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3 years ago

Telstra HD7 offer free return flight in Australia

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Remember when we gave a shout out about a fantastic offer for Telstra customers? Well, believe it or not, we've come across a more exciting deal. Fancy winning a free return flight to a mystery destination in Australia?

The offer closes on the 31st May, requires a $10 booking fee as well as the usual proof of purchase by registering your details. This is a great deal from Microsoft and their marketing will never fail to surprise us. So if you fancy jetting off (for free) to the amazing Sydney, tropical Cairns or a range of other destinations, get the HD7 on Telstra.

Source: Microsoft WP7, via: istartedsomething

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3 years ago

Get GAL lookup working post-NoDO

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Get GAL lookup working post-NoDO

One of perks of NoDo that pertains to the enterprise world is the ability to look up contacts on your Exchange server's Global Address List for Exchange 2003.  However, just applying NoDo might not do the trick.  In order to get the GAL look-up option to show up, you might need to do this:

  1. Delete your current Exchange account on the phone
  2. Reboot your device
  3. Set up your Exchange account again

Once this is done, you can then go into the People Hub and search for a contact.  You will then see the option to "search Outlook directory" as well as the other search options available.

Thanks, Amir for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia and Microsoft deal finalized, ahead of schedule

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And that's that.

Today, Nokia and Microsoft sealed the deal of the decade (in our eyes, at least) finalizing Nokia's commitment to the Windows Phone platform. Not bad for two months.

The good news is that not only was the deal finalized ahead of schedule, but work by Nokia in cranking out their first Windows Phones is progressing rapidly--however, Microsoft is still projecting "volume device shipments in 2012" but they also note in another blog post "the pressure is on for first delivery in 2011",

Nokia and Microsoft also announced significant progress on the development of the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone. With hundreds of personnel already engaged on joint engineering efforts, the companies are collaborating on a portfolio of new Nokia devices. Nokia has also started porting key applications and services to operate on Windows Phone and joint outreach has begun to third party application developers.

Some other highlights from the announcement are not really knew, but at least offer some clarification:

  • Nokia will leverage mapping, navigation, language support and work on cameras; Microsoft gives Nokia Bing, gaming, ecosystem
  • Windows Phone developer registration free for all Nokia developers.
  • Nokia will open a new app store for all their software, including Windows Phone, giving their devs easy access to all of Nokia's customers
  • Nokia will also leverage their operator billing, expanding Microsoft's reach

There is also the bit about Microsoft receiving royalty payments from Nokia starting with their first phones shipped and Nokia receiving payments from Microsoft "measured in the billions of dollars" i.e. things we've heard earlier. While a delay or roadblock was not really expected between the two giants, it's great to see the partnership finally cemented.

Now lets see some phones already. Entire Press Release after the break

Source: Microsoft 

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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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