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3 years ago

Keep organized with Pin-to-start for mobile websites

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Here's a cool little thing. Inspired by Google's trick of making their Search icon pinnable for Windows Phone, reader Miguel Rochefort has created a nifty little web-tool that will allow you to do basically the same but for any mobile site out there.

There's no installation, just a simple bookmarking of his script within Internet Explorer 9 on your phone. When you come across a site you like and want to pin, you pull up his site and it will create a perfectly-sized icon of the site for pinning. The benefit? Instead of pinning a screenshot of the website, you can pin the site's logo, resulting in a much cleaner and organized appearance.

It's cool, it's free and takes no time, so why not? Check out the above video to see it in action. Hop into our forums to interact with Miguel for any requests and issues or just hop to his site on your phone to get started: http://www.web2tile.com/

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3 years ago

12 Days of Giveaways includes the HTC Radar

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T-Mobile is offering the HTC Radar 4G for free today but that's not the only place the Windows Phone was being given away. The Ellen Degeneres Show is having a 12 Days of Giveaways event where audience members get a free gift or gifts. Twenty-five viewers are also selected from on-line registrations and will also receive the gifts.

Day one and two appeared to be dominated by gift cards but Day Three was heavily sponsored by Microsoft. The giveaway landed an Xbox Live with Kinect, an Acer laptop, a Beats headset, a Go Pro video camera, an HTC Radar and six months of service through T-Mobile (check around the 2:38 mark).

All in all the gift package was valued over $2,700 and made a lot of studio audience members happy. It is also pretty good exposure for Microsoft.  No clue as to what the remaining nine days of giveaways will bring but if you're feeling lucky you can register here at the show's website.

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3 years ago

Dance Central 2 coming to Windows Phone

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We've been talking about Microsoft needs to capitalize on their Xbox 360 success with Windows Phone--tie them together so that Windows Phone becomes synonymous with the popular gaming console. The companion app that's coming tomorrow is a big step in that direction.

Another step would be to ride on the coattails of some of the platform's most popular games--in this case Xbox Kinect's Dance Central 2. Dance Central 2 is the wildly popular sequel to one of last year's biggest Kinect titles. It's that game that allows you to hilariously embarrass yourself in front of friends and family as you attempt to mimic dancing while the Kinect tries to, ahem, correct your moves.

Now we just received this picture of what appears to be a mini-Dance Central 2 game coming to Windows Phone. In the game description, it reads:

"Record a video of yourself or your friends dancing to one of seven Dance Central 2 tracks and turn your video into a polished music video with the look and feel of Dance Central.

Share your video on Facebook or challenge your friends to "battle". Coming Soon!"

We have to believe it's legit, after all, who'd make up something so potentially humiliating? (Or maybe we're the wrong demographic). Regardless of who this is for we really dig the idea of these companion apps. No word on if it uses the Kinect like Kinectimals or if it is completely independent. We're going to send our own Paul Acevedo on a recon mission to dig up some more info.

Big thanks to Anon for the pic!

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3 years ago

Learn how to develop Windows Phone 7 games in just 24 hours

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An interesting book has been released by Sams Publishing, which will be of great value to anyone who's looking at Windows Phone to develop games taking advantage of available technologies and hardware. The book, authored by Jonathan S. Harbour, claims (as does other learning material) to teach the reader how to develop a playable title in just 24 hours using Microsoft's free XNA 4.0 toolset. The book is set out in easy-to-digest chunks, with "Did you know?" tips and "Watch out!" alerts.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Develop fast, playable Windows Phone 7 games with XNA 4.0
  • Get and manage user touch screen input
  • Draw 2D bitmapped images, and bring them to life as sprites
  • Transform sprites using rotation, scaling, and velocity calculations
  • Detect and handle collisions between game objects
  • Create surprisingly realistic animation effects
  • Master sophisticated finite state programming techniques
  • Integrate GPS Location Services into your game
  • Make the most of Windows Phone audio
  • Read, write, and save game files
  • Create your game’s Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Implement realistic physics effects, including gravity and acceleration
  • Tweak gameplay to make your games more fun

The book is available to purchase as paperback or in ebook format, and prices start at just $25.59. Amazon is also stocking the resource at $23.85 (UK version from £13.36, available for Kindle too).

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: aPuzzleIntrusion Free

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering HTC Radar 4G for free - ends today

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T-Mobile has the HTC Radar (our review) listed on their website for free, when taking out a two-year contract. Note that this is a web-only deal, so be sure to make the purchase online. Should you be interested, act now as the deal is set to end today. Sporting a 5MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 8GB storage and a 3.8" screen, the Radar is a perfect Mango handset for Christmas.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Xbox Companion app due out tomorrow

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We've previously covered the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone that was to be released soon after the Xbox dashboard refresh. This app will enable users to control their Xbox consoles and browse the Marketplace for media (music, movies and games), launch movies and music, view friends activity, search for information on what's currently playing (via Bing), and control playback.

The Xbox Companion app is set to be made available on the Marketplace for free tomorrow and will bring more integration between the two platforms with Windows 8 creeping around the corner. Thinking of three screens anyone? We'll take a deeper look at the app once it's published.

Source: Microsoft, via: Major Nelson

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3 years ago

HTC Windows Phone LED indicator

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HTC Windows Phone LED indicator

The subject of the little LED indicator light on HTC Windows Phones has cropped up in a few of the WPCentral Forums discussions. Some are pleasantly surprised at seeing the little indicator, some are curious if it can be customized, and some are simply trying to figure out what it does.

The LED indicator light isn't anything new to HTC Windows Phones. As far as we can tell every Windows Phone from HTC has the little light. It's so subtle that it can be surprising when you finally notice it. I think it took me about a month before I noticed it on the HTC HD7S.  Then had to look at the HTC Surround to see if it had one of the lights (it does by the way).

The LED is a red/green combo that will flash red when the battery is low, when the battery is charging and turns green when the battery charge is complete or when you miss a call. It does not light up on new email messages or SMS messages.  There are no settings to customize the LED light but who knows what the future may bring.

If you've got an opinion on the LED indicator on the Titan or any other HTC Windows Phone, feel free to chime in over in the WPCentral Forums' HTC Section. Some like the little light, some hate it, while others would like to see it do more. What's your thoughts on the matter?

Thanks goes out to Steven for the tip!

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3 years ago

Win a Nokia Lumia 800 with "into" by Windows Phone

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Windows Phone UK has started up a social rewards program, titled "into by Windows Phone" that provides followers with intriguing prizes should they accumulate enough points. It's a great way to get Windows Phone owners advertising and promoting the platform to friends and family to win the rewards.

Offers are handpicked, as well as unique events and experiences (such as an Arctic Cold Adventure). The video located after the break explains the program best.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Better Movie Manager

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Looking for an easy way to manage your movie collection? Want to manage your collection from your Windows Phone? Take a look at the Windows Phone app Better Movie Manager.

Better Movie Manager taps into TMDb movie database (not endorsed by TMDb) to pull movie details and cast/crew information on movies in your existing collection or movies you hope to buy or see in the future. Better Movie Manager is a nicely laid out application to manage your DVD or Blue Ray titles.

Read more after the break.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 feedback from carrier and retailer sales staff

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While the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S are both proving to be fairly popular in the U.S., we've heard analysts down Nokia for Lumia 800 sales and the manufacturer bouncing back with positive statements. MyNokiaBlog have compiled some feedback (published at Nokia Connections) from carriers and retailers in Europe, which all show positive signs on how well the Lumia 800 is selling. Nokia (and Microsoft) have the daunting task to help train sales staff in stores to push out Windows Phone handsets and is needed after reports we've received from those who reside in the U.S., Europe and (more recently) Australia. We're going to leave this to the employees at UK carriers and retailers to explain how things are going.

Joe Moody, Orange:

"This phone is the best phone out there by far. I have managed to switch 15 customers within a week to pre order the Lumia, I love the device so much I can’t wait to get one when I’m due a new phone, the customers that are interested in apple iPhones or galaxy s 2 I manage to persuade some to go for a Lumia."

Ian McLaren, Carphone Warehouse:

"The Lumia is flying off the shelves, especially from one who has really taken the training on board and pitching them to everyone. The main things that are selling the phone are the design, superb screen and the way the social networks are integrated into the phone OS so don’t need to keep switching apps and all the messages are compiled into one thread.

From a standing start, Nokia have really grabbed people’s attention with the Lumia and the advertising is starting to pay off as people are coming in and asking about the handset, and asking to upgrade to it."

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3 years ago

Monday Brief: December 5, 2011

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Monday Brief: December 5, 2011

3 years ago

Pictures Lab updated to version 4.0 bringing festive effects and more language support

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Pictures Lab has been updated to version 4.0, two months after hitting 3.0 with the Mango refresh. Much like Thumba Photo Editor, Pictures Lab is a must have for those who wish to edit photos on-the-fly. Features including Pictures Hub integration and direct camera access make the app extremely useful with the introduction of more APIs in Windows Phone 7.5. Now, in 4.0 we have two new festive effects that can be applied to photos and a handful of translations for foreign markets. A full run through:

  • Added the "add another effect" functionality which allows to stack effects and borders on top of each other and therefore combine multiple effects.
  • Added two Christmas borders and one for New Year
  • Added Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian translations.
  • Fixed issues with Bulge and Tilt Shift effect.
  • Other minor bug fixes and many little tweaks.

You can download Pictures Lab from the Marketplace for $0.99 (£0.79).

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3 years ago

AT&T has no plans to add Internet Sharing to original Samsung Focus?

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For those hoping that AT&T may deliver that firmware update to the original Samsung Focus to enable WiFi tethering/mobile hotspot, you may want to temper your enthusiasm just a tad. Over at Windows Phone Down Under, our friend Sheeds has been going back and forth with AT&T over their plans for the Focus in this regard and the results are not positive. At least according to one AT&T PR rep:

"What I was able to secure:  at this time, AT&T has no additional upgrade plans for the first generation Focus.

Know that response doesn’t address your specific desire to know if/when those plans might change or touch on plans for subsequent generations, but I’ve also reached what I think is the limit on what I’m going to be able to secure as responses on this issue."

This was after numerous back and forth with other AT&T folks, all of them signaling that no update was coming for the Focus because it was not part of the final Mango build that AT&T received for testing back in late summer.

Of course, we all know that the Focus can run Internet Sharing just fine, it even performs darn well. In fact, many of us have "hacked" our trusty Focus to do just that (just be careful not to get snagged by big blue). However, it looks like AT&T is putting the Focus behind it (except when they need a stand in for the Focus S) and are solely concentrating on so-called Gen 2 phones.This seems like quite a weak excuse on their part as other Gen 1 phones have received the Internet Sharing update--heck, just about all HTC devices have it on board now. But nothing is written in stone and perhaps AT&T will come around at some point--after all, the original Focus was one of the top selling Windows Phones here in the States, it deserves some respect, eh?

Read the whole saga at Windows Phone Down Under.

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3 years ago

NextGen+ custom ROM for HD7 brings performance and new features

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For all of those with HTC HD7's, even if it is just laying around having been supplanted by the TITAN, you may want to take a look at this. Zloy Pryanik at XDA has bumped his NextGen+ custom ROM to v1.8 and we have to admit, this is starting to get real nice looking. The latest version brings the 7740 OS update as well as the latest drivers and radio software to the venerable Windows Phone. On top of that, there are quite a few interesting and unique enhancement to the ROM that has piqued our interest:

  • Light ROM (~260 mb *.nbh include radio)
  • Full-Unlocked (full support registry edit / ie install .xap ... etc) Mega Thanks DFT Team
  • Firmware reduced by 31MB , registry - 500kb
  • Update OEM software , add Touchexplorer, registry editor
  • Deleted Device Feedback
  • New sound camera shot
  • New Wallpapers, pictures
  • Ringtones and Sounds from Apple iPhone
  • Facebook-blue accent color
  • Custom system graphics
  • Watch videos from Zune in Bluetooth Headphones
  • Enabled IPV6

How's that for a feature-set? As you can probably discern, all of that reduction in file size and stripping of things has resulted in a clean, fast ROM with some neat customizations. For instance, the text emoticons are now colored as are the icons for setting up new email accounts--subtle, but nice. Even battery life seems remarkably improved, with one user's screenshot show the battery at 90% and an estimated 1 day, 13 hours remaining--we're a bit envious! If this sounds like something you want to give a go, head to the source link below.

Source: XDA; via WP7.com.pl

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