean and developers should take advantage of this.

Source: Templarian

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Air Soccer Tour

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Air Soccer Tour is a cross between an air hockey game and a soccer match for your Windows Phone. Available in a free and paid version, this mango app combines the two for an interesting, challenging and entertaining game for your Windows Phone.

Air Soccer Tour has three game speeds, four game levels, and you can play with up to three strikers. There are one player, two player (pass and play) and a single player tournament to compete in. All in all, plenty of air soccer gaming.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

RegHardware Awards 2011 - vote for the platform and Nokia Lumia 800

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RegHardware is hosting a poll where the first vote is for "Mobile of the Year", and the Nokia Lumia 800 (our review) is the Windows Phone entrant. The handset is up against the likes of the iPhone 4S, Blackberry Bold 9900, and Samsung Galaxy S II. So be sure to head on over and vote for the Lumia 800 along with Windows Phone for "Smartphone OS of the Year". There are also a few more questions in the poll including carrier of the year and most useful app.

Source: RegHardware, thanks Eoin for the heads up!

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