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3 years ago

Android is Nokia's backup plan? [Rumor]

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Android is Nokia's backup plan? [Rumor]

According to a report over at the Fone Arena, Nokia have undergone some experiments in the Android field as well as Windows Phone 7, which is expected when they were deciding on a different OS to focus on since Symbian was a losing cause.

Our dear friend Eldar Murtazin has remained adamant that we can look forward to some Android devices in 2012 should the WP7 partnership with Microsoft fall through. I don't believe Nokia should have any problems with selling any devices should they stick to their incredible N9 design approach and engage in some effective marketing. Let's just see what happens when Sea Ray hits the shelves before anything else.

Via: Fone Arena

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3 years ago

Pigs Fly - Review

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3 years ago

High res Nokia Sea Ray mockups based off of N9 show potential

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We've seen the video a few times already today, but in case you wanted a better idea of what the 'Sea Ray' will look like in some professional shots, here's your chance.

Taken from the official Nokia N9 shots, Downright Wireless has re-imagined the device with familiar WP7 start screen (and extra camera button). In addition to the black, we can see the alternate colors would bring to the table as well. That baby blue? Not too shabby of a choice, that's for sure.

Head to Downright Wireless for a few more shots of their excellent work.

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3 years ago

Creepy transparent spider wallpaper is creepy

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Creepy transparent spider wallpaper is creepy

We don't have arachnophobia per se, more or less just an aversion. But that's us. For all we know, you're a bunch of tarantula fiends who yearn desperately to have one big spider prominently displayed on your pretty little Windows Phone.

Well, tonight's your night as Downright Wireless has taken the Samsung Infuse 4G's spider (see commercial here for reference) and transplanted him to Windows Phone, ala transparent wallpaper for maximum effect. Like we said, it's not our thing, but darn it all...creepy or not, it is pretty awesome looking.

Grab the wallpaper and matching Tiles for your device right here with instructions.

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3 years ago

Video tour of Microsoft Houston store opening

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Though we don't have too many of these Microsoft stores, they are starting to roll out across a few malls in the U.S. and we say, bring it on. As an obvious attempt to jump on the popularity of Apple's stores, which are notoriously busy, it's still nice to see Microsoft try to compete with them and even the playing field.

The Houston store looks nice enough and more natural than than the all white, antiseptic feel of Apple's stores (and we seem to be lacking the all to pretentious 'Genius Bar', thankfully). Personally, we can't wait till Microsoft brings one of these to New York City, hopefully in a grand way.

Video by Greg McClendon Jr.; thanks for the tip

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Word Game Round-up

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Windows Phone Word Game Round-up

To many, word games on your Windows Phone are a great way to pass the time with. These games can be challenging and mentally stimulating. Heck, you might even learn a few new words from some of these games.

You can compete against yourself, time, the phone or other gamers that are a bazillion miles away. You can find words, create words, and complete words.

Personally, I like the word games that developers have brought to the Windows Phone table and thought it was time to round up a collection. We'll break them down into three categories; Scrabble types, Word Search types, and Hangman types.

To see a list of our favorites from each, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Image of Nokia's 'Sea Ray' reveals virtual buttons? We're not so sure.

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Curious thing: during the leaked video of the Nokia's 'Sea Ray' Windows Phone, we actually never see the three-buttons for Back, Win and Bing Search. This lead to the natural speculation that there would be capacitive buttons, like other Windows Phones.

A new image has come forth though of the device and it shows, in fact, that there may be 'virtual buttons' meaning they are on the screen. But instead of taking up the 800x480 real-estate, they are probably using an 854x480 screen, much like the N9 that this so closely resembles.

A few words of caution though:

  1. Our own Richard Edmonds questions its authenticity--there's no glare on the button area, though there is a glare above and below them (see image below)
  2. Those buttons look like the WP7 emulator's, big time. Very suspicious.
  3. It certainly looks "off" plus it's probably just a mock up someone made
  4. Assuming it's true, this is far from finalized hardware and 'prototype' needs to be used here
  5. Nokia still has a lot of time to change or modify the design

At this point, we're not confident that this is legit, or if it is real, not final. Either way, we're not crazy about the sharp corners of 'Sea Ray'. There's a reason why the Focus feels so nice in the hand (and even the LG Quantum) and it has to do with the smoothness of the design.

If these virtual buttons are here to stay, it's not too much different than capacitive buttons, but we're not crazy about the idea. Finally, this looks more like the 'Sea Ray' is just a modified N9 rather than a "ground up" Nokia Windows Phone, making it slightly less interesting, in our opinion.

Update: Reader swc_ant has a nice comment based off his experience working on phone hardware. We agree with his assesment that it's a sticker/tape serving as a place holder.

Source: XDA (Steve Chou). via WMPU

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3 years ago

Microsoft details Mango changes to Games Hub [Video]

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Though you can watch our video tour above of the new Games Hub in Windows Phone "Mango" (see review), you'll want to read all the changes cataloged by Microsoft themselves. From the Windows Phone Blog, you can tell, once again, that Microsoft is listening to consumers by incorporating a lot of changes. Indeed, the Games Hub feel more unified with the whole Xbox ecosystem and the changes are most welcomed.

Here's what's new:

  • Improved Collection View - basically smaller icons for games with a list view, makes it easier to navigate
  • New 3D Avatars with attitude - With XNA/Silverlight in a single app, your 3D Avatar is now "built in" with more functionality and movement
  • Improved Xbox LIVE messaging - Word suggest/complete is now built in, you can communicate with other Xbox  LIVE members on PC, phones or console. "If a message contains certain emoticons (e.g. Smile, Sad smile), you’ll notice your avatar’s expression change to reflect that emotion! (If a sender overloads a message with conflicting emoticons, your avatar will look bewildered."
  • Connect with Xbox LIVE friends
  • Integrated achievements and new comparison views
  • Edit your profile
  • Improved Spotlight content
  • Improved game request notifications: In Mango, you’ll receive notifications for multiplayer game or turn requests and can track them in the Requests section of the Games Hub.

Some of those last few ones are just carry overs from Xbox LIVE Extras, which is now purely for the Avatar Marketplace and to design your Avatar. Overall, a solid list of changes to look forward too.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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3 years ago

Telefonica receiving updates, Orange scheduling. NoDo rollout is completed.

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All updates are now heading to Telefonica customers, this includes both NoDo and the recent security update. Orange UK Omnia 7 devices are scheduling and updates should begin rolling out again soon. I would write that there's still no news regarding Focus handsets but I don't think any of you expected anything new on that front. Keep an eye on the Mcirosoft updates page to see the status of your carrier/device.

Oh and we should mention that this finally actually completes the NoDo update for all (save a few Focus owners, of course). So while it took three months to complete the full roll out for every device, it's still faster than Android, relatively speaking. Having said that, let us hope for a faster turn around with "Mango".

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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3 years ago

Twin Blades returns, kind of, and now features 'green blood' [Update: Zune link!]

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The saga of the Xbox LIVE game 'Twin Blades' is interesting. What was a great, albeit a bit boring, side scrolling, zombie slaughter-fest had been pulled months ago from the Marketplace. Reason? Due to not having a rating system in the Marketplace and the game was deemed too gory (it does have blood splatter the screen on occasion--but they're zombies, for cryin' out loud).

Two things we were expecting: in "Mango" a gaming rating system should be in place, allowing for this content and/or 'Twin Blades' gets fixed i.e. the violence is toned down. As of now, it looks like the latter is the case as we're getting numerous reports that the zombies now have green blood, which obviously tricks your brain into know that these are now aliens, not human zombies, right?

Surprisingly, it's still not available in the Marketplace to buy/re-download, though we're expecting that to happen at some point (we lost our copy months ago after a hard-reset). Only those who still have the game can update to the new v1.0.0.9. Sigh.

Update: Image and link pulled per request.

Thanks, AtomicAgeZombie and Siegerstyle, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Nokia's first WP7 device, 'Sea Ray', demoed [Video]

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Update 2.5: The original video is down/over loaded, so we have a nice YouTube version above for your viewing pleasure. Now our mobile app users are good to go.

Codenamed "Sea Ray", let us present you Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 device which is planned to be released later this year. Check out the full presentation in the video above (remember to put your cameras away!). If you wish to skip to the part where the device is shown, hit up the 1.15 marker in the video.

Mango is also demoed and walked through after the device is shown off. Check out a couple of pictures below too, stunning eh (features Gorilla Glass and Carl Zeiss optics too)? What do you guys think of the first entry into the platform?

Source: Technet.hu, via: Engadget

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3 years ago

This week's top Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone are...

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Major Nelson has kindly started tallying the top Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone on his site (before it was only the console).

While nothing groundbreaking, it's kind of nice to get insight into what sells and what doesn't e.g. SIM3 is at #13, despite being, you know, terrible (see review). The top five games though were:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 4
  2. Doodle Jump
  3. geoDefense
  4. Hydro Thunder GO!
  5. Rise of Glory ('Deal of the Week')

Sure enough, the top four are part of the 'must-have-games' campaign and we have to agree that they're all pretty much worth it.

Source: Major Nelson; Thanks, Karl C, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Watermark helps you make your mark

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Watermark helps you make your mark

The one danger of posting your photographs online, be it Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere, is the risk you run of having your pics hijacked. Watermarks are one way to help deter unauthorized use of your photos. The Windows Phone app, "Watermark" brings watermarking to photos captured and stored in your Pictures Hub and may just keep the pirates at bay.

The user interface is simple and straight forward. Choose your image, type your text and it's inserted on the photo. You can choose fonts, text colors, text size, and opacity. Positioning of your watermark is probably the weakest aspect of the app. You can tap on your photo to move the watermark around but this feature isn't the most responsive.

Watermark can be a useful tool to help tag your photos or even add captions. Watermark is a free app that you can find here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

via: mobilitydigest

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3 years ago

TVShow or PrimeTV... that is the question

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We've reviewed PrimeTV and given away copies of TVShow. But which is the best television information app for your Windows Phone?

Tough call. Both offer detailed information on your favorites television shows as well as image galleries and videos on the shows. Both support Trakt.tv and Twitter (TVShow also supports Facebook). Both have live tiles and toast notifications on you favorite shows. Both have easy to navigate user interfaces.  TVShow does support subtitles but is that an across the board feature everyone uses?

But which is the best? While you can search and add favorite television series to track by keyword, Prime TV also gives you recommendations from your Trakt.tv account and from those shows that are trending upwards on Trakt.tv.

I'd love to say there's a smoking gun that would put one of these apps ahead of the other but they are so close, it's truly a dead tie. Both apps have similar features that are at times only distinguishable by how your access them. For example, TVShow has a YouTube button that sends you to a video page. PrimeTV incorporates a YouTube page into the Television Series hub.

Fortunately, both have free trials so you can judge for yourself. The full versions of both run $.99. You can find the Marketplace links and a side by side video comparison after the break.  If you find one of these two apps better than the other, feel free to share in our comments section.

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3 years ago

TouchyBooks will bring over 300 childrens books to WP7

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Already being available on iOS (with Android 'coming soon' too) TouchyBooks is developing for Windows Phone 7, which will provide younger users with a large array of ebooks to download and read. While we already have the likes of Kindle on-board, it's great to see this type of addition to the availability of ebooks for reading.

They're a pretty small publisher so an advance onto the new platform is a bold, but welcomed, move. It's good to see even the companies/publishers without huge fund backing is looking at WP7.

Source: eBookNewser

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